Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 5, 2013


Vancouver’s Stan Douglas shortlisted for $50K photo prize
Vancouver’s Stan Douglas and Montrealers Angela Grauerholz and Robert Walker are the latest artists shortlisted for the $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Prize. CBC, March 5, 2013


Sobey Art Award Time Capsule: 10 Winning Years    From its humble beginnings in the director’s office at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2001 to a spectacular exhibition and award gala at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto in 2012, the Sobey Art Award has come a long way in a little more than a decade.  Canadian Art, March 4, 2013

Carol Wainio on Wentegate, Fairy Tales & Climate Change. With a new show just opened at Paul Petro in Toronto, a touring exhibition up at the Kelowna Art Gallery, and a project set to open at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery this coming week, Carol Wainio talks with Leah Sandals about her inspirations, frustrations and transformations. Canadian Art, February 28, 2013


Vessna Perunovich Moves Beyond the Walls. The materiality of Vessna Perunovich’s work is at the forefront in her exhibition “Line Rituals & Radical Knitting,” curated by Dawn Owen at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.  For the show, Perunovich adapts traditionally gender-specific activities such as knitting and sewing that would appear to perpetuate female stereotypes; she also challenges them through her ironic presentations of permeable barriers and fluid borders. Canadian Art, February 22, 2013


Seattle to unveil Doug Aitken’s digital Land Art The artist has been filming for the commission over the past five years, capturing images of Seattle area. The Art Newspaper, March 1, 2013

San Francisco

Light Sculpture Is Set for Bay Bridge The Silicon Valley tech industry is throwing its financial support behind a public art installation that will illuminate the Golden Gate Bridge’s rival with 25,000 white lights. New York Times, March 5, 2013

Los Angeles

LA County Museum Has Been Reinventing (The Question: Into What?) “It was a promise that could not be fully kept, given the late start. But the notion of a “West Coast Met” did possess the virtue of audacity.” Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2013


Painful Layoffs At Indianapolis Museum Of Art “Twenty-nine museum jobs, or 11 percent of the staff, were eliminated Monday in a cost-cutting move orchestrated by Charles Venable, hired in August to be the museum’s director and CEO. Venable wants the IMA to be less reliant on its endowment, which in recent years has fluctuated in value while accounting for 70 percent of the museum’s operating budget.” The Indianapolis Star, March 4, 2013

New York

Met buys a David for $840 Sharp-eyed curators spot that sketch is an artist’s original, rather than a copy

Amid the multi-million-dollar record prices and packed salerooms of New York’s Old Master week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art quietly made the steal of the season in the Old Master drawings auction at Swann Galleries on 29 January. The Art Newspaper, March 5, 2013, 2013

Pac-Man at MoMA: it’s no game Paola Antonelli on a show opening this month about the diversity and pervasiveness of design in the virtual and physical worlds. The Art Newspaper, March 1, 2013, 2013


Stuttgart museum returns looted medieval masterpiece The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart has returned Virgin and Child, a 15th-century painting attributed to the Master of Flémalle (1375-1444), to the estate of Max Stern, a German-born Jewish dealer who fled the Nazis and later operated the Dominion Gallery in Montreal. The restitution ceremony took place in Berlin at the Canadian Embassy. The Art Newspaper, March 5, 2013


Making The Buildings Sing (The Art Of Architecture Photography) “The task is to capture the intention behind someone else’s design — to distill the philosophy of a building into a single, digestible image that transcends explanation. It’s not easy, but when it’s done well it looks effortless.” NPR, March 3, 2013

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