Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 2, 2012



Kelly McParland: David Mirvish plans a stupendous project in a stumbling city At the first, soaring rhetoric and airy statements flowed. The project planned by Mirvish and Gehry has so many elements it’s hard to know how to easily describe it. It’s part arts complex, museum centre and educational facility, and part retail and condominium project. It will take up an immense swath of downtown real estate, throwing up three high-rise towers that will dwarf the existing structures and irreversibly alter the character of the neighbourhood. If it works, it could be iconic, game-changing, soul-inspiring. If not … oh well, too late now. National Post, October 2, 2012

Architecture’s Next Big Thing: Curving Glass Lisa Rochon: “Billowing clouds of glass are the next holy grail in architecture. Keep your eyes lifted and alert: The race is on to achieve visually ephemeral buildings that look as if they might cleanse your mind while they float away.” The Globe and Mail, September 29, 2012

San Francisco

Museum Invites Techies In To Scan And Print Objects (And You Can Download And Print Them) “It’s not just about modeling the statues on a screen. All of the digital files from Scanathon will be available on the 3-D object compendium Thingiverse, free for anyone to download and even print.” Wired, October 2, 2012

New York

Revisiting Eric Staller’s Light Graffiti In the 1970s and ’80s, the American photographer pioneered the use of fireworks and long exposure times to create patterns of light seared onto twilit cityscapes. The Telegraph (UK) October 1, 2012 (slide show)


UK Prohibits Curved And Glass Walls In New School Construction “The templates tell architects new schools should have ‘no curves or ‘faceted’ curves’, corners should be square, ceilings should be left bare and buildings should be clad in nothing more expensive than render or metal panels above head height. As much repetition as possible should be used to keep costs down.” The Guardian (UK) October 2, 2012

London’s Middle Eastern arts festival expands V&A and Ismailia Centre take part in this year’s Nour Festival for first time. The Art Newspaper, October 2, 2012

Eric J. Hobsbawm, Marxist Historian, Dies at 95 Eric J. Hobsbawm, whose three-volume economic history of the rise of industrial capitalism established him as Britain’s pre-eminent Marxist historian, died on Monday in London. He was 95. New York Times, October 2, 2012

Artist Slinkachu’s miniature people: big ideas, writ small Created in cities around the world by British artist Slinkachu, these miniature tableaux are far from the loud, messy, large-scale interventions typical of street art. His social commentary – at once sharply ironic and childlike – is quiet and almost unnoticeable. Globe and Mail, September 29, 2012


In Paris, an Exhibition Dedicated to Hair A new show at the Musée du Quai Branly celebrates the importance of hair in art, fashion, ritual, sexuality, religion and culture, from antiquity to today. New York Times, October 2, 2012


Azerbaijan to get contemporary art space—and maybe a biennial Aida Mahmudova, the artist, patron and niece of the first lady, is hoping to build up the country’s fledgling art scene. The Art Newspaper, October 2, 2012


Birdhead on Facebook and Poetics Shanghai-based art collective Birdhead uses photographic snapshots to record everyday life. From a friend in a shaggy fur coat, to a potted plant or a skyscraper, their 20-by-16-inch black-and-white images are a frenzied documentation of the world around them. No subject is too insignificant. “Those trivial moments of everyday life we shoot are, for us, like mirrors in which we can comprehend ourselves; examine ourselves,” they told A.i.A. via email. Art in America, October 1, 2012

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