Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 1, 2013


City Approves Plans to Relocate Vancouver Art Gallery “Council unanimously approved a long-term lease for the Vancouver Art Gallery for a portion of Larwill Park, a city-owned site at Georgia and Cambie, on the condition that the VAG raises $150 million for the project by the spring of 2015. Currently the location of an Easy Park lot, the approved plan would see a new gallery open in 2019, occupying two-thirds of the city block.” BCBusiness, April 30, 2013

Vancouver arts professionals praise decision to build a new Vancouver Art Gallery “Artists and art lovers across Vancouver are praising city council’s decision to establish a new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery, despite vocal criticism from detractors, including one prominent art collector.” Vancouver Observer, April 29, 2013

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life. “Unusual and unique, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life is visual culture at its best. The exhibition, currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery, is a visual smorgasbord of architecture, pop culture and design woven together through the social fabric of the hotel.” — review by Kate Galicz. Here and Elsewhere, April 30, 2013

Hotel Culture Celebrated Commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery as a major exhibition, “Grand Hotel” charts the global evolution of that most well-known icon, the hotel. Travel Press, April 30, 2013

Get trapped, test your theatre boundaries. “Conceived by Radix Theatre, the Performance Art Trap is a remount of the idea first showcased in 2007 at FUSE at Vancouver Art Gallery and also at the NAC BC Scene theatre fest. The show is part of Boca Del Lupo’s ongoing Micro Performance Series.” The Province, April 30, 2013

Dialing into city’s neon heyday. “Using augmented reality, a new app by the Museum of Vancouver lets anyone with an iPhone or Android smartphone experience Vancouver circa the 1950s and ’60s, when the city was defined more by its neon signs than its famed natural surroundings.” The Province, April 30, 2013


The Chinese restaurant as a Prairie icon. “It was over a century ago that Chinese restaurants began to spring up across the Prairies. For families among the first wave of Chinese immigrants, many of whom had worked building the railroad, it was the best, or only, option to make ends meet. Like Public Lunch, those establishments now form the pillar for a new exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum, Chop Suey on the Prairies.” Globe & Mail, April 30, 2013


Performance art, Poitras-style: Swept away in a kaleidoscope of images. “Regina seems to be a city where there is quite a cross-pollination of artists. For example, NDH and the Mackenzie Art Gallery are co-presenting an ambitious dance season for the second time (MAGDANCE 2 art+dance). Their current show, End of Summer, Orange Leaves Falling, involves dancers, actors, visual artists, composers, musicians and designers. For End of Summer, Orange Leaves Falling, Robin Poitras is collaborating with her ex-husband, multimedia visual artist Edward Poitras.” Globe & Mail, April 29, 2013


We never looked back’: How Contact became the world’s biggest photography festival. “The Contact Photography Festival has been around for so long, relatively speaking – 17 years this month – that residents of Canada’s largest city have come to see its annual arrival as a sort of inevitability, like the blossoming of the cherry trees in High Park or the return of the daffodils. But there was a time – and this would have been around 2004, 2005 – when Contact was anything but a sure thing.” Globe & Mail, April 30, 2013

Contact Festival: Ryerson Image Centre opens Arnaud Maggs, Arthur S. Goss. The Ryerson Image Centre opened two new photography exhibitions Tuesday in conjunction with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, marking the first time the brand-new museum, devoted to photography, has been able to engage with the homegrown festival, which has swelled to become the world’s biggest. Toronto Star, April 30, 2013

Kate Hartman fuses art and technology. “Kate Hartman researches wearable and mobile technology at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and art in our relationships with the world around us, designing products to remind us of our environment in unique ways.” Globe & Mail, April 30, 2013

An art project at Huntclub Studio in Little Italy tests the kindness of strangers. “On Saturday night, Marisa Crockett launched her project in community generosity at the Huntclub Studio on College St. in Little Italy. She had no clothes. She had no food. She had no cellphone or other device to keep her amused. Crockett has been there ever since, relying on the kindness of strangers to clothe her, feed her and entertain her. The only hint she is in the studio is handwriting on the window that announces to passersby, “without you I am nothing.” Toronto Star, April 30, 2013


Despite blown Arts Court schedule, city plans rezoning for tower to fund redevelopment. “The long-delayed expansion of Arts Court may still be on hold while the city government waits for a federal grant, but the city’s planning department is nevertheless ready to rezone the property southeast of the Rideau Centre for a condo tower that is to help subsidize the project.” Ottawa Citizen, April 30, 2013

Museum paid $1.75 million for Empress of Ireland collection. “The Canadian Museum of Civilization paid a Montreal collector $1.75 million last year to acquire his collection of artifacts recovered from the Empress of Ireland, which sank in the St. Lawrence River in 1914 with the loss of an estimated 1,012 lives.” Ottawa Citizen, April 28, 2013


Alberta artist photographs Canadians for national birthday. Alberta photographer, Tim Van Horn is “fifty-five months on the road with his dogs and camper van, he’s 20, 000 portraits in and roaming the streets of Hamilton for fresh subjects. His goal is to take 36,000 portraits by 2017, and to take 22, 000 more portraits that year, the year of Canada’s 150th birthday.- a total of 54,000 photos.” CBC News, April 30, 2013

Los Angeles

LA County Museum’s $650 Million Plan To Redevelop Its Home “If completed it would rank as one of the most significant works of architecture to rise in Los Angeles since Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall opened 10 years ago. It would also require demolishing the core of the museum’s campus, including the original 1965 buildings by William L. Pereira and a 1986 addition by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates of New York.” Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2013

Street Art Of Sid Vicious Violates Copyright, Says Judge “The Los Angeles-based street artist Thierry Guetta, better known as Mr Brainwash, has lost a copyright case involving a 1977 photograph of the punk rock musician Sid Vicious shot by the British photographer Dennis Morris. Guetta had claimed that the seven works he created using Morris’s black and white photograph … were sufficiently altered to be protected by the fair use defence.” The Art Newspaper, April 30, 2013

New York

Metropolitan Museum Goes on Shopping Spree at Sotheby’s Steinhardt Judaica Sale “The Metropolitan didn’t only (partially) acquire the Mishneh Torah from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt collection of Judaica today. It later scooped up two lots from Sotheby’s auction of the Steinhardt trove.” Culturgrrl, April 29, 2013


British Museum’s Latest Expansion On Time And On Budget(!) “[The] £135m extension due to open next March to house its new world conservation and exhibitions centre (WCEC) … will allow the museum to move huge swaths of its collection from stores in east and west London back to the museum in state-of-the-art facilities.” The Guardian (UK), April 29, 2013

Time is right to rethink the chronological hang New Tate Britain will be unveiled during 2013: the Millbank Project by Caruso St John Architects (which will be fully completed in November) will transform the oldest part of the building. This project is being accompanied by a complete rethink of our permanent and temporary displays of the national collection of British art. This month, we will unveil the chronological presentation within its new layout, which includes the comprehensively restored galleries of the south-east quadrant. The Art Newspaper, May 1, 2013


How van Gogh Became van Gogh Drawing on an eight-year research project into the artist’s methods and materials, an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum reveals how he taught himself to paint. ARTnews, May 1, 2013

Malmo, Sweden

Galleries boycott Swedish art festival Commercial galleries and some non-profit spaces in Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö, are due to boycott a new festival, Malmö Nordic (3 May to 18 August), because they consider the “Nordic” theme to be exclusive and are afraid it might appear nationalistic. The festival will coincide with the heats and grand finale of the Eurovision Song Contest, 2013, which will be hosted by the Swedish city in May. The Art Newspaper, May 1, 2013

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