Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 8, 2013


Michael Audain unveils Whistler art museum (with video) – Vancouver Sun The exhibition space in the museum will be 20,000 sq. ft., which is the same size as the exhibition space at the Museum of Vancouver, and approximately 60 per cent of the exhibition space at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, May 8, 2013

Philanthropist Michael Audain reveals design for his Whistler art museum Once the chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s relocation committee, Audain has been among the most vocal – and moneyed – supporters of a new VAG. Globe and Mail, May 8, 2013

Michael Audain expands size of art museum planned in Whistler “The exhibition area will be about 20,000 square feet and I’m told that that would be the largest in the province after the (existing) Vancouver Art Gallery.” The Georgia Straight, May 8, 2013

Art collector expanding plans for gallery in Whistler Audain is also the chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation and says he still supports its plans to move, which in order to succeed, will require a massive fundraising campaign. But he isn’t worried his own plans to cause problems for the VAG. News 1130, May 7, 2013

Mission, B.C.

Looking Back: Life and works of Father Dunstan The book launch for Daphne Sleigh’s biography of Father Dunstan Massey was a resounding success. The event was April 27th in Mission, where crowds of art and history fans bought out the supply of the beautifully illustrated book, The Artist in the Cloister: The Life and Works of Father Dunstan Massey. Maple Ridge News, May 8, 2013


The Power Plant: Contemporary Art Gallery continues free admission to 2016 Free admission has nearly doubled attendance. Toronto Star, May 7, 2013

Syrian artists mixes masterpieces with destruction Tammam Azzam, born in Damascus in 1980, creates poignant digital composites that superimpose masterpieces of Western art by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Goya onto recent photographs of the destroyed landscapes of Syria. In one, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss covers the side of a monotone, shell-pocked building. Globe and Mail, May 8, 2013

Buffalo, New York

Turning Buffalo’s Grain Elevators Into Luminous Public Art “The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation just rolled out a four-stage plan to illuminate the grain elevators along the city’s waterfront. It’s an attempt to attract more visitors and, perhaps more importantly, to put to rest the negative association grain elevators have with Buffalo’s economic decline.” The Atlantic , May 7,2013 (includes video)


Boston museum sets its sights 20ft high The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has reached new heights with the reinstallation of an 18th-century English drawing room, which is due to reopen this month after being closed for more than 30 years. The Art Newspaper, May 8, 2013

Beacon, New York

Dia Acquires Lannan Foundation Works A group of 30 artworks that have been on loan to Dia:Beacon for a decade, including major pieces by Bruce Nauman, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin and Lawrence Weiner, will remain there and become part of the museum’s collection, the museum announced today. Art in America May 8, 2013

Washingto, D.C.

Battle Heats Up Over Resale Royalties for Artists Federal legislation that has been in the works for years and could dramatically impact artists’ incomes and art dealers’ profits recently received a public hearing in Washington, D.C., and appears destined for reintroduction in Congress perhaps as early as this session. Art in America May 8, 2013


Ranking The Arts As Public Investment Opportunity “The arts get less than 0.1% of public spending but deliver four times that in gross domestic product, an Arts Council England-commissioned report says.” BBC, May 7, 2013


Jonathan Horowitz Brings ‘Free Store’ to Art Basel So, you want to bring something home from an art fair, but your budget is limited? For the duration of this summer’s Art Basel fair (June 10-16), New York artist Jonathan Horowitz will organize “Free Store,” an outdoor market, open 24 hours a day,. Art in America, May 6, 2013


Europe’s First Images Of Native Americans Uncovered In Vatican Fresco Vatican officials say they have found what could be the first European images of American Indians in a fresco painted within two years of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the so-called New World. New York Times, May 7, 2013

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Angry Over Unspent €25m Gift To Louvre Abu Dhabi gave €25m to the Louvre to open spaces on one floor of its Pavillon de Flore to the public, named in honour of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates. The Art Newspaper, May 7, 2013


Colgate to Give Aboriginal Art to Australian University Colgate University is giving its collection of more than 100 drawings and paintings by Aboriginal children who were forced into government camps to Curtin University in Perth. New York Times, May 8, 2013

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