Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 28, 2012

Vancouver

Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry is a juicy slice of Vancouver art-making in the 1960s. “Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry is a juicy slice of Vancouver art-making in the 1960s. It stands on its own, of course, but also makes a smart companion exhibition to Lights Out!, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s survey of Canadian painting of the same era.” Georgia Straight, March 27, 2012

Spring Culture Preview: Art. National Post’s list of ‘must-see’ Spring exhibitions includes: Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore at the Vancouver Art Gallery. National Post, March 24, 2012

Calgary

Nude Painting Smuggled Into Calgary Museum “The canvas was smuggled into the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and put on display by an anonymous Calgarian who said it had always been their father’s wish to see his work displayed in a museum.” Calgary Herald, March 24, 2012

Exhibition deflates masculine culture. “Images associated with a stereotypical notion of masculinity are treated as targets by Craig LeBlanc, frequently sent up and thwarted by the 42-year-old artist. It is a unifying theme in Decade, a collection of his works over the years.” Calgary Herald, March 28, 2012

Forum to air arts issues. “In an effort to ensure that the arts get some consideration among issues to be debated in the weeks leading up to the Alberta provincial election, the group ArtsVote Calgary invited the candidates to take part in a forum to be held Friday at noon at the central branch of the Calgary Public Library.” Calgary Herald, March 28, 2012

Uranium City, Sask

Uranium City is small-town Canada taken to the extreme. “Northern Saskatchewan’s Uranium City may be a life too isolated for the likes of most city dwellers, but as photographer Ian Brewster and anthropologist Justin Armstrong discovered on their trip to the ghost town, the city’s sense of community has kept its remaining 70 inhabitants going strong.” National Post, March 23, 2012

Saskatoon

Plath’s paper dolls come to Mendel. Cut-paper shadows overlap the work of the seven contemporary artists featured in the Paper Doll, an exhibition that includes works by Ed Pien, Barb Hunt, and Cindy Sherman and the poet Sylvia Plath. Star Phoenix, March 28, 2012

Winnipeg

Michael Dumontier: From Miffy to Minimalism. “In a quietly terrific exhibition at Winnipeg’s Plug In ICA, Michael Dumontier offers some pared-down but playful exercises in representation.” Canadian Art (Online), March 22, 2012

Toronto

Ontario budget cuts funding to arts community. “Toronto’s high-profile Luminato festival faces 23 per cent reduction. Meanwhile, seven cultural “attractions” – the AGO, ROM, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario Heritage Trust (a conservation agency) and Science North in Sudbury – along with the St. Lawrence Park Commission are on tap to take an almost $5-million cut over the next three years.” Globe & Mail, March 28, 2012

Montreal

Janieta Eyre: The Born Identity. “Upon entering Galerie Samuel Lallouz in Montreal for the vernissage of The Mute Book, a series of startling larger than life images by Toronto-based photographer and filmmaker Janieta Eyre I was struck by [contradictions]…” Canadian Art (Online), March 22, 2012

Nicolas Baier: Mystic Spectacle. “The centrepiece in Nicolas Baier’s current exhibition, which closes this weekend at Galerie René Blouin, is a work that features a full-scale replica of his studio workstation.” Canadian Art (Online), March 22, 2012

Harpswell, Maine

Hilton Kramer, Art Critic at The Times, Dies at 84 Mr. Kramer had an incisive style and combative temperament that made him one of the most influential critics of his era, both at The New York Times and The New Criterion, which he founded. New York Times, March 28, 2012

New York

Bronx Museum Of The Arts Institutes Free Admission “Though previous admission fees were only suggested – $5 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors – they did create a cost barrier in the low-income South Bronx, according to the museum’s executive director, Holly Block. ‘We know it matters because Friday is our free day, and that’s our busiest day,’ she said.” The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2012

Times Square As Mediascape The signs on Times Square grow larger and climb higher than ever as digital technology has transformed both the displays and the way people use this elongated bowtie intersection. The area once was known for billboard artifice. There are still a few holdouts, such as a fabric banner promoting the Broadway show “Mary Poppins” that rises 26 stories. Now much of the square is a “mediascape.” Bloomberg, March 27, 2012

Venice

Venice Is Sinking Even More Than We Thought “Venice has begun sinking again and is even tilting slightly eastward, new satellite measurements have revealed. Despite previous studies suggesting the subsidence had levelled off, new research indicates that the lagoon city continues to sink an average of one to two millimeters (0.04 to 0.08 inches) a year.” Discovery, March 26, 2012

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