Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 25, 2013


New Vancouver art gallery plan wins city council’s approval. “Vancouver city council has voted unanimously to move forward with a plan to lease Larwill Park to accommodate a new art gallery. “We are elated by today’s vote and thank the mayor and city council for this tremendous show of support,” Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels said in a statement.”” Vancouver Sun, April 24, 2013

Vancouver city council votes in favour of new art gallery at Larwill Park site. “City Council has voted unanimously in favour of leasing the Larwill Park site for a new, purpose-built Vancouver Art Gallery.” Georgia Straight, April 24, 2013

City land deal gives green light for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. “Emotions broke out at Vancouver City Hall late Wednesday afternoon, after council voted unanimously to support a new Vancouver Art Gallery.”Globe & Mail, April 24, 2013

Reinventing Emily Carr University of Art + Design. “The president of Vancouver’s oldest art school has grand plans to create a 21st-century university campus on False Creek Flats. Georgia Straight, April 25, 2013

Canadian Art Gallery Hop. “With several pockets of galleries in various neighbourhoods, Vancouver’s art scene has a number of hubs. This is your chance to catch up with what’s hanging on gallery walls on and near Main Street, downtown, Great Northern Way and Gastown/Chinatown.” Vancouver Sun, April 24, 2013

Portrait of an Artist: Anna Marie Repstock. Vancouver artist Anna Marie Repstock is fascinated by the role written language can play as the unconventional focal point in a traditional visual medium. Repstock, who recently completed an MFA in visual art from Simon Fraser University, has been working with oil on canvas for around a decade. Georgia Straight, April 22, 2013

Ismaili community donates treasures. “The latest addition to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology tells tales of centuries of travel among the Muslim community, in which trade objects, ideas and culture crossed vast expanses of land and water.” The Province, April 24, 2013


Slideshow: Wreck City Makes Ruins Right. “Playing house has never been so fun. That’s what some might think upon encountering Wreck City—a set of nine Calgary houses slated for demolition that have temporarily been taken over by 100 local artists, musicians and performers. (Click on the Photos icon above to see a slideshow of images from the project.).” Canadian Art, April 24, 2013


A passage to India: The stories behind The Photograpy of Raja Deen Dayal. These pictures tell the story of India,” says Deepali Dewan, senior curator of world cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum, the art historian who spent 15 years pulling together the new exhibit Between Princely India & the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal.” National Post, April 25, 2013

Boxers take up paint therapy with Think Outside the Ring. How an old piece of canvas from a boxing ring found an inspiring new purpose. Toronto Star, April 25, 2013

Hot Docs gem Spring & Arnaud blends art with love story:Spring & Arnaud — which will have its world premiere at Hot Docs on April 29 — is that rarity, a film gem about artists and their work that at the same time tells a compelling love story. Arnaud Maggs, one of the most celebrated photographers in Canadian art history, knew he was getting close to the end of his life. Spring Hurlbut, his wife, fellow artist and constant companion, was creating art about human ashes, which helped her deal with his death in advance.” Toronto Star, April 25, 2013


From the Bible: Photographs inspired by ‘incredible, horrifying’ stories in Old Testament. “Two years after the grand exhibition of Caravaggio paintings at the National Gallery, a particularly disturbing image still lingers…The disquiet of the scene, rendered so powerfully by Caravaggio, crept back this week while I looked at the photographs in Fallen, the exhibition by Olivia Johnston opening Friday at La Petite Mort Gallery.” Ottawa Citizen, April 25, 2013

New national Holocaust monument to be erected near Canadian War Museum. A national Holocaust monument is to be erected near the Canadian War Museum on LeBreton Flats, the government announced Tuesday. The five-member council is about halfway to its fundraising goal of $4.5 million, which the federal government has pledged match to a maximum of $4 million. Ottawa Citizen, April 22, 2013

New York

New York’s Folk Art Museum to turn over more than 200 works for … Sotheby’s is due to sell off the collection of the museum’s former chairman Ralph Esmerian to cover his debts, despite complaints from Christie’s. The Art Newspaper, April 25, 2013


This Year’s Turner Prize Shortlist “A streak of subversive humour runs through the work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tino Sehgal, Laure Prouvost and David Shrigley – all nominated for this year’s £40,000 art prize.” The Guardian (UK) April 25, 2013

UK Museums Will Have To Pay Royalties For Images With Unknown Copyright Holders “Museums will have to pay upfront for orphan images, or images whose copyright owners cannot be found, after an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill to limit proposals was narrowly defeated in the House of Lords.” The Art Newspaper, April 24, 2013

London Architect Rick Mather, Designer of Virginia MFA and Peabody Essex Expansions, Dies The London-based architect died Saturday after a short illness. He was 75. Not as renowned as some starchitects, but admired for his tasteful expansions of the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford and the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, as well as his masterplan for London’s Southbank Centre arts complex. CulturGrrl, April 24, 2013


Is The Colossus by Goya after all? It is one of the most famous paintings in the Prado—but since the end of 2008, The Colossus has been attributed to a follower of Goya, not the master himself. Now, a study from a professor at the University of Zaragoza argues that the work may be by Goya after all. The Art Newspaper, April 25, 2013


Is Ai Weiwei Even An Artist Anymore? Jonathan Jones: “Ai Weiwei is the most important artist in the world right now, a visionary who is defying an entire political system. He is a hero. And yet, is he actually an artist at all? Has his art vanished into the storm of polemic?” The Guardian (UK) April 24, 2013

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