Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 5, 2012


VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #189: We Put A Big Fir Tree In Every Roundabout. “As part of their exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery this past May, the designers of Goodweather Collective but forth this “retroprojective” proposal where giant trees would sit in the middle of neighbourhood roundabouts. By borrowing this idea from the past, they were re-imagining how we could marry urban and forest spaces together.” Scout Magazine, September 4, 2012


Museum is hurt by funding cuts. “Government support to the Royal B.C. Museum was reduced by four per cent in 2009, to $12.2 million. That was understandable, given the global economic downturn. Funding has remained at that level since then, and the government expects the freeze to last at least until 2016. Despite cost increases and the need to maintain the collections, provincial support will be lower by that year than it was a decade earlier.” Times Colonist, September 2, 2012


National Gallery reports strong attendance figures for van Gogh show. “On Tuesday the gallery was reporting that its critically acclaimed Van Gogh: Up Close exhibition had drawn a total paid attendance of just over 230,100 visitors.” Globe & Mail, September 4, 2012

Van Gogh attendance exceeds 230,000. “Thousands of people crammed into the exhibition Van Gogh Up Close on its final weekend, and they helped make the show the biggest thing at the National Gallery in years.” Ottawa Citizen, September 4, 2012


On a whim or notion — voters look for inspiration. “For the first time in her 45 years in Quebec, artist Cheryl Braganza felt confused and ambivalent about whom to support, so she turned inward for help.” Montreal Gazette, September 4, 2012

Los Angeles

The Getty Gets its First Twomblys The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired 29 color photographs by the late American artist Cy Twombly (1928–2011). The photographs span over 57 years and are the first of Twombly’s works bought by the Getty. Art in America, August 31, 2012


Should The Museum Of Fine Arts In Houston Expand? (Should Any Museum?) With the new “Set in Stone” study to draw from, museums can ask the right questions about expansion (and so can funders, and journalists, for that matter). Glasstire, September 3, 2012

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lenswoman in a Labcoat “Berenice Abbott’s science photographs invite us to contemplate the wonder of creation. As photographs utilizing the latest technology to illustrate scientific principles they are quintessentially modern…” The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2012

United States

Lobby group targets presidential conventions Americans for the Arts rallies support at Democratic and Republican gatherings. The Art Newspaper, September 3, 2012


V&A gains “one-off” access to David Bowie Archive Show draws on 60,000 objects in musician’s New York collection. The Art Newspaper, September 4, 2012


SCENE & HERD: The Artforum Diary / Kate Sutton at the 11th Baltic Triennial. The name of the founding king of Lithuania “Mindaugas” is a relatively common appellation in the Baltic country, loosely translating to “many ideas.” It is also the name of the character who serves, quite literally, as the human conduit for the Eleventh Baltic Triennial, which kicked off its twelve-day run on Thursday, August 24, at Vilnius’s Contemporary Art Center. Artforum, September 1, 2012


Bailiffs Clear Famous Berlin Arts Center Tacheles Artists stood on the sidewalk with their possessions and artwork as Tacheles, “the grungy Berlin art center housed in a derelict former department store that became a trashy symbol of the capital’s post-unification freedom, was cleared on Tuesday.” Der Spiegel, September 5, 2012


At Either End of the Ceramics Route China’s National Museum joins forces with two British museums to celebrate porcelain. New York Times, September 5, 2012

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