Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 12-15, 2012


Big-name artists square off over the Vancouver Art Gallery But the fight for a new VAG – a concept overwhelmingly supported by the visual-art community in an important contemporary-art city – has been anything but uncontroversial. While the public stands by, awaiting word on whether there will be a new museum to visit, the behind-the-scenes machinations have been intense at times. Globe and Mail, October 13, 2012

City seeks public input on future of Robson St.and north plaza of Vancouver …The city is holding public meetings on the future of the block and other public space around the Vancouver Art Gallery. Global BC, October 14, 2012


SFU galleries welcome new director Melanie O’Brian was once assistant curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “Melanie’s new role will be key to the promotion and implementation of a long-term vision for the galleries at SFU,” says VP-external relations Philip Steenkamp. Simon Fraser University News, October 12, 2012

North Vancouver

North Shore Outlook – Canada’s ‘only art gallery for young …Calling itself “the first gallery in the country dedicated to young audiences,” the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art wants to go beyond the cutting edge of the art world when it opens its doors Saturday in North Vancouver. North Shore News, October 10, 2012


Mayoral hopefuls differ on gallery future Public debate has been lively since a new art gallery was announced at River Landing three years ago.The StarPhoenix asked the leading mayoral candidates their take on the $84-million project, which construction firms are currently bidding on following council approval in September. Don Atchison and Tom Wolf share their thoughts about art gallery plans: Star-Phoenix, October 15, 2012


Kent Monkman: Honouring the dispossessed Kent Monkman’s film memorializes his Cree great-grandmother’s considerable trials. Globe and Mail, October 13, 2012


Women Artists Take Over Seattle Art Museum Inspired by the Pompidou Center in Paris, which for nearly two years removed all the men’s art from their modern galleries, the Seattle Art Museum is letting women take over its downtown building this fall. AP, October 14, 2012

Waltham, Massachusetts

Dor Guez Exhibition at Rose Museum of Brandeis The troubled Rose Art Museum at Brandeis chose a politically outspoken Palestinian artist for its first show from outside the museum’s collection since 2008. New York Times, October 12, 2012

New York

The Met’s Exhibition Catalogs Are Revived for a Digital Life The Metropolitan Museum of Art is beginning MetPublications, an online resource that will allow users to search more than 600 catalogs, journals and bulletins. New York Times, October 12, 2012

‘Faking It’ at the Met, a Photography Exhibition The Met’s “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” shows how photographers have been cheating since shortly after the medium’s invention almost two centuries ago. New York Times, October 12, 2012

Robert Adams at Matthew Marks Gallery The Robert Adams show at Matthew Marks attests to the almost classical lucidity of Mr. Adams’s work and the passion for nature that fuels it. New York Times, October 12, 2012

Daniel Brush at the Museum of Arts and Design The artist Daniel Brush, the subject of a survey at the Museum of Arts and Design, enjoys an esoteric success with his unorthodox jewelry. New York Times, October 14, 2012

Washington, D.C.

Ai Weiwei Survey in Washington Ai Weiwei, the lionhearted Chinese artist, architect and activist, is having his first American museum survey at the Hirshhorn in Washington. New York Times, October 12, 2012


Frieze Art Fair in London Adds Masters Show The Frieze art fair in London this year has a new sibling, Frieze Masters, across Regent’s Park from the older show. New York Times, October 12, 2012

Frieze Fair’s Decade Of Huge Growth “Frieze has more than doubled in size in its ten years of life.” The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2012

Gerhard Richter Painting Sets Sales Record For Living Artist ” ‘Abstract Painting (809-4),’ sold at Sotheby’s contemporary art evening auction in London on Friday for £21.3 million $34.2 million–more than anyone has ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist.” The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2012

And The Stirling Prize For Architecture Goes To … A new plant science institute in Cambridge “that achieves at many levels – in blending a world-class science facility with a public social space in a highly energy efficient building.” The Telegraph (UK) October 13, 2012


Singapore Recasts Itself as Newest Asian Art Hub After decades of focusing on finance, Singapore is now investing in arts development. New York Times, October 15, 2012

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