Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 26, 2012

 

Saskatoon

Hot art at the Mendel all summer long The Mendel Art Gallery’s summer exhibitions are now open…most comprehensive collection of Japanese art ever displayed in Saskatoon. It includes…artists and their development, of different art movements and expression and experimentation. Star Phoenix, June 26, 2012

Hamilton

A & E ART | Whoa Canada! Exploring the Great White North’s artistic dark side. A review of the previous exhibition “Kurelek: The Messenger” and the current “Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscape.” Hamilton Magazine, June 2012

Toronto

Tod Ainslie’s lens on 1812 An Ontario photographer’s painstaking approach to capturing images of historic sites is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum. Globe and Mail, June 26, 2012

Ottawa

Helping new Canadians with acculturation Energetic activist introduces new citizens and their families to national attractions via free-admissions program. Globe and Mail, June 26, 2012

Los Angeles

Important Jackson Pollock Painting Headed To Getty For Restoration “Two Getty branches, the museum and conservation group, have teamed up to work on the painting together. The head of paintings conservation for the museum, Yvonne Szafran, named three goals for their work. One is to address the sagging of the canvas at the center caused by its weight and size. Another is to replace or reinforce the stretcher. A third goal, if possible, is to remove the varnish that was added after Pollock’s lifetime.” Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2012

New York

Artnet Chief Steps Down and Artnet Magazine is Closed Hans Neuendorf, the chief executive of Artnet, an art-market information company that has helped to transform the way art is bought and sold, has stepped down, handing the reins of the company to his son, the New York Observer reported. In addition, the company is ceasing publication of its online magazine and on Monday closed its magazine offices in New York, Berlin and Paris, according to the Observer. New York Times, June 26, 2012

Paula Hays Harper, Feminist Art Historian, Dies at 81Dr. Harper provided the creative spark for “Womanhouse,” a celebrated exhibition of art by and about women that became a milestone in feminist art. New York Times, June 26, 2012

London

Miró sets record at Sotheby’s in London’s modern art sales But Christie’s auction was stronger overall, with a better-edited selection of work. The Art Newspaper, June 22, 2012

New London sculpture puts art world in a latherVisitors to Cavendish Square in London may well smell something fragrant in the air next month when the Korean artist Meekyoung Shin unveils a grand equestrian statue of the Duke of Cumberland there made not of marble or bronze, but of… soap (from 10 July). The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2012

Henry Moore Goes Indoors The Gagosian Gallery in London is presenting some of the sculptor’s huge bronze pieces created from 1960 to 1980. New York Times, June 26, 2012

Salisbury Plain

Why Did The Ancients Build Stonehenge? National Unity, Say Researchers After a decade of archaeological study, a team of scholars believes that the huge stone monument was built to mark the end of a longstanding east-west divide between the peoples of neolithic Britain. BBC, June 22, 2012

Thessaloniki, Greece

Ancient Greek Road Discovered During Subway Excavation “The Roman road was about 1,800 years old, while remains of an older road built by the ancient Greeks 500 years earlier were found underneath it.” Yahoo! (AP) June 26, 2012

Moscow

Activists Begin Moves To Preserve Moscow’s Architectural Monuments “Preservationists are voicing growing concerns about Moscow’s architectural heritage and the state’s role in ensuring it survives. The controversial destruction of monuments has contributed to recent anti-government protests in Russia,” though current mayor Sergei Sobyanin is seen as more sympathetic to such concerns than his demolition-happy predecessor, Yuri Luzhkov. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2012

New Delhi

India’s paper trail runs for centuries Ancient Persian script makes cataloging work on historical treasure trove of Moghul documents slow going. Globe and Mail, June 26, 2012

International

Great Artists And Their Early Reviews A few samples: Jung on Picasso: “paradoxical, unfeeling, and grotesque unconcern for the beholder.” Breton on Kahlo: “[her art] is a ribbon around a bomb.” The Spectator on Lucian Freud: “the human form defeats him because he does not observe it as he does dead birds.” The Atlantic, June 24, 2012 (slideshow)

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