Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 14, 2012

Vancouver

Emily Carr’s Victorian funny book On Feb. 2, 1901, throngs of people jammed the chilly streets of London to watch Queen Victoria’s funeral procession. Emily Carr Carr documented it with a charming little manuscript she called a “funny book.” The book has now come from Zimbabwe to be a part of a new exhibit, “Intimate Glimpses: Emily Carr – The Evolution of an Artist,” which opens today at the Royal BC Museum’s new satellite gallery in Chinatown. Vancouver Sun, June 14, 2012

Art explores its animal side at two local galleries As wild fauna disappear worldwide and domestic creatures increase in number, animals are enjoying a renaissance in visual art. Georgia Straight, June 14, 2012

Architect adds new gallery to career Richard Henriquez is one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed architects. But architecture isn’t his only creative outlet: he’s also an artist. And at 71, he’s having his first show in a commercial gallery. Vancouver Sun, June 14, 2012

The Queen, Stevie Nicks and Bryan Adams His photos have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London. But when a Vancouver Art Gallery board member wanted to circumvent standard procedure to have an Adams exhibit as a breast cancer fundraiser , it caused a huge row with staff and was a key factor in the resignation of then- director Alf Bogusky in April 2000. Vancouver Sun, June 14, 2012

Art Wheelers spin past city’s public art Carol-Ann Ryan’s weekly bike tours around the public art works on the seawall are called Art Wheelers. Stops such as the one at the Inukshuk give her an opportunity to talk about the city’s public art program. Vancouver Sun, June 14, 2012

Calgary

Esker Foundation art space is bold and beautiful The Esker Foundation, a vast, stunning, innovative space perched on the top floor of the new $80-million Atlantic Avenue Art Block in Inglewood, could have booked an opening exhibition featuring established stars. As the largest, privately funded, non-commercial gallery in the city — the baby of philanthropist and art collector Jim Hill, who made his millions as the head of oilfield service company Pason Systems — it certainly had the means to do so. “We’re not bringing in a Monet show or a Picasso, although we could down the road,” says gallery director Rhonda Barber. “But we decided to start with the upand-comers.” Calgary Herald, June 14, 2012

Winnipeg

Humans, beasts mix in unsettling exhibit The provocative show was a boxoffice hit in Nashville, drawing nearly 60,000 visitors during its recent run, says Delacretaz. The WAG is the second institution to show it. More than 25 artists are represented — mostly American, British and European — including prominent names such as Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith and Paula Rego. Winnipeg Free Press, June 14, 2012

Hamilton

Valerie Blass at the Art Gallery of Hamilton: Review What to make of Valerie Blass? It’s a question the fast-rising Montreal-based sculptress seems to ask of herself time and again. The Art Gallery of Hamilton has just opened a half-size version of Blass’s gleefully irreverent, high-low mix-master of an exhibition mounted last year at Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art and even the abbreviated version — 18 works here versus 30-plus there — will leave your head swimming.

Ottawa

Parks Canada Minister Tries (And Pretty Much Fails) To Reassure First Nations People, Academics About Artifact Move “In Nova Scotia, academic, Mi’kmaq and Acadian groups have come forward to say the move should be abandoned, because the decision came without consultation, and because they believe artifacts should remain near the ancestral grounds where they were found.” The minister: But it’s more cost-effective to store them in Quebec. CBC, June 13, 2012

Toronto

BARRY LORD The international museum-consultancy firm founded by co-presidents Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord carries forward the social values embodied by Lord’s earlier work as an independent curator and art historian through culturally sensitive services that set the business apart from its competition. Moreover, the company’s pioneering business model is complemented by ambitious, environmentally conscious publications authored by its co-presidents that explore the shifting social function of museums in a globalized economy. Adam Lauder interviews Barry Lord. Canadian Art, June13, 2012

London

Londoners, Do You Hate The Shard? Renzo Piano Has A Few Words For You -It has transformed the London skyline, but the giant Shard faced hostility all the way. Its Italian architect Renzo Piano meets Steve Rose on the eighth floor – and answers his critics. The Guardian, June 14, 2012

Santiago de Compostela

JEFF WALL When I discovered that the exhibition “Jeff Wall: The Crooked Path” was to be staged in Santiago de Compostela, it seemed too good to be true. The show’s subtitle came from a work by Wall—which depicts a scruffy little mud track traversing a fringe of urban wilderness in Vancouver—but it suggested a kind of quest. I would make my own pilgrimage: Toronto to Paris, Paris to Vigo, and up the coast and inland by car to pay my respects. Canadian Art, June 14, 2012

Tunisia

Rioting Islamists Attack Art Gallery In Tunisia “The provocative exhibition was the annual Le Printemps des Arts, the Northern African country’s largest visual arts show, which took place in the Tunis suburb of La Marsa. The exhibition featured a work that spelled out the word ‘Allah’ with a string of ants, as well as other pieces that depicted the city of Mecca.” Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2012

Java

Orientalism Inverted: The Javanese Painter Who Exoticized Europe (And Himself) “When the [19th-century] European taste for the exotic was ascendant, there was a unique case of Orientalism inverted, in the dandified figure of the Javanese painter Raden Saleh, who mastered the technique of Western artists and even mimicked their sensibility.” The Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2012 (includes slideshow)

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