Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 1-4, 2013


Comix at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Shaw TV Bruce Grenville is interviewed. Shaw TV, March 1, 2013

Spring Arts Preview: Hotel exhibition checks into the Vancouver Art Gallery Inspired in part by the 1932 Hollywood film of the same name, Grand Hotel looks at the significance of the hotel as a global fixture with a dual identity. Vancouver Sun, March 1, 2013

The art of reinvention Robert Buck , aka Beck, knows there will be glorious ambiguity surrounding “the shrine (from e to u), 2000/2012” – an almost cobbled-together group of objects such as flowers, balloons, candles and stuffed toys (items gathered from the surrounding stores in Chinatown) – in situ outside the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang on Pender. Vancouver Sun, March 2, 2013

Gallery Openings: 5 Vancouver Art Exhibits You Should See | bcliving New exhibitions featuring artists Cal Lane, Charles Rea, Raymond Boisjoly and a group show, “Andante” at the Richmond Art Gallery. bcLiving, February 25, 2013


Testing the contemporary art market in Canada (again) As artists go, Joanne Tod, Wanda Koop and John Scott don’t have the widespread name recognition of Emily Carr, Mary Pratt or Lawren Harris. But among contemporary art cognoscenti in this country, Tod, Koop and Scott are the real deal. Which is why works by them were among the 69 lots on sale last March in Toronto at what was billed as “the first truly contemporary auction of Canadian art held for commercial purposes.” Globe and Mail, March 4, 2013

Prestigious Guggenheim show to land at the AGO, Piccasos, Mondrians and more in tow Modernist paintings and sculpture from early 20th-century Europe, including works by Picasso, Mondrian, Chagall and Malevich, are to be exhibited this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The show’s coming Nov. 30 from New York’s prestigious Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and will stay at the AGO, its only Canadian stop, through Mar. 2, 2014. Globe and Mail, February 28, 2013


National Gallery to cut 29 positions The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa has eliminated 29 existing positions as part of budget cuts. The cuts will mean 21 full-time employees will lose their jobs, while of the eight remaining positions, six were vacant and won’t be filled and another two won’t be refilled after the current job-holder retires. The Public Service Alliance of Canada said 19 of their members were among those who lost their jobs. CBC, February 28, 2013


Why Canada’s most illustrious art school is in crisis – and why we need to save it NASCAD is embroiled in a crisis as it embarks on a search for a new president, facing as well the threat of a provincially mandated amalgamation with one of the region’s universities – Dalhousie is looking to be the likeliest candidate – while also wrestling with a $17.4-million accumulated debt. (Dalhousie’s, for the record, sits at $106-million.) Globe and Mail, March 2, 2013


Maybe It’s Not So Cool To Deaccession Culturally Specific Gifts, Museums “‘It’s an insult to the donors, the descendants, to Asian culture,’ said Yu of San Francisco. ‘My parents did this so that Asian art would be appreciated. It should stay in the Northwest.'” The News Tribune (Tacoma) March 3, 2013

Los Angeles

Restoring Olympic (Mural) Glory In Los Angeles “‘We’re trying to leave them looking original, but well maintained … not freshly painted,’ he says. ‘When the colors look too bright, we cheat and add a little black or gray. We say: “Nah, nah, let’s back it up a little, let’s mess it up a bit!”‘” Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2013

New York

A Museum’s Games Are Not on Pedestals The 14 video games the Museum of Modern Art acquired in November are on display in a new installation. New York Times, March 4, 2013

Ed Ruscha’s Books and Landscapes at Gagosian A new show at Gagosian Gallery records the obsessions of the artist Ed Ruscha and those inspired by him: largely, for art on the printed page. New York Times, March 3, 2013

Matthew Barney Drawings at the Morgan A coming exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum focuses on drawings by Matthew Barney; public art exhibitions resume at Rockefeller Center with a series of figures by Ugo Rondinone. New York Times, March 1, 2013

‘Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective,’ at the Whitney “Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, does more than offer an artist’s singular, rarely seen great work; it gives a context for her entire career. New York Times, March 1, 2013

‘Gravity and Grace,’ by El Anatsui, at Brooklyn Museum “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui” showcases this Ghanaian artist’s signature oversize style at the Brooklyn Museum. New York Times, March 1, 2013


Finding New Ways to Connect in Kosovo The art scene reflects the country in Kosovo — fragmented, young and just beginning to define itself. New York Times, March 2, 2013


United States Officials Travel to Cambodia in Statue Case ) Two United States attorneys traveled to Cambodia this week to see firsthand a temple tied to a 10th-century statue, whose ownership is under contention. New York Times, March 2, 2013

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