Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 10, 2013


Haida artist James Hart discusses his latest work – The Dancing Screen. Haida artist James Hart has been working on his latest piece, The Dancing Screen, since 2010. The massive 4,000 lbs, 11×16 foot cedar carving is currently being finished at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Visitors can watch Hart and his crew work on the project. Dana Gee interviewed Hart on the 4th floor of the gallery. The Province, December 5, 2012

Esther Shalev-Gerz’s works plumb the meaning of memory Esther Shalev-Gerz was born in Lithuania, raised in Jerusalem, and now lives in Paris, teaches in Sweden and spends part of the year on a remote B.C. island. The way people communicate, listen and remember inspires much of her work, including the video installation White-out: Between Telling and Listening (2002), which takes as its starting point that the language of the Lap people, many of whom live in Sweden, does not have a word for “war.” Vancouver Sun, January 10, 2013

Patrons lament closing of Waldorf Hotel after sale to condo developer. “A Vancouver east-side hotel that turned into a mecca for the city’s arts community the last two years will close abruptly on Jan. 20 after the owner sold the land to a condo developer.”Globe & Mail, January 9, 2013

Vancouver’s Waldorf Hotel to close (with video) The announcement Wednesday by the current leaseholders of the Waldorf Hotel that they would cease operations as of Jan. 20 has rocked Vancouver’s arts community. Vancouver Sun, January 10, 2013

Poodle installation delights, confuses on Main Street “Not everybody living and working along Main Street understands how a seven-foot aluminum-cast poodle might represent the character of their neighbourhood.” Vancouver Sun, January 10, 2013

Vancouver-held sculptures found not to be Michelangelo’s but expected to sell for tidy sum “A mysterious and controversial set of nine Renaissance sculptures, owned for decades by a Canadian family and now held by a Vancouver museum, will finally be sold this month at a major auction in New York — not as multimillion-dollar models made by Michelangelo, as the pieces were long thought to be, but as imitative artworks created during the Italian master’s lifetime by a notable Dutch follower.” Vancouver Sun, January 10, 2013

PuSh Festival: Winnipeg Babysitter resurrects the odd, lost world of DIY TV. “Artist Daniel Barrow has painstakingly resurrected the brief, anticommercial era of TV that he grew up with and mined it for a one-of-a-kind mix of performance, curation, projection art, and archiving called Winnipeg Babysitter.” Georgia Straight, January 10, 2013


Toronto arts groups await word of city funding. “Toronto arts and culture groups will have their fingers crossed this week and next, hoping that the city’s executive committee and city council as a whole will okay a recommendation from finance staff calling for a $22.5-million increase in civic funding for the arts over the next five years.” Globe & Mail, January 9, 2013


Survey: Canadians Engage With The Arts “About 71 per cent of those polled said they use the internet to engage in arts and culture. About 54 per cent said they used the web to find out more about an artist or event, 44 per cent either bought tickets or watched or listened to an art exhibition or performance online, and 38 per cent discussed arts and culture on the Internet.” CBC, January 9, 2013


Houston Picasso Vandal Turns Himself In At US-Mexico Border “A Houston man accused of vandalizing a Picasso painting … last year surrendered to authorities Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico border, his attorney said. Uriel Landeros has been on the run since Picasso’s Woman in a Red Armchair was spray-painted June 13 at the Menil Collection.” The Houston Chronicle, January 9, 2013


Rescuing The Stately Homes Of Persia “For thousands of years, houses with secluded gardens and courtyards have been a cornerstone of Iranian architecture … But in past decades the houses fell out of favor and were widely demolished to make way for glassed apartment blocks, especially in Tehran.” Now one of Iran’s top designers is leading a trend to save and restore historic houses in the city of Kashan. The New York Times, January 10, 2013


What’s in store for the market? The growing numbers of the super-rich should keep the auction houses happy in 2013, but there are tougher times ahead for some. The Art Newspaper, January 10, 2013

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