Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 22-25, 2012


Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence High Spirits Emily Carr has been in the international spotlight this month with her paintings at dOCUMENTA (13). But there’s also a small, engaging show about her spiritual inspirations and contemporary influences now on in Vancouver. Canadian Art, June 21, 2012

Homecoming for an architect’s son Ned Pratt dominated the local profession for decades. Now, his son Peter has reinvigorated the family home. In texts for the 1949 exhibition “Design for Living” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Ned Pratt had cited the five key West Coast characteristics that should drive local house design: rainfall (so, generous roof overhangs); muted sunshine (hence, huge windows to bring it in); view (shift priority from the streetfront façade and focus on glazing the walls that face trees and ocean); exterior treatment (natural unpainted locally sourced wood); and plan (flat roof, high ceilings and few interior partitions). Globe and Mail, June 23, 2012


Wildlife artist Robert Bateman to open gallery in historic Victoria building West Coast artist Robert Bateman is moving into the upper two floors of the renovated…be used for an art gallery and offices of the Bateman Foundation, ending plans for a new purpose-built Bateman Centre at Royal Roads University. Times Colonist, June 22, 2012


Kelowna’s Alternator finds ‘abodigital’ age in Newfoundland artist’s It’s National Aboriginal Day when Jordan Bennett picks up the phone and dials in for an interview en route to Edmonton. A fine arts graduate whose hoping to do his master’s degree imminently, he’s already mastered the unthinkable, earning a living solely off his visual art and spinning electronic music. And he has been award the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council’s Emerging Artist of the Year for 2012, booking a solo show called aboDIGITAL currently in Kelowna’s Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. Kelowna Capital News, June 22, 2012


Shary Boyle going to Venice Biennale, but will it be a mixed blessing? Artists who win the right to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale gain world-wide exposure – if they can afford to pay their way. Globe and Mail, June 22, 2012

Toronto’s Shary Boyle to represent Canada at Venice Biennale On Friday night in Toronto, Marc Mayer, the director of the National Gallery of Canada, announced that Toronto artist Shary Boyle would represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Toronto Star, June 23, 2012


Sounding Selves: Bring the Noise Caught amid the turbulent din of modern life—from cellphone chatter to wailing emergency sirens—it’s all too easy to tune out instead of tune in. Curator Heather Anderson’s “Sounding Selves” aims to reverse that trend, gathering video and audio works by five artists at the Dalhousie Art Gallery to refocus attention not only on an aural experience of the world, but also on the ways in which these “sonic encounters” are transmitted into personal, cultural and political forms. Canadian Art, June 21, 2012


The Burning Man Festival in August in Nevada Burning Man is not on the art-world calendar but perhaps it should be, if only for its celebration of “radical self-expression.” New York Times, June 24, 2012


New Contemporary Curator In Houston Takes Chances In His First Show “Three other simple-looking works … could be confounding or funny, depending on your point of view, or elicit an ‘I could have done that.’ To which Daderko would respond, ‘Maybe. But would you have been able to ‘think’ it?’ It’s the conceptual aspects of readymades that fascinate him.” Houston Chronicle, June 22, 2012

North Adams, Massachusetts

Canada’s Cool & creepy Oh, Canada continues at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass. until April. Ottawa Citizen, June 25, 2012

Mountainville, New York

Examining ‘Light and Landscape,’ at Storm King Art Center An exhibition running through Nov. 11 at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, N.Y., features 14 contemporary artists whose works use natural light as a primary component or a conceptual focus. New York Times, June 24, 2012

New York

The Odd Couple: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada at the Met Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada , ostensibly united by their creative and … Schiaparelli and influential living designer Prada discuss life, ugliness, beauty and fashion … feathers, spines — and paired with Prada ’s matron-chic, jolie laide skirts. National Post, June 22, 2012

Theft of Dalí Drawing Was Incongruous in its Simplicity The man who stole a $150,000 Salvador Dalí drawing on Tuesday from a gallery on Madison Avenue used only a black shopping bag as his tool. New York Times, June 22, 2012

LeRoy Neiman and the Serious Art World LeRoy Neiman tackled subjects that the serious art world chose to ignore, but not with a depth that would have made them matter. New York Times, June 22, 2012

‘Pictures From the Moon,’ Holograms at the New Museum “Pictures From the Moon: Artists’ Holograms 1969-2008” at the New Museum looks at art in different dimensions. New York Times, June 24, 2012

Christer Strömholm at International Center of Photography Christer Strömholm’s work, at the International Center of Photography, documents the subculture of cross-dressing young men in Paris in the mid-1950s. New York Times, June 24, 2012


Shepard Fairey Takes His Street Art To London “The natural territory of the street artist Shepard Fairey would seem to be as all-American as it gets. Emerging from the country’s skateboarding scene, he achieved global prominence with his much copied, much parodied Hope poster displaying a stylised Barack Obama in shades of blue and red.” Which is why he was in north London making a mural, of course. The Guardian, June 23, 2012

An Interview WIth Santiago Calatrava, Architect Of Swooping Bridges (And A Lot More) “‘Engineering came first but now, after 30 years, I don’t see any difference between architecture and engineering. If you look at Brunel’s [Clifton Suspension] bridge in Bristol you could ask, “Is that architecture or engineering?” The details are architecture but the solution is engineering.'” Financial Times, June 22, 2012

Montbrison, France

Stolen Bust Of Rodin Recovered (Accidentally) 13 Years Later The work by Rodin’s student, assistant and lover Camille Claudel was taken in 1999 and is worth about 1 million euros. The Telegraph (UK) June 24, 2012


Oh, That Bright Yellow Bit On The Forum? That Was A Menorah “The recent discovery that a version of the menorah in a bas-relief on the first-century Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum was originally painted a rich yellow should not come as much of a surprise. But given that the image faded to the color of its underlying stone long ago — like so much else in and around the Forum — precise knowledge of its once-bright pigmentation comes as an exciting revelation to historians and archaeologists.” The New York Times, June 24, 2012

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