Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 24, 2012


In galleries this week. “Ian Wallace, one of Canada’s earliest practitioners of photoconceptualism, who was instrumental in the development of what has become known internationally as the “Vancouver School,” gets a sweeping retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery.” Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2012

Anna Porter on Scott McIntyre, king of the independents. Anna Porter reflected on the career of her former colleague and competitor Scott McIntyre, the man who built the very successful publishing house of Douglas & McIntryre. (Douglas & McIntyre filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week).Scott published some beautifully crafted art books, culminating in a stunning bestseller, Doris Shadbolt’s The Art of Emily Carr, and D&M’s long-term partnerships with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Ontario.” Quill & Quire, October 23, 2012

West Vancouver

Selwyn Pullan Survey Summons Lost Era in West Coast Architecture & Urbanism. “Despite acute limitations of size and amenities, the West Vancouver Museum is the site of an ambitious exhibition program that primarily addresses the region’s visual culture… The subject of the current WVM show, and of a smartly written and beautifully designed companion book, co-published with Douglas & McIntyre, is architectural photographer Selwyn Pullan.” Canadian Art, October 22, 2012


Toronto’s ROM to ask caterers for preferred-list fee of $10,000. “In an unprecedented move, Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum is asking caterers to pay an annual fee of $10,000 – for up to 10 years – to secure a slot on its preferred list of suppliers.” Globe and Mail, October 21, 2012

Zheng Shengtian Helps Bring Best of Asia to Art Toronto. “A scholar, artist and independent curator, Zheng Shengtian has lived a life that links the arts of Asia with international publics. His career straddles borders: in 1990, while working in North America and Europe after the Tiananmen Square massacre, he was offered Canadian residency. Since then, Vancouver has become his home and the launching point for a myriad of artistic exchanges. A consummate cultural ambassador and connector, Zheng is now a member of the board of trustees at the Vancouver Art Gallery, facilitating its involvement at the upcoming Shanghai Biennale. This October, with Katherine Don, he brings his curatorial talent to the “Focus ASIA 2012” project at Art Toronto.” – Joni Low, Canadian Art, October 23, 2012


Melanie Authier, David Hoffos Among Artists on Just-Released Canadian Biennial List. “The National Gallery of Canada has released a list of artists involved in its 2012 Canadian Biennial, which opens on the evening of November 1. Unlike many worldwide biennials, the Canadian Biennial is acquisitions-based, featuring 100 recent and significant acquisitions by emerging and established artists that the National Gallery of Canada states are “instrumental in shaping perspectives in Canadian art today.” Canadian Art, October 19, 2012


Paul Allen, Billionaire Art collector “This legendary nerd (although Allen bridles at a “pocket protector” image) is also an artsy who spends a fair part of his $15 billion fortune on cultural goods–both as treats for himself and for others.” The Daily Beast, October 23, 2012

Girls Only – Seattle Art Museum Removes All the Boys’ Art From Its Walls “Not a single male artist from the modern and contemporary period remains on the walls at SAM.” The Stranger , October 23, 2012

New York

‘Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos,’ to Open at the New Museum A highly unorthodox survey of more than three decades of Rosemarie Trockel’s work at Manhattan’s New Museum is her most prominent exposure in an American museum. New York Times, October 24, 2012

Louise Blouin in bid to buy the Armory Show? Sources say the art publisher is in negotiations with Merchandise Mart Properties to acquire its art fair holdings. The Art Newspaper, October 24, 2012

The Met Embraces Fakes. “In a time when the phrase photo manipulation often connotes something evil, an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a refreshingly positive take on faking it. Thankfully we are not subjected to airbrushed images of actresses or altered shots of politicians, just digitally empowered reality bending. Manipulation, here, is a liberator.” Slate, October 23, 2012


Scotland’s Arts Funding Body Bows To Complaints, Announces Shake-Up “Creative Scotland, which distributes £80 million of Government and National Lottery funds, has announced new internal reforms a fortnight after its chairman, Sir Sandy Crombie, received an unprecedented letter of protest from more than 400 artists.” The Herald (Scotland) October 23, 2012


Chinese gallery owner arrested in Madrid. Gao Ping held by police in anti-money-laundering operation. The Art Newspaper, October 22, 2012


You’d Better Not Be Eating A Sandwich On The Spanish Steps. A new municipal ordinance “outlaws eating and drinking in areas of ‘particular historic, artistic, architectonic and cultural value’ in Rome’s center, to better protect the city’s monuments, which include landmarks like the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. Fines range all the way up to $650 for culinary recidivists.” The New York Times, October 24, 2012


Will Crack The Online Art Market? “People have been trying to sell art online for more than a decade, with little success. is the most sophisticated attempt yet, and its team of art world veterans has a better chance than its predecessors of cracking open the cottage industry that the art market remains.” The New Republic, October 23, 2012

How Unemployment Affected The Creative Class “Even after controlling for all those things, the analysis found that having a creative class job dramatically reduced a person’s chance of being unemployed over the course of the crisis.” The Atlantic, October 23, 2012

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Write About the Art Market “Art market reporting is not financial news. It’s financial-news porn. It’s a voyeuristic, vacuous distraction from the facts of the finances, and certainly from any analysis of how that wealth was amassed in the first place…” The Stranger, October 23, 2012

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