Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 15, 2012


Wilson wants us to laugh with him. “Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon, paid $1.5 million to keep Chinese artist Yue Minjun’s A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture at English Bay in Vancouver. The businessman, who is worth $2.9 billion, says the sculpture and his company’s Seawheeze marathon ‘elevate’ everyone who experiences them” The Province, August 12, 2012


Arts in Whistler. “The world comes to Whistler, and with it comes fresh styles, new influences; potential buyers and everything else a small-town arts scene needs to grow and flourish.” Vancouver Sun, August 14, 2012


Martin art exhibit a page-turner. “Artist Monique Martin’s latest art series involves a lot of books – thousands and thousands of them, in fact.” Star Phoenix, August 13, 2012


Photo exhibit: Elegies of the garden. “An exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, unpretentiously titled Flowers and Photography, offers new and historical works by six female artists, each at different stages in their careers, and all of whom actively disprove the idea that the flower as subject is twee, genteel, or even necessarily pretty.” (Artists include Suzy Lake, Lori Newdick and Dyan Marie). Globe & Mail, August 10, 2012


Well-known Ukrainian artist dies young. Oleh Valenyuk died unexpectedly and virtually penniless, leaving his family unable to pay his funeral costs and Toronto’s Ukrainian artistic community without one of its most prolific creators. Toronto Star, August 14, 2012

Toronto’s Humber Arch Bridge glows with art sculpture. “There may never be a consensus, but the artists [of Toronto’s Interactive Arts Collective], who’ve created the giant colourful, light sculpture that’s glowing from Toronto’s beautifully arched Humber Bridge by the lake definitely want you to look up and enjoy. Toronto Star, August 13, 2012

Los Angeles

LA’s Margo Leavin Gallery To Close After 42 Years “The gallery’s reputation for championing serious artists with integrity made it a respected player in the years that Los Angeles art was gaining international prominence. Among the artists the gallery has shown are John Baldessari, Alexis Smith, William Leavitt, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Dowell and Lynda Benglis.” Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2012


Attendance Triples At Detroit Institute Of Arts Since Museum Levy Passed “Nearly 8,000 visitors poured into the museum through Sunday, about 5,000 of whom were admitted free as residents of the tri-county area. About 2,000 people paid general admission fees, and 900 others were admitted free as members.” Detroit Free Press, August 14, 2012

Newark, NJ

Joe Kubert, comic-book artist and educator, dies at 85. Joe Kubert, a groundbreaking comic artist and educator best known for co-creating DC Comics’ iconic Sgt. Rock character, has died. He was 85. Globe & Mail, August 14, 2012

Blackpool, England

Really crazy golf What better way to spend a rain-drenched British summer than playing crazy golf. At the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, visitors can putt their way around nine “holes” made by high-profile artists such as David Shrigley and Gary Webb. The Art Newspaper, August 15, 2012

Cambridge, England

Fitzwilliam Museum Appeals For £3.9m To Buy Poussin Masterpiece “The painting, Extreme Unction, is from a famous series depicting the seven sacraments by the 17th-century French artist, which has been in an aristocratic English collection for more than two centuries, but has been on and off the market in recent years.” The Guardian (UK) August 13, 2012


A Massive $13 Billion Chinese Art Fraud “Exclusive interviews over the past several weeks with Chinese art dealers, auction house officials and others reveal a level of corruption significant even by Chinese standards, and more, the potential global dangers of an art market now at unprecedented heights – and growing.” Forbes, August 15, 2012

Indian Art Exhibition Makes a Rare Stop in China “Indian Highway” at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing is the largest show of art from India to make it to China, a country where any display of culture from India is rare. New York Times, August 15, 2012


Australia’s Oldest Indigenous Art Award Stuck In The Doldrums The problems with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (called “the Telstras” after the sponsoring company) “in its present form are multiple. They reflect the travails of the indigenous art scene after its state-subsidised over-expansion and the abrupt collapse of its wider market in recent years. The model for the exhibition and awards is almost three decades old, and completely outdated.” The Australian, august 13, 2012

New Zealand

A Giant Trompe L’Oeil Sculpture Of A Piece Of Paper “As you approach, you realize it is made of metal. It’s a sculpture, made of welded and painted steel that looks like a two-dimensional cartoon drawing of a three-dimensional piece of paper … that is three-dimensional if you get close, but looks two-dimensional if you stay at the bottom of the hill …” NPR, august 10, 2012


Stars Shine Brighter When They’re on the Board “What is the purpose of having artists straddle the line between content creator and board member?” The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2012

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