Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 3, 2013


10 Shows We’re Looking Forward to in 2013. Exhibitions eagerly anticipated in 2013 include Art Spiegelman, Co-Mix at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Mary Pratt at the Rooms, the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta and others. Canadian Art, January 1, 2013

Ones to Watch 2013: Vancouver’s most buzz-worthy arts and entertainment acts of the year. Artists to watch include Kuh Del Rosario and Gareth Moore. “Using found objects and everyday materials, Del Rosario reorganizes and assembles the familiar — wood, foam, plastic — into disorienting structures. Del Rosario’s work is in a number of shows in the coming months, including an upcoming solo exhibition at the Positive Negative Gallery and a collaborative project with artist Jessica Yeandle-Hignell at the Black & Yellow Gallery… in 2012, Moore – who has been called “enigmatic” by at least one arts publication – was shortlisted along with four other artists for the SOBEY Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes for contemporary art. The Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned a new work from Moore as part of the Dialogue With Emily Carr series. It is scheduled for June 29 – Oct 14 2013.” Vancouver Sun, January 2, 2013

Portrait of an Artist: Bruce Pashak. “Bruce Pashak uses a novel technique to give viewers of his work a 3D experience. Pashak has created several pieces using lenticular technology, a process that involves placing a large transparent plexiglass lens directly onto a specially printed version of an art image.” Georgia Straight, December 28, 2012


Terrance Houle’s The National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America grapples with identity. Terrance “Houle, whose darkly humorous practice includes performance, video, film, photography, and installation, is speaking to the Straight by phone from Cowtown, which is his home base when he’s not travelling the country and the world with his acclaimed art. It’s also where he’s installing the second incarnation of his funny and provocative project The National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America. The first is on view at the Burnaby Art Gallery.” Georgia Straight, December 27, 2012


Grey and white monochromatic artwork is green. “While it isn’t obvious at first glance, the monochromatic works in his series Home Grown are united by that theme. In subtle scales of white and light grey, they represent drug busts, glass pipes and grow-ops masquerading as suburban homes. For Todd Lambeth, who graduated from UVic’s master of fine arts program in 2008 and now teaches there as a sessional instructor, the subject matter is often just an anchor for the form.” Times Colonist, January 3, 2013


New year brings new departures at CMHR. “The first week of 2013 has brought more staff departures from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and its fundraising arm. The Friends of CMHR this week lost its interim CEO and interim director of development. At the end of this week, the museum’s marketing co-ordinator is taking her leave.” Winnipeg Free Press, January 3, 2013

Winnipeg Now Proves “Local” Art Can Have National Impact. “Neither a broad-based overview nor a wrapped-up retrospective, the recently closed “Winnipeg Now” was a sharp-focus look at 13 artists with creative roots in this mid-continental city. Curated by Border Crossings’MeekaWalsh and Robert Enright as part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s centenary programming, this exhibit featured big, ambitious site-specific installations.” Canadian Art, January 2, 2013

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Wattis Institute gets new gallery space And looks for a director in the new year. The Art Newspaper, January 3, 2013

New York

Taking Roman Vishniac Out of the Ghetto “With a trove of images that were unseen, unprinted, and unknown, the ICP creates a new and nuanced portrait of the photographer best known for documenting the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry.” ARTnews, January 3, 2013

Trisha Donnelly in MoMA’s Artist’s Choice Series “The Artist’s Choice torch at the Museum of Modern Art has been passed to Trisha Donnelly, a Conceptual and performance artist known for her poetic way with mediums like drawing, photography, video, film and sound art.” New York Times, January 3, 2013

‘Go,’ a Group Show at the Brooklyn Museum “The Brooklyn Museum took the open-studios model and used it to create a contest in which the award was a spot in “GO,” the group exhibition now on view” New York Times, January 3, 2013

Art Damages Caused by Hurricane Sandy Could Reach $500 Million “Alan Kozinn for the New York Times reports that AXA Art Insurance, one of the largest art insurers, estimated that it would be paying out $40 million to New York art galleries that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Now, Reuters released a report that quoted industry estimates suggesting that insurance losses for flooded galleries and ruined art may come to as much as $500 million––the largest loss the art world and its insurers have ever sustained, which might cause insurance prices to rise by 5 to 10 percent.” Artforum, December 31, 2012

Aix-en-Provence, France

Fruits of the Vineyard An ancient French vineyard is reborn as a site for permanent art installations and modern architecture. ARTnews, December 26, 2012

Les Arcs, France

With snowshoes, a French mountainside and a little imagination British man creates snow art. “Beck works in the snow and frozen lakes around the French ski resort of Les Arcs, where he lives for most of the winter. An orienteering map-maker by trade, he starts out with a sketch, then plots out his designs outside using a compass and pace counting or measuring tape.” Toronto Star, January 3, 2013

Lahore, Pakistan

Homoerotic Paintings Lead To Uproar At Pakistan’s National College Of Arts “When the school’s academic journal published “a series of paintings depicting Muslim clerics in scenes with strong homosexual overtones, prompting threats of violence by Islamic extremists, … [officials] pulled all its issues out of bookstores and dissolved its editorial board.” A court is considering blasphemy charges.” Salon (AP) December 28, 2012


2012’s Top Photography “Art in America’s critics write their way through the best of 2012. Joshua Chuang is associate curator of photography and digital media at the Yale University Art Gallery. His picks for the best of this past year follow, listed in order of exhibition opening date.” Art in America, January 2, 2013

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