Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 20-23, 2012



Campus could house Emily Carr and digital media offices Matt Shillito, assistant director of community planning, says the city wants the False Creek Flats area, which includes the Great Northern Way Campus, to provide diverse, green jobs. “The other big objective that we have for the campus is to really anchor cultural facilities and cultural activity in the area, which is very popular and very prominent in Mount Pleasant and we would like to see the campus really add to that vibrancy,” he says. “Obviously, Emily Carr is a big positive move in that direction.” Burnett calls such a cultural precinct a legacy for the city. “The intellectual wealth of this province is massive and we haven’t invested enough to produce the outcomes that would actually benefit us,” he says. Vancouver Courier, April 19, 2012


Documentary captures Tom Thomson as a genius and a mystery The art and cinematography are lovely but where is the grit and grime of life in Algonquin Park? Globe and Mail, April 20, 2012

‘If he didn’t have the courage to witness…’Speaking with artist Deanna Bowen, I learn that The Paul Good Papers (an ongoing project that will have a further iteration at the Art Gallery of York University in January, 2013) continues to generate new meanings both for her and inquisitive viewers seeking to untangle this thorny Gordian knot of race and media, original voice and reportage, lived experience and learned example. Globe and Mail, April 21, 2012


Long list Announced for the 10th Anniversary | e-flux The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation are pleased to announce the long list for the 2012 Sobey Art Award, the pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian Art. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Award. Following a three-month nomination process, the Curatorial Panel has announced the 25 artists vying for the 2012 Sobey. e-flux (blog) April 20, 2012

Los Angeles

On the Trail of a Master Photographer Julius Shulman photographed some of the most iconic structures in Los Angeles, including Case Study House 22 and the Eames House. Here’s how you can visit them. New York Times, April 22, 2012

Jeffrey Deitch’s Party House The museum director on chats with Andy Warhol and the worst art to live with. New York Times, April 22, 2012

The Getty Trust Hires A Fundraiser (Wait, The Getty Trust??) “The J. Paul Getty Trust, the visual art world’s ultimate one-percenter with about $8 billion in net assets, has decided that it can’t get by on investment income alone and will begin raising money in earnest to pay for special projects.” The Trust’s president assures us (of course) that its fundraising won’t poach support from other cultural institutions. Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2012

New York

‘Being Singular Plural’ at Guggenheim Museum “Being Singular Plural,” an exhibition of recent video and film by Indian artists, is at the Guggenheim Museum. New York Times, April 20, 2012

‘Dürer and Beyond’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art The exhibition “Dürer and Beyond,” at the Met, surveys the museum’s holdings of drawings made from 1400 to 1700 by artists working in the Holy Roman Empire. New York Times, April 20, 2012

‘Connecting Cultures’ at the Brooklyn Museum “Connecting Cultures,” an exhibition that samples the Brooklyn Museum’s vast collection, shows the interconnections of ideas and objects in many societies and eras. New York Times, April 20, 2012

‘Born Out of Necessity,’ MoMA Design Show Objects both everyday and essential are the focus of the design exhibition “Born Out of Necessity” at MoMA. New York Times, April 20, 2012


The Cheese Portraitist (Or, Van Gogh Goes To Whole Foods) Philadelphia artist Mike Geno: “I only paint things that I find attractive and appetizing. I like to translate what I find the most seductive about my subject. And cheese, it turns out, is the absolute perfect match for the way I paint. I get hungry looking at cheese.” The New York Times 04/18/12 (includes slideshow)

Washington, D.C.

Hirshhorn Museum Plans Ai Weiwei Retrospective in October The exhibition “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” will run from Oct. 7 to Feb. 24, 2013, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. New York Times, April 20, 2012


Glasgow’s Art Scene Gains Momentum and Depth “The Glasgow Miracle,” a term coined in 1996 to describe one of Europe’s most dynamic artistic hotspots, has now matured from a fiery youth and become more established. New York Times, April 21, 2012


The Loose Ties of Turner and Claude A London museum stretches to try to show that the English landscapist was influenced by the French master from the 17 century. New York Times, April 21, 2012


Stepping Off The Tourist Path In Paris, Into A Treasure Hidden In Plain Sight What are you missing when you go to Paris? St.-Étienne-du-Mont, an unassuming medieval/Renaissance church slightly off the beaten path. “Our lone Parisian survivor is in a class unto itself: not just the sole instance in Paris, but one of the few in the world, and a magnificent specimen of carved stone. It impels the eye. Looking at this gigantic wedding cake of a loft, one knows instinctively that one is in Paris.” Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2012


Artists Turn Against Pirate Party “The Pirate Party has laid claim to another first: It’s the first left-wing party to have a considerable number of intellectuals not for, but against it.” Der Spiegel, April 22, 2012


Klimt’s Glittering Return to Italy The 150th anniversary of Gustav Klimt’s birth is the occasion for a stunning exhibition in Venice, the city that inspired the artist’s use of gold leaf. New York Times, April 20, 2012


Where Would You Look For The Book Of The Dead? Australia, Of Course “‘We are incredibly surprised that we had such a significant object in our collection,’ museum CEO Ian Galloway told Australian press.” CBC 04/20/12

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