Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 8, 2012


FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “The Vancouver Art Gallery becomes party central on Friday night (November 9) for its next FUSE event, an interdisciplinary extravaganza inspired by Ian Wallace’s My Heroes in the Streets.” Georgia Straight, November 7, 2012

Pleased To Meet You at the Museum of Anthropology is both captivating and unsettling. “Based near Brisbane, Australia, Hanssen Pigott was invited by MOA to look through its collection, which encompasses 38,000 objects from across vast expanses of time and place, and invent arrangements for some of them… There are no labels in the exhibition. We are intended to react to the works on offer as visual entities that relate to each other through colour, form, line, and texture rather than through cultural context…Throughout the exhibition, new sets of visual dynamics emerge—and the effect is both captivating and unsettling.” Georgia Straight, November 6, 2012

PuSh International Festival of Performing Arts announces 2013 roster. “Human library books, blindfolded city tours, and a Peking Opera–style King Lear: they’re all part of the wild, interdisciplinary carnival that the PuSh International Festival of Performing Arts has unveiled for its 2013 event.” Georgia Straight, November 8, 2012

The Potency of Ordinary Objects: A conversation with Liz Magor. “Vancouver-based Liz Magor uses found materials, often from the domestic sphere, as a springboard for investigating the social and emotional life of objects.” (The full article is available in the Library). Sculpture Magazine, November 2012


Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine and Charles Burns discuss their best work. “As three of the world’s most respected graphic novelists prepare to discuss their new books in Toronto, the changing landscape of their medium seems to be top of mind.” Toronto Star, November 7, 2012

Unravelling the puzzle of William Kurelek’s The Maze. “William Kurelek’s The Maze, a documentary by Los Angeles-based Nick and Zack Young does little to demystify the life of the late Canadian painter who died of cancer in 1977. But the film, which screens on Nov. 13 as part of the Rendezvous with Madness festival, gives us a far better understanding of at least one figure Kurelek depicted in his famously enigmatic 1953 painting: his father.” Toronto Star, November 8, 2012

Jamaica T.O.: Kenneth Montague, dentist. Dr. Kenneth Montague’s dental office is filled with original art. This is the workplace of a guy-who-fixes-teeth-cum-Renaissance-man. In addition to being dentist to such names as Nelly Furtado and rapper k-os, Montague is a well-known art collector and curator of images exploring black identity. Toronto Star, November 4, 2012

New York

Chelsea Galleries Face Complexities of Art Triage. “Gallery owners in Chelsea expect to spend the next several weeks juggling meetings with restoration specialists, contractors and insurance adjusters.” New York Times, November 9, 2012

Lawsuit Reveals Gagosian Art-Selling Ethics. “In a deposition made public on Wednesday, Mr. Gagosian said that he frequently represented both the seller and buyer in a deal without disclosing that fact to either party.” The New York Times, November 9, 2012

Monet’s Water Lilies sells for $43M in New York. “Claude Monet’s 1905 painting Nymphéas or Water Lilies sold for almost $43.8 millioin US Wednesday evening at Christie’s auction of Impressionist and modern masters in New York.” CBC News, November 7, 2012


Warning: Decline Of UK Art Schools Endangers The Arts “Pre 1990, art colleges [in the UK] were at their peak. All the things that made the richness on which creativity depends have been significantly altered.” The Art Newspaper, November 7, 2012

Local London Council Decides To Sell Henry Moore Sculpture To Boost Finances “A council spokesperson said the ‘tough decision’ was made due to “the massive government cuts we are facing”. Moore sold the sculpture, currently worth millions, to the council in the 1960s for less than the market value.” BBC, November 7, 2012


Frescoes In Assisi Basilica Are By Giotto, Say Restorers “Art restorers working on frescoes in a forgotten chapel in Assisi believe they have stumbled across proof that stunning images found under layers of grime are the work of medieval artist Giotto.” The Guardian (UK) November 6, 2012

Vatican City

How The Vatican Defaced Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Frescos “Michelangelo was too eminent for his art to be damaged in such a crude way during his lifetime. But as soon as he died in 1564, one of his pupils was ordered to daub draperies over the Last Judgment’s array of genitals and buttocks. Many of these prissy curbings of Michelangelo are still there. When the painting was restored between 1980 and 1994 it was a chance to remove the additions and reveal the full glory of the resurrected flesh.” The Guardian (UK) November 7, 2012


Can We Design Our Way Out Of Natural Disasters? “Putting contemporary design at the center of humanitarian crises, the Norsk Form approach is a notable change from the way the discipline has been viewed in recent decades.” New York Review of Books, November 6, 2012

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