Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library December 18, 2012



Museum planner deems multi-venue gallery ‘impractical A Toronto museum planner has panned Bob Rennie’s proposal to split the Vancouver Art Gallery into several venues as “impractical.” Rennie,the Vancouver realtor and art collector, is in Amsterdam at an art opening, but stirred up a hornet’s nest in Vancouver this week when he emailed to many people involved in the decision a 22-page plan to retain the gallery at its current site. Vancouver Sun, December 15, 2012

Salt Spring Island

Cause for celebration Mother Tongue Publishing on Salt Spring Island is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the publication of 111 West Coast Literary Portraits. The stunning photographs are by Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright, who began their project in 1997 when they moved to British Columbia from Ontario. Vancouver Sun, December 15, 2012


CEO of Royal B.C. Museum sees local gold mine Jack Lohman has taken on the task of “recalibrating” the museum. He told me his aim is to “focus on B.C. and our own collection. People just don’t know what’s inside our museum. We’re sitting on a gold mine.” Times Colonist, December 15, 2012


Vintage prints from a lost master When Toronto art dealer Christopher Varley was recently approached by someone with an album of old photographs, he was surprised to find 25 vintage prints by Richard Henry Trueman, one of early Vancouver’s great photographers. Vancouver Sun, December 15, 2012

Art gallery owner Jessica Bradley: In profile In the Toronto art scene, 2012 might be remembered as the year of Jessica Bradley. Over the past 12 months, the art dealer has risen to new heights internationally — and many hope Toronto’s art profile is breaking through with her. Toronto Star, December 15, 2012


Six finalists on shortlist to create War of 1812 monument The finalists were chosen through a national design competition and include Adrienne Alison, a Toronto sculptor and painter, Toronto artists Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski of the Blue Republic team; Toronto photographer Eldon Garnet, painter, sculptor and artist David Clendining from Wakefield, Vancouver artist Ken Lum, and Calgary artist Brian Cooley. Ottawa Citizen, December 14, 2012

San Francisco

CCA Wattis Opens New Space he CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, is getting a new exhibition space for the holidays. The Institute’s Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries are moving from San Francisco’s Eighth Street to a newly acquired building on Kansas Street. Art in America, December 17, 2012


The Mad Monk Who Pioneered Poésie Concrète “Not only was he a pioneer of concrete poetry, in which the typographic style of the letters is as important as the meaning and rhythm of the words,” Dom Sylvester Houédard “also wrote extensively on new approaches to art, spirituality and philosophy as well as collaborating with artists including Gustav Metzger and Yoko Ono, and the composer John Cage.” International Herald Tribune, December 17, 2012


Louvre Director To Step Down The director of the Musée du Louvre, Paris, Henri Loyrette, has announced that he will leave the museum next April after 12 years in the post. The Art Newspaper, December 18, 2012


Munch frieze at risk University of Oslo building project could be damaging recently restored paintings. The Art Newspaper, December 18, 2012


Photographing Climate Change A Q&A with James Balog, founder of “the Extreme Ice Survey, a long-term visual art and science project to record the shrinking of the Earth’s glaciers using dozens of time-lapse cameras placed in 16 glacial locations around the world, such as in Alaska, Greenland and the Himalayas.” The Economist, January 17, 2012

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