Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 8, 2012


Historic West Coast sketch may fetch $50,000

One of the earliest known images of Canada’s West Coast – a small, 220-year-old sketch showing a village of “friendly Indians” northwest of present day Vancouver – is set to be sold for up to %50,000 at an auction this month after recently emerging from a private collection in Scotland. Vancouver Sun, May 05, 2012

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Maurice Sendak, 83 “Maurice Sendak, American born author of Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83. Over a career that began in the late 1940s he illustrated more than 100 books and wrote more than 20, but it was Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963, that made his name internationally, selling over 17m copies.” The Guardian (UK) May 8, 2012

New York

Marina Abramovic Plans Her New Center “‘I say to them, I would like to make a levitation room, I would like to have a digital temple,’ Ms. Abramovic said of her conversations with the architects. ‘There will be a room for drinking water and drinking water in slow motion.'” The New York Times, May 6, 2012

Washington, D.C.

The Scream’s secret history The masterpiece was held in the vaults of a major US museum for 17 years. The Art Newspaper, May 5, 2012


Alabama Arts Executive Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement Charges “Laura Harris Phillips embezzled $98,000 from the Carnegie [Visual Arts] Center. She also took $41,000 from the Alabama Museum Association, where she served as treasurer.” WHNT (Decatur, AL) May 7, 2012


Bucharest Biennale announces artists for 2012 “Investigative and informal approaches” dominate Scottish curator’s selection. The Art Newspaper, May 7, 2012


Treasures of Deng Tuo, a Conformist Rebel The exhibition of the collection of Deng at the National Art Museum of China praises his generosity, but fails to mention what happened to Deng himself. New York Times, May 8, 2012


Could Facial Recognition Software Help Identify Subjects Of Old Master Paintings? “Most unknown sitters are unknown because they were only painted once, and there is no other likeness with which to compare them. So the new programme will most likely only help with portraits of people for whom we already have other portraits.” The Independent (UK) May 8, 2012

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