Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 6-10, 2012


The future is Angela Grossmann She shot to local fame as part of a Young Romantics show in 1985 at the Vancouver Art Gallery with fellow students Attila Lukacs, Graham Gillmore and Derek Root. “I think we all got Canada Council Grants the year of our graduation,” she says. Vancouver Sun, April 7, 2012

Strombo | Beat Nation: First Nations Artists And Urban Style Examples of that art are currently on display at ‘Beat Nation’, an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery that runs from February 25 to June 3. CBC, April 6, 2012

Playwright, librettist, and avid arts advocate Tom Cone dies at 65 “He was an extraordinary man in so many ways and his passing will be a terrible loss for the Vancouver community,” stated his friend and Vancouver Art Gallery manager of curatorial affairs Karen Love. Georgia Straight (online) April 10, 2012


Art Gallery of Calgary to begin search for CEO With its president and CEO resigning last Friday and no immediate replacement…the gallery’s former president and CEO Valerie Cooper stepping down except to say…Jeffrey Spalding, artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Calgary Herald, April 05, 2012


AGO study centre to highlight David Milne Beginning this weekend, Canadians will get the opportunity to refresh their acquaintance with artist David Milne. Globe and Mail, April 10, 2012

Behind the closed doors of Toronto’s most stunning sacred spaces A multi-faith journey to the corners of the GTA reveals a hand-carved temple of 24,000 stone pieces, frescos by Group of Seven painters, and church bells that play Bohemian Rhapsody. Globe and Mail, April 7, 2012

San Francisco

Arthur Tress Early Works at de Young Museum The recently rediscovered early works of the photographer Arthur Tress are now on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. New York Times, April 8, 2012


A New Traveling Show of Lichtenstein Works Curators at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tate Modern in London have spent five years organizing their own retrospective, which opens in Chicago on May 16. New York Times, April 6, 2012

New York

‘Rembrandt at Work’ at Metropolitan Museum A self-portrait by Rembrandt, never before exhibited in this country, is on view at the Metropolitan Museum for the next several weeks. New York Times, April 6, 2012

‘Swept Away,’ at Museum of Arts and Design Using dust, dirt, ashes, soot, sand and lint, 25 artists at the Museum of Arts and Design make a statement about life, death, history and the ephemerality of it all. New York Times, April 6, 2012

Washington, D.C.

NEA Cuts PBS Funding For Arts Documentaries “The National Endowment for the Arts, a major supporter of PBS shows devoted to performing arts and independent documentaries, is proposing substantial cuts in their financing. Collectively, the cuts, which will not be official until April 25, would strip more than $1 million in federal production aid from PBS shows.” The New York Times, April 10, 2012

Mexico City

The Living Eco-Sculptures Of Mexico City There’s “a towering arch of 50,000 plants rising over a traffic-clogged avenue in a metropolis once called “‘Mexsicko City’ because of its pollution. … One of three eco-sculptures installed across the city by a nonprofit called VerdMX, the arch is both art and oxygenator. It catches the eye. And it gobbles up the carbon dioxide contributing to high ozone levels.” The New York Times, April 10, 2012


But has Damien Hirst fulfilled his early putrid-cow promise? Damien Hirst swore he wouldn’t do a big retrospective, but he’s never been one to resist more fame and money. Globe and Mail, April 7, 2012

London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad in Britain The London 2012 Festival, an eight-week outpouring of cultural events before, during and after the Olympics, is part of an effort to include the arts alongside sports. New York Times, April 8, 2012


Thieves Steal Artefacts Worth £1.8 Million Thieves stole two 18-century jade works from Durham University’s Oriental Museum in a night raid. Three people have been arrested, but the items have not been recovered. BBC, April 6, 2012


How Could Artist of ‘Sainte Anne’ Be Doubted? The Louvre show follows the history of Leonardo’s last masterpiece and brings home the full realization that the Italian artist was indeed unique. New York Times, April 7, 2012


Architect offers hope amid the globe’s ruin and rubble During the catastrophic siege of Sarajevo – launched 20 years ago this week – New York architect Lebbeus Woods risked his life to enter the blockaded city and, armed with his provocative renderings of jagged, deformed appendages crawling out of damaged buildings, stood on the steps of the burned-out Olympic Museum, fully exposed to Serbian snipers and artillery gunners. Globe and Mail, April 7, 2012


What’s The Great Art Of The Future? Data Visualization “Why are we picking at [Damien Hirst’s] carcasses of creativity? We should instead be celebrating the really new and relevant: the rise of the data visualizers. Their medium is the one with momentum, the one genuinely changing how we think and feel. And it’s about to boom.” The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2012

What’s The Difference Between A Foreword, A Preface And An Introduction? “The terms foreword, preface (from Latin praefatio, ‘speech before’), and introduction (from Latin introducere, ‘to lead in’) all seem to be saying ‘Me first.’ But each has a particular meaning in book publishing – allowing for a fair bit of overlap – and there is a traditional order for presenting them.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 5, 2012

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