Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 6, 2012



Vancouver City staff wants to know: What should be done with Block 51? Block 51, also known as the 800-block of Robson Street, between Hornby and Howe, and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza, are about to undergo some changes. But the City wants to know how Vancouverites use these spaces. Global BC, November 6, 2012

West Vancouver

The birth of Cool Vancouver Selwyn Pullen must be one of the greatest names in the history of Vancouver. He also took some of its coolest photos…top architectural photographer during Vancouver’s golden era of mid-century modernism…but not exactly a household name in Vancouver. This may change with the release of a ravishing new coffee table book, Selwyn Pullan, Documenting Mid-Century West Coast Modernism (Douglas & McIntyre), that collects some of his best work. Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2012


In small shows, Ydessa Hendeles changed the art world For a quarter-century Ydessa Hendeles broke down the conceptual walls between art and non-art, spectator and participant. Globe and Mail, November 6, 2012


Long-lost Dali backdrop to star in Montreal acrobatic show A massive Salvador Dali artwork unseen by the public for more than 60 years is on display in Montreal this week, ahead of its starring role in an upcoming stage production. CBC, November 5, 2012


Book Review: Tracking down the truth about the Group of Seven’s Lawren Harris There are a few good reasons why, until now, Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris has evaded biographers. First of all, most of his personal papers, the kinds of documents that allow biographers to peer into a subject’s private thoughts, were destroyed in a fit of anger by the artist’s first wife, Trixie, after their divorce in 1934. Ottawa Citizen, November 2, 2012

New York

Rebuilding Chelsea’s Gallery Scene (And Quickly!) Numerous “galleries throughout Chelsea have already drained spaces, cleared out art, removed debris, moved art to higher ground, and ripped down walls. Many already have newly spackled walls. Some were saying they thought they could reopen again in only a matter of weeks. Some sooner. It was amazing.” New York Magazine, November 5, 2012

The Religious Statue That Survived Sandy Intact The stunning survival of this statue soon earned it the name of the Virgin Mary of Breezy Point. The sculpture and its setting of ruins were also featured on news coverage by Fox, CNN and NBC, among others. Not surprisingly, this statue’s dramatic appearance has been linked to the discovery of the “9/11 Cross.” The Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2012

Mitchell Paints a Picture A renowned critic (Irving Sandler) watches Joan Mitchell paint not one painting, but two. Art News, November 5, 2012

Guilty pleas on stolen Matisse A man and woman have pleaded guilty to charges of trying to sell a stolen painting by French master Henri Matisse nearly 10 years after it went missing from a Venezuelan museum, authorities said. The painting is worth $3 million. Times Colonist, November 6, 2012

United States

What At Stake In Today’s US Elections For The Arts And Entertainment Industries “While a second Obama term would signal status quo on a whole host of industry-related issues, a Romney win would have implications for arts funding, public television, indecency enforcement, media consolidation and net neutrality.” Variety, November 6, 2012


Is East London’s Art Scene Done As Iconic Gallery Closes? “With news that the White Cube gallery is to close its doors in Hoxton Square, is this the beginning of the end for east London’s art scene?” BBC, November 6, 2012


Antwerp: an old soul reborn as edgy cool The top of the new Museum Aan de Stroom in the dockyards gives one a comprehensive view of Antwerp. The medieval cathedrals and guild houses merge with Flemish rooftops and commercial buildings along the Scheldt, the river that brought the world to this city in the mid-15th century. It’s been a design incubator, a thriving port and the world’s diamond headquarters. Now? It’s all that – and more. Globe and Mail, November 6, 2012


Prado confirms Titian attribution Third version of St John the Baptist turns up in Spanish church. The Art Newspaper, November 5, 2012


Venice Through an Eccentric’s Eyes The painter Francesco Guardi failed to gain a significant support for most of his career, but an Italian exhibition shows how he now ranks among the best artists of his time. New York Times, November 5, 2012


Australians Did Not Flock To See Works From The Prado “Queensland Art Gallery’s Prado blockbuster was billed as a coup for the state, driven by a significant interstate marketing campaign and the allure of some of the world’s finest art. But not even a last-minute rush over the weekend to see ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado’ could have reversed the slow attendances for the $6 million, 15-week exhibition that ended yesterday.” The Australian, November 5, 2012


With Rules Murky, Fake Artworks Stay on the Market What happens to paintings that are deemed forgeries? Some end up in the government’s hands, but others reappear on the walls of unsuspecting buyers. New York Times, November 5, 2012

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