Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 12, 2012


Meet you at the MOE? Advocates push for new Museum of Edmonton. “Edmonton has a great story. It just needs a place to talk about it, says the Edmonton Heritage Council, which is pushing for a new city museum.” Edmonton Journal, September 10, 2012


WAG the arts scene. “As the Winnipeg Art Gallery celebrates its centennial anniversary, it has embarked on an exciting new initiative to lead it into its second century. To house its collection of contemporary Inuit art, the world’s largest, the process has begun to design and construct a new Inuit Art and Learning Centre directly south of the existing gallery.” Winnipeg Free Press, September 10, 2012


Blue Cloud: Canadian abstractionist Jack Bush and Inuit artist Ohotaq Mikkigak’s exhibition reviewed. To fully grasp the import of “Blue Cloud,” the elegant, sleek, quietly colour-filled new exhibition at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, you have to do a little history. Toronto Star, September 8, 2012


‘Never to be forgotten’. The Canadian Firefighters Memorial, a monument created by Douglas Coupland and Mary Tremain of PLANT Architects will be dedicated Sunday. “The monument’s unique design features a large bronze sculpture of a firefighter and an 18-metre fire pole. The firefighter points to a nearby granite wall where the words “Never To Be Forgotten” are etched into the smooth surface, in both official languages. So, too, are the names of more than 1,100 firefighters killed on the job since 1848.” Ottawa Citizen, September 10, 2012

‘Les Yeux’ mural gets a makeover at University of Ottawa. Les Yeux (The Eyes) is a mural of human eyes composed of large black and white dots. It was painted in 1972-1973 on the wall of MacDonald Hall at University of Ottawa by well-known Ottawa artist James Boyd. Ottawa Citizen, September 12, 2012


A Preview of Young & Giroux’s Latest, Infrastructure Canada. “While we might marvel while passing omnipresent infrastructures such as hydro corridors, multi-lane expressways, wind turbines or cellphone towers, few of us slow down to consider them as iconic signposts of modern Canadian identity. But that’s exactly what artists Daniel Young and Christian Giroux have done for Infrastructure Canada, a new feature-length film work that premieres at Oakville Galleries this fall.” (Select ‘photos’ icon to view slide show). Canadian Art, September 7, 2012


Funny Man Milutin Gubash Mixes Fact and Fiction. “From family lore that, as a baby, he was traded to his parents for a set of dishrags to his one-time application to a Hollywood mortuary school to the heavily accented culture clashes of his divided roots between Canada and the former Yugoslavia, you might say that Montreal artist Milutin Gubash’s life has all the makings of a prime-time sitcom.” (Select ‘photos’ icon to view slide show). Canadian Art, September 7, 2012

Maskull Lasserre, Canada’s New Sculpting Heavyweight. “Whether creating a working guillotine that doubles as a medical stretcher, building a custom stringed attachment for a revolver, or offering the steel form of an upright piano crushed by a boulder, Maskull Lasserre brings a curiosity for performance, spectacle and danger to his sculptural objects.” (Select ‘photos’ icon to view slide show). Canadian Art, September 7, 2012

Nicole Gingras to Direct, Gregory Burke And Peggy Gale to Curate 2013 Biennale de Montréal. Claude Gosselin, general and art director of the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC), and members of its board of directors announced the appointment of Nicole Gingras as general and artistic director of La Biennale de Montréal. The organization also announced Peggy Gale and Gregory Burke as curators of the 2013 event. Canadian Art, September 7, 2012

Berkeley, California

UC Berkeley Launches $100K Award For Female Architects New York architect Deborah Berke is the first winner of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize, “which will be awarded every two years. The winner, a prominent woman architect, gets to teach a term at Cal and also has a show of her work in Wurster Hall,” the university’s architecture school building. San Francisco Business Times, September 12, 2012

Los Angeles

Could Getty, LACMA And Hammer Museums Be Free? “In response to an audience question at a panel discussion last week, the directors of the three museums talked seriously about the issue. (All three are free at certain times and to certain individuals; the Getty offers free admission but charges a hefty fee for parking).” Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2012

How Much Does The Getty Earn From Parking Fees? “That’s an impressive number: $6.4 million in parking revenue, more than the annual income of many, many non-profits in Los Angeles.” LAObserved, September 11, 2012

New York

Metropolitan Museum Considers Opening On Mondays “The museum started closing on Mondays in 1971 to save money, and the proposal to reopen is partly driven by financial considerations as well. [Director Thomas P.] Campbell said rising tourism had brought so many new potential visitors that the economic balance might have changed.” New York Times, September 12, 2012

Museum of Modern Art to Show ‘The Clock The

United States

Where Theory and Practice Make Perfect. “Several of our great universities are beginning to rethink their aloof attitude toward the making of art, but the University of Chicago may be ahead of the game.” The Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2012


Projects Without Architects Steal the Show The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale makes a nod to urbanism and collaboration, though big-name designers hog much of the spotlight. New York Times, September 12, 2012


‘Sleeping Beauty’ Re-Created In A Kiev Gallery. Taras Polataiko, “a Ukrainian-Canadian artist, is presenting an interactive art project called ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ in which five attractive young women take turns sleeping under dim lights in Kiev’s top gallery, each under a pledge to marry the visitor who wakes her with a kiss.” Yahoo! (AP) September 7, 2012


Gagosian Empire – Gallery Space Bigger Than Tate Modern “The Art Newspaper calculates that Gagosian’s permanent gallery spaces total more than 153,047 sq. ft (14,200 sq. m) spread across eight cities: Los Angeles, New York, London, Rome, Athens, Paris, Geneva and Hong Kong (excluding its previous temporary space in Moscow, and now Rio). This is more than the entire 145,313 sq. ft (13,500 sq. m) exhibition space of Tate Modern, including its new extension and the Tanks.” The Art Newspaper, September 12, 2012

Growing Problem: Victims Of Art Forgeries Have Limited Recourse -Art forgeries are once again in the news and getting more attention from law-enforcement agencies worldwide. But recent cases, including those of the German forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, the FBI investigation into art sold through the defunct New York-based Knoedler gallery, and the forgery of Indian Progressive pieces by the UK faker William Mumford, are leaving victims unsure of the legal position of works not examined in a court of law. The Art Newspaper, September 6, 2012

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