Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 11, 2012


Love You Forever leaves lasting impression on artist’s fans At Love You Forever: A (popup) Tattoo Spectacle, seven participants got inked with Tobias Wong-inspired body art in the first known pop-up tattoo parlour held in a Canadian museum. A tattooing station was set up in the foyer of the posthumous retrospective exhibit of Wong’s work, which blended high art concepts with the utility of design. Vancouver Sun, December 10, 2012


The Story of “Beat Nation,” the Little Exhibition That Swept the Country From the Vancouver Art Gallery to the Power Plant, a group exhibition featuring a generation of artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity is making the rounds among the country’s chief institutions. But the project came out of something much smaller. Blouin Artinfo, December 5, 2012

Rise of Indian & Chinese Artists Explored in Video of Vishakha N. Desai’s Toronto Lecture The Guggenheim Foundation senior advisor and former Asia Society president discusses Ravinder Reddy, Cai Guo-Qiang and other renowned Asian artists in this lecture video. Also posted this week is our video from Jean de Loisy’s recent lecture in Toronto. To see both, as well as other lectures presented or co-presented by the Canadian Art Foundation, visit Canadian Art, December 6, 2012


The Symbolic First Painting that Helped Grow the National Gallery of Canada Dennis Reid, author of A Concise History of Canadian Painting, gives us the backstory on one of the debut works in our nation’s art collection: Lucius R. O’Brien’s Sunrise on the Saguenay, Cape Trinity, created in 1880. Canadian Art, December 6, 2012

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaskan artist, Nicholas Galanin, wins prestigious fellowship Tlingit-Aleut artist Nicholas Galanin from Sitka, Alaska was recently awarded a $50000 fellowship to pursue his work. Alaska Dispatch, December 9, 2012

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale Art Gallery To Reopen After Three-Year, $135M Makeover Architect Richard Olcott “called the project ‘beyond a renovation. It was a series of interventions,’ in which floors that were sometimes half a floor off were joined, steel beams were sunk over the length of four stories to hold added roof space for dramatic ceilings.” New Haven Register, December 8, 2012 (includes video)


Past & Present, Art & Labour Meet in Ken Lum’s Latest Travels In his second web column for Canadian Art, Ken Lum—now installed stateside as director of the undergraduate fine arts program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design—finds haunting traces of personal and social history in St. Louis and New York. Whether looking at a modern monument or walking by union offices, the past can be found following us in the present day, he writes. Canadian Art, November 6 2012

Washington, D.C.

Corcoran Gallery Abandons Plan To Leave DC “The Corcoran Gallery of Art will remain in its historic home near the White House after all, museum leaders said Monday, ending six months of angst and uncertainty over one of the strangest Washington real estate deals that never happened.” The Washington Post, December 12, 2012 (includes slide show)

Rio de Janeiro

Remembering Oscar Niemeyer His real significance was in championing and incarnating an expanded definition of glass-box international-style modernism to include the voluptuous, the emotional and even the startling. Or, as Niemeyer liked to put it, playing off the best known catchphrase in architecture, “Form follows feminine.” The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2012


In Britain, More Donors Are Giving Less Money “The number of philanthropic donations to charitable causes worth £1 million or more reached their highest level in five years during 2010/11, although their overall value has fallen.” The Stage (UK) December 11, 2012


Inkside Out Visual artists are incorporating tattoo imagery and techniques into their art, and gaining mainstream exposure for it Artnews, December 10, 2012


Art worlds collide at Kiev’s Pinchuk Art Centre Two opposing visions of contemporary art collide at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev (PAC), a private space funded by steel magnate Victor Pinchuk. The glossy, high-impact, market-friendly work of Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and Andreas Gursky drawn from the Ukrainian collector’s own holdings are shown in a succession of rooms on the fourth floor, while Hirst’s latest cycle of still-life paintings, shown at White Cube gallery in London earlier this year, get their own exhibition on the second floor. The Art Newspaper, December 10, 2012

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Wins Future Generation Art Prize London’s Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has been announced as the main prize winner of the Future Generation Art Prize, established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. An international award for artists under the age of 35, the prize comes with $100,000 ($60,000 in cash and $40,000 toward the production of new work). Art in America, December 10, 2012


The Arts In Peril – Cutting Is Not The Answer “Too many of our great arts institutions have migrated from the typical challenge of balancing the annual budget to a far deeper evaluation of their very viability.” Huffington Post, December 10, 2012

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