Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 24-27, 2013


Art Spiegelman’s art obliterates category Then to the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is where it is until June. Then this fall, it will travel to the Jewish Museum in New York City, which brings this retrospective full circle. Chicago Tribune, May 25, 2013

Exhibit A: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Grand Hotel Exhibit If you consider yourself a true hotel nerd, pack your bags: You’re going to Vancouver! The Vancouver Art Gallery has an installation so perfect it ain’t even funny. It’s called Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life. Hotel Chatter (blog) May 24, 2013

New Vancouver Exhibit Explains Why Hotels are Shaping Modernity The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened their Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life exhibition and you have until September 15 to check it out. It explores the hotel from the beginning –- when it was simply a utilitarian place to rest your head. Jaunted, May 24, 2013

Safar Redraws Middle Eastern Art Map at UBC’s MOA A big Vancouver show of work by Arab, Iranian and Turkish artists challenges common misconceptions about art of the region, as well as the region itself, Hadani Ditmars writes. Canadian Art, May 23, 2013


Challenging perceptions on Victoria Minus the politics, my from-a-distance perceptions (though inadequate, no doubt shared by many) of the city are explored in two exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: an evolving Emily Carr show, and A Postcard from Victoria, guest-curated by Michael Turner. Globe and Mail, May 25, 2013

Robert Bateman Centre to promote more than artist’s work Celebrated Canadian nature artist Robert Bateman is opening a new gallery in Victoria this weekend, but the artist says the aim is to do much more than showcase his work. CBC, May 24, 2013


Banff artist continues historic tradition of painting outdoors Alex Emond is carrying on the old-fashioned tradition of plein-air painting, with real subjects. Globe and Mail, May 26, 2013


Art gallery must reconnect Over the past year, the Art Gallery of Windsor has received attention for its layoffs, downsizing, financial crisis, and the takeover of the building by the City of Windsor. As a result, people are losing faith in the gallery. Windsor Star, May 25, 2013


Jeremy Bailey Makes A Change With Important Portraits This Canadian web artist is on the rise, and he is generating a lot of promising (and very funny) work. Did his recent Toronto exhibition meet that promise? Leah Sandals reviews. Canadian Art, May 23, 2013

Ritchies auction house to pay Artist’s Resale Right The auction house Ritchies has announced that they will voluntarily pay the Artist’s Resale Right beginning with the inaugural Project Contemporalis auction this month. They are the first major auction house in Canada to do so. CARFAC News, May 23, 2013

Markham, Ontario

Les Plasticiens: Quebec’s next avant-garde revolution In the mid-50s, a group of Montreal painters broke away from the mainstream to claim a part of the global conversation all their own. Toronto Star, May 24, 2013


Curator Q&A: How Indigenous Art Took Centre Stage in Sakahàn The National Gallery has just opened one of the largest surveys ever of contemporary Indigenous art. Here, curators Candice Hopkins and Christine Lalonde tell Bryne McLaughlin how it all came together. Canadian Art, May 23, 2013


Glass is full of possibilities in exhibitions An exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s extravagant glass sculptures at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is undoubtedly the blockbuster art show of the summer. Montreal Gazette, May 24, 2013


Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts Cannot Be Sold, Its Director Says Graham W. J. Beal, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, said he believes the collection of his museum is “held in the public trust” and could not be sold by the city to help pay down its multibillion-dollar debt. New York Times, May 25, 2013

New York

Old Faces in New Places The Met’s galleries of European paintings dating from 1250 to 1900 have reopened in a significantly enlarged space after the first reinstallation in four decades. New York Times, May 24, 2013

A Fresh Home for Familiar Paintings Photos from the new European galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, May 24, 2013

The Private Curator Behind A Big Cubist Gift To The Met “Mr. Lauder ultimately decides which works to buy. But each addition to his cubist collection has been preceded by in-depth conversations with Ms. Braun, whom Mr. Lauder described as ‘my partner and teacher and mentor.'” The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2013

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, Exploring Wyeth’s World Three sites in Chadds Ford, a small town near Philadelphia, reveal a mix of influences that animated the life and work of the artist Andrew Wyeth. New York Times, May 26, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Changing the World, Step by Step The exhibition “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929,” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, celebrates the synergy of dance with music and visual arts. New York Times, May 24, 2013


Visual artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ work enters permanent collection of the British Museum… Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ work Copper from the Hood (2010) has now found its home in the permanent collection of the prestigious British Museum, after an eighteen month international tour with Treasures of the World’s Cultures. The sculptural work was one of more than 250 cultural treasures which toured the globe with the British Museum exhibition, with stops in Australia, the Middle East and Europe. Art Daily, May 25, 2013

The Young British Artists Are Now In Their 50s. What Does Tracey Emin Think Of That? “With the cigarettes, that’s so weird because I don’t smoke anymore. I haven’t had sex for years, and there’s this condom. God, there’s a tampon, and I haven’t had a period for years. There’s my ex-boyfriend’s marijuana, I would never be with anyone who smokes marijuana now; there’s a whiskey bottle, and I don’t drink spirits.” New York Times, May 24, 2013

An Exhibit, Set in 1813, Takes an Austen’s-Eye View The online exhibit “What Jane Saw” allows viewers to peruse a London gallery as Jane Austen saw it in 1813. New York Times, May 25, 2013


Retired’ Artist Pops His Head Back Up Maurizio Cattelan, “retired” after his 2011 Guggenheim retrospective, has an exhibition opening at the Beyeler Foundation in Switzerland next month. New York Times, May 23, 2013


An Artist Depicts His Demons Dioramas by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, to be shown in Venice, reconstruct his illegal detention in China in minute detail. New York Times, May 27, 2013

The Venice Biennale’s Youngest Artistic Director In 110 Years The ambitious 39-year-old Massimiliano Gioni has doubled the number of artists and “is mixing high and low, with masters mingling with self-taught and outsider artists.” New York Times, May 25, 2013

Hong Kong

Hong Kong To Lose Its Art Museum For A Couple Of Years The Hong Kong Museum of Art is due to close for two years from 2015 for renovation work, leaving Asia’s aspiring arts hub without a dedicated art museum. Project plans include a new gallery to focus on art made in Hong Kong as well as moving the museum’s shop and cafe to take advantage of the harbourfront location, giving the tired institution, which is squeezed between a Space Museum and a Cultural Centre, a more distinct identity. The Art Newspaper, May 25, 2013


Contemporary Chinese Art Is Exploding Onto The World Scene. Is That A Problem? “For Chinese contemporary art the market is voracious and developed so quickly from zero to where we are today, so there has been a tendency to validate artists by their market’s worth.” The Art Newspaper, May 25, 2013

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