Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 6, 2013

Vancouver

Figure-pivot de la forme « comic » : rétrospective Art Spiegelman à la Vancouver Art Gallery “A partir du 16 février 2013, la Vancouver Art Gallery présentera une rétrospective du célèbre artiste comic Art Spiegelman, avec Art Spiegelman CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps. L’exposition réunit 400 dessins préparatoires, esquisses, études et panneaux de ses comics underground des années 1970. Art Media Agency, February 5, 2013

Victoria

Possible changes to B.C. law reveal divisions in First Nations. “When it comes to ownership of cultural property, from dances to carvings, hereditary — not elected — chiefs must be consulted, said Tony Hunt, a KwaGulth hereditary chief and artist.” Times Colonist, February 5, 2013

The wild life of Victoria’s Paul Nicklen, National Geographic photographer. “Several of Paul Nicklen’s photos are featured at the Royal B.C. Museum as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit. Nicklen’s underwater photo of penguins was named the top photo in the international photo contest, from more than 40,000 submissions.” Times Colonist, February 5, 2013

Calgary

Mike Bell: Alberta musician Corb Lund explores Alberta through museum exhibit (with video) “The entire purpose of No Roads at the Glenbow Museum, is to bring the objects and the history surrounding them to life, by shooting them through the prism of Corb Lund’s own personal and family history, which are both intrinsically tied to the region.” Calgary Herald, February 5, 2013

Toronto

Sotheby’s, citing weak margins, quits live auctions. Sotheby’s will now focus on “private sales,” with the Toronto-based operation functioning “privately and discreetly” as the liaison between the consignor of a particular piece of art and those clients with sufficient dollars to buy it. Globe & Mail, February 5, 2013

Althea Thauberger Focuses on Mental Illness in New Film. ““We invented the revolution, but we didn’t know how to run it.” That’s just one of the provocative lines in Marat Sade Bohnice, a new film by Althea Thauberger which addresses mental illness, art therapy and experimental theatre, among other concerns.” Canadian Art, February 5, 2013

Humble currency an art form. “The country’s one-cent piece may be on the verge of extinction, but for creative Canadians seeking ways to make the most of the soon-to-be obsolete coin, the penny has already dropped. Humble pennies will still be in demand for artistic endeavours or cultural projects, long after the smallest form of currency has disappeared from Canadian tills.” Winnipeg Free Press, February 4, 2013

Ottawa

New history museum will ‘pleasantly surprise’ Canadians, CEO predicts. “There’s no question that some people coming to the consultation raised concerns about the mandate change and the name change,” Mark O’Neill said during an interview in his office. “Some people raised concerns about the government.” But those fears will evaporate once the museum opens the new permanent exhibition on Canadian history in 2016 or 2017, he predicted. “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. I think they’re going to see that there is no hidden agenda.” Ottawa Citizen, February 4, 2013

Los Angeles

What’s Really Wrong With LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art? “Why was Deitch having such a hard time when two other New York transplants–Govan, who had come to lacma from the Dia Art Foundation, and Hammer Museum director Annie Philbin, who had run SoHo’s Drawing Center–were succeeding so spectacularly?” Vanity Fair, March 2013

Dallas

A New Dallas Museum Shows How Philanthropy Works “Anonymous donors are scarce in these parts.” The Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2013

New York

Olafur Eliasson “With its stark beauty, raw geologic power and captivating natural phenomena, Iceland has long been both subject and muse for Olafur Eliasson, whose parents are Icelandic, although he was born and raised in Copenhagen.” Art in America, February 6, 2013

Washington D.C.

Washington’s National Portrait Gallery Gets A New Director Kim Sajet, “who was born in Nigeria, raised in Australia and is a citizen of the Netherlands, will be responsible for a staff of 65, an annual budget of about $9 million, and 21,000 objects that include Gilbert Stuart’s famous unfinished portrait of George Washington, photographs of Abraham Lincoln and videos of more recent presidents.” New York Times, February 5, 2013

London

Headcount tumbles at UK’s big museums” Government cuts take their toll as more than 120 posts are lost without fanfare in just two years.” The Art Newspaper, February 6, 2013

Pompeii

Pompeii Restorers Arrested For Corruption “They are also accused of breaking the terms of the state of emergency by overspending on various restoration projects and agreeing to non-essential work on the site, which draws some 2.5 million tourists each year.” BBC, February 5, 2013

Moscow

Russian Court Rules Painting A Fake, Experts Protest “The judge decided against the painting, but his decision wasn’t greeted with universal approval among art historians and other experts on Russian art. A number of them believe the work is genuine, and they ask whether the courtroom is the best place to decide whether an artwork is authentic or not.” ARTnews , February 5, 2013

International

Disaster Photography: When is Documentary Exploitation? Photographers who produce spectacular images of Detroit, Chernobyl, and other ravaged areas have sparked disagreements whether they are exploiting others’ misfortune—or just covering the bad news. ARTnews, February 6, 2013

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