Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 19-22, 2013



Police band serenades art gallery gala-goers on wet weekend DOWN PAYMENT: A kickoff gala for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Grand Hotels exhibition reportedly hauled in $350,000 recently. Only $299,650,000 more is needed for a potential move to the old Georgia-and-Cambie bus station site. Vancuver Sun, April 20, 2013

Fred Lee’s social network ROOMS WITH A VIEW: The Vancouver Art Gallery launched its major summer show in high style. Marking the official opening of Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, VAG director Kathleen Bartels and curators Jennifer Vol-land, Bruce Grenville and Stephanie Rebick welcomed 330 guests to the official opening and gala launching the first international exhibition ever to examine the unique status of the hotel in the context of contemporary life. The Province, April 21, 2013

Vancouver museum exhibit explores social impact of well-designed hotels A hotel is more than just a place to lay your head down. If you don’t believe it, check out a fascinating new show at the Canada’s Vancouver Art Gallery convincingly argues that hotels are far more than just bricks and mortar. SKIFT, April 18, 2013

Grand Hotel: Vancouver Art Gallery lays it all out in fascinating new exhibit THE Vancouver Art Gallery’s massive new exhibit, Grand Hotel, has been put together on a scale to match its subject. The show, cocurated by Jennifer M. Volland, guest curator, and Bruce Grenville, senior curator, with assistant curator Stephanie Rebick, explores the entire history of hotels through various forms of media breaking the material down into four main categories: Travel, Design, Social and Culture. North Shore News, April 19, 2013

The Art of Hotel Culture: New Exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery … Not merely places to rest a travel- weary head, hotels are rabbit holes filled with unknown potential and curiosities. FLARE. April 17, 201

Canada: Is a hotel a crash pad? Yes, and much more, exhibition says A hotel is more than just a place to lay your head down. If you don’t believe it, check out a fascinating new show at the Canada‘s Vancouver Art Gallery convincingly argues that hotels are far more than just bricks and mortar. Chicago Tribune, April 17, 2013


Mercer Union Appoints New Director of Exhibitions & Publications Irish curator and writer Georgina Jackson has been appointed the director of exhibitions and publications at Mercer Union in Toronto. She is due to begin her position in late June. Canadian Art, April 22, 2013


This morning, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation announced the longlist for the 2013 Sobey Art Award. The 2013 curatorial panel has announced that the 25 artists vying for the 2013 Sobey are: For West Coast and the Yukon: Sonny Assu, Cedric Bomford, Isabelle Pauwels, Mark Soo and Brendan Tang. Canadian Art, April 19, 2013

San Francisco

San Francisco Museum Sued By Former Curator “A bit more turmoil has come to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Earlier this week a former curator”- Lynn Orr, who worked there for 29 years – “sued the institution saying she was wrongfully fired because she was a union supporter and whistleblower.” The New York Times, April 18, 2013

New York

‘Velázquez’s Portrait of Duke Francesco I d’Este,’ at the Met The Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting “Velázquez’s Portrait of Duke Francesco I d’Este” to aid the Modena region in its recovery from last year’s earthquakes. New York Times, April 19, 2013

Cornwall, U.K.

This Is Cornwall, And Ye Shall Know It By Its Celtic Cross “”We hope it will become an iconic landmark, our version of the Angel of the North, so people don’t just pass by Saltash, but go in.” BBC, April 22, 2013


A Volcanic Eruption Preserved The Town, But Will Italy’s Bureaucracy Kill Pompeii? “Collapses at the site have alarmed conservationists, who warn that this ancient Roman city is dangerously exposed to the elements — and is poorly served by the red tape, the lack of strategic planning and the limited personnel of the site’s troubled management.” The New York, April 21, 2013


How Egypt’s Art Has Changed After The Uprising “The only thing that I have seen really change after the revolution is art. The revolution crushed the fear in us. We felt we had the right to act freely.” The Guardian (UK) 04/22/13

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