Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 1, 2012


Vancouver Art Gallery relocation plan gets boost from local artists. “A growing number of people from the local visual-arts scene are publicly voicing support for building a new Vancouver Art Gallery.” Georgia Straight, November 1, 2012

North Vancouver

Frank Horvat retrospective at Presentation House Gallery is ravishing. “Horvat’s photographic approach can account for much. He is famous for shooting his reportage with unsuppressed style—they can be too beautiful—and, on the other hand, his fashion work often reveals a candid, street-shooter’s edge. Things from the real world accidentally drop into the fantasy of fashion.” Georgia Straight, November 1, 2012


A passionate pairing. “It’s all about colour at the gallery, where Shayne Dark’s sculptures complement the circular diptychs created by senior artist Claude Tousignant about 40 years ago.” Times Colonist, November 1, 2012

A pioneer of colour in abstract art. “While abstract painting has preoccupied Quebec artists since the Automatistes in the 1940s, Claude Tousignant brought the form to a new level with his pioneering efforts in pure colour and bold presentation. Reporter Amy Smart talked to the 79-year-old about his work.” Times Colonist, November 1, 2012


A look at Living in 10 Easy Lessons by Linda Duvall and Peter Kingstone at Gallery 44. “Successfully growing a small business, as a drug dealer. Developing effective people skills, as a panhandler. Protecting one’s life savings, as a sex worker. These are job and life skills you won’t find in LinkedIn CVs or professional-development workshops. But they are the kind of skills highlighted in the new, and controversial, art project “Living in 10 Easy Lessons” by local artists Linda Duvall and Peter Kingstone.” Toronto Star, November 1, 2012

The AGO’s hidden treasures. “When you encounter long lines at the Art Gallery of Ontario, it’s more than likely for a big, crowd-pleasing exhibition like the recent “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” or the current “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting.” In the meantime, the rest of the museum’s galleries, chock full of art, remain largely empty and blissfully serene.” Toronto Star, November 1, 2012


Contemporary Canadian art at the NGC destabilizing, disorienting and dynamic. “The new biennial at the National Gallery of Canada almost made me sick to my stomach, twice, and that is high praise. The gallery’s second biennial of contemporary Canadian art starts and ends with two works that will affect different people in different ways. I found the sculpture by Evan Penny and the video by Michael Snow to be so destabilizing that I literally felt nauseous.” Ottawa Citizen, November 1, 2012

Los Angeles

Visitor spending to attend Pacific Standard Time: $111.5 million. “According to a report released Thursday, the Getty’s $12-million investment in Pacific Standard Time, the sprawling collaboration among Southern California museums, has generated almost 10 times that amount in spending by tourists and local residents. But in the absence of comparable data for economic activity generated by California museums before Pacific Standard Time, Getty leaders are not trumpeting the results as a huge success.” Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2012

New York

Voting Against Ruffled Feathers. “Should public museums be places where political argument happens? Why is this so rarely the case, especially when compared with politically engaged programming in museums in Europe, Mexico, South America and even parts of the Middle East?” The New York Times, November 1, 2012

Where Creations Faced Destruction. “Gallery owners and employees — some calm and philosophical, some too distraught to speak — spent Wednesday sorting through the artworks that had been hanging on their walls or were packed in their storage room separating those that were irrevocably damaged from those that stood a good chance of being restored.” The New York Times, October 31, 2012

Lebbeus Woods: 1940-2012. “Lebbeus Woods, the visionary draftsman and educator considered by many to be the conscience of the architectural profession, died at home in New York City on Tuesday morning at the age of seventy-two. The causes were natural, but observers could hardly fail to note that his death came with Hurricane Sandy’s inundating waters still flooding New York. No architect had devoted more energy to the consequences of catastrophic urban failure than Woods.” Architectural Record, October 31, 2012

Laramie, Wyoming

The Artwork That Infuriated Big Coal. Chris Drury’s Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around, installed at the University of Wyoming in late 2011, “consisted of a 36-foot-wide circle of logs from beetle-killed trees, arranged in a whirlpool pattern around a pile of coal. … In May 2012, however, just after most students left campus, Carbon Sink quietly disappeared.” Slate, October 31, 2012

Andahuaylillas, Peru

Peru’s “Sistine Chapel” shines again. “Inside the chapel of San Pedro Apóstol at Andahuaylillas, about 40 km from Cuzco and built between 1570 and 1606, every surface is either covered in gold or painted with fantastical designs and imagery – and those surfaces are glowing once again following a four-year restoration. (The chapel also houses the two oldest surviving organs in the Western Hemisphere, both recently refurbished as well.)” Art Newspaper, October 30, 2012


1,000 years of life. “Construction of the building is nearly finished and the museum is scheduled to open in 2013 after nearly 20 years of planning. It will be a celebratory moment for those who have struggled to build a home for this story.” Ottawa Citizen, October 29, 2012


Despite volume, no plan to limit Sistine tourists. At least 10,000 people visit the site each day, raising concerns about temperature, dust and humidity affecting the famed art. But a Vatican Museums official says there are no plans to try to limit tourists’ access. Yahoo News, November 1, 2012


Revolution Brings Hard Times for Egypt’s Treasures. “Despite the efforts of its protectors, looters managed to make off with 50 of the [Egyptian Museum’s] treasures … Of the stolen pieces, 29 have since been recovered. … At the same time, however, reports have started to come in of sophisticated and systematic looting occurring across major Egyptian archaeological sites.” The New York Times, October 31, 2012

Xiangshan, China

Made on the Mainland. “Wang Shu is drafting a new architectural blueprint for his country. His vision is deceptively simple—China’s new buildings should look uniquely Chinese…Knowing what Chinese builders can do, he is able to produce buildings that can only be built in China, and he makes his workers an integral part of the process.” Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2012

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