Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 9, 2013


SFU professor urges province to focus on creative sector. “Simon Fraser University professor Rowland Lorimer believes he has solutions to create low-rent space for local artists and bolster B.C.’s tourism sector: a provincial government that is more attentive to the creative sector.” Business in Vancouver, January 8, 2013

This Week: Antoni Muntadas, Adrian Stimson & More. “The first week or so of 2013 sees the national art scene revving up for an exciting new season. Two exhibitions opening in Vancouver in early January include: Adrian Stimson at Grunt Gallery and Antoni Muntadas at the Audain Gallery. Barcelona-born, New York–based artist Antoni Muntadas kicks off the Audain Gallery’s second artist residency this year with an opening of the exhibition “About Academia”.” Canadian Art, January 3, 2013


This Week in Whistler, Discover a Mountain of Culture. “Whistler’s many galleries feature some of North America’s finest artists – including several local residents, like painter Chili Thom and potter Vincent Massey. A taste of this burgeoning arts and cultural scene is on offer during the Whistler Gallery Association’s Wednesday Night Gallery Walks and through the many events of the Whistler Arts Council.” The Province, January 8, 2013


Artist gets missing painting back. “Victoria artist Eva Campbell is thrilled to be reunited with a missing painting, thanks to a fan who bought the work for $60 in a thrift shop.” Times Colonist, January 8, 2013


Ai Weiwei: Locked Up, Shut Down & Headed to the AGO. “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” is the first North American retrospective devoted to the Chinese artist and dissident; it opened at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington in October and travels to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in August Canadian Art, January 8, 2013

Metro Toronto

Three Metro Toronto unsung art galleries that deserve a hallelujah chorus. “Some of our region’s most compelling and cutting edge exhibitions take place away from the city’s core, including at the AGYU, the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, and at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie. These are, if you will, Metro Toronto’s unsung galleries, and this story is an ode to them: Toronto Star, January 8, 2013


Nicole Collins Curates As She Creates in Hamilton. “The transformation is paused in mid-motion. Thick layers of carbon-black wax have been decimated, the top third of a painting striated with the flickering light of raw canvas where jute ropes—previously embedded in the wax—have been ripped out of their encaustic casing. Dangling loops of rope hang from the work, their labour halted in mid-process. This painting—Breaking Black (2011) by Nicole Collins—is vivid and raw, vulnerably honest in its process of reinvention.” Canadian Art, January 7, 2013

Cape Dorset, Nunavut

Visionary Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak dies at 85. “In the past 60 years, the world has come to recognize and revere Inuit art and artists, none more so than Kenojuak Ashevak, the premier artist and guiding visionary who died Tuesday of lung cancer at her home in Cape Dorset.” Globe & Mail, January 8, 2013

Inuk artist Kenojuak Ashevak dies at 85. World-renowned Inuk artist Kenojuak Ashevak died this morning at home in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, at age 85. CBC News, January 8, 2013

Los Angeles

Ada Louise Huxtable Estate Goes To The Getty “The Getty Research Institute has acquired her archives … [and] those of her husband, industrial designer L. Garth Huxtable, who died in 1989. In addition to the written materials, Huxtable also donated her entire estate to the Getty, including her New York City apartment and a house in Marblehead, Mass.” Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2013

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale’s Art Makeover “After nine years and $135 million, the Yale Art Galleries on the university’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut, have reopened to display the treasures you more typically find in a big-city museum. The project is the culmination of a campus-wide arts master plan that has taken 17 years and $500 million.” Bloomberg, January 7, 2013

New York

‘Critical Judgments Built To Last’: Remembering Ada Louise Huxtable “As a critic, Huxtable combined the forensic skill of a Clarence Darrow with the righteous passion of an Old Testament prophet. Her prose was clarion-clear and uncompromising, yet leavened by wit and verve.” The Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2013


Tate Modern Sets New Record For Visitors “A record 5.3 million people visited Tate Modern in London last year, up 9.5% on 2011, the gallery has said.” BBC, January 9, 2013

Battle lines drawn to protect views of old London. “Preservationists square off with urban planners and developers over building skyscrapers near heritage sites like the Tower of London.: The Art Newspaper, January 9, 2013

Abu Dhabi

Artists press for better working conditions on Saadiyat Island “The group Gulflabor has released a new letter following a report on labour practices at future museum sites.” The Art Newspaper, January 9, 2013


Japan’s Postwar Art Wave Museum and gallery shows on Mono-ha, Gutai, and other avant-garde movements in Japan from the ’50s onward are shedding new light on an era previously unknown to the West. Art in America, January 9, 2013


Architecture in 2013: Gimme shelter – plus security, fitness, warmth and exuberance. “For 2013, expect more integrity, more humanity and more morality in architecture. There will be some gains and serious rewards. But only if the rallying cry to break from conventional ideas of architecture comes from the people: clients, developers and the media… The coming year will also be significant for the increasingly global Fit City agenda: In Vancouver, New York, and Portland, Ore., cars are being rerouted to make way for an efficient, elegant flow of pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders. Inside buildings, elevators are being tucked behind centrally located, exhilarating stairways, requiring people to exercise while making more room for the disabled in mechanical lifts.” Globe & Mail, January 5, 2013

Is It Really Possible To Sell Art Online? “Can a cultural sector that typically relies on exclusivity, personal contact, and (often) opacity make an effective transition to the web?” ArtInfo, January 8, 2013

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