Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 14 – 17, 2013


Vancouver Art Gallery Masters show mixes 17th century with new work In a new exhibit of old paintings, the Vancouver Art Gallery is dropping in some contemporary works. Rather than modern examples of painting, however, senior curator Ian Thom has chosen to juxtapose 17th-century works by Dutch and Flemish painters with contemporary works. Vancouver Sun, June 15, 2013

Vancouver Art Gallery’s summer exhibit features 36 works by 30 artists With all of the specialist painters in the Netherlands at the time, you would think that Abraham Mignon would’ve been able to find someone who knew how to paint a cat. Vancouver Sun, June 15, 2013


Art show a mix of new styles and ‘old stuff’ With a mixture of lowbrow art and high-minded ideals, the Electric Umbrella gallery offers an innovative art event at the end of the month. Nanaimo Daily News, June 15, 2013


Exhibit an ideal marriage between still life and plant life Does the science of botany need art and does art need the science of botany? Plant ecologist Lyn Baldwin and visual artist Ila Crawford don’t need to ask that question. Kamloops Daily News, June 15, 2013


A new prairie landscape Jennifer Matotek is embracing her role as the new kid in town. The Dunlop Art Gallery’s new director and curator arrived in Regina Sunday night and started her new job Monday morning. “I’m really excited!” the enthusiastic 34-year-old said in a telephone interview. Leader Post, June 15, 2013


5 emerging artists vie for $50K Sobey Art Award The 2013 nominees are: West Coast and the Yukon: Isabelle Pauwels of New Westminster, B.C.,Prairies and the North: Mark Clintberg of Alberta., Ontario: Duane Linklater of North Bay, Ont., Quebec: Pascal Grandmaison of Montreal., Atlantic: Tamara Henderson of Sackville, N.B. CBC, June 14, 2013

The 2013 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel consists of: The 2013 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel consists of: Mireille Eagan, Curator of Canadian Art, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery; Marie-Claude Landry, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée d’art de Joliette; Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton;Jesse McKee, Curator, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre; Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery. The Coast/Halifax, June 13, 2013

RBC offers biggest-ever purse for painting prize Fifteen finalists from across the country have been chosen from nearly 600 entrants. Globe and Mail, June 17, 2013


communiqué It’s a busy time for Canadian heritage! As you may have read in the communiqué we sent on Tuesday, the federal government announced a series of new government initiatives to help promote and celebrate Canadian history. Starting on April 1, 2014, the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) will eliminate the requirement that travelling history exhibitions must circulate beyond their province or territory of origin. The program will also support museums, including small museums that wish to borrow objects from the national collection of the future Canadian Museum of History. The CMA was also invited to speak on behalf of Canadian museums at the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage meeting last week regarding Bill C-49, the Canadian Museum of History Act. We’ll keep you updated regarding these issues. CMA, June 11, 2013


Capturing a classic Dutch master in a very modern mirror Mark Lewis’s solo exhibit in the Netherlands includes a tour of the National Gallery, as reflected through a circular mirror that swivels and scans. On the eve of the opening of Mark Lewis’s exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, we arranged to meet for an hour at the National Gallery in London – a museum that has been his muse in a city where he has been resident, off and on, since 1997. Globe and Mail, June 14, 2013


Detroit City Manager Plan Doesn’t Include Sale Of DIA Art “The report makes no mention of monetizing the museum or its art to raise money to pay down the city’s massive debt. But the report does not rule out the possibility that the museum might be asked to contribute revenue as part of the restructuring plan as it evolves.” Detroit Free Press, June 15, 2013

Detroit Attorney General Says DIACan’t Sell Its Art “The art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts is held by the City of Detroit in charitable trust for the people of Michigan, and no piece in the collection may thus be sold, conveyed, or transferred to satisfy city debts or obligations.” Detroit Free Press, June 13, 2013

New York

Back at the Whitney, Tinkering With Perception Robert Irwin’s installation “Scrim Veil — Black Rectangle — Natural Light,” last seen on the Whitney Museum’s fourth floor in 1977, will be back through Sept. 1. New York Times, June 17, 2013

A Building Famous for Its Parties (Not to Mention Art) Over the course of almost five decades, 404 East 14th Street in Manhattan has been home to a remarkable collection of artists — among them Claes Oldenburg, Larry Rivers and the filmmaker Wes Anderson. New York Times, June 17, 2013


Swashbuckling Defenders Of Peru’s Artistic Treasures Stake Out The Post Office “Gladiz Collatupa, an archaeologist, once stashed six mummies at her parents’ house for safe keeping. That was when she dug for artifacts in the dirt of Peru, rich with the leavings of past cultures like the Inca and the Moche. Now she digs through packages at the post office instead, searching for ancient treasure being smuggled out of the country.” New York Times, June 13, 2013


About Last Night | A Star-Studded Dinner in Basel for the Artist Theaster Gates Dasha Zhukova’s dinner at the illustrious art fair drew the likes of Peter Brant, Stephanie Seymour, Daphne Guinness, Vito Schnabel and more. New York Times, June 14, 2013

At Art Basel, an Unslaked Appetite for Buying At the Art Basel fair, blue-chip names and artists with recent museum exhibitions are prominent and selling. New York Times, June 14, 2013


Mao in the Middle “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” is the largest collection of the artist’s works ever to appear in Asia. The two-year tour, which has already had stops in Hong Kong and Singapore, is now showing in Shanghai at the recently opened state-run Power Station of Artminus Warhol’s iconic silkscreen paintings of Mao. New York Times, June 14, 2013


What’s Behind The Urge To Deface Public Paintings? “That is three highly publicised art attacks in less than a year. It looks as if a shared spirit is gripping the assailants. In all three cases over just a few months, each attacker thought she or he was making some kind of public statement.” The Guardian (UK) June 16, 2013

Conflict Art May Be Beautiful (And Necessary), But Will Anyone Buy It? “The social pendulum has swung back towards the ethos of the 1960s. We are seeing a reaction against the big, shiny, flashy tendencies of the past decade; people are making more meaningful work.” The Art Newspaper, June 13, 2013

Why some pictures go for more than others All other things being equal, a grouse sells for more than a duck, roses beat lupins and everyone loves a pretty woman. The Art Newspaper, June 13, 2013

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