Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 28, 2013


The artists speak out about a bold new Vancouver Art Gallery. “The closer you get to the people who make art in this city, the more support you find for a bold new Vancouver Art Gallery.” Georgia Straight, February 28, 2013

Spring arts 2013: From Tehran to Paris, the world hits Vancouver’s gallery walls. “The local, the national, and the international all assert a presence this spring. From Warsaw to Cape Dorset, artists consider everyday life, the shaping of identity, the crossing of borders, and the melding of cultures. Upcoming exhibitions also examine the ways we invest objects with multiple meanings and messages.” Among Robin Laurence’s picks for upcoming exhibitions: Patrick Faigenbaum at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Slavs And Tatars at Presentation House Gallery, Materially Speaking at Richmond Art Gallery, Safar/Voyage at UBC Museum of Anthropology… Georgia Straight, February 28, 2013

Vancouver park board offers free art studio space in heritage building. “Artists have the opportunity to apply for free studio space in a heritage building on Vancouver’s West Side as part of a residency program organized by the park board.” Georgia Straight, February 22, 2013


Calgary’s Watershed+ Revamps Public Art Expectations. “In 2004, the City of Calgary’s Public Art Program was established, ensuring that one per cent of all project costs for municipal capital projects over one million dollars be dedicated to public art. It has been through this commitment that the City’s Department of Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) launched its very own Public Art Plan that has included two commissions for the Glasgow-based collective Sans façon, comprised of British artist Tristan Surtees and French architect Charles Blanc.” Canadian Art, February 27, 2013


Abstract Painter William Perehudoff Remembered. Perehudoff was born near Langham, Saskatchewan, in 1919. His schooling occurred stateside, in the 1940s, at Nevada’s Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and then at the Ozenfant School in New York. On relocating to Saskatoon in the 1950s, Perehudoff worked as an art director for a local printing plant while painting in his spare time. In 1952, he married Dorothy Knowles, who went on to become a prominent landscape painter. Perehudoff was an important product of the Emma Lake workshops…Canadian Art, February 27, 2013


Tim Zuck paintings show there’s nothing simplistic about simplicity. “It is often said — and usually from the stage by the corporate sponsor of a cultural event — that great art changes the way we look at the world… I’m not actually sure that art changes the way we look at anything. You don’t normally stand in front of a painting, then turn around and walk out the gallery door and see the world differently. Unless the painting is by Tim Zuck, that is.” Toronto Star, February 28, 2013

Portraits of missing women raise their status through art. “Painter Ilene Sova is putting on a display of 18 portraits of women who have gone missing in Ontario with hopes of creating debate on violence.” Toronto Star, February 28, 2013


Warhol’s Sleep on display at National Gallery. “There’s a new work by Andy Warhol at the National Gallery, and it’s not what you’d expect of the brightest star in the pop art universe.” Ottawa Citizen, February 28, 2013

NAC’s Northern Scene festival brings eclectic mix of artists to Ottawa area, from Tanya Tagaq to Artcirq. “In the midst of national debates about the future of the North and about the place of First Nations peoples in Canada, the National Arts Centre will present the 10-day Northern Scene festival, an eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, film, literature, storytelling, food and fashion.” Ottawa Citizen, February 26, 2013


Festival international du film sur l’art gives itself a broad canvas. From Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí by way of Amy Winehouse and the Beatles, to William Golding and Merce Cunningham, creators from various disciplines will be under the lens at the 31st Festival international du film sur l’art, March 14 to 24. Montreal Gazette, February 26, 2013

Daniel Barrow to Head Outdoors for Glenfiddich Residency Prize. Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow has been chosen as the Canadian recipient of the 2013 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Prize. The prize, awarded by a jury panel from OCAD University and by Andy Fairgrieve, the prize’s curator, entails a three-month residency at Glenfiddich’s Dufftown, Scotland, distillery and is valued at more than $20,000. Canadian Art, February 27, 2013


Monstrous art or art about a monster? “A scandal in the art world raises interesting questions about the importance of an artist’s intentions. The story broke in the Seattle newspaper The Stranger, in a shocking article by Jen Graves about the artist Charles Krafft. Krafft has been a darling of art critics, and a hero of the U.S. West Coast art scene in particular, for years, known as a dark humorist. He has exhibited in New York and San Francisco, and his work has been discussed in The New Yorker, Harper’s and Artforum.” Globe & Mail, February 28, 2013

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums On A Firing Binge? Just since Thanksgiving, the Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums, which runs the DeYoung and Legion of Honor and has been without a director for 14 months, has dismissed the longtime staff photographer, the curator of European art, and both members of the exhibitions design department. San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2013

Los Angeles

Could Los Angeles Become Famous For Beautiful Bridges? “As Los Angeles undertook massive freeway expansion in the latter half of the last century, aesthetics were sacrificed for efficiency when the car ascended as the primary mode of transportation. Yet there is a shift occurring in Los Angeles today, one indicative of a larger trend towards multi-modal transit with a renewed emphasis on beauty.” The Atlantic , February 27, 2013


The Curator Vanishes: Period Room as Crime Scene On March 27, 1954, Barton Kestle, first curator of modern art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, boarded a train for Washington, D.C., and was never seen again. A shy specialist in the Soviet Avant-Garde, Dada, and Surrealism, Kestle had usually worked late into the night at the museum’s grand McKim, Mead, & White building, his office placed near the front entrance so he wouldn’t trip up alarms. This explains how staff came to accidentally seal and paint over his door during a rushed construction job some time in the ’50s.Two years ago, employees found his door and stepped into Kestle’s world. ARTnews, February 28, 2013

United States

Museums – Coming To A Cinema Near You “Leonardo Live,” the 100-minute cinemacast that gave a tour of the paintings in a popular London exhibit as guided by a couple of hosts and a selection of talking heads, played in almost 500 U.S. movie theaters in a one-night-only showing, selling more 100,000 tickets, according to BY Experience. Variety, February 27, 2013

Dreaded Sequester Won’t Shutter Smithsonian’s Museums (Yet) “The world’s largest museum complex is bracing for a $40 million cut in funding due to the budget stalemate in Congress, but the Smithsonian Institution is vowing to keep the doors open at its museums and the National Zoo.” Yahoo! (AP) February 27, 2013


The Outsider Who Documented the World Giuseppe De Nittis was the only foreign artist to exhibit, on the invitation of Degas, at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, but his five paintings were hung in a poor light some days after the event began. He never showed with this group again. New York Times, February 28, 2013

South Bank, Queensland

Making roadkill beautiful. Marian Drew is often contacted by people interested in giving her dead animals.  Blame it on Drew’s elaborate still-life studies of dead animals (mostly roadkill) called “Still Life /Australiana (2003-2009). Slate Magazine, February 27, 2013


An Injection of Modernity Revives Arabic Calligraphy Naqsh Design House, also in Amman, known for its contemporary minimalist style, has incorporated Arabic calligraphy in its paintings, handbags and accessories. Some include the words of Arab poets like Mahmood Darwish or Gibran Khalil Gibran. New York Times, February 28, 2013


Do Strict Building Code Regulations Kill Architects’ Creativity? “From overlooking distances to rights to light, every aspect of a new building has been quantified and calibrated before the designer even sets pen to paper. But does all this red tape hinder architects, or are these the kind of constraints under which creativity can thrive?” The Guardian (UK) February 28, 2013

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