Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 22, 2012


2012 BC First Nations’ Art Recipients Honoured. Six artists were recognized at a presentation ceremony for the sixth annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art. The artists were: Wayne Alfred, Kwakwaka’wakw, Alert Bay, Morgan Green, Tsimshian, Vancouver, Philip Janze, Gitxsan, Hazelton, Skeena Reece, Tsimshian/Gitxsan/Cree, Ucluelet, and David Wilson, Okanagan, Vernon. Norman Tait was given this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Kathleen Bartels, director of the Vancouver Art Gallery and a director of the BC Achievement Foundation, chaired an independent jury panel that selected the 2012 award recipients. First Perspective, November 20, 2012

David Heffel on Auction Ethics. “Over the past 10 years, the Canadian auction market has changed and grown considerably, and Vancouver-based auction house Heffel has been a big part of those changes. David Heffel—who runs the company with his brother, vice-president Robert Heffel—talks to Leah Sandals about auction ethics, the Artist’s Resale Right, boosting business online and more.” Canadian Art, November 21, 2012

New artists get a HeadstART at Beaumont Studios. The Beaumont facility hosts approximately 40 artists in 16 studio spaces, along with a storefront gallery and a rehearsal room that doubles as a 70-seat performance venue. This week, to celebrate its newly won nonprofit status, it will also host HeadstART, a gala art sale and fundraiser featuring over 100 works from a similar number of emerging artists. Georgia Straight, November 21, 2012


Newzones celebrates artistic achievement. One of the few privately owned, stand-alone galleries in Canada and celebrating its 20th year in business, Newzones is proud to be classed as one of the country’s leading contemporary art galleries. Calgary Herald, November 22, 2012

Calgary 2012 launches crowd-funding website. “Micro-investing in Calgary culture just got a little easier, when Calgary 2012 announced the launch of InvestYYC, its first major legacy of Calgary’s year as a cultural capital.” Calgary Herald, November 20, 2012


Visual Arts: B.C. artist bring car-part exhibit to Edmonton. “Some master stone and chisel, others conquer pigment and brush. In his copper-glowing artworks, Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas is the planet’s foremost expert on making art from the metal sunroof panels of 1992 Volvos.” Edmonton Journal, November 21, 2012

Artist reaches out to troubled youth at YESS. The artistic process, the act of picking up a paintbrush or even a pencil, is what drives Claire Uhlick to work with the hundreds of kids who pass through the YESS Armoury. Edmonton Journal, November 16, 2012


Shift in heritage: Richard Serra sculpture has uncertain future: Micallef. “Though many places would envy our big Serra, last month the Ontario Conservation Review Board decided not to support King Township’s request that Serra’s work be protected under the Ontario Heritage Act, so its future remains uncertain.” Toronto Star, November 22, 2012


Sudbury’s Danielle Tremblay to Receive 2012 ARCCO Achievement Award. Danielle Tremblay, general director of Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury, is to receive the 2012 Achievement Award from ARCCO (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario) tonight for her “significant contribution…in the area of advocacy.” Canadian Art, November 21, 2012

Québec City

Vicky Chainey Gagnon to curate Manif d’art 7 on Theme of Resistance. Yesterday in Quebec City, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec announced Vicky Chainey Gagnon as the curator of its seventh biennial exhibition, Manif d’art 7, which will take place in Quebec City between May and June 2014. Chainey Gagnon is currently director and curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke. Canadian Art, November 21, 2012

New York

At MoMA, Garage Sale as Performance Art A performance piece priced to move: MoMA’s Meta-Monumental Garage Sale. Bargains weren’t the point at the “Meta-Monumental Garage Sale,” which opened Saturday on the second-floor atrium of the Museum of Modern Art. It was the latest iteration of a performance piece that the artist Martha Rosler, 69, has been enacting for more than four decades, selling items donated by friends, family, colleagues and fans, as well as her own castoffs (including, rather memorably in the early ’70s, used diaphragms and her son’s baby shoes). New York Times, November 22, 2012

Sotheby’s profits drop by 58% over nine-month period Chief executive Ruprecht points to typical seasonal factors. The Art Newspaper, November 22, 2012

The Creative Process: Macallan director Ken Grier on how Annie Leibovitz’s Masters of Photography series came to life. In October, The Macallan unveiled the third instalment in their Masters of Photography series: four photographs of actor Kevin McKidd shot by the inimitable Annie Leibovitz, each paired with a bottle limited-edition Macallan single malt.National Post, November 21, 2012


Anish Kapoor Dances Gangnam Style for Liberty British artist Anish Kapoor’s Gangnam Style parody video, “Gangnam for Freedom,” was posted on YouTube today. The video is made in support of Ai Weiwei, Pussy Riot and all those who have been silenced by repressive governments. Art in America, November 21, 2012


Astrup Fearnley Museum criticised over oil company sponsorship Leading figures in the Oslo art world are at loggerheads after the decision by the private Astrup Fearnley Museum to accept sponsorship from Norwegian arm of the Swedish-based oil firm Lundin Petroleum. The Lundin family also owns the Swedish auction house Bukowski. The Art Newspaper, November 22, 2012


A New Italian Museum Pays Homage to the Architect Palladio The museum in Vicenza traces a major architect of the 16th century whose works left traces around the globe. New York Times, November 22, 2012


Sifting Through Anatolia’s Dark Sins and Bright Cultures An exhibition opens in Istanbul focusing on the cultural diversity and history of Anatolia, a region that has not been a central concern for Istanbul’s artistic establishment. New York Times, November 22, 2012

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