AGO renames Emily Carr painting to be more culturally sensitive
As part of their "nation-to-nation" artistic approach, the co-curators are working to remove "hurtful and painful" terminology from the titles of works on a case-by-case basis, Uhlyarik said, but the Carr painting marks the first time the gallery has revised a name in such a public and "deliberate" way. Jan Ross, curator at Emily Carr House, said renaming a work in contradiction with the artist's intentions is tantamount to "censorship." "That is sacrosanct," she said. "It robs the artist ... I think it behooves us to examine things within the context of their day."