Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 30, 2012

Ottawa

Archivists protest in Ottawa over federal cuts Archivists from across Canada protested in Ottawa on Monday over a funding cut that will affect efforts to preserve Canadian history in small historical archives and museums in dozens of communities. The National Archival Development Program — a federal grant program with a budget of about $1.7 million annually — was cut as part of $9.6 million in reductions to Library and Archives Canada. CBC, May 28, 2012

Kleinburg, ON

Rabindranath Tagore: An overachiever’s painterly side A new exhibition explores the paintings of the renowned writer and hero of Indian independence. Globe and Mail, May 30, 2012

Ontario

Tweeting Tom Thomson Nearly a century after his mysterious death, both the evocative art and the tale of Tom Thomson continue to captivate us. But what he would have been like on Twitter? A historically sensitive Thomson buff is answering that very question. CBC, May 30, 2012

Barachois, N.B.

Acadian painter falls victim to ‘art heist’ Romeo Savoie, of Grand Barachois, N.B., says a man posing as a University of Moncton professor stole one of his paintings, worth about $5,000. The smooth-talking, well-dressed man went to Savoie’s studio last week and said he was interested in buying a painting. CBC, May 28, 2012

Philadelphia

After 31 Years, Sol DeWitt Garden Design Planted In Philadelphia In 1981, DeWitt was commissioned to design a horticultural installation for Fairmount Park. The plan he produced, titled Lines in Four Directions in Flowers, ended up going dormant (as it were) for three decades. Newly completed, Lines stretches out from just beyond the rear portico of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. WHYY (Philadelphia) May 28, 2012 (includes slideshow and video)

Baltimore

Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum ‘Suspends Operations’ “The Contemporary’s board voted unanimously to suspend its work, cutting short an exhibit scheduled to continue through May 27, and letting go executive director Sue Spaid and four part-time staffers.” Said the board president, “We are not shutting down. The museum is ceasing its programs for the time being. How long that’s going to be is everyone’s guess.” The Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2012

London

Tracey Emin Talks About Menopause “For women, it is the beginning of dying. … [For] me, [it] makes you feel slightly dead, so you have to start using the other things – using your mind more, read more, you have to be more enlightened, you have to take on new things, think of new ideas, discover new things, start looking at the stars, understand astronomy.” The Guardian (UK) May 26, 2012

Gallery: Unveiling of the ArcelorMittal Orbit At 114.5 metres high, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture. Unveiled on 11 May, it stands in the London Olympic Park offering unparalleled views to visitors. ArcelorMittal is handing the sculpture over to the London Legacy Development Corporation later this month. The Art Newspaper, May 30, 2012

Tiberias, Israel

Vandals Attack 1600-Year-Old Synagogue In Israel “The fourth-century Hamat Tiberias Synagogue was desecrated Monday night by vandals who sprayed graffiti on the walls and tore up the mosaic floor. The Israel Antiquities Authority suspects extremist ultra-Orthodox Jews who say the authority damages ancient graves during excavations.” Ha’aretz (Israel) May 30, 2012

Johannesburg, S.A.

Jacob Zuma painting to be removed from S. Africa gallery website
The spokesman for a Johannesburg gallery says it has agreed to remove from its website a painting that depicts the South African president’s genitals. CBC, May 29, 2012

Born on May 30 – Alexander Archipenko (1887)

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