Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 1-4, 2013


Vancouver Art Gallery Move: Proposal Imagines ‘Welcome Mat’ …  The Vancouver Art Gallery could be rebuilt as a “welcome mat” for downtown if one architecture firm gets its way. The gallery has outgrown its space, leading many people to float ideas on where it should go next. Huffpost British Columbia, January 30, 2013

CD of B.C. artists is a labour of love You’d have to call this databank a labour of love. Vancouver’s Gary Sim, who created it, at first set out to record everything relevant under the title Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890-1950. As the gathering proceeded, he expanded it and named it British Columbia Artists. Now listing 16,500 artists and including more than 1,300 biographical articles, it is a unique and very valuable compendium of our history. Victoria Times-Colonist, February 1, 2013


Gallery: Fred Herzog’s photos ‘a revelation’ two prominent shows of Herzog’s work give Calgary audiences a chance to experience Herzog’s work up close and personal. Fred Herzog: Street Photography is up and running at the Glenbow, while a second exhibition, featuring 32 photos, opens Saturday afternoon at Trepanier-Baer Gallery. Calgary Herald, February 3, 2013

Three sides to Irene F. Whittome’s life story It’s payback time for Irene F. Whittome, as the 70-year-old artist emerges from the labyrinth of her life’s journey to share the fruits of her experience in exhibitions of her work in three galleries. Montreal Gazette, February 1, 2013


How New Brunswick’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery is finally getting its big break the gallery is putting what chief curator and newly named director Terry Graff calls “the crème de la crème of that collection,” 75 works in total, on the road for the next three years, beginning with the current two-month exhibition at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. Globe and Mail, February 1, 2013


The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada “The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada, the 39th report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, examines whether connections exist between Canadians’ cultural activities and their personal well-being. The data in the report show that there is a strong connection between 18 cultural activities and eight indicators of health and well-being (such as health, mental health, volunteering, feeling stressed, and overall satisfaction with life).Hill Strategies Research, January 30, 2013

New Haven, Connecticut

Newly Renovated Gallery Spaces at Yale Breach the Gap Between Academia and Art As part of the movement to more deeply embed campus collections into the curriculum, Yale’s newly renovated museum makes art the textbook. New York Times, February 2, 2013

New York

‘Zarina: Paper Like Skin,’ at the Guggenheim Museum In Zarina’s “Paper Like Skin” exhibition at the Guggenheim, paper is sculpture, poetry, currency and, above all, a kind of permanent home for a nomadic spirit. New York Times, February 1, 2013

Wolfgang Laib’s ‘Pollen From Hazelnut,’ at MoMA Wolfgang Laib’s “Pollen From Hazelnut” is a room-size work at MoMA featuring pollen gathered near his home in Germany. New York Times, February 1, 2013

Metropolitan Museum Collaborates With Chinese Museum The large National Museum in Beijing is opening the exhibition “Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art,” with a range of works from the Metropolitan Museum in New York. New York Times, February 1, 2013

A Feeling the End Is Coming for Big Sales of Old Masters As prices hit record levels and great art gets scarce, auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s this week must have given old-timers the feeling that the curtain is falling on the good old days. New York Times, February 1, 2013

United States

Court Ruling May Signal The End Of Anonymous Auctions “Anonymity is often prized because it protects personal privacy and allows institutions quietly to sell items from their collections that they no longer need. In some cases it can also cloak the embarrassment of debt or help sellers avoid setting off family conflicts.” New York Times, February 4, 2013


London’s V&A Museum Embraces the Digital Age With New Games Design Residency “The Victoria and Albert Museum has collaborated with the University of Abertay in Dundee to create a new residency for a games designer to develop work inspired by the museum’s collections, with emphasis on Britain in the 1500 – 1900 period Blouin ArtInfo, January 30, 2013


Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum: A Gem, Newly Polished Cruz y Ortiz and Jean-Michel Wilmotte complete a 10-year overhaul of the stern neo-Gothic structure. Architectural Record, January 23, 2013


Timbuktu Residents Hid Priceless Relics When Invaders Came “Their survival is a testament to the habit of Timbuktu’s families of hiding away their valuable relics whenever danger is near, burying them deep in the desert.” The New York Times, February 4, 2013


Chinese Art Auction Sales Down By 50 Percent In 2012

Both the Chinese auction houses attributed the reversal of this upward sales trend to the weaker economic environment in the country in 2012.” The Art Newspaper, February 2, 2013


How Art Of The Early 90s Changed Art “The art that emerged in the early nineties could not have been more different. It came from all over the globe, and it wasn’t as painting-centric or flashy. It was being formulated in small groups fed up with over-commercialization. Many of these artists were influenced by conceptualism, feminism, theory, and Pictures Art, but they turned away from making work about art, commodities, or pop culture.” New York Magazine, February 1, 2013

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