Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 27, 2012

Victoria

Hands of Time to celebrate Victoria’s 150th anniversary Kelowna-based artist Crystal Przybille has won a national competition to create a piece of public art celebrating Victoria’s 150th anniversary of incorporation. Her proposal, Hands of Time, will see 12 bronze sculptures of life-size hands installed at downtown locations this fall. Times Colonist, June 27, 2012

Edmonton

Art Gallery of Alberta names executive director The chief curator of Edmonton’s Art Gallery of Alberta has been chosen to take on the role of executive director. Catherine Crowston has been the acting executive director for the past six months now, but an announcement on Monday made it official. Edmonton Journal, June 25, 2012

Lees: Tire firm founder helps build bridges in Africa Edmonton projects have won two of three Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) biennial national design awards, it was announced last week at the organization’s AGM and convention in Ottawa. Named winner in the architecture category was the Art Gallery of Alberta. Edmonton Journal June 27, 2012

Toronto

AGO nabs Renaissance gems from Florence: Knelman Early masterpieces from the dawn of the Italian Renaissance in Florence are coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario next year. Toronto Star, June 27, 2012

AGO teams with Getty for major Renaissance show The show, titled Revealing the Renaissance: Art in Early Florence, reportedly includes an estimated 100 paintings, sculptures, stained glass and manuscripts, including two hand-written copies of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Globe & Mail, June 27, 2012

Finalists named for RBC Canadian Painting Competition Painting has been declared dead on several occasions in the past 175 years. Yet painting has persisted, even thrived in recent years, as evidenced by the critical attention and commercial success garnered by painters as varied as Gerhard Richter and John Currin, Marlene Dumas and Elizabeth Peyton. Helping to at once reflect and contribute to this flux is the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, a celebration of emerging painters marking its 14th anniversary this year. Globe and Mail, June 27, 2012

West Dublin, Nova Scotia

Thieves Steal Nova Scotia Sculptors’ Work, Sell It For Scrap “The thieves received $1200 for selling the sculptures as scrap but the art is valued at upwards of $250,000. The pieces were not insured.” CBC, June 16, 2012

Truro, Nova Scotia

Sidney Crosby drawing boosts Truro artist

Robb Scott is doing brisk business thanks to his drawing of hockey star Sidney Crosby. CBC, June 26, 2012

Houston

Picasso Vandal In Houston Identified (He’s Some 22-Year-Old Art Punk) “Crime Stoppers of Houston is officially on the lookout for suspected art vandal Uriel Landeros, 22, after a tipster identified him as responsible for the defacing a 1929 Picasso painting in the surrealist galleries of the Menil Collection on June 13.” Landeros is an art student at the University of Houston. CultureMap (Houston) June 22, 2012

New York

The Death of Artnet Magazine, Artworld’s Online News Pioneer The unceremonious, sudden demise yesterday of the 16-year-old online Artnet Magazine marked another sad day in art journalism’s survival struggle. CultureGrrl, June 26, 2012

London

Occupy Anish Kapoor! Anti-Olympic Protestors Take Over Empty House Owned By Artist “The group, calling itself Bread and Circuses, a reference to its argument that the Olympics are a means of distracting people from pressing economic and social issues, said it had ‘liberated’ the part-derelict five-storey house on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, one of central London’s most picturesque and expensive garden squares.” The Guardian (UK) June 22, 2012

Beijing

American artist’s sculpture to soar in front of consulate in China The New York-based Joel Shapiro has been commission to create a bird-like work for Guangzhou. The Art Newspaper, June 26, 2012

Sydney

Canadian artists make waves Down Under at Sydney Biennale Canada’s top visual artists are set to make waves Down Under this week. Not only are 12 Canadians exhibiting their work in Australia at one of the largest and longest-running exhibitions in the world, but the 18th Biennale of Sydney is also partly organized by Gerald McMaster, the Frederik S. Eaton curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. National Post, June 27, 2012

International

Richard Florida On How The Creative Class Weathers The Recession “What I would call the super-creative core, they’re very adept at mixing income. It doesn’t mean they don’t struggle, of course they do, but compared to trauma of a blue-collar worker in Detroit or a construction worker in Phoenix, they’ve been able to mix and match [freelance] income and to somehow survive.” Time, June 26, 2012

And What, Exactly, Is Art? Here Are 16 Attempts At An Answer Maria Popova of Brain Pickings gathers thoughts on the matter from the likes of Aristophanes, Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, Thomas Merton and Francis Ford Coppola. Brain Pickings, June 22, 2012

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