Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 28, 2013

Vancouver

Fuse. “Help Vancouver’s foremost artist [Douglas Coupland] create the world’s largest crowdsourced Lego tower (for his summer 2014 VAG exhibition), and participate in other activities inspired by theme of sociability at the popular late night party in the gallery.” Fuse starts tomorrow evening (Nov. 29.) at 8pm and runs until 1am. Vancouver Sun, November 28, 2013

Babak Golkar’s Dialectic of Failure reconsiders the nature of craft. “Family lore has it that one of my grandmothers kept a set of cheap dishes on hand to smash when she was angry. I’ve found that booting an empty cardboard box across the room is a satisfactory way of venting suppressed rage. In Dialectic of Failure at the West Vancouver Museum, Babak Golkar offers us 30 oddly shaped terra-cotta pots to pick up and scream into. Nifty.” Georgia Straight, November 26, 2013

Architect Bing Thom awarded Margolese prize. “Vancouver-based architect and urban designer Bing Thom has been named the winner of the second annual $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize. The prize, awarded by the University of B.C.’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is given to a Canadian who makes outstanding contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians.” Vancouver Sun, November 28, 2013

Painter explores own works with studies in reverse. “Best known for his paintings of urban landscapes, David Wilson was born and raised in Powell River. The 49-yearold studied art part-time at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and painted landscapes before he started finding subject matter in the city. His latest exhibit, Construct/Deconstruct – New Works by David Wilson, opens Saturday at the Winsor Gallery with an artist’s reception and runs until Jan. 11, 2014.” Vancouver Sun, November 28, 2013

Winnipeg

Breaking down the Bauhaus. “In Re: Build Them, his exhibition at the University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03, Ian August draws examples of Bauhaus and Bauhaus-inspired architecture back into the realm of fine art, investigating how the structures and the ideas behind them have held up over time. Foremost a painter, the elaborate preparations that go into each of August’s canvases distinguish his approach.” Winnipeg Free Press, November 28, 2013

Toronto

Guggenheim’s Great Upheaval at the Art Gallery of Ontario: a primer. The Great Upheaval, a superstar loaner show from the Guggenheim Museum in New York filled with names like Kandinsky, Picasso, Mondrian and Brancusi, opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday. Every blockbuster has its headliners and The Great Upheaval is no exception. Following is a handful of significant stars culled from the constellation…Toronto Star, November 27, 2013

Old School is New Again in Artscape’s Latest Revamp. “Artscape, the Toronto not-for-profit that has aimed at developing sustainable and below-market spaces for artists since 1986, made a further move into Queen West last week with the opening of Artscape Youngplace. Located in the former Shaw Street School, the 75,000-square-foot facility has been altered with more than $17 million in renovations. Now, Artscape Youngplace (named in honour of its lead donor, the Michael Young Family Foundation) is home to a variety of arts organizations, studios and educational centres. Notable highlights of the November 19 opening included the chance to explore new homes of well-established organizations. The Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto’s staple Jewish cultural institution, has put its Koffler Gallery in the former school library—one of the largest spaces in the new building. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition “We’re in the Library” reflects on the library as a site both for imaginings and explorations, as well as for the grinding forward of established systems of knowledge.” Canadian Art, November 28, 2013

Project Illuminates Canadian Art History for 21st-Century Audiences. “Adjectives like “indefatigable” are made for people like Sara Angel. A publisher, Trudeau doctoral scholar and active arts journalist (who has contributed to Canadian Art, in addition to the Walrus, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail and others), Angel recently spoke to me at University of Toronto’s Massey College about her ambitious new project, the Art Canada Institute (ACI), which launches this Thursday evening at the college. It’s nothing less than a comprehensive, multi-tiered, online-based resource for the general public on Canadian art history.” Canadian Art, November 27, 2013

