Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 16, 2013


Haida artist Jim Hart raises massive cedar carving Artist Jim Hart talks to the CBC about his largest commission currently installed at the Vancouver Art Gallery. CBC News, January 11, 2013

Artist thrilled at online response. “When artist Rosea Lake (a.k.a. Rosea Posey) posted her piece Judgments on a social media site, she hoped a few people would see her work. Now, just two weeks later, the 18-yearold has received well over 270,000 notes to her Tumblr site (roseaposey.tumblr. com).” The Province, January 15, 2013

Saving the Waldorf: First step to preserving city’s body and soul. “The Waldorf’s fate has now put that cultural conversation on the agenda and the timing couldn’t be better. Next month, the city will decide whether to let the Vancouver Art Gallery go ahead with its dream for a landmark, stand-alone structure on the city’s last undeveloped full block downtown.” Vancouver Sun, January 16, 2013

City throws Waldorf Hotel a short line. “Council voted unanimously for a 120-day protection order for the site to allow staff to complete a heritage assessment. But advocates say unless the city also tosses a rescue rope to Waldorf Productions, the arts event promoters who breathed life into the historic building after taking a lease there in 2010, it’s a hollow action.”The Province, January 15, 2013

Lament for the Waldorf: A looming development leaves the historic Vancouver hotel’s fate in jeopardy. “There was also a unique multi-disciplinary and inter-generational approach at the new Waldorf. Artist Rodney Graham performed there with his band, Paul Wong presented an evening of performance art on the theme of the “hotel” and Douglas Coupland hosted a “happening” about, well, YouTube surfing alone in a crowd. A small gallery was opened upstairs and an artist-in-residence program was initiated, including anyone from guest chefs in the downstairs Lebanese restaurant Nuba to a photographer named Mandy-Lyn who produced a book of photographs about the hotel called “L’Hotel Particulier.”” National Post, January 14, 2013


Ted Godwin, last of the Regina Five, was ‘an evangelist for art’. “Ted Godwin was the youngest and the last of the Regina Five, a school of unconventional prairie artists who reinvented themselves in the early 1960s to become leaders of contemporary western Canadian art.” Globe & Mail, January 14, 2013


Museum officials decry city’s 10 per cent funding cut. “Winnipeg museums are decrying the city’s plan to cut their funding by 10 per cent. Last week, city politicians tabled the city’s $920-million operating budget. The budget included a 3.87 per cent property-tax hike and a plan to find $13.6 million in savings by delaying filling vacant positions and reducing grants to non-profit groups (including museums) by $358,000.” Winnipeg Free Press, January 15, 2013


Sudbury photographer and his dog create ‘Find Momo’ sensation. “Andrew Knapp and his dog Momo are following in Waldo’s footsteps. The 30-year-old visual artist from Sudbury began taking photos of his border collie posing in front of a variety of landscapes where the black and white dog blended in.” Toronto Star, January 15, 2013


Toronto’s billboard tax set to fund city arts and culture. “Finally Toronto’s cultural community is set to get a game-changing boost at city hall. The upshot: a major increase in arts funding, which many artists, cultural organizations and consultants have been seeking for more than a decade, is finally about to become a reality rather than just an unfulfilled promise or an elusive dream.” Toronto Star, January 16, 2013

Patrick Howlett Draws Fresh Vectors for Painting. “The title of Patrick Howlett’s exhibition “How Hummingbirds Choose Flowers” at Susan Hobbs Gallery refers to how hummingbirds, which have almost no sense of smell, rely on colour and form cues to find flowers. It also evokes how, in their constant search for food, hummingbirds are always open to new sources.” Canadian Art, January 11, 2013


Sylvie Gilbert Named New Visual Arts Head at Canada Council. This morning, the Canada Council announced that Sylvie Gilbert, currently director of Artexte in Montreal, will be its new head of visual arts. She officially starts February 18. Canadian Art, January 15, 2013


Notes on Demand: A Curator’s Diary. Michael Fried and Thomas Demand “will hold a free public discussion at the PHI Centre tomorrow night, and in the lead-up to the show, Canadian Art asked DHC/ART curator John Zeppetelli to track his thinking on the development of the exhibition. The result is a diary that locates the seeds of a curatorial endeavour and touches upon an exciting new oeuvre by a major artist.” Canadian Art, January 16, 2013

New York

What Happens When A Museum No Longer Wants Something? (It’s Complicated) A quarter of the artworks left to the museum by one benefactor have turned out to be fakes, misattributions or of poor quality, but the museum cannot easily get rid of them. New York Times, January 16, 2013

As If Lives Depended On It. Aaron Swartz was a “bright, creative, and exuberantly principled young man who helped build tools that libraries use every day. He helped start the Open Library, helped defeat ill-conceived legislation that would limit freedom on the Internet, and courageously set public information free.” Inside Higher Ed, January 14, 2013

Cholula, Mexico

Mexican City Fights Back Against Looting Of Historic Churches “A small, picturesque city 80 miles southeast of Mexico City, Cholula is said to have a church for every day of the year. There are, in reality, about 80 in all, many dating to the 17th century and filled with paintings and sculptures from that time. It is enough to draw hordes of worshipers — and thieves.” New York Times January 16, 2013


Where Light Sculpture Meets Astronomy Mariko Mori’s works at the Royal Academy not only illuminate connections across all levels of existence, but they put that existence in context – urging us not just to take care of our world, but to savour our time in it. New Scientist, January 14, 2013

Humlebaek, Denmark

A bloody mess averted The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, had to remove Marc Quinn’s frozen sculpture Self 2, 1996, from the exhibition “Self-portrait” (until 13 January) to avoid a mess. The work—a portrait of Quinn’s head made from the artist’s own blood—was in danger of melting when the cooling unit within the display case failed. The Art Newspaper, January 11, 2013


Munich to get its own Fourth Plinth Scandinavian artists Elmgreen and Dragset are organising temporary art commissions in Germany. The Art Newspaper, January 16, 2013

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