Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 5, 2013


Hear Stan Douglas in conversation with Ian Wallace at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Created in conjunction with the landmark exhibition “Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography,” the talks series Reading Ian Wallace: An International Perspective consists of conversations that provide a rare opportunity for first-hand insight into Wallace’s expansive career. Canadian Art, February 5, 2013

New Proposal for Vancouver Art Gallery Leaked on Social Media … The grandiose proposal calls for using two square blocks of city-owned land along the north end of the Granville Street Bridge, between Seymour and Howe Streets. (The area is currently occupied by a pair of circular off-ramps, which are slated to be demolished.) Inside Vancouver, February 4, 2013


Sarindar Dhaliwal Rewrites the Past at A Space  Born in the Punjab region of India, raised in suburban London, England, and now living and working in Toronto, Dhaliwal creates art that is often influenced by her changing surroundings. In “the cartographer’s mistake: Southall and other places” at A Space, the artist shares experiences and memories of her childhood, perceptions of her motherland, and observations on how growing up with a hybrid identity has come to shape the person she is today. Canadian Art, February 1, 2013


Craig Francis Power Puts Bad-Boy Spin on Folk Art  In Power’s current exhibition “Les Fleurs du Mal” at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, he continues to make a scene while thumbing his nose at “high art” from within the institutional system. Canadian Art, February 4, 2013

Banned Books Take Flight In Robyn Moody Show A bibliography of Robyn Moody’s installation Butterflies. Species at Risk at the Edge of Reason (2010–13), currently on view at Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax’s North End, might read like a who’s who of the literary world past and present. Canadian Art, February 1, 2013


Haunch of Venison to leave primary market and close NY gallery Christie’s folding business into its private sales division but keeping London space for exhibitions; stalwart London old master dealer Agnews also shutters. The Art Newspaper, February 4, 2013

Lucian Freud Donates Degas And Corot Works To Britain The late painter bequeathed Corot’s 1870 portrait The Italian Woman or The Woman with the Yellow Sleeve, now at the National Gallery, and three Degas sculptures – Horse Galloping on Right Foot, The Masseuse, and Portrait of a Woman: Head Resting on One Hand – currently at the Cortauld. The Guardian (UK) February 4, 2013


Marseille, France, Tries to Alter Image From Rough to Cultured Marseille, France’s second largest city, is hoping that its designation as European Capital of Culture for 2013, and its makeover, will lift tourism and its economy. New York Times, February 5, 2013


Vienna’s Male Nude Art Exhibition Holds Special Hours For Nudists “A spokesman for the Leopold Museum in Vienna [said] that there was a request by an association from Germany for a nude guided tour: ‘We thought about it, and decided it would be a good idea to have a special nude viewing open to the public’.” Los Angeles Times, February 29, 2013


Michelangelo sculpture heads to jail …despite vociferous opposition from art historians (La Pietà Rondanini is to be temporarily installed in a Milanese prison) The Art Newspaper, February 5, 2013

Hong Kong

Chinese Artist Crosses a Line Song Dong gathered multitudes in Hong Kong and asked them to help complete his autobiographical “36 Calendars” project. New York Times, February 5, 2013


Museums Struggle With Donors’ Stipulations “Handling what is known in the philanthropic world as donor intent is vexing for many institutions. How do you adhere to a donor’s wishes when they seem to interfere with the best interests of the institution?” New York Times, February 5, 2013

Time To Get Rid Of The Artspeak Jargon You might, for example, wonder why they seem to think it’s better to use the word “notion” than “idea”, or the word “narrative” than “story”, or the word “interrogate” than “ask”. The Independent (UK) February 4, 2013

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