Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 28, 2012


Enemy Aliens and Yo-In: Reverberation reflect on wartime fears. “In quite different ways, Enemy Aliens and Yo-In: Reverberation reflect on the racist and religious fears that grip people and nations during times of war.” Georgia Straight, June 28, 2012

Grant program launched for Metro Vancouver arts groups. The national organization Business for the Arts announced it will bring its artsVest initiative to the region for 2012-2013. “The program will be a tremendous asset for the city of Vancouver,” said David Aisenstat, a Business for the Arts board member and president and CEO of the Keg Steakhouse and Bar. Georgia Straight, June 22, 2012


Abbotsford art gallery to showcase larger-than-life multimedia portrait. Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait is on loan from the National Gallery in Ottawa for its only showing in B.C. The exhibition opens June 27 at The Reach Gallery Museum. Vancouver Sun, June 27, 2012


BC museum CEO honoured Jack Lohman, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal BC Museum was appointed CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Oak Bay News, June 27, 2012


Art curator to showcase new art exhibit in Kelowna Ian Thom will be at the Kelowna Art Gallery on July 7, to talk about Bearing Witness, an exhibition he organized that is being circulated to various art galleries. Thom is an engaging speaker and will share fascinating stories about his career, and his work with the Vancouver Art Gallery. Kelowna Capital News, June 27, 2012


Artists collaborate to design welcome arches on Churchill Square. The gates of the Works aren’t graffiti — though they sing with similar rhythm. Found at the north and south ends of Churchill Square as part of the Works Art and Design Festival, En Masse’s emerging temporary welcome arches are beautifully tattooed by a pair of Montreal artists, Jason Botkin and Fred Caron. Edmonton Journal, June 27, 2012

Easy to discover visual treasures in a walk around downtown Edmonton. “Treat The Works as a treasure hunt,” says Dawn Saunders Dahl, director of programs and marketing for The Works Art & Design Festival on until July 3, 2012. Edmonton Journal, June 27, 2012


In Brief Arrests in museum break-in. Four people were arrested early Tuesday after a break-in at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Winnipeg police said officers responded at about 2:30 a.m. to a complaint of a break-in at the building, under construction at The Forks. Winnipeg Free Press, June 27, 2012


Statistics Canada cancels its survey on government spending on culture. Rob Gloor, executive director of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, is disappointed Statistics Canada has cancelled its survey on government spending on culture. The annual survey showed how much money the federal and provincial governments spend directly on performing arts, visual arts, libraries, and other areas. Georgia Straight, June 28, 2012

Bieber, TIFF and a Halifax museum: Why Tories are now friends of the arts. “As political announcements go, it wasn’t spectacular. Neither a cut nor a major boost. It was just Heritage and Official Languages Minister James Moore doing his thing Wednesday, maintaining the cash flow, joking about his two dogs.” Globe & Mail, June 27, 2012

Heritage Canada Foundation Releases 2012 Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists. The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost. They include Riverview Hospital (Coquitlam) and the Paramount Theatre (Chilliwack). Heritage Canada (press release), June 27, 2012

Nuit Blanche Ottawa – street performers, art experiments, and Marie Antoinette in a cake. “There’s always been mild skepticism that the one-night extravaganza of pop-up art will happen in Ottawa.” Ottawa Citizen, June 27, 2012


ARTnews’ Annual List Of World’s Top Collectors The world’s 200 most active collectors. Three Torontonians are included in the list. ARTnews, June 27, 2012

“House of Wayward Spirits” celebrates native performance artists and cuts through PC filters. Terrance Houle, who performs Thursday night with Ulysses Castellanos and Cathy Gordon at the Toronto Free Gallery, is just one of the festival’s big name draws. Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Archer Pechawis and Adrian Stinson also join Houle and seminal American aboriginal artist James Luna. Toronto Star, June 28, 2012

New York

Cooper-Hewitt Picks Design Team to Help With Its Expansion Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architectural firm responsible for the redevelopment of Lincoln Center and the city’s High Line, has been chosen to design the gallery and visitor experience at the remodeled Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on the Upper East Side. New York Times, June 27, 2012

Will This Be New York’s Weirdest Building? Design Revealed For Columbia’s New Medical School The 14-story building in Washington Heights, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will have an entirely transparent southern façade that will allow the public to see into some very oddly shaped open-plan floors. The New York Observer, June 27, 2012


Organizers Say Half Of All Tickets To London Cultural Olympiad Have Already Been Sold “More than two million people have bought tickets, although this includes events that have already happened such as the 85,000 tickets sold for the Globe to Globe Festival and attendances at the David Hockney and Lucian Freud exhibitions at the Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery.” TheStage, June 28, 2012

Looking At Henry Moore Sculptures Indoors “We are used to seeing his pieces in the context of nature,” says the director of Gagosian’s London gallery. “I thought it would be interesting to show them in a clean well-lit space. There is a sense of their hugeness, which you get less of outside, and a tension, because you get the feeling they can almost break down the building.” International Herald Tribune, June 26, 2012

Tourcoing, France

A gift of 400 drawings puts French painter’s legacy on show The late artist’s sons donated the works to the Musée des Beaux-Arts Eugène Leroy in Tourcoing, which was renamed in his honour. The Art Newspaper, June 28, 2012


Restored Gates Of Paradise To Go Back On View In Florence After 12 years of planning and a further 22 years of conservation work, all ten panels from the … Florentine Renaissance masterpiece by Lorenzo Ghiberti, have been restored to their former glory … The monumental set of gilded bronze doors, constructed between 1425 and 1452, stand at just over five metres tall and contain scenes from the Old Testament.” The Art Newspaper, June 27, 2012


Australia’s new Venice pavilion to be built with private money All $6m needed for the building will be raised from the private sector, although the government owns and manages the site. The Art Newspaper, June 27, 2012


Tolstoy’s great-great-grandson appointed cultural adviser to Putin Vladimir Tolstoy has been the director of Yasnaya Polyana, the writer’s estate and museum. The Art Newspaper, June 28, 2012


For Arts Institutions, Thinking Big Can Be Suicidal Board members and architects can get carried away by expansion plans that a cultural institution cannot sustain, according to a new study. New York Times, June 28, 2012 (The Final Report “Set in Stone” is available in the Vancouver Art Gallery Library and at the website

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