Boris: Children Must Have More Time for Arts ; I'll Work to Make London the Most Artistically Exciting City on the Planet, Pledges Mayor
Louise Jury, Pippa Crerar, The Evening Standard (London, England)
BORIS JOHNSON has vowed to boost music teaching and lamented the lack of time for art in schools in his first major speech on culture.
Speaking at the annual dinner of the Royal Academy last night attended by many of the biggest names in British art the Mayor also condemned "mushy-minded cultural relativism".
He declared himself an unashamed cultural elitist by asserting the superiority of writers such as the Greek poet Homer and of the artistic output of Renaissance Italy.
But he praised the new as well as the old and said that as Mayor he would "make absolutely no distinction between heritage London and the dynamic contemporary [art] scene".
He would do everything he could to support both and "make this the most artistically exciting city on the planet".
Mr Johnson hopped across cultures and continents in a speech that stoutly defended tradition.
"I do worry that we have lost interest in our history and in traditional artistic skills," he said.
"And I mourn the loss of so much music teaching in schools and as Mayor I want to help restore it and I grieve that kids have so little time to learn to draw properly." The Mayor veered on to dangerous territory when he praised the Elgin Marbles over the "uniform stooges" of the Terracotta Army seen recently at the British Museum."You can see why democracy and …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: Boris: Children Must Have More Time for Arts ; I'll Work to Make London the Most Artistically Exciting City on the Planet, Pledges Mayor. Contributors: Louise Jury, Pippa Crerar - Author. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: June 4, 2008. Page number: 10. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.