Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 5, 2012


UBC gets $5-million gift to build new visual-arts centre. Developer, art collector and philanthropist Michael Audain has given $5-million to the University of British Columbia to launch a new centre for the visual arts. The gift announced on Tuesday comes from Mr. Audain’s family foundation and will create the Audain Art Centre as a part of UBC’s department of art history, visual art and theory. Globe & Mail, April 4, 2012

State-of-the-art studio upgrade for UBC students. Michael Audain’s gift is the largest donation ever received by UBC’s faculty of arts and brings the total amount he has now donated to Canadian arts organizations, personally or through the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, to $35 million. Vancouver Sun, April 5, 2012

2010 Sport and Arts Legacy funding details remain under wraps. Community, Sport, and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong remains under fire for the way she distributed $3.25 million earmarked for the arts from the 2010 Sport and Arts Legacy fund. Georgia Straight, April 5, 2012


Circulation Patterns at SFU Gallery appears oddly incompatible—at first. “Circulation Patterns is an unexpected conjunction of the simple and the complex, the messy and the orderly, the prosaic and the cosmic. The show’s two installations, one by Michelle Allard and one by Khan Lee, occupy the SFU Gallery space in quite disparate ways.” Georgia Straight, April 3, 2012


Art show looks at nations. “The University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery in downtown Victoria is a little-known venue that appeals to art lovers looking for something different.. This weekend, catch 2 exhibitions: Divergence: Insights into Studio Practices, which showcases the works of 19 art-education instructors at the university and On Communities and Nations.” Times Colonist, April 5, 2012


Artist taps into ‘cultural memory’ for Venice show. Alberta will be solely represented at the Venice Biennale by an Edmonton artist exploring her Métis heritage.In its architecture section opening Aug. 29, the world-renowned Italian art festival will showcase work by Edmonton’s Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. Edmonton Journal, April 5, 2012


Deborah Samuel’s Elegy casts a new light on death. “Vancouver-born photographer Deborah Samuel seemed stunned and inward when listing the losses she’s experienced over the last few years. She had watched dementia disintegrate her father’s awareness, infection creep across the body of her beloved horse Mao, and time sweep away three of her five dogs.” National Post, April 5, 2012

Michael Dumontier and Jason de Haan: reviewed. “Michael Dumontier’s eye is drawn to the things most of us look past, and his focused attentions give us the chance to see them anew. Not so quiet is Calgary-based Jason de Haan, whose grabby show at the Clint Roesnisch Gallery clamours to be seen.” Toronto Star, April 4, 2012


National Gallery hopes to follow AGO into Google Art project. “The National Gallery of Canada hopes soon to follow the Toronto-based AGO into the Google Art Project. It contacted Google a year ago, when the project was in its pilot stage. Now that the project is in full swing, the gallery would like to become involved as soon as possible.” Ottawa Citizen, April 4, 2012


Abbas Akhavan: Home Fronts. “The Tehran-born artist—who left Iran with his family at the end of the Iran-Iraq war in the late 1980s and settled in Canada—seems obsessed with the domestic sphere, and how it can enter more dangerous territory in the blink of a passing video frame.” Canadian Art (Online), March 29, 2012


3X3X3: Triple Effect. 3X3X3 is a month-long exhibition in Halifax that presented video art in public spaces during the city’s Photopolis festival. The works are presented by Halifax artist-run centres Eyelevel Gallery, the Centre for Art Tapes and France’s Videospread. Canadian Art (Online), March 29, 2012


Cuts at CBC, NFB: Dark days for publicly-funded art in Canada. These are not good times for those in the culture game in Canada. Documentary filmmakers have already found so many doors closed – CBC, for example, has already radically downsized its commitment to buying docs. Now the NFB is taking a major hit. And so is Telefilm. Not good times if you’re a cultural creator. Or cultural consumer for that matter. Montreal Gazette, April 5, 2012

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Copy Rights As digital tools transform the way artists find and rework images, the concept of what is fair use—legally as well as artistically—is becoming more complicated. According to James Pilgrim, co-curator of the exhibition Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art at the Clark Art Institute, Albrecht Dürer was one of the first artists to sue another for copying; he charged Marcantonio Raimondi with making prints of his paintings and using his monogram. Today, five centuries later, courts differentiate between that kind of forgery and appropriation art, permitting the latter if it falls under the “fair use” exception to copyright law, that is, if it can be proved that the appropriator transformed the original material as a way of commenting on, satirizing, or criticizing the source. Artnews, April 2012

New York

Ancient Cambodian Statue Is Seized From Sotheby’s Federal agents in New York moved to seize a thousand-year-old Cambodian statue from Sotheby’s, alleging that Sotheby’s knew that it had been stolen from an ancient temple. New York Times, April 5, 2012


Damien Hirst’s Artworks Are Like Junk Bonds, Says Critic Julian Spalding: “If you want a pickled shark in a tank, you don’t have to pay the $12m Steve Cohen paid for the one selected by Hirst. You only pay that much for the artistic content that Hirst has added to it. If there isn’t any, what are you buying? … Damien Hirst isn’t an artist. His works … have no artistic content and are worthless as works of art. They are, therefore, worthless financially.” The Independent (UK) March 27, 2012

Damien Hirst’s Artworks Are Excellent Investments, Replies Damien Hirst “It’s like, you say ‘sell your Hirst’. I say ‘don’t sell your Hirsts, hang on to them.’ If you look at the numbers … [art is] the greatest currency in the world.” Yahoo News (Reuters) April 2, 2012


ArtsBeat: Ai Weiwei’s Self-Surveillance is Shut Down Ai Weiwei, the rebellious Chinese artist, said on Wednesday that the authorities had shut down a Web site on which he was streaming video from four live surveillance cameras in his home. New York Times, April 5, 2012

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