Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 10, 2013

Whistler

New director to start Audain museum from scratch The Audain Art Museum, under construction in Whistler, has appointed its first director. Suzanne Greening, currently executive director of the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, will move to the Audain Art Museum next year. Ms. Greening beat out 36 other candidates – including applicants from the United States and Britain – to win the position. Globe and Mail, December 10, 2013

Audain Art Museum’s new director excited about opportunity to think ‘differently’ The new director of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler says her goal is to to engage the resort community with art. Suzanne Greening takes over her new post on March 1, 2014. She is executive director of the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford. Greening said it was a “once- in- alifetime opportunity” to become the inaugural director of an art museum in Whistler and work with Michael Audain and his “amazing collection. Vancouver Sun, December 10, 2013

Winnipeg

Artist has Goliath day in his pursuit of Davids MICAH Lexier has been chasing Davids for 20 years but has never had a David day like he had last Saturday. The Winnipeg-born-and-raised artist behind the popular 1994 Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition A Portrait of David and its decade-later sequel David Then & Now put out a call Friday for subjects of another followup, called David’s Double. The new project, scheduled to open in 2015, will pair original Davids and people born on the same day to compare how they age differently. Winnipeg Free Press, December 10, 2013

Cambridge

Derek Liddington at Cambridge Galleries, a New Romantic A heart-on-his-sleeve Minimalist, Liddington is a youthful paradox with his first solo museum show in Cambridge. Toronto Star, December 7, 2013

Montreal

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts hopes it can keep The Sun The striking Dale Chihuly glassworks sculpture was dismantled in late November. Montreal Gazette, December 10, 2013

Detroit

The Practical Absurdity Of “Selling” Detroit’s DIA Art “Michiganders might remember that in the 1920s and ’30s, the cash-hungry Soviet government sold off Russia’s art treasures, dispersing them to other countries. Today, that episode is viewed as a national tragedy.” The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2013

Pittsburgh

Carnegie International Favours Play Over Pomp – Canadian Art There’s something simple, but quite extraordinary, about the 2013 Carnegie International. It hits you even before you enter the exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Installed in a grass- and woodchip-floored enclosure in front the looming concrete facade of the museum is a Lozziwurm, a twisting playground structure designed in 1972 by Swiss artist Yvan Pestalozzi. Sitting empty, the Lozziwurm passes nicely as a public artwork. Picture an infinite loop of brightly coloured tubing, broken and collapsed onto itself, and you have a sense for the object’s wry sculptural presence. Canadian Art, December 9, 2013

London

A Life Interrupted by Viewers The artistic team Elmgreen & Dragset’s current installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London takes visitors into the mysterious apartment of a mysterious man. New York Times, December 10, 2013

Brussels

Art from the 19th century’s end gets a new beginning in Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts open renovated fin-de-siècle galleries this weekend. The Art Newspaper, December 10, 2013

Paris

Native artifact sale brings in $1.6M A French auction house that ignored a plea by the U.S. Embassy to delay an auction of sacred Hopi masks sold them briskly Monday along with other contested Native American artifacts for $1.6 million. Vancouver Sun, December 10, 2013

Redefining Latin American Photography Can developments in postwar photography be gauged in geopolitical terms? An ambitious survey of Latin American photography at Paris’s Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain attempts to find out. Art in America, December 10, 2013

Colombier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Günther Förg, 1952-2013 Günther Förg died Dec. 5 at 61. Förg was known for his Modernist-influenced work, which included painting, photography and sculpture. Art in America, December 9, 2013

Versailles

The Roots Of Urban Planning In The Gardens At Versailles An new exhibition at Louis XIV’s château posits that His Majesty’s landscape architect, André Le Nôtre, first put into practice ideas about layout that would influence urban planners for the next several centuries. NPR, December 9, 2013 (includes audio)

Brussels

Art from the 19th century’s end gets a new beginning in Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts open renovated fin-de-siècle galleries this weekend. The Art Newspaper, December 10, 2013

Moscow

Mosaic artist wins $12,500 Pinchuk Art Centre Prize Zhanna Kadyrova’s work reinvents Soviet traditions of public art. The Art Newspaper, December 10, 2013

International

How Museums Name Their Shows “Like naming a baby, getting the title right can do much to determine how others perceive and remember an exhibition. And how many people will attend.” ARTnews, December 2013

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