Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 14-17, 2012



Fall art preview: Major retrospective at the VAG examines the influential work …Where: Vancouver Art Gallery. Over his 40 years of practice, Ian Wallace has come to be known as the grandfather of the Vancouver school of photography. Vancouver Sun, September 15, 2012

Vancouver’s ‘Great White Urinal’ is getting a Nordstrom makeoverIt’s been called the ugliest building in Vancouver’s downtown, The Great White Urinal, early washroom architecture, and worse. Now, the giant white box at Granville and Georgia is going to be transformed into a glassy new structure by one of the city’s leading architects, James Cheng. It was built for Eaton’s in 1973 as part of the new Pacific Centre mall, recently a Sears Centre, and soon to be home to the upscale American department store Nordstrom. Globe and Mail, September 17, 2012


Meet Jeff Melanson, the arts impresario even conservatives can love

Jeff Melanson wants to turn a sleepy artistic retreat in the Rockies into a 21st-century media powerhouse. As Marsha Lederman finds, his high-altitude ambitions are grounded in a sense of where power, and wealth, are flowing in this country. Globe and Mail, September 14, 2012

Los Angeles

Money Doesn’t Solve Everything; Just Ask MOCA Board Members “Wealthy people have many options for their philanthropy, and, according to experts on nonprofit board behavior, they can quickly become skittish about giving when controversy breaks out. And MOCA has been swimming in controversy since late June.” Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2012

Florence, Arizona

Pedro Guerrero, Who Captured Art in Photos, Dies at 95 Pedro E. Guerrero, a former art school dropout who showed up in the dusty Arizona driveway of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, boldly declared himself a photographer and then spent the next half-century working closely with him, capturing his modernist architecture on film, died on Thursday at his home in Florence, Ariz. He was 95. New York Times, September 14, 2012


Lucy R. Lippard talks about life and workCelebrated for her deeply influential and interwoven work—as author, activist, and curator—Lucy R. Lippard is recognized as one of contemporary art’s most significant critics and as a founder of Conceptual art. Artforum, September 11, 2012

New York

At Harlem Hospital, Murals Get a New Life The new pavilion at Harlem Hospital Center will showcase restored murals by 1930 black artists.New York Times, September 17, 2012

The In-Crowd Is All Here In “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” the Metropolitan Museum makes a foray into showing contemporary art that is relentlessly au courant and sometimes baffling. New York Times, September 14, 2012

Performing Histories (1)’ at MoMA The exhibition “Performing Histories (1)” is an example of how museums are reflecting the spirit of contemporary events. New York Times, September 14, 2012

Carrie Mae Weems, Photographer and Subject The photographer Carrie Mae Weems has made a career of representing American life in terms of race, gender and class, often using her own image to illustrate her point of view. New York Times, September 16, 2012


Eric Clapton Sends a Richter to Sotheby’s Gerhard Richter (1932–) is primed for another multi-million dollar sale at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction, set to be held in London next month. Abstraktes Bild (809-4), a 1994 abstract oil painting, is expected to sell for $14.1–18.8 million. Art in America, September 2012


Paris Biennale: The Biggest Showcase in the Global VillageThe 26th Paris Biennale des Antiquaires opened its doors at the Grand Palais on Friday, revealing where the greatest in art remains available for sale. New York Times, September 15, 2012


Berlin Reconsiders New Home For Old Masters “Following a wave ofpublic outcry from prominent intellectuals, the city is reconsidering plans to move its 3,000-strong Gemäldegalerie collection out of its current home near Potsdamer Platz.” Der Spiegel, September 15, 2012


Take Note, Museums: Prada Outdraws Picasso “With many art museums pondering how to boost attendance – and some critics, curators and museum directors wondering whether maximizing crowds is really the best measure of success – it’s worth noting that Prada beat Picasso in recent blockbuster shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2012

Shock Me if You Can A hundred years after “Rite of Spring” sparked an uproar in Paris, shock has grown mainstream, raising a question: Can art still shock today? New York Times, September 16, 2012

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