Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 6, 2012

Vancouver

Shuvinai Ashoona’s printed works reveal an extraordinary range of vision. “When I first encountered Shuvinai Ashoona’s drawings in 2007, I was knocked out by the way this middle-aged Inuit artist could slide so readily from closely observed depictions of northern life and landscape to vividly rendered scenes of the fantastical, the monstrous, and the strange. The Marion Scott Gallery survey of her printed works, from little black-and-white etchings created in 1997 to recent large-scale, vividly coloured lithographs and stonecuts, reveals the same extraordinary range of vision” Georgia Straight, September 4, 2012

Painter Joe Smith and arts administrator Donna Moore join B.C. Arts Council. The B.C. Arts Council has announced the appointment of two new board members: Donna Moore and Joe Smith. Georgia Straight, September 4, 2012

Portrait of an Artist: Jesse Toso. Vancouver chainsaw carver Jesse Toso is known for transforming large logs into works of art, like a menacing, 16-foot-wide spider he recently created. An exhibition of his smaller-scale carvings, Chisels and Chainsaws, takes places at the Beaumont Gallery from September 7 to October 3. Georgia Straight, August 31, 2012

Victoria

Art blossoms alongside Rifflandia. As the music festival has expanded across Victoria, an exhibit of visual arts has also grown to feature more artists. Times Colonist, September 6, 2012

Portrait of three artists. Susan Crean’s book, The Laughing One occasionally ventures into “creative non-fiction.” Michael Ostroff’s definitive film Winds of Heaven brought Carr to life through brilliant set designs. Now, Jill Sharpe has created a poetic half-hour film, Bone Wind Fire, which lets us look at the world through the eyes of Emily Carr, Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. Times Colonist, September 1, 2012

Edmonton

Visualeyez explores themes of loneliness. Exploring and in many ways capsizing its theme “loneliness” with contact experiments, this year’s annual Visualeyez performance arts festival (Sept. 10-16) takes on this uncomfortable and fascinating subject through dance, ritual, invented interaction and endurance tests. Edmonton Journal, September 6, 2012

Ottawa

Searing exhibitions confront our notions of prostitution. “The searing question in two photography exhibitions at La Petite Morte in Ottawa is not what will we, as individuals, do for sex, but what will we do to others for sex.” Ottawa Citizen, September 6, 2012

New York

Warhol Foundation Will Donate or Sell Its Whole Collection Beginning this fall the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will disperse its entire collection of Warhols, donating some and selling others through Christie’s auction house as it shifts almost exclusively into a grant-making organization, foundation officials said in interviews. New York Times, September 6, 2012

ArtsBeat: Folk Art Museum Picks New Director The board selected Anne-Imelda Radice, who recently served as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that supports libraries and museums. She will start next week. New York Times, September 6, 2012

Miami

Korean artist Lee Kyu Hak recreates Van Gogh’s works with Styrofoam-based mixed-media mosaics “Lee Kyu Hak has reinterpreted the Dutch painter’s iconic works by wrapping bits of newspaper and magazines around pieces of Styrofoam to create stunning mixed-media mosaics for a collection he calls ‘The Monumental Series’.” New York Daily News, September 4, 2012

Sao Paulo

Inhotim art park opens new pavilion in time for São Paulo biennial Installation includes six major works by Brazilian artist Tunga acquired by mining billionaire Bernardo Paz’s institute. The Art Newspaper, September 6, 2012

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum announces spring 2013 reopening Ten-year closure of main building involved wrestling with “a thousand dilemmas”, says Amsterdam museum’s director. The Art Newspaper, September 6, 2012

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum’s Renovation Is Finally Finished “For the last decade, the Rijksmuseum has been operating in third gear – its treasures crammed into one wing while its main building has undergone a renovation process that has dragged on for far longer than was intended. … Amsterdam’s grandest cultural institution has finally revealed the date for its full reopening – although it will not be for another seven months.” The Daily Mail (UK) September 5, 2012

Berlin

Art Berlin Contemporary Names Maike Cruse Director. Curator Maike Cruse has been named the 2013 director of abc art berlin contemporary. As a component of Berlin Art Week, abc brings together national and international galleries presenting contemporary art. Artforum, September 5, 2012

Eschborn, Germany

John Stezaker wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize has been awarded to British artist John Stezaker. The £30,000 prize is awarded annually to a photographer of any nationality that has significantly contributed to the medium of photography in Europe in the previous year. Art Review, September 4, 2012

Hong Kong

China Guardian Lands in Hong Kong On Oct. 7, China Guardian Auctions’ new Hong Kong outpost will hold the company’s first sale outside of mainland China. The inaugural auction will include two sessions: “Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy from the Four Seas” and “Classic Furniture and Garden ornaments of Ming and Qing Dynasties.” Art in America, September 5, 2012

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