Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 23, 2012


Digital Art Reflections & 10 Seconds in Time ask audiences to stop and consider. “At the corner of Robson and Granville streets, look up, look wa-a-ay up. Two programs of digital art, sponsored by the City of Vancouver, are playing among the ads on the screens mounted atop the retail building at the northeast corner of those two busy thoroughfares. The first, Digital Art Reflections, features short animation and video works by local artists Diyan Achjadi, Carol Sawyer, Donna Szoke, and the Project Rainbow collective. The other program, 10 Seconds in Time, is a collection of eight videos, each 10 seconds in length, curated by Paul Wong…[with work by] established and emerging artists…Dana Claxton, Douglas Coupland, Jeff Chiba Stearns, Laiwan, Chelsea O’Brian, Tony Pantages, Michael Turner, and James Yan. The 10 Seconds program is also playing on the outdoor digital screen at the entrance to the CBC building, at 700 Hamilton Street.” Georgia Straight, August 21, 2012

Artist lets lovesick spill secret crushes. Ken Lum has installed a public notice board outside his studio at 751 Gore Ave. in Vancouver’s Chinatown. A plywood panel invites secret-keepers to go public and provides felt pens and the enticing headline, “I’ve Got a Secret Crush On . . . ” “I did this because I have a secret crush on someone,” laughs the personable Lum, one of two Ken Lums in the Vancouver art world. (“I’m not the famous one, but the better-looking one.”) The Province, August 23, 2012


University’s art goes beyond the campus. Building a University Art Collection: 50 Years looks back on the history and evolution of the University of Victoria’s collection – which has included pieces by Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, William Morris and more. The half-century anniversary is also a chance to look at its place in the fabric of academic life. Times Colonist, August 23, 2012

Gallery hires curator. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has a new chief curator, it announced Wednesday. Michelle Jacques, currently acting curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, will begin her new position in Victoria Oct. 22. Times Colonist, August 23, 2012


Brian Jungen & Duane Linklater: Hunting Retreat. When Brian Jungen & Duane Linklater first began to work on their film Modest Livelihood they had no idea that it would become part of the most important and best attended of big international events in the contemporary art world. Canadian Art, August 16, 2012


No Sweat. On Sept. 29, the culmination of Heather Goodchild’s work will take place during Made It Then, Make It Again, a performance for Nuit Blanche. A garment factory will be reproduced in the Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO as volunteers rotate in and out of assembly lines creating uniforms, mugs and stools for 12 hours straight. Financial Post, August 21, 2012

Emmanuelle Léonard, Annie MacDonell on shortlist for the Grange Prize. Four photographers: Montreal’s Emmanuelle Léonard, Torontonian Annie MacDonell, Welsh-born Jason Evans, London’s Jo Longhurst– are the finalists for the 2012 Grange Prize for excellence in contemporary photography, it was announced Wednesday in Toronto by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Globe & Mail, August 22, 2012

Nuit Blanche: Art fest returns in September with 158 new projects. Curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow, Museum for the End of the World is a special exhibition of 14 projects in and below Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, organizers announced Tuesday. It is also the first time that the city hall parking garage has been used for an art project. Toronto Star, August 21, 2012

Art Train Conductor No.9: Dazzling the City. Adopting a camouflaged exterior, the elusive Art Train Conductor No.9 by Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins is winding its way around the Greater Toronto Area, inviting all who catch a glimpse of the single GO Transit passenger car into a conversation on public transportation and the potential for building a more sustainable, integrated city. Canadian Art, August 16, 2012


Technology sheds new light on art Researchers at the University of Windsor are marrying modern science with ancient art to reveal new truths about old paintings. Physics professor Roman Maev and his team have been visiting art galleries abroad, using various diagnostic imaging processes — traditionally reserved for biomedical applications — to analyze historical works, uncovering defects and alterations. Financial Post August 21, 2012


The Painting Project. “First developed as a virtual platform funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, “The Painting Project” proposes to delineate the practice of painting in Canada for a wide audience, based on exhaustive research in a didactic register. An unexpected opportunity offered by Arsenal (a recently launched art venue with branches in Montreal and Toronto) made it possible to bring the exhibition to life in real time with a selection of 60 works by as many artists.” Canadian Art, August 16, 2012

Deschambault, Québec

Autant en emporte le vent: Country Style. The historic village of Deschambault, just downriver from Quebec City, might seem an unlikely playground for contemporary art. In fact, Deschambault and the neighbouring village of Grondines have a reputation that’s as avant-garde as it is habitant. Canadian Art, August 16, 2012


Denver Art Museum Turns Gallery Over To Its Audience “There’s something utterly charming about seeing those objects in the haughty museum and something hopelessly patronizing about it as well. They don’t belong there, but there they are, and the effort is winning — if you’re willing to be a sport about it.” Denver Post,


Ken Lum: The City of Brotherly Love. “This is the first instalment of the new web column by noted Canadian artist Ken Lum. A veteran of the Vancouver School, Lum has recently moved to Philadelphia to become director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. From his new vantage point, he considers topics related to his life and work as an artist.” Canadian Art, August 16, 2012

Panama City

Frank Gehry In Tropical Colors: Biomuseo Tries To Bring Bilbao Effect To Panama City “Asymmetrically protruding, squiggling, and contorting canopies overlap like pieces of tinted cellophane, corrugated cardboard, and construction paper, catching the eyes of visitors arriving to the city by cruise ship.” Artinfo, August 21, 2012


Zaha Hadid’s Beautiful Tribute To Structural Engineering “Her installation at the Venice Biennale will be “Arum Shell, a tensile steel structure that looks like a mass of the flower from which it gets its name. The algorithmic basis of the structure pays homage to [engineer Frei] Otto’s skill in calculating structural stresses.”” Artinfo August 20, 2012

Borja, Spain

Here’s What Happened When an Elderly Woman Took It Upon Herself to Restore a Painting in a Nearby Church “The restored version is apparently the work of an octogenarian neighbor of the church, who, noticing the damage to the painting, took it upon herself to restore the painting “with good intentions” but “without asking permission,” as culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda put it. It became clear to the amateur restorer — quickly, one imagines — that “she had gotten out of hand,” and she confessed to local authorities.” Gawker, August 21, 2012


Martine Franck: 1938 – 2012. “Martine Franck, an esteemed documentary and portrait photographer and second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson, died of cancer in Paris on Aug. 16 at the age of 74. A member of Magnum Photos for more 32 years, Franck was a co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation.” Lightbox Time, August 20, 2012

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