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Thread: Robert Ballagh, crazy state funded artist: banks need to have Irish art collections

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    Default Robert Ballagh, crazy state funded artist: banks need to have Irish art collections

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballagh"]Robert Ballagh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Troubled_Images_Exhibition,_Belfast,_August_2 010_(13).JPG" class="image"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/26/Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG/150px-Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/2/26/Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG/150px-Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG[/ame] is a social radical, who has had problems with special branch - and gets significant grant aid and work from the state (e.g. he is a member of Aosdána)

    His art is boring derivative pop art nonsense of limited international appeal - yet he frequently is given national media platforms

    His latest alternate reality nonsense is that in order for people to trust Irish banks... the banks need an expensive Irish art collection . We've tolerated and funded these crazy "non value add" spongers for far too long. I vote that the Irish state should cut off the cash to him.

    The Irish Times - Letters
    Madam, – As a consequence of the retrograde decision by the Bank of Ireland to flog its art collection, I feel I have no choice but to sever all business connections with that financial institution.

    I urge all Irish artists to immediately close any accounts they may have with the bank in order to register their disapproval of the bank’s action.

    How can Irish artists place their trust in an institution that displays no trust or confidence in Irish art? – Yours, etc,

    ROBERT BALLAGH,
    cYp
    "Yawn , am I alive yet ?"

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    Surely if the bank paid for it they can do what they like with it??

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    Did he not look for a change in law that allowed

    an artist to claim a per centage of the sale price

    every time his picture is resold-

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    Lucky Bank of Ireland to be rid of that twat. Ballagh hates the EU but vigorously pursues implementation of an EU directive on re-sale royalties for artists. His love of money must be akin to that of Bertie's.
    Negative equity, unemployment, emigration, IMF, bankruptcy: brought to you by Fianna Fail - destroying millions of lives for 80 years.

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    Or, to put it another way, we should increase welfare cuts and pay higher taxes in order to pay more to the banks in recapitalisation funds, so they won't have to sell Irish works of art.

    Colour me unconvinced.

    And just where are the artworks by Robert and his artist chums providing some sort of social commentary on the state's economic crisis, the greatest social tragedy of our time?
    Might their absence be at least partly explained by the existence of things like bank art collections, Aosdana and preferential tax treatment?

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    So, do you think he is wrong to close his account with BoI?

    Why?

    It's his money.

    Why should he give it to a bank that he feels doesn't value his business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey cat View Post
    So, do you think he is wrong to close his account with BoI?

    Why?

    It's his money.

    Why should he give it to a bank that he feels doesn't value his business?
    Don't think anyone is saying he can't do what he wants with his money. Apparently he thinks the same principle doesn't apply to the bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackryan View Post
    Surely if the bank paid for it they can do what they like with it??

    Quite. Obviously the market value of his oeuvre is quite likely to dent the wildly inflated ego of the sinister one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gimpanzee View Post
    Don't think anyone is saying he can't do what he wants with his money.
    You agree it's a fairly reasonable letter then.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gimpanzee View Post
    Apparently he thinks the same principle doesn't apply to the bank.
    Where does he say that?

    I think a lot of people had issues with the bank taking state funds while dumping their art collection. I don't remember any saying that they shouldn't be allowed to, do you?

    Ballagh suggested that the bank might donate their art collection to the state in gratitude for the bail out money. Seems like a reasonable idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalywise View Post
    Lucky Bank of Ireland to be rid of that twat. Ballagh hates the EU but vigorously pursues implementation of an EU directive on re-sale royalties for artists. His love of money must be akin to that of Bertie's.
    Says it all really. Ballagh is one of the greatest poseurs in the State.

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