Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 3, 2012


Seven more vacant field houses to become studios. “Field houses are free-standing buildings in parks that once hosted community events, but have been mostly replaced by community centres and are now vacant or under-utilized.” The Vancouver Park board hopes to convert the city’s stock of about 60 field houses into artists’ residencies and studios. Among those selected for use are the Elm Park field house (Germaine Koh) and 857 Malkin at Hawks in Strathcona Park (artists: Cindy Mochizuki, Makiko Hara, Randy Gledhill, Dylan McHugh, Asa Mori, Janice Wu and Debra Zhou), with others listed. Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2012

In Vancouver, there’s little space to create. “Finding affordable studios for visual artists in Vancouver is a tall order, but Jenifer Papararo is game to participate in helping find solutions. With that sobering thought in mind, she is embracing a collaboration with Mo Yeung International Enterprise Ltd., the developer of a six-storey condo project in Mount Pleasant.” Globe and Mail, October 3, 2012

Gareth James on Ian Wallace “Since the 1980s, Vancouver’s reputation in the international art world has been tied to the photographic practices of a relatively small group. Despite rejecting the name they were given (“the Vancouver School”), Rodney Graham, Ken Lum, Jeff Wall, and Ian Wallace have all promoted a rigorous commitment to understanding the art-historical and theoretical basis for photography’s interrogation of art in general.” Artforum, October 2, 2012

Whistler, B.C.

Michael Audain’s art collection may land in Whistler. “B.C. developer, philanthropist and art collector Michael Audain is in talks with Whistler’s mayor to create a “world-class art museum” to house his substantial art collection in the resort town north of Vancouver.” Globe and Mail, October 3, 2012

Michael Audain in Talks to Open New Private-Collection Museum in Whistler. “The Audain collection, which had a major exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011, contains an important collection of indigenous and contemporary West Coast art, including a large group of Emily Carr paintings.” Canadian Art, October 3, 2012


Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is on the move. “The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is moving. Moving physically, and moving too – or so it hopes – into an era of greatness. But just where it’s moving, and how, remain vexing questions.” Globe and Mail, October 2, 2012

David Mirvish: unsentimental dreamer Kelly Nestruck: “The Princess of Wales is the nicest commercial theatre in town. It’s got a warm, Edwardian look, but … has all the amenities missing from genuinely old theatres … But, the truth is, Mirvish … is absolutely right that Toronto has too many large theatres and not enough audience to support them.” Globe and Mail, October 2, 2012

Mirvish and Gehry: Toronto-born duo offer us a glorious opportunity. “David Mirvish and Frank Gehry both made a memorably strong case during Monday’s media conference to unveil their controversial megaproject which is intended to transform more than a block of King St. W. in Toronto’s Entertainment District into a brave new cultural mecca.” Toronto Star, October 3, 2012

Tom Thomson appears in newly unearthed pictures. The legendary Canadian painter is featured in four photos discovered in an Ontario farmhouse. Two of the pictures are being unveiled Wednesday Oct. 3 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The evening event will mark the launch of a website of 182 Thomson paintings created by the makers of the documentary West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson (airing Oct. 7, Bravo). Globe and Mail, October 3, 2012


Art blossoms. “Katherine Jeans’ exhibition at Wall Space Gallery is titled In Search of Beauty, a title that could be applied to almost any exhibition… Jeans is not simply searching for beauty, she’s searching for an understanding of the colours within that beauty, perhaps a greater truth in the colours the beauty is built upon.” Ottawa Citizen, October 3, 2012


Photographer makes waves with two-faced portraits. Ulric Collette, “a Canadian photographer, with a unique style of fusing the faces of family members to highlight their shared traits and physical differences is taking his Genetic Portraits series to a Montreal gallery after gaining international attention via the Internet.” Ottawa Citizen, October 3, 2012

Los Angeles

Guess Jeans boss to open Los Angeles art space. Maurice Marciano is looking for a space to house exhibitions, a library and a studio for an artist-in-residence. The Art Newspaper, October 3, 2012


Frank Lloyd Wright House in Phoenix Faces Bulldozers “Frank Lloyd Wright’s home for his son David, in Phoenix, is in danger of being demolished by developers.” New York Times, October 3, 2012

New York

Picasso Wrote Plays, Too (As New Yorkers Will See) “Thankfully for the world of painting, Picasso wasn’t much of a writer. But one of his few plays, a surrealist romp called Desire Caught by the Tail, written over a four-day period in occupied Paris in 1941, will soon get a rare showing” – in a two-night dramatic reading at the Guggenheim Museum. New York Times, October 2, 2012

Alexander Creswell on Painting for British Royalty. “Alexander Creswell has made many paintings for the British royal family, and he witnessed and painted the wedding last year of Prince William and Kate Middleton.” A show of Mr. Creswell’s work continues in Manhattan at Hirschl & Adler Galleries. New York Times, October 3, 2012


National Young Arts to Take Over Bacardi Complex in Miami. “Mr. Gehry will not change the signature Bacardi buildings themselves, whose exteriors were landmarked in 2009 and have long been admired for their tropical, Latin-infused take on Modernism, except to make interior alterations. But he will create a park and replace an existing office building — which is not landmarked — with a new performing arts center of his design.” New York Times, October 3, 2012


Renzo Piano’s Latest Trophy Building Opens In Oslo “Last weekend Norway’s most-famous private museum, the Astrup Fearnley in Oslo, moved into a brand new building designed by Renzo Piano. The modern art museum is located in what promises to become the city’s hippest neighborhood, Tjuvholmen, a former shipyard and mechanical industry area.” Architizer, October 2, 2012


Deutsche Bank collection opens to public for one day only Visitors to its Milan headquarters get a rare peek at one of the largest corporate art collections in the world. The Art Newspaper, October 3, 2012


Dealers slapped with mandatory code “Aboriginal art dealers and galleries are set to be bound by legally enforceable standards of behaviour designed to finally eliminate unethical conduct from the industry.” The Australian, September 27, 2012


15 hot museum exhibitions you won’t want to miss. The former president of the Canadian Museum of Civilization’ provides a “roundup of shows and exhibits around the globe that you’ll be hearing about.” Globe and Mail, October 1, 2012

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