Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 10, 2012


National Urban Design Award winners 2012 Waterfront projects in Calgary and Toronto were among the winners of the annual awards for urban design. CBC, July 10, 2012


Red Sky at Night: Atmospheric Pressures Mercer Union’s current group show “Red Sky at Night” is all about atmosphere. It’s a timely theme, as early summer temperatures in Toronto continue to push past 30 degrees; the daily heat and smog advisories indicate an environmental extreme that might best be described as oppressive. Whether you’re a sun worshipper or a shade seeker, this amped-up climate of sweaty brows and frayed nerves is a constant—it’s an atmosphere that you can really feel. Canadian Art, July 2012

Kitty Scott: A Return to Ontario The Art Gallery of Ontario has announced Kitty Scott as its new curator of modern and contemporary art, starting this fall. Here, Scott chats with David Balzer about her upcoming move to Toronto and her recent experiences at dOCUMENTA (13) and the Banff Centre. Canadian Art, July 2012

Pan Am-themed public art kicks off Toronto countdown The organizing committee, TO2015, is hosting a free, daylong public festival of arts, culture and sporting events outside Toronto City Hall on Tuesday to celebrate the countdown. Mayor Rob Ford is slated to officially declare July 10 Pan Am/Parapan Am Day. CBC, July 10, 2012

New York

It’s About Time The huge success of ‘The Clock’ brings new attention to other parts of Christian Marclay’s career. Artnews, July 10, 2012


Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum To Reopen After Three-Year Makeover “This is no nip-and-tuck job, no simple face-lift. The Rodin and its surrounding gardens have been transported back in time to 1929, thanks to a $9.1 million reincarnation of the original vision of architect Paul Crét and landscape architect Jacques Gréber.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2012


London Olympics Architecture Takes A Different Approach Than Beijing Did “Though it’s a strangely mixed bag, this games, more than any other since Barcelona, seems tightly focused on leaving an extraordinary legacy for a part of east London that’s seen little investment. Transit improvements, for example, now make the Stratford gateway better connected than any part of greater London outside the center.” Bloomberg, July 10, 2012


Making Sculpture With Live Bees Tomás Libertíny “started working with bees five years ago when he let the creatures swarm over vase-shaped beeswax frames in his studio in Rotterdam. The shapes they created were more beautiful, organic and natural-looking than any he could have envisaged.” The Guardian (UK) July 9, 2012


Anthony McCall: Light Lifting As I wandered through this hallowed hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof, weaving my body in and out of McCall’s walls of light and watching other museum-goers do the same, I briefly entertained the question of what these light sculptures signified—if, in fact, they signified anything beyond themselves. And the deeper I went into the exhibition, the less important that question became. There is so little in art galleries and museums that elicits this kind of visual wonder and delight; the purity of this experience is so rare, and it is, in and of itself, more than enough. Canadian Art, July 2012

‘Occupy’ Movement Welcomed At Documenta – Then Turns On Hosts “In the last few weeks, groups of Occupy activists have hunkered down in Berlin, where they were invited to take part in this summer’s Berlin Biennale as part of a living exhibition. But protesters ended up turning on their host, demanding an abandonment of its hierarchical management structure.” Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2012


Sudan relics at risk from dam floods Appeal to archaeological community as proposals leave three- to six-year window. The Art Newspaper, July 10, 2012


Jane Somerville at the 18th Biennale of Sydney  WHEN I ARRIVED at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last Tuesday night for the first of the weeklong celebrations for the Eighteenth Biennale of Sydney, the forecourt was packed with local dignitaries waiting to hear Michael Brand’s maiden speech. It was only Brand’s second day on the job as gallery director, but his opening remarks were charmingly good-natured, good-humored, and, perhaps most significantly, in good taste. artforum, July 6, 2012

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