Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 13-16, 2012

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery adds 156 works to its permanent collection The Vancouver Art Gallery expanded its permanent collection by 156 in 2011, with pieces by artists including Robert Davidson, Gathie Falk, Rodney Graham, Angela Grossman, Lawren Harris, Brian Jungen. Georgia Straight, January 12, 2012

New Wave revisited Ian Wallace, one of the fathers of photo-conceptualism, has an exhibition at Catriona Jeffries Gallery. Vancouver Sun, January 14, 2012

Teacher job action hurts Space Centre Rosemary Pulice, group bookings coordinator for the Vancouver Art Gallery, said teachers are confused about collecting money, noting the VAG can collect money directly from children. She noted a reduction in field trips, as did the executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, but neither could quantify the hit. Vancouver Courier, January 13, 2012

Vancouver Codes, by Douglas Coupland launches January 16 on the Canada Line subway video screens and on www.youtube.com/offonmain & www.facebook.com/pages/On-Main/2007124999695. A new work is featured each month on the Canada Line through March 2012, playing every 2 minutes to an audience of over 100,000 commuters per day. Commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program with the support of Vancouver 125 and the participation of the Government of Canada. City of Vancouver Public Art Program Information Bulletin, January 13, 2012

Kamloops

‘I really hope parents and teachers don’t shy away’ Bearing Witness, drawn from the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, opens on January 14. The expression “bearing witness” means to show, by one’s existence, that something is true. Kamloops Daily News, January 14, 2012

Toronto

THE creative process “I was trying to impress a girl.” “A big part of our process is we don’t believe in too much process,” explains Stephen Appleby-barr, 30, of Team Macho, a collective of four artists well known on the Toronto scene. National Post, January 14, 2012

The zen of post-conceptual art Liss Platt, Martha Eleen, Mary Catherine Newccomb, Max Dean and Anastasia Taylor-Lind in Toronto galleries. Globe and Mail, January 14, 2012

Boston

To Be A Museum Director At The Gardner, Be Patient And Mix In A Lot Of Feedback As the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opens its new wing after much discussion and controversy, director Anne Hawley steps briefly into the spotlight. Boston Globe, January 15, 2012

Salem, Massachusetts

Change & Renewal When Native American clothes, war clubs and masks are displayed in museums, they are usually grouped in categories drawn from anthropology and archaeology. In “Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art,” which opens tomorrow, the Peabody Essex Museum has organized a show of indigenous artwork according to a concept common to many Native American cultures. The Daily News of Newburyport (Newburyport, MA) January 13, 2012

New York

JEFF WALL For his latest gallery solo at Marian Goodman Mr. Wall has re-created, among other happenings, a sparsely attended rock show; a lecture by a costume historian; and a pair of boys boxing in a pristine midcentury-modern living room. Subjectwise, these scenes seem to have little to do with one another, but you can tell, somehow, that they are drawn from the same well. New York Times, January 15, 2012

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New American Wing Galleries – Review After a four-year renovation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals its smartly updated New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts. New York Times, January 16, 2012

‘Pop Objects’ and ‘1960s Monochrome’ at Guggenheim – Review Two Guggenheim shows draw on 1960s paintings and art objects from the museum’s collections. New York Times, January 13, 2012

Building An Artist’s Utopia In Brooklyn, One Huge Warehouse At A Time Dustin Yellin, a 36-year-old sculptor, just bought a 24,000-square foot warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with plans to create a large arts center. “He sees Red Hook as a kind of anti-Chelsea, its relatively cheap rents and remoteness from Manhattan making it a prime setting for a grass-roots cultural operation.” The New York Times, January 15, 2012

Damien Hirst Spot Paintings at Gagosian in 8 Cities – Review A show of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings is spread out over 11 Gagosian galleries in 8 cities on 3 continents. Parts of it are very bad, but parts are not bad at all. New York Times, January 13, 2012

Photographing Photographers A photographer turned the camera on celebrated subjects who were usually behind it. New York Times, January 15, 2012

Doug Wheeler Builds ‘Infinity Environment’ at David Zwirner Doug Wheeler, a founder of the so-called Light and Space movement, constructs his first Manhattan “infinity environment” at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea. New York Times, January 15, 2012

London

A Prize For Art That Wasn’t Made For Art’s Sake Forget eternally art-focused art. Here’s Visible 2011. “The prize is dedicated to artists and collectives who aim to bring about responsible social change through their artistic practices. This idea is rooted in the mission behind Pistoletto’s foundation, that art should not be self-referential. Pistoletto and Zegna foundations presented the €25,000 award at Serpentine Gallery. The Art Newspaper, January 15, 2012

Madrid

The work of Antoni Muntadas defies artistic boundaries, merging realism and Surrealism. Muntadas was eagerly painting while officially studying engineering in Barcelona in the 1960s. The events of 1968, he recalls, were a turning point for him. “I started to see painting as very passive,” he says. He began to move into what he calls “dynamic actions,” which led to his so-called “subsensory” works, like “Experiencia 1 A” (1971), which produced eerie, sensual images of hands rubbing various surfaces. By invoking physical pleasure in Francoist Spain, these works were “risky,” says Daina Augaitis, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s associate director, who curated the Madrid show. Condensed versions will later travel to Lisbon’s Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and finally to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2012

Conegliano, Italy

Finding Bellotto: The Artist Behind the Doppelgänger A new exhibition at the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, Italy, separates Belloto from his uncle, Canaletto, whose name Belloto signed on most of his paintings. New York times, January 14, 2012

Beijing

How Chinese Collectors Are Transforming The High-End Art Market “The art market is being transformed by Chinese collectors willing to pay top dollar for everything from Ming vases to contemporary Chinese abstracts. In some cases, these works are outstripping prices paid for blue-chip Western artists like René Magritte and Clyfford Still. Three of the 10 most expensive art works sold at auction last year were by Chinese artists, according to art-market analyst Artprice. Last year’s priciest painting.” The Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2012

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