Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 13, 2013


Edible Glasses Provides New View of Vancouver ARC Culture. “Next month, Vancouver’s longest-running artist-run centre, the Western Front, will turn 40—an anniversary that has caused some to reflect on the trajectories of local art practices and an institution that continues to enable them. The arrival of exhibitions curator Jesse Birch in January 2012 resulted in a reinvention of the centre’s literary program and inventive exhibitions. Birch’s current exhibition “Edible Glasses,” is a group show that features the work of four younger artists—Feiko Beckers, Tamara Henderson, Eun Kyung Kim and Ieva Misevičiūtė ” Canadian Art, February 7, 2013

Arts groups support streamlined process. “A report going to Vancouver city council Tuesday wants to put the fun back into the city’s arts events by streamlining the approval process for live performances. City hall estimates 250 to 500 underground live performances a year take place in smaller venues such as art galleries and industrial warehouses.” The Province, February 12, 2013

City to vote on live music in small venues. “Under the city’s building bylaw, events are prohibited from having gatherings of people in spaces not rated for assembly use. This means an art gallery owner wishing to have a jazz trio play might have to undergo a full building upgrade. Under the pilot project, an event organizer would be permitted intermittent, small-scale events of an artistic or cultural nature in buildings not approved for assembly occupancy as long as basic life-safety requirements are met.” Globe & Mail, February 12, 2013

Studio rent is only half the battle.” A Vancouver zoning change passed on Feb. 5 allows artists to rent work-only studios in any industrial area, expanding the potential pool of rental spaces from two million square feet to 28 million square feet… the zoning change to create work space for artists doesn’t solve the real problem they face, emerging artists say. Globe & Mail, February 12, 2013


Edmonton non-profit groups plan for downtown artists village. “Edmonton could soon have its own Quartet in the Quarters, under plans for a new downtown building expected to attract numerous senior artists as residents. Unlike the recent Maggie Smith movie about a home for retired British musicians, the 64-unit Artists Quarters is intended to provide housing where young and old can work in their fields.” Edmonton Journal, February 12, 2013


Patti Smith Summons Séances & NYC Scenes at AGO. “As Patti Smith’s bestselling, National Book Award–winning memoir Just Kids repeatedly attests, she and friend/lover Robert Mapplethorpe knew they wanted to be artists before they knew what kind of art they wanted to make—indeed, before they knew how to make anything, or get anyone’s attention. This is likely why Smith continues to resonate for those decades younger than her, who’ve got an ever-increasing desire to be important and do… something.” Canadian Art, February 7, 2013

Art dealer’s lawyer denies client sold musician fake Morrisseau painting. “The lawyer for a veteran Toronto dealer in the Norval Morrisseau art market is denying his client negligently or wrongfully sold a fake or forged painting attributed to the legendary Ojibwa artist to Kevin Hearn, keyboardist for Canadian pop band the Barenaked Ladies. The legal battle is just one more installment in a series of often bitter skirmishes over Mr. Morrisseau’s artistic legacy that began before his death, at 75 in late 2007, and continue today, if anything more intensely.” Globe & Mail, February 8, 2013


Baring her soul. “Tension often runs through the paintings of Sarah Hatton, though its source changes.  Her 2010 exhibition Bare, at the now-defunct Dale Smith Gallery, had paintings of Hatton’s then two-year-old daughter naked, which caused tension between the art and some viewers. There’s a different tension in Hatton’s works, now at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill in an exhibition titled, appropriately, Tension.” Ottawa Citizen, February 11, 2013


Chinese Art Storms Arsenal Montreal. “Like Thunder Out of China,” the first exhibition in Arsenal Montreal’s new permanent exhibition space, certainly wields a powerful force. Featuring 18 contemporary Chinese artists and artist collectives and 44 works in total—including paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and a sculpture—the show conveys political edge, as well as considerable technical skill and aesthetic pleasure. Canadian Art, February 12, 2013

Artexte Expands Publication Archives with New Online Platform. “Since the early 1980s, Montreal’s Artexte has been a ground zero for the printed word in Canadian contemporary art. Now, on the heels of a move to an expanded location in the Art actuel 2–22 building on rue Sainte-Catherine, it launches a new foray into digital space with e-Artexte, an open-access database, research platform and online repository for publications on contemporary art.” Canadian Art, February 8, 2013

Bright night, big city. Nuit Blanche celebrates its 10th anniversary by closing the Montreal High Lights festival with an all-night party that begins Saturday, March 2, and continues into March 3. Montreal Gazette, February 12, 2013


Denver Decides Whether To Keep Its Blue Horse “The contract has expired for the 32-foot tall piece of public art, which some people love and others hate, especially its glowing red eyes at night.” Denver Post, February 12, 2013

New York

Allen Ruppersberg Shows New York the Way Visitors this month to New York’s West Chelsea neighborhood are treated to a new public work by pioneering Conceptualist Allen Ruppersberg, who divides his time between New York, L.A., Amsterdam and his native Ohio. Art in America, February 12, 2013

Claudia Gould on Her First Year as Director of Jewish Museum …In her first year as the Jewish Museum’s director, Claudia Gould has had to juggle expectations about her initiatives. New York times, February 13, 2013

United States

Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies “A survey of arts organizations finds that technology use permeates NEA funded organizations, their marketing and education efforts, and even their performance offerings. Moreover, many organizations are using the internet and social media to expand the number of online performances and exhibits, grow their audience, sell tickets, and raise funds online, while allowing patrons to share content, leave comments, and even post their own content on organizations’ sites.” Pew Internet & American Life Project, January 4, 2013


Who opposed a £4,665 Lichtenstein? Artists Barbara Hepworth and Andrew Forge and fellow Tate trustee Herbert Read did in 1966 (It took a battle at the Tate to buy Lichtenstein’s Whaam!) The Art Newspaper, February 13, 2013

New British Architecture Trend: Converting Public Restrooms Into Retail Spaces “If you happen to be caught short on Fulham Broadway in west London forget making a legs-crossed dash for the nearest public lavatory; it’s being turned into an ice-cream parlour.” The Independent (UK) February 11, 2013


Padlocks Over The Seine (Lots Of Them) “Paris’s picturesque bridges … are heaving with padlocks, bike locks, handcuffs and other talismans of amour. Enamored visitors write their names on a lock, attach it to a bridge and throw the key into the river. … The public displays of affection have unchained loathing among coldhearted locals.” Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2013

Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Opens Art Gallery Passengers making their way through an airport outside Paris can spend time at a gallery that is now exhibiting several dozen sculptures by Auguste Rodin. New York Times, February 13, 2013


Kate Fowle Named Curator at Moscow’s Garage Center Kate Fowle has been named chief curator of Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, a Moscow-based nonprofit that exhibits modern and contemporary Russian art. Art in America, February 12, 2013


Love Potions: Art and the Heart Despite an overall reluctance among contemporary artists to deal with issues of the heart, more than a few tell great stories of romance and heartbreak. ARTnews, February 13, 2013

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