Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 23-26, 2012

Vancouver

Vancouver-Art-Gallery-Presents-Major-Retrospective-Of-The-Work-Of-Ian-Wallace At the intersection of painting and photography “This is the most comprehensive survey of Wallace’s work which has ever been presented,” said Gallery director Kathleen Bartels. “Wallace is at the centre of photoconceptualism – one of the important art developments of our time. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate one of our most influential artists.” Actuphoto, November 23, 2012

Cate Rimmer Rides Curatorial Waves in The Voyage, or Three Years At Sea Charles H. Scott Gallery curator Cate Rimmer is in the midst of one of her most ambitious projects to date, “The Voyage, or Three Years At Sea,” a serial exhibition, has been unfolding over the past few years. Taking the sea as a subject, Rimmer’s project explores topics related to history, culture, mythology, ethics and economics that are ingrained in our relationship with these deep and expansive waters. Working with a wide range of contemporary artists and culling from the archives at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Rimmer hopes to create dynamic exhibitions, and to underscore that curation is a creative process. Canadian Art, November 22, 2012

Winnipeg

WAG picks L.A. architect for new Inuit centre The Winnipeg Art Gallery has gone south of the border to select the primary architect for what’s expected to be the next iconic building for downtown Winnipeg — the WAG’s $35-million Inuit Art and Learning Centre (IALC). The art gallery announced Thursday award-winning Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzan has been chosen as the prime and design architect for the historic project, which attracted bids from 65 architectural firms from 15 countries. Winnipeg Free Press, November 23, 2012

Saskatoon

Group aims to force referendum on Remai gallery A group is looking to gather signatures to force a vote to stop the construction of the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, a long-shot attempt to halt the project. The group has 90 days after the petition receives its first signature to gather roughly 23,660 names, or 10 per cent of Saskatoon’s population, to spark a referendum. Star Phoenix, November 22, 2012

Toronto

Claude Tousignant & Michael Snow speak out on Artist’s Resale Right As Canada’s fall auction activity gears up, key artists and artist organizations are speaking up about the need for an Artist’s Resale Right in Canada—a measure that would see artists receive a small percentage of secondary-market sales of their works. The government of Nunavut has also come out in favour of the proposal. Canadian Art, November 22, 2012

Emily Carr paintings top $2 million Works by Victoria-born artist Emily Carr fetched more than $2 million at the 2012 Heffel fall auction of Canadian postwar and contemporary art. The auction took place at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel on Thursday night. Vancouver Sun, November 24, 2012

Dallas

The Artworks John F. Kennedy Saw in Texas on Nov. 21, 1963 Preparing for the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Dallas plans to recreate the art exhibition that was hung in the president and the first lady’s Fort Worth hotel suite in 1963. New York Times, November 25, 2012

Bellport, New York

Malcolm Morley Opens the Parrish Art Museum’s New Home The painter Malcolm Morley, a father of Photorealism and neo-Expressionism, opens the new home of the Parrish Art Museum with a show of his works since the mid-1980s. New York Times, November 25, 2012

New York

‘Sinister Pop’ at the Whitney “Sinister Pop,” an exhibition at the Whitney, draws links between the consumerism of early 1960s Pop Art and the counterculture sentiment in Pop that soon followed. New York Times, November 26, 2012

London

Some Funny Dancing to Help Ai Weiwei Mr. Kapoor’s video, which was posted this week and has already had more than 60,000 hits, has a serious intent. It refers to the shutting down last month of another homemade take on “Gangnam Style,” by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose consistent criticism of the Chinese government has led to his passport being taken away and regular harassment by the authorities. New York Times, November 23, 2012

Paris

The Underground Arts World Of Paris Way, way underground. (Yes, this is another creepy/thrilling story about the catacombs. It all sounds faintly thrilling, and faintly grotesque, and just in time for the release of Les Mis.) BBC, November 24, 2012

Rome

In Rome, Art Off the Tourist Trail Informal contemporary art spaces are popping up around the Eternal City, fueled by social energy. New York Times, November 25, 2012

Abu Dhabi

Christo Plans Ambitious Sculpture For Abu Dhabi “A 150-metre-high, flat-topped pyramid would be taller than St Paul’s Cathedral or St Peter’s Basilica and would overshadow the Great Pyramid of Giza – creating Abu Dhabi’s answer to Egypt’s pyramids or Mecca’s Kaaba.” The Guardian, November 24, 2012

International

Books for Art Lovers Books about art, by artists and from museums, with some intriguing hybrids included. New York Times, November 23, 2012

Should Museums Rent Out Their Most Famous Works? In Boston, “a total of 26 paintings, including the marquee Dance at Bougival and Madame Roulin, have been sent to exhibitions in Italy organized by a private company called Linea d’Ombra, for a large, undisclosed fee. The combined loans and rentals have resulted in what Malcolm Rogers, the MFA’s director, readily admits is a ‘traffic jam’ of missing masterpieces.” Boston Globe, November 24, 2012

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