Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 20, 2013

Vancouver

“I did Maus and I did this page” “In town for the opening of the art gallery’s retrospective of Spiegelman’s work called CO-MIX, the artist touched on his origins as a cartoonist at Topps Bubblegum; the stain glass window of art he created at the request of his former high school; the importance of Robert Crumb, Spain, S. Clay Wilson; his New Yorker covers; and making prints from stone.” Sequential Canadian Comix News & Culture, February 18, 2013

Winnipeg

Ambitious Winnipeg Show Examines Contemporary Inuit Art. “The question of Inuit art’s place within the mainstream of modern art is addressed by the Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition, “Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art,” which runs until April 14th. The exhibition is the most ambitious Inuit show ever mounted by the WAG, and it’s packed with varied, vital and clearly contemporary work.” Canadian Art, February 18, 2013

Toronto

Not every great art collector is a gazillionaire. “Collectors, Herb and Dorothy Vogel, have been the focus of two feature-length documentaries, the first, Herb & Dorothy, released to universal acclaim in 2008 and the second, Herb & Dorothy 50X50, set to have its world premiere next month at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the couple’s home town of New York. Megumi Sasaki, director of both films, has agreed to screen excerpts of her latest film on Wednesday evening to open the 10th annual REEL Artists Film Festival in Toronto. Globe & Mail, February 19, 2013

A portrait of the 20th century through news photos offers brutal glimpses of human nature. Human Rights, Human Wrongs, an exhibition “drawn from the famed Black Star Collection (an archive of more than 292,000 news photographs donated to Ryerson Image Centre by British Columbia billionaire Jim Pattison), brings together 316 pictures that offer a highly subjective but revealing portrait of the 20th century.” Globe & Mail, February 17, 2013

Jimmy Limit Pushes Photo Boundaries at Clint Roenisch. “Jimmy Limit’s “Show Room”—his first solo exhibition with dealer Clint Roenisch—combines a long-standing interest in self-publishing and photography with a new fascination: ceramics and sculpture. In “Show Room,” Limit takes a break from the punk rock–photocopy aesthetic that permeates much of his work, and instead looks to high-gloss product and stock photography. In adopting this form, the exhibition examines photography as both a purveyor of commodities and a commodity in itself.” Canadian Art, February 19, 2013

Gertrude Kearns’s war art at the Toronto Artist Project. “Gertrude Kearns’s subject is war or, rather, its brutalizing consequences. Her fierce and unsettling portraits of four senior Canada Forces leaders who’ve gone the hard yard in Afghanistan are worth a TAP (The Artist Project) visit in themselves.” Toronto Star, February 20, 2013

Ottawa

Unnecessary history wars. “The debate over the future of the Canadian Museum of Civilization — and the larger argument about the Conservative government’s attitude toward history — reminds me of two straw men flailing at each other.” Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2013

Ottawa’s Museum of Nature prepares for second Nature Nocturne. “Partygoers were frustrated over long lineups during the first edition of Nature Nocturne in January, but organizers took that feedback and planned for more bars, a manned coat check and two dance floors instead of one for the next monthly party, said Liz McCrea.” Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2013

New York

Suspected Thief Of Dalí Drawing Lured From Europe, Arrested. “The clue – a simple fingerprint on a juice bottle stolen from Whole Foods – was routine. But that, along with some creative undercover work, helped the authorities unravel the brazen daylight theft of a Dalí drawing from an Upper East Side gallery that had gone unsolved for months.” New York Times, February 20, 2013

Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Shake-Up: What Is Alice Walton Thinking? What’s going on between the lines and behind the scenes of the recent surprising news about the regime change at Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR? The answers could prove telling for the future of a still nascent institution that’s trying to find its way and play in the big leagues, with the help of munificent financial support from its founder, Alice Walton. CultureGrrl, February 19, 2013

Florence

15th-Century Florentine Frescoes Can Now Be Seen From Artist’s Eye Level The scaffolding used by the restorers of Agnolo Gaddi’s The Legend of the True Cross in the Basilica of Santa Croce “will remain in place for most of 2013, allowing visitors to see [the fresco cycle] from the vantage point of the artist himself.” The Wall Street Journal , February 18, 2013

Naples

Italy’s Hottest Contemporary Art Installations Are In The Naples Subway “Catacombs of beauty” is how curator Achille Bonito Oliva describes his ten-years-and-counting project, which has recruited more than 100 artists and architects – including the likes of William Kentridge, Sol LeWitt, Shirin Neshat and Robert Wilson – to transform metro stations into cultural monuments. International Herald Tribune, February 16, 2013

Vienna

Naked men turn out to see…‘Naked Men’. The exhibit in Vienna’s Leopold Museum is entitled “Naked Men”, so a group of nudists and naturalists took the curators at their word and showed up to see it on Monday in the buff. Globe & Mail, February 18, 2013

Moscow

Putin says Jewish manuscripts should stay in Russia The Russian president suggests moving the Schneerson collection to the newly built Jewish Museum in Moscow to avoid a political “stalemate” over restitution. The Art Newspaper, February 20, 2013

International

Scholar Finds Flaws in Work By Archenemy Of Comics. “Wertham, a German-born American psychiatrist, stirred a national furor and helped create a blueprint for contemporary cultural panics in 1954 with the publication of his book “Seduction of the Innocent,” which attacked comic books for corrupting the minds of young readers. While the findings of Wertham (who died in 1981) have long been questioned by the comics industry and its advocates, a recent study of the materials he used to write “Seduction of the Innocent” suggests that Wertham misrepresented his research and falsified his results.” New York Times, February 20, 2013

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