Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 29 – July 3, 2012


Noted photographer Marian Penner Bancroft featured in solo exhibition at the …The work of award-winning Vancouver artist Marian Penner Bancroft is featured in a new exhibition opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 30, 2012. The exhibition includes more than 50 photographs, representing a quarter-century of production. Art Daily, July 1, 2012

Artist grieves for missing women, lost culture The plight of missing and murdered aboriginal women in British Columbia — and those who grieve for them — was a key inspiration for Ojibwa artist Charlene Vickers to create her installation Ominjimendaan/ to remember. “I feel witness to a lot of trauma and tragedy,” says the Vancouver-based artist. Winnipeg Free Press, July 1, 2012

There’s something about Mary’s flowers Treat yourself to a trip around the world through the beautiful botanical portraits of Lions Bay artist Mary Comber-Miles at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver this summer. Eighty exquisite watercolour plant illustrations by Comber-Miles are on display in the Art-Full Garden Gallery in the new Visitor Centre at the botanical garden. The exhibition is called Flowers of the World. Vancouver Sun, June 30, 2012

Housing chips away at city’s green spaces If we want to put a monetary value on everything, why not sell all the artworks at the Vancouver Art Gallery? I’m just guessing, but I would venture to say there are millions of dollars worth of art that only a few people enjoy. Vancouver Sun, July 3, 2012

Los Angeles

LA MoCA Board Says Chief Curator Wasn’t Fired, But Resigned “The leaders of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s board of trustees said Friday that chief curator Paul Schimmel resigned and was not fired, as The Times and other news outlets had reported.” Los Angeles Times 07/02/12


Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective in ChicagoWith the support of his widow, Roy Lichtenstein is the subject of a major retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago. New York times, July 2, 2012

Evanston, Illinois

Jack Holme, sculptor, dies – Mr. Holme was from Vancouver, British Columbia. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. After the war he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of British Columbia. With a Canadian government scholarship, he went on to earn a master’s degree in industrial design from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2012


Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse’ at Philadelphia Museum of Art Despite its title, “Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia,” now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, features only 10 works by the those artists in a survey of 60 paintings. New York Times, July 2, 2012

New York

Stolen Dalí Drawing Is Mysteriously ReturnedA $150,000 drawing by the artist Salvador Dalí, taken from a Manhattan gallery, was sent back to New York from Europe and intercepted by postal inspectors at Kennedy Airport. New York Times, June 30, 2012

Sharon Hayes Solo Show at the WhitneySound, video and contemporary news are part of the solo show of Sharon Hayes, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. New York Times, June 29, 2012

Alighiero Boetti Retrospective at Museum of Modern ArtA broad survey of the work of the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti is unfolding at the Museum of Modern Art, with the last segment to open on Sunday. New York Times, June 29, 2012

Buenos Aires

Horacio Coppola, Argentine Photographer, Dies at 105 Mr. Coppola’s black-and-white works offered views of Buenos Aires, as well as perspectives on ordinary objects. New York Times, July 2, 2012


Museums Across UK Close Or Reduce Hours After Funding Cuts “Of the 114 institutions questioned by the Museums Association, 22% have closed all or part of their sites in the last 12 months. Services to schools have also been dramatically reduced.” BBC, July 2, 2012


Florence’s contemporary art museum shuts Asset rich, policy poor: Florence’s culture should be for the Florentines, not just tourists (Florence’s mayor, Matteo Renzi now in his second term in office, struck a deal in 2010 with the then minister of culture, Sandro Bondi, to help the city reap more benefits from its tourism industry. Between 2010 and 2013, the ministry of culture will forgo 20% of ticket revenue from Florence’s national museums, which will be used to fill funding gaps in the Nuovi Uffizi project (around €3.5m a year). After this, the same percentage of ticket sales will be retained by the city and spent where it is most needed.) The Art Newspaper, July 3, 2012


Enormous Painting From Uzbekistan Inspired By 1001 Nights To Tour Europe “It’s longer than an Olympic swimming pool, took two-and-a-half years to complete and fulfils a 40-year dream — a new mega-canvas by one of Uzbekistan’s best-known artists,” Lekim Ibragimov. “[He] started working on the project – named One Thousand Angels and One Painting – in 2010 and put the finishing touches on it in April.” Agence France-Presse 07/02/12


Belgrade’s Art Scene, Waiting for Its Moment The city has world-class artists and thought-provoking art, but not much of a market and not many showcases. New York Times, June 30, 2012


Islamist Extremists Destroy Ancient Timbuktu Monuments “Islamists armed with Kalashnikovs and pick-axes have destroyed the centuries-old mausoleums of saints in the Unesco-listed city of Timbuktu in front of shocked locals, witnesses say. The attack by the al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine group came days after Unesco placed Timbuktu on its list of heritage sites in danger.” The Guardian (UK) July 1, 2012

Extremists Destroy More Ancient Timbuktu Shrines “Muslim extremists continued destroying the heritage of the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu on Monday, razing tombs and attacking the gate of a 600-year-old mosque, despite growing international outcry.” CBC, July 3, 2012

Hong Kong

Keeping Track of Art All Over Asia A digital archive based in Hong Kong is opening its collection of materials to the public online. New York Times, July 3, 2012


Canadian artists making an impact 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 Sydney Biennale is also partly organized by Gerald McMaster, the Frederik S. Eaton curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Winnipeg Free Press, July 3, 2012

All Our Relations: The 18th Biennale of Sydney Since he took a leave of absence from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to work on the 18th Biennale of Sydney with Catherine de Zegher, a former AGO colleague, Gerald McMaster has been hard to pin down for news: he has been travelling the world and looking at artists for the show, which opens at the end of June. We caught up with him via email and asked a few questions. Canadian Art, Summer, 2012

Sydney Biennale aims to stitch us all together The international exhibition presents art as a cathartic experience. The Art Newspaper, June 29, 2012

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