Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 28 – October 1, 2012


Vancouver Art Gallery shows humour and irreverence vital in conceptual art There’s no denying that some of the work in the newest exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores heavy-duty ideas about perception, art and society that require reading a lot of didactic wall panels. Vancouver Sun, September 30, 2012

Mr. Peanut’s lasting impact on Vancouver A fine-tuned exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery recalls the intoxicating decade when Canadian conceptual art burst clear out of its shell – and a wily legume ran for mayor. Globe and Mail, September 28, 2012

Traffic Hits Vancouver, Petrol Flows on the Prairies & More There’s dozens of worthwhile art happenings across the country this week. Canadian Art, September 28, 2012


Saskatoon’s Remai Art Gallery gets a pile of Picassos When you’re a city that likes to call itself the Paris of the Prairies, it helps to have some Picassos in your midst – not to mention a brand-new art gallery, on a riverbank. Globe and Mail, September 28, 2012


Mirvish, Gehry hope to build legacy on Toronto’s King Street West The ambitious plan to create an arts hub on King Street still needs to be brought before city planners, but David Mirvish is confident Toronto would welcome the skyline-altering proposal Globe and Mail, September 30, 2012

Arts And Condo Project May Mean Curtains For Toronto Theatre But hey! The project will be designed by Frank Gehry, so it’s all good. (Patrons of The Princess of Wales Theatre may disagree.) CBC, September 30, 2012

Douglas Coupland’s favourite apocalyptic place in Toronto Three contributing artists discuss the most delightfully apocalyptic places in Toronto, plus which art works they’d like to see preserved forevermore. Globe and Mail, September 28, 2012

For Nuit Blanche, a long-awaited photo shrine opens at Ryerson Ryerson’s stunning new $71-million Image Centre opens with a show of Canadian artists’ elaborations on and homages to the RIC’s Black Star collection of photographs. Globe and Mial, September 28, 2012

New York

Camille Paglia Scowls at the Metropolitan Museum Camille Paglia, critic and provocateur, has a new book on art history. She also hates the Met’s Egyptian galleries. New York Times, September 29, 2012

Wade Guyton’s Computer-Made Works at the WhitneyWade Guyton, who creates art on computers, is the subject of a midcareer survey at the Whitney Museum. New York Times, October 1, 2012

Thomas Hirschhorn Exhibitions at Gladstone and Dia In two varied exhibitions, Thomas Hirschhorn reappropriates the news and surveys his public art. New York Times, September 29, 2012

Piero Planned for the Frick; Yves Klein and Picasso for Sale A Piero della Francesca show is planned for the Frick Collection next year; the Brooklyn Museum will auction an Yves Klein painting, and the Hirshhorn will sell a Picasso; and the New Museum plans the next Ideas City festival. New York Times, September 29, 2012

Catholic Leader William Donohue Turned Away at Exhibit He Deemed OffensiveWilliam Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said he was barred from a gallery displaying “Piss Christ,” a 1987 photo of a crucifix immersed in urine. New York Times, September 29, 2012


The World Behind Shakespeare’s Art An exhibition at the British Museum highlights the real-life culture of Elizabethan England. New York Times, September 29, 2012


Contemporary Art Finds a Shelter in BerlinA World War II relic known as the Bunker is now on many guidebooks’ must-see list to the German capital because it now houses an extensive contemporary art collection. New York Times, September 29, 2012


Turkey’s Hard Line On Antiquities Ownership Worries American Museums “Turkey’s efforts have spurred an international debate about who owns antiquities after centuries of shifting borders. Museums like the Met, the Getty, the Louvre and the Pergamon in Berlin say their mission to display global art treasures is under siege from Turkey’s tactics.” The New York Times, October 1, 2012


Cambodia Now Seeking Return of Norton Simon Statue Cambodia’s request for American help in the repatriation of a Khmer warrior at the Norton Simon Museum came as Sotheby’s and federal prosecutors argued in court over the fate of a matching work. New York Times, September 29, 2012


Two huge state-run museums open in Shanghai

Expo 2010 buildings become China Art Palace and Power Station of Art (Will the China Art Palace (left) and the Power Station of Art be Shanghai’s Met and MoMA?) The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2012

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