Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 23, 2012

Vancouver

Confessions of a Vancouver antique dealer Eric Cohen was touring the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru last spring when he had a revelation: “There’s too much to see in the world to be stuck in a retail store.” So the owner of Architectural Antiques came back to Vancouver and set about closing his shop, a landmark on Main street for two decades. He put up signs for a retirement sale, and plans to close by Nov. 1. Vancouver Sun, October 22, 2012

North Vancouver

Street smart fashion photographs of Frank Horvat on view at Presentation House Gallery Presentation House Gallery is hosting a collection of the Italian-born, Paris-based photographer Frank Horvat. Horvat was a photojournalist with a fashion photographer’s sense of splendour. Horvat: Fashion. Oct. 19-Dec. 23. North Shore News, October 20, 2012

Toronto

Robert Fulford: The AGO goes deep on Frida & Diego’s revolutionary romance They were born dramatists who made their lives a florid and sensational performance on the stage of world culture. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera did their best to turn themselves into a fable. They succeeded so well that today many of us know as much about their love story as we know about their art. National Post, October 23, 2012

Windsor

Artist Watch interviews IAIN BAXTER& by Alicia Chester. BAXTER& has lived in Windsor – directly across the U.S. border from Detroit – since he took a position at the university in 1988, where he is now an emeritus professor. In 2005 he legally changed his name from “Iain Baxter” to “Iain Baxterand,” which he writes capitalized with the ampersand symbol. Long acclaimed in Canada as the country’s first conceptual artist & the founder of the “Vancouver School” of photoconceptualism, BAXTER& has only recently come to prominence in the United States with a retrospective jointly organized & exhibited by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago & the Art Gallery of Ontario, IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011. Art Slant, October 2012

New York

Russell L. Goings Prepares to Disperse Romare Bearden Trove Russell L. Goings, a close friend of the artist Romare Bearden’s, is contemplating how to disperse his vast collection of Bearden materials, including artwork, journals and audiotapes. New York Times, October 23, 2012

London

Anthony Gormley, The Engineer Of Experience In a Q&A, the sculptor talks about what his installations – for instance, putting groups of visitors in a pressurized room to do what they want with 100 tons of clay, or placing them on a large reflective platform suspended 25 feet above ground – reveal about the ways humans interact. New Scientist, October 18, 2012

UK’s Contemporary Art Society Gifted Over $6 Million of Art The United Kingdom’s Contemporary Art Society has received some three hundred works of modern and contemporary art valued at over six million dollars from the Eric and Jean Cass collection. Artforum, October 23, 2012

Amsterdam

A design guy’s tour of Amsterdam When your son has an internship with Maarten Baas, a visit turns into a curated education in $10,000 chairs and conceptual gardens. Globe and Mail, October 23, 2012

Paris

Gargoyles In The Trees Of A Paris Park “Rooted in the prized soil of [the] Parc de Saint-Cloud, home of Marie Antoinette’s rose garden, the trees bear faces that are alternately twisted in grimaces, bellowing in anger or frowning in the intensest way possible. … Photographer and light artist Clément Briend is responsible for summoning this hostile hardwood.” The Atlantic, October 22, 2012

Singapore

At Home in the Garden The work of the sculptor Zadok Ben-David is being installed throughout the lush grounds of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. New York Times, October 23, 2012

China

Mainland China’s Mega-Collectors A new generation of entrepreneurs is snapping up works by international contemporary art stars to amass major and sometimes museum-worthy collections. But the recent arrests of several art-world figures have buyers worried about government scrutiny. Art News, October 23, 2012

International

Art Genome? Ideas Without Form? “Art.sy-ing feels more like shopping for designer clothes online than walking through an art gallery in real life. For fashion, e-commerce has been a boon with no signs of bust. But it hasn’t revolutionized the industry by making unknown designers suddenly famous, as MySpace did bands. Rather, it’s forced the establishment to design with an eye to how clothes look online, perhaps sacrificing how they feel on the body.” Globe & Mail, October 21, 2012

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