Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 4, 2014

Vancouver

A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky at the Vancouver Art Gallery In conjunction with the exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery will present Edward Burtynsky as the 2014 Heller Lecture’s guest speaker on March 14. Canadian Architect, March 4, 2014

The Crooked Path – The Art of Jeff Wall Jeff Wall’s striking large-scale, photographic artworks exude complex, dramatic power. Often presented as transparencies in light-boxes, his works are owned by most significant art institutions. CBC, February 24 and 25, 2014

Victoria

Obituary: Artist Norman Yates brought big spaces to the canvas As temperatures settle into the deep negatives in Edmonton and flower blossoms become the stuff of memory, a 6,500-square-foot mural by a late Victoria artist brings a burst of colour to the students at the University of Alberta. That’s the way U of A art collection curator Jim Corrigan describes the effect of the work by artist Norman Yates, who died Feb. 9 in Victoria at age 90. Times Colonist, March 4, 2014

Saskatoon

Tammi Campbell’s Studio Troubles Sask-Modern … – Canadian Art Contemporary Canadian artists and critics have begun to re-examine the curious role Saskatchewan played as an outpost for midcentury American Modernism. As Nancy Tousley writes in her Spring 2014 cover story for Canadian Art—on newsstands from March 15 to June 14—Saskatoon-based artist Tammi Campbell is one of the most interesting instigators of this moment. Canadian Art, March 3, 2014

Ottawa

Governor-General’s Awards honour eight esteemed Canadian artists Eight long-time participants in Canada’s visual and media arts world, five men, three women, each found themselves $25,000 richer Tuesday morning. The reason? Each was named a recipient at a ceremony in Toronto of the 2014 Governor-General’s Awards for excellence in visual and media arts. Globe and Mail, March 4, 2014

Designing a Holocaust memorial for a new generation Last week, six teams of architects, artists, landscape architects and thinkers unveiled their plans for Canada’s first National Holocaust Monument – planned for Ottawa, in sight of Parliament, close to the Canadian War Museum. Globe and Mail, February 28, 2014

Fredericton

Molly Lamb Bobak, Canada’s first female war artist, dies Her family says she painted until the age of 84, did workshops across Canada, taught at the University of New Brunswick and served on various boards and arts councils. Globe and Mail, March 4, 2014

Canada

10 Vital (And Often Unexpected) Arnaud Maggs … – Canadian Art In our Spring 2014 issue, which is on newsstands from March 15 to June 14, curator and critic Philip Monk sets forth to tackle the work of late artist Arnaud Maggs (1926–2012). This is no easy task: Maggs’s work was never straightforward or linear. Like his early portrait subjects, Maggs was always turning. His work looked forward and back, sometimes simultaneously—it was collectorly, magpie-like and layered with references that remain personal and affecting. Canadian Art, March 3, 2014

Michael Snow: Life & Work One of the most celebrated artists in the past fifty years, Michael Snow (b. 1928) pursues a multidisciplinary practice. Using painting, sculpture, film, and music, he explores the role of the artist in the contemporary world. Martha Langford, Research Chair and Director, Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University, presents an overview of the life and work of this Canadian icon and internationally renowned artist. March 1, 2014

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New York

Here’s The Artist Who Is Co-Curating The Whitney Biennial This is the first time the Whitney has allowed an artist to operate as a curator who chooses other artists for inclusion in a show. ARTnews, March 4, 2014

NY’s Frieze Art Fair In Talks With Labor Leaders “The fair, which is set to return to Randall’s Island in May, has been criticised by artists and activist groups for employing non-union workers to build its sprawling tent and transport art.” The Art Newspaper, March 3, 2014

London

The Vikings are coming to London—from Russia While East-West relations are strained by the crisis in Crimea, loans go ahead for British Museum show. The Art Newspaper, March 4, 2014

Recently Attributed Leonardo Painting Was Sold Privately for Over $75 Million Leonardo’s oil-on-panel “Salvator Mundi” was last year sold to an unidentified collector for a price between $75 million and $80 million. New York Times, March 3, 2014

Pompeii

Someone Left Pompeii Out in the Rain (And It Started to Crumble, Again) “Heavy rains over the weekend provoked several collapses at the archaeological site of Pompeii, highlighting once again the fragility of one of the world’s most famous open-air museums. New York Times, March 4, 2013

Cape Town

Thomas Heatherwick will turn grain silos into a contemporary museum in Cape Town British designer chosen for Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The Art Newspaper, March 2, 2014

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