Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 14, 2013


Statue set to rise in Stanley Park When acclaimed native artist Luke Marston works on his latest and largest project to date, he likes to think about his ancestors and the colourful lives they led at the turn of the century in British Columbia. Vancouver Sun, May 14, 2013
Group of Seven, Riopelle works star in Canadian spring auctions Powerful landscapes by Lawren Harris and his Group of Seven colleagues, key abstract works that Jean-Paul Riopelle gifted to a mistress during a tumultuous love affair and exciting contemporary sculpture and video art will cross the auction block in Canada this season. CBC, May 13, 2013


Calgary artist makes good with Bad Portraits Stobo is creating a new kind of artistic persona that’s as much entrepreuner as is it is introvert — even if not painting self-portraits seems like something only a Canadian painter would do. Calgary Herald, May 12, 2013 


Video: Yishu Editor Zheng Shengtian on the Rise of Contemporary Chinese Art.  The Vancouver-based scholar, curator, artist and writer reveals what he has learned at the Shanghai Biennale, Vancouver Biennale, China Academy of Art and elsewhere. On April 18, 2013, Zheng Shengtian, managing editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art gave the lecture “From Cultural Revolution to Avant-Garde: The Rise of Chinese Contemporary Art” at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Canadian Art, May 13, 2013

New York

‘The Cardboard Bernini,’ a Film About James Grashow “The Cardboard Bernini” follows the sculptor James Grashow as he spends three years shaping cardboard into an ornate assemblage meant to be destroyed by the elements. New York Times, May 14, 2013

A Cautionary Tale From Art’s Bad Boy “However pure his motives, traditional his ultimate values or exemplary his professed commitment to old-school American painting, Eric Fischl is destined to be ever cast as American art’s oldest living bad boy.” The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2013


Plan To Sell Bansky Mural Raises Protests “This is a piece of art given to the community for public enjoyment, and people will find it galling that you can only view this work at an expensive champagne reception, when it belongs with the people of north London, not a private owner.” New York Times, May 14, 2013

Tate Britain Has Rehung Its Collection. Here’s What The Critics Say… “Tate Britain’s reorganisation of 500 British artworks in chronological order has been praised by newspapers, with the Independent hailing a “triumphant new hang”.” BBC, May 14, 2013

Contemporary art held in the Tower An exhibition of works by established and emerging contemporary artists opens today, 13 May, at one of London’s most historic sites, the Tower of London. Works in a variety of media by 19 artists go on show across four floors of the Medical Officer’s residence which was designed by Christopher Wren. The Art Newspaper, May 13, 2013


Women Dominate Venice Biennale’s 2013 International Jury The jury for the 55th Venice Biennale (Jun. 1-Nov. 24), which chooses the winners of the Golden and Silver Lion awards, has been announced. The 2013 jurors are Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy of Mexico, Italy’s Francesco Manacorda, Jessica Morgan of Great Britain, Nigeria’s Bisi Silva and Ali Subotnick of the U.S. Art in America, May 13, 2013


Director outlines vision for new Palestinian Museum Jack Persekian, the director of the new Palestinian Museum scheduled to open in Birzeit late next year, strikes a note of caution when discussing the political significance of the planned institution. “The Palestinian Museum is a political symbol only in so far that it celebrates the accomplishments of the Palestinian people in arts and culture, and that it affirms the presence of Palestinians as a people who have agency, who are productive, who shape their own histories,” he tells The Art Newspaper. The Art Newspaper, May 13, 2013


Is This India’s Greatest Architect? “From cultural and civic monuments to modest housing developments, Charles Correa’s influence and style has spread far beyond the subcontinent.” BBC, May 13, 2013


The echoing shot Even in this age of digital revolution, most people will accept that a painting or a sculpture demands to be seen at first hand. Photographs, however, are a different matter (A Jeff Wall Exhibition at the Sydney MCA). Sydney Morning Herald, May 12, 2013


A search engine for art Like the internet, art fairs are increasingly providing a snapshot of the global contemporary scene. Art fairs have no theme; they are vast, sprawling displays of hundreds of works in every medium. They are “almost like the internet itself: [they’re] open and [dealers] can bring anything, so you can take the temperature of what’s going on [in the art world]”, said Chrissie Iles, a curator at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. The Art Newspaper, May 11, 2013

How prevalent is money laundering in the art world? April’s federal charges against the New York dealer Helly Nahmad included that he worked “to launder tens of millions of dollars on behalf of the illegal gambling business.” While Nahmad has pleaded not guilty to all the charges in the indictment, the accusation raises the questions of whether (and if so why) art would be used in this way. The Art Newspaper, May 13, 2013

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