Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 19, 2012



This day in history: June 19, 1938 Damage to shopfronts was extensive after crowds reacted to police brutality during the 1938 Post Office riot in Vancouver. While hundreds of men began the sit- down strike on May 20, 1938 in locations such as the Art Gallery, Hotel Georgia and the Post Office, the riot itself didn’t start until Colonel Foster, Vancouver police chief constable, began forcible evictions on Bloody Sunday, June 19, 1938. Vancouver Sun, June 19, 2012


Toronto Curating Itself: An Unhistory Will Toronto ever establish an identity for itself? After all, the great legacy of Toronto art has been to create itself out of a lack, to assert a (fictional?) legend in the face of the impossibility of nothingness. Canadian Art, June 14, 2012


Picasso painting vandalised in Houston – video | World news … A patron at Houston’s Menil Collection captured mobile phone footage of a man vandalising a Picasso painting. The vandal, who according to a witness was the street artist Uriel Landeros, fled the scene. Repair work has started on the painting, and museum officials say the prognosis is good. The Guardian, June 19, 2012

New York

Barton Lidice Benes, Provocative Artist, Dies at 69 Mr. Benes, a New York sculptor who worked in materials that he called artifacts of everyday life, was acclaimed for confronting the toll of the AIDS epidemic New York Times, June 19, 2012


Kabakovs’ Cuban project provokes US government in election year A project by the artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov during the 11th Havana Biennial was nearly derailed when the US Department of the Treasury denied the artists the necessary public performance and exhibition licence that would allow five US children to travel to Havana, saying the project was “not consistent with the current US ­policy on Cuba”. The Art Newspaper, June, 2012


Venezuela Demands Return Of “Sacred” Rock From Germany “The Venezuelan government is demanding the return from Germany of a red sandstone rock that is the central attraction of a Berlin sculpture park, claiming it has sacred properties and was stolen from a group of indigenous people. The 35-tonne boulder was procured from the Canaima National Park in south-eastern Venezuela by the German artist Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld in 1997.” The Guardian (UK) June 17, 2012


Newton’s girl power, back in Vogue Although the infamous fashion photographer was killed in a car crash in 2004, he’s back in the news this week with Three Boys from Pasadena, a new tribute to him in Berlin by his three most intimate protégées – Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis. It follows a show of Newton’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris and another one just launched in Los Angeles. Globe and Mail, June 19, 2012


Emily Carr: a painter on the edge of recognition? Emily Carr may not have died wealthy in 1945 but she died famous, in a Canadian sort of way. Her paintings were known and popular. Her first book, Klee Wyck (”Laughing One”), had won the Governor-General’s Award for non-fiction in 1941. Globe and Mail, June 19, 2012


Australia’s Oldest Aboriginal Art Found “An archaeologist says he has found the oldest piece of rock art in Australia and one of the oldest in the world: an Aboriginal work created 28,000 years ago in an outback cave.” The Guardian (UK) June 16, 2012


Getting The Art Establishment To Take Glass Seriously As A Medium “In a medium known for work many regard as lightweight and decorative” – think of all the respect Dale Chihuly gets in high art circles – “[Josiah] McElheny’s creations strive to convey sophisticated, often dark ideas.” The New York Times, June 17, 2012

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