Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 23, 2013

Vancouver

City council to debate proposed VAG move Vancouver city council is set to debate a staff report that recommends a downtown parking lot and former park site should become the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery. CBC News, April 23, 2013

Windsor, Ontario

City approves downtown museum ‘hub’

After decades of talk on the need for a bigger museum to tell Windsor’s rich history, city council decided Monday night it was time to act. Windsor Star, April 23, 2013

Port Hope, Ontario

Artist David Blackwood finds freedom in old age Artist David Blackwood is known for his iconic prints of Newfoundland, which range from wondrous scenes of whales diving under fishing boats to harrowing depictions of sealers awaiting their death on Labrador ice floes. CBC News, April 23, 2013

Toronto

Iris Haussler: Here’s an artist who likes to show her claws An artist known for creating fake people makes some very real artifacts, complete with evidence of her own madly sculpting hands. Globe and Mail, April 19, 2013

Los Angeles

Live Goats, Leis, Marching Bands, And Bongs: L.A. MoCA’s Very Strange Gala “It seemed only fitting that the MOCA gala celebrating the opening of Urs Fischer’s new chaos-skirting show, organized under the ‘creative direction’ of the crazy-making artist Rob Pruitt, would have a Dada sort of anti-logic. In other words, it was one weird night, packed with preposterous events and odd gestures that never quite connected.” Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2013

Dallas

Suite Memories: Art for JFK and Jackie An exhibition in Texas reassembles the art that decorated the Kennedys’ hotel suite on the night before the president was assassinated. It seems ironic that on the eve of his assassination, this popular president, who had a major impact on the arts, arrived shortly before midnight and reportedly didn’t realize that the works were originals until the next morning. Then, before heading to Dallas, he and the First Lady phoned Ruth Carter Johnson (who died this past January) to thank her for the extraordinary exhibition. It was the last call Kennedy ever made. The exhibition was being dismantled at the very moment he was shot. ARTnews, April 22, 2013

New York

Degas And The Circus: How The Hell Did He Do That? “The architecture gave Degas trouble–he is supposed to have asked for help from an architectural draftsman–but the pose of the aerialist, seen from below, arms outstretched and legs bent back, was determined early on.” The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2013

Architects Petition MoMA to Terminate Plans to Raze Former Folk Art Museum Architectural League of New York penned a formal letter to the Museum of Modern Art yesterday, urging the institution to reconsider demolishing the former American Folk Art Museum building, reports Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times. Artforum, April 23, 2013

West Palm Beach, Florida

Phyllida Barlow Gets RAW at the Norton London’s Phyllida Barlow (1944-) is the latest artist to be honored in Recognition of Art by Women (RAW), a series of annual solo exhibitions featuring living women artists at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla. “Phyllida Barlow” will open in December and run through March 2014, and will include the artist’s signature large-scale sculptures and installations crafted from repurposed materials. Art in America, April 22, 2013

United States

When Storm Is Collaborator Personal loss has become subject and challenge for artists hit by disasters like Sandy and Katrina. ARTnews, April 22, 2013

Brussels

Art Brussels Overcomes Shipping Snafu with Strong Sales Seven of the 180 galleries exhibiting at the 31st Art Brussels fair (Apr. 18-21) were missing their works during the VIP preview. On Wednesday morning, a note posted at Horton Gallery (New York) informed visitors that “the artwork from seven (sic) New York galleries, including ours, is being held in customs. Please come back later.” Art in America, April 22, 2013

Milan

Mike Kelley Goes to Milan during Venice Biennale An exhibition of works by Mike Kelley will take place in Milan this summer, timed to coincide with the Venice Biennale-an exhibition in which Kelley participated twice (in 1988 and 1995). HangarBicocca, a 42,000-square-foot industrial site turned exhibition space, will host the show, which is organized by HangarBicocca curator Andrea Lissoni and the artist’s ex-girlfriend, L.A.-based independent curator Emi Fontana. Art in America, April 22, 2013

International

How Ada Louise Huxtable Transformed Her Profession “By making the case for architecture criticism as an essential beat for a metropolitan newspaper, by turning buildings into news and serving on the Times’s editorial board, Huxtable enjoyed a career that epitomized the argument she would repeatedly make in print: architecture is ‘the art we cannot afford to ignore’.” The Nation (US) May 6, 2013

Pimp My Walk: The Fabulous Canes Of 19th-Century Flaneurs “Now, here’s an interesting walking cane. It was made in Holland sometime in the 19th century. It has an ebony shaft and is 35 inches long. The top features an ivory finial depicting a four-inch-high man with muttonchops. The man is squatting, and …” (Er, we’ll leave it there for now.) The Smart Set , April 17, 2013

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