Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 8-12, 2013


Special events mark BC’s 1st Family Day n Vancouver much of the action is taking place in and around the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is hosting family-friendly tours and painting. CBC, February 11, 2013

Plenty to do Family Day The Vancouver Art Gallery at Georgia and Howe is the city’s Family Day hub Monday, with a day of all-ages activities and concerts including local Juno award winners Said the Whale (6 p.m.) as well as street entertainment, face painting, a hockey shoot out and local artists. The Province February 7, 2013

Neil Wedman’s images of the unseeable His new show at Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver brings us up to date with his current preoccupations, and the subject matter is classic Wedman: flying saucers hovering in mid-air, underwater volcanos spewing fiery lava, and newsprint pages rendered as abstracts, with each line of text reduced to a bar of pigment. Globe and Mail, February 8, 2013

The accidental archive Pakasaar thinks there are “many potential WeeGees” waiting to be rediscovered in the Sun and Province archives. With the Presentation House show Vancouverites will get their chance to check them out for themselves. Vancouver Sun, February 9, 2013

Vancouver museum’s ‘Michelangelo’ sculptures fail to sell at auction A collection of nine Renaissance-era sculptures donated to the Museum of Vancouver in exchange for $17 million in tax receipts has failed to sell at auction. Vancouver Sun, February 9, 2013

Douglas & McIntyre imprint sold to BC-based Harbour Publishing The beautiful books of D&M Publishers will find new life on the shelves, with the announcement late yesterday that B.C.-based Harbour Publishing will buy the bankrupt publisher’s flagship imprint. The Tyee, February 7, 2013


Former Toronto Power Plant director to take helm of Saskatoon’s Mendel Veteran art director Gregory Burke has scored a full-time position as the new executive director and CEO of Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery. The confirmation of his appointment Friday occurred two years to the day after it was announced that Burke was resigning as director of the Power Plant, the prominent Toronto-based not-for-profit contemporary art gallery he helmed for almost six years. Globe and Mail, February 8, 2013


Indigenous art to make a splash at National Gallery this summer A decade ago some people still criticized the National Gallery of Canada for keeping indigenous art on the margins. While much has already changed since then, a giant exhibition this summer will leave no doubt that indigenous art is sidelined no more. Ottawa Citizen, February 12, 2013

New York

Richard Artschwager, Painter and Sculptor, Dies at 89 ) At a time when most artists worked in clearly determined styles, Mr. Artschwager slyly confounded the usual categories. New York Times, January 11, 2013

Song Dong: ‘Doing Nothing’ The first solo show in New York by the Chinese artist Song Dong is spread through two Pace Gallery spaces and features quite a bit of early work. New York Times, February 8, 2013

‘German Expressionism 1900-1930’ at Neue Galerie The Neue Galerie has tried to corral German Expressionism, a messy, complicated movement with numerous stylistic and philosophical variations, into a tidy overview. New York Times, February 8, 2013

A Million Pieces of Home: El Anatsui at Brooklyn Museum The Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, whose retrospective exhibition “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui,” just opened at the Brooklyn Museum, invented a new art form. New York Times, February 10, 2013


Julia Pastrana, Who Died in 1860, to Be Buried in Mexico A long crusade will end on Tuesday when Julia Pastrana, the “ugliest woman in the world” in 19th-century “freak” shows, is finally given a proper burial in Mexico. New York Times, February 12, 2013


Profiting From Reasonable Estimations Sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s highlighted the success and failure of different strategies of pricing art. No surprise — reasonable estimates proved much more enticing. New York Times, February 8, 2013

$45 Million For Picasso Portrait Of Marie-Thérèse “A bidder paid $45 million Tuesday for a Picasso portrait of his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter at the opening sale of a series of auctions at Sotheby’s in London of impressionist, surrealist and modern artwork.” Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2013

The Royal Academy Winter loan Exhibition catalogues from their inception in 1870 to 1939 have been digitised in their entirety and are now available to search and browse online via the Royal Academy Website.


I want to hit Europe’s best museums and galleries. What are the Top 10? Creating a must-see menu of Europe’s top museums is like recommending Ireland’s best pubs: everyone has their own ideas, especially if they’ve had a drink or two. But while time and geography are key factors in deciding, some destinations jump to the head of the class. Globe and Mail, February 9, 2013

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