Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 1, 2012


Artistically inclined: Eight art-filled reasons to visit Vancouver, B.C., this summer. Crowds of locals are “streaming in to see the Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. This extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the late-19th and early 20th century may be reason enough for art lovers to travel to Vancouver this summer. But it is only the tip of the artistic iceberg.” Oregon Live, July 28, 2012


‘Freed’ from patronage, artists documented their times. “The theme of the Kelowna Art Gallery’s summer show, Bearing Witness, is art that speaks to issues of oppression, brutality and genocide.” Kelowna Capital News, July 27, 2012


New GPS museum app promises to reshape gallery-going experience. As of Aug. 1, the Royal BC Museum in Victoria will become the first venue in Canada to launch Wifarer, the indoor positioning application. National Post, August 1, 2012


The New Alberta Contemporaries: Western Promises. “In mid-June, the much-anticipated Esker Foundation opened its doors in Calgary with “The New Alberta Contemporaries,” a roundup of works by 47 recent graduates from art schools across the province. Canadian Art (Online), July 26, 2012


Art for Commuters: TTC video screens display “flip books” by local artists. “On Aug. 4, commuters on Toronto subways will see the results: Eight Flip Books crafted by eight Toronto artists, displayed on the video screens of subway platforms as part of the ongoing “Art for Commuters” project.” Toronto Star, July 30, 2012

Oliver Husain: Hybrid Hijinks. “Trained in cinema in his native Germany and based for some time in Frankfurt, Oliver Husain arrived in Toronto in 2006 an accomplished filmmaker and performance artist in his mid-30s.” Canadian Art (Online), July 26, 2012


Homer Watson: The Canadian Constable. “If it’s true—and it seems to be—that Oscar Wilde, on viewing a painting by Canada’s homespun, self-taught and yet, at that point, internationally acclaimed landscape painter Homer Watson (1855–1936), pronounced him to be “the Canadian Constable…” Canadian Art (Online), July 26, 2012


Carleton gallery head comes full circle. “Sandra Dyck came into the employ of the Carleton University Art Gallery 17 years ago, and her climb from curatorial assistant to gallery director is now complete.” Ottawa Citizen, July 30, 2012


Molinari paintings Eight stolen paintings by late Quebec artist Molinari recovered by police. “The eight stolen paintings by late Quebec artist Guido Molinari were recovered late Wednesday and a man was arrested in the case.” Vancouver Sun, July 27, 2012

Art in August: Hot days, Cool art. Reviews of exhibitions at Art Mûr and Galerie Donald Brown. Montreal Gazette, July 31, 2012

In Wonderland: Brightening Shadows. “If you like breasts, you’ll hate Lee Miller’s Untitled (Severed Breast from Radical Mastectomy) (c. 1930)—which is the point of this photographic diptych, a highlight of the landmark exhibition “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.” Canadian Art (Online), July 26, 2012

Newport Beach, CA

Jack Goldstein: Picture Perfect. “The late Montreal-born artist Jack Goldstein, whose 1978 film was a highlight of last year’s Venice Biennale, is now the focus of a retrospective at the Orange Country Museum of Art. Ray Cronin reviews, noting the surprising currency of Goldstein’s older work.” Canadian Art (Online), July 26, 2012

Los Angeles

LA MoCA pulls out of Richard Hamilton retrospective “The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, has pulled out of a Richard Hamilton retrospective, after the abrupt departure of its long-standing chief curator, Paul Schimmel at the end of June. The Art Newspaper, July 26, 2012

Tegucilgalpa, Honduras

In Tegucigalpa, the spray can is mightier than the gun. Urban Maeztro, the Honduran graffiti artist, “lacks the fame of the elusive British artist known only as Banksy, has gained notoriety in Europe in recent years. “Urban Maeztro” said only his closest friends know that he launches the artistic assaults, dressed in a hoodie, his face covered with a kerchief depicting a skull.” Globe & Mail, July 31, 2012


Moments: Caught on Camera. A maze constructed of 250,000 books by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, is installed at the Royal Festival Hall, on the southbank, in central London. Globe & Mail, August 1, 2012

London’s other Olympiad (the artistic one). A guide to some of the works in the London Festival. Globe & Mail, July 28, 2012

Shock at Tate Modern death fall. Witnesses have described their horror at seeing a man plunge to his death at the Tate Modern gallery in London. UK Press Association, July 25, 2012

Kassel, Germany

Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller and the Power of Sound. Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller “are artists who have become known for their work with sound, and the woods of Kassel’s normally sedate Karlsaue Park are home to their latest installation, “Forest (for a thousand years),” one of two pieces featured in Documenta.” The New York Times, July 26, 2012

Documenta 13 on Track to Break All Documenta Attendance Records. With 50 days left of  documenta 13, the exhibition has several records in its sights. Artinfo, July 27, 2012

St. Petersburg

Building an opera house, Russian-style. “The foundation work was well under way when the two architects from Toronto learned in 2009 that their firm, Diamond Schmitt Architects, had won an international competition to design a major second home for the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre. ForJack Diamond and Gary McCluskie, the project became a Kafkaesque race against time, as the foundations of the zombie building rose from the depths of the St. Petersburg mud.” Globe & Mail, July 24, 2012


Ai Weiwei: A study in strength and serenity. “As possibly the world’s most important Chinese sculptor and conceptual artist at the moment (at least outside China where he gets far more exposure), Ai is both an honest and irreverent personality.” Globe & Mail, July 27, 2012

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