Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 23, 2013


Emily Carr on the move. “Emily Carr University for Art + Design will be moving from Granville Island to a new campus on Great Northern Way. The Vancouver Sun has learned that Premier Christy Clark is to announce a provincial investment of up to $113 million for the $134-million project, with the rest of the money coming from the university and donors… Last March, the province gave Emily Carr $1.7 million to assemble a business plan for a potential new campus.” Vancouver Sun, January 23, 2013

Human Library opens minds. PuSH’s upcoming event, The Human Library, entices people to explore new topics in a creative way. The Province, January 21, 2013


Opportunity in numbers: arts groups merge. “As three Victoria arts organizations prepare to merge into a “co-operative of co-operatives,” its creators are brimming with ideas about potential. The proposed InterArts Centre for Makers, in its most basic form, will bring Olio Artists and Workers Co-operative together with Victoria MakerSpace and Cinevic Society of Independent Filmmakers to a shared hub of artistic creation.” Times Colonist, January 20, 2013


Nancy Tousley Curates Alberta’s Growing Art Confidence. “This Friday, the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art will open at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. Curated this year by Governor General’s Award–winning arts journalist (and Canadian Art contributing editor) Nancy Tousley, the biennial features 36 artists from across the province. Tousley spoke with Tatiana Mellema about regionalism, Mount Rundle and the growing maturity of the Alberta art scene.” Canadian Art, January 21, 2013


Sarah Robayo Sheridan Appointed Curator of Exhibitions at Power Plant. “Sarah Robayo Sheridan—currently director of exhibitions and publications at Mercer Union—has been appointed to the position of curator of exhibitions at the Power Plant.” Canadian Art, January 23, 2013

Su-Ying Lee Named Assistant Curator at MOCCA. “Su-Ying Lee, formerly an independent curator as well as grant and administrative coordinator at the Canadian Art Foundation, is now assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. She commenced her duties on January 7. The museum says it received more than 200 applications from across North America for the job.”Canadian Art, January 22, 2013

I want to break out of my comfort zone by lunching with an interesting person. Columnist, Courtney Shea lunches with Stephen Smart, an art consultant and curator. Globe & Mail, January 21, 2013


Erin Shirreff: In Light and Shadow. “As one of an increasing number of artists who are looking back at the freighted legacies of Minimalism and Conceptualism—particularly as viewed through their photographic representation—Erin Shirreff has been steadily garnering attention in exhibitions across the US and overseas.” Canadian Art, January 23, 2013


Showing off capital treasures. “Works by some of Ottawa’s most well-known artists will be on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery to help celebrate the institution’s 25th anniversary. elections from the Permanent Collection includes art by Philip Craig, Jennifer Dickson, Tony Fouhse, Chantal Gervais, Vera Greenwood, Evergon, Ron Noganosh, Michael Sproule, Cindy Stelmackovich, Jeff Thomas, Lynne Cohen, Eric Walker and many others.” Ottawa Citizen, January 22, 2013


Meet Thomas Demand: His visual truth is built from layers of artifice. “One of the most famous conceptual photographers of the international art scene, the 48-year-old artist has made Los Angeles his primary home since 2010 when, after a 16-year stay in Berlin, he was invited to be a research institute scholar at the J. Paul Getty Trust. Demand wasn’t in Los Angeles but in cold, crisp Montreal where he was helping mount Thomas Demand: Animations, an exhibition of five of his films and videos.” Globe & Mail, January 21, 2013

A good idea leads women to a unique art business. “Christine Marlow and Cara Bridgeman have started a business that’s a twist on the old flower-shop concept. Marlow is shown in the pair’s studio in Montreal. A Painted Bouquet — and alternative to fresh flowers — sells the work of local artists through its website.” Montreal Gazette, January 20, 2013

United States

From Black Power to Migrants’ Power. “As ’60s activist art enters museums, a new generation is creating an iconography of protest for today.” ARTnews, January 22, 2013

Report finds fundamental flaws in many nonprofits’ fundraising. “A new national survey of nonprofit executives suggests it isn’t just the uncertain economy that’s making it hard for charities – including arts and culture groups – to meet their fundraising goals. The research says there’s something fundamentally amiss with the way many of them go about courting donors.” Los Angeles Times, January 22, 2013


Hundreds of lost William Blake etchings discovered at a Manchester Library. “Researchers at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library have stumbled upon a treasure trove of works by poet and artist William Blake. After two years work the students, overseen by Blake expert and Manchester university art historian Colin Trodd, found about 350 engraved plates designed by Blake in the collection” The Independent, January 21, 2013


Rotterdam Dutch art thefts lead to Romania arrests. Seven masterpieces by artists including Picasso and Monet were stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam. They had been shown as part of the gallery’s 20th anniversary exhibition. The missing works include Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, Picasso’s Tete d’Arlequin, Matisse’s La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud’s Woman with Eyes Closed. BBC News, January 23, 2013


Will 3D-printed houses stand up as architecture? “3D-printing may have been used for a long time in the world of architecture, allowing visionaries to conjure ever more elaborate and unbuildable forms from the ether. But the technology has never been used to build anything bigger than a prototype model. This could all be set to change, now that Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has unveiled designs for the world’s first 3D-printed house.” The Guardian, January 22, 2013

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