Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 7, 2013

Arts news will take a break March 11 & 12 – we’ll be back March 13.  See you then!


Human imperfection permeates Raymond Boisjoly art. “Language—written, spoken, and sung—is a significant force in Raymond Boisjoly’s art. So is photography’s ability to register fleeting conditions of light, history, and cultural expression.” Georgia Straight, March 5, 2013

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at the Museum of Anthropology. Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, runs amid the atmospheric surrounds of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC from Wednesday to next Sunday (March 6 to 10). Highlighting the traditions of coastal British Columbia, Manitoba, the Yukon, and Alaska, it’s a rare chance to see a variety of styles—all full of dazzling costumes and masks—in one place. Georgia Straight, February 28, 2013


Art exhibits showcase women, Wild ARC. “Thirty female artists will display their works at the café gallery of the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in an art show to celebrate International Women’s Day, this Friday. The show includes works by Pat Martin Bates, Phyllis Serota and Joan McHardy.” Times Colonist, March 6, 2013


Labour relations. “The atmosphere inside Homemaking, Chantel Mierau’s exhibition at Aceartinc., is almost like that of a slightly sleepy beehive or termite colony. The space is dark, dimly lit by the four video projections and two flat-screen television monitors.” Winnipeg Free Press, March 6, 2013


Patti Smith’s Polaroid opposites. “Patti Smith sat on a stage at the Art Gallery of Ontario Wednesday morning and discussed Camera Solo, her photography exhibit making its Canadian premiere. Smith, the 66-year-old poet, author and rock icon, wore jeans and an over-sized black jacket, a loosened black tie and a large silver cross that hung down to her navel. She smiled often during the press conference in Toronto, and said there’s nothing bleak about her snapshots of tombstones, typewriters and artifacts from the lives of her long-gone heroes.” National Post, March 6, 2013


Painting returned to art icon Max Stern’s estate. “In 1938, Max Stern was forced to sell a collection of precious artworks to Nazi Germany to secure permission for his mother to escape the country. On Tuesday, a museum in Stuttgart returned one of the paintings to Stern’s heirs: Concordia and McGill Universities, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The three universities are his heirs. And we’re like his children in a sense,” said an overjoyed Clarence Epstein, director of the Max Stern Art Restitution Project, headed by Concordia University.” Montreal Gazette, March 6, 2013


From Cutting-Edge to Razor-Edge: Why the Plasticiens Matter. Leah Sandals talks to co-curator Roald Nasgaard about “The Plasticiens and Beyond: Montreal 1955–1970”, “razor edge” vs. “hard edge,” Montreal vs. Clement Greenberg, and domestic vs. global art histories. The exhibition is on at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec and travels to the Varley Art Gallery Canadian Art, March 6, 2013

San Francisco

George Lucas Proposes New Museum For San Francisco “The filmmaker said he has long sought to showcase his collection of 150 years of populist art, which includes illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, comics and digital technology. Lucas, 69, said he doesn’t have enough wall space at his 6,000-acre Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, so he wants to invest up to $300 million of his own money to build the museum.” Yahoo! (AP), March 7, 2013

Long Island

Art Found In Garage Worth $30 Million “In 2007, the new owner of a bungalow in Bellport, on Long Island, found thousands of paintings, drawings and journals by Arthur Pinajian in a garage and attic. Yahoo! (AP), March 7, 2013

Gloucestershire, England

A Visit To Europe’s Largest Sculpture Foundry “They’ve cast bronzes for Sarah Lucas, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst. They also produced Martin Jennings’s sculpture of John Betjeman at St Pancras station. Here, the staff at Pangolin Editions reveal the secrets of the foundry.” The Guardian (UK), March 6, 2013 (audio slide show)


Major Makeover for London’s Southbank Center London’s Southbank Centre today unveiled the tentative plans to redesign the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery, which was described as the centre’s “biggest step forward since the ‘60s”. The Independent (UK), March 7, 2013

London’s Westminster City Council Eliminates Arts Funding. “A council spokesman stressed that the council would ”actively support all of the local arts projects to find alternative sources of funding from 2014/15 onwards” and that arts organisations were still eligible to apply for funding under the council’s wards budgets programme.” The Stage, March 7, 2013


Belfast Increases Arts Funding 27 Percent. “The move is being seen as crucial to realising Belfast’s newly published Cultural Framework plan and is intended to complement a wider £150 million investment programme in the city over the same period. The council says the increased funding will help support more than 400 jobs and 4,000 arts workers in the city.” The Stage, March 6, 2013

Sydney, Australia

Ambitious Plan To Double Size Of Sydney’s Major Museum (Now All We Need Is $400 Million) The new wing of the AGNSW is the centrepiece of a vision called Sydney Modern, the gallery’s director outlined to several hundred industry figures at the gallery yesterday. He expected the expansion would cost $400 million, not including a proposed new train station and a ferry wharf at Woolloomooloo.” The Australian, March 6, 2013


Artists who think big. Slide show of monumental artworks spawned by large ambitions. CBC News, March 2013

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