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Detroit News Art Critic Reviews Bill Girard (1967)

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Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at https://girardsvasari.com/
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This is the first high profile review of Bill (William J.) Girard's art that I am aware of.

Publication: The Detroit News. 
Title: Exploring the World of a Young Eccentric. 
Author: Joy Hakanson.  Date: Sunday, July 30, 1967. 

The occasion: Girard's inclusion in the Butler Art Institute's mid-year art exhibit and his addition to the teaching corps of the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts.
In retrospect, her closing paragraph seems particularly prescient.


"Whether one likes 

Girard's kind of art or loathes it,

he is someone to respect

in a world that fights for freedom

but humiliates its prophets."





For some insights into some of the heaping helpings of humiliation Bill swallowed, peruse my previo…

GIRARD? GIRARD WHO?

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Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at https://girardsvasari.com/


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Happily, at least one of the two investigating police officers could scarcely drag his eyes away from the large Girard painting, Fauvel. This made me feel much better. At least some of our public servants aren't immune to the seduction of fine art. Fauvel - completed as seen here in 1993 - is just the sort of painting you might expect tocatch the eye of a policeman.

The composition is one part whimsy, one part marvelous brushwork, and two parts savage reminder of our species' propensity to fall into depravity.
A city burns. The world seethes. Center stage, you see a fat-faced king seated on a throne, holding a pinwheel, attended by an evil ass (aka malevolent donkey).
A busy…