Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 29, 2012


Keeping up with the Kwans. “In the spring of 2003, 300 Kwans living in Vancouver received a package in the mail. Inside was a two-page typewritten letter, in both English and Chinese, a self-addressed stamped postcard, and a question from a stranger who happened to share their last name.” The sender was Vanessa Kwan, a Newfoundland-born, Vancouver-based artist (and a program coordinator at the Vancouver Art Gallery). “The answers – some brief, some chatty, some candid, some off-topic – have become the basis of Vancouver Family, an art installation set to be unveiled next month at the Centre A gallery.” The Province, August 26, 2012


Mendel donors join Remai campaign. Wade and Betty-Ann Heggie have donated $100,000 to the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan Capital Campaign, the Mendel Art Gallery has announced. StarPhoenix, August 28, 2012


NCC’s new piece of public art placed where view can’t be beat (with video). There’s a new piece of public art in Ottawa’s Teardrop Plaza, and that news will raise the same question in the minds of almost every person reading this: where the heck is Teardrop Plaza? The piece is titled Jetée, or jetty in English, and it’s in four parts that are made of 1,200 pieces of wood, all arranged in smooth, curving lines to echo the surrounding landscape of nature and history. Jetée is the work of Toronto architects and artists Stephen Beites and Christian Joakim, who won the commission in a national competition. Ottawa Citizen, August 29, 2012

Los Angeles

$100,000 Art Prize In LA Has Artists Buzzing (And Not Happy) The prize, offered by the Hammer Museum and decided by a public vote, riled artists who object on several grounds… LA Weekly, August 28, 2012

LA’s Arts Community Makes The Most Of Carmageddon II “With another massive shutdown of the 405 freeway approaching, a grass-roots effort is underway to offer Angelenos an artistic reprieve that’s locally focused, timed for the second coming of Carmageddon, Sept. 29 and 30. More than 100 artists, arts organizations, advocacy groups and community partners have teamed to launch what they are calling Artmageddon, with the tagline ‘Less Car. More Art’.” Los Angeles Times, August 28, 2012


Artworks Hit the Aspen Slopes The collaboration between the Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company continues for its eight year with work by two artists: limited-edition lift tickets featuring artwork by UK artist David Shrigley and a site-specific installation by L.A.-based artist Dave Muller. Art in America, August 29, 2012

New York

The Art Of Flea Market “This relatively relaxed form of art viewing often bears out something a friend told me Picasso once said: that any painting contains something worth looking at. From my experience, this may be a somewhat optimistic assessment, but ferreting out the worthy bits in anonymous paintings is great and often instructive fun.” The New York Times, August 29, 2012

After the Summer of the Hologram, what’s next? On July 5, New York’s New Museum opened Pictures From the Moon, an unprecedented retrospective of (mostly American) artist’s holograms. Eight days earlier, the MIT Museum in Massachusetts – home to the country’s largest holography collection – launched a year-long expo of contemporary holograms by artists from the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. Globe & Mail, August 24, 2012


Abbas Akhavan Site Specific Work At London Delfina Foundation. Delfina Foundation has announced the first London solo exhibition of site-specific works by Toronto-based Iranian artist Abbas Akhavan. Following a 10 week residency at Delfina Foundation, Akhavan will produce artworks in response to the Foundation’s new adjacent property. Artlyst (London), August 28, 2012


New font for Rijksmuseum rebrand The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has been radically rebranded in time for the long awaited reopening of the museum in April next year, with a jaunty new house style for its catalogues, signage, paper and posters. The Art Newspaper, August 29, 2012

Was Van Gogh Partly Color-Blind? One Scientist Thinks So Kazunori Asada, a Japanese medical scientist and poet, believes that “Vincent van Gogh’s acidic sense of color and preference for bright, clashing hues” were due to a midrange spectrum deficiency – “that van Gogh’s eyes had a moderate lack of receptors for the color red.” Artinfo, August 28, 2012


Painted Pigeons (Yes, Live Birds) At Venice Biennale “In recent days, visitors to the city have been surprised to see pigeons sporting plumages that would do credit to a tropical parrot: green and yellow pigeons; pigeons whose feathers radiate electric blue or strident vermillion; even pigeons that seem to be robed in imperial purple. … [The] coloured birds were the work of a Swiss artist, Julian Charrière, and a German photographer, Julius von Bismark.” Some animal rights activists, however, are not charmed. The Guardian (UK) August 28, 2012


Singapore Will Not Participate in the Next Venice Biennale Singapore’s National Arts Council has announced that the country will not participate in 2013 Venice Biennale. Art in America, August 28, 2012

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