Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 11, 2012


Ken Lum: Road to Somewhere. “Today, after more than three decades, Ken Lum’s early performance piece now seems an ideal springboard for a body of work that over the years has perpetually concerned itself with the process of making barely recognizable and often overlooked subjects not just familiar, but also endearing, noble and transformative.” Canadian Art (Online), April 5, 2012

Michael Morris: Painting Poetry. “Currently on view at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is an exhibition that pays tribute to Michael Morris and his legacy. The exhibition’s title, “Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry,” is a reflection, in part, of Morris’ devotion to the Concrete Poetry movement—he co-curated an important exhibition of the form at the University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery in 1969.” Canadian Art (Online), April 5, 2012

How a virtual museum is changing the way First Nations artifacts can be shared, studied and protected “In 2005, the Museum of Anthropology partnered with three Vancouver-area First Nations to build the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN), a social media-style website where photos and descriptions of artifacts can be displayed, studied and discussed. The site launched in 2010, and today, there are more than 430,000 items from 19 museums and institutions throughout the world available at” Canadian Geographic, April 2012


Royal Alberta Museum exhibit displays the exotic beauty of moths. “Jim des Rivières’ exquisite, large-format prints of moths showing at the Royal Alberta Museum are breathtaking, a vivid display of variegated colours and exotic patterns.” Edmonton Journal, April 11, 2012


Lewis Klahr’s trinket dreamscape. “For three decades, avant-garde filmmaker Lewis Klahr, a transplanted New Yorker now based in Los Angeles, has been widely regarded as a master of cut-and-paste animation. Klahr’s film The Pettifogger was screened at TIFF this week.” Globe & Mail, April 10, 2012


Art Histories: Washing Away the Canon. “Montreal artist-run centre VOX recently moved into new digs: the entire fourth floor of the slick, just-opened 2-22 building at the corner of St-Laurent and Ste-Catherine. Its first exhibition augurs well for the space.” Canadian Art (Online), April 5, 2012

St. John’s

A Pacific point of view. “British Columbia is a beautiful place, but the sights that most appeal to Vancouver photographer Anthony Redpath aren’t ones you’d see on a postcard. For the past few years, Redpath has been trying to pay homage to the blue-collar side of Pacific coast life in his large, meticulous prints. Now, with an exhibition on in St. John’s, N.L., Redpath talks to Leah Sandals about the decline of fishing, the rise of ecotourism and the buildings that tell the tale of both.” National Post, April 5, 2012

London, UK

Photo Gallery: Artist Ben Wilson creates art from discarded gum on London’s Millennium Bridge. For the past seven years, Ben Wilson has created mini works of art on discarded gum. Here, the British artist gets his hands dirty on London’s Millennium Bridge. National Post, April 9, 2012

Los Gatos, California

Painter Kinkade dies in California home “Despite his astonishing commercial success with luminous seascapes and paintings of cottages and street scenes, Thomas Kinkade’s life was neither serene nor simple.” Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2012

New York

Sotheby’s Gets To Keep Cambodian Antiquity (For Now) “Ruling against the immediate seizure of a 1,000-year-old Cambodian statue the United States and Cambodian governments say was looted from its temple site, a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday gave Sotheby’s continued custody of the antiquity and called a hearing for April 12.” New York Times, April 5, 2012

Washington, D.C.

Competing To Redesign Washington’s National Mall “A amphitheater at the base of the Washington Monument; a glass-enclosed restaurant overlooking the Constitution Gardens pond – and a winter-time ice-skating rink where the pond currently sits; a lively new Union Square, with streams of water arching into the Capitol Reflecting Pool; these are among the ideas that architects and designers have floated for redesigning and reviving three sites on the National Mall.” DCist, April 9, 2012 (includes slideshow)

Proposed US Law Would Shield Art Loaned To Museums From Seizure “Russia banned art loans to the United States after a 2010 federal court ruling that a historic collection of Jewish religious books and Rabbinic writings belongs not to Russia but to the U.S.-based Hasidic group, Chabad, and must be returned.” Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2012

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