Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 21-24, 2013

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery to Relocate | Vancouver Weekly Since 1983, the old courthouse at 750 Hornby Street has been the Vancouver Art Gallery’s home. The gallery and the area surrounding have hosted many of the city’s defining events. The gallery itself carves a chunk out of the business-based downtown core, combining culture, art, education, history and law in three blocks. While there has been talk for a while, it is now clear that the largest art gallery in Western Canada will be getting a new home. Moving from its downtown location on Hornby to Larwill Park by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the gallery will expand by three times, allowing more exhibits and storage as well as expanding art education. Vancouver Weekly, June 24, 2013

Art Tarts in step with South Granville ArtWalk Call them tarty. These sisters won’t mind. Shawna and Lisa Coan operate Tarts Bakery in South Granville and the shop is full of them. (Tarts, that is.) When they heard about the South Granville ArtWalk that takes place today, with 16 galleries along Gallery Row offering artist talks and demos, special exhibits, wine and cheese, the Coan sisters put their creative noggins together. They created Art Tarts for the occasion; they’re tarts printed with art images from some of the galleries. Using edible ink on rice paper or paper-thin fondant, they’ll have some of the artists’ work atop the tarts and “framed” by the pastry crust; the colour of the fillings beneath would harmonize with the art. Vancouver Sun, June 22, 2013

Ian Mulgrew: B.C. chief justice’s goodbye speech sidesteps judiciary’s part in court systems woes Lance Finch, chief justice of the B.C. Court of Appeal, rode into retirement this month nodding to the crisis in the legal system and suggesting the Vancouver Art Gallery be restored as a courthouse. Vancouver Sun, June 21, 2013

COPE’s Tim Louis pokes fun at Vision Vancouver and opposes using city site for new art gallery “I’d love to give $200 million to the art gallery but I think it’s a question of priorities,” Louis commented. “If you asked me to make a very difficult decision—$200 million to the art gallery or $200 million to really address the crisis of homelessness, not by producing shelters but actually affordable housing—I’d give the $200 million to producing housing.” Georgia Straight, June 21, 2013

North Vancouver

Zhang Yaxin: Photographing Chairman Mao’s Model Operas In 1967, Zhang Yaxin was 34 and working as a photojournalist at China’s state-controlled Xinhua News Agency when he was assigned to a top-secret government project: to be the official photographer of a new arts program led by Chairman Mao and his wife. Zhang Yaxin: Model Opera is on view at the Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver, June 14 – July 26, 2013. Time Lightbox,June 17, 2013

Snapshot: Weegee and Peter Sellers, 1963 “Kubrick admired Weegee’s in-your-face tabloid images,” says John O’Brian, a professor of visual arts and curator of a new exhibition – “Strangelove’s Weegee” – at Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery. The Financial Times, June 7, 2013

Victoria

Unsung Victoria artist brought to light Oak Bay author and art historian Christina Johnson-Dean has shed new light on Hembroff-Schleicher’s fascinating life as an artist and author in The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher, which is part of the Unheralded Artists of B.C. series by Mother Tongue Publishing. Victoria News, June 20, 2013

Toronto

Mesopotamia exhibit honours past, urges safeguarding sites today video The accomplishments of ancient Mesopotamian society are being celebrated in a new Toronto exhibit, but the showcase is also shining a light on a contemporary crisis: the looting and destruction of artifacts, architecture and archeological sites in Syria. CBC, June 21, 2013

Bidding on fine art only a click away Winnipeg art dealer and gallery owner Ryan Mayberry has stepped into the online-auction side of the business as a partner in Consignor Canadian Fine Art. The new company, which will officially open its doors Aug. 1, will be located in Toronto. Winnipeg Free Press, June 22, 2013

Duane Linklater: Two worlds, gently colliding Ontario’s Sobey Award finalist focuses on his Native identity through a thoughtful, thoroughly contemporary lens. Toronto Star, June 21, 2013

Los Angeles

Sicilian Protest Imperils Exhibition Sicilian officials have raised objections to the use of two star attractions in an exhibition of ancient Sicilian art scheduled to go to the Cleveland Museum of Art this fall. New York Times, June 21, 2013

Casper, Wyoming

Casper museum names new director Joyner has held directorships at the Vancouver Art Gallery in British Columbia; the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Ala.; the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla.; and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. Casper Star-Tribune Online, June 20, 2013

New York

A $1.6 Million Grant for the American Folk Art Museum A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will finance a traveling exhibition of works from the American Folk Art Museum. New York Times, June 22, 2013

New Light Fixture for a Famous Rotunda James Turrell’s nearly hallucinatory play of light and color makes the Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda a meditative spectacle. New York Times, June 21, 2013

For American Heroes, A Poke in the Eye “Llyn Foulkes,” a retrospective of one of American art’s great originals at the New Museum, captures the mood of moral indignation, anger and grief leavened by visionary hilarity that has driven this Los Angeles artist over the course of his idiosyncratic six-decade career. New York Times, June 21, 2013

The East Coast of California Exhibitions documenting West Coast artists and art movements — Conceptualism, Ken Price, Llyn Foulkes and James Turrell — are hitting New York. New York Times, June 21, 2013

London

What can we learn from the face of a dictator as a child? Among the works in a group show at London’s Saatchi Gallery, are U.K. artist Annie Kevans. Globe and Mail, June 22, 2013

Berlin

In A Twist, Germany Is Protesting Russian Exhibit Of WWII-Looted Art “After hours of thinly disguised recriminations on both sides, the two leaders announced, an hour before the exhibition was due to open, they would indeed attend but there would be no joint opening and Merkel’s speech had been cancelled.” The Guardian (UK) June 21, 2013

Paris

On View | Maurizio Cattelan’s Shocking Window Displays at the Palais de Tokyo The supposedly retired Italian art provocateur has transformed the Paris museum with stomach-churning images from his magazine Toilet Paper. New York Times, June 23, 2013

Venice

At Venice’s Biennale, the unconscious reigns Canadian Shary Boyle’s inspired grotesquerie leads a fair steeped in the wisdom of the marginal and the mad. Globe and Mail, June 22, 2013

Syria

Syrian Art Smuggled Out At Risk Of Death For Show In London “The artists are worried that they could be traced if the work is stopped at a checkpoint. Some haven’t signed their work. The security police wouldn’t understand their message but they’d still see it as a danger.” The Guardian (UK) June 22, 2013

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