Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 5, 2012


This Is East Van 2 reveals more community love. The curators have added a gallery component to the book launch of This is East Van 2. This Saturday (July 7), a selection of shots will be on display and for sale at the Interurban Gallery. Georgia Straight, July 4, 2012


Sophie Jodoin’s drawings are charged with the spectres of trauma. “Darkness and light, innocence and brutality, comfort and destruction: Sophie Jodoin’s drawings are filled with contrast and conflict…Her solo show at the Richmond Art Gallery is presented in conjunction with DRAWN 2012.” Georgia Straight, July 3, 2012


Canadian modernist works come to Art Gallery of Alberta. Sixty works of art by 14 artists of the Quebec-based Les Automatistes “offer a bold and physically charged visual experience” at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Edmonton Journal, July 4, 2012


Would you make a public confession? “John Loercher and Laura Mendes, the artists behind Confessions Underground, describe their project as “part social experiment, part public intervention.”” CBC News, July 4, 2012

Christopher Hume’s list of the best unknown buildings in Toronto. “Despite the city’s self-inflicted reputation for mediocrity, Toronto architecture is better than it appears, certainly better than many realize.” Toronto Star, July 4, 2012

Cape Dorset

The Hunter Artist. “In Cape Dorset, Nunavut, a new generation is redefining Inuit art, preserving northern traditions as it adapts to southern ways of life. One of these artists is Tim Pitsiulak.” Walrus, July/August, 2012

New York

Folk Art Museum The president of the board of trustees says contrary to reports, the museum is flourishing. New York Times, July 5, 2012

Donald Judd’s Spring Street Space Set to Open June of 2013 The scaffolding that has surrounded the Donald Judd home and studio at 101 Spring Street in Soho was recently removed, revealing the building’s façade with thirteen hundred restored original pieces of cast iron. Artforum, July 4, 2012

How long can the art market walk on water? The wealth of the super-rich is keeping the miracle going but mostly for the best works. The Art Newspaper, July 5, 2012

A Galactical Trip with Marina Abramović, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, “is a gratifying documentary portrait of the Serbian performance artist which aired on HBO this week. Abramović knows one big thing very well: faut souffrir pour être belle. The artist suffers for beauty, as in 1975’s Art Must Be Beautiful.” Slate, July 2, 102


Software could reconstruct medieval mosaics Project to conserve Coventry’s 5,000 stained-glass fragments—some believed to be the work of a master. The Art Newspaper, July 5, 2012


British Museum To Help Regional Counterparts With Loans “The British Museum has said that is loaning works to UK museums at an unprecedented level to help them weather waters that are likely to be choppy for at least five years.” The Guardian (UK) July 4, 2012

Artists Have A Go At England’s Classic Red Telephone Booth The instantly recognizable design, dating back to 1935, “has been reimagined in whimsical full-size replicas that are scattered about London through July 18. Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid, Philip Treacy, Nina Campbell, and some 70 others artists and designers were up to the task of creating ‘ArtBoxes’ for the project.” Mediabistro July 2, 2012

UK Government Announces An App For Donating To The Arts “Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched plans for an independent funding platform that will allow people to give money to arts organisations using their mobile phones. … The aim of the initiative is to help the cultural sector raise new funds through mass casual giving.” The Stage (UK) July 3, 2012


Will Emiratis believe their own eyes? An exhibition unlike any other has just opened in Sharjah. “The Museum of Optography: The Purple Chamber”, backed by the Sharjah Art Foundation, is currently at the Collections Building, Arts Area, opposite the Sharjah Museum of Art (until 3 October). The Art Newspaper, July 5, 2012


The dos and don’ts of artists’ bequests An increasing number of artists are becoming philanthropists. Setting up a foundation is one option but there is another way. The Art Newspaper, July 4, 2012

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