Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 12, 2011

Vancouver

Marian Penner Bancroft receives $30,000 Audain Prize. Noted artist and teacher Marian Penner Bancroft has been honoured with the Audain Prize for the Visual Arts for lifetime achievement. Artists Beau Dick and Ron Tran are the 2012 recipients of $10,000 VIVA Awards, granted annually by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. The awards will be presented at the Great Hall of the B.C. Law Courts (800 Hornby ST.) on May 9. Vancouver Sun, April 12, 2012

Art star Etienne Zack hits home turf again. “Etienne Zack has arrived in Vancouver in time to celebrate a trifecta of his destabilizing art: Vision Machine, a two-person show with Marianne Nicolson at the Surrey Art Gallery; In Itself, a solo exhibition of new work at the Equinox Gallery; and the launch of Daytime Motion Picture, a hand-painted digital print created for Artists for Kids.” Georgia Straight, April 12, 2012

Kesu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer is a full and fitting tribute. “Kesu’, meaning “wealth being carved”, was the Kwakwaka’wakw name bestowed upon Doug Cranmer when he had his first haircut, in 1927, at the age of 10 months.” Georgia Straight, April 10, 2012

Khouri’s sculptural wearables an eyeful. Marie Khouri’s pieces are unique, from gold cufflinks to concrete public-arts sculptures. A five-metre-high work will adorn Ryan Bosa and Embassy Development Corp.’s 30-floor Vantage project at Lougheed-and-Rosser in Burnaby. Vancouver Sun, April 12, 2012

Cutback forced sale of photo. “A haunting photograph of the Titanic, one of the last taken of the doomed ship, was sold by the Vancouver Maritime Museum for a paltry $4,935. The Vancouver Province learned of the sale during research in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the sinking.” Leader Post, April 9, 2012

Victoria

New chief plans changes to Royal B.C. Museum. “The new chief executive officer of the Royal B.C. Museum has been in Victoria for only a few weeks. But already Jack Lohman is mulling over what changes – some big and some small – he can make in the 47-year-old building on Belleville Street.” Times Colonist, April 11, 2012

Toronto

David Macfarlane on the arts in Canadian life. “In a country with a population as small as Canada’s, and in a time as perilous and uncertain as our own, any discussion of the role of the arts in public life tends to become, sooner rather than later, a discussion about funding for the arts.” Toronto Star, April 12, 2012

Québec

The Rembrandt legacy in printmaking. The exhibition at Villa Bagatelle is a unique chance for Quebec art lovers to see up close prints by artists such as these, better known for their paintings. The twenty six works presented in the exhibition were selected by David De Witt, conservator of European part at the Agnes Etherington Art Center. Quebec Chronicle Telegraph, April 11, 2012

New York

Guggenheim and UBS Project Plan Cross-Cultural ProgramThe Guggenheim Foundation and UBS are starting a five-year program to work with artists, curators and educators from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa.  New York Times, April 12, 2012

Close-up: Rebel Movement Stan Douglas’s Disco Angola slyly proposes—in its nostalgic return, its tension between staging and verisimilitude, its deliberate freeze-frame capture of costume-drama conventions—a way of piling up and compressing various layers of history into one photo-ready moment. Artforum, April 2012

London

Backlash Against Olympic Arts Festival Draws A Victim “It may have escaped enlightened readers hereabouts, but in some newspapers the cultural programme of the 2012 Olympics has come in for some criticism. Specifically, the more adventurous art events have been mocked. And the mockery has drawn blood, for this week Olafur Eliasson’s application for £1m funding for his proposed artwork Take a Deep Breath was turned down by the Olympic Lottery Distributor.” The Guardian (UK) April 12, 2012

Vatican City

Vatican And Bodleian Libraries To Digitize 1.5 Million Ancient Texts “Transforming these ancient texts and images into digital form helps transcend the limitations of time and space, which have in the past restricted access to knowledge. Scholars will be able to interrogate these documents in fresh approaches as a result of their online availability.” BBC, April 12, 2012

Serbia

Serbian Police Recover Stolen Cezanne “Police in Serbia believe they have recovered an impressionist masterpiece by Paul Cezanne worth at least £68m that was stolen at gunpoint in one of the world’s biggest art heists four years ago, a police official has said.” The Guardian (UK) April 12, 2012

Iran

Iranian Comic-Book Artists Seek a Unique, Local IdentityIranian comic-book artists have won international acclaim but are still struggling for acceptance at home. Their work, like most forms of expression in the Islamic Republic, is tightly controlled. New York Times, April 12, 2012

International

RIP Thomas Kinkade. And how is he different from Damien Hirst? Hirst, like Kinkade, “has been criticized for his determined profit-seeking, for inflated prices, for using assistants to produce his work, even for a general lack of originality … But Hirst is seen as a conceptualist – his art is these brilliant money-making ideas themselves. Why don’t we see Kinkade in a similar light? What Kinkade was selling was also ideas: a mythical America, a pink-dawned, Christian cartoonscape of flowers, waterfalls and Disneyland.” Globe and Mail, April 12, 2012

Google Art Project’s Expanded OfferingsThe second iteration of the Google Art Project has greatly expanded the number of museums and artworks available. New York Times, April 12, 2012

World Wide: International Art in April. A Canadian Art magazine preview of international exhibitions opening in April. Canadian Art (Online), April 5, 2012

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