LIKENING: An Introduction to the uses of Analogy in the Art World
This exhibit explores commonplace 'likenings' such as “Tom Thomson is the van Gogh of Canada” and Norval Morrisseau is “the Picasso of the North.” Innocent though they might seem, we need to take likenings seriously. On the positive side, they can surprise and enlighten us by triggering ‘ah-ha’ moments when we are ‘struck by likening’ in the sense of having an insight. These comparisons make arguments, both overtly and on the sly. They can also lead us into unfortunate comparisons.