Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 11, 2013


The art bulls The brothers behind Heffel Fine Art Auction House, David and Robert Heffel, realized their passion for Canadian art and auctions early on in life. They not only grew up admiring paintings by Emily Carr and Group of Seven artists in their home, but their father Kenneth G. Heffel made headlines in 1981, when he bought Lawren Harris’s South Shore, Baffin Island for a record $240,000. It was the most valuable painting to sell at auction in Canada at the time. Vancouver Sun, June 11, 2013


Burke takes gallery helm Gregory Burke never set foot in Saskatoon until he flew in to be interviewed for the top job at the Mendel Art Gallery last December. The native New Zealander is now thrust front and centre into one of the most anticipated and controversial projects in this city’s history: The opening of the new Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. Star Phoenix, June 11, 2013

Children’s museum one step closer The Children’s Discovery Museum cleared another hurdle to moving into the Mendel Art Gallery building, despite concerns about a “financial risk” to the city. On Monday, city council approved the museum’s business plan, with an operating budget of $1.2 million. Half of that will be covered by admissions and programing, but $600,000 will be needed annually in combined funding from private sponsorships and public grants. Star Phoenix, June 11, 2013


David Bowie exhibition to kick off world tour at AGO David Bowie is coming to Canada. The exhibition, that is. Tuesday the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto announced it will be the sole Canadian venue and the first stop in a proposed six-city international tour of the highly acclaimed, much-visited show that’s been the talk of London for months. Globe and Mail, June 11, 2013

Dilapidated, ‘spooky’ Spadina landmark is getting a $50-million facelift For 138 years, the building at 1 Spadina Cres. has been an oddity in Toronto’s streetscape: a Gothic dinosaur in the middle of Spadina Avenue eliciting stories of ghosts and death, but also of healing and creativity. Now the University of Toronto’s architecture school is poised to move in and make this 1875 building a site for education, research, and public discussion about cities. Globe and Mail, June 11, 2013

Bel Air, California

Among the canvasses: Behind the scenes at Joni Mitchell’s home Joni Mitchell’s interview with CBC runs the gamut – her paintings, the creative process, celebrity, and the evolution of her work – with many departures in the conversation for things like poetry and political musings. Also: Joni Mitchell: Portrait of an Artist CBC, June 11, 2013


Now Putt This: Artists’ Mini Golf at the Walker Playful, funny, and even interactive holes in a creative golf course at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. ARTnews, June 11, 2013


Michigan Governor Says Detroit Museum’s Collection Is An ‘Asset’ (So Why Not Sell It?) “Earlier this week there was a brief spark of hope that the Michigan Legislature would swiftly pass a bill to try and prevent a potential sale of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) collection. That spark has been put out, at least for now, by both the State House of Representatives and Governor Rick Snyder.” Hyperallergic 06/07/13

New York

Where the Wild Things Art: Sendak Gets the Spotlight Five decades have passed since readers first encountered Max, the wolf-suited boy who sailed away, started a wild rumpus with his beastly buddies, and made it back home in time for dinner. As the beloved hero of Where the Wild Things Are, Max joins the many other creations of children’s book artist Maurice Sendak in an exhibition that opens June 11 at the Society of Illustrators in New York. ARTnews, June 10, 2013


Ruined castle will lose star Jan Steen painting A painting by Jan Steen, which has been with the same British family for 250 years, is to be sold at Christie’s, London, on 2 July, with an estimate of £7m to £10m. An Interior with the Artist eating Oysters, 1660 (also known as “Easy come, easy go”), depicts the leering Steen, accepting a glass of wine from a serving girl. The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2013


Last stop Basel as art marathon ends The fair is one of the final Modern and contemporary events this summer (Globetrotting visitors to all the major fairs have had a busy few months) The Art Newspaper, June 11, 2013


Is It Okay (Or Even Legal) To Make Art From Other People’s ‘Abandoned’ DNA? “It has been described as both ‘creepy’ and ‘cool’. But amid the publicity surrounding a provocative art project that creates ‘facial reconstruction’ sculptures based on the analysis of DNA on cigarette butts, chewing gum, and other detritus collected from the streets of New York City, one question has remained unasked: is it legal?” New Scientist 06/10/13

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