Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 27, 2012

Vancouver

Artists throw support behind new gallery. “There’s overwhelming support for the idea of a new stand-alone gallery in the visual arts community, rather than expanding the existing gallery,” Vancouver artist Roy Arden said Monday. “Arden is one of about 120 people who have signed an online letter of support.” Vancouver Sun, September 25, 2012

Artists Jonathan Villeneuve and David Khang take on complex themes at the grunt gallery. “Peer through the glass door at the front of the grunt gallery and all seems to be still and fixed within. But push the door open, walk into the gallery, and Jonathan Villeneuve’s Do the Wave comes emphatically to life, generating both sound and movement where previously there had been neither.” Georgia Straight, September 25, 2012

Antique Chinese wall plaques set auction house record. “A quartet of Chinese polychrome decorated wall plaques offered at auction on Sept. 19 carried an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000. Bidding quickly took off, and when the hammer came down the plaques had sold for $851,000 – the highest price Maynards has received for an antique in its 110-year history.” Vancouver Sun, September 27, 2012

Surrey, B.C.

Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses examines contemporary self-portraiture. “Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses is an intriguing examination of contemporary self-portraiture… The local, national, and international artists surveyed in the show are Jim Andrews, Eryne Donahue, David Horvitz, Roselina Hung, Elizabeth Milton, Pushpamala N and Clare Arni, Carol Sawyer, and Carrie Walker.” Georgia Straight, September 25, 2012

Victoria

Totem goes Dutch. “Victoria-based carver Rande Cook, a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation, has created a totem pole that will be part of a major exhibition in the Netherlands” at Museum Volkenkunde. Times Colonist, September 25, 2012

Toronto

Blogger Carol Wainio describes taking on Globe columnist Margaret Wente. “Carol Wainio uses a paintbrush to explore the dynamics between fact and fairy tale, some of her rich canvases featuring a dreamlike blend of time-honoured childhood characters and fleetingly fashionable footwear. The Ottawa-based visual artist had in mind a similar approach — based on her interest in how things are represented across time and formats — when she began blogging, nearly three years ago, about journalistic transgressions under the name Mea Culpa.” Toronto Star, September 25, 2012

Montreal

Robert Fulford: Objects and the city. There’s nothing more impressive in modern Canadian sculpture than the rows of astonishing shapes that you can see outside the Canadian Centre for Architecture, above René Lévesque Boulevard in downtown Montreal… Melvin Charney, the artist behind those rows of sculptures, died last week at age 75, after an illustrious career in Canadian culture. National Post, September 25, 2012

Ottawa

New exhibition takes the viewer on inner and outer journeys. “Christian Giroux and Daniel Young are trying to mess with the world around you – or at least how you perceive the world around you, and your place in it.” Ottawa Citizen, September 26, 2012

Los Angeles

What LA’s Cultural Institutions Are Doing For Carmageddon II The second weekend closure of the 405 freeway (the first was last year) is leading the Getty Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center to shut down for the duration. Some organizations are braver: the Hammer Museum is offering free admission for the weekend, the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is hosting an improv series, and a group of organizations are sponsoring “Artmageddon.” Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2012

Canajoharie, New York

The Arkell Museum | Hidden in the Valley | By Lee Rosenbaum If I were to tell you that a small, economically depressed Mohawk Valley village, about 200 miles northwest of New York, is home to a museum rich in significant works by 18th- to early 20th-century American luminaries such as Gilbert Stuart, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins and George Bellows, you’d probably say, as I did, “Who knew?” The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2012

New York

Leaving Polarization at the Door The opening show at the Rauschenberg Foundation’s gallery space in Chelsea offers a dose of inclusion in a fractured era. New York Times, September 27, 2012

MoMA to Open Seven Days a Week Over the past two years MoMA has experimented with opening on Tuesdays, the day in which the museum is traditionally closed, during the summer and over holidays. Each extra Tuesday of operation brought in around 45,000 patrons. Art in America, September 26, 2012

London

Planting the Flag (In Praise of British Design). London is emerging as a new world capital of design — even if the city’s recent design festival only hinted at it. New York Times, September 27, 2012

Zurich

A Second Mona Lisa Unveiled The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said before the unveiling that it would present “the stunning portrait of Lisa del Giocondo,” along with results from 35 years of research and scientific tests indicating that “it was indeed executed by Leonardo approximately a decade earlier than its famous sister in the Louvre.” Globe & Mail, September 27, 2012

Abu Dhabi

After a Sputtering Start, the Louvre Abu Dhabi Project Gathers Pace The global financial crisis bit hard, but the Gulf museum is offering some views before its scheduled completion in 2015. New York Times, September 27, 2012

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