Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 6, 2013


Art gallery flush with cash in lead-up to relocation VAG yet to launch capital campaign but already has $93.7 million in funds and pledges. Business in Vancouver, March 5, 2013

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography “This beautifully produced, high-end art book is devoted to the internationally known and widely exhibited Canadian modernist, Ian Wallace. Readers who appreciate modernism in painting and photography will enjoy this enormous volume and will likely have weeks or months of reading pleasure.” San Francisco Book Review, March 4, 2013

Enjoy a day of the arts at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Vancouver Sun is offering three grand prizes in their Vancouver Art Gallery Contest that will include admission for two, lunch at the Gallery Café and a copy of the exhibition catalogue, Art Spiegelman: Co-Mix. The competition closes March 31, 2013; see contest rules for full details. Good luck! Vancouver Sun, March 3, 2013

The Many Faces of Performance Art Legend Margaret Dragu. “Verb Woman, Lady Justice, Art Cinderella—these are a just a few of the guises of Vancouver performance artist Margaret Dragu.” Canadian Art, March 4, 2013


Disabled artists, Calgary sculptor create legislature art. “A Meaningful Life, a collaborative sculpture created by Calgary artist Jeff de Boer and 24 artists with developmental disabilities was officially unveiled at the Alberta Legislature.” Calgary Herald, March 5, 2013


A whopping dram o’ prestige for city-born artist. “Daniel Barrow, a Winnipeg-born visual and performance artist best known for using overhead projectors and other antiquated technologies to bring comic-book narratives to life, has been named 2013 Canadian Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence.” (The artist is currently based in Montreal). Winnipeg Free Press, March 5, 2013


Suzy Lake: Interview With A Maker of Change. “In spring 2011, Lake’s early work was reintroduced to Toronto audiences through the Contact Photography Festival, and the artist is currently preparing for her first retrospective, slated for fall 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In this interview, Bill Clarke meets with Lake at her home studio in Toronto to discuss some of her key works.” Canadian Art, March 5, 2013

Three Shortlisted for $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award. “Canadian artists Stan Douglas, Angela Grauerholz and Robert Walker have been shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award, which has a first prize comprising $50,000, a major solo exhibition at the following year’s Contact Photography Festival, and a catalogue published and distributed internationally by German publisher Steidl.” Canadian Art, March 5, 2013

Meet the 3 Canadian finalists for the Scotiabank Photography Award. “The shortlisted artists, all well-recognized Canadian talents, were selected from a list of nominees provided by curators, photographers, critics and others involved in the visual arts across Canada.” Globe & Mail, March 5, 2013

Curb your enthusiasm: Disappointing bids at contemporary Canadian art auction. “Certainly there were a fair number of nay-sayers Tuesdsay evening at an auction of Canadian contemporary art in downtown Toronto. Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects, created in 2012 as a division of long-running Waddington’s, had 96 lots up for the bidding – but when the final hammer came down around 8:20 EST, an estimated 36 per cent of those lots had not found buyers.” Globe & Mail, March 6, 2013


Why Sky Glabush is a Dark-Horse Artist with a Bright Future. “London, Ontario–based artist Sky Glabush is a bit of a dark horse on the contemporary Canadian scene. Unlike many of his peers, his style is difficult to describe, he is content to work regionally, and his engagement with the material aspects of his practice is rigorous—a throwback to high Modernist experiments with form and meaning-making.” Canadian Art, March 1, 2013


Art Gallery goes big on glass repair. “There’s a massive construction project under way at the National Gallery, but by the end of May it’ll look more like a giant piece of art. Precisely what type of art remains to be seen. For now, gallery director Marc Mayer will only say that the tarpaulin made to cover the project is a “surprise” that will somehow be connected to Sakahan, the big summer exhibition of Native art from Canada and around the world.” Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2013

Artist Kent Monkman to give free presentation on ‘two spirits’. Kent Monkman, one of Canada’s most distinctive and renowned artists will give a presentation Tuesday at the University of Ottawa. Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2013


Lost treasures from a dark era: Concordia project seeks to reunite Nazi-era artwork with rightful owners. “Max Stern built a vast collection of treasures and developed relationships with museums across Germany — sold scores of artworks under duress while countless more were simply confiscated by the German secret police in 1938.” National Post, March 6, 2013

Los Angeles

Costume Drama: Rubens and Korea A mysterious drawing inspires a show at the Getty. For centuries, the drawing at the center of the new exhibition “Looking East: Rubens’s Encounter with Asia” was thought to depict a Siamese ambassador to the court of Britain’s King Charles I. But in recent decades, it has become a subject of fascination—in Korea. ARTnews, March 6, 2013


Chicago dealer buys second space—in cash Kavi Gupta is expanding into a new building making it the largest commercial gallery in the city. The Art Newspaper, March 6, 2013


Amidst Cuts, Indianapolis Museum Partners with Alexander Hotel Unlike many art hotels, which draw from private collections, the Alexander displays 60 works that were curated entirely by the IMA. Fourteen of the 26 artists with original work at the hotel were commissioned to produce art specifically for the project. Art in America, March 4, 2013

New York

Gift Ensures Free Admission at Bronx Museum The Bronx Museum of the Arts has received a gift which will ensure free admission for the next three years. The $500,000 bequest will establish the Shelley and Donald Rubin Free Admission Program and will also allow the museum to commit to expanding community engagement and educational programming. Art in America, March 4, 2013


Britain’s Murals Threatened As Buildings Torn Down “Between the 1920s and the 1970s some of Britain’s greatest artists were employed to create murals for buildings, streets and public spaces.” BBC, March 4, 2013


‘Only Connect The Prose And The Passion’: A Manifesto For Administrators, Artists And Funders Marian Godfrey, a longtime official with the Pew Charitable Trusts, calls for organizations to (re-)consider how their activities – and even their stated missions – really relate to and with the people they’re meant to serve (and to remember that the people they’re serving aren’t the artists themselves). (Grantmakers in the Arts) GIA Reader, Winter 2013 (pdf)

A Growing Divide Between Top Galleries And The Rest “While there has been considerable growth at both the top and emerging ends of the trade, the middle has stagnated.” The Art Newspaper , March 5, 2013

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