Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 30-April 2, 2012


“Playhouse collapse raises doubts about viability of new $300 million art gallery.” Business in Vancouver, March 20-26, 2012, p. 9 (A copy of the article is available in the Library or accessible online to BIV subscribers)


Is the Luminato love-in on the rocks?The arts festival, once lavishly backed by the provincial government, faced significant cuts in the Ontario budget this year — 37.5-per-cent cut in provincial funding in 2013 and one of 44 per cent the next year. While several other Ontario cultural attractions also heard they would be getting less provincial money over the next few years, none was hit as hard as Luminato. Globe and Mail, March 30, 2012


Canada’s Culture Minister – High On The Arts, But… “He’s respected by the arts community because he’s one of the only voices in government at any level that seems to be able to articulate the arts case and the argument for public investment in the arts. But the support from the community is wary because of the company he keeps.” The Globe & Mail (Canada) 03/31/12

Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Burning Man’s Cry for Help The Burning Man festival can be a wonderful participatory experience, but today the barriers to attending are staggeringly high. New York Times, March 30, 2012

New York

Rothko, Warhol and Pollock Works Headed to Auction A private collection of Abstract paintings by artists like Rothko, Pollock and de Kooning will be auctioned at Christie’s. New York Times, March 31, 2012

‘Naked Before the Camera’ at the Metropolitan Museum The progress of the naked body through photography is the subject of “Naked Before the Camera,” through Sept. 9 at the Met. New York Times, March 31, 2012

‘Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration’ at MoMA “Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration,” at the Museum of Modern Art, a show meant to amuse, provoke and titillate, expands on a Surrealist pastime. New York Times, March 31, 2012

New Orleans

Artists Withdraw From New Orleans Gallery Over Movie Shoot At the Contemporary Arts Center, several New Orleans artists withdraw from a group show after the executive director agrees to close the exhibit for a week for a film shoot. It “seems that visual art gets bumped aside really quickly,” one artist said. New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 31, 2012


There’s A Mind-Body Gap – Or Rather A Mind-Brain Gap A new London exhibit on the brain “confronts its visitors with the gulf between our hard-won knowledge about the form of the brain and our as-yet-meagre understanding of its function.” New Scientist, March 30, 2012

Martin Creed serves up contemporary art in a the café The latest openings and events from around the world. Globe and Mail, March 30, 2012


Gerhard Richter Painting: An artist in his element A descriptive film shows the 80-year-old German painter doing exactly what he does best. Globe and Mail, March 31, 2012


Paintings Stolen 24 Years Ago From N.Y. Recovered In Germany Four pieces stolen from a New York gallery in 1988 just turned up in a dead German art dealer’s estate. BBC, March 30, 2012


Hey, U.S. Museums: Turkey Called. It Wants Its Art Back “The government of Turkey is asking American museums to return dozens of artifacts that were allegedly looted from the country’s archaeological sites, opening a new front in the search for antiquities smuggled out of their original countries through an illicit trade.” Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2012


Corporations, Getting in Touch With Their Identities Through Art “Organizations that buy art are investing in themselves — and in more than a monetary sense. Art speaks to culture, self-expression and creativity,” says a corporate art advisor. “When organizations buy artwork, they are supporting the arts. That can mean buying from local artists, but it extends beyond that. Art touches lives.” The New York Times 04/01/12

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