Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library December 20, 2012


Bob Rennie condemns Vancouver Art Gallery consultants’ response to his proposal The Ping-Pong match continues between real-estate marketer Bob Rennie and the Vancouver Art Gallery over the future of one of the city’s premier cultural institutions. On December 18, Rennie and economic forecaster David Baxter wrote a sharply worded 21-page letter (click “downloads”) to VAG chair Bruce Munro Wright. It criticized a consultants’ response to an earlier report by Rennie and Baxter calling for a radically decentralized VAG instead of a new “big box” gallery on West Georgia Street across from the Sandman Hotel. Georgia Straight, December 20, 2012

Report sparks a war of words over Vancouver Art Gallery Proposal author fires back after consultants dismiss his multi-site plan as impractical. Globe and Mail, December 20, 2012

Nathan Coley’s exhibit at the Contemporary Art Gallery is unbelievably haunting Nathan Coley often uses found objects, images, and text to explore how social and political convictions may also be imposed upon our urban surroundings—or erased from it. Georgia Straight, December 18, 2012

A year of entrepreneurism from art to yachts (2012 highlights) Andy Sylvester closed his collector-respected Equinox art gallery, heeded Emily Carr University chancellor Jake Kerr and Great Northern Way Campus Trust president Matthew Carter’s invitation, opened a 12,000-square-foot facility in a former Finning Canada paint shop, and saw other South Granville galleries follow him east of Main Street. Vancouver Sun, December 20, 2012


AGA plans belt-tightening for 2013 Like anyone savvy this time of year, the Art Gallery of Alberta is watching its budget. Beyond existing funding from three levels of government, the AGA requested a $750,000 booster shot in Edmonton’s 2013 budget. Edmonton Journal, December 19, 2012
Fish Griwkowsky favourite: Janvier a highlight in year of arts riches (Edmonton’s arts highlights of 2012) From taking on the paper’s art-critic role to serializing impressionistic photos on the Wildlife blog, I feel like the luckiest cat in this great sandbox. Edmonton Journal, December 19, 2012


Leah Sandals’s Top 3 of 2012: Only Connect

David Balzer’s Top 3 of 2012: Moments of Grace

Sam Cotter’s Top 3 of 2012: Déja Vu Delights

The folks at Canadian Art pick their best of 2012 exhibitions. Canadian Art, December 2012

Los Angeles

Repainting, redrawing and rephotographing Los Angeles Ed Ruscha has made images of Los Angeles’s history that are now part of art history. The Art Newspaper, December 19, 2012

Lacma’s Ruscha show to travel to Rose Art Museum Survey explores LA artist’s fascination with petrol stations. The Art Newspaper, December 19, 2012


Power of Hungary’s conservative art Academy grows  Opponents disrupt meeting of influential right-wing group. The Art Newspaper, December 20, 2012


Dead Sea Scrolls Online Library Goes Live “Courtesy of Google, in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the new Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library is now home to detailed digitized photographs of thousands of biblical and non-biblical manuscripts.” CNET, December 19, 2012

Kochi, India

India Hosts Its First Art Biennale In a bid to expand the country’s contemporary art scene beyond the commercially oriented events in Delhi and Mumbai, a new international exhibition has been launched in Kochi, in Kerala on India’s southwest coast. Newsweek, December 17, 2012

Works By Foreign Artists Vandalized At Kochi Biennale “Miscreants vandalised works by two foreign artists who are participating at the ongoing Kochi Muziris Biennale here, an act seen by the organisers as a conspiracy to derail the art event.” Throughout the lead-up to the Biennale, some locals have been protesting what they see as a focus on outsiders at the expense of Indian and Kerala artists. Deccan Herald (Bangalore) December 19, 2012


Mao Paintings Cut From Warhol Shows In China “Andy Warhol’s famous images of Chairman Mao won’t be part of the biggest ever traveling exhibition of his works when they go to China next year, an organizer said.” Bloomberg, December 17, 2012


The Best Book Cover Designs Of 2012 “We asked people in and around the world of graphic design to name one of their favorite book covers from 2012 and briefly describe its appeal. The results follow.” The New York Times , December 19, 2012

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