Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 6-9, 2012


A deeply personal journey of an artist’s life Photographic works that explore the intersection where art and personal narrative meet are part of a new exhibition by Marian Penner Bancroft at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, July 7, 2012


Meet 3 people who are making Calgary Canada’s hottest arts hub The arts are thriving in Calgary, and it’s time to give the boot to outdated stereotypes. Globe and Mail, July 9, 2012


Art Gallery of Alberta announces biennial selections Seven Edmonton artists are among those selected for the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. The biennial, entitled The News From Here, explores the theme of post-regionalism and features 36 Alberta artists from nine communities. Edmontonians participating are Trevor Anderson, Kyle Armstrong, Sherri Chaba, Alysha Creighton, Gary James Joynes, Gabrielle Pare and Maria Whiteman. Edmonton Journal, July 7, 2012


Emily Carr exhibit includes 38 works Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes, a touring show organized by Vancouver Art Gallery, comprises 38 paintings ranging from early experiments with European modernism to mature landscapes. Windsor Star, July 7, 2012


Summer Special: A Sign of the Times Honest Ed’s is a time warp. The bright fluorescent lights, hand-painted signs and cluttered decor create an atmosphere set in the past. The latest Koffler Gallery Off-Site project “Summer Special” transforms the Toronto store/institution into an art-lover’s scavenger hunt; while some search for bargains, curious viewers track down subtle artistic inventions in and around the store. Canadian Art, July 6, 2012

Dreamland: Weaving the National Imagination Through a series of poetic juxtapositions, exhibition curators Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy help to draw vintage Canadiana from the museum’s permanent collection into dialogue with works of contemporary art. Canadian Art, July 6, 2012


Can Starchitecture save Canadian culture?

Faced with the clear and present reality of declining audiences and aging gallery infrastructure, the quick solution seemed to be ‘doing a Bilbao,’ and city after city in Canada began to contemplate its own version of the miracle of the Basque Country: St. John’s The Rooms, Toronto’s Renaissance ROM and AGO, Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum, Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Edmonton’s 2005 Centennial Royal Alberta Museum, and Calgary’s Glenbow expansion. Only the west coast seemed to be cautiously avoiding the civic rush to move from ‘back of the napkin’ to the construction of the crystal. Troy Media (blog) July 8, 2012 )


The Tacoma – Yes, Tacoma – Art Museum Gets Another Major Donation “A German billionaire with deep Tacoma roots is giving his Western American art collection to the Tacoma Art Museum, and the museum will build a new wing to house it, doubling its gallery space. Most of the new 15,000-square-foot wing and all of the 280-piece art collection come courtesy of Erivan Haub and his wife Helga.” Tacoma News-Tribune, July 8, 2012

Santa Fe

A New – Well, An Unfinished And Neglected – James Turrell Earth/Light Work The piece is in Santa Fe and “was never actually open to the public on any regular basis, instead opening only on specific occasions. Hopefully that will change once the refurbishment happens: a Turrell without visitors sitting inside and gazing at the sky seems like the proverbial tree falling in a forest without anyone to hear its sound.” Hyperallergic, July 6, 2012

New York

Rineke Dijkstra at the Guggenheim Museum In a midcareer survey at the Guggenheim, the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra reflects, in photographs and video, on what people keep hidden, with a special focus on youth. New York Times, July 6, 2012

‘Bellini, Titian and Lotto’ at the Metropolitan Museum “Bellini, Titian and Lotto” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art looks at the shifty concept of realism. New York Times, July 6, 2012

DAVID PLATZKER An interest in sex, from the 1960s and ’70s, has its moment in this show of publishing and art at Susan Inglett Gallery. The exhibition is titled “Screw You!” – which the New York Times seems to avoid mentioning. New York Times, July 6, 2012


Artist Rachel Whiteread Was In Whitechapel Long Before The Hipster Olympics After the artist (now a Turner Prize-winning sculptor) graduated from art school in the ’80s, she moved to London’s East End. “‘I remember calling my mum from a phone box outside,’ she says, her voice on the edge of laughter, as it often seems to be. ‘There was blood all over it. I thought: “Oh my God, where have I moved to?”‘ The Guardian (UK) July 7, 2012

Tate Modern Prepares for London Olympics In time for the London Olympics the Tate Modern is expanding its exhibition and performance spaces. New York Times, July 6, 2012


Spanish Police Arrest Four In Attempted Picasso Forgery “The canvas, a counterfeit version of a 1964 work called The bust of Jeune Garcon was accompanied by false authenticity documents bearing the signatures of Paloma, one of the Spanish painter’s daughters, and a renowned French art expert.” Seattle Times (AP) July 7, 2012


Inside the Mind of an Art Dealer A Dutchman in Paris reveals mysteries behind his 3 decades in the business. New York Times, July 7, 2012


Drawings Said to Be Caravaggio’s Raise DoubtsTwo researchers say they have found drawings by the young Caravaggio and have made their findings public in two e-books for sale on But some art historians and Italian officials have expressed doubt. New York Times, July 7, 2012


Art sanctions aim to hit Syria’s rich where it hurts A ban on the import of luxury goods includes fine art, collector’s pieces and antiques. The Art Newspaper, July 9, 2012


We built way too many cultural institutions during the good years “Demand” is an inherently tricky concept to measure when it comes to the arts. How can a museum know, for instance, that a million new visitors will surely come through if it opens a new gallery? Or how can a theater accurately gauge that its community has the capacity to support a new stage, if it can just find the money to build one? There is no neat way to count a city’s untapped demand for museums, cultural centers and performing arts spaces. The Atlantic, July 5, 2012

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