Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 13, 2012


Fall arts preview: Visual arts critics’ picks: From origami to mosquitoes. Robin Laurence previews upcoming exhibitions, including the retrospective Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery, October 27. Georgia Straight, September 11, 2012

Fall arts preview: Carrie Walker draws inspiration from the natural world. “A sweet-natured whippet named Trooper greets visitors at the door of Carrie Walker’s East Vancouver studio. He’s immediately recognizable from the delicately rendered drawings of him that Walker created and exhibited in 2005.” Georgia Straight, September 13, 2012

Fall arts preview: David Khang bridges the gap between science and art. “For David Khang, interdisciplinary does not simply mean an art practice that spans sculpture, installation, performance, video, animation, text, and printmaking. His art does all that, yes, but more importantly it bridges the wider realms of art and science.” Georgia Straight, September 13, 2012

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors three new exhibits at the Contemporary Art Gallery. The exhibits—Class Reunion by Nairy Baghramian, The Last Few Mosquiotes by Xu Zhen, and Children’s Films presented by Gareth Moore with Ulla Von Brandenburg, Keren Cytter, Geoffrey Farmer, Julia Feyrer, Harrell Fletcher, Mike Marshall, and Sylvain Sailly—will be launched at a public opening event Thursday (Sept. 13) from 7 to 10 p.m., and will continue at the gallery until November 11. Georgia Straight, September 10, 2012


Micah Lexier’s Working as a Drawing documents the artist’s fascinating history. “Micah Lexier must be the busiest artist in Canada. Acclaimed for his conceptual drawings, sculptures, installations, books, and collaborative projects, he certainly is one of the most creative.” Georgia Straight, September 11, 2012


Signed, sealed, delivered, Mark Heine’s art is yours. “Mark Heine, 51, hails from a well-known family of Victoria artists. His late father, Harry Heine, was the first Canadian elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists. His works hang in the B.C. Legislature and in many museums. All three Heine children also established careers in fine and commercial art. Mark Heine creates postage stamps for a postage-stamp-sized nation. That’s a big honour for an artist whose work is reproduced in vast numbers on the smallest of canvases. Globe & Mail, September 12, 2012


Haliburton arts school courses are a minefield of creativity. Founded in 1967, the Haliburton School of the Arts welcomes students from May through November.  The school is in Ontario’s rugged Haliburton Highlands, which inspired A.J. Casson and other members of the Group of Seven. Located just south of Algonquin Park, this is cottage country, a spectacular setting of forests, lakes, rivers and big skies. Toronto Star, September 12, 2012

Evansville, Indiana

The (Forgotten) Picasso In The Basement Raises Questions For A Small Museum “This rare work was there in Indiana after all, mislabeled and stashed in an old shipping crate for more than 40 years.” The New York Times, September 13, 2012

New York

Louis Kahn’s Only Design For New York Is Finally Finished “The park – a memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt – was conceived four decades ago. The visionary architect who designed it died in 1974. The site, a landfill along one of the more dramatic stretches of waterfront in New York City, remained a rubble heap while the project was left for dead.” The New York Times, September 13, 2012 (includes slide show)

Linda Yablonsky around New York fall openings.  The fall art season got underway in New York against some heavy competition: Fashion Week in the streets, the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, and Madonna at Yankee Stadium.”  Artforum, September 11, 2012

‘In Pursuit of a Vision,’ at the Grolier Club “In Pursuit of a Vision,” a survey of the 200-year-old American Antiquarian Society’s collections, shows how a new country started thinking of its past and present. The New York Times, September 13, 2012

All stripes, new work from Gerhard Richter. Now eighty years of age, Richter has spent half a century creating devilishly intelligent art. New Yorker, September 17, 2012


There’s a buzz at Tate Who knew that hundreds of thousands of bees can be found on the roofs of Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London? Twelve hives in total were installed on top of the galleries in 2010. “The honey from the two sites is very different; honey varies depending on where the bees forage. The Art Newspaper, September 13, 2012


In Berlin, A Battle Between Old Masters And A Home For Modern Masterpieces “In the German press, the plan has been represented as a clash between the old and the new, pitting Rembrandt and Leonardo against Jackson Pollock and Joseph Beuys.” The Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2012


Documenta ignores Kassel’s bloody history, artists say Weapons are still being produced in the city that hosts one of the largest art exhibitions in the world. The Art Newspaper, September 13, 2012


Wrestling for Relevance “If this year’s biennale is the measure of anything it is that the time for showboat buildings is well past and that architects themselves are the most eager to move on and build for the everyday world where people really live. It’s about time.” The Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2012


Ai Weiwei: ‘The Chinese Art World Does Not Exist’ “I don’t think it’s worth discussing new directions in the context of Chinese art – there were no old directions, either. … Chinese art is merely a product: it avoids any meaningful engagement. There is no larger context. Its only purpose is to charm viewers with its ambiguity.” The Guardian (UK) September 10, 2012

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