Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 13, 2012

Vancouver

Damian Moppett’s Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in Studio at Night explores the artist studio Damian Moppet’s “Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in Studio at Night, a sculptural installation in painted metal, recently debuted at the VAG’s Offsite (located next to the Shangri-La Hotel on Georgia Street). Based on his 2008 painting of the same title, Moppett’s sculpture is executed in a series of large, flat, cutout pieces of metal, vividly painted and mounted on steel supports…Many of Moppett’s stylized shapes evoke Henri Matisse’s late-life cutouts. They’re also reminiscent of Jean Arp’s biomorphic abstractions, especially his painted wood assemblages.” Georgia Straight, December 13, 2012

Rennie releases proposal for multi-venue art gallery system. “With the deadline looming for the Vancouver Art Gallery to prove its case for a new home on city-owned land, local art collector/philanthropist Bob Rennie has presented a detailed proposal for his alternative vision… VAG director Kathleen Bartels was not sent Rennie’s proposal directly, and says she has not had a chance to review the document. “This will be I’m sure one of many suggestions that come forward and it certainly is not the first. We’ll continue to be open and accessible to ideas because this is a community organization, and I feel that we have tremendous support for our vision to build a new purpose-built art gallery on the Larwill Park site.”” Globe & Mail, December 11, 2012

The Way Things Are: Fred Herzog’s Art of Observation. “When he wasn’t making a literal blur across the landscape—and when he wasn’t working full time as a medical photographer at the University of British Columbia (UBC) or raising his family—Fred Herzog shot pictures on the streets. And rather a lot of pictures, we now know, as a result of a series of high-profile solo shows in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, New York and Berlin over the course of just the past five years. Asked to estimate the total number of pictures he’s taken in his life, Herzog will admit to more than 85,000. Of course, those are only the ones he’s kept.” Canadian Art, December 12, 2012

Grande Prairie

Funding finally in place for Grande Prairie dinosaur museum. “The county’s commitment on Dec. 6 brought the museum’s capital funds to about $19.5 million, enough for the project to proceed to construction. The museum is now set to open in June 2014. The 41,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Pipestone Creek fossil site near Grande Prairie, one of the world’s richest dinosaur bonebeds.” Edmonton Journal, December 10, 2012

Toronto

Prints of Darkness: Robert Burley and the End of Film. “Ryerson professor Robert Burley has published The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era (2012). It documents revolutionary destruction. Burley’s large-format colour (film) photographs record the abandonment and demolition of most of the world’s photographic-film manufacturing infrastructure.” Canadian Art, December 12, 2012

Ottawa

Trio of exhibits worth a tour. “Ottawa’s ByWard Market is, this month, awash in landscapes, with exhibitions under way in several commercial galleries. Seen together in a single afternoon – easily accomplished, as they’re all within a few blocks of each other – they make for a worthy tour.” At Galerie St-Laurent + Hill (293 Dalhousie), are works by Montreal artist Peter Hoffer; the Gal-erie Jean-Claude Bergeron has an exhibition by Ottawa artist Joyce Devlin; Gordon Harrison Gallery (495 Sussex), has a group exhibition of landscapes and plein air works by Harrison, René Tardif, Helmut Langeder and Normand Boisvert. Ottawa Citizen, December 13, 2012

Barrie, Ontario

Workingman’s Dead: the art of Leopold Plotek with Sovfoto propaganda images. “Leopold Plotek was born in Moscow in 1948. He immigrated to Canada, by way of Warsaw, in 1960. He has lived in Montreal ever since. He is an artist and a teacher — and he approaches both roles with old-fashioned seriousness. But being serious is quite different from being ponderous — as Plotek is the first to point out. He likes doing what he does, and he brings to his work the energy of his own enjoyments.” Toronto Star, December 13, 2012

Picton

Picton-area artist creates 100 paintings in 100 hour marathon. “The project, dubbed “Burning the Midnight Oil,” is all about connections and community, explained Milé Murtanovski. He asked 33 of his Facebook friends if he could paint their portraits and they in turn asked 33 of their friends who asked 33 of their friends.” Toronto Star, December 11, 2012

Montreal

Portraits and Tactics: The Photographs and Video Works of Quebec’s Emmanuelle Léonard. “Infiltrating different milieus to make her photo and video series, Emmanuelle Léonard provides a glimpse of worlds usually closed; her investigations offer small moments of insight into Others who cannot be grasped totally.” Canadian Art, December 12, 2012

Valérie Blass, Jacynthe Carrier, Jean-Pierre Gauthier Win at Montreal Awards Gala. “At the Gala des art visuels in Montreal last night, a number of Quebec artists, curators, gallerists and critics came away with awards.” Canadian Art, December 13, 2012

Austin, TX

Texas gets the full picture. “The recent cleaning of what was believed to be a relatively straightforward composition of a 17th-century female nude in the collection of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, took a turn of mythic proportions when conservators discovered two additional figures.” The Art Newspaper, December 11, 2012

London

Riots spark £5m Tate arts project for the young. The Tate is to spearhead a £5m national arts programme developed in response to last year’s riots, to help young people develop their lives “in a more meaningful way”. Circuit: A National Youth Network for the Visual Arts aims to reach 80,000 people aged between 15 and 25 with workshops involving established artists, projects and festivals. The Independent, December 13, 2012

Man jailed for 2 years for defacing Rothko work. A Polish man who defaced a Mark Rothko painting in London’s Tate Modern gallery with black ink was sentenced Thursday to two years in jail. Yahoo (AP), December 12, 2012

Bangkok

Claims of Looting Shadow Expert in Khmer Art. “For Sotheby’s and the federal government the court case is the latest pitched battle over what is fair and appropriate when regulating the sale of global antiquities.” New York Times, December 12, 2012

International

Gold, Golden, Gilded, Glittering. “We have long entrusted the task of representing our ideas of value to members of two professions that might seem to have little in common: banking and art.” The Believer, December 12, 2012

Online Only: Radical Chic and the Corruption of Art. “Every art world insider must believe himself to be an outsider of superior principles (with the rare ability to recognise when a urinal is “classic”) — if he didn’t he would never have been invited inside!” Standpoint (UK), December 2012

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