Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 15-18, 2013

 

Vancouver

‘Optimistic’ Vancouver Art Gallery awaits city’s decision on land – The
Council decision on whether to award prime piece of downtown land to gallery expected in next four weeks. Globe and Mail, February 16, 2013

Calling all art enthusiasts A landmark exhibition demands an equally weighty tome to accompany it, and that’s just what the Vancouver Art Gallery delivers with Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography (2012, Black Dog Publishing, available at the VAG bookstore). Vancouver Sun, February 16, 2013

Art Spiegelman, Co-Mix at the Vancouver Art Gallery There is something fundamentally challenging about viewing comics on a gallery wall. It’s not that the artwork itself isn’t worthy of the honour. It’s that the eye is always tempted to read rather than just look. Happily, Art Spiegelman’s work defies these limitations — at least in the way CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps covers the New York City cartoonist’s career. Vancouver Sun, February 15, 2013

The man behind Maus VAG show traces the hugely influential career of Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman. Vancouver Sun, February 14, 2013

The new golden age of comics When the Vancouver Art Gallery presents Art Spiegelman CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, which opens Saturday and runs to June 9. Vancouver Sun, February 14, 2013

Cartoonist blazes a colourful trail Iconic cartoonist Art Spiegelman will be celebrating his 65th birthday in style today. The New York artist and the mind behind the graphic novel Maus will be ringing in the big day with the private opening of his show Co-Mix here at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday. The Province, February 15, 2013

DGTV: Co-mix exhibit opens at the VAG DGTV looks at the Co-mix exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, featuring the works of Art Spiegelman that runs from Feb. 16 to June 9. The Province, February 14, 2013

Art Spiegelman’s boundary-stretching comic art in Vancouver Art Spiegelman’s dark, powerful and boundary-smashing comic artwork is the subject of a major new exhibition in Vancouver. CBC, February 15, 2013

Art Spiegelman retrospective: A look back on a career that’s been all about looking back The exhibition is a comprehensive career retrospective – from Spiegelman’s juvenilia to RAW to other comic works such as Breakdowns and his post-9/11 stunner, In the Shadow of No Towers. Globe and Mail, February 15, 2013

In pictures: A selection of Art Spiegelman’s work Globe and Mail, February 15, 2013
Vancouver Art Gallery presents major retrospective of the work of Spiegelman CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps presents the first retrospective exhibition of the work of acclaimed graphic artist, Art Spieglman. Art Daily, February 18, 2013

Art Spiegelman gets a 65th birthday retrospective Not that many comic artists merit a gallery retrospective. Then again, not many comic artists have won a Pulitzer prize, as Art Spiegelman did in 1992, for his anthropomorphic graphic tale of The Holocaust, Maus (1978 – 1991). Phaidon News, February 14, 2013

A Look at Art Spiegelman If he were simply an artist depicting Western trauma—if his books about the Holocaust and 9/11 were mere memoir or journalism—then Art Spiegelman would still have garnered success by his skill and humanity. But the genius of it all, the thing that won Spiegelman a Pulitzer Prize for Maus (the first given to a graphic novel), is his uncanny ability to reveal the “comic” form as a medium more nimble and subtle than anyone had previously suspected. Vancouver Magazine, February 18, 2013

Art Spiegelman at the Vancouver Art Gallery In CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents a retrospective of Spiegelman’s 40-year career. The show marks the North American premiere of the exhibit, which has traveled from Angouleme to Paris to Cologne before landing here, where it will run Feb. 16 – June 9 2013.In CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents a retrospective of Spiegelman’s 40-year career. The show marks the North American premiere of the exhibit, which has traveled from Angouleme to Paris to Cologne before landing here, where it will run Feb. 16 – June 9 2013. Inside Vancouver, February 14, 2013

Museum of Vancouver turns its attention to sex FOR A GOOD TIME: Museum of Vancouver CEO Nancy Noble has shown populist skill during her seven years at the Kits Point facility. Exhibitions on design, cycling, taxidermy, neon signs, locally produced food and suchlike drew crowds. She pressed showbiz’s perennial hot button Wednesday when an exhibition titled Sex Talk InThe City jammed the joint

San Francisco

Girl with a Hoop Earring: Fun with Vermeer Vermeer’s enigmatic masterpiece has taken up residence at the de Young Museum, along with the 34 other Dutch Golden Age paintings on the road while their normal home, the Mauritshuis in the Hague, undergoes renovation. ARTnews, February 14, 2013

New York

Margarita Aguilar Leaves El Museo del Barrio Margarita Aguilar’s departure as El Museo del Barrio’s director comes as the museum cuts operating hours and staff. New York Times, February 16, 2013

Cooper Union’s Free Tuition May Be A Casualty Of The Recession “Many students and teachers describe the school’s generosity as an almost sacred principle. It creates, they say, an atmosphere unlike that at any other university, one in which class differences fade away.” New York Times, February 15, 2013

Happy 100th, Armory Show, Art Exhibit That Changed America “The most talked-about painting in the 1913 Armory Show deconstructed a human figure in abstract brown panels in overlapping motion. Marcel Duchamp’s Cubist-inspired Nude Descending a Staircase was famously described by one critic as ‘an explosion in a shingle factory.'” NPR, February 17, 2013

London

Artist Peter Doig sets a sales record Painting that features an architect’s Toronto home canvas sells for $12-million at a London auction. You could claim Peter Doig as one of those people who’s Canadian by virtue of the old saw “as Canadian as possible under the circumstances.” And the circumstances are riper than ever to include the acclaimed artist in our cultural catchment, thanks to the recent sale at auction in London of a Doig canvas for a record $12-million. Globe and Mail, February 15, 2013

Britain’s Got A Misogyny Problem, Says Starchitect Zaha Hadid “The British Iraqi, who is a former winner of Britain’s Stirling prize and the international Pritzker prize, said it was frequently assumed that a woman architect could not take on a big commercial project and that she was better suited to residential properties, public buildings or leisure centres.” The Observer (UK) February 16, 2013

International

Painting Auschwitz Blue Some artists trick the public into perceiving images of the Holocaust anew; others want viewers to “feel” it This November, the Jewish Museum will host a show featuring some of the most profound and original artistic reflections on the Holocaust–the first (!) retrospective of Art Spiegelman, creator of the chilling, riveting graphic novel Maus, a narrative about his own family in which Jews appear as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs. (The traveling show is making its way from Europe via the Vancouver Art Gallery, where it opens February 16.) ARTnews, January 10, 2013

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