Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 31, 2013


Alternative Vancouver Art Gallery proposal would have Granville Bridge location. “Weeks before Vancouver council is to decide whether to give the Vancouver Art Gallery a prime two-acre piece of downtown property for a new home, a new and glittering alternative has emerged. If architect Tony Osborn’s idea comes to fruition, it would result in an expansive new gallery and public plaza stretching between Seymour and Howe Streets at the north end of the Granville Street Bridge.” Vancouver Sun, January 30, 2013

Alternative vision for future Vancouver Art Gallery unveiled. Vancouver firm Tony Osborn Architecture released the “unsolicited proposal” online on January 29 and the concept has been circulating on blogs and social media. Georgia Straight, January 30, 2013

Move Vancouver Art Gallery to post office, says condo king. “One of Vancouver’s top real estate developers says the Vancouver Art Gallery should move to the recently sold downtown Canada Post building. If Rennie had his way, the iconic front of the post office would be used to create a 60,000-square-foot gallery space, while the rest of the building would be used for retail and condos.” (Includes video interview). CBC News, January 30, 2013

Douglas Coupland on His Furniture Collection “Unremittingly famous for defining a generation, Douglas Coupland is himself, a creative whirl. Last week, at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, the 51-year-old “Generation X” novelist, essayist, sculptor, painter, digital artist and designer introduced his furniture for the luxury design company SwitzerCultCreative. Wearing his designer’s hat, Douglas Coupland introduces an old-fashioned writing desk and other pieces geared to those with literary inclinations.” New York Times, January 31, 2013

Attila Richard Lukacs on New Work & Old Gardens. “Recently, Attila Richard Lukacs debuted a strong new exhibition at Vancouver’s Winsor Gallery. The current body of work—a hybridization of abstraction, figuration and landscape—brings back traces of Lukacs’s earlier treatments while presenting something fresh. In this Vancouver studio interview with Noah Becker, Lukacs talks about gardens, Indian miniature painting, tantric methodology and more.” Canadian Art, January 30, 2013

Portrait of an Artist: Melanie Thompson. “Salt Spring artist artist Melanie Thompson looks to nature to provide the materials for her unique and functional lamps. Thompson combines her basket-weaving skills and found items like grasses, rushes, and seed pods to create the sculptural pieces. Her work will be on display as part of a joint exhibition with painter Carolyn Kramer at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery.” Georgia Straight, January 28, 2013


Lost in the Forest. “Winnipeg has more artists than it knows what to do with — certainly more than our established venues could possibly exhibit in a given year — and a lot of compelling, locally produced work tends to go unseen because of that. Fortunately, alternative spaces continue to emerge to help pick up the slack. One Night Stand, the pet project of acting Platform Centre co-director Collin Zipp, is the newest of these spaces, and it’s as “fly-by-night” as they come. Shows are open for one night only, from 7 p.m. to midnight, and then the work comes down. Winnipeg Free Press, January 30, 2013

Unparalleled access for disabled at CMHR. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights intends to set a high bar on standards when it comes to accessibility at its museum, its executives vowed Tuesday. The design advisory council and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities were keys to the new design approach. Winnipeg Free Press, January 30, 2013


Opinion: Public art helps make us more ‘Montreal’. “In spite of decades of private and public investment by citizens, institutions, businesses, the city of Montreal and governments, as a city we have been rather miserly when it comes to appreciating and developing public art, and acquiring new works that reflect our stature as a city of culture.” Montreal Gazette, January 30, 2013

Los Angeles

L.A.’s trendy Night Gallery on the move. “Night Gallery is a space for “smoking, drinking and art” that Montreal transplant, Davida Nemeroff opened in February, 2010. The gallery is in a strip mall in the city’s trashy Lincoln Heights ’hood, has proved a go-to/be-seen venue for scenesters, art lovers and artists pretty much from the get-go.” Now the thirtysomething Nemeroff and her business partner have moved Night Gallery to new digs, a 560-square-metre warehouse on the southern edge of downtown L.A.” Globe & Mail, January 27, 2013

New York

Knoedler Gallery Sued Over Yet Another Fake Painting “The once-grand Knoedler gallery has been accused again of selling a forged painting for $5.5 million that was attributed to an American master, in this case, the artist Mark Rothko.” New York Times, January 31, 2013


Tacita Dean takes on Spiral Jetty—again “It is ambitious in every sense,” says the Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean of her new film project, JG, which goes on view at Arcadia University Art Gallery in greater Philadelphia next week (7 February-21 April). The piece, a looped 35mm work shot on location in the salt-encrusted landscapes of Utah and southern California, explores the parallels between Robert Smithson’s land art work and film Spiral Jetty, both 1970, and “The Voices of Time”, 1960, a short story by the British novelist J.G. Ballard. The Art Newspaper, January 31, 2013


MFA Boston uncovers and returns stolen work to France A routine loan request reveals a Roman statuette was taken from a museum in Douai in 1901. The Art Newspaper, January 31, 2013

United States

How Small Museums Get It Right “Perhaps because they are less susceptible to fads and fancies, small museums like Yale and the Parrish have the freedom to show art the bigger institutions won’t. These two newly reincarnated museums demonstrate that such institutions are indispensable.” The Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2013

The Netherlands

Organizations Start Closing Due To Slashing Of Dutch Arts Funding “Because of budget cuts and financial reorganization of the country’s cultural sector, about 40 of the 120 cultural arts organizations in the country became ineligible for federal grants this year. Some of them have been able to secure financing from other sources, but at least two dozen had to fold at the beginning of the year.” International Herald Tribune, January 31, 2013


Two More Arrested In Plundering Of Historic Naples Library “Prosecutors in Naples said two more people had been arrested on suspicion of taking part in a ‘premeditated, organised and brutal’ sacking of the city’s 16th century Girolamini library … where thousands of rare and antique books were last year found to have disappeared.” The Guardian (UK) January 30, 2013


More Historic Moscow Landmarks Demolished “The demolition of the early 19th-century structures took place under the cover of darkness in the early hours of New Year’s Day. The complex on Strastnoy Boulevard was designed by the Neo-classical architect, Joseph Bové, who was commissioned to rebuild Moscow after the city was engulfed by fire following Napoleon’s invasion in 1812.” The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2013


In Indonesia, a New Freedom to Explore “Contemporary artists, taking advantage of new liberties, are expressing their feelings in their works and getting noticed far outside of their country.” New York Times, January 31, 2013

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