Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 11-14, 2012


In Vancouver: art is all over for Iain Baxter& In 1970, he was part of Lucy Lippard’s exhibition 955000 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Humour and wordplay is part of Baxter’s work. His phrase “Art is all over” plays with the idea that art is finished and that art is everywhere. Vancouver Sun, May 11, 2012

Heffels unveil a stellar sale Iconic Canadian works by Emily Carr, Jean-Paul Lemieux and Edwin Holgate up for auction. “Once we get them all hung up and see them together like this, it’s really exciting,” says Robert Heffel. “It’s like going to a museum, but the admission’s free. And they’re paintings that haven’t been seen in public for 20, 30, even 100 years, because they’re in private collections.” Vancouver Sun, May 12, 2012


Human Rights Museum + Proposed Water Park = A Mess In Winnipeg “The architect of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg is criticizing the waterpark and hotel proposed for a lot across the street at The Forks. In a letter sent to Winnipeg city councillors Thursday night, Antoine Predock said a water park ‘risks trivializing’ the area’s rich historic past and cultural district that is being built up.” CBC, May 11, 2012


Tweaking Lawren Harris’s art deco home in Toronto The house that Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris once called home gets a 21st-century restoration and expansion. Globe and Mail, May 11, 2012


Emily Carr’s art comes to Hamilton – Hamilton For the next six months, Hamiltonians will have the rare chance to see a collection of paintings by the famous painter Emily Carr. Featured on the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s walls are 38 masterpieces from the artist, part of an exhibit called Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes. CBC Hamilton, May 12, 2012


Five medal-winning houses to write home about This year’s winners of the Governor-General’s Medals in Architecture include three residences that stand as architectural masterworks. Globe and Mail, May 12, 2012


Go on, share your thoughts on a wall (real, not Facebook) From Kazakhstan to the quartiers of Montreal, inventive art projects are reclaiming public space and rekindling neighbourhood bonds. Globe and Mail, May 11, 2012

Santa Fe, New Mexico

O’Keeffe Museum Curator Leaves Abruptly “Barbara Buhler Lynes has been recognized as the world’s premier authority on Georgia O’Keeffe, about whom she co-authored the Georgia O’Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonne (1999), and wrote the critical work, O’Keeffe: Stieglitz and the Critics, 1916-1929 (1989), which examined ways that O’Keeffe changed her painting after early critics insisted on reading depictions of female anatomy into her representations.” AdobeAirstream, May 11, 2012

Columbus, Ohio

I may have been fated to find it’: Ohio man stumbles upon signed Picasso print at thrift store Zachary Bodish bought the print for $14.14 and sold it later for $7,000. Globe and Mail, May 11, 2012

New York

Remembering Maurice Sendak Artists and designers pay homage to Maurice Sendak. New York Times, May 13, 2012

Vuillard Works at Jewish Museum and Jill Newhouse Gallery Exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the Jill Newhouse gallery reveal characteristics of Édouard Vuillard’s later work. New York Times, May 11, 2012

TRIBAL ART NEW YORK More than a dozen galleries are participating in the Tribal Art New York fair at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion. New York Times, May 11, 2012

Tomás Saraceno’s ‘Cloud City’ on Roof at Metropolitan Museum Tomás Saraceno’s futuristic modular habitat of reflective stainless steel and acrylic opens Tuesday on the rooftop garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a nearly six-month exhibition. New York Times, May 11, 2012

‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’ at Met “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art imagines what two designers of different generations might talk about, were they to talk about clothes. New York Times, May 11, 2012

ROTIMI FANI-KAYODE: ‘Nothing to Lose’ An exhibition of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s work at the Walther Collection Project Space highlights the accomplishments of an artist who made breakthroughs before his death at 34. New York Times, May 11, 2012

‘Picasso and Françoise Gilot,’ at Gagosian A new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery looks at Picasso’s years with Françoise Gilot, when his work reflected family and even domesticity. New York Times, May 11, 2012

‘Lucian Freud Drawings’ at Acquavella Galleries An ambitious and revealing show of Lucian Freud’s drawings at Acquavella Galleries spans eight decades of his life. New York Times, May 11, 2012

Jeff Koons Retrospective Coming to Whitney Museum For the Whitney Museum’s farewell show at its current building in 2014, it will mount a giant retrospective of Jeff Koons’s work. New York Times, May 11, 2012

Selling Man Ray’s Legacy – From The Auto-Body Shop “Mr. Browner, now 86 years old, had only met Man Ray once before he and his brothers stepped in three decades ago to help their bereaved sister sort out the artist’s affairs. Today, Mr. Browner manages 15,000 copyrights for the artist and oversees licensing contracts worth roughly $300,000 a year–from Mandarin Hotel headboards embroidered with Man Ray’s images to Zara’s taupe-colored Man Ray shirts. The trust’s proceeds are split among a dozen heirs.” The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2012

Kigali, Rwanda

As Arts Center Closure Looms, Rwandan Artists Hold Conference About Cultural Preservation

“Ishyo was granted an extension until 30 September. However, the impending closure of the arts centre demonstrates the lack of infrastructure to support the conservation of Rwandan culture. ‘We are an oral society,’ said Ruzibiza. ‘We are losing many people. The elders are dying and are taking all this knowledge with them. We have to take the opportunity right now to document everything.'” The New Times (Kigali, Rwanda) May 11, 2012


Thieves go on a treasure hunt in Egypt, taking advantage of country’s turmoil Illegal digs near ancient temples and in isolated desert sites have swelled a since a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak’s 29-year regime. Globe and Mail, May 14, 2012

Hong Kong

What Do You Do With All Of That Art You’ve Collected? Build A Private Museum, Of Course”Over the past two years Wang Wei and her husband Liu Yiqian dropped a reported $317 million on their hobby. Now they need somewhere to display the collection they’ve amassed. The solution: a private art museum that Wang hopes will impart some class to China’s flashy nouveau riche.” MSNBC (AP) May 13, 2012


Is Modern Architecture A Disaster For Japan? (And How Can Architects Fix That?)

Glass, steel and concrete – building materials born out of other disasters – didn’t serve Japan well during the earthquake and tsunami. Architect Kengo Kuma has some other ideas about how to build for a country plagued by natural disasters.  Japan Times, May 13, 2012

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