Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 26-29, 2013


Vancouver wants new home for art gallery There’s something about spending time in an art gallery. It can open eyes, change minds, change lives, even. Sound hokey? Well, it certainly did not this week at Vancouver City Hall, when more than a dozen members of the public spoke in favour of a new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery. Their reasons varied, but their support was unanimous – as, ultimately, was the council vote. Globe and Mail, April 26, 2013

Big competition for big donations When the Vancouver Art Gallery eventually rolls out its multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign in support of a new, state-of-the-art facility downtown, they will be up against some serious competition. There are already several big-money capital campaigns underway in the city, each of them working hard to convince big-hearted millionaires, from corporate giants to family philanthropists, that their cause is the most worthy of financial support. Vancouver Sun, April 27, 2013

Don’t bet against the Vancouver Art Gallery I noted the time. It was 4: 35 Wednesday afternoon. Vancouver’s council chamber erupted in giddy elation that was palpable even to those of us monitoring the proceeding by live video stream. People embraced, cheered, shook each other’s hands and wiped tears from their eyes. All this was in response to a unanimous vote by council that was in no doubt as to the outcome. After at least 10 years of debate and lobbying, then a supportive staff report along with a three-page motion, the Vancouver Art Gallery has been granted a 99-year lease for the use of two thirds of the land at Cambie and Georgia streets, Larwill Park, for their new building. Vancouver Courier, April 26, 2013

Councillors approve new home for Vancouver Art Gallery …City councillors have unanimously backed a plan to move the Vancouver Art Gallery to a new home. The gallery is currently located in an old courthouse downtown but it has run out of room for its collections and programs. The new location is a vacant lot blocks away, to the southeast, and was recommended by city staff last week. Ottawa Citizen, April 24, 2013

It’s official: Vancouver Art Gallery is getting a new home City council has unanimously backed a plan to move the Vancouver Art Gallery to a new home. The gallery is currently located in the old downtown courthouse but it has run out of room for its collections and programs. The Province, April 26, 2013

NDP would have to “think over” any Art Gallery funding While the Vancouver Art Gallery looks to secure federal and provincial funding in order to move locations, the leader of the NDP says BC has already contributed. CKNW News Talk 980, April 26, 2013

Museum of Vancouver wants to move downtown The Vancouver Art Gallery isn’t the only civic institution that wants to move. The Museum of Vancouver on Thursday announced it will be looking at relocating to a downtown site. Vancouver Sun, April 26, 2013

Art gallery building eyed by others (Video) CBC, April 26, 2013

Museum of Vancouver mulls moving into VAG building The Museum of Vancouver’s CEO said her organization is interested in possibly relocating to the downtown Vancouver Art Gallery building, but other locations will also be considered. Georgia Straight, April 26, 2013

Museums, In Demolishing Great Architecture, Turn Their Backs On Cities “The art of city-building allows for the creative human spirit. If it doesn’t, architecture flatlines, streetscapes become samescapes, and anybody interested in wonky variations in scale and urban texture hightails it to Sao Paulo or Istanbul – cities of wild design difference – instead.” Globe & Mail, April 26, 2013

Enjoy Your Stay room for discussion at hotel exhibition… We Heart; Lifestyle and Design Magazine (UK) April 25, 2013

Monk devotes life to adorning Mission’s Westminster Abbey Father Dunstan Massey has laboured for 50 years on his art in relative obscurity. An illustrated book about him launches in Mission today. Vancouver Sun, April 27, 2013

Jason McLean Revs Up Canada’s First Smart Art Car Jason McLean doesn’t drive, but at the moment he has a car—a vehicle he has made into Canada’s first smart art car, in fact. And just as McLean’s artworks trace travels through memory, so does his design for the project, which debuts Saturday in Vancouver. Canadian Art, April 25, 2013


Slideshow: Wreck City Does Ruins Right Playing house never looked so fun. That’s what some visitors might think while visiting Wreck City, an exhibition of 100 artists that has taken over nine soon-to-be-demolished buildings in Calgary this week. See fun works installed indoors and out in this slideshow. Canadian Art, April 25, 2013


Is that the forest pressing in, or the Group of Seven? In his Toronto studio this week, the 39-year-old artist Kim Dorland said: “If I am still painting in 40 years, I think this will be one of the paintings that I’ll look back on as being the most important.” The occasion for our meeting was the imminent departure of a fresh crop of his paintings for New York. Globe and Mail, April 26, 2013

Gatineau, Quebec

Number of curators at museum drops by a third The number of curators doing research at the Canadian Museum of Civilization has dropped by a third since 2005, according to information released at the request of an opposition MP. As of February 2013, the national museum in Gatineau, Que., had 16 scholars of anthropology, archaeology, art history, Canadian history, ethnomusicology, folklore and physical anthropology. In 2005-2006, it had 24. CBC, April 26, 2013


The Atlantic Symposium: Art Crit as Nowhere… or Everywhere?

If the Atlantic region—through NSCAD and otherwise—has produced or been home to some of Canada’s leading artists, why is it underrepresented in the national media? And how can that change? These were some of the questions addressed at a Halifax symposium on art writing last weekend. Canadian Art, April 25, 2013

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Seeing old with new: Digital push begins in Harvard’s art museums Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum — considered one of the University’s premier science museums — is a plant enthusiast’s haven. From conifers to crabapples, it is home to all manner of flora and fauna, both foreign and indigenous. Sustaining these plants are many bees — but one in particular is of special interest to researchers. A robotic bee, it is equipped with a UV camera linked to a classroom computer, enabling students to see the Arboretum through the eyes of one of its most important inhabitants. The Harvard Crimson, April 22, 2013

New York

‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ at the Met’s Costume Institute Behind the scenes of “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” the exhibition at the Met’s Costume Institute that opens on May 9. New York Times, April 28, 2013

Rosenberg Family’s Quest to Regain Art Stolen by Nazis Three generations of a Parisian art dealer’s family have worked tirelessly to recover Picassos, Cézannes and hundreds of other works. New York Times, April 26, 2013

Artist’s Repurposing Of Photos Is Not Copyright Violation: Court “Painter and photographer Richard Prince, whose works have sold for millions of dollars, did not violate copyrights with most of the paintings and collages he based on a photographer’s published works, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a case closely watched within the art community.” Yahoo! (AP) April 25, 2013

Maya Lin’s ‘Here and There’ at Pace Gallery After Hurricane Sandy, Maya Lin, the architect and artist, decided her new show at Pace Gallery would fix on Manhattan and its surrounding landscape, environmental history and waterways. New York Times, April 28, 2013

Carol Bove Claims a Stretch of High Line With Sculpture Carol Bove’s art, planted in the wilds of the West Side Rail Yards, will be seen on scheduled tours. New York Times, April 29, 2013


Development Of London’s Southbank Threatens UNESCO Status “Westminster council is not opposed to the regeneration at Waterloo ‘provided that it is designed with sensitivity. But there is an obsession with building tall buildings, without proper regard to the impacts of such buildings on our heritage.'” The Art Newspaper, April 26, 2013


The Fight To Preserve Ancient Jewish Sites – In Egypt “The historical remnants of Egypt’s Jewish history–around two dozen synagogues and a handful of cemeteries and Jewish schools around the country–range from being in well-preserved and reasonable condition to ‘disastrous.'” The Art Newspaper 04/26/13


What the public thinks … about museums The most immediate finding from the research was the strong, resilient positivity felt toward museums and the passion which some of the discussions elicited. Museums Association (UK) April 23, 2013

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