Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 20, 2012

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery Improves Financial Footing in 2011/2012 At its annual general meeting this month, the Vancouver Art Gallery reported results for the 2011–2012 fiscal year, with revenue exceeding expenses by $336,954. The additional funds will be used to offset the gallery’s operating deficit of $886,080 from the previous fiscal year. In an email, gallery director of marketing and communications Dana Sullivant said the biggest factors in the VAG’s financial success in 2011–2012 were “1) a much stronger summer in terms of tourism and 2) the gallery’s ability to meet and exceed its fundraising goals (corporate, foundation and individual support).” Canadian Art, November 19, 2012

Waterfront building provides artists both studio space and studio apartments  Despite fears of a cultural brain drain in Vancouver, the Artist Resource Centre is the kind of humming space the city needs. Globe and Mail, November 17, 2012

West Vancouver

It’s arts’ turn In May, District of West Vancouver council voted unanimously to support in principle the designation of the municipally owned parking lot in the 1600-block of Bellevue Avenue (behind the Safeway site) for a proposed new visual arts centre. An early concept design suggests a three-storey, 28,000-square-foot building with space for an art museum, an art gallery and arts education. North Shore News, November18, 2012

Toronto

Canadian photographer Arnaud Maggs dead at age 86 Photographer’s subjects included Northrop Frye, Anne Murray, Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton. Globe and Mail, November 20, 2012

Canadian Art World Mourns Loss of Arnaud Maggs  Canadian Art, November 19, 2012

Josef Sudek’s Prints Testify to a Life in Light and Darkness  An opportunity consider this quality of Sudek’s work is now available at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the exhibition “Josef Sudek: The Legacy of a Deeper Vision.” Canadian Art, November 19, 2012

Luminato to host North American premiere of Abramovic ‘opera’ The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic is based on the famous performance artist, conceived and staged by legendary director Robert Wilson. Globe and Mail, November 20, 2012

Will Munro survey named Exhibition of the Year at OAAG Awards The 35th annual Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards took place earlier this evening in Toronto, with the Art Gallery of York University’s exhibition “Will Munro: History, Magic and Glamour” taking home top honours as Exhibition of the Year. Canadian Art, November 20, 2012

New York

Pitch Battle: Watch Four Starchitects Compete For A Big Manhattan Commission “You’ve seen them posing in magazines, performing in lecture theatres and maybe even shouting across the office. But it is unlikely you’ve ever sat behind a boardroom table and given Richard Rogers, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas or Norman Foster a grilling.” The Guardian (UK) November 19, 2012

London

Lawrence Weiner: man of his word The veteran Conceptualist, showing in London this month, uses text as just another material. And he doesn’t like being called a Conceptualist, either. The Art Newspaper, November 19, 2012

Auroville, India

India’s Town Full Of Architects Auroville, a settlement in the southern state of Tamil Nadu named after the yogic philosopher Sri Aurobindo, has somewhere between 25 and 100 architects out of a population of 2,000. And it’s a place where they can, at least on a small scale, put some of their more daring ideas into practice. The Atlantic, November 19, 2012

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