Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 3, 2013


Tourism master plan seeks public input. “An online tourism survey asking Vancouverites key questions about Vancouver could have a big impact on how the city develops. The survey includes several questions regarding the future of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is becoming a hot button issue. Responses will help guide Vancouver’s first Tourism Master Plan, an initiative between Tourism Vancouver, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Economic Commission and the Vancouver Convention Centre.” Vancouver Courier, April 3, 2013

Charles John Collings Exhibition and Public Talk. “Uno Langmann Gallery is presenting an exhibition of 33 works from the collection of Uno Langmann by Charles John Collings, in support of Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings, currently on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Uno Langmann Gallery is hosting a free talk about the collection on Saturday April 27th at noon.” Vancouver Observer, April 2013

Wandering is wonderful. Public art makes Vancouver’s landscape infinitely more interesting. The Province, March 31, 2013

Theft of sculpture ‘heartbreaking’ for artist. “It was functional art, as pleasing to the eye as it was useful in leaning back and taking a weight off on sunny days. Dawn Blue Dusk, a public piece of art formed the backrest of a bench outside the Pine Community Health Clinic on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver and it was stolen over Easter. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Nyla Sunga, the artist who painted the work that was carved by Michael Asti-Rose.”” The Province, April 3, 2012

Port Alberni

Paintings bear witness to B.C. residential schools’ harsh life. “When Lewis George looks at the paintings he created as a child more than half a century ago, he sees artwork that changed the course of his life. George, an Ahousaht First Nation hereditary chief, was sent to Alberni Indian Residential School when he was about six years old. Soon after his arrival, he jumped at the chance of taking art classes because they would get him out of early bedtime. A repatriation ceremony and feast were held Saturday in Port Alberni to honour the return of paintings created between 1959 and 1966.” Times Colonist, March 31, 2013


18 striking photos from Toronto’s CONTACT photo fest. “Photography will dominate Toronto’s art scene next month, courtesy of the 17th CONTACT Photography Festival, the lineup for which was released on Tuesday.” Globe & Mail, April 2, 2013

From the Archives: Ian Carr-Harris on Cardiff and Miller in Venice. A reprint of an article published in Canadian Art, Fall 2001, in anticipation of an important survey of Canadian duo Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario on April 6, 2013. Canadian Art, March 28, 2013

What is Life of a Craphead? (And is it funny?). “Downstairs at the Art Gallery of Ontario, past the rows of model ships and the glassed-in display of Inuit carvings, there is a wall. It reads “LIFE OF A CRAPHEAD.”. This bit of text is flanked by two spotlit photographs, one of a young woman in a wooly cardigan basking in the sunlight, the other a tight crop of a square-jawed young man smiling at the camera. Both photographs have a wholesomeness that spills ever so slightly above the meniscus of the believable. The subjects are Amy Lam and Jon McCurley. They are Life of a Craphead.” Globe & Mail, March 29, 2013

Paul Sietsema at Full Sail in 1st Canadian Solo Show. “In mounting the first Canadian solo exhibition of LA artist Paul Sietsema—who has been a Guggenheim Fellow and received solo exhibitions at MoMA and the Whitney—Mercer Union and the Images Festival have been faced with the challenge of fostering a discussion around works that seem almost impossible to pin down, and that often intentionally explore (mis)communication.” Canadian Art, April 2, 2013

Court rules disputed Morrisseau painting is authentic. Deputy Judge Paul Martial of Toronto ruled on Tuesday that a Morrisseau canvas titled Wheel of Life that a Sarnia schoolteacher bought in 2005 and came to believe was bogus is “on the balance of probabilities … an original Norval Morrisseau” and that the Toronto gallery that sold it to her “did not misrepresent [its] authenticity.” Globe & Mail, April 3, 2013


Falsehoods & photographs. The Edward Curtis Project explores the ideas percolating behind iconic Native American images by photographer Edward Curtis. Ottawa Citizen, March 30, 2013

