Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 29, 2012

Vancouver

Arvo Leo’s This Is the Cow is equally gorgeous and illuminating. “There’s something fresh and beguiling about Arvo Leo’s exhibition This Is the Cow. Beguiling, indeed, are the images and ideas behind his intertwined installation and film, created during his travels through India in late 2009 and early 2010. The two works form a visual and conceptual whole that is part travelogue, part social exchange, and part inquiry into how we assign meanings and make memories out of the vastly various worlds we inhabit.” Georgia Straight, November 27, 2012

Black and Yellow Gallery hires new director. Allison Mander-Wionzek has been hired as director of Black and Yellow Gallery, located in the Waldorf Hotel in East Vancouver. Georgia Straight, November 29, 2012

West Vancouver

Wrong time, wrong place for WV gallery. “This is no time – if ever – to build an art gallery in West Van… Back to West Van’s proposed art edifice. Build it, and who will come? That is – come more than once or twice a year? The VAG is a compelling example. The lobbyists for a new gallery in an inferior venue – the VAG enjoys a majestic building and a centre-of-town location that other galleries would drink linseed oil for – plead lack of wall space, that 9,500-odd paintings are stored unseen in its vaults…” North Shore News, November 24, 2012

Victoria

RBCM Main Site – Royal BC Museum. A partnership between the BC Archives, the Vital Statistics Agency, and FamilySearch International, has resulted in a collection of digital images of historical vital event records that are now available from anywhere in the world for printing – free of charge – through the Royal BC Museum/BC Archives website. “The upload of more than 700,000 scanned and indexed documents in the first few months of test operation is unique in Canada, no other province has made this much rich data available online.”” BCMA Press Release, November 18, 2012

Calgary

Art shuffle to put fresh face on East Village river walk. Derek Besant’s installation I Am the River, displayed in the newly developed East Village over the past two years will soon be replaced with a different exhibit by a group of three local artists giving the area a completely fresh look. Calgary Herald, November 28, 2012

Toronto

Robert Burley: Behind the Silver Curtain. “Trained as an architecture photographer, a photography professor at Ryerson University for the last 15 years with numerous well-received books and exhibitions to his credit, Robert Burley came to his project through a combination of serendipity and intuition.” Globe & Mail, November 24, 2012

A major Kurelek moment in the art world (finally). “Canadian culture is in the midst of a major Kurelek moment 35 years after the Alberta-born painter’s death in a Toronto hospital at 50. Over the last seven days the country’s three major art auction houses – Heffel, Joyner Waddington’s, Sotheby’s – have put a total of 15 Kureleks on the block and all 15 have sold, most for amounts well above their presale estimates.” Globe & Mail, November 29, 2012

Emily Carr works auctioned off for $260,000. Two century-old paintings by Victoria’s Emily Carr fetched almost $260,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in Toronto Tuesday. Canal in Brittany and Woman Knitting – both tracking back to her 1910-11 trip to France – sold for $140,500 and $117,500, respectively. Times Colonist, November 29, 2012

Ottawa

Canines on death row provide unsettling images of society. Memento Mori at La Petite Mort is a “series of photographs from – at risk of sounding glib – doggie death row, and the images say something unsettling about human society in 2012. The photographs by Taiwanese photographer, Yun-Fei Tou, stoke a nauseating sense of complicity, even if they come from far away.” Ottawa Citizen, November 29, 2012

Bronson Ave. art chosen: glowing people and a fun fence. Seven artists have been shortlisted to build outdoor art for a rejuvenated Bronson Avenue. Ottawa Citizen, November 29, 2012

Montreal

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition interview series, Corri-Lyn Tetz. Corri-Lynn Tetz lives in Montreal. She received a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, and is currently an MFA student at Concordia University. The Walrus, November 22, 2012. See other Walrus interviews with 2012 RBC nominees at RBC Canadian Painting Competition at The Walrus.

New York

Yoko Ono, Almost 80, Has a Renaissance The artist is now designing men’s wear, accepting awards (and giving them) and, of course, coming out with a new album. New York Times, November 30, 2012

What’s So American About Edward Hopper? “Hopper’s Americaness has so often been his story, despite the fact that he himself was quite dubious of such a label. ‘The French painters didn’t talk about the ‘French Scene,’ or the English painters the ‘English Scene’,” was Hopper’s usual response to claims of his art’s geographical specificities.” The Smart Set, November 27, 2012

Philadelphia

Moving To Philadelphia Didn’t Ruin The Barnes Foundation, It Saved It Former Harvard president (and current Barnes trustee) Neil Rudenstine “argues that by moving to Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation simply rescued itself from inevitable financial ruin” – and that Albert Barnes himself bears no small responsibility for that predicament. The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 27, 2012

Miami

Preservation Battle Over Old Miami Herald Building “Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami modernism architecture from the 50’s and 60’s. Demolition proponents – which include some prominent architects – say it’s a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a ‘MiMo’ design worth saving.” NPR, November 27, 2012 (includes audio)

Mexico City

Rifling Through Frida Kahlo’s (Fabulous) Closet A new exhibit at the Kahlo Museum in Mexico City features “300 accessories, corsets, clothes and health contraptions worn by Kahlo that have been locked away for over 50 years since her death in 1954, aged 47.” The items are fantastical, sometimes witty, and – in the case of her many orthopedic devices – a bit frightening. The Daily Mail (UK) November 27, 2012 (includes photos and video)

England

An embarrassment of riches The UK’s Portable Antiquities Scheme is struggling to cope with the huge number of artefacts found by the public (Metal detecting rallies, where hundreds of people congregate on a site at the same time, create a major challenge. The Art Newspaper, November 30, 2012

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