Distastefully placed ads are nothing new, but people were outraged this week after a poster for the new Naomi Watts-starring “Diana” movie was placed at the site of the beloved princess’s death.
The poster was at the Pont de l’Alma, near the Flame of Liberty, which has served as a memorial to the Princess of Wales and is near the entrance to the tunnel in Paris where Diana died in a car crash in 1997.
The poster’s placement drew much criticism from “one of the Princess’ most trusted confidantes” Rosa Monckton, who told The Daily Mail: “To have made a film so speculative and as this is disgusting enough, but to then advertise it on the spot at which she died is despicable.”
“I’ve been exploring the whole post-colonial British thing in Canada ever since I can remember; 1973 was the first image I did of the Queen on a moose, which caused a scandal at the time,” says the Toronto artist, who has two cheeky takes on the House of Windsor currently showing at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. Highnesses-in-Training Greet Monarch of the North, painted this year, depicts “Kate and Wills” meeting a moose. Laughing Monarchs is a 2008 example of Pachter’s Queen-and-moose theme. (Regarding the titles, he explains that as a schoolboy he learned that the moose was “monarch of the North.”)
Terry Graff, curator and deputy director of the New Brunswick public gallery, says a pair of events set the stage for its show of Royal likenesses: the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the restoration of a centuries-old Tudor scene rescued from an Irish castle.