Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 15-18, 2013

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery presents first North American … Opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Patrick Faigenbaum features more than 75 photographs by the noted Parisian artist, spanning four decades of his distinguished career. Curated by Gallery director Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Jeff Wall, this exclusive presentation highlights the range and scope of the artist’s photography. Art Daily, March 18, 2013

The Godfather: How Ian Wallace launched Vancouver’s modern art scene While you can find a snow-covered mountain or a cove of salt water, among other West Coast signifiers, in a Wallace assemblage, they’re not so much the point of the image as part of it. If, as some critics have observed, a Michael Snow work is a mechanism for seeing, an Ian Wallace, for all the seeming simplicity of its presentation, is a mechanism for thinking. Indeed, full-blooded conceptualist that Wallace is, it’s the thought that counts. (Book Review) Globe and Mail, March 15, 2013

Little-known artist’s sculptures left a mark on city of Vancouver Not many Vancouverites know of artist George Norris, although one of his works is an iconic feature in the city. Norris, who died Tuesday in his hometown of Victoria at age 84. Vancouver Sun, March 16, 2013

Toronto

Art Gallery of Ontario’s Florentine art exhibition transports viewers to early 14th century Italy The angels fly toward the gilded pinnacle with their eyes covered, to keep from being blinded by God’s radiance. He looks right at us, like a figure in a Byzantine icon, but this wintry God with his narrow-eyed gravitas has something most Byzantine images lack: personality. Globe and Mail, March 16, 2013

Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art: Preview With most minds and eyes on Italy and the Papacy these days the time’s ideal for Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art. This once-in-a-generation exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario starting March 16 is as ancient and yet contemporary as the choosing of a new Pope. It’s equally laden with high mindedness and down low cunning. Toronto Star, March 15, 2013

See works of early-14th century Italian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (slide show) Globe and Mail, March 16, 2013

The enduring stylishness of Patti Smith She showed us that a girl could command our attention without being pretty to look at. Toronto Star, March 15, 2013

Ottawa

In pursuit of a design dream For decades, architect Douglas Cardinal put his driving ambition ahead of family as he built an international reputation for his stunningly distinctive curvilinear buildings. Cardinal is still hard at work – but at 79, and after a rift with his architect son, he’s sketching out a happier life with a young new team. Vancouver Sun, March 16, 2013

Federal librarians fear being;muzzled; under new code of conduct  Federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in “high risk” activities, according to the new code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada. Calgary Herald, March 15, 2013

San Francisco

Turmoil at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco More than a year after the death of their director, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco endure staff departures and complaints about the board president. New York Times, March 16, 2013

Auburn, New York

Sale Planned for Thomas Cole Landscape The Seward House Historic Museum’s decision to sell Thomas Cole’s “Portage Falls on the Genesee” disturbs the descendants of Gov. William H. Seward and museum professionals. New York Times, March 18, 2013

New York

‘The Hugo Boss Prize 2012,’ Danh Vo Works at the Guggenheim “The Hugo Boss Prize 2012: Danh Vo I M U U R 2” at the Guggenheim Museum is a homage to an artist’s ambiguous cultural explorations. New York Times, March 17, 2013

Asia Week New York Art Shows Take Over Upper East Side More than 40 art shows presented in tandem with Asia Week New York capture the sweep of that continent’s many cultures and their histories. New York Times, March 17, 2013

Yelverton, Devon

That Painting Isn’t By Rembrandt’s Pupil – It’s By The Master Himself “The painting, which is dated to 1635, shows Rembrandt at the age of 29, wearing a black velvet cap with ostrich feathers and a decorated velvet cape.The world’s leading Rembrandt expert, Ernst van de Wetering, attributed the painting to the artist himself after a new investigation dispelled the 45-year belief that it was a pupil’s work. The Independent, March 18, 2013

Oberhausen, Germany

Christo’s Massive Indoor Air Dome Opens In Germany “Big Air Package — a massive, inflated fabric dome standing 90m high and 50m across — completely fills Germany’s Gasometer Oberhausen, a huge former natural gas holding tank that was converted into an event space and exhibition venue in 1988.” CBC, March 15, 2013

Seoul

A Curator Discusses Art in Seoul, South Korea Doryun Chong, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on how to see art in Seoul and understand the history behind it. New York Times, March 17, 2013

Japan

Toyo Ito Wins the Pritzker Architecture Prize Toyo Ito, who designed a library that survived Japan’s disastrous 2011 earthquake, has won his field’s top honor. New York Times, March 18, 2013

Toyo Ito: The Pritzker Winner Finds Inspiration In Nature “Ito’s architecture creates fluidity between nature and humanity. When people enter his completely solar-powered stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for example, he wants them to be able to feel the wind and feel the air. Too often, he believes, urban environments feel intended to keep us apart. He wants to redesign them to bring us together.” NPR, March 17, 2013

International

What Do You Think Happens To All That Art Donated To Museums That Never Gets Seen? “In virtually all cases, families with such heirlooms would be better off passing them on to family heirs or selling them. (Donate the cash to the museum and save a lot of trouble for everyone!) Many buyers would be thrilled to have the not-quite-museum-quality art on their living room walls. At least it would be seen.” Crosscut, March 15, 2013

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