Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 30, 2013

Vancouver

The Grand Hotel at VAG Regardless of your destination, your hotel will always become an integral part of your trip. It’s more than just a place to steal bars of miniature soap, it’s where you unload your experiences, where your next move materializes, and where chance encounters turn into lasting memories. Beyond the veneer of the freshly made beds and restocked mini fridges lies a catalogue of stories that won’t show up in your average vacation album, and over the next 4 months “The Grand Hotel” checks in at the VAG to tell these tales, exploring the synthesis between design, travel, people and culture that these institutions create. Colour Magazine, April 29, 2013

Capilano University students fuming over cuts to popular arts programs Angry students at Capilano University crowded into a lecture hall Monday afternoon to criticize the administration for announcing plans to eliminate two popular arts program as part of cuts to save $1.3 million. The university’s board of governors is expected to approve a budget May 14 that would include cutting the studio art and textile arts programs that have been offered for 40 years. Vancouver Sun, April 30, 2013

Toronto

After Arnaud: A Friend’s Remembrance  The death of Arnaud Maggs in November brought to an end the inquisitive mind of an artist whose trajectory is almost impossible to characterize. Graphic designer, fashion photographer, portrait photographer—these were only a few of the many hats that Arnaud wore over the span of his 86 years. Canadian Art, April 30, 2013

Brain, Body, Hands: Meet Sky Glabush, Canada’s Most Restless Painter  “Paint is just one avenue for constructing a material image,” Glabush says confidently. “This return to painting has been less about trying to create an all-encompassing, archetypal moment. Painting has been demystified, but ritualized.” Canadian Art, April 26, 2013

Ottawa

Canadian government funds research on Holocaust-era art As the country starts its term leading an international alliance, six museums receive $190,000 for provenance project The Art Newspaper, April 29, 2013

Chicago

Words with Friends: Artist-Poet Pairings Picasso, Ashbery, Rivers, Johns, Motherwell, Alberti and more in “The Artist and the Poet” at the Art Institute of Chicago. ARTnews, April 30, 2013

New York

African Baroque: The Sculpture of El Anatsui Arguably Africa’s most important and influential contemporary artist, El Anatsui is the subject of a spectacular retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum (through Aug. 4), his first New York museum solo. Art in America, April 29, 2013

Big Ideas: New Museum’s Festival for Cities The New Museum’s four-day Ideas City Festival, exploring the theme of “Untapped Capital,” starts Wednesday, May 1st. Including a conference, workshops, projects, tours and exhibitions, it ends with a “StreetFest” on the Bowery and in Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Saturday. The festival aims to “create an opportunity for organizations, artists and forces that already exist in our community to come together, share skills, collaborate and both recognize the richness of what is right here around us and create something new,” Art in America, April 29, 2013

Amsterdam

Research Unveiled at Amsterdam Van Gogh Exhibition Research casts a new light on van Gogh’s work, in an exhibition of the artist’s development at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. New York Times, April 30, 2013

Stockholm

Giving a Swedish Pioneer of Abstract Art Her Due An exhibition in Stockholm aims to show Hilma af Klint as an innovator of 20th-century abstract art years before Kandinsky, Mondrian and other leaders of the movement. New York Times, April 30, 2013

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s Fist Artist-Run Foundation “The Saudi conceptual artist Abdulnasser Gharem plans to set up the Arab state’s first artist-run foundation in Riyadh in light of ‘the art revolution taking place in Saudi Arabia’, he says.” The Art Newspaper, April 29, 2013

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