Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 25-28, 2013


Reframing the Vancouver Art Gallery debate – A confidential business plan for the project has found that the new proposed gallery would be operationally viable, and could financially support itself on its current funding model. Vancouver Sun, January 26, 2013

Plan for new Vancouver Art Gallery still faces significant hurdles A new proposal from realtor/art collector Bob Rennie calls for keeping the existing Vancouver Art Gallery and building five other gallery spaces downtown. He says it would provide more space than VAG’s proposed large new gallery and cost half as much. Global BC, January 26, 2013

Patkau Architects chosen to design new Presentation House Gallery Vancouver-based Patkau Architects has been chosen to design Presentation House Gallery’s new home at the foot of Lonsdale Ave. One of Canada’s most notable architectural firms, Patkau’s buildings include the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver and the new School of Art at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, currently under construction. Vancouver Sun, January 24, 2013

Posters tell a tale of Vancouver Intersections is a followup to the popular graphic art show held at the Canada Line’s Waterfront Station in the fall of 2011. The previous show, By Any Other Name explored Vancouver’s identity through its various monikers such as Lotusland and Rain City. The Province, January 28, 2013

Canada Post Vancouver Building Sold To Be Re-developed The Canada Post building in downtown Vancouver has been sold to a Victoria investment firm that manages pensions and government funds.Gwen-Ann Chittenden of the B.C. Investment Management Corporation says it will be redeveloped as a large-scale mixed-use site, but it’s too early to say what the final project will look like. Huffington Post Canada, January 27, 2013


University archives reveal history of Victoria’s artists Directed by Victoria native Lara Wilson, the artists’ archives holds the papers of some of the most significant artists of our region. The collection got its start some years ago when it received the papers of sculptor Katherine Maltwood and architect Samuel Maclure, which were collected and used to write those artists’ biographies by the founding curator of the University Art Collection, Martin Segger. The plans of modernist architect John Di Castri also found a home at UVic. Times-Colonist, January 26, 2013


AGA biennial celebrates ‘where we are’ – With the adjustments and excitement of a complex show emerging around her, curator Nancy Tousley is beaming. Thirty-six artists representing the Alberta perspective sounds like an exercise in herding lynxes, and Tousley admits, “Most biennials are kind of grab bags. They get a really loose theme that accommodates whatever the curator wants to put in.” Edmdonton Journal, January 25, 2013


The Power Plant’s new curator: Meet Sarah Robayo Sheridan In naming Sarah Robayo Sheridan as its new curator of exhibitions The Power Plant, opened in 1987, is adding a dynamo to its operations.“How will I handle the demands of the job?” Robayo Sheridan asks in an email about the position she’ll take up in December. “I refer to the old adage: if you need something done, ask a busy person to do it.” Toronto Star, January 26, 2013

Corvallis, Oregon

‘The Last Supper,’ by Julie Green, at Arts Center in Oregon Ice water, pickles, a cigarette and a soda — these are some of death row inmates’ final choices, documented on plates by Julie Green in her project “The Last Supper.” New York Times, January 25, 2013

New York

‘The Path of Nature,’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art A new Met exhibition includes 50 French paintings from the years between neo-Classicism and Romanticism, with a particular love for gleaming oil sketches that were done outdoors. New York Times, January 25, 2013

‘Drawing Surrealism’ at the Morgan Library and Museum “Drawing Surrealism,” a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, shows how drawing was the ideal art form for the Surrealists to explore their wide-ranging interests. New York Times, January 25, 2013


The Shifting Styles of Manet’s People Édouard Manet shows himself to be a persistently changing artist in the exhibition “Manet: Portraying Life” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. New York Times, January 25, 2013

Tate Britain To Quietly Get Rid Of Room Numbers (They’re Unfriendly) Tate staff will continue to have their own “secret” numbers for the galleries, but these will not be marked in the rooms or on maps. The Art Newspaper, January 26, 2013


17th-Century Masterpiece Was Just Another Hotel Room Canvas In Paris “The Hôtel Ritz Paris, famous for its bar, its swimming pool and its assignations, had a treasure hiding in plain sight, an exceptional painting that had been hanging on a wall for decades without anyone paying it the least attention.” New York Times, January 25, 2013


The Politics Of Repatriating Art In Museums “Giving up objects has done little to halt the international trade in looted antiquities, while rewarding the hardball tactics of foreign governments and impoverishing Americans’ access to the ancient world.” New York Times, January 27, 2013

As Art Market Soars, So Do Questions of Oversight Steps to strengthen protections for art buyers at auctions and galleries are slow to advance, and some question whether they are even necessary. New York Times, January 28, 2013

Honing Your International Art English “If you’ve been to see contemporary art in the last three decades, you will probably be familiar with the feelings of bafflement, exhaustion or irritation that gallery prose provokes.” The Guardian (UK) January 27, 2013

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