Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 10-13, 2013


Gallery space up for grabs – The Province The Vancouver Art Gallery hasn’t even moved out yet, but already groups are clamouring to move into the old courthouse on Hornby Street. So, just for fun, let’s assume the VAG will come up with the estimated $350 million it needs to move to Larwill Park on Cambie Street. Who then gets to move into its current, highly-covetable digs? Here’s a look at the contenders: The Province, May 13, 2013

Vintage paintings and watercolours delight – Vancouver Sun Vancouverites will get the chance at a free preview at the Heffel Gallery, 2247 Granville, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday through Tuesday. There are 186 paintings and sculptures in the auction, which has an estimate of $7 million to $10 million. Vancouver sun, May 11, 2013

24/604 – Nightlife – Vancouver Art Gallery A night out for art and culture always opens the eyes and mind to new experiences. With their Tuesday Night By Donation Special, the Vancouver Art Gallery is welcoming everyone to enjoy their amazing exhibits and Nightlife Host Christina Meng is first in the door and interviews Paul Larocque. 24/604 tv, May 4, 2013

The Black and the White: Maus and the Art Spiegelman Exhibit The poster for the Art Spiegelman exhibit currently showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery, “CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps,” illustrates a related sentiment. The Millions, May 8, 2013

Battle demands intensity, lots of art Art Battle pits artists against one another in a friendly, but competitive paint off. Competitors are given a canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, palette knives — and 20 minutes to complete a piece. “There’s this whole thing about artists struggling in the world at the moment, and a way to get artists out of their hole is to put them on stage in front of whole bunch of people, and get them showing off what they do,” says Art Battle Vancouver organizer Bill Higginson. The Province, May 13, 2013


Michael Audain’s Whistler Museum Balloons A 2nd Time It keeps growing, and growing, and growing. At first, the Audain Art Museum, a gift to the Whistler community by Canadian real estate developer, philanthropist and art collector Michael Audain, was proposed to be around 25,000 square feet. Then it grew to 40,000. And now Audain, fearful that the gallery would outgrow that space “within a decade,” has added another wing to the end of the building, bringing the proposed total square footage to a neat 56,000 square. Curbedski, May 10, 2013

Audain Art Museum doubles in size in new proposal “I’m told that it would be the largest in the province after the present Vancouver Art Gallery,” Audain, who serves as chairman of the museum, said during a news conference in Vancouver Tuesday. “We realized we would outgrow the smaller version within ten years. Pique Newsmagazine, May 9, 2013


Robert Bateman: Accolades pile on for one of Canada’s most controversially Renowned Canadian artist Robert Bateman visited the Beltline Trail, behind the home he lived in as a child. The trail was formerly a railway line. Nearby is the newly named Robert Bateman Parkette. Toronto Star, May 13, 2013


Are Cute Neighborhoods Supposed To Make Us Forget Montreal’s Issues? “The sweetness of the small architectural intervention is sadly being offset these days by the weight of large public works gone wrong. The corruption charges levelled against Montreal politicians have contaminated the reputation of the venerable metropolis.” Globe & Mail , May 9, 2013

St. John’s

Painting through the sieve of her imagination A retrospective exhibition of Pratt’s work will open at The Rooms tonight and will run until Sept. 8, after which it will tour across the country. Stops include the Art Gallery of Windsor, Ont., the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont., the MacKenzie Arts Gallery in Regina, Sask., and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, where the tour will end in January 2015. The Telegram (St. John’s) May 10, 2013


Canadian Identity Debates Are Broken. Let’s Fix Them. In his latest column for our website, artist Ken Lum considers debates on Canadian culture and their problematic, exclusionary quality. One way to improve is to start with better questions, he says. Canadian Art, May 9, 2013

A CanCon Crib Sheet for NYC’s Frieze Art Week This year for Frieze New York, there are even more satellite events on deck—and more Canadians headed down to partake. Here is a brief roundup of where to find them. Canadian Art, May 9, 2013

San Francisco

Holy Batman, Batman! “It’s the most iconic subject matter Burden has tackled, and it’s also the most labor-intensive painting he’s ever produced. He started in February 2012 and finished in late November of that year, spending an estimated 1,200 hours on the painting and its elaborate frame, which is ornamented with resin Batman heads.” Robert Xavier Burden used to paint nudes, but nearly a decade ago he shifted his eye from bare flesh to another sort of fetish. Now he spends thousands of hours creating massive, and massively nerdy, oil paintings of toys from his youth. Wired, May 10, 2013

Flagstaff , Arizona

How We See James Turrell’s Light (And Also, Will Roden Crater Ever Be Finished?) “I’m working to bring celestial objects like the sun and moon into the spaces that we inhabit. I apprehend light — I make events that shape or contain light.” Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2013

Columbus, Indiana

An Indiana Town Where Big Names Built If you’ve never heard of Columbus, Ind., perhaps the architects who designed buildings there will sound far more familiar. New York Times, May 12, 2013

New York

Defending the Former American Folk Art Museum Building West 53rd Street needs the character of the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, a building threatened by a Museum of Modern Art expansion plan. New York Times, May 13, 2013

Museum of Modern Art Reconsiders Razing of Folk Art Museum The Museum of Modern Art said it would rethink its decision to demolish its next-door neighbor, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, to make room for an expansion. New York Times, May 10, 2013

Frieze New York at Randalls Island Art fair haters should put aside their disdain and enjoy Frieze New York, whose spacious quarters on Randalls Island feature a strong showing this year. New York Times, May 11, 2013

Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath Reshapes Art Insurance Policies Many art collectors have had to become expert in the world of insurers, adjusters, appraisers and conservators, whose job it is to restore art, or pay claims when restoration is impossible. New York Times, May 12, 2013

‘Subliming Vessel,’ Drawings of Matthew Barney, at Morgan The Morgan Library & Museum presents the first survey of Matthew Barney’s complex graphic work, delving into his themes of death, resurrection and transformation. New York Times, May 10, 2013


Benaki Museum Director Struggles With Budget Cuts Angelos Delivorrias has led the Benaki Museum in Athens for almost 40 years. Now, in the face of steep budget cuts, he is fighting to protect what he helped build. New York times, May 11, 2013


A Battle to Become Art Capital of China With the National Art Museum of China set to open a new building in 2017, and Hong Kong planning its M+ museum around the same time, the cities are fighting to outshine each other. New York Times, May 10, 2013

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