Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 22, 2012


Artists’ collective sees the makings of a cultural hub. “A vacant city-owned Industrial Avenue building eyed as a new home to help realize Red Gate Arts Society’s vision.” Vancouver Sun, August 22, 2012


Aboriginal artwork to brighten up south LRT line. A collection of aboriginal artwork will be displayed along Edmonton’s south LRT line as a means of fighting racism in the city. 15 colourful panels depicting nature — were created by three local aboriginal artists and unveiled at city hall on Tuesday morning. Edmonton Journal, August 21, 2012


One hundred stones create treasure hunt. Terri Fidelak is one of eight Saskatchewan artists participating in the artist-in-residence program that is part of the 100th anniversary celebrations for the Legislative Building. “For the community portion of her project, Fidelak, 32, is polishing 100 cubes of Tyndall stones to be distributed across Saskatchewan.” Star Phoenix, August 21, 2012


Curated cool: Where to watch the strange and the worthy on the Internet. Launched in January 2011 Network Awesome is the curated alternative to YouTube. “The site features more than 3,500 videos, chosen and often annotated by staffers and over 100 volunteers determined to mine the constant flow of footage posted online. The curators post six shows a day, from films to TV episodes to collections of shorter videos arranged around themes such as video art made using green-screen techniques, or vintage hip-hop promos. There are also special sections devoted to the work of such auteurs as Japanese animator, Osamu Tezuka or to visual artist Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle.” Globe & Mail, August 22, 2012


Small And Mid-Size Canadian Arts Groups Camp Out “Founded in a surge of national cultural enthusiasm that began in the 1950s and 1960s and peaked in the 1970s, Canadian performance groups are often housed in heritage buildings that were repurposed for their use in the 1970s and 1980s.” The Globe & Mail, August 21, 2012

New York

Guardian of Ocean Life, Armed With Pen and BrushRichard Ellis, the naturalist behind countless paintings, books and one immense blue whale, has spent a lifetime championing — and often demythologizing — marine life. New York Times, August 21, 2012

US Prosecutors Pursue Sotheby’s Over Ancient Cambodian Statue “Federal prosecutors seeking to repatriate a 10th century statue to Cambodia filed court papers Monday accusing Sotheby’s of knowing the sculpture ‘was an important piece of cultural property that had been stolen’ from a remote temple complex when the auction house put the massive sandstone artifact up for sale in March 2011.” New York Times, August 21, 2012

Washington, D.C.

DC’s Hirshhorn Museum Evacuated After Guard Shoots Himself “A security guard at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden shot and killed himself Monday afternoon in a basement locker room, according to authorities. The shooting forced hundreds of patrons to evacuate and drew a large contingent of federal and local police to the area.” The Washington Post, August 21, 2012

United States

Why The Rich Donate Less Than Lower Income Americans “Turns out lower giving among the rich likely has much more to do with where they live and who they live near.” The Atlantic, August 20, 2012

Mexico City

Mexico opens its arms to contemporary art The newly expanded Museo Tamayo reopens this week with seven exhibitions of international artists. The Art Newspaper, August 22, 2012


Turning Klimt Into Street Art “At first sight, it is an unlikely concept: a crew of leading lights from the street art scene making new works inspired by the great Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. What to expect?” The Guardian (UK) August 21, 2012

Makers and shakers break the (jelly) mould Any exhibition that includes “jelly mongers” must be worth a mention, which is why a new touring show organised by the Crafts Council, opening in London next month, caught our eye. The Art Newspaper, August 22, 2012


Hadrian’s Wall Becomes ‘World’s Longest Artwork’Connecting Light will consists of 450 giant balloons fitted with LED lights, hovering above the Roman structure … The balloons will transmit ‘messages’ to each other that translate into different colours. As the messages move from one balloon to another, the installation will become a line of pulsating colours stretching into the distance.” The Telegraph (UK) August 21, 2012


Amazing ancient bronzes given up by Calabrian sea Forty years since the finding of the Riace Bronzes, divers discover new treasures underwater. The Art Newspaper, August 22,


How Alphonse Mucha Designed The Nation State Of Czechoslovakia “On October 28, 1918, the Republic of Czechoslovakia was born and Mucha, patriot that he was, was determined to do everything he could to help the development of his new nation. When the government asked him for help designing documents, he immediately agreed” – creating the country’s first postage stamps and paper money. Smithsonian, August 21, 2012

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