Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 24, 2013


City staff lay out plans for Vancouver Art Gallery. “In separate presentations, city staff and Vancouver Art Gallery officials detailed a long process – which began with the identification of the need for a new art gallery back in 1998 – and explained some of the steps taken in the two years since council voted to reserve two-thirds of a block of city-owned land for the VAG.” Globe & Mail, April 23, 2013

City council ready to give green light to new art gallery. Vancouver residents will get their first chance Wednesday to voice their thoughts on an ambitious proposal to build a new multimillion-dollar art gallery downtown on city-owned land. Mayor Gregor Robertson and council are widely expected to endorse a deal that would see the city turn over 1.8 acres of what is now a parking lot at Georgia and Cambie streets to the Vancouver Art Gallery on a 99-year lease. Vancouver Sun, April 24, 2013

Vancouver Art Gallery expansion banking on overseas donations. “Officials from the Vancouver Art Gallery aren’t simply counting on cash commitments from the federal and provincial governments — they expect foreign donors to kick in big time if city council approves the VAG’s $350-million move.” 24 Hours, April 23, 2013

Voyage lands at Vancouver museum. “More than a decade after sculptor Parviz Tanavoli left Iran for Canada, he arranged to have his Tehran home and studio – including many works of art – donated to his hometown, which would open it to the public. The Museum of Parviz Tanavoli opened in May, 2003, and was promptly shut down by the newly elected mayor of Tehran – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is now the country’s notorious president.” Globe & Mail, April 23, 2013

Art goes on worldwide Voyage. “By definition, contemporary art is the product of dynamic creatives living in vibrant cultures. Yet for reasons of post-colonial bias, commerce and media concentration, contemporary art is seen as the property of the geriatric West while youth cultures around the world are described by their traditional arts.” The Province, April 24, 2013

Pain painted in its true colours. James Picard’s work is truly unique. He creates pieces inspired by dark events with the goal of inspiring recovery. The Province, April 24, 2013


New stamp features local artist’s painting of Victoria’s Chinatown. Local artist Mark Heine painted the Gates of Harmonious Interest as part of an eight-part Canada Post series dedicated to Chinatown gates across the country. Times Colonist, April 22, 2013


Does Strictly Canadian = Doomed to Fail? “Does labelling something Canadian build our society or doom our cultural industries to failure? On April 13, the Spur Festival —a new national festival of politics, art and ideas created by the Literary Review of Canada—held a panel on this provocative question titled “Strickly Canadian = Doomed to Fail?” “at OISE in Toronto.” Canadian Art, April 22, 2013

In Anil Patel’s world, there’s time for art. “Anil Patel has come up with a unique way to help artists and his community at the same time. Timeraiser, the charitable organization he founded in Toronto in 2002, is designed as a live auction forum for emerging artists – but with a twist. Instead of offering money, the prospective art buyers bid chunks of time that they pledge to a not-for-profit organization in exchange for an original work.” Globe & Mail, April 23, 2013

Toronto exhibit chronicles complex history of the sneaker. “You don’t have to be a sneakerhound to get a kick out of the kicks on display in Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, the latest exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum, opening Thursday, and the first show ever in North America to take on the complex history of the sneaker.” Toronto Star, April 24, 2013

London, ON

Jason McLean Revs Up Canada’s First Smart Art Car. “Jason McLean doesn’t drive but at the moment (it’s late March) he has a car. It is a green and white smart car parked in the high-ceilinged display room of the Mercedes-Benz dealership in London, Ontario. McLean has been coming here for the past month, opening up a nifty mobile studio of suitcases packed with indelible markers and using them to draw all over the vehicle.” Canadian Art, April 23, 2013


Northern Scene Festival: Art exhibits display a surprising side of Canada’s north. “The opening-night gallery crawl is a Northern Scene Festival tradition, and with the post-crawl parties it expands beyond the visual arts. SWARM includes 15 exhibits at galleries on the Ottawa and Quebec sides of the capital region, including the Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery and others.” Ottawa Citizen, April 24, 2013

New York

Cooper Union Will Begin Charging Tuition “The decision ends almost two years of roiling debate about an education that was long revered for being ‘free as air and water,’ and stood as the [art, architecture and technology] school’s most distinguishing feature.” The fees will be on what the college calls a “steeply sliding scale.” New York Times, April 24, 2013

Prominent Architects Oppose MoMA Expansion Plan “The public has a substantial and legitimate interest in this decision, and the Museum of Modern Art has not yet offered a compelling justification for the cultural and environmental waste of destroying this much-admired, highly distinctive twelve-year-old building.” New York Times, April 23, 2013

Mexico City

A New Museum On Mexico City’s Millionaires’ Row The Jumex Collection, a five-story building designed by architect David Chippenfield to house the contemporary art collection of fruit juice magnate Eugenio López, will open in November – right next door to the Museo Soumaya, the museum built by billionaire Carlos Slim Helu. The Art Newspaper, April 23, 2013

Sao Paulo

Street Art Booms In São Paulo “There are painted murals, crochet coverings for tree trunks, conceptual art “microscripts” pasted around construction sites – there’s even a service that connects graffiti artists with the owners of buildings with empty walls.” NPR, April 22, 2013 (includes audio)


Art Cologne Fends off Challenge from Art Brussels The 47th Art Cologne Fair marks five years since Daniel Hug, previously an L.A.-based dealer, took over as director. “Dan Hug has done an incredible job, revamping the fair in a short time and bringing in some big galleries,” Gilbert Lloyd, CEO of Marlborough Fine Arts (London), told A.i.A. Art in America, April 23, 2013


Istanbul fair aims to draw conservative collectors to modern art The same team determined to put Istanbul onto the international art fair circuit with Contemporary Istanbul. The Art Newspaper, April 23, 2013


The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now “The present is always deceptive: it was not evident to their contemporaries that Malevich, Mondrian, and Pollock were the towering giants they seem to us in retrospect. The fact is, there is a vast amount of good abstract art being made today, and the best of it is every bit as good as the best abstract art of the past. The golden age of abstraction is right now.” ARTnews, April 24, 2013

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