Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 25, 2013

Whistler

Arts and Culture take Center Stage There’s no denying Whistler’s summertime beauty. But Whistler’s not just another pretty face. There’s also a not to be missed arts and culture scene. Whistler Arts Council has created a resortwide cornucopia of galleries, workshops and performances. Vancouver Sun, June 25, 2013

Nanaimo

Art gallery seeks city funds to kickstart downtown expansion The Nanaimo Art Gallery is counting on an influx of municipal funding to build an expanded arts centre. Nanaimo’s only public gallery recently released a proposal to transform the downtown Centre of the Arts into a top-tiered national gallery. Nanaimo Daily News, June 23, 2013

Ottawa

Big Beat: Rebecca Belmore video proves the purpose of art in Carleton show If, like journalism, the purpose of art is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, then Rebecca Belmore’s video installation at Carleton University Art Gallery is a triumph. It’s been so long since I’ve had such a physical, visceral reaction to a piece of art. Ottawa Citizen, June 24, 2013

Orillia

Museum offers thanks Music and excitement filled the air as the Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) opened its newly renovated doors for its donor-appreciation event. Orillia Packet & Times, June 25, 2013

Montreal

John Zeppetelli Named New Director at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal  “I know it will be a fascinating and complex place to work,” Zeppetelli told Canadian Art. “I’m just excited—excited about the new challenges. And, of course, sad to leave here [DHC/ART]; sad to leave my colleagues, and sad to leave this extraordinary foundation.” Canadian Art, June 24, 2013

Avon, Ohio

Exploring Duct Tape As Artistic Medium And Inspiration “In recent years, … devotees craft everything from prom dresses to runway fashions to boutique items like wallets, purses and jewelry. Here in Avon, a town of almost 22,000 outside Cleveland that bills itself as ‘The Duct Tape Capital of the World,’ things go a bit further, with an annual three-day celebration of the stuff.” The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2013

New York

US Blocks Sale Of Picasso “The US Justice department said the work was purchased with money allegedly obtained through criminal activity.” BBC, June 25, 2013

A Plan To Restore Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza “Designated a landmark in 1974 and considered by many to be one of the most formal public spaces in the city, the plaza has nonetheless fallen into disrepair – its bluestone surface cracked, the gilded statue of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman eroded. Now the Central Park Conservancy is proposing a $2 million restoration of the plaza’s trees and pavement.” The New York Times, June 25, 2013

London

Edward VIII borrowed works from the nation And took it upon himself to reframe the masterpieces before they were returned to the National Gallery. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2013

Copenhagen

Architect Henning Larsen, 87 Famed for the deployment of natural light in his designs, Larsen is known for the main municipal library in Malmö