Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 17, 2012

Victoria

Art takes over the square Paint in the Square is a way to commemorate the City of Victoria’s 150th anniversary as well as a lead-up to Saturday’s TD Art Gallery Paint-In, formerly known as the Moss Street Paint-In, which marks its 25th anniversary this year. Victoria Times-Colonist, July 17, 2012

Toronto

At MOCCA, the false promise of stuff It could have been so much better. The MOCCA’s big summer exhibition, trans/FORM: Matter as Subject > New Perspectives, is an at times wonderful, at times frustrating showcase. (Note: 1980s revivalism has spread from pop music and fashion to art exhibition titles, which probably spells the death of the revival.) Globe and Mail, July 13, 2012

Seattle

Seattle Art Museum Names New Director “Kimerly Rorschach, founding director of the Nasher Museum at Duke University, will become the Seattle Art Museum’s new director this fall.” The Seattle Times, July 16, 2012

Los Angeles

Last Artist Leaves LA MoCA Board “Following a week in which John Baldessari, Catherine Opie and Barbara Kruger all resigned from the board of trustees at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, Ed Ruscha has also resigned, leaving no artists remaining on the museum’s board.” Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2012

Sponsor Demands Money Back For Shepard Fairey Mural Project “It’s an unseemly legal dispute pitting one of young Hollywood’s favorite charities against an entertainment industry entrepreneur and reality television figure.” Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2012

Santa Monica

Fate Of Ailing Iconic Santa Monica Anti-War Sculpture Fuels Community Debate “After 21 years of people climbing over it and salt air from the ocean eating away at it, ‘Chain Reaction’ is in danger of falling down. The city’s planning staff, estimating it could cost as much as $400,000 to fix, recently recommended that if proponents of the work can’t raise that money by November the city should simply get rid of it. In the meantime, they’ve put a fence around it (chain link of course) to protect the public.” The Independent (UK) July 16, 2012

New York

In ‘The Clock,’ You Always Know the Time Christian Marclay’s loop of movie moments, playing at Lincoln Center, generates a peculiar kind of suspense. New York Times, July 17, 2012

London

Tate Modern Gets More Raw Huge underground cylinders that once held the fuel that ran the former London power station have been cleaned up for performance art and film. New York Times, July 17, 2012

Europe

Europe grapples with deep culture cuts The age of austerity has cast a pall over the arts in Europe, writes Robert Everett-Green. With even the Uffizi renting itself out for fashion shows, culture cuts across the EU are creating ‘a climate of despair for artists’ Globe and Mail, July 17, 2012

China

Art World Unnerved by China’s Detention of Two China’s detention of a German art handler and a Chinese associate, on charges that they undervalued imported art to avoid customs duties, has caused anxiety in the art scene. New York Times, July 17, 2012

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