Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 12-15, 2013

Vancouver

How the Vancouver Art Gallery is paying homage to the hotel So much more than a place to rest your weary head, the hotel is the stuff of fantasy: sexual, economic, creative. It’s a place to be quiet with your thoughts or your partner, or very loud with your friends. It is a haven of design and, more and more, of interesting art on the walls. Or maybe it’s a seedy escape, a place where we can imagine holing up and writing the Great Canadian Novel. Or, at the very least, reading it. Globe and Mail, April 15, 2013

Grand Hotel exhibit opens at Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend Andy Warhol’s underground split-screen epic, Chelsea Girls, will be screening at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend as part of Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life. The Vancouver Art Gallery opens its monumental study Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life this weekend. The exhibition focuses attention on four main themes — travel, design, the social and culture — to explore the unique status of the hotel in the context of contemporary life. North Shore News, April 12, 2013

Innovative exhibition explores the hotel as defining structure of the modern age Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life is a ground-breaking exhibition exploring the impact of the hotel as one of the pre-eminent architectural and social structures of our time. Conceived by independent curator and writer Jennifer M. Volland and created exclusively for the Vancouver Art Gallery, Grand Hotel challenges visitors to consider the ways that the hotel has both reflected and been an agent of social and cultural change throughout the modern era. The title of the exhibition is in part inspired by the 1932 Hollywood film Grand Hotel, in which lives of guests interweave during a brief hotel stay. The film depicts a thoroughly modern condition and demonstrates the potency of the hotel as both a real and symbolic nexus of human movement, interaction and ideas. Art Daily, April 15, 2013

Exponen el papel estelar de los hoteles como escenarios natales de la cultura y el arte modernos La Vancouver Art Gallery inaugura, después de seis años de producción, la innovadora y fascinante exposición “Grand Hotel”. Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life ofrece cuatro secciones de acercamiento a los hoteles para cubrir los aspectos, físicos y sentimentales” que conviven en estas construcciones que han sido adoradas, estudiadas, reconvertidas mil y una veces y utilizadas por todos y en casi cualquier parte. 20 Minutes.es, April 15, 2013

The Art of Art Art Spiegel talks about his art and the exhibition on PBS. KCTS 9, April 11, 2013

Toronto

Toronto artist, Sara Angelucci morphes birds and humans in just-opened exhibition This abiding theme takes on new form in her just-opened exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University, an ensemble that includes a flock of feathered bird people – posed in all their avian solemnity – as well as a faux Victorian parlour complete with custom-made passenger pigeon wallpaper and a vitrine filled with taxidermied birds (and a monkey), a video projection, and a sound installation that she made using her expansive collection of bird calls. Globe and Mail, April 13, 2013

Canada

Canadian Artists Named as Guggenheim Fellows  Canadian residents and artists Kim Adams and Scott Conarroe have been named as 2013 Guggenheim Fellows. Canadian Art, April 12, 2013

New York

Claes Oldenburg Is Subject of 2 Shows at MoMA No artist cooked up a tastier version of the primal Pop recipe than Claes Oldenburg in the late 1950s and early ’60s, a time explored in two Museum of Modern Art shows. New York Times, April 12, 2013

‘John Singer Sargent Watercolors’ at Brooklyn Museum “John Singer Sargent Watercolors,” a Brooklyn Museum show that also features works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, highlights a different side of an artist best known for his flattering oil portraits of the rich. New York Times, April 12, 2013

Reality Check for Old Masters at Sotheby’s Sotheby’s held a midseason auction where almost anything can turn up, and some masterpieces went for a fraction of the prices posted in the two big yearly auctions. New York Times, April 13, 2013

Philadelphia

‘Great and Mighty Things,’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art “Great and Mighty Things” displays works from a collection promised to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a gift that could represent a major step in the acceptance of outsider art. New York Times, April 12, 2013

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum reopens with fanfare and fireworks Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands leads the weekend celebrations, which include a giant key, free admission until midnight and a new light piece welcoming visitors by name. The Art Newspaper, April 12, 2013

Trabzon

Alarm Over Conversion Of Historic Church To Mosque In Turkey
“One of the most important monuments of late Byzantium, the 13th-century Church of Hagia Sophia in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, which is now a museum, will be converted into a mosque, after a legal battle that has dramatic implications for other major historical sites in Turkey.” The Art Newspaper, April 11, 2013

Taiwan

Artists brings new life to Taiwan floral cloth Installation artist Michael Lin created a sensation by draping the Vancouver Art Gallery in Taiwan floral cloth during the 2010 Winter Olympics. But for Lin, “the most rewarding thing is to see the material return to the market place and local daily life.” Taiwan Today, April 14, 2013

International

Shout Conservation, And Preservations, From The Rooftops! “In the current economic climate, however, where resources are limited and cutbacks in staff and budgets have become a fact of life, one of the best ways to make a case for heritage preservation is to engage with the public” The Art Newspaper, April 12, 2013

Can You Distance Political Ideology From Architecture? “I think it is really great architecture. You take off the swastikas, and you can admire it without feeling guilty.” The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2013

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