Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 23-26, 2012

Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library

March 23-26, 2012


Yoga enters another realm The Contemporary Art Gallery will blur the line between art and life when one of the city’s…Sunday’s event will be the first time Yoga Outreach has been in an art gallery setting.” There aren’t many chances in this town to cross-pollinate. Vancouver Sun, March 24, 2012

Audio Archive – BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly Maria Tippett reviews “Shore Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection” B.C. Studies, March 2012

Opening doors of creativity Craftsman Arnim Rodeck handcrafts doors to reflect the life experiences of the people who buy them. His company, Shama Wood, also created a door and display – sliding doors reflecting the Vancouver skyline – that appeared in the BC Pavilion at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the 2010 Olympic Games. Victoria Times Colonist, March 24, 2012


Power Plant director Gaetane Verna: On the job Gaetane Verna takes over as director of the Power Plant on the eve of its 25th anniversary, after almost a year with no-one in her chair. Can she right the ship? Toronto Star, March 24, 2012

Royal Conservatory CEO a big earner on Ontario ‘sunshine list’ Others among highest-paid culture bureaucrats include Luminato’s Janice Price, the AGO’s Matthew Teitelbaum and long-time TVO host Steve Paikin. Globe and Mail, March 24, 2012

Los Angeles

Exhibition of Herb Ritts Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles Early next month, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles will open the first major exhibition featuring the work of Herb Ritts since a show in 1996. New York Times, March 23, 2012

New York

Sherman portrait poised to set record One of American photographer Cindy Sherman’s most iconic portraits could set a record for the artist when it is sold at auction in May by the Akron Art Museum in Ohio. Vancouver Sun, March 24, 2012

Neue Galerie to Celebrate Klimt’s Birthday The Neue Galerie will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Gustav Klimt’s birth with an exhibition that is to include photographs never before exhibited. New York Times, March 23, 2012

‘Keith Haring: 1978-1982’ at Brooklyn Museum “Keith Haring: 1978-1982,” a playful exhibition that focuses on the artist’s early career, is on view at the Brooklyn Museum. New York Times, March 23, 2012

Forrest Bess Paintings at Christie’s and Whitney Biennial Two exhibitions in New York, at Christie’s and the Whitney Biennial, shed new light on the life and art of Forrest Bess. New York Times, March 23, 2012

Cris Alexander, 92, Actor And Photographer Of The Big City Alexander came to the city to be an actor, and indeed got cast in On the Town. But he “made it in New York as a photographer, taking portraits of the likes of Martha Graham and Vivien Leigh; having gallery shows; working for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine and the New York City Ballet; and providing droll pictures for the best-selling 1961 satire of a movie star’s memoir, Little Me, written by Patrick Dennis and later adapted for the Broadway stage by Neil Simon. And he found love.” The New York Times, March 25, 2012

Anita Steckel, 82, Artist Who Pushed The Boundaries Of Erotica “Steckel’s paintings of naked men and women engaged in suggestive or explicit acts of sexual expression — and particularly her depictions of erections — set off a furor in 1973 when she included them in a one-woman show at the arts center at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y.” The New York Times, March 26, 2012

Time To Stop Shopping At Sotheby’s? “The collective bargaining of the art handlers’ union is one of the few remaining guarantees of fairness in the art world, and Sotheby’s is doing everything they can to eliminate it.” Art Fag City, March 23, 2012

Washington, D.C.

Outside Of The Hirshhorn Museum Transformed Into Giant Screen “Doug Aitken’s latest piece cascades across the Hirshhorn’s entire 82-feet tall and 725-feet wide circumference, as the ‘first-ever work of 360-degree convex-screen cinema’ of this scale. To make it all happen, trees were trimmed, street lights got anti-glare, and the FAA was consulted to make sure the exhibit wouldn’t disrupt flight landings.” Washington Post, March 22, 2012


Will A Final Effort Save Britain’s Wedgwood Collection? “Unesco listed the entire Wedgwood archive as one of Britain’s top 20 cultural assets in 2011. It has condemned the threatened break-up of the collection. Prominent Royal Academicians, including artists such as Christopher Le Brun and Tracey Emin, have urged the Government to intervene.” And so it may. The Independent (UK) March 25, 2012


Ukrainian Art World Gets Political While officials may have recently shut down a controversial exhibition in Kiev, many see the outraged reaction as a sign of positive growth in the arts world here. New York Times, March 24, 2012


Russian Artist’s ‘Orthodoxy Or Death’ T-Shirts Ruled Extremist By Judge “The t-shirts, bearing the logo ‘Orthodoxy or Death’, are designed by Igor Miroshnichenko, a former underground artist and fashion designer who became a Russian Orthodox Christian monarchist. They feature a cross, skulls, crossbones and knives, and have been openly displayed by Orthodox activists.” A Moscow court has upheld a ruling that the logo is an extremist work and therefore illegal. The Art Newspaper, March 22, 2012


The Most Popular Art Exhibitions Of 2011 “When we began our annual survey of the best attended exhibitions in 1996, to make the top ten a show needed to attract around 3,000 visitors a day. In our survey of 2011 shows, to make the top ten required almost 7,000 visitors a day.” The Art Newspaper, March 23, 2012

Euro Crisis Harming European – And U.S. – Culture Sure, austerity hurts arts groups in Europe, but what about the U.S.? “For Americans used to seeing the best and most adventuresome European culture on tour in this country, the belt-tightening is beginning to affect both the quantity and quality of arts exchanges.” The New York Times, March 25, 2012

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