Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 27-30, 2012


In a city too often swathed in grey, an artist of the sun Barbara Weaver-Bosson joins 33 other artists of Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood in opening the doors of her studio Globe and Mail, April 30, 2012


Let me introduce you to Suzy Lake, national treasure Review of Suzy Lake; Georgia Scherman Projects, and So Whose Gaze Is It Now?; Something, Nothing, Everything; Beauty At A Proper Distance/In Song; Imitations of Myself; Matilda Aslizadeh; Pari Nadimi Gallery; Kerry Tribe; the Power Plant; Amanda Nedham; LE Gallery; Donna Szoke & Ricarda McDonald; CRAM Gallery. Globe and Mail, April 28, 2012

Picasso at AGO Think you know Picasso? Think again. On Tuesday, the Art Gallery of Ontario opens a mammoth display of the modern master’s work — at 147 works, it’s the biggest this continent has seen, ever — imported from the Musée National Picasso in Paris. Toronto Star, April 28, 2012


Foreign Affairs puts pricey works of art up for sale to save cash Sale part of wide-ranging budget cuts and belt-tightening. Globe and Mail, April 30, 2012

Art selloff planned by Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs is poised to sell off paintings in its collection by some of the most famous and sought after artists in Canadian history, including Riopelle, Borduas and Kurelek, to make some extra cash. CBC, April 30, 2012 (10:00 a.m.)

Baird orders stop to federal art selloff

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has put a stop to his department’s sale of paintings by some of the most famous artists in Canadian history, including Riopelle, Borduas and Kurelek. CBC, April 30, 2012 (12:25 a.m.)

San Diego

Latina Architect Makes Prefab a Dream Come True Her work has been on display in national and international museums, including the Walker Art Center, MOCA, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Triennale di Milano. She says her business started with the design of her parent’s vacation home in Laguna Verde. Fox News Latino, April 29, 2012

New York

Catching Up With the Director of the Met Catching up with the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, April 29, 2012

Auction of Islamic Art Shines a Light on Rare Glories The accelerating surge of interest in history was reflected spectacularly at Sotheby’s, where the subject was art from the Islamic world. New York Times, April 28, 2012

Munch, Picasso, Cézanne and Rothko Go on the Block This season’s art auctions feature major works by Munch, Cézanne, Picasso, Rothko and Warhol, and mind-boggling estimates to match. New York Times, April 29, 2012

Pier Paolo Calzolari’s Art to Be Shown at Boesky and Pace Pier Paolo Calzolari has lived far from the art world, in the Marche region of Italy, but he has been lured from his studio for a show at two New York galleries, temporarily connected. New York Times, April 28, 2012

Art Books: Anselm Kiefer, Yayoi Kusama and More Art books that focus on otherworldly scenes, from the Democratic Republic of Congo to outer space. New York Times, April 27, 2012

Vito Acconci and La Monte Young Installation at Bronx Museum The Vito Acconci installation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the “Dream House,” by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in TriBeCa, are enduring examples of their work. New York Times, April 27, 2012


Coppers: Leda And The Swan Too Bestial For London “The work is intended as modern depiction of the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan. But a Metropolitan police officer who saw the Derrick Santini image from a bus was alarmed. He alerted his colleagues and two uniformed officers went to the gallery.” The sales director said, “They stood there and didn’t leave until we took the piece down.” The Telegraph (UK) April 28, 2012-04-30


Pompidou plans to go global: focus is Brazil, India, China President looks to extend the brand through a network of rotating galleries (Alain Seban, at the Pompidou Metz, wants to send the collection to museums, universities, even malls ) The Art Newspaper, April 30, 2012

Guernica, Spain

What Really Happened At Guernica? Survivors, Forced To Be Silent For Decades, Remember Survivors want people to remember more than Picasso’s painting. “Guernica was a dress rehearsal of sorts for the blitzkrieg and a new breed of warfare that held no regard for civilian populations. During the Franco dictatorship, which lasted from 1939 to 1975, it was forbidden to speak about the number of people who died in the Guernica attack, and the figure continues to be contested.” Der Spiegel, April 26, 2012


Artists Sometimes Lie, But What Does That Mean For Art Historians? Although Georges Braque denied that his painting Vanitas I was about death or religion, some art historians think that he was probably lying. Whom – or what – to believe? The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2012

Is “Occupy” Becoming An Art Movement? “There has been so much art centred around the Occupy protests that it is beginning to feel like a new artistic movement. What defines it, and could it supplant the world of the galleries?” BBC, April 30, 2012


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