Mayor Salford said LS Lowry’s Go To The Game should be kept in a free art gallery, which would become “most important of all” in the current economic climate.
His artwork, depicting a bustling crowd gathered at Burnden Park football stadium, the former home of Bolton Wanderers, is among a series of paintings going under the hammer at the sale. British and Irish modern art on October 19.
Paul Dennett, mayor of Salford, said the new owner of the painting must keep it “freely accessible” in the city of Salford, which is larger than Manchester and the North.
His comments come after the Bank of England launched an emergency UK Government bond-buying program on Wednesday, to prevent borrowing costs from spiraling out of control and avert “risks”. vital to the UK’s financial stability”.
Dennett told the PA news agency: “The cost of living crisis has really highlighted the hard things that many people might take for granted these days, so being able to go to a gallery Free art will become more important.
“I also think that art, culture and creativity are really important in society and giving people access to that and giving them time to enjoy these things is really important.
“I think this kind of content should be included in the curricula of all our schools and an important part of what we do, because we can learn a lot by doing it. See the world through the lens of an artist and reflect on our history.”
The mayor said he would ideally like the painting to be in the public domain, but it would also be nice to see “members of the football community or someone from the Greater Manchester area” buy it and make sure that The painting is “publicly sold and free to access”.
Dennett said the painting speaks to the “social history and heritage” of the city.
“What it really captures is that game-day experience, the sociology of football,” he said.
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“If you follow it from when the picture was painted in 1953 to our present time with football, we see the commercialization of football, but what Lowry recorded at that time That’s really important to me.
“The institution of football and the way it is embedded in working-class communities and the way the game is played is a community event.
“So keeping it in the city of Salford, which is free and available to people visiting the city, people living in the city and people from all over Greater Manchester, is really, really important.”
It’s more of a social history than a picture of a football matchJulia Fawcett, Lowry . Museum and Gallery
Dennett said the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) had allowed the Lowry museum and gallery to display the painting for 22 years, but sold it to raise money for the Players’ Foundation, the PFA’s charity.
Julia Fawcett, chief executive of the Lowry museum and gallery, told the PA news agency that the gallery could not afford to buy the painting, which is estimated to be worth up to £8 million.
“If it had been three or four years ago, the location might have been different in terms of our ability to raise funds to get it and put it in the public collection, which means it would be kept forever,” she said. .
“However, the fragility for art institutions today, very difficult times.
“I think that’s absolutely our best prospect, in terms of securing it for public display, really to find someone who’s going to buy it, who’s going to be as responsible as the PFA. already, and ensure that it remains available to the public. and it’s still free. “
Fawcett added that the painting is “more of a piece of social history than a picture of a football match”.
“Lowry’s work is very reminiscent of Lowry’s work, if you see the picture, there’s probably about a millimeter of yard, the whole millimeter-sized canvas depicting local communities approaching the battle. fighting, children, animals, people. . “
In 1999, Going To The Match was bought by the Professional Footballers’ Association for £1,926,500 including a buyer’s premium at Sotheby’s – a record auction price for a painting by Lowry and any other real estate. any modern British painting.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/lowry-painting-should-stay-free-to-view-given-economic-climate-salford-mayor-42024838.html Lowry’s painting should stay free to see certain economic situation – Mayor Salford