Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 16-19, 2012


Good news for the Vancouver Art Gallery: new chair found and a surplus. “The Vancouver Art Gallery has a new chair – and an operating surplus. At its annual general meeting Wednesday, the VAG reported an operating surplus for 2011 to 2012 of $336,954 – a dramatic turnaround from the previous fiscal year, when the gallery was $886,080 in the red. The surplus will be used to offset the previous deficit.” Globe & Mail, November 15, 2012

Two artistic studies in reticence share unexpected resonances Two studies in reticence, one by David Milne, dating from 1933, and the second by contemporary artist Ian Wallace, share unexpected resonances. Globe and Mail, November 17, 2012

West Vancouver

Dedication to West Van awarded WEST Vancouver recently handed out its community awards for outstanding civic commitment. Arts awards went to former Vancouver Art Gallery chairwoman and former West Vancouver parks and recreation commissioner Merla Beckerman. North Shore News, November 18, 2012


Allan Sekula Exhibition Echoes Campus Labour Unrest at SFU Gallery An American artist famed for his focus on worker exploitation provides timely reflections as sessional teachers and support staff continue job actions at Simon Fraser University. Yet there’s also lots of aesthetic choices to appreciate in Sekula’s activist oeuvre, which is on view at a few locations across the Vancouver region. Canadian Art, November 15, 2012


Klassen: How to improve the Glenbow Going to a city’s big art gallery is a must-do for many people, including me. This summer, Vancouver showed a collection of Matisse, Renoir, van Gogh and Picasso. Even the Vancouver Art Gallery website is a work of art. (Letter to the Editor) November 19, 2012


Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven is now at the McMichael art gallery near Toronto, after what we’re told was a successful European tour. Canadians are always impressed when their artists are hailed elsewhere. Toronto Star, November 15, 2012


Camille Paglia Shines Less Brightly in Glittering Images As evidenced by a Toronto lecture last week, this cultural critic is still a quick-witted powerhouse—which makes the weaknesses of her new book all the more confounding. As David Balzer notes in this review, Paglia’s latest discussions of Manet and Warhol lack the lustre of her Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn insights. Canadian Art, November 15, 2012

Jayce Salloum’s Photo Clusters Revamp Legacies of Blossfeldt & Cartier-Bresson For more than 30 years, Jayce Salloum has been producing work that engages the historical, social and cultural contexts of place. In his current exhibition—closing at MKG127 this weekend— he becomes the curator of his own archive, creating a sprawling but structured nebula of geography and time. Canadian Art, November 15, 2012


Montreal’s Raphaelle de Groot wins $50,000 Sobey art prize It was second time lucky for Raphaelle de Groot on Friday evening as the Montreal mixed-media artist was named the winner of the 2012 Sobey award for excellence in contemporary art. Globe and Mail, November 16, 2012

San Francisco

Big Deal — In San Francisco, Life Without ‘Starchitects’ The city is more interested in conserving its old Victorian-style homes than in making a statement with distinctive architecture in the high-rise building boom. New York Times, November 18, 2012


Artist Arrested At Airport For Artistic Watch (Yes, For Real) A Southern California artist was arrested at the Oakland airport for his weird watch and shoes – which the TSA worried may contain bomb-making materials. Salon (AP) November 16, 2012


Thieves Steal Ancient Petroglyphs In California “Ancient hunters and gatherers etched vivid petroglyphs on cliffs in the Eastern Sierra that withstood winds, flash floods and earthquakes for more than 3,500 years. Thieves needed only a few hours to cut them down and haul them away.” Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2012


Massive Staff Shake-ups At A Houston Museum “Talento Bilingüe de Houston outlined a confusing staff scramble with the enforced calm of a flight attendant explaining that the wings have come off- including phrases like ‘as we know change in organizational structure is important in order to adapt.'” Glasstire, November 18, 2012

New York

Martha Rosler’s ‘Meta-Monumental Garage Sale,’ at MoMA The artist Martha Rosler is mounting a garage sale in the Museum of Modern Art’s atrium; all are welcome to browse and buy. New York Times, November 17, 2012

‘Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde’ at MoMA A MoMA exhibition, “Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde,” shows how the city transformed itself from the capital of a war-torn nation into an international center for arts. New York Times, November 16, 2012

‘Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms’ at the Guggenheim Piles of items, found at a nature preserve and a Manhattan ball field, are presented to viewers in “Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms” at the Guggenheim. New York Times, November 16, 2012

What Is Going on With Contemporary Art? A Christie’s sale brought in $412.2 million on Wednesday evening, the highest total ever for a contemporary art auction. New York Times, November 16, 2012

Water Mill, New York

At the New Parrish Art Museum, Triple the Exhibition Space The new Parrish Art Museum has finally opened its doors in Water Mill, N.Y., with ambitions to become an arts mecca for the region. New York Times, November 18, 2012


Louvre Signs Distribution Deal With SF Museums “While the Louvre has teamed up with American museums before, including the High Museum in Atlanta from 2006-2009 and currently with the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas, this is its first long-term collaboration with a West Coast museum.” The Art Newspaper, November 16, 2012


Naked Men Are Invading Vienna! “I think we are just used to seeing naked women because they are used as objects of desire in advertisements and TV. Naked men are not that common – we are not used to seeing a penis. I think that is the main problem for people.” BBC, November 18, 2012


Have You Always Wanted To Adopt A Milanese Gargoyle? Well, lucky you! Now you can do just that (and help restore a cathedral in the process). CBC, November 16, 2012


In Pakistan, Honoring The Oldest Profession With Paint “Hussain, 62, is a controversial figure in Pakistan, not only for his paintings of sex workers but also because of works that proffer scathing commentary on Pakistan’s inclination toward a more and more religiously strict and intolerant society.” The Washington Post, November 18, 2012


No, Prehistoric Art Was Not All About Porn “When respected journals–Nature for example–use terms such as ‘Prehistoric pin-up’ and ‘35,000-year-old sex object,’ and a German museum proclaims that a figurine is either an ‘earth mother or pin-up girl’ (as if no other roles for women could have existed in prehistory), they carry weight and authority. This allows journalists and researchers, evolutionary psychologists in particular, to legitimize and naturalize contemporary western values and behaviors by tracing them back to the ‘mist of prehistory.'” Slate, November 19, 2012

Banking And Art – Value Out Of Nothing “The diamonds on the Hirst skull were reportedly worth $23.6 million–the rest of the work’s value was created, overnight, in the assemblage. For the Love of God applies the technique of a leveraged buyout not only to a work of art but as a work of art.” Believer, November 2012

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