Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 24, 2012



Picking up the pieces after Japan’s tsunami, giving ‘garbage’ new meaning in Tofino More than a year after Japan’s devastating tsunami, artist Peter Clarkson gives second chance to debris washing up toward B.C. coastDebris believed to be linked to last year’s Japanese tsunami has allowed a Vancouver Island artist to put a new spin on an ageless cultural symbol. Globe and Mail, April 24, 2012

North Vancouver

NV museum plans short on cash The museum is a different matter. I was down at…director explain the latest plans for a new museum. The forum, by the way, is a really…council hopefuls down there though .The museum has three problems: they have too much stuff, too little money and space. North Shore News, April 22, 2012


Picasso’s art collection unveiled in Toronto display Nearly 150 masterpieces from master artist Pablo Picasso’s personal collection are being prepped for a vast exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. CBC, April 24, 2012

Tessar Sebastian Lo & Mark DeLong: Twice Removed Currently on view at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto is an exhibition that juxtaposes bodies of work by two Canadian artists of distinctly different practices—one more emotional and illustrative, the other more conceptual and abstract. Interestingly, both artists’ visual gestures still fit with gallery owner Simon Cole’s long-time interest in street-based art practices such as graffiti, stencil and paste-up. Canadian Art, April 19, 2012


Papier 12: Good on Paper Papier, the annual works-on-paper fair in Montreal hosted by the Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC) in a tent in the city’s new Quartier des Spectacles, is at once unique among Canadian art fairs and the most fair-like among them. On one hand, fairs devoted exclusively to works on paper are still rather rare, with the notable exception of the New York Art Book Fair—even more unique in its field due to its exclusive focus on publications. Canadian Art, April 29, 2012

Salt Lake City

How Do Mormons See Themselves? Check Out This Museum For Answers ” The museum shows how earthly a religion Mormonism is, how practical its actions have been and how intimately connected its history is to the American past. The printing press, the farm, depictions of the ordinary citizens who were the first church members — we see a vision of early American democracy. The covered wagon, the daring mapping of unknown territory: Mormon history is a version of the American pioneering myth.” The New York Times April 22, 2012

Bentonville, Arkansas

Court Quashes Final Attempt To Stop Fisk-Crystal Bridges Art-Sharing Deal “Artist Georgia O’Keefe gave the 101-piece Stieglitz Collection to Fisk [University] in 1946 with the stipulation that it could not be sold. At issue for the last several years has been whether Fisk can accept 30 million dollars to share the art with Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas.” The Tennessee Supreme Court has rejected the state’s attempt to block that arrangement. WPLN (Nashville) April 23, 2012


Issey Miyake’s Different Shades of Modernity Among the inventions and progressive ideas on display at the Design Museum of London are outfits from Issey Miyake that challenge the eye, fold flat and demonstrate his talent for futuristic ideas. New York Times, April 24, 2012

Looking Down On London From The Shard You can’ see, in other words, the whole of London, until now an unencompassable splodge that could last have been captured in a single view perhaps 200 years ago, to its perimeter and beyond. Close to, familiar and not-small objects, such as the Gherkin and HMS Belfast, look like large toys. It is both implausible and real, something well-known seen from an unprecedented place. It’s hard to know what to do except gawp.” (And then there’s the building itself.) The Observer (UK) April 21, 2012


ArtsBeat: Police Report Lead in Theft of Chinese Artifacts from Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum Police think that a stolen white minivan may have been used in a theft earlier this month of precious works of art from China worth nearly $29 million from the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge in England, the BBC reported. New York Times, April 24, 2012


China Begins An Art Museum Binge “The boom in museum construction, which some Chinese art experts liken to the expansion of museums in the United States at the end of the 19th century, has much to do with national pride. It comes with the full support of the national government as part of a cultural strategy known as ‘Going Out, Inviting In’.” New York Times, April 24, 2012


New Rules For Making It In The Art World “We’ve decided to present our own version of performance art: a tongue-in-cheek rulebook for how to make it in the art world now–as artist, gallerist, collector, hanger-on. Many of the case studies demonstrate this period’s impish contradictions. And many of them show how to walk a line that has become particularly well trod of late.” New York Magazine, April 20, 2012

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