Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 28, 2012

St. Catharines, Ontario

Artist arsonist gets two years | Local | News | Niagara Falls Review Former Niagara Falls artist Jeannette Tossounian has been sentenced two years less a day for setting fire to her own art gallery. This is her second conviction for arson, which can carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. An early morning fire earlier this year on Feb. 15, destroyed Tossounian’s art gallery at 107 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. The Niagara Falls Review, August 28, 2012

Los Angeles

Mapplethorpe Show Suggests How Far We’ve Moved In The Culture Wars LACMA’s plan to open a show featuring Robert Mapplethorpe’s gay sadomasochistic photographs two weeks before Election Day proves we’ve come a long way–maybe “Now, two decades after it was denounced by Jesse Helms in Congress and almost sent Dennis Barrie to jail, the X Portfolio is finally coming out.” ARTnews, August 28, 2012

Midwestern America

Prairie Futurism: The Forgotten Architecture Of Bruce Goff “[The] divisive nature of Goff’s work, coupled with the location of many of his completed design projects – most in rural or residential areas in the Midwest – has limited his work from receiving the recognition it deserves,” despite the admiration he received from no less than Frank Lloyd Wright. Hyperallergic, August 22, 2012

New York

Theatrical Sound: Q+A with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller In the vast, dark Park Avenue Armory drill hall, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have arranged 98 speakers, each with its own soundtrack, for The Murder of Crows. Cardiff’s voice recounts her dreams from an old-fashioned speaker horn, which rests on a table in the center of the room. Art in American, August 27, 2012


This is not a talent show, says curator of Venice Architecture Biennale David Chipperfield urges fellow architects to explain their ideas. The Art Newspaper, August 28, 2012


Saudi Arabia Opens Its First Contemporary Art Gallery “There is a tremendous amount of energy around the arts in Saudi, but relatively few institutions and Alaan Artspace is Riyadh’s first curated contemporary art platform.” The Art Newspaper, August 23, 2012

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