Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 6, 2012


Haida artist Jim Hart pays tribute to the salmon. “On the fourth floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery, around the corner from a show of historical watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings, a remarkable event is taking place. In an exhibition room converted to an open studio, Haida artist Jim Hart is executing the biggest commission of his distinguished, 30-year career.” Georgia Straight, December 4, 2012

Liz Magor’s I is being This is only about itself. “Liz Magor has an astonishing ability to surprise her viewers, often by undermining any assumptions we might have about what exactly it is she does… Our first reaction on entering Catriona Jeffries Gallery, where Magor is showing an array of new works, is delight at the lushness of its physical presentation. There’s a sensuous complexity of colour, texture, and pattern here, demanding and rewarding a close examination of each and every aspect of what seems to be a crowd of headless portraits.” Georgia Straight, December 4, 2012

Vancouver’s art-punk underground remembered. When environmentalist, arts sparkplug, and videographer Lenore “Doreen Grey” Herb died in 2010, she left behind a vast archive of punk- and poetry-related footage and ephemera, most of which had never been exhibited. Now the interested public can dip into her still largely unexplored holdings, by checking out the Satellite Gallery. Georgia Straight, November 29, 2012


UVic Art Professor Nicholas Galanin Wins $50,000 USA Fellowship. Nicholas Galanin, the 2012/13 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria, has received a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from United States Artists, a non-profit organization aimed at investing in “America’s finest artists.” Galanin is a Tlingit/Aleut artist from Sitka, Alaska, and he describes his practice as “contemporary multimedia work that transcends the familiar, time-honored iconography of Tlingit and Northwest Coast art.” Canadian Art, December 5, 2012


Vanessa Maltese. Walrus’ interview with Vanessa Maltese, winner of this year’s RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The Walrus, November 15, 2012


Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts To Add Pavilion For New Collection “The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has announced it will construct a new building to house Michal and Renata Hornstein’s recent donation of Old Masters paintings valued at $75 million – the largest private art donation in Quebec’s history.” CBC, December 3, 2012

New York

Rococo Furniture As Performance Art “At first glance it’s a typical high-end rococo desk, its swanlike cabriole legs and paneled sides aglitter with gilt-bronze mounts, its surfaces alive with delicately painted scenes of temples [which are actually inlay, not paint] … Everywhere, hidden buttons, levers and key-operated mechanisms trigger hidden side trays, pop-up easels, secret drawers concealing further secret drawers.” The Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2012

So MoMA’s Collecting Video Games (How To Decide Which Get In?) “In case you’re curious: The videogames MoMA is jumpstarting its collection with are Pac-Man, Tetris, SimCity, Myst. It will soon include Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Zork, and Super Mario Brothers … among others.” Wired, December 5, 2012


Art Basel Miami Beach Launches with a Slow Burn Dealers surveyed by A.i.A. at the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP preview agree: it’s a serious, international crowd, not a feeding frenzy. Art in America, December 6, 2012

Rodney Graham, Jessica Bradley & Other Canadians on Facing the Market’s Heat at Art Basel Miami Beach. Some prominent Canadians representing at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012—blue-chip dealer Robert Landau, contemporary dealer Jessica Bradley, artist and panelist Rodney Graham and artist-run centre Art Metropole—chat with Canadian Art about some of their thoughts on the fair and the big week ahead. Canadian Art, December 5, 2012

United States

Art Dealers Say “Fiscal Cliff” Chatter Has Been Good For The Art Market “The fiscal cliff has been good for this season. People are putting their money into art rather than taxes. It’s having a direct impact on the fair, in a good way.” The Art Newspaper, December 6, 2012

Rio de Janeiro

Oscar Niemeyer, Modernist Architect of Brasília, Dies at 104 Mr. Niemeyer, the Brazilian architect, created flowing designs that infused Modernism with a new sensuality and inspired generations of architects worldwide. New York Times, December 6, 2012


Indian Artist Looks to Bring Works to the Everyman Asim Waqif’s debut European solo show, “Bordel Monstre” opens at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris on Friday. New York Times, December 6, 2012

The Many Faces of Yue Minjun Mr. Yue, the contemporary Chinese artist renowned for using his own face in his work, has a major retrospective in Paris with a show at the Fondation Cartier. New York Times, December 6, 2012


A Cultural Icon Tells Her Own Story An exhibition in Doha brings treasures back to the Middle East and promotes the notion that art is a tool for appropriating the past and controlling the present, or even the future. New York Times, December 6, 2012


To Get Noticed, Chinese Artists Look to Internet Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs highlight how important social media and the Internet are for Asian artists seeking a wider audience. New York Times, December 6, 2012

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