Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 7-10, 2012


Marian Penner Bancroft: On the Structure of the Self

This year’s Audain Prize winner, Vancouver-based artist Marian Penner Bancroft, explores the development of European social history in Canada through the lens of her own personal memories in “SPIRITLANDS: t/HERE,” a current exhibition of photo works from 1975 to 2000 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Though Bancroft has worked with a variety of different mediums, photography remains the primary method by which she investigates history, often experimenting with three-dimensional installations as a way of critiquing photography and its cultural frameworks. Recently, Bancroft exchanged emails with Victor Wang, a curatorial intern for the VAG exhibition, to discuss her work and the development of the current exhibition. Canadian Art, September 6, 2012


Vic art collection’s 50 ‘greatest hits’ on display Mary Jo Hughes, former chief curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, has been hired as director of the University Art Collections. Victoria Times Colonist, September 08, 2012


Canadian Museum Lays Off 14 Staff Members, Shortens Hours – And Feels Backlash “Dozens of anonymous online comments … included suggestions that Evenden and other senior Glenbow management earn too much money, don’t have much of a game plan for erasing the museum’s deficit and are too busy arranging a pricey trip to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg on the museum dime for potential donors than in erasing the museum’s deficit.” Calgary Herald, September 7, 2012


Drawing away the pain, the terror Robert Houle is an internationally distinguished artist with works in the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. But it took 50 years before a transformative process of art-making allowed him to remember and release a long-buried trauma. Winnipeg Free Press, September 8, 2012


Cameco donates $1M to Remai art gallery Cameco Corp. donated $1 million to the Remai Art…said Tim Gitzel, president and CEO of Cameco.The gallery will “change the landscape of…Gallery, officials said — will be named the Cameco Learning Studio in recognition. Star-Phoenix, September 07, 2012

Los Angeles

Several Los Angeles Exhibitions Look at 20th Century Art A retrospective of the work of the sculptor Ken Price is one of the major exhibitions coming soon to Los Angeles museums. New York Times, September 9, 2012


In Maine, Walking Where Waves Moved Winslow Homer’s Brush For years, the artist painted some of his most majestic works along this rocky knuckle of coastline. Later this month, his studio will open to the public for the first time. New York Times, September 9, 2012

New York

At Modern Art Foundry in Queens, Sculpture Comes to Life Modern Art Foundry, in Astoria, Queens, was opened in 1932 and is where many prominent sculptors go to have their creations cast in bronze. New York Times, September 9, 2012

‘Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Müller’ at the Brooklyn Museum T-shirt descriptions inspired the works in “Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Müller,” at the Brooklyn Museum. New York Times, September 8, 2012

‘Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao’ at Asia Society “Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao,” at Asia Society, focuses primarily on theatrical, technically refined installations by this Chinese artist that have been less widely shown.

‘Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore’ at N.Y.U. “Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore,” a retrospective in two galleries at New York University, reflects an intellectually fervent maverick commenting on contemporary issues. New York Times, September 8, 2012

United States

Drawing Center and Other Renovated Museums Reopen in Fall The thoughtful renovation of art museums, rather than building new showcases, has been enjoying a renaissance, and several examples are reopening this fall. New York Times, September 8, 2012


Denmark’s Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a walkable green roof Incorporated into the beautiful landscape of the city’s botanical garden, the museum is partially sunken into the ground and topped with a walkable green roof that welcomes visitors to rest and enjoy the surrounding garden. In order to make it more accessible to the public, the architects decided to integrate the museum space within the landscape, rendering the collection partially visible from the exterior. Inhabitat, September 3, 2012


Egyptian Graffiti – Art Or Protest? “The Arab spring has brought regime change, but also a whole new dimension of social freedoms – and one aspect of that is the spread of graffiti. But are Arab graffiti a form of art or an act of vandalism?” The Guardian (UK) September 9, 2012


Ai Wei Wei And The New Political Dissent “Do the arts offer special access to political truth? History would say no.” But consider Ai Wei Wei. “His art has shown how a state without dissent is the greatest threat of all.” New Criterion, September 2012


Disabusing The Idea Of Curating “I’m beginning to squirm when I hear a lot of people talk about curating because it seems to suggest that organizing your sock drawer — or choosing what hats, shoes or lipsticks to arrange in a store window — calls out the same creative imagination as cataloging and collecting the 1,000-plus works of Johann Sebastian Bach, or preparing and protecting the contents of King Tutankhamen’s tomb to display for the ages.” NPR, September 7, 2012

Barriers To The Intimacy Of Art “If we move too close to a painting, we can be sure of hearing the warning admonition of the museum guard, an automated alarm, or the complaints of other visitors whose view we are blocking. Such wariness cannot help but limit our ability to fully engage with the art.” New York Review of Books, September 9, 2012

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