Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 24, 2013


Neil Wedman and Manabu Ikeda ruminate on the curious, the mysterious, and sometimes the disastrous. “Mystery, spectacle, and disaster reverberate through two distinct yet parallel exhibitions of contemporary art. Neil Wedman’s monochrome paintings and drawings at the Charles H. Scott Gallery and Manabu Ikeda’s single, large, colour drawing at the West Vancouver Museum also demonstrate the enthralling and perilous directions in which extreme technical facility may take these artists—and their viewers.” Georgia Straight, January 22, 2013

Neil Wedman Makes Old Media New Again. Neil Wedman’s new exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery contains three bodies of work: three oil paintings; a series of 12 India ink and pencil drawings of newspapers; and a series of 24 conté sketches. “This important show (which follows on a “Part One” at Equinox Gallery last January) has much to say about contemporary image production, art history and technique.” Canadian Art, January 23, 2013

Emily Carr University looks to modernize art and design learning environment with new campus. “The larger, purpose-built visual, media, and design facility is planned to have room for more than 1,800 students. It is expected to be completed for the start of school in fall 2016.” Georgia Straight, January 23, 2013

New Studio Space Initiative Moves Forward in Vancouver. “Vancouver City Council has awarded the lease of a city-owned warehouse at 281 Industrial Avenue to the Arts Factory, comprising Great Northern Way Scene Shop and Arts Factory Society, to be used as affordable, multi-tenant artist studios and production space.” Canadian Art, January 23, 2013

Vancouver, I love you but … Vancouver, I Love You But … — an evening of urban talk therapy — is the Museum of Vancouver’s offering to those looking for an outlet for our collective contempt. Vancouver Sun, January 23, 2013


Visual Arts Preview: Making sense of mental illness. “With the help of Laurie MacFayden, a visual artist who is also a copy editor at the Edmonton Journal, emotive and occasionally shocking phrases cherry-picked from Amy Willans’ 70-page journal have become luminous paintings, frenetic collages and even a small table simply infected with prescription drugs surrounding the word “crazy.”” Edmonton Journal, January 24, 2013


The opposite of INSTAGRAM. “Winnipeg’s Pinhole Artist Collective goes back to basics to recapture some of photography’s unruly charm.” Winnipeg Free Press, January 24, 2013

WAG Names Paul Butler its Curator of Contemporary Art. The Winnipeg Art Gallery has announced the appointment of artist and curator Paul Butler as curator of contemporary art effective May 1, 2013. Canadian Art, January 23, 2013


Culture continues to drive Ontario tourism: Report. “According to a new report commissioned by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), culture continues to drive tourism in the province. The report showed what many already know: art and culture are good for the economy. Among the key findings: The economic impact of tourist spending on arts and culture amounted to $3.7 billion in GDP, which translates into 67,000 jobs and $1.7 billion in taxes across the province; the “arts and culture” tourist, on average, spends nearly twice as much per trip as a tourist who avoids cultural offerings: $667 per trip versus $374 per trip in 2010.” Toronto Star, January 22, 2013


Tatsumi review: Artful homage to manga master. Tatsumi, showing at TIFF Bell Lightbox, is Singaporean director Eric Khoo’s stylishly impressive homage to the master of manga, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. The film converts Tatsumi’s memoir, A Drifting Life, into a cinematic work employing animation that is true to artist’s original work. Toronto Star, January 24, 2013


Montreal school board’s artworks to fetch up to $1.8M. The school board’s collection of work by artists like A.Y. Jackson, Maurice Cullen, Robert Pilot, and Anne Savage is to be auctioned this spring. CBC News, January 22, 2013

Arsenal Montreal Expands by 40,000 Square Feet. “Arsenal Montreal, a converted shipyard turned art venue that opened in May 2011, has recently expanded by some 40,000 square feet to comprise a total of approximately 80,000 square feet. The additional space was recently vacated by a plasma torch manufacturer, and Arsenal is now occupying it as part of a long-term lease.” Canadian Art, January 23, 2013


Stolen treasure in Halifax home. “RCMP officers are painstakingly cataloguing about 1,000 antiques, rare books, historical documents and paintings they allege were pilfered over two decades and hoarded in a Halifax home.” Ottawa Citizen, January 24, 2013

San Francisco

San Francisco museum professionals up in arms about curator’s departure. “Long-standing curator of painting and sculpture leaves just before Vermeer show.” The Art Newspaper, January 23, 2013


‘You Had to Have a Veronese’ A survey at the Ringling chronicles the career of the Renaissance painter American collectors coveted. ARTnews, January 23, 2013

New York

Daniel Buren, Between the Lines At the moment, his new two-venue exhibition, “Electricity Fabric Paint Paper Vinyl …Works In Situ & Situated Works From 1968 To 2013 (Dedicated To Michael Asher),” is on view at Petzel Gallery’s new location on 18th Street, and at Bortolami Gallery, Buren’s representative in New York. The show runs through Feb. 16 at both galleries. Art in America, January 23, 2013

United States

US Court Considers ‘Last Great Holocaust Art Restitution Case’ “The unusual case was brought by heirs and relatives of a legendary Hungarian art collector in a dispute over possession of more than 40 artworks valued at $100 million – including some paintings in the collections of Hungarian museums – that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II.” Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2013


British Paintings, Great and Small, Gathered on New Web Site. “A British national Web site catalogues as many oil paintings in the country as possible — and makes some that haven’t been seen in decades available for free.” New York Times, January 24, 2013

England Gives Millions In Lottery Funds To Refurbish Arts Venues “In a rare piece of good news for the country’s art groups, millions of pounds of lottery money has been given out to to help refurbish run-down theatres, galleries and cinemas. Arts Council England (ACE) gave out small capital grants, between £100,000 and £500,000, … [for a] total of £11.6 million.” The Huffington Post, January 23, 2013


Rijksmuseum buys first abstract painting The Bart van der Leck work is due to go on show when the museum reopens in April. The Art Newspaper, January 24, 2013


Egyptian Artworld Protests Morsi And “Threats To Creative Freedom” Artists, curators, critics and academics have united against president Mohamed Morsi and his controversial charter, which they say threatens freedom of expression and creativity. The Art Newspaper, January 24, 2013


Ai Weiwei Can Turn Even Mourning Into A Subversive Act “How do we honor the dead? How do we commit them to memory? And how do we come to terms with the way they died?” Especially when they died in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake that Chinese authorities tried to cover up. NPR, January 23, 2013

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