Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 20, 2012


Richard Henriquez: Fragmented Destinies. At Vancouver’s Windsor Gallery, Richard Henriquez is using fragmented narrative to guide his viewers into considerations of history and narrative. Canadian Art (Online), June 14, 2012


Toronto Curating Itself: An Unhistory. The history of the Toronto contemporary art scene is the history of lack. In the late 1960s, there were no relevant institutions that addressed its art production—or, some argue, the art production of Canada, period. Canadian Art (Online), June 14, 2012


McMichael exhibit brings together Canadian fashion and art. Twenty-three artists show how clothing expresses aspects of personality and nationality in an exhibit that’s both playful and beautiful. Toronto Star, June 20, 2012


Back to the Barnes: Some Improvements, but Some Security Concerns (with videos) But one thing made me uneasy: Once I got past the main gallery, I gradually came to realize that there was a scarcity of guards protecting the art. Most of the time, no one was physically watching me as I made my way through the warren of intimately scaled spaces. CultureGrrl, June 19, 2012


Vandalism of Picasso caught on smartphone camera. Police are investigating a brazen act of vandalism in which a suspect spray-painted graffiti onto a Pablo Picasso canvas displayed at the Menil Collection in Houston. CBC News, June 19, 2012


Art prices soar on euro zone fears. Peinture (Etoile Bleue) by Joan Miro sold for the Spanish artist’s record at auction in London, at the start of what’s expected to be a bumper summer for art sales. Worries about the euro zone and global economy are leading the world’s super rich to invest more in art. Globe & Mail, June 20, 2012

Chris Ofili Designs For The Royal Ballet “[He] comes with a seemingly gold-plated reputation: 1998 Turner prize winner, British representative at the 50th Venice Biennale, paintings held in some of the world’s great collections.” (In the US, he’s mostly remembered for his painting The Holy Virgin Mary, which incorporated elephant dung and photos of genitalia and over which Rudy Giuliani threatened to shut down the Brooklyn Museum.) “But two years ago, when [Ofili] agreed to design a new production for the Royal Ballet, he suffered a flash of paranoia.” The Guardian (UK) June 19, 2012

Exeter (UK)

Britain’s Museum Of The Year Is … Tucked Away Deep In The West Country “The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, a classic Victorian regional museum reinvented through a major redevelopment project and described as “quite simply a magical place”, has been proclaimed museum of the year, winning the £100,000 Art Fund prize.” The Guardian (UK) June 19, 2012


dOCUMENTA (13): Highlights from Kassel. In this review, Canadian artist Scott Rogers sifts through the sprawl of dOCUMENTA (13), which opened in Kassel last weekend, to identify six must-see projects. Canadian Art (Online), June 14, 2012


Moscow’s Shukov Radio Tower, Constructivist Landmark, Desperately Needs Restoration The structure “is in dire condition and may be lost if it is not properly restored soon, according to Vladimir Shukhov, the great-grandson of [its] engineer and architect … The 90-year-old tower is regarded as an architectural masterpiece of the Russian avant-garde and has influenced contemporary architects including Norman Foster.” The Art Newspaper, June 19, 2012


Vietnam’s Folk History Reflected in Buildings A local artist has assembled a complex near Hanoi to display the variety of Vietnam’s ethnic styles of architecture and culture. New York Times, June 20, 2012


Art Scholars Fear Lawsuits in Declaring Works Real or FakeArt authentication, a traditional role of scholars, has become a litigious business in a time when a “yes” or a “no” can make or break a fortune. New York Times, June 20, 2012

Fair or foul: more art fairs and bigger brand galleries, but is the model sustainable? Many galleries acknowledge that supply is a problem, with artists under pressure to produce more work. The Art Newspaper, June 20, 2012

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