Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 3-6, 2013


Note to Vancouver Art Gallery: Consider staying put With the possible departure of the Vancouver Art Gallery from its current home, one local cultural institution that is not joining the queue for a spot in the coveted Rattenbury building is the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Globe and Mail, May 4, 2013

Mayor’s office appears to have no record of mayor’s interviews The City of Vancouver could find no record of Mayor Gregor Robertson conducting any interviews or providing any media briefings on April 17. This is despite Robertson being quoted in articles about the Vancouver Art Gallery’s proposed move to Larwill Park. Georgia Straight, May 4, 2013

The Maus that roared: Art Spiegelman’s take on 40 years of comics  Nearly three decades after publishing his first groundbreaking graphic novel about his father and the Holocaust, Spiegelman seems resigned to being a ‘rootless cosmopolitan.’ Haaretz, May 3, 2013

Ace Hotel x Vancouver Art Gallery Pop-Up Shop Loving the pop-up Ace Hotel gift shop inside the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new Grand Hotel exhibition. Vancouver Magazine, April 29, 2013

To protect BC arts, advocates aim to draft ‘cultural policy’ In an effort towards a new relationship between the community and government, an advocacy organization is pushing for the creation of a unified cultural policy for B.C., something supporters see as exactly what the arts need to get back on track. The Tyee, May 4, 2013

Designs on the future Emily Carr University of Art and Design’s design component is often overshadowed by the school’s world-renowned fine arts program. But, beginning this fall, that could change. B.C.’s most prominent art school is adding a master of design degree – the first in the province – to its schedule. Vancouver Sun, May 4, 2013


Cape Dorset prints expected to fetch record price for Inuit art at auction Waddington’s has affixed a pre-sale estimate of $400,000-$450,000 for the set of 39 graphics by 12 artists. Globe and Mail, May 4, 2013

What do a Hudson’s Bay blanket and an ice shelf have in common? ‘It’s like spilled milk,” Wanda Koop said to me last week as we stood in front of her painting Bay Blanket Moon, a presence to be reckoned with in her exhibition of new work at Division Gallery in Toronto. Globe and Mail, May 4, 2013

Contact Festival: Archive of Modern Conflict show opens at MOCCA Review of Collected Shadows, the remarkable show from Toronto billionaire David Thomson’s Archive of Modern Conflict, which numbers some 4-million pictures – and counting. Toronto Star, May 3, 2013

Sebastião Salgado and Edward Burtynsky: The world according to the photography masters When it comes to truly stunning documentation of the globalized world, two names come to mind. Robert Everett-Green sits down with these masters of photography to discuss their relentless pursuits. Globe and Mail, May 4, 2013


Detroit Artist Repeatedly Rebuilds Art The City’s Mayors Have Tried To Destroy “He’ll rebuild. It’s what he does and who he is — a soulful genius, part gadfly and part visionary, 100% original and as charming as a kitten and as stubborn as a hound dog when it comes to his work. And the meaning of the project will once again deepen, accumulating another layer of expressive history tied to the epic struggle of modern Detroit and the power of art to transform experience and remake the world.” Detroit Free Press, May 5, 2013

San Francisco

Garry Winogrand Retrospective in San Francisco Works by the photographer Garry Winogrand — more than any museum has mounted at once — are the focus of a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. New York Times, May 5, 2013


‘Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy,’ Is at the Wadsworth Atheneum An exhibition featuring the works of the great artist and 21 “Caravaggisti” is on view through June 16 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. New York Times, May 5, 2013

New York

MoMA’s History of Demolishing Potential Landmarks The American Folk Art Museum isn’t the first important building to get in MoMA’s way. New York Times, May 5, 2013

The Met Plans to Return Statues to Cambodia The Metropolitan Museum of Art said new research backed up Cambodian claims that two 10th-century statues were improperly removed from the Koh Ker temple complex. New York Times, May 4, 2013

William Eggleston at Metropolitan Museum of Art “At War With the Obvious,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, showcases William Eggleston’s photographs of the real, material world. New York Times, May 3, 2013

‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album,’ at the Gagosian Gallery A cache of Dennis Hopper’s black-and-white photographs will be sold at the Gagosian Gallery, where they are on display starting on Tuesday. New York Times, May 3, 2013

Trier, Germany

Karl Marx, Garden Gnome(s) “In honor of Karl Marx’s 195th birthday, Hoerl has spread out 500 plastic figurines of the famous thinker in Trier, the western German city near the border with Luxembourg where Marx was born.” Der Spiegel, May 3, 2013


Can An Auction House Be Held Responsible For Sale of Nazi-Owned Art? “The Nazi connection, the lawsuit says, creates ‘a cloud on title’–uncertainty over who is the rightful owner–that renders the painting unsaleable and without value.” The Art Newspaper , May 4, 2013

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