New York

Inventing Abstraction: Crucially New or Comfortably Numb? “On a massive wall in the sixth-floor foyer that marks the entrance to the exhibition “Inventing Abstraction 1910–1925,” there is an equally massive wall graphic that attempts to visually plot, through fine, perfectly straight lines, the close social and artistic associations between the figures represented in the exhibition.” Canadian Art, April 1, 2013

Los Angeles

Is This A Korean Counterpart To Girl With A Pearl Earring? Peter Paul Rubens’s 1617 drawing titled Man in Korean Costume (now in the Getty’s collection) may not be well-known in the US, but in South Korea two books have been inspired by the sketch: a 1993 historical novel that became a bestseller and a 2004 work of history by a Jesuit scholar. Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2013


Artists Announced for 2013 Carnegie International Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art has announced the artist list for this year’s Carnegie International, which runs October 4, 2013–March 16, 2014. The survey, organized by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, is now in its 117th year, and will include, among other elements, a reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection highlighting the legacy of the International and the inauguration of a playground designed by Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972. The International, which takes place every few years, will feature thirty-five artists from nineteen countries. Artforum, April 3, 2013


No, The Gates Of Hell Are In Philadelphia “One thing you can do in Philadelphia is stand before the Gates of Hell. I am not talking about the Badlands of North Philly. I am talking about the Rodin Museum.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1, 2013

New York

American Folk Art Museum Puts Down Healthier Roots Having sold its extravagant Midtown building and embraced strict fiscal controls, the American Folk Art Museum has experienced a rise in attendance and the return of some donors. New York Times, April 3, 2013

Chelsea’s future in question after New York flood map is redrawn The district’s art galleries face spiralling insurance costs or may find it impossible to buy coverage. The Art Newspaper, April 3, 2013

A Challenge To Architects To Do SOMEthing With NY’s Penn Station “We’re really trying to unlock people’s imaginations about the very real potential of a new arena and of a new Penn Station.” New York Times, April 3, 2013


New director for Louvre Jean-Luc Martinez, head of the Louvre’s Greco-Roman antiquities department, takes France’s most prestigious museum post. The Art Newspaper, April 3, 2013


What Goes On At Versailles On Mondays A visit to Louis XIV’s chateau to see the cleaning and restoration work that happens on the one day each week when the place is closed to visitors. NPR, March 28, 2013 (includes audio)


Rough-And-Tumble Marseilles Gets An Architectural Makeover “Everywhere you look, the city is being polished and scrubbed, renovated and repainted. Roads are being resurfaced, trees are being planted, and vast new museums are rising from the ground in preparation for the European Capital of Culture 2013 – which began three months ago.” The Guardian (UK) April 1, 2013


Siena’s cultural organisations threatened by banking scandal World’s oldest bank receives $4.1bn bailout, leaving its formerly generous foundation with little to give. The Art Newspaper, April 3, 2013

Pamukkale, Greece

Archaeologists Locate The Gates Of Hell “Known as Pluto’s Gate – Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin – the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition. Historic sources located the site in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and described the opening as filled with lethal mephitic vapors.” Discovery, March 29, 2013


Star Chinese Architect’s Mission To Save (Build On) The Past “The wholesale rebuilding of China in the past couple of decades has been a phenomenon. It is building more – and faster – than anywhere else in the world ever has. Wang Shu’s considered, thoughtful architecture is both response to and critique of China’s construction hyperinflation.” Financial Times, March 29, 2013

China Is Becoming More Western (Literally… And Physically) “For the past few decades, China has been replicating — almost brick-for-brick — many of the West’s iconic architectural gems, including such iconic buildings as the Sydney Opera House, the White House in Washington and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.” CBC, April 3, 2013


‘The Myth of the Artist Starving’ Looking back at the ’80s market boom and other excerpts from our coverage 100, 75, 50, and 25 years ago. ARTnews, April 2, 2013

How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take to Discolor a van Gogh? Why online news reports claiming that LED exposure darkened the artist’s colors were mistaken. ARTnews, April 3, 2013

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