Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 8, 2012


Unspooling the landscape with Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater. “An offshoot of Documenta crops up at The Banff Centre, where Kitty Scott has assembled a cast of international artists and thinkers for an alpine think tank. Here, too, Canadian landscape art is playing a catalytic role, this time in the form of a new film by Canadian First Nations artists Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater. Titled Modest Livelihood, the 50-minute film documents a moose hunt in the lush valleys, marshes and riverbanks near Fort St. John, close to Jungen’s home reserve.” Globe & Mail, August 3, 2012


Yukon aircraft to be yarn-bombed with massive tea cozy. “An historic wartime DC-3 will be subject to a different kind of bomb in the coming weeks as a group of Yukon fibre artists knit and stitch a giant tea-cozy-like covering on the plane to raise awareness of the fibre arts.” Ottawa Citizen, August 4, 2012


Walking Jamaica’s art history. “I don’t pretend that art can cure anything, nor does it necessarily try or desire to. But the outburst of inter-cultural misapprehension faces a strong (and often very beautiful) counter-argument in Contemporary Jamaican Art: Circa 1962/Circa 2012, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.” Globe & Mail, August 3, 2012


Van Gogh’s genius on display at National Gallery. “No one who spends an hour or two in Moshe Safdie’s stately cathedral to art in the nation’s capital this summer, taking in Vincent Van Gogh’s astonishing output in the last few years of the 1880s, will likely complain about an exhibition being “too mainstream” again.” Toronto Star, August 8, 2012


The Nature of Inspiration. The Nature of Inspiration features intimate interviews with some of Canada’s best visual artists, who discuss their work and its relationship to the environment. The films feature Tak Tanabe, Edward Burtynsky, Marlene Creates, Peter von Tiesenhausen, David Alexander, Dempsey Bob, and others. The series airs on the CBC’s Documentary Channel on Saturdays at 6pm and Mondays at 8pm, starting August 4. CBC TV, August 4, 2012

Los Angeles

LA MoCA Trustees Say They’ll Hire New Chief Curator “Following sharp criticism from many corners of the art world, the board of trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art has changed course and decided to fill the chief curator position left open by Paul Schimmel’s forced resignation in June.” Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2012


Voters Come To The Rescue Of Detroit Institute Of Arts “A crucial millage for the Detroit Institute of Arts passed easily in Wayne and Oakland counties – but was approved by the slimmest of margins in Macomb County as the final votes were tallied. … The property tax millage promises as much as $23 million for the DIA for 10 years.” Detroit Free Press, August 8, 2012


Collage captures Pollock’s demiseA show devoted to a pivotal Abstract Expressionist at the Ronchini Gallery in London (10 October-24 November) throws new light on the tragic death of Jackson Pollock. The Art Newspaper, August 7, 2012


Ashmolean Museum Raises $8 Million To Keep Manet In UK “Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus” was sold to a private foreign buyer last year, but the British government blocked the sale under rules that allow public institutions the chance to buy works “of outstanding cultural importance” at knock-down prices. Yahoo! (AP) August 8, 2012


Edinburgh Airport Covers Up Nude Picasso, Then Uncovers It After Complaints “Nude Woman in a Red Armchair was advertising the Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. However, the airport decided to cover the image after several complaints from passengers in international departures. After gallery chiefs branded the move “bizarre”, the airport has backed down and removed the cover.” BBC, August 8, 2012


Cranach’s Madonna under the Fir Tree returned to Poland The painting, which was copied and stolen by a German priest, makes its way back to Wroclaw after 70 years.. The Art Newspaper, August 7, 2012


In Syria’s Civil War, Ancient Sites Are Being ‘Pulverised’ “The priceless treasures of Syria’s history – of Crusader castles, ancient mosques and churches, Roman mosaics, the renowned ‘Dead Cities’ of the north and museums stuffed with antiquities – have fallen prey to looters and destruction by armed rebels and government militias as fighting envelops the country.” The Independent (UK) August 6, 2012

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