Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 26, 2012


Earth Art 2012 converges on VanDusen Botanical Garden. “Organized by John K. Grande, the exhibition spotlights the work of five internationally acclaimed artists: along with Booth, there’s Nils-Udo from Germany, Urs-P. Twellmann from Switzerland, Nicole Dextras from Vancouver, and Michael Dennis from Denman Island. What they have in common is a commitment to “issues of sustainability in the arts, and to working with biocultural contexts and materials…” Georgia Straight, July 26, 2012

Earth artists get back to nature at VanDusen. “Works inspired by landscape evolve over time through exposure to the elements.” Vancouver Sun, July 26, 2012

24 Artists 24 Hours event returns at Downtown Eastside gallery. The 24 Artists 24 Hours fundraising event will see a group of creative minds go to work around-the-clock at Sheppard’s Pie Gallery on East Hastings Street. Georgia Straight, July 26, 2012

Nigel Prince: Taking Charge. After a year at the helm of the CAG, Nigel Prince, the former curator of Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, has a lot on his mind: new local and international partnerships, an expansion of the gallery’s street presence and an increased interdisciplinary focus. Canadian Art (Online), July 19, 2012

On elevated patios in Vancouver, summer dining gets a lift. “When temperatures in Vancouver rise, sidewalk patios tend to fill up quickly. For a quieter city oasis at which to drink, dine, and people-watch, look up—way up.” One of the best elevated patios in the city is the “Gallery Café located on the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery, featuring live music several times a week and cocktails made tableside.” Georgia Straight, July 25, 2012

eatART at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “On Saturday (July 28), if you spot giant mechanical monsters descending upon the Vancouver Art Gallery grounds, don’t worry: we are not being attacked by robotic alien forces. It’s just the third annual eatART: Power the VAG event.” Georgia Straight, July 26, 2012


Burnaby Art Gallery’s The Gaze of History considers point of view. “The new life that the Burnaby Art Gallery has brought to the place is regularly revealed in its exhibitions, such as the current show of framed portraits, chosen from its collection. And aspects of its former lives are conjured up by Elizabeth MacKenzie’s subtle yet compelling drawing installation. The two different bodies of work complement each other—and the building—beautifully.” Georgia Straight, July 26, 2012


Bastion Square hosts photo show. One of the 150 Celebrate Victoria events – which honour the city’s sesquicentennial – the hour-long slideshow in Bastion Square is the brainchild of Tara Nicholson, a photographer who teaches at the Vancouver Island School of Art and the University of Victoria. Times Colonist, July 26, 2012

Dawson City

Scott Rogers: Perpetual Returns. “Glasgow-based artist Scott Rogers brings Dawson City locksmith, Jan Welzl’s legacy back to life with “Meanders Into Nonesuch Place,” an installation of sculptures, drawings and videos at ODD Gallery as well as performances in and around Dawson City.” Canadian Art (Online), July 19, 2012


Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby: A Place for Everything. “Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby are currently without gallery representation in Toronto, which makes their new show in the city, at the recently opened gallerywest space on Queen West, a unique viewing opportunity.” Canadian Art (Online), July 19, 2012

Servane Mary’s women of substance on wisps of silk. “The textile works of New York-based, Swiss-French artist Servane Mary, currently on display at Clint Roenisch Gallery, are deceptively straightforward, even simple – simple looking, that is.” Globe & Mail, July 20, 2012

Gardiner Museum one of Toronto’s most inviting. “It’s hard for a building to be invisible, but the old Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art came close. When opened in 1984, it was an apologetic late-modernist structure set a bit too far back from the street and easy to miss. But when it reopened in 2006, it had been transformed into one of the most intimate yet urban cultural institutions in Toronto, the sort of place you’d like to stay, let alone visit.” Toronto Star, July 26, 2012

Testing Toronto museum apps: ROM, AGO, MOCCA. “You can hardly blame a museum for wanting to seem with it, so to speak, and such things can even be useful. Each of the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art have simple, straightforward informational apps that take care of essential practicalities: what’s on, where and when.” Toronto Star, July 26, 2012


Big Beat: Taxpayers’ painting now worth tens of millions. “Taxpayers of Canada, meet Stephen Gritt, your new champion. With a few flicks of a brush — and years of investigation and determination — Gritt increased the value of a certain public asset from a few hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions. Did I mention that this asset is owned by you?” Ottawa Citizen, July 25, 2012

Los Angeles

LA MOCA’s Merchant of Bling “When Jeffrey Deitch was installed the writing was on the wall: he would wait a decorous year or so, then lose Schimmel and bring in a curator or two as his pawns, putting on youth-focused exhibitions aimed at attracting young audiences through meretricious celebrity-focused publicity. The traditional audience would fade away, the youngsters would recognize MOCA’s pandering, and the institution would become an intellectually vacant party palace.” ArtInfo, July 25, 2012

A Los Angeles Art Museum Commits Suicide “In the end, however, [Jeffrey] Deitch is no more than a symptom, one of the malign forces that emerged from the Pandora’s Box that Rauschenberg opened when he announced that he wanted to work in the gap between art and life.” The New Republic, July 24, 2012

Critic’s Notebook: Andy Warhol — the ghost in MOCA “The late, great Pop artist has hovered somewhere in nearly every exhibit conceived by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch in the last 18 months. Enough, already!” Los Angeles Time, July 25, 2012


’70s Portrait of Harlem, Gathered for Today. All the work in the photographer Dawoud Bey’s 1979 debut at the Studio Museum in Harlem can be seen as part of a new survey at the Art Institute of Chicago. New York Times, July 24, 2012


Defiant U.K. artists claim public space ahead of Olympics. As the huge advertising potential of the Olympics rolls out across Britain, a group of British artists are reclaiming ad space for art and poetry. CBC News, July 25, 2012

Will London Really Erase Banksy’s New Olympics Art? “In cleaning up London’s graffiti for the Olympics city authorities threaten to squelch the work one of its biggest celebrities, the street artist Banksy, but on Monday the secretive graffiti artist showed he wouldn’t be deterred from creating Olympics-related art while the whole world is watching.” The Atlantic, July 23, 2012

Orbit looms large over Olympics — but what is it? “To what purpose is this crushed, swirling rollercoaster design by sculptors Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond? Ay, there’s the rub.” Globe & Mail, July 24, 2012

United Kingdom

The landmark buildings that never were “Economic and social factors across the ages meant that some of the grandest designs of renowned architects such as Lutyens and Inigo Jones were never completed.” BBC, July 25, 2012


In Paris, Graffiti Gets a Welcome Sign “In recent years, the city’s 20th arrondissement has been deliberately positioning itself as a graffiti mecca. A traditionally working-class district whose population has more recently included immigrants and artists, the 20th is now a few years into a campaign that aims to ‘develop urban culture at the heart of the neighborhood,’ meaning graffiti, or as they call it in Paris, le graff.” The Atlantic, July 24, 2012


Native American Modernism: Art and Artifact. In 1970, the Berlin Ethnologisches Museum began to acquire contemporary painting, sculpture and prints from “Native America,” part of a sub-collection of almost 30,000 objects focused on North America and the largest outside of Canada and the United States. Canadian Art (Online), July 19, 2012


Beijing to get freeport to challenge Hong Kong’s supremacy “The Chinese government plans to turn Beijing into a key art hub in Asia by building an 83,000 sq. m freeport next to the Beijing Capital International Airport scheduled for completion late 2013. Officials hope that the vast storage facility, which is expected to be tax exempt, will encourage collectors and corporations to stockpile their art in Beijing.” The Art Newspaper, July 26, 2012

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