Visual Arts News from the Vancouver art Gallery Library June 1-4, 2012


Hidden lessons emerge at SFU gallery New public art installed in the windows of the Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University plays on the idea of the university as a creator of knowledge and learning. It’s called The Primary Education of the Autodidact. One of those multisyllabic Greek words that has been integrated into the English. Vancouver Sun, June 2, 2012

Innovative painter wins emerging artist prize Nicole Ondre is the winner of the 2012 Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver’s Emerging Artist’s Prize. Nicole Ondre is the winner of the 2012 Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver’s Emerging Artist’s Prize. She was awarded the prize and $3,000 at the opening of the CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize. Vancouver Sun, June 2, 2012


New AGA exhibit features Louise Bourgeois When French-American artist Louise Bourgeois created the iconic Personage sculptures in the late 1940s, she imagined them installed directly into the floor. Now, at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 10 Personages can be seen displayed as Bourgeois intended, in Louise Bourgeois 1911-2010, a show organized by the National Gallery of Canada. It opens Saturday. Edmonton Journal, June 1, 2012

Five on shortlist for $10,000 Edmonton visual arts prize The five finalists for the inaugural Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize have been announced. The new award was established to celebrate the breadth of talent of Edmonton’s visual artists and comes with a cash prize of $10,000. The shortlisted artists are Paul Freeman, Alan Henderson, David Janzen, Amy Loewan and Arlene Wasylynchuk. Edmonton Journal, May 31, 2012


Kerry Tribe Not-So-Total Recall Los Angeles artist Kerry Tribe wades into the hazy nether regions of shattered mental recall in “Speak, Memory,” an exhibition of three recent film-based installations currently on at the Power Plant. Bryne McLaughlin reviews, considering the fickle nature of remembrance. Canadian Art, June 1, 2012

Art factions square off over Morrisseau Margaret Hatfield hopes Monday will be the last time she’ll be seeing Toronto for a while. The 64-year-old retired school teacher has made the 300-kilometre drive to the city from her home in Sarnia close to 10 times in the past year and a half. Now it appears the end is in sight – the end at least of the trial portion of a suit Hatfield initiated three years ago against a Toronto art dealer for selling her a painting by the late, legendary Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau. Globe and Mail, June 4, 2012

Los Angeles

Getty Launches Online Art History Research Library “So far, Columbia University, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Institute of the History of Art (INHA) in Paris, the University of Malaga in Spain and Heidelberg University in Germany have contributed. In all cases, the full digital texts of the books can be downloaded free of charge.” Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2012

North Adams, Mass.

Oh, Canada National Dreams The survey “Oh, Canada,” billed as the largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Canadian art abroad, opened last week in Massachusetts. Nancy Tousley reviews the show and its nation-sized ambitions. Canadian Art, June 1, 2012

New York

Edouard Vuillard Painting Patronage A new exhibition of works by turn-of-the-century French painter Edouard Vuillard at New York’s Jewish Museum is at once predictably quiet and unexpectedly thrilling. David Balzer reviews one of Manhattan’s mandatory summer art events. Canadian Art, June 1, 2012

Sotheby’s Lockout Of Art Handlers (Finally) Ends The ten-month dispute between the unionized handlers and the auction house is resolved. The New York Times, June 1, 2012

Cy Twombly Museum To Be Built In Manhattan “On Tuesday, a foundation he set up paid $27.75 million to buy a 25-foot-wide Beaux Arts mansion on East 82nd Street, with a plan to turn the five-story space into an education center and a small museum to celebrate the artist’s work and burnish his reputation.” The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2012


The Queen’s image: the reverential and the real A new publication shows how depictions of Elizabeth II have changed over the past 60 years – from the remoteness and splendour of her early reign to later pictures portraying her as “one of us”. With Freud and Warhol she has even became contemporary art (David Dawson’s image of Lucian Freud, who was “able to disregard the baggage of the past”, painting Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait in 2001) The Art Newspaper, June 4, 2012

Charleson, Sussex

Annie Liebovitz, Portrait Photographer Extraordinaire, Has A New Book With No People In It “‘It was great to be in rooms without people, like a meditation of sorts,’ she says. ‘I think of the great society portrait painter Wright of Derby who at the end of his life finished up painting cow pastures because he’d just had it with people. I do think we all head there.'” The Observer (UK) June 2, 2012


Dutch artists turns dead cat into stuffed helicopter How would you pay tribute to a beloved dead pet? Would you hold a funeral? Keep the cremated ashes on your mantel? Or turn the carcass into art? Dutch artist Bart Jansen went for the latter, after his pet cat Orville was killed by a car. According to the CBC, Mr. Jansen had the body stuffed and fashioned into a radio-controlled helicopter. Globe and Mail, June 4, 2012


Building a House of Glass The curator of glass at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris has built an impressive collection of contemporary pieces without the benefit of a museum acquisition fund. New York Times, June 2, 2012


Cambodia to Ask Met to Return 10th-Century Statues The Cambodian government will ask the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return twin sandstone figures that were allegedly looted from a jungle temple. New York Times, June 2, 2012


FEMALE GAZE Review of “Modern Woman: Daughters and Lovers” at the Queensland Art Gallery. Evidently it was felt that these pieces could safely be lent to Vancouver, but not to Brisbane. Review (Brisbane) June 2, 2012


Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better (But It Might Be Inevitable) In The Art World Jerry Saltz: “Biennials have become sprawling and ubiquitous. Ditto art fairs. Galleries are vaster than they’ve ever been. But who is all this bigness good for? Is it any good at all?” New York Magazine, June 1, 2012

But What If The Forgery Is Better?… The skill of the forger surely should be taken into account. And the skill it takes to create (recreate?) great art is surely worth something in its own right… BBC, June 4, 2012

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