Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 29, 2012


An Interview with Omer Arbel. The Vancouver-based designer, Omer Arbel, of Omer Arbel Office (OAO) and Bocci talks to Here and Elsewhere about applying his creative philosophy to both enterprises. Here and Elsewhere, March 27, 2012


Province hands out $800,000 in 2010 Arts Legacy funding for community anniversary celebrations. A portion of the remaining 2010 Sport and Arts Legacy funding earmarked for arts has been allocated to a number of anniversary celebrations, in communities that include Victoria and Esquimalt. Georgia Straight, March 22, 2012

Art gallery forum challenges creativity. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria asks visitors to throw down their ideas and be inspired by the contagious energy of the local arts community at the Throw Down Art Forum this Sunday. Times Colonist, March 29, 2012


Ian Tyson lyrics featured in Calgary public art project. “A tribute to longtime Western singer and songwriter Ian Tyson was unveiled today in downtown Calgary. The Calgary Transit public art piece features the lyrics to Land of Shining Mountains, displayed in glass and stone.” CBC News, March 29, 2012


Celebrating a creative friendship. “Two Artists – Two Friends – Two Journeys is a befitting title for this exhibition of works by Maxine Noel and the late Michael Robinson opening Saturday at Bearclaw Gallery.” Edmonton Journal, March 29, 2012


Local artist’s work in major exhibition. Amalie Atkins is one of several Saskatchewan artists – the list also includes Clint Neufeld, Ruth Cuthand and Wally Dion – selected to be part of Oh Canada, the largest survey of Canadian contemporary art ever held in the United States. Star Phoenix, March 27, 2012


Kerry Tribe at the Power Plant: A history of forgetting. “Kerry Tribe plays with the conventions of film and its relationship to narrative as well as the medium’s ability to subvert and deceive” in “There Will Be _____,” showing at the Power Plant. Toronto Star, March 29, 2012

Art Attack: Luminato set to lose $3.5 million in funding. “The Luminato festival, which was expecting to receive $4 million next year and $4.5 million in 2014, will see funding cut by $3.5 million over the next two years. Also targeted were the AGO, the ROM, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.” Toronto Life, March 28, 2012


Jeremy Borsos: Frieze Frames. “Assembled from thousands of feet of 8mm home movies which Jeremy Borsos has acquired from eBay, the works in this solo exhibition, “8mm Redux,” explore two distinct, yet complementary, approaches to archive art.” Canadian Art (Online), March 22, 2012

Renowned Canadian artists donate art for MTL’s star-studded ARTSIDA auction at the MAC. In just four short years ARTSIDA has become an important event on Montreal’s spring social calendar, raising tens of thousand of dollars each year for AIDS Community Care Montréal. This year’s auction will be held at the Musée a’Art Contemporain de Montréal. Montreal Gazette, March 29, 2012


Denver To Have Second New American Art Museum “The Anschutz Collection, one of the country’s most-respected collections of Western paintings, will open its doors to the public full-time later this year, adding another attraction to Denver’s growing portfolio of small, quirky art museums.” The institution will be officially known as American Museum of Western Art. The Denver Post, March 28, 2012

New York

In Suit, Knoedler Gallery Is Accused of Selling Fake Rothko Painting “The $25 million lawsuit against the recently closed Knoedler & Company charged that the dealer and its former president conspired to sell a fake Mark Rothko painting.” New York Times, March 29, 2012

Is Francesca Woodman the Sylvia Plath of Photography? “I would have preferred to walk into the Francesca Woodman exhibit at the Guggenheim without knowing anything about her.” Slate Magazine, March 28, 2012

MoMA Adds Dance To Its Programming “The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned the artist and choreographer Ralph Lemon to create a three-week program of dance performances entitled Some Sweet Day” to be performed in the museum’s atrium this fall. New York Times, March 29, 2012

Brooke Astor Settlement: Belated Windfall for Metropolitan Museum, Morgan Library, Brooklyn Museum, Other NY Cultural Institutions The estate of Astor, who died in 2005 at the age of 105, had been tied up in a five-year will contest that, in the words of the Attorney General’s press release, “was further complicated by the 2009 conviction of her son, Anthony D. Marshall [under appeal], for stealing millions of dollars from her—and ultimately from charity—during the last years of her life, when her mental capacity was in decline.” Culture Grrl (blog) March 28, 2012


Rembrandt Old Rabbi Painting Authenticated “Left high on a library wall for more than half a century, the portrait of a rheumy-eyed old man initially seemed no different from the misattributed old masters hanging beside it. But after more than half a century of being overlooked, it has been authenticated as a genuine and outstanding work by Rembrandt.” The Guardian (UK) March 28, 2012

Bournemouth, England

This Day In History: March 29, 1935. “The British tabloids have labelled many murders “the crime of the century.” But the demise of Francis Rattenbury ranks with the most lurid of them all. Rattenbury was one of the most prominent architects in early British Columbia. While in his 20s, he designed the B.C. legislative buildings in Victoria, and he also designed the provincial courthouse in Vancouver, now home to the Vancouver Art Gallery.” Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2012


Louvre Changes The Date When It Believes Leonardo Painted Mona Lisa “Until now Leonardo’s portrait has been dated to about 1503-6, but this is being formally altered to about 1503-19. This important redating is presented in the catalogue of the Louvre’s exhibition “Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece” (29 March-25 June).” The Art Newspaper, March 28, 2012


Creating a Place for Contemporary Art Events like Art Dubai, an annual art fair, are helping establish contemporary art as a part of the cultural scene in the Middle East. New York Times, March 29, 2012

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