Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 10, 2012


Audain Prize-winner taps history in her photos. Marian Penner Bancroft was honoured Wednesday evening with the $30,000 Audain Prize, takes landscape photographs with a deep awareness of the history of place. CBC News, May 9, 2012

Jeff Wall photograph sells for record $3.6M US. “The day after a Jeff Wall photo fetched a record price at auction in New York, senior Vancouver Art Gallery curator Bruce Grenville discusses the Vancouver artist’s work and why it commands such a premium price.” CBC News,  May 9, 2012

Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s degree exhibition is diverse and impressive. “There is, again, a wide and lively array of imaginative imagery and form on view. Look for everything, from the whimsical to the grotesque to the completely abstract, and from the practical to the theoretical to the seemingly absurd. It’s that time of year: budding talents and blooming ideas abound.” Georgia Straight, May 8, 2012

James Nizam: Chasing the Sun. “Trace Heavens, an exhibition of photographs by Vancouver-based artist James Nizan, is the result of patience and, perhaps, obsession.” Canadian Art (Online), May 3, 2012

Portrait of an Artist: Lisa Penz. The Straight’s interview with Lisa Penz about her upcoming exhibition, Beautiful Undead, at FIVESIXTY. Georgia Straight, May 8, 2012


Artist’s talent born on the streets. “Evan James says making art helped him survive five years living on the street.” Times Colonist, May 10, 2012


Edmonton-born painter goes to source for back-country watercolours. “It’s easy to be drawn into Jerry Heine’s landscapes. He expresses the very essence of nature — both the sensory and textural qualities — with the flick of his brush.” Edmonton Journal, May 10, 2012


Contact 2012: Going Public. “Issues from the surveillance society to armed conflict get the spotlight in the Contact Photography Festival’s 2012 outing, which is themed on ideas of the public. As usual, there’s lots to see, making the festival difficult to navigate even for people familiar with it.” Leah Sandals gives her list of exhibitions to visit. Canadian Art (Online), May 3, 2012

Arnaud Maggs wins Scotiabank Photography Award Arnaud Maggs, 86, received the honour at a gala Wednesday evening in Toronto, prevailing over two other finalists, Fred Herzog of Vancouver and Montreal’s Alain Paiement. Globe & Mail, May 9, 2012


Video: Flora and Fauna at the National Gallery. Drawn from the National Art Gallery of Canada’s collection, their new exhibit called “Flora and Fauna” features over 100 art pieces by dozens of artists, some dating back over 400 years. Ottawa Citizen, May 10, 2012

Columbus, OH

Picasso print bought for $14 at thrift store sells for thousands. A U.S. man has received quite the return on his investment after selling a signed Picasso print he bought for just $14. Toronto Star, May 10, 2012

New York

Clothes Are Art at the Met Costume Institute Party The preview of the museum’s Schiaparelli-Prada show brings out stars, designers and Tim Tebow. New York Times, May 10, 2012

Schiele case could damage NY business, say dealers Ruling in long-standing restitution battle may threaten defence that a purchase was made in good faith. The Art Newspaper, May 10, 2012

Valencia, Spain

Spanish Leftists Accuse Santiago Calatrava Of ‘Bleeding Valencia Dry’ Opponents of the region’s conservative-led government have launched a website – called “calatravatelaclava (“Calatrava bleeds you dry”) – on which they criticize what they see as the starchitect’s exorbitant design fees for Valencia’s futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. The Guardian (UK) May 10, 2012


Van Gogh Museum unveils new willow watercolour. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam unveiled on Thursday its newest addition: an 1882 watercolour of a pollard willow from Vincent van Gogh’s early Dutch period. CBC News, May 10, 2012

Kiev, Ukraine

Pinchuk’s Future Generation Prize extends deadline Artists of any nationality aged up to 35 can apply to win the $100,000 award, funded by the Ukrainian collector’s foundation. The Art Newspaper, May 9, 2012


Are Young Historians Damaging Their Craft By Trying To Publish Too Early? “While the growth in genealogy and an apparently insatiable appetite for works on the grim events of the 20th century, from the Second World War to the Stalinist purges, has made history into one of publishing’s star sectors, the profession’s guardians are concerned that the pressure to achieve a public profile is damaging for academia.” The Independent (UK) May 9, 2012

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