Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 25, 2012

Vancouver

Trail-blazing B.C. artist Ian Wallace in sharp focus. “On one level, as Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography, the title of an upcoming major exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, succinctly puts it, the artist is simply renowned for juxtaposing the ‘older’ medium of painting with the ‘newer’ one of photography.” Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2012

Vancouver Art Gallery’s Ian Wallace retrospective captures photos, paintings, and even film. “It’s a little-known fact that Ian Wallace, one of Canada’s most important and influential visual artists, once wrote film reviews for the Georgia Straight.” Georgia Straight, October 25, 2012

Carrying on “Irregardless” will induce chuckles. Carrying on “Irregardless”, the “exhibition of humour in contemporary Northwest Coast aboriginal art, on at the Bill Reid Gallery, is filled with clever parodies, visual puns, and a surfeit of mockery and irreverence.” Georgia Straight, October 23, 2012

Douglas & McIntyre owner files for bankruptcy “Independent publishing house D&M Publishers Inc. says it is filing for bankruptcy protection. The Vancouver-based publisher says it is working to locate an investor or purchaser for its assets. D&M, which includes Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, says it plans to continue operations while it restructures.” The Canadian Press, October 23, 2012

Toronto

Joanne Tod: Faux-Gothic, Southern Ontario edition. “Joanne Tod’s pictures document the hallways of 1 Spadina Crescent, home to the University of Toronto’s visual-studies program, where Tod teaches. While this building may look like a British monastery, Tod’s closer inspection reveals other, more intriguing histories… Tod has a second show on in Toronto right now, Invited Invasion at the Gardiner Museum, an institution devoted to the history of ceramic art. Here, again, she riffs on the idea of the historical.” Globe & Mail, October 19, 2012

Gary Clement to show different side at Toronto art exhibit. “On Oct. 27, the National Post‘s resident political cartoonist will debut a new set of illustrations chronicling his abiding interest in the natural world. From science to mortality and sexuality to mythology, Gary Clement’s Oblivion exhibition aims to highlight a different side of the Post artist.” National Post, October 24, 2012

Art Toronto runs Oct. 26 to 29. “Art Toronto struggles with lack of ‘investment culture’ in this country.” Toronto Star, October 25, 2012

Fran Lebowitz brings her wit to Massey Hall Nov. 2. “Talking to Fran Lebowitz is like conversational batting practice with the wittiest person in the world. You lob one toward the plate, she knocks it over the fence.” Toronto Star, October 25, 2012

Ottawa

Sculptor’s pleasure in making art is at the heart of every one of his public works. “The works left behind by Ottawa sculptor Bruce Garner, always seem to be reaching to the sky with arms raised or wings outstretched. Garner’s sculptures were not firstly of people or animals but of exultation, a reflection of the sheer joy of being alive. Now he’s gone, at age 78, of progressive supranuclear palsy. A memorial service will be held Saturday.” Ottawa Citizen, October 25, 2012

New York

Artsicle Rents Inexpensive Art Cheaply “Artsicle is an online business that rents inexpensive art cheaply, aimed at novice collectors with small budgets, limited art knowledge and no appetite for intimidating galleries.” New York Times, October 25, 2012

Under a Picasso Painting, Another Picasso Painting “Beneath Picasso’s landmark painting “Women Ironing,” curators and conservators at the Guggenheim Museum are now able to examine tantalizing traces of another portrait.”New York Times, October 25, 2012

London, UK

Andrew Salgado: Portrait of the artist as a young man on the rise. “There’s a bold, tortured beauty to the portraits of Andrew Salgado, and in London, where the Regina-born-and-raised painter has lived since 2008, collectors and critics are noticing.” Globe & Mail, October 24, 2012

U.K.

Cass family’s gift to UK museums is worth £4m More than 300 Modern and contemporary works to go to seven institutions, all outside London. The Art Newspaper, October 24, 2012

Mecca

Glitzy Skyscrapers Are Turning Mecca Into Dubai-With-Pilgrims “It’s the world’s second-tallest tower, with a clockface visible 30 km away and searchlights shooting 10 km into the sky, featuring hotel suites costing up to $7,000 a night during the Hajj, all perched atop a massive high-end shopping mall and directly overlooking Islam’s holiest site. The Abraj al-Bait is the mammoth anchor of a slew of luxury slabs going up all over Mecca – towers for which the historic parts of the city are being razed.” The Guardian (UK) October 23, 2012

China

Is China building too many museums too fast? “China’s rush to build flagship museums of contemporary art makes sense, at a time when the work of artists such as Ai Weiwei, Yue Minjun and Zhang Huan has a global reach. But the building boom – which also landed the world’s largest museum of any kind on Tiananmen Square last year – may be running ahead of China’s ability to run and make sense of such institutions.” Globe & Mail, October 24, 2012

Beijing

Ai Weiwei Goes ‘Gangnam Style’ “Ai Weiwei understands the Internet. So while the highly influential Chinese dissident and artist may have larger concerns on his mind than the latest world-conquering meme from the world of K-pop, it was perhaps only a matter of time until he took a few moments to demonstrate his estimable ‘Gangnam Style’.” (Reader comments explain the video’s implied political content.) Slate, October 24, 2012 (includes video)

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