Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 30 – December 3, 2012



Whistler stakes out new artistic terrain Hopes are high that a state-of-the-art movie theatre and a world-class art museum will help lift this mountain resort to the next level. Globe and Mail, November 30, 2012

Sunshine Coast

Extreme and unconventional times two Two unconventional Sunshine Coast artists from two completely different backgrounds, generations and artistic approaches are making marks in the art world. Heather Passmore’s painting, Mattress #3, was just purchased by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Donna Balma was the sole Canadian invited to show in an exhibition of 13 American outsider artists called American Visionaries, in Melbourne, Australia. Coast Reporter, November 30, 2012


Artists turn eye on coastal rainforest in protest against proposed pipeline The image of mist drifting over steep, tree-covered slopes that rise above an inlet, where a black bear searches for salmon, instantly evokes the Great Bear Rainforest. Which is exactly what the artists contributing to Art for an Oil-Free Coast want to do. Times Colonist, December 2, 2012

A Museum Staff Exodus Causes Some Questions “The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has not yet opened, but there has already been an exodus of employees, amid allegations of indecision and political interference on the part of management and the board of trustees.” CBC, November 30, 2012


Toronto artist wins RBC painting prize Toronto artist Vanessa Maltese prevailed over 14 other finalists Thursday evening at a ceremony in Toronto to be named this year’s winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Globe and Mail, November 30, 2012



Only the art gallery can save the art gallery The proposed deal between the city and the Art Gallery of Windsor seems opportune. But will it save the art gallery? That will be up to the gallery. The city would get a building that cost $22 million 12 years ago for $2.5 million. It’s a chic building. It’s on prime land on Riverside Drive. And it’s smack in the middle of a key and long-awaited redevelopment. Windsor Star, December 2, 2012


Rekindling our love affair with the Group of Seven It used to be said that Canadian artists had to win acclaim elsewhere before gaining recognition at home. Guelph Mercury, November 30, 2012

New York

Whitney Museum Announces Biennial Plans The 2014 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art will be organized by three non-Whitney curators. New York Times, November 30, 2012

Matisse Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of the most thrillingly instructive exhibitions about this painter, or painting in general, that you may ever see. New York Times, November 30, 2012

A Rauschenberg That Can’t Be Sold Runs Afoul Of The IRS “The arrival of ‘Canyon’ at MoMA is the culmination of a five-year absurdist farce–one tinged more by Kafka than Feydeau–that involved the IRS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the heirs of art dealer Ileana Sonnabend. It might have been laughable, except that the stakes were so high.” The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2012

Rosso Fiorentino at the Morgan Library A small exhibition at the Morgan Library focuses on Rosso Fiorentino, who had a sensational career as one of Mannerism’s quirkiest proponents. New York Times, November 30, 2012

‘New Photography 2012,’ at Museum of Modern Art “New Photography 2012” offers some interesting examples of conceptually minded artists turning photography back on itself, looking askance at its panoptical gaze. New York Times, November 30, 2012

Gray Foy, Artist and Avatar of a Gilded Age, Dies at 90 Mr. Foy, an artist of considerable early reputation, was later known as a collector, host, tastemaker and perennial fixture of New York cultural life. New York Times, December 2, 2012

Beacon, New York

‘Circa 1971’ at Dia:Beacon An exhibition from the archives of Electronic Arts Intermix, now at at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, N.Y., showcases an era when both the politics and the medium were radical. New York Times, December 2, 2012

Lens, France

Will Anybody Actually Go To The Louvre’s New Northern Outpost? So far, first reactions in the French press have been mixed. Le Figaro called the museum “discreet”. The Journal du Dimanche said that, without its contents, it would look like “two, immense, cold hangars”. The Independent (UK) December 2, 2012


Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity links art and fashion “Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity” is on view through Jan. 20 at that marvellous former railway station, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Toronto Star, December 1, 2012


Retrieving Copy Of Leonardo Painting A Victory For Italy’s Art Police “The painting – on a small wooden panel measuring 115x86cm (45x34in) – was last seen in public 73 years ago on the eve of World War II, when it was shown at a Leonardo exhibition in Milan. Then it disappeared.” BBC, December 2, 2012

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