Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 11, 2013

Vancouver

Rooms for interpretation: New Vancouver Art Gallery show examines socio-cultural aspects of the hotel. “Chateau Marmont is one of many hotels represented in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, which runs April 13 — Sept 15. Covering two floors of the gallery, the show examines hotels from four perspectives, using a variety of methods to demonstrate the hotel’s relevance in the social, cultural, travel and design arenas.” Vancouver Sun, April 10, 2013

Do not disturb: Hotels are great cultural breeding grounds. “According to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life exhibit, the hotel is not just a place where you crash, order room service and watch CNN. It’s also a breeding ground for culture. Over the years a number of works have been conceived, completed and/or tweaked in – and been inspired by – hotels (though, apparently, not many Holiday Inns).” Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2013

Lyle Wilson’s Paint is an outstanding cultural experience. Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson “was organized by the Maple Ridge Art Gallery, where it debuted last spring. Happily for travel-challenged Vancouverites, Paint recently opened at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Although its focus is Wilson’s painted works, executed over the past 20 years, a small selection of his sculptures—such as frontlets, model totem poles, and a ceremonial mask—is also included to provide insight into his practice.” Georgia Straight, April 9, 2013

Gallery Hop Vancouver Panel & Talk Details Released. On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Canadian Art Foundation, in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver, invites art lovers to join in our annual Vancouver Gallery Hop, a day of art, talks and tours happening at galleries throughout the city. A series of free tours and talks will be led by art-world experts at a selection of Vancouver’s galleries and museums. Canadian Art, April 11, 2013

Winnipeg

International trade: Chinese/Canadian arts exchange. “Cultural exchange between China and the West is complex, reflecting geography, language, economics, global politics, ideology, and, depending how you define “cultural exchange” and “the West,” some 2,000 years of history and two billion living people. Too often, this complexity elicits incomplete, unbalanced, or simply inaccurate characterizations of that exchange, but (Da bao)(Takeout), which opened at Plug In ICA last weekend, avoids these pitfalls by adopting a broad focus and a light touch.” Winnipeg Free Press, April 11, 2013

Discontent remains on CMHR, Holodomor. Despite nearly 10 years of arguing the Holodomor should be featured more prominently in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress is still not happy. Winnipeg Free Press, April 9, 2013

Toronto

Toronto photo exhibit sheds new light on Roma in Canada. “While doing a photo shoot for artists in the Czech Republic in 2001, Washington D.C.-based photographer Chad Evans Wyatt was shocked to see how Roma were portrayed in the media there. Through Czech acquaintances, Wyatt hunted down Czech Roma who had defied stereotypes and barriers and made it into the professional and middle class. During a four-day whirlwind visit to Toronto over a weekend, Wyatt photographed 26 Roma in the GTA to compile the week-long exhibit, which ends Sunday.” Toronto Star, April 9, 2013

Images Festival gets up close and personal this year. Jane Gillooly, Scott Stark, Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price and Althea Thauberger are among the artists taking part. Toronto Star, April 11, 2013

10 Projects We Want to See at the Images Festival. “Toronto’s Images Festival is back this week for its 26th year of experimental film, video and moving-image work from an impressive array of local, national and international artists. With 135 artists at 20 venues across the city, Images has a lot to offer, and can present a formidable challenge for the committed art lover or cineaste. Here, ten of our best bets for the festival.” Canadian Art, April 10, 2013

Canada

How not to look at Manet: The problem with bringing art to the movie screen. “No question Manet: Portraying Life is a treat for the eyes, sore or otherwise. I expect some viewers will complain that it skimps on the history, biography and interpretation, that it doesn’t give much sense of the Royal Academy – but how can a 91-minute tour be all things to all art buffs? The exhibition’s greatest weakness, in fact, resides in Borchard-Young’s initial misgiving. For all the unobstructed views, crisp close-ups and contemplative, at times torporific tone, it’s not the next best thing to being there.” Globe & Mail, April 11, 2013

Los Angeles

Campaign Demands That Denise Scott Brown Get Retroactive Prizker Prize “Denise Scott Brown worked alongside her husband, Robert Venturi, who was awarded the 1991 Pritzker Architecture Prize alone for his body of work. But it is widely acknowledged that they did the work together.” CBC, April 10, 2013

Frank Gehry’s War On Paper “Gehry hates paper. Not paper itself — just its use in architecture. His company, Gehry Technologies, has spent the last several decades developing a digital system for sharing and working on architectural plans and diagrams and other types of building information modeling, and now he’s trying to share it across the industry, with the help of a new collaboration with cloud-based storage service Box.” Wired, April 9, 2013

Lost Parmigianino drawing found tucked inside a Bible The Huntington Library and Art Collections had thought the work missing for 30 years. The Art Newspaper, April 10, 2013

Paradise City, Arizona

Paolo Soleri, 93, Utopian Architect “A onetime apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West compound, … [Soleri] created a visionary prototype for a new kind of ecologically sensitive city in the remote Arizona desert four decades ago, only to watch the suburban sprawl he detested begin to creep near it in recent years.” Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2013

Schaumburg, Illinois

Martyl Langsdorf, Artist Behind Doomsday Clock, Dies at 96 Ms. Langsdorf drew the Doomsday Clock for the June 1947 cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists as a way to evoke the potential devastation of nuclear weapons. New York Times, April 11, 2013

New York

MoMA to Raze Ex-American Folk Art Museum Building Just 12 years old and critically acclaimed, the former American Folk Art Museum will be torn down to make room for an expansion by its neighbour, the Museum of Modern Art. New York Times, April 11, 2013

London

I Went to a Movie and an Art Exhibition Broke Out Manet comes to life in a film about an exhibition at the Royal Academy; it will be shown on Thursday in theaters. New York Times, April 11, 2013

Why Are Museums Censoring “Controversial” Art? “Art history is being rewritten through the prism of abuse, too. So it was that the Tate gallery has announced that it is ‘reviewing’ its policy on the display of prints by the artist Graham Ovenden and has already taken them offline.” spiked-online, April 10, 2013

Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum Reopens “The final product… represents a glorious achievement for the project’s creative team, for the Netherlands and for world culture, demonstrating that it is possible to embrace innovation while conscientiously conserving the finest traditions of the past.” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2013

Paris

Strike At Louvre Over Pickpocket Gangs “Paris’s Louvre museum closed on Wednesday due to a walkout by some staff over a rise in aggressive pickpockets including children sometimes working in gangs of up to 30, staff and management said.” Agence France-Presse, April 10, 2013

Paris Judge Orders Hearing on Auction Sale of Hopi Artifacts A lawyer has convinced a Paris judge to hold a hearing Thursday to determine the legality of a sale of sacred Hopi Indian artifacts by the Néret-Minet auction house that is scheduled for Friday. New York Times, April 9, 2013

Zao Wou-Ki, Seen as Modern Art Master, Dies at 92 Zao Wou-ki, who moved to France in 1948, was considered one of the School of Paris artists and was lauded in his adopted country. New York Times, April 11, 2013

Qatar

Qatar reportedly buys Picasso’s Child with a Dove The small, oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar has made another major modern art purchase. According to the French newspaper Le Figaro. The Art Newspaper, April 10, 2013

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