Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 18, 2012

Vancouver

To/From BC Electric Railway: 100 Years looks at the impacts of migration, colonialism, and exchange. For the past seven years, Centre A has “staged a series of provocative exhibitions, many reflecting the cultural, social, and economic dynamics of the surrounding neighbourhood. The latest show marks the building’s centennial and proposes its railway-station history as a way to explore ideas of arrival, departure, migration, and exchange.” Georgia Straight, October 16, 2012

Winners named for B.C. First Nations art awards. “The six winners of the 2012 B.C. Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art have been announced. The recipients are carver Wayne Alfred, sculptor and fashion designer Morgan Green, jewellery maker Philip Janze, performance artist Skeena Reece, and painter David Wilson. Norman Tait, a Nisga’a totem pole carver, has been selected to receive the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art. Georgia Straight, October 15, 2012

Exhibit celebrates Vancouver’s immigrants. “Immigration has changed the face of Metro Vancouver over the past 40 years. That transformation is the subject of a Museum of Vancouver exhibit, opening Thursday, called Untold Stories: History of Immigrants in Vancouver.” Vancouver Sun, October 18, 2012

AA Bronson, Anton Vidokle Challenge Canada’s Artist-Run Culture at Institutions by Artists in Vancouver. “It strikes me that the tale of artist-run culture in Canada, at least the visual arts chapter, is something of a myth and also something of a lamentation.” Canadian Art, October 17, 2012

Vancouver artist Germaine Koh asks public to help invent new sports. “Germaine Koh wants to bring fun and games to a small park in Vancouver.” Georgia Straight, October 15, 2012

Mexican performance artist Astrid Hadad celebrates the Day of the Dead in satirical fashion. “Astrid Hadad is one of her homeland’s cultural icons. An exhibition of Hadad’s costumes in Mexico City was due to run for two months, but has been attracting such crowds that after six months it remains open.” Georgia Straight, October 18, 2012

West Vancouver

Selwyn Pullan, West Coast Tastemaker. “The architectural photographer captured modernism’s naked wood and glass, which helped make our place. A new book turns the lens on him.” The Tyee, October 18, 2012

Calgary

John Will, Evan Penny Featured at Nickle Arts Museum Revamp in Calgary. “On October 4, Calgary’s Nickle Arts Museum reopened as the Nickle Galleries in the new Taylor Family Digital Library on the University of Calgary campus. The space’s inaugural exhibition, “We Tell Ourselves Stories,” pulls together the institution’s diverse collections to show works by John Will, Evan Penny, David Hoffos, Landon Mackenzie and Eric Cameron alongside Alice Munro’s papers, Afghan rugs and ancient coins, among other artworks and artifacts.” Canadian Art, October 16, 2012

Toronto

Frida Kahlo shares spotlight with Diego Rivera in big AGO show. “Hard to believe but there was a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, when most of the world knew nothing about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, dead now for almost 60 years.” Globe & Mail, October 16, 2012

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky’s What Leaf? What Mushroom? Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, a San Francisco and Vancouver-based artist duo, are consummate travellers, walkers and scavengers, but with a distinctively 21st-century technological savvy and a witty, ironic sense of humour. Their new exhibition, “What Leaf? What Mushroom?” is on view at the Pari Nadimi Gallery through Oct. 27. Toronto Star, October 18, 2012

Ottawa

Plan hands over half of Museum of Civilization’s permanent space to Canadian ‘national treasures’ “The Harper government is calling on the Canadian Museum of History to dedicate half of its permanent space to a new gallery honouring Canadian heroes, achievements and milestones at a cost of $25-million in an era of cultural cuts.” Globe & Mail, October 16, 2012

Ottawa’s plan for museums met with skepticism, outrage. “Ottawa’s plan to rename the Canadian Museum of Civilization and create a new network of history museums across the country is being met with skepticism in academia and outrage in opposition ranks.” Globe & Mail, October 15, 2012

Canada’s history should be celebrated in revamped museum. “If the government does turn Cardinal’s monument on the Ottawa River into a shrine devoted to glorifying the military and the monarchy, that would indeed be a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and make a mockery of Canada’s history. But there’s little reason to think that would happen.” Toronto Star, October 17, 2012

Museum of Civilization changes, a mistake, university teachers association says. “The federal government’s decision to transform the Canadian Museum of Civilization into a new Canadian Museum of History is a serious mistake, says the association that represents 68,000 university and college academic staff in Canada.” Ottawa Citizen, October 17, 2012

Los Angeles

Michael Asher, Artist and Teacher, Dies at 69. “Mr. Asher, who used an approach known as institutional critique in his work, taught at the California Institute of the Arts for more than 30 years.” New York Times, October 18, 2012

Chicago

Adapting Prentice Women’s Hospital for New Use in Chicago Jeanne Gang, a leading Chicago architect, has drawn up a plan to try to save the outmoded, late-Modernist Prentice Women’s Hospital. New York Times, October 18, 2012

New York

Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries. “As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories.” Ted Talks, October 2012

Metropolitan Museum rolls out online publication service. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is certainly the greatest art institution in the United States and possibly even the planet. It got even greater on the weekend with the inauguration of MetPublications, an online service that allows users to peruse more than 600 catalogues and journals, 370 of them out-of-print titles that the museum has published since 1964.” Globe & Mail, October 14, 2012

VIP Art Cuts Staff “New York-based art e-commerce firm VIP Art has laid off 50 percent of its staff. The company had employed a dozen people, half of whom were let go at the beginning of this month, according to a company founder. Founded by dealers, James and Jane Cohan, and internet entrepreneurs, Jonas and Alessandra Almgren, the company launched in 2011.” Art in America, October 16, 2012

Miami

Miami art fairs spar over December exhibitors “Nada asks galleries to withdraw from competing Untitled fair.” The Art Newspaper, October 18, 2012

London

Rothko Vandal Pleads Guilty In London “Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property valued at over £5,000 at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court.” BBC, October 16, 2012

British called upon to stem illicit trade of artefacts “Head of new research programme says art dealers and collectors must be part of future policy decisions.” The Art Newspaper, October 18, 2012

Vienna

Viennese Museum To Cover Nude Advertising Posters After Complaints. “A museum in Vienna will be censoring large posters that depict three male soccer players wearing nothing but their socks and cleats after the advertisements provoked an outcry in the city.” New York Times October 17, 2012

International

ArtReview’s annual ‘Power 100’ list “Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev has topped ArtReview’s eleventh annual ‘Power 100’ list. The curator of Documenta 13 is the first female number one and only the second curator (after Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2009) to top the list .” Art Review, October 18, 2012

ArtReview’s Power 100 list reveals art-world battle for supremacy. “Two opposing camps are battling it out for domination of the international contemporary art world. On the one hand, the huge globalised art dealerships catering to the international super-rich – those individuals so dazzlingly wealthy as to be immune to the economic crisis. And on the other, a vision of art that is politically engaged, historically aware and socially inclusive.” The Guardian (UK) October 18, 2012

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