Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 18, 2012


Michael Snow’s object lessons. “Objects of Vision at the Art Gallery of Ontario, collects what its creator Michael Snow calls “a family of things” – “abstract-form sculptures” created at various points in his illustrious, multifaceted 60-year career (from, more precisely, the late 1950s, late 60s and early 80s) but never exhibited together until now.” Globe & Mail, July 17, 2012

Tools For Conviviality at the Power Plant: Review. “So this is goodbye. That was the inevitable, creeping sense wandering “Tools for Conviviality,” the Power Plant’s summer show and, it turns out, its last to be assembled by curator Melanie O’Brian, who resigned just as it opened a couple of weeks ago.” Toronto Star, July 17, 2012


Pop artist Tom Wesselmann’s work is a nude awakening. “The big summer attraction at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Beyond Pop Art: Tom Wesselmann, delivers a glowing array of sex-charged paintings and simultaneously tells a melancholy story about the fragility of fame.” National Post, July 17, 2012

Los Angeles

Michael Brand, the ex-director of the Getty Museum, reveals why he was forced to leave He takes pride in working with Italy and Greece to overcome impasse over controversial artefacts. The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2012


Fire Destroys Milwaukee Artist Hub “The structure is one of those rough and unremarkable buildings that artists love to claim for their own. A dingy stairwell with an Atomic-Age geometric railing with peeling paint and dusty hallways led to doors that opened onto pristine galleries and makeshift apartments.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 18, 2012

New York

Christie’s, Sotheby’s Differ In This Year’s Sale Results Christie’s International said Monday it sold $3.5 billion of fine and decorative art in the first half of the year, up 11.2% from a year earlier. Rival Sotheby’s said it auctioned off $2.44 billion of art during the same period, down 15.8% from a year earlier despite a record-setting $119.9 million for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2012

Louis Vuitton, Yayoi Kusama connect the polka dots. Louis Vitton best known for leather goods, formally unveiled a new collection created in collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs. Vancouver Sun, July 17, 2012


UK National Gallery’s Guards Threaten Strike During London Olympics “The National Gallery faces the possibility of partial closures during the Olympics after warders who patrol its rooms announced a fresh series of strikes beginning on the first day of the Games. The warders – officially known as gallery assistants – have been fighting a long-running battle with management over reduced staffing levels.” The Guardian (UK) July 17, 2012

Henry Moore’s arch returns after 20 years “Unsafe” sculpture has been reinforced The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2012

Creed and his committed campanologists Will the bells really ring out on 27 July? Martin Creed’s Work No. 1197. All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes entails millions of people pealing their bells across the UK to mark the start of the London Olympics. The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2012

Tate Modern Opens Its New Space, ‘The Tanks’ “The Tanks’ purpose is to bring live work and performance art – often, since its origins in the 1960s and 70s, seen as too fragile, fugitive or plain avant garde to be co-opted by museums – into the mainstream. The underground galleries will also provide space for the kind of large, complex film and video installations that the museum has struggled to show in the past.” The Guardian (UK) July 16, 2012

New Yorker profile of Nicholas Serota. “I feel like I’m probably the last person in the world with an interest in museums to have read the Nicholas Serota profile in the July 2 New Yorker. One thing the story definitely comes back to again and again (as does the Real Clear Arts post) is the spectrum of opinion that exists in the art world about whether museums should be lively, casual, community friendly spaces or not.” Uneditmyheart (Leah Sandals), July 13, 2012


How Glasgow Became A Major Art City “How has one city managed to produce a generation of international contemporary artists, scooping an incredible number of nominations for Britain’s top visual art award, the Turner prize?” BBC, July 18, 2012


Thumbs down from Italian scholars to “Caravaggio” drawings Former director of Milan’s Castello Sforzesco is one of many sceptical about researchers’ dramatic claim. The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2012


Dates of next year’s Venice Biennale confirmed The 55th edition is due to open on 1 June 2013. The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2012


A Glut Of Chinese Art Investment Funds “The explosion of art-investment vehicles has sparked concerns because they are thought to comprise a much greater percentage of the art market in China than in the US or Europe, and a run of redemptions would force the sale of a huge amount of art.” The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2012

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