Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 3, 2012


Tough mentor, critical curator fondly remembered Kamloops Art Gallery hosted a tearful and moving occasion last week, a celebration of the life of Annette Hurtig, the late curator, arts administrator and writer. Hurtig, 65, died Feb. 16 after a long struggle with cancer. Kamloops Daily News, April 3, 2012


AGO cancels John Greyson screening The Making of Monsters, a 1991 short, is snarled in a copyright dispute with the estate of composter Kurt Weill. Globe and Mail, April 3, 2012

AGO signs up with Google Art Project Toronto gallery is first Canadian art museum to join high-definition virtual-tour program. Globe and Mail, April 3, 2012


Canadian artists dazzled London, coming to McMichael Touring Group of Seven and Tom Thomson show that wowed Londoners last year will be shown in Ontario. Globe and Mail, April 3, 2012


Making artistic connections Diana Nemiroff has, for 30 years, been a bridge between art and artists in the national art scene. Nemiroff was a senior curator at the National Gallery of Canada. The latest honour for Diana Nemiroff is the $25,000 Governor General’s Visual Arts and Media Arts Award for her “outstanding contribution” to Canadian art. Ottawa Citizen, April 3, 2012

Books about obesity, museums in the running for Donner Prize Award worth $50,000 to best public policy book by a Canadian. The nominee that interests us is: Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums, by Ruth B. Phillips (McGill-Queen’s University Press) Globe and Mail, April 3, 2012


Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal reçoit un don de 80 œuvres et va construire un nouveau pavillon “Michal Hornstein et sa femme Renata ont fait don de leur collection d’œuvres d’art au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Essentiellement des peintures, dont plusieurs chefs-d’œuvre du XVIIe siècle néerlandais, la valeur des quelques 80 œuvres a été estimée à plus de 75 millions de dollars canadiens (56,5 millions d’euros).” Le Journal des Arts, 26 Mars 2012


America’s Greatest Art Forger Gets April Fools’ Day Exhibition “Mark A. Landis, who has dressed as a Jesuit priest or posed as a wealthy donor driving up in a red Cadillac, apparently never took money for his forgeries and has never been arrested. Now his ‘works’ have been collected into their own tongue-in-cheek exhibit, called Faux Real and opening on April Fools’ Day at the University of Cincinnati.” The Washington Post, March 30, 2012

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Engaging Technology: uCurate and uExplore at the Clark “What’s going on at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts? Let’s see, there are iPads, tablets, interactive digital programs, touchscreens and kiosks throughout the galleries, the new exhibition, Clark Remix, and oh yes, new curators- YOU. In a February press release, the Clark announced its exciting new initiative to encourage visitor interaction and participation in its galleries.” Elizabeth Quaglieri, Technology in the Arts, March 28, 2012

New York

Cindy Sherman’s superstar strategy There’s an interesting message for women from the American photographer: not being yourself can be a brilliant career move. Globe and Mail, April 3, 2012


Napoleon… the theme park “Plans are afoot to build a theme park based on the life and times of the French leader Napoleon Bonaparte. Can it be a tourist magnet to rival nearby Disneyland Paris?” BBC News, 26 March 2012

Doha, Qatar

Qatar’s culture queen At 29, Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani is the art world’s most powerful woman. Is she using her money well? “THE starkly beautiful Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha, Qatar, is a fine setting for a dinner. Last month 200 dealers, collectors and curators gathered there for the opening of the first showing in the Middle East of work by Takashi Murakami. The Economist, March 31, 2012


The United Arab Emirate With A Real Art Scene (You May Not Have Heard Of It) Thanks to an emir with two humanities PhDs and, notably, his educated and energetic daughter, Sharjah actively encourages both traditional and contemporary art – and makes a point of making the art accessible citizens, visitors, and even Pakistani and Filipino migrant workers. The Art Newspaper, March 29, 2012


Nuns From Kathmandu Help Restore 400-Year-Old Tibetan Paintings “Conservators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston called upon the services of nuns from Kathmandu, as well as Tibetan and Taiwanese specialists in silk brocades and Japanese fabricators of gilt-bronze decorative ornaments for an ambitious, two-year project to restore a series of 400-year-old thangkas or Tibetan paintings.” The Art Newspaper, March 29, 2012

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