Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 23, 2012



Collecting Matisse: Two sisters ahead of their time Claribel and Etta Cone amassed an extraordinary collection — on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery this summer. The art is remarkable, but so is their story. Globe and Mail, May 23, 2012

Beat Nation showcases Indigenous artists from across the continent through a …As you emerge into the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Beat Nation exhibit, it’s the thumping hip hop rhythm and looped singing that strikes you first. Vancouver Observer, May 23, 2012


KAG’s Go Party raises funds for exhibitions and programming Bearing Witness is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, with the generous support of The Killy Foundation and Odlum Brown Limited. Kelowna Capital News, May 23, 2012

Los Angeles

L.A.’s Most Important Piece Of Shuttered Architecture Christopher Hawthorne nominates downtown’s old Los Angeles Herald Examiner Building, the 1914 Mission Revival/Italianate/Moorish-style building out of which the Hearst Corporation operated the HerEx until the news paper folded in 1989. Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2012


Rorschach Test: New AAMD President Takes Office Amidst Foreign-Loan Controversy AAMD was a prime mover in crafting a now controversial bill, passed by the House and pending in the Senate, that would strengthen the longstanding principle that cultural objects loaned from abroad to American museums should be immune from seizure by possible claimants. CultureGrrl, May 22, 2012

New York

Artist Does Guerrilla ‘I ♥ NY’ Installation, Gets Arrested For Planting Fake Bombs “Perhaps proving that nothing incites suspicion among New Yorkers quite like a public display of affection, artist and furniture designer Takeshi Miyakawa was placed under arrest this weekend for setting up illuminated ‘I Love New York’ displays in a Brooklyn neighborhood.” Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2012

Panel of judges hear oral arguments in Prince copyright appeal Richard Prince’s appeal against last year’s court decision that he had infringed the copyright of the photographer Patrick Cariou is underway. On 21 May, both sides made their oral arguments to a three-judge panel in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Art Newspaper, May 22, 2012


Bogus Barnes Foundation: Fake Galleries, Phony Populism In their misbegotten effort to save the financially challenged Barnes Foundation by moving and greatly expanding it, its leaders have seriously undermined their institution’s core values. A celebrated repository for some of the world’s most ravishing Impressionist, post-Impressionist and modern masterpieces, the Barnes last week completed its transition from a bastion of authenticity to a compromised fake. Huffington Post, May 22, 2012


Why Dürer endures As a major exhibition opens in Nuremberg, is Germany’s greatest artist a nationalist symbol as well as a national treasure? The Art Newspaper, May 22, 2012


Painting of Zuma Draws Attacks in South Africa “The Spear” appears to show President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, and the African National Congress is trying to force a gallery to remove it. New York Times, May 23, 2012

Vandals Deface Satirical Portrait Of South African President “One man painted a red cross across [Jacob] Zuma’s face and penis while a younger man spread black paint over the image. The younger man was reportedly assaulted by security guards [in the Johannesburg gallery]. The 1.85-metre-high painting, entitled The Spear, has bitterly divided South Africans,” with Zuma and the ANC party suing to have the painting taken down. The Guardian (UK) May 22, 2012 (includes video)

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