Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 28, 2012


Nathan Coley CAG Show Offers Chance to Reflect on Vancouver’s Problems & Prospects. “Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, a unique cultural institution that—like Centre A, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Presentation House Gallery—sits, at least budgetarily, between the monolithic Vancouver Art Gallery and Vancouver’s numerous and vital artist-run centres. However, unlike Centre A (with the “A” for its contemporary Asian art mandate), the Belkin (an organ of UBC) and PHG (focused on photographic practices), the CAG is ostensibly the most open, free to operate within that most amorphous of terms—the present.” Canadian Art, November 27, 2012

Vancouver’s Block 51 pedestrian-only no longer. Vancouver city council remains committed to engineering the kind of central gathering spaces common to most cities, but it is backing off a high-profile bid to do so along a block of Robson Street on the south end of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Globe & Mail, November 25, 2012


Livingstone: Glenbow provides Calgarians with sense of place. The interim president of the Glenbow Museum responds to Karin Klassen’s opinion piece, How to Improve the Glenbow published in the Calgary Herald on November 19 (see Arts News, November 16-19). Calgary Herald, November 26, 2012


Spreading the gospel of art one tweet at a time. “The biennial in contemporary Canadian art at the National Gallery offers dozens of recent acquisitions, including, tucked away in the corners somewhere, Wi-Fi routers. For the first time the gallery has Wi-Fi in the exhibition space, no minor feat in a building made of thick concrete. It’s a big step in management’s plan to use social media to spread the word of art.” Ottawa Citizen, November 26, 2012


Stellar trio creating ‘cinematic stage production’ for Canadian Stage. “Three of the biggest names in Canadian art, television and theatre are uniting to create a “cinematic stage production” that will bring the lost landmarks of postwar Vancouver back to life – live on stage and through cutting-edge CGI technology, Toronto’s Canadian Stage revealed Tuesday. Helen Lawrence, a film-noir-style thriller currently in development for a March, 2014, premiere, is the brainchild of Stan Douglas, the celebrated West Coast installation artist and photographer, who has made a specialty of resurrecting locations and events from the past in his work. Douglas has assembled what he calls a “dream team” of collaborators.” Globe & Mail, November 27, 2012

Lawren Harris sketch soars past estimates at Sotheby’s auction. “A landscape by Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris was the big highlight at Sotheby’s auction of Canadian art in Toronto Tuesday night as it sold for far more than experts thought it would bring. Arctic Sketch XXII was in the catalogue with an estimated price of $400,000 to $600,000. But when the hammer finally came down, it had sold for $865,000.” CBC News, November 27, 2012


The Art Book, Lynne Cohen & More Fall Reading Picks. Fall art book recommendations from the editors at Canadian Art. Canadian Art, November 26, 2012


Carrie Mae Weems Carrie Mae Weems’s first retrospective, “Three Decades of Photography and Video,” curated by Kathryn E. Delmez, is an engrossing, overdue look at an artist whose name is often better known than her work, with the exception of her acclaimed series “Kitchen Table” (1990). Art in America, November 28, 2012

New York

MoMA Gains Treasure That Metropolitan Museum of Art Also Coveted “Canyon,” by Robert Rauschenberg, will go on display on Wednesday at the Museum of Modern Art after being captured in a contest with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it had resided on and off since 2005. New York Times, November 28, 2012


Oslo’s Edvard Munch Museum Isn’t Exactly A Showplace “The 50-year-old building in Oslo that houses thousands of his works is a bit of a dive, looking more like a postwar municipal building than an art gallery.” Plans to renovate the place have dragged on for several years without ever being agreed on or funded. The Wall Street Journal, November 28, 2012


Paris Giacometti foundation launches website “This new website is a reference point for Giacometti,” says a foundation spokeswoman. “It finally makes publicly available research conducted by the foundation team in the past nine years [in areas including] provenance, exhibition history and bibliography.” The Art Newspaper, November 28, 2012

Around a third of French patrons plan to reduce donations “While almost a quarter of those polled say they will stop giving altogether. A survey of 1,160 people conducted by France Générosités, a national network of charitable organizations, shows that 31% of French residents who donate to associations and foundations, including the arts, plan to decrease the amount given in future.” The Art Newspaper, November 28, 2012

Olympia, Greece

Greek Police Recover Ancient Greek ArtifactsStolen From Olympics Museum “Authorities arrested three men after one of the suspects attempted to sell a valuable piece of the stolen haul to an undercover police officer — a Bronze Age ring, more than 3,000 years old.” CBC, November 27, 2012


Link Between Creativity And Dishonesty? “In a study conducted by a research team led by psychologist Melanie Beaussart of California State University, San Bernardino, people who behaved ethically also scored lower in creativity.” Pacific Standard, November 26, 2012

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