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Detroit News Art Critic Discusses 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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Below find the first professional review of Bill (William J.) Girard in a significant publication (The Detroit News) of which I am aware. 
The critic is Joy Hakanson. The date was Sunday, July 30, 1967. The article is titled, Exploring the World of a Young Eccentric. 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.
She opens the article with following, pithy contention, "Eccentric may seem a dubious name for a gifted young artist. But it fits Bill Girard, a Detroiter who belongs to the tradition of Hieronymus Bosch, Henry Fuseli and more recently Louis Eilshemius and Joseph Cornell.&q…

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…