Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 10, 2013


Photographer inspired by a dream. You could say Ian Ruhter’s camera is as big as a truck. But actually, his camera is the truck. The back of a blue delivery van has been transformed into a giant box to encase the lens and aperture. And instead of a digital memory card, his photos are printed on big metal plates. The results are life rendered large, in haunting, ethereal moments. The Province, April 10, 2013

Sculptor’s donation valued at $160,000. A whimsical series of chairs created for the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum in 2005 has been donated to the city, a gift by Montreal artist Michel Goulet and the Biennale. Vancouver Sun, April 10, 2013

Sinclair,  Manitoba

World’s largest dollhouse gutted in fire lit by artist who created it. Built on the side of Manitoba’s Highway 2, the landmark, known simply as The Dollhouse, was an abandoned farmhouse renovated to 1960s-era splendour and equipped with floor-to-ceiling sheets of Plexiglas along one wall, allowing visitors to gaze inside. It was set fire on March 21 by the artist, Heather Benning. National Post, April 10, 2013


Dark Matter Brings Gravity to Arsenal Toronto. “Dark Matter” is Arsenal’s big bang: nothing gaudy or noisily declarative; a subtly arranged, probing show of by-and-large excellent work by Canadian and international artists at various stages of their careers. Canadian Art, April 9, 2013

Kirsten McCrea has a special delivery for art lovers. At a time when digital communication often doesn’t let the postman ring once – forget about twice – Toronto-based artist Kirsten McCrea is keeping alive hand-delivery, turning it into something of an art. Globe & Mail, April 9, 2013

Art or crime? Graffiti pushes cities to try new measures. In July of 2011 Toronto introduced its comprehensive graffiti management plan, which shifted the focus from simple graffiti removal – although that is still a central tactic in the plan because vandals are far less likely to hit a wall multiple times if they know their work will be promptly deleted – to prevention, largely through youth and community outreach programs. Globe & Mail, April 8, 2013


Deft in Venice: Is Lynne Cohen even better than we think? Lynne Cohen’s work is on view this month at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the show gives us the chance once again to take stock of her talents. Now 68 and living in Montreal, she has for decades devoted herself to the searching study of institutional interiors – training facilities, spas, classrooms, ballistics ranges, hotels, laboratories. Globe & Mail, April 5, 2013

Paulette Gagnon leaves Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Paulette Gagnon has announced her resignation from the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. The move comes as the board of trustees state their intention to restructure the museum. The Art Newspaper, April 10, 2013

St. John’s

13 Staff Cut at the Rooms in Newfoundland Budget Aftermath. Newfoundlanders are expressing concern this week over government cuts to the arts released with the provincial budget on March 26. These changes included a $1 million funding cut for the Rooms—Newfoundland’s provincial art gallery, museum and archive. Canadian Art, April 9, 2013


Coming to a movie theatre near you: Museum exhibitions from around the world. From the people who brought live Metropolitan Opera performances to a movie theatre near you comes the next big-screen cultural attraction: museum art exhibits from around the world. It begins Thursday with a retrospective devoted to the portraits by Edouard Manet from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, screened to 450 theatres across the U.S. and about 600 around the globe, with many locations scheduling encore broadcasts. Times Colonist, April 9, 2013

New York

A Billion-Dollar Gift Gives the Met a New Perspective (Cubist)Leonard A. Lauder, the cosmetics tycoon, will donate his collection of 78 pieces of Cubist art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, filling a glaring gap. New York Times, April 10, 2013

Not a black-and-white issue Museums are buying African-American art to make their collections more representative, but the market remains lukewarm—for now (MoMA recently acquired 12 works by African-American artists, half of which were included in the Hammer Museum’s 2012 show “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-80”, which travelled to MoMA PS1 ) The Art Newspaper, April 10, 2013

Daniel Reich, 1975-2012 In the fall of 2011, when New York art dealer Daniel Reich closed his eponymous Chelsea gallery, he announced plans to relocate to an undetermined new space, where he hoped to find a “new formula or a new format for the art gallery,” one “that departs from the white cube as we no [sic] it today.” That was a year and a half ago; Reich never set up in a new location. Art in America, April 10, 2013


Baltimore Museum of Art Announces Layoffs The job cuts took effect immediately, and are part of the museum’s attempt to work with a budget that has decreased by $1 million to $12.9 million for the 2012–2013 fiscal year. Baltimore Sun, April 8, 2013


In pictures: Margaret Thatcher: the artists loved to hate her The former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher won few friends in the art world because of her severe cuts to arts funding. Among those who have supported her are Conservative conceptualists Gilbert and George, who told the Telegraph: “We admire Margaret Thatcher greatly. She did a lot for art. Socialism wants everyone to be equal. We want to be different.” We’ve rounded up some of the more (in)famous artists’ depictions of the Iron Lady. The Art Newspaper, April 10, 2013


Christie’s Is Poised to Auction Art in China The auction house has received a license to operate independently in China, which has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest art and auction market. New York Times, April 10, 2013

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