Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 15, 2013


Vancouver’s Art Gallery celebrates the Grand Hotel – DZine Trip “Everyone has a hotel story,” proclaims the opening panel to The Grand Hotel, a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional architecture and design show now running at the Vancouver Art Gallery May through to September. The show addresses the impact hotels – and motels too – have had on society through four themes, travel, design, social and culture. Each section is lavishly illustrated with film, video, photographs and personal artifacts. DZine Trip, May 7, 2013

A first for a Vancouver auction house: A video work of art Heffel’s spring sale features some Riopelles from his former mistress as well as a video first. Globe and Mail, May 15, 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. CBC, March 15, 2013


Sell your art and help the Mendel Mendel Art Gallery volunteers have announced a new fundraising project. RestArt is an opportunity for people to sell art that they no longer want, or to buy a new piece being sold by another participant. Star Phoenix, May 15, 2013


Gordon Rayner Broke from the Pack with Oaxaca Suite  When Gordon Rayner died suddenly at 75 of a heart attack in his Toronto home on September 26, 2010, he was two weeks from opening a new exhibition. Canadian Art, May 14, 2013

Saint John

Lives Lived: Stanley Zazelenchuk, 72 He collected Inuit art compulsively, often hiding new purchases under the bed so that his wife wouldn’t find out about them. The family collection was shown at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1978. At age 40, Stanley decided to change careers, and opened an Inuit art gallery in New Brunswick, where his wife had family ties. Globe and Mail, May 15, 2013

New York

Gerhard Richter cityscape earns record-setting $37M at auction
A massive Gerhard Richter painting depicting an Italian city square has set a new auction record, fetching $37.1 million US in New York. CBC, May 15, 2013

How Cooper Union’s Endowment Failed The School’s Mission “Since Peter Cooper’s heirs gave the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art the land under the Chrysler Building in 1902, the school’s endowment has enabled it to offer students a high-quality, tuition-free education through two world wars, the Great Depression and multiple stock market crashes and financial crises. So why does Cooper Union now find itself forced to charge tuition of an estimated $20,000 a year?” The New York Times, May 11, 2013 (includes video)


Growing Divide Between Arts Donating In London And Out Of London “Philanthropic giving to theatres, galleries and other arts and heritage organisations rose 10% in London between 2011 and 2012. But donations elsewhere fell 3.5%, said Arts & Business, a charity that seeks to connect arts bodies with donors.” BBC, May 14, 2013


Did Vermeer Have A Secret Female Apprentice? About six of his roughly 30 surviving paintings differ noticeably in style from the others, despite depicting the same people and rooms. Art historians have wondered if Vermeer had an apprentice, though there’s no surviving record of one. Scholar Benjamin Bistock suggests that this mysterious artist was one of Vermeer’s daughters. NPR, May 10, 2013


Brian Jungen Shows Continuity & Contrast in German Survey  Brian Jungen’s recently opened exhibition at the Kunstverein Hannover is comprised of eight years of work, almost all of it produced since the artist’s survey at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2006. Canadian Art, May 15, 2013


Roman Catholic Church Hosts Its First Pavilion at Venice Biennale The Roman Catholic Church will open its first pavilion at the Venice Biennale this summer, featuring the Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and the artist Lawrence Carroll. New York Times, May 15, 2013

Down but not out, European countries invest in Venice Biennale pavilions Despite cuts to culture budgets, funding for national pavilions and collateral events is in line with 2011 or has even increased. The Art Newspaper, May 15, 2013


Ai Weiwei’s footage boosts local brawl into global spotlight Chinese activist and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei has boosted a Beijing street brawl into the international spotlight after posting his footage of the bloody confrontation online. CBC, May 14, 2013

‘I Got A Haircut From Ai Weiwei’ “On top of everything else, Ai Weiwei is a barber. A good one? Hm. Maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start here: exactly what kind of haircuts does he give? ‘The kind that will make you want to cry,’ he said.” Beijing Cream, May 10, 2013 (includes video)


Why Can’t We Take Pictures in Art Museums? In an attempt to balance copyright restrictions and ever-present camera phones, some museums are loosening their ‘no photography’ policies. Art in America, May 13, 2013

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