Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 16, 2012


Arnold Shives captures B.C.’s landscape in Mountain Imprints. “Soaring peaks, roaring rivers, massive glaciers, scudding clouds, wide skies dotted with snowflakes or glittering with stars—Arnold Shives makes art out of his rich experience of the mountains of British Columbia.” Georgia Straight, August 14, 2012

Anthony Redpath’s photographs capture everything from carnivals to Kits Pool. “Anthony Redpath’s crisply shot photographs wittily capture the visual paradoxes of life on the West Coast. Redpath is a relatively new name on the photo-art scene in Vancouver: he’s only been seriously at it for about three years, but 2012 has marked appearances at the New Romantics group show at Newfoundland’s the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and a solo show at Calgary’s Paul Kuhn Gallery. Up next: an exhibit at Toronto’s Bau-Xi this October. Georgia Straight, August 15, 2012


An engine granny could love. Clint Neufeld, a Saskatchewan-based sculptor has been gaining international attention for his dichotomous creations, including a spot in Oh, Canada! at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the largest survey of Canadian art outside the country. He’ll bring two of those pieces, along with three new lightboxes, to his show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, opening today. Times Colonist, August 16, 2012

Clothesline strings up artwork. “Contrary to what its name might suggest, the aim of the Coast Collective’s upcoming event is not to hang artists out to dry. Rather, the Clothesline Art Show is an opportunity for lesser-known creators to string up their work for a creative outdoor display.” Times Colonist, August 16, 2012


Mural becomes signpost on journey toward reconciliation. “The lingering dispute over a mural in Grandin LRT station seemed to be insurmountable, pitting city francophones proud of Bishop Vital Grandin’s legacy against First Nations peoples deeply offended by the benevolent portrayal of residential schools.” Edmonton Journal, August 15, 2012


A revolutionary Inuit artist’s life imitates her art, darkly. “After a long hiatus, Annie Pootoogook, the 2006 winner of the prestigious $50,000 Sobey Art Award, a star at the 2007 Documenta showcase in Germany, the subject of at least two documentaries, has resumed her art-making and is selling completed pencil-crayon drawings in Ottawa. Unfortunately, the drawings are being sold by their creator for reportedly as little as $25, $30 or $40 to passersby near a Shoppers Drug Mart on Rideau Street. Pootoogook is currently destitute and homeless.” Globe & Mail, August 15, 2012

Ottawa’s public-art opportunities a chance to be seen by thousands. The chance to devise a sculpture for a new suburban recreation complex in Ottawa’s suburbs was too good to pass up, say Daniel Young and Christian Giroux who were commissioned to create a $300,000 piece for the new centre in south Barrhaven. Ottawa Citizen, August 15, 2012


Toronto graffiti artists are turning vandalized garages near Ossington Ave. into brightly coloured murals. “Although a number of well-known local artists such as Mediah, SKAM, Elicser Elliott and Sight have already painted murals on garage doors and walls, the project will likely continue into the fall with more work done by the youth. The aim is to get the teens, some of whom have a penchant for vandalism, to do their artwork legally and safely.” Toronto Star, August 16, 2012

Burbank, California

For Healthy Aging, a Late Act in the Footlights “The Burbank Senior Artists Colony is remarkable. Opened in 2005, it is a mix of market-rate and low-income apartments. The building looks like an upscale hotel but is built for the arts, with studios, a video editing room, a theater and classrooms. Residents may arrive with no previous artistic experience or skill as an artist — but artists they become.” The New York Times, August 15, 2012


Indianapolis Museum of Art Names New CEO “Charles Venable, the current director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., was introduced Wednesday as the Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO of the IMA.” The Indianapolis Star, august 16, 2012

New York

The Cherished Remainders of a Luxe Life Sotheby’s will auction treasures from two of Brooke Astor’s homes. The New York Times, August 16, 2012

The Art World Watches Gallery Girls 75 residents of the reality-based art world gathered at the TriBeCa Grand last night to watch episode one of Bravo’s new reality show, “Gallery Girls,” which focuses on seven young women trying to make it in the New York art world. The gates of this notoriously exclusionary realm were not substantially breached, nor was its territory accurately depicted. Not in the first episode, at least, in which the best any of the seven women can achieve is an internship with Eli Klein, the SoHo dealer of Asian art who once showed the works of Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu. Art in America, August 14, 2012


Why Are Artists Leaving Boston? “If artists are leaving in droves, why? Massachusetts consistently ranks in the country’s top 10 for arts funding, so why does its capital have a reputation for lacking a contemporary art scene?” The Phoenix, August 15, 2012


Ground Control to V&A. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London has announced plans for an exhibition next year devoted to possibly the coolest chameleon in British music and fashion: David Bowie. The Art Newspaper, August 16, 2012

Montreuil, France

Stop spitting on great-grandpa’s painting The Neo-Impressionist Paul Signac’s great-granddaughter is fighting in court to have vandalised work moved from suburban town hall to Musée d’Orsay (Signac’s In the Time of Harmony,1893-95, is in the town hall) The Art Newspaper, August 16, 2012


Syrian Conflict Imperils Historical Treasures Preservationists and archaeologists are warning that fighting in Syria’s commercial capital, Aleppo — considered the world’s oldest continuously inhabited human settlement — threatens to damage irreparably the stunning architectural and cultural legacy left by 5,000 years of civilizations. New York Times, August 16, 2012


Do We Need Conflict To Create Great Art? “In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” BBC, August 10, 2012

Should We Really Care About Copyright? “Officially the idea is that the writer, artist, or musician should be allowed to reap the just rewards for his effort. This is quaint. There is very little justice in the returns artists receive. Works of equal value and quality produce quite different incomes or no income at all.” New York Review of Books, August 15, 2012

The art hasn’t changed, but I have. “‘A kindergartner could paint that,” my 17-year-old daughter remarks as I force her to watch a brief profile of the 20th-century abstract painter Joan Miro on the CBS Sunday Morning show, which I have PVR’d.” Globe & Mail, August 15, 2012

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