Ottawa

Museum of Civilization lifts veil on its new Canadian history hall. “The Canadian Museum of Civilization has pulled back the curtain on its planned new Canadian history hall, billed as the largest and most comprehensive permanent exhibit about Canada’s history yet. In an exclusive interview with the Citizen, David Morrison, head of the 25-member museum team that has been developing content for the 44,000-square foot exhibit, described the plan so far, revealed that the museum has just hired a Montreal firm to design the exhibit and spoke about the challenges the project presents.” Ottawa Citizen, November 27, 2013

Museum of Civilization changes driven by clashing visions of Canada, former CEO says. “The Conservative government’s plan to revamp the Museum of Civilization is a bid to rebrand what the Tories see as a “symbolic temple” that espouses a Liberal and cosmopolitan vision of Canada. That’s the interpretation being put forward by the museum’s former president and CEO, Victor Rabinovitch.” Ottawa Citizen, November 26, 2013

New York

For Fervent Fans of the Dutch Masters, ‘It’s a Dream Come True’ During a tantalizing and temporary convergence, nearly 40 percent of all known Vermeers are on view on the Eastern Seaboard, resulting in an influx of Dutch art lovers. New York Times, November 28, 2013

Inspiration Far From Home The Chinese artist Sun Xun is spending the fall in New York in preparation for an exhibition next year at the Sean Kelly Gallery. New York Times, November 28, 2013

Reopening of Queens Museum Brings Daylight and Transformation The museum, formerly called the Queens Museum of Art, was a forbidding bookend to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Now it fits its environment. New York Times, November 28, 2013

New York sales show how to guarantee success This month’s auctions were carefully choreographed to secure big prices and even bigger headlines. The Art Newspaper, November 28, 2013

Degas bronzes battle leads to rumble in the legal jungle New York dealer sues Canadian businessman for contract breaches, including no sales to Muhammad Ali. The Art Newspaper, November 28, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Revised artists resale rights bill coming to Washington in January The fight for droit de suite in the US to be reawakened next year with new draft of legislation and fresh Senate sponsors. The Art Newspaper, November 28, 2013

Bentonville, Arkansas

1,000 Studio Visits, One Ambitious Crystal Bridges Show Crystal Bridges plans an ambitious survey of contemporary American art. ARTnews, November 28, 2013

London

Harrowing face of addiction: Photographer exposes harsh reality of life as an addict by capturing crumbling beauty of women including five who fell victim to a serial killer Canadian photographer, Lincoln Clarkes, has brought heroin addicts out of the shadows to show the ravaging affect addiction has on the women’s lives. Daily Mail (UK) November 27, 2013

Artists Sues Damien Hirst In Medusa Plagiarism Claim “The artist Jim Starr has accused Damien Hirst of plagiarism. Hirst has put a picture of Rihanna as the snaked-headed monster Medusa on the cover of GQ.” The Guardian (UK) November 27, 2013

Unknown Canvas By Constable Discovered At V&A Museum “A previously unrecorded oil sketch by British artist John Constable has been discovered at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The painting, of trees underneath an unsettled sky, was found concealed beneath a lining canvas on the back of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead, another work by the English Romantic painter.” The Telegraph (UK) November 26, 2013

Colmar, France

French fall-out over restoration Museum’s treatment of Isenheim Altarpiece exposes rifts in French attitudes towards the care of the country’s cultural treasures. The Art Newspaper, November 28, 2013

Rome

Patrick Faigenbaum Faigenbaum returns to Rome with a vast anthological show at the French Academy, where he had a fellowship from 1985 through 1987. Curated by Jean-François Chevrier and Jeff Wall, the exhibition retraces his entire creative path. The exhibition, which began as a collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery (where it opened in March 2013), brings together approximately one hundred works by the photographer that were created from the time of his residency at the Villa Medici to the present. Artforum, November 2013

Beijing

Sotheby’s sets its stall for first sale in China Asian buyers shift to Western works, says auction house. The Art Newspaper, November 28, 2013

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