Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 21, 2013


B.C. Arts Council grants $3.52 million to Vancouver cultural groups. “Vancouver arts groups and artists have received $3.52 million in provincial funds as part of the latest round of approved B.C. Arts Council grants. For Vancouver recipients, the largest single amounts are $643,000 in operating assistance to the Vancouver Art Gallery and $265,000 for the ArtStarts in Schools grant program.” Georgia Straight, March 19, 2013

Invoking Venus: Feathers and Fashion illustrates the nature of sexual attraction. “First of all, let’s get our bearings. Invoking Venus: Feathers and Fashion is on view at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, on the UBC campus. Phew. The show starts many metres beneath the tail of the massive, arching skeleton of a blue whale, which hangs in the atrium. For us, it’s all new: the art, the whale, the museum, and its contents… Well, Catherine Stewart would know. With a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and an MFA from UBC, a Vancouver-based photographer and printmaker, makes compelling art out of what she describes in her statement as “the practices, aesthetics and history of science”.” Georgia Straight, March 19, 2013

Rain art drops into Vancouver. “Spring in Vancouver is a minefield of rainy days, with umbrella-wielding locals routinely forgetting what the sun looks like for days on end. But one city-based art collective is taking a different approach to the deluge of grey by staging an al fresco show that embraces the region’s tempestuous weather.  Running until 14 April in Chinatown’s Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the show Rain Gatherers (curated by Debra Zhou), comprises several abstract art installations that use technology to respond to rainfall. The group behind the exhibition – Second Site collective – hopes the diverse works will encourage visitors to reflect on their environment.” BBC, March 20, 2013

‘Whale bone porn’ should be censored, says mom. “The saucy scrimshaws included in a new exhibit at the Vancouver Maritime Museum are making waves among some visitors. The Tattoos & Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor exhibit includes about two dozen carvings in sperm whale teeth dating back to the mid-19th century. Some are depictions of sexual acts, while others are carved with romantic poems, dedications to long-lost loves, “a peep at the mermaid,” words expressing sailors’ longing for land, and more than a few topless ladies.” Vancouver Sun, March 21, 2013


Creations by award-winning artists go on display at the National Gallery. “Typically, an artist takes materials and turns them into something that wasn’t there before. Some artists, such as Greg Payce, make art out of something that was never there at all. Payce is among six artists who are this year’s winners of the Governor General’s Awards for visual and media arts. Examples of their work are on display at the National Gallery of Canada, to June 23. Alongside Payce this year are Marcel Barbeau (Montreal), Rebecca Belmore (Winnipeg), Gordon Monahan (Meaford, Ont.), William MacGillivray (Rose Bay, N.S.), and Colette Whiten (Toronto).” Ottawa Citizen, March 21, 2013

War of 1812 memorial artists caught off-guard by change in competition rules. “Artists who were recently dropped from a competition to create a monument commemorating the War of 1812 say they are surprised that the selection process was changed after they spent months working on their designs and that the government, and not a jury of experts, will choose the ultimate winner.” Globe & Mail, March 19, 2013


Walker Art Center’s Film Interns Resign, Charging ‘Callous Negligence’ “In a move designed to protest staff and program cuts in Walker Art Center’s film and video division, the department’s three interns resigned Wednesday afternoon … accusing the museum’s management of ‘general disrespect towards a longstanding, talented, and loyal staff’ and ‘callous negligence’ that ‘was felt with particular sting in the Film/Video department’.” The Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul) March 20, 2013


At Cleveland Museum of Art, the iPad Enhances The Cleveland Museum of Art’s iPad app and its touch-screen gallery are intended to let the rest of the galleries display art without a lot of bells and whistles. New York Times, March 21, 2013

Columbus, Ohio

Rothko’s Journey to His Fields of Color, in Full View “The Decisive Decade,” a touring exhibit of 37 works in different media, shows the transformation over time of the artist Mark Rothko. New York Times, March 21, 2013

Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges answers criticism with post-war acquisitions Museum boosts its holdings of late 20th-century art with works by Warhol and Judd. The Art Newspaper, March 21, 2013

New York

New Appreciation for the Watercolor Works of Sargent Experimental works by John Singer Sargent are grouped together in a collaborative effort by the Brooklyn Museum and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. New York Times, March 21, 2013

Director Enlivens New York’s Society of Illustrators Since taking over in 2007 as director of the Society of Illustrators, Anelle Miller has focused on attracting innovative artists and younger visitors. New York Times, March 21, 2013

Antique Chinese Bowl Bought For $3, Sold For $2.2M “An ancient Chinese bowl that dates from the Northern Song dynasty sold for $2.2 million on Tuesday at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. What makes the sale particularly noteworthy is that the sellers had reportedly purchased the bowl for just $3.” Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2013

Students Use Recycled Materials to Create Art A contest for New York City students, sponsored by Ripley’s Believe or Not Odditorium, challenges them to turn recycled materials into art. New York Times, March 21, 2013

United States

Conservation Team Restores Art and Artifacts After Disasters When floods, fires or earthquakes threaten art and artifacts, the American Institute for Conservation’s emergency response team swoops in. New York Times, March 21, 2013

Rio de Janeiro

Rio Gets New Museum Of Contemporary Latin American Art “Local officials aiming to transform Rio de Janeiro from a cultural backwater into an art hotspot are bolstering their campaign with this week’s opening of a museum” – Casa Daros – “built around one of the world’s premier collections of contemporary Latin American art.” Yahoo! (AP) March 21, 2013

Glenfiddich, Scotland

Free whisky in the Scottish Highlands? Artist Daniel Barrow drinks it all in. Imagine being paid to make art in a distillery – and no, this is not an unpublished William Faulkner story. Montreal artist Daniel Barrow, 41, is the Canadian recipient of this year’s Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence prize. He and seven other artists will spend three months this summer working in the Scottish Highlands at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown. Globe & Mail, March 20, 2013


The Big Change a Fitting Prelude to TEFAF in Maastricht. Friends said to expect sun, outdoor cafés and an early jump on spring in Maastricht for the TEFAF art fair this past week. Instead, an extra jacket came in handy. The town had been hit by a winter storm that closed airports in Paris and Frankfurt a day earlier. With snow on the streets, ice underfoot and a sullen, leaden river that held no promise of warmth, this March trip could have been to almost anywhere in Canada instead of the southern tip of the Netherlands. Yet in no time at all, the art turned around the climate to make for something remarkable. Canadian Art, March 20, 2013


In Rome Exhibition, a Poem to New York “Empire State,” featuring 25 well- and lesser-known New York artists, opens in Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni on April 22. New York Times, March 21, 2013


A Prosperous China Goes on a Museum Building Spree China is in the midst of a museum-building binge, fueled by the nation’s booming economy, but the Chinese are still sorting out what exactly they want from their museums. New York Times, March 21, 2013


Art Scene Takes Wing in Dubai More than 20 galleries have set up in Al Quoz in the past couple of years, attracted by the large spaces available and the neighborhood’s gritty, urban feel. New York Times, March 21, 2013


Photography’s Stature Rises at Museums Museums — many of them with new photography department heads — are organizing exhibitions that in some cases incorporate other art media. New York Times, March 21, 2013

A Flurry of Museum Building With a Personal Stamp Museums founded by moguls represent a departure from recent philanthropy directed at solving social problems, and the trend coincides with a modest rise in arts philanthropy. New York Times, March 21, 2013

Museums Look for Ways to Groom Repeat Visitors As attendance at art museums flags, membership programs are being tailored for a new kind of loyalty. New York Times, March 21, 2013

The Particular Puzzles of Being a Small Museum Riding the slipstream of a tourist boom can help, but most modest museums have to be very inventive to bring in visitors — and cultivate a loyal core. New York Times, March 21, 2013

Exhibitions to Lift the Spirit A collection of events planned at museums nationwide this spring and summer. New York Times, March 21, 2013

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