Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 25, 2012

Victoria

New Art Gallery of Greater Victoria curator brings enthusiasm west It’s a long way from home for Michelle Jacques, but the new chief curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is prepared to learn the terrain. The Toronto native was in Victoria for five days last week to begin laying groundwork for her official transition to the new role on Oct. 22. After nearly 20 years of curatorial work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Jacques says she’s ready for the more intimate community of Victoria. Victoria Times-Colonist, September 23, 2012

Nunavut

Shary Boyle’s new exhibition Stranger: Review When Toronto artist Shary Boyle headed north to work at West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in March 2011, Nunavut was still locked down in winter cold. Toronto Star, September 22, 2012

Pittsburgh

Warhol’s archives undergo a reorganisation The Andy Warhol Museum faces problems in preserving the documents of his life. The Art Newspaper, September 25, 2012

What the Warhol Foundation’s art sale tell us about artists’ foundations Artist-endowed foundations are a bright spot in the flagging cultural philanthropy field in the US. The Art Newspaper, September 25, 2012

New York

Andres Serrano Piss Christ Still Pissing Off Christians Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ, a 1987 photograph depicting a crucifix immersed in urine, still has the power to get Christian politicians up in arms, if only figuratively speaking. The photo will be included in a show, “Body and Spirit: Andres Serrano 1987–2012,” that opens Thursday at New York’s Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art. The show is curated by Walter Robinson. Art in America, September 25, 2012

‘Dark Matters’ Art Exhibition Focuses on Black Holes and Other Unseeables “Dark Matters,” a new collection of paintings and sculptures by the artist Shea Hembrey, is “a collective meditation on the unseen structure of our universe.” New York Times, September 25, 2012

Philadelphia

Modernizing A History Museum, And Making A City Take Notice “The Atwater Kent Museum … is now the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, a modernized showcase for everything from George Washington’s desk to Joe Frazier’s boxing gloves.” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 23, 2012

London

Dressing for SuccessThe cross-dressing, craft-embracing British artist Grayson Perry has made a career of subverting and flouting social taboos in his work. Artnews, September 24, 2012

Cardiff

Three “Fake” J.M.W. Turner Paintings Authenticated Three J.M.W. Turner paintings previously thought to be fakes or not fully by the hand of the master and hidden in storage for decades have now been reclassified as the real things. And unlike most painting authentication cases, which proceed in scholarly seclusion for years, this one played out on television. New York Times, September 25, 2012

Amsterdam

A rush on realist art Works from the Scheringa Museum collection completely sell out at Christie’s Amsterdam. The Art Newspaper, September 25, 2012

Kosovo

The Temporary Light Sculpture That Kosovo Doesn’t Want To Give Up – Artist Nathan Coley has installed his latest work in a patch of dusty scrubland in Kosovo’s capital. The fledgling country’s young leaders tell Charlotte Higgins why they don’t want to give it back. The Guardian (UK) September 23, 2012 (includes slide show)

International

The Industrial Revolution In Color “Up until the mid-19th century, bright colors were the preserve of the wealthy, the only people who could afford them. Yet the dyes used in even the most expensive items were so unstable that they often faded or discolored. The development of chemical dyes” – starting with mauve in 1858 – changed all that. International Herald Tribune, September 24, 2012

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