Despite a weak response from this website I am still pursuing this issue. I am disappointed at the response from the Forum, but that is life. As I have said above, Roy Keane is something more than the brilliant football figure. He is a cultural hero. Proof - already there is a musical - opera - play. And Murdo McLeod's Art Photo captures this reality. NOW FOR AN UPDATE TO MY STRUGGLE TO HAVE HIM REINSTATED IN THE CRAWFORD MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY.
I have been in contact with the Head Person in the Crawford Art Gallery, who tells me that the Art Photo of Roy Keane was produced on paper from a photograph, and if exhibited for too long, will deteriorate - and that is the reason why it has been taken out of circulation. It has been gone for almost three years. However I have asked a few basic questions to which I have received no satisfactory response: a) When exactly was it last exhibited - for how long etc; b) Is it possible to produce other Prints of this photograph which might be exhibited in view of the fragility of the surface? c) details of the process which produced this art work ... etc... As mentioned I have failed get an appropriate response. What I have been getting is rather patronising answers, saying that the Gallery is glad that the photograph is 'not forgotten' and it will be exhibited again 'some time'. I am told repeatedly that the photograph is on paper and when exposed to light for a long period - will deteriorate. This is true. But in this modern electronic age there are many alternatives. Photographs can be reduced to electronic files and endlessly reproduced, with little loss of quality. Surely this can be done with the Roy Keane Art Photograph and copyright issues taken care of.
The photograph, you may be interested, appears as a touristic attraction for Cork and is listed as one of the 10 most influential photographs by the Guardian Newspaper (see here: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel...lery-BR-1.html