Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 27, 2013


All in a day’s handiwork. Erin Boniferro’s workshop in East Vancouver, Collage Collage, caters to children aged two through 12 – but she always encourages bigger kids to join in. To her delight, she’s also watched adults come in and get inspired to make something with their hands. The Province, March 26, 2013


Rediscovered art by residential-school pupils paints a portrait of survival. For 50 years, a rare collection of First Nations paintings was stashed away in bags and boxes, long forgotten by the artists. The collection was discovered by a field studies class at the University of Victoria, years after Mr. Aller left his collection to the university. Included in that material, but initially ignored, was a set of 47 paintings created by some of Mr. Aller’s students at the Alberni Indian Residential School. Globe & Mail, March 27, 2013

Barrie, ON

Kristan Horton Masters the Mix at MacLaren Art Centre. “What does it take to get inside the mind of an artist? There are instances, when as a viewer you feel like you might just have found a way into that elusive inner space of an artist’s practice—when something special is revealed about the development of a creative sensibility over time. Kristan Horton’s “A Haptic Portrait of Groping Imagination,” curated by Ben Portis and currently on view at the MacLaren Art Centre, is just such a case.” Canadian Art, March 21, 2013


AGO’s new exhibit gets to the roots of the Renaissance. Revealing the Early Renaissance, the new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, took a decade to assemble, with pieces arriving in Toronto from 45 different lenders. The works — paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and stained glass from Florence, date back to the early 13th century. National Post, March 26, 2013

Douglas Coupland among judges for inaugural Emerging Designer Competition. Author and artist Douglas Coupland and Project Runway Canada winner Sunny Fong are among the judges lined up for the inaugural Emerging Designer Competition. The Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, and Royal Bank of Canada Foundation are launching the initiative, which is open to up-and-coming Canadians in all design disciplines. Toronto Star, March 26, 2013


Restored Aboriginal artwork will take place of pride at NAC. It may be the biggest piece of Aboriginal art in the nation’s capital or, at least, the biggest piece hanging on a wall. At 3.73 metres high and six metres wide, Jessie Oonark’s untitled tapestry at the National Arts Centre is just a smidgen bigger than Norval Morrisseau’s grand masterpiece, Androgyny, which hung for several years in the ballroom at Rideau Hall. Ottawa Citizen, March 26, 2013

Portraits of Canadians make you look twice. Fifty-nine prominent historical figures are featured in the exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization that just opened in Gatineau, Que. The photos, sketches, cartoons and paintings adorn the walls in the special exhibitions wing of the Museum. Each portrait is accompanied by three key words or phrases to describe the famous Canadian. For Métis resistance leader Louis Riel, the description reads: “Leader. Traitor. Father of Confederation.” Winnipeg Free Press, March 26, 2013


Sarah Watson Appointed Director of Artexte. “Sarah Watson has been appointed director of Artexte in Montreal, replacing Sylvie Gilbert, who accepted a position with the Canada Council in January. She is due to begin April 8.” Canadian Art, March 20, 2013


Nine Shows We Want to See This Spring (Besides Venice). “The advent of warmer weather across the nation has also brought the prospect of exciting new exhibitions. Here are nine we’re anticipating—besides (of course) the Venice Biennale, which opens to the public June 1.” Canadian Art, March 25, 2013

Canada’s Presence Expands on Google Art Project. “Canada’s presence has expanded on the Google Art Project with additions this week from the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa and the Pointe-à-Caillère Museum in Montreal. New uploads are also due soon from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, which will feature an online project by Jon Rafman.” Canadian Art, March 26, 2013

Culture and tourism / Facilities / Social benefits. Canadian and American research into the links between the arts, culture, tourism, local planning, facilities, and well-being. Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor, March 27, 2013

Los Angeles

MOCA Says It’s Raised $60M Toward $100M Endowment “L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art announced Tuesday that it aims to build its endowment to $100 million and has commitments lifting the total above $60 million as the campaign begins. The museum’s investments, which include endowment funds, stood at $23 million early this year.” Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2013

New York

Plans For Ground Zero Arts Center Change Again “When a performing arts center was first planned for the former World Trade Center site, four cultural organizations were chosen after a high-profile competition … But over the years each of the organizations has fallen away” – the last of them being the Joyce Theater, which had planned to make the center a hub for dance. New York Times, March 27, 2013

Art on the Walls and on the Plates At Danny Meyer’s restaurant on the ground floor of the Museum of Modern Art, a view of the sculpture garden and a dining experience that goes from one delight to another. New York Times, March 27, 2013

Jerry Saltz On MoMA’s Tilda-In-A-Box “Placing living art in MoMA’s airy atrium has become the museum’s crystal meth. … It’s cute thinking: The museum has figured out a way to turn a snoozefest into spectacle. (And without using James Franco.)” New York Magazine , March 25, 2013

St.-Romain-Au-Mont-D’or, France

Chaotic Art, Or Artful Chaos, Confounds An Old French Village “Businessman-turned-artist Thierry Ehrmann has turned his 17th-century home in France into the ‘Abode of Chaos’ – a sprawling art installation dedicated to death and mayhem. Now some neighbors are trying to restore order.” The Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2013 (includes slide show and video)


Danish artist found guilty of copyright infringement over pornographic collage Kristian von Hornsleth says the work is an artistic response to a bad review. The Art Newspaper, March 27, 2013


Censorship Dispute In Switzerland Gives Museums Pause “A row over photography censorship has broken out in Switzerland which could, says the director of a major Swiss museum, lead to institutions backing down from mounting shows that focus on real-life situations.” The Art Newspaper, March 26, 2013


King Herod, Master Builder, at Israel Museum If walls could talk and stones could whisper, they’d hyperventilate in describing the colossal projects of King Herod (70 BCE-4 BCE) in the nation of Judea. His astounding constructions prove the truth of a quip by Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion: “To be a realist in Israel you have to believe in miracles.” In one generation, Herod, fuelled by megalomaniacal ambition, miraculously transformed Judea from a backwater province to an impressively up-to-date pseudo-Rome. The Art Newspaper, March 26, 2013


What Do You Do If The Artist Is A Racist? We have precedents for heinous personal beliefs coinciding with creative brilliance (Ezra Pound, Richard Wagner), and bigotry embodied in works of great formal achievement (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Triumph of the Will”), but this is an unusual case of an artist’s ideological extremism so suddenly exposed, and so plainly relevant to his art. The New Yorker, March 25, 2013

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