Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 12, 2012

Toronto

Shinan: The AGO goes radio gaga In an up-close-and-Picasso heard recently on the CBC, the gallery’s Matthew Teitelbaum took Sunday Edition’s Michael Enright on a tour of the museum’s new Pablo blockbuster, during which the long-time radio host made a startling confession to the clever art chief: He’d gone out and purchased a Rothko! And Teitelbaum was the inspiration — he having taken Enright on a similar tour last year of the mondo Toronto exhibition devoted to the Abstract Expressionists. National Post, June 12, 2012

(Da Bao)(Takeout) Good to Go In suburban Markham, an impressive exhibition strives to locate a cross-cultural dynamic between China and the West, presenting a thoughtful selection of works from Chinese, Canadian and Chinese-Canadian artists. Canadian Art, June, 2012

Montreal

Zoo It’s a Jungle in Here This spring, the natural world has invaded Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain with “Zoo,” an animal-themed show featuring Ai Weiwei, Shary Boyle and a new work by David Altmejd. Here, curator Marie Fraser discusses the exhibition’s evolution with David Balzer. Canadian Art, June, 2012

Washington, D.C.

Corcoran Gallery Mulls A Move “Only a few years ago the Corcoran wanted to add one, a Frank Gehry-designed wing. But it had to scrap that idea in 2005, having been unable to raise the necessary funds. Now it wants to sell the building it’s in and move away. Outsiders can be forgiven for being confused.” The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2012

London

Gift to the Tate honours its director David Hockney’s painting, Savings and Loan Building, 1966, and Lucian Freud’s Girl in a Striped Nightdress, 1983-85, recently included in the National Portrait Gallery’s Freud show (9 February-27 May), have been donated to the Tate by the philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker, along with paintings by R.B. Kitaj, Peter Doig and George Shaw. The Art Newspaper, June 11, 2012

Kassel

Dogumenta Such is Documenta’s artistic director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev’s love of the canine species that the event has been dubbed Dogumenta, populated by such pooch-friendly pieces as Brian Jungen’s dog school – humans only permitted if escorted by their pets) The Art Newspaper, June 11, 2012

Basel

Curators turn East but Art Basel looks to the US Documenta, Manifesta, La Triennale and the Kiev Biennale strike a different tone to the art market. What’s wrong with being a white American male artist under the age of 45? The odds of getting into an international survey of contemporary art in Europe right now are stacked against you. Art Basel, daily edition, June 12, 2012

Rome

Rome’s Trevi Fountain Of Trevi Crumbling From Lack Of Maintenance “Ornate stucco reliefs have crumbled from the Trevi fountain, Rome’s baroque masterpiece, making it the latest in a series of Italian monuments to suffer damage and reigniting a row over Italy’s commitment to protect its heritage.” The Guardian (UK) June 11, 2012

Singapore

‘Singapore’s Banksy’ Gets Arrested (Unsurprisingly) – But Singaporeans Clamor To Defend Her “In Hoxton or New York, it might be regarded as commonplace – witty stencils and stickers posted by an artist around public spaces. In Singapore, however, a city obsessed with order and where ‘vandals’ can be flogged, 27-year-old Samantha Lo – the so-called ‘Sticker Lady’ – has inspired a massive online campaign after being arrested for posting stickers.” The Observer (UK) June 10, 2012

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