Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library


Jungen, Arden & Waddell Join New VAG Artist Advisory Group … Today, the Vancouver Art Gallery announced the creation of a new artist advisory group. Though currently in development, members so far include Brian Jungen, Roy Arden and Stephen Waddell.  In a release, the gallery indicated that the move was part of a stepped-up effort by the institution’s board and leadership to ensure the development of a new, bigger gallery space on two acres of land at Larwill Park in Vancouver. Canadian Art, December 13, 2012

VAG UNSOLICITED | MGA | Michael Green Architecture This is an UNSOLICITED proposal for the Vancouver Art Gallery from Michael Green Architecture. He asks, “should our gallery be the signature of a global architect and one of many in his or her portfolio, or should our gallery or galleries be the signature of our city?” MGA, December 18, 2012

Los Angeles

LA Agrees To Finish Never-Opened Children’s Museum (As A Science Center) “The never-opened Children’s Museum near Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace has stood vacant since being completed in 2007. The Los Angeles City Council has cleared the way for the Discovery Science Center of Santa Ana to operate it.” Los Angeles Times, December 18, 2012


Walker Art Center Balances Budget By Tapping Endowment “Walker Art Center announced Monday that it had balanced its budget for the 2012 fiscal year that ended June 30 by tapping a bit more money from its endowment than it did the previous year.” The Star Tribune ((Minneapolis) December 19, 2012


No Salvador Dallas After All The Dallas Museum of Art has announced that despite having raised tens of millions of dollars, the museum will not acquire Salvator Mundi, a painting recently re-attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Art in America reported in July that the museum was considering purchasing the painting. Art in America, December 19, 2012

New York

New York Public Library Offers Peek at Renovation “In the 10 months since the New York Public Library announced plans for a $300 million renovation of its Fifth Avenue flagship building, scholars and writers have accused the library of abandoning its commitment to research and questioned how the circulating library across the street could be shoehorned into a treasured landmark.” Now the NYPL is ready to show them how. New York Times, December 19, 2012


East German Proletarian Art, Saved By The Web “East German works of art that have largely been kept in store since German reunification are emerging from obscurity. Thanks to the online database Bildatlas: Kunst in der DDR (Picture atlas: art in the German Democratic Republic), 20,000 works have been catalogued and made publicly accessible. The project sheds light on a period that many had relegated to the dustbin of art history.” The Art Newspaper, December 17, 2012


Renewed Controversy Over White Australian Artists Using Aboriginal Motifs A couple of prominent indigenous artists (along with one Indian-Australian taking umbrage on behalf of people of colour) have broken with their dealers in protest over the “appropriation” by certain white artists of dots, cross-hatching and other techniques characteristic of indigenous painting. Others argue that the indigenous motifs are now an integral part of contemporary art’s visual vocabulary and should be available to all. The Australian, December 18, 2012


Books for Christmas Recommended reads, old and new, from the great and the good of the art world. The Art Newspaper, December 17, 2012

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