Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 2, 2013


The Internet, hummus and music: This week’s Scout List. On the Scout list this week is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Fuse. “Once every few months, the Vancouver Art Gallery lets loose. This time around, Fuse follows the theme of the museum’s latest exhibition: Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life. Expect comedy improv inspired by hotel-themed films, live jazz, a touch of Andy Warhol and a little Blim.” Globe & Mail, May 2, 2013

Marianne Nicolson’s Walking on Water (Thin Ice) asks us to consider the consequences of climate change. “In ways both subtle and forceful, [Marianne Nicolson] asks us to consider the consequences of climate change, deforestation, and the “degradation of Canada’s environmental policies”. The phrase “walking on water” implies widespread social denial—an expectation that a miracle will save us all from environmental catastrophe.” Georgia Straight, April 30, 2013

DOXA 2013: BackBone revives local experimental film. “Long before every kid with a laptop could splice together a video, Vancouver was a hotbed for experimental film. For some reason, this colourful period of Vancouver art history has been lost to cultural amnesia. But a trippy new documentary by veteran local filmmaker Richard Martin, called BackBone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema From 1967-1981, aims to revive the era and give it a new appreciation.” Georgia Straight, May 1, 2013


David Blackwood: a storyteller through his words and his art. “Artist David Blackwood calls himself a storyteller. It was inevitable, growing up along the shores of Newfoundland’s Bonavista Bay, he says. Everyone was. “I grew up surrounded by storytellers. They were in the school, they were in the house, they were in the church,” he said on the phone from his studio in Port Hope, Ontario. The artist will give a talk at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, May 4 for the exhibition Black Ice: David Blackwood’s Prints of Newfoundland opening Friday. Times Colonist, May 2, 2013


Craig LeBlanc Sizes Up The Cost of Masculinity.”From laptops to handhelds, from bank accounts to anatomy, from gross national debt to the termination of the penny: size matters. In “Vanity Fare” at the Art Gallery of Calgary, Craig LeBlanc supersizes the phenomenon of masculine overcompensation.” Canadian Art, April 30, 2013


New curator named at Art Gallery of Alberta. A young trailblazer in Edmonton’s contemporary art scene has been appointed curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. Kristy Trinier will join the provincial gallery beginning May 21, the AGA announced Tuesday. Edmonton Journal, April 30, 2013


Architect Bruce Kuwabara explains how ‘you discover the project by drawing it’. Distinguished Canadian architect Bruce Kuwabara talks about the importance of sketching and doodling ‘with intent’ as he develops his ideas. He is currently working on several buildings, including the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, for which he’s been inspired by everything from grain elevators to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Globe & Mail, May 1, 2013


Contact 2013: The Feast and the Pecking Order. It’s Contact time again. For the month of May, the city of Toronto is filled with photo exhibitions taking place at almost every conceivable venue, from top museums to modest storefronts. There is a handsome catalogue, a beautiful website and tiers of exhibitions sorted into “Primary,” “Featured” “Open” and “Public Installations” categories. Canadian Art, April 30, 2013

12 Shows We Want to See at Contact. “With 1,500-plus photographers showing at more than 124 venues, there’s lots of options for viewing at the Contact Festival, the month-long celebration of photography that officially begins today in Toronto. Yesterday, our editor Richard Rhodes weighed in on the event; now, the rest of our editorial staffers offer their must-sees.” Canadian Art, May 1, 2013

Scotiabank CONTACT Photo Festival: Ryerson Image Centre opens. The Ryerson Image Centre and the CONTACT Photography Festival seem made for each other. This year, we finally see why. Toronto Star, May 2, 2013


National Gallery show reveals some hiddens truths about paintings. About year ago, a portrait at the National Gallery was proved, through X-ray technology, to be an important work by Titian and worth perhaps tens of millions of dollars. If only all art fared so well under X-ray. As Stephen Gritt says, “We don’t always work things out so they head upwards in global estimation.” Ottawa Citizen, May 2, 2013

New look for Nuit Blanche. Nuit Blanche Ottawa has a new theme, new offices and an expanding plan for its second-annual night of art on the streets – this year on the streets, literally. Ottawa Citizen, May 2, 2013


Seattle’s #Homeless Remembrance Project. Unique Memorial. After 13 years of standing in the cold, wet rain 400 times to honor the passing of one of Seattle’s homeless people, Women in Black and WHEEL (Women’s Housing and Equality Enhancement League) dedicated a permanent memorial to remember the homeless people who lived and died in Seattle. Aesthetic Grounds, April 25, 2013

Los Angeles

MoCA Show, A ‘Pacific Standard Time’ Centerpiece, May Be Cancelled With Frank Gehry having withdrawn and other architects concerned about curator Christopher Mount’s approach, and with installation unlikely to be complete by the scheduled June 2 opening, MoCA Art is reportedly on the verge of abandoning the exhibition, “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California“, altogether. Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2013

New York

Collector says Sotheby’s sold him Nazi art A collector of Old Masters says that a painting he bought from Sotheby’s in 2004 is now worthless because it was once owned by the war criminal Hermann Goering and might have been looted by the Nazis, according to a lawsuit filed in California on 21 March. The Art Newspaper, May 2, 2013

Celebrity Sellers at May Impressionist Auctions Impressionist and modern works of art from the collections of Madonna, Gregory Peck and Alex Lewyt, the inventor of the clip-on bow tie, will be up for grabs when Sotheby’s and Christie’s start the New York spring auction season next week. Art in America, May 2, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Begins Closing Galleries Due To Sequester “The Smithsonian Institution announced last night that parts of three museums – the Hirshhorn, National Museum of African Art, and Smithsonian – will close [May 1] through Sept. 30 because of mandatory budget cuts, but the true effect of sequestration on the museum group is far wider.” DCist, April 30, 2013


Snapshot Today’s video: Henri Matisse makes a cutout. ArtsJournal, April 30, 2013


Achitects, Architecture And Sexism “There’s a million ways to be a woman. There’s a million ways to be a mother. And there’s a million ways to be an architect.” Architect Magazine, April 4, 2013

What’s With All These Museums Dedicated To Disaster? “Museums are a history of mankind. When that history is one that highlights the worst in human beings rather than best, it cannot be positive.” The Scotsman, April 3, 2013

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