Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 22-25, 2013



Persepolis The film’s screening coincides with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s presentation of CO-MIX, a retrospective of comic artist Art Spiegelman, whose Maus the work has often been compared to. (at the Vancouver Public Library, March 21, 2013) Vancouver Magazine, February 2013


Robert Amos: Japan photos document, romanticize culture’s past  It comes as a surprise to find that one of the largest extant collections of old photos of Japan (ko-shashin: old photos) has been amassed in Edmonton. The Hall Collection of 19th-century photographs of Japan is at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria through March 31. Victoria Times Colonist, February 23, 2013

Royal B.C. Museum to have access to millions of artifacts with new program A memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday by RBCM CEO Jack Lohman and Mark O’Neill, president of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. It’s the first in a series of agreements establishing a nationwide museum network providing greater access to articles of Canada’s shared history. Victoria Times Colonist, February 21, 2013


AndrewHunter named AGO’s new curator of Canadian art Veteran curator, artist and historian Andrew Hunter has been named the new curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, effective May 1. Globe and Mail, February 22, 2013

Jimmy Limit Pushes Photo Boundaries at Clint Roenisch The photographs of Toronto artist Jimmy Limit have a curious effect, writes Sam Cotter. On the one hand, they imitate commercial catalogue photography; on the other, they highlight photography itself as product. Canadian Art, February 22, 2013

Lori Starr departs Koffler for San Fran’s Contemporary Jewish Museum  After seven years in Toronto at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Lori Starr is returning to California to take up the position of executive director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Canadian Art, February 21, 2013

Alexandra Montgomery Steps Down as Gardiner ED  After 14 years serving as the Gardiner Museum’s executive director, Alexandra Montgomery will be stepping down from the position effective February 28, 2013. Canadian Art, February 21, 2013


NSCAD Provides Update on Financial Struggles  In a recent blog post, NSCAD University president Daniel O’Brien provided an update on the university’s financial situation. In recent years, the status of the institution has been threatened by a deficit and high debt levels. Canadian Art, February 21, 2013

New Haven

A Review of ‘Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies,’ at Yale “Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies: Paintings by Mark Leonard” pairs 10 oils by the 19th-century painter John Constable with 10 works by a contemporary artist who was inspired by them. New York Times, February 24, 2013

New York

El Museo del Barrio Named in Discrimination Complaint The former director of El Museo del Barrio is in a legal battle with the museum after her dismissal last week and her claim with the State Division of Human Rights. New York Times, February 24, 2013

Knoedler Gallery Sued, Again, But For The Opposite Reason: Genuine Masterpieces Not Selling “While most of the suits have argued that the paintings Ms. Rosales brought to market were fakes, Mr. Mirvish says his are Modernist masterpieces and that he lost out on millions of dollars in profits when Knoedler failed to sell them.” New York Times, February 22, 2013

‘No Country,’ New Asian Art at the Guggenheim “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia” shows off the Guggenheim’s global acquisitions campaign, with some works that reach across cultures, and others that need explanation. New York Times, February 22, 2013

‘Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,’ at the Met The Met’s exhibition “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” brings together great paintings, lavish garments and accessories to detail the entwined rise of modern painting, modern fashion and modern (upper middle-class) life in the 19th century. New York Times, February 22, 2013

Gifts and Purchases Help MoMA Close Gaps in Its Holdings The Museum of Modern Art has recently acquired a disparate group of artworks that add muscle to its already world-class permanent collection. New York Times, February 22, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Does the camera lie? Only since 1839 An exhibition at the National Gallery of Art that informs us that this sort of deceit-in-the-name-of-art-and-politics has been going on since the invention of photography itself by the Parisian Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, back in 1839. Vancouver Sun, February 23, 2013


Eileen Gray, Freed From Seclusion A show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris breathes new life into the designer’s reputation. New York Times, February 25, 2013

Lo Manthang, Nepal

In Nepal, Buddhists Reconstruct Tibetan Murals A project aimed at restoring the artwork of two sites in Lo Manthang, Nepal, has trained a team of local residents to revise historic works. New York Times, February 24, 2013


Talking To Ai Weiwei About His Life And That New Documentary “I wouldn’t say it’s a form of performance art. It is expression, but not one designed for a show. It’s dangerous, it’s very frustrating, and it’s real life. It’s a way to survive.” The New York Times, February 24, 2013

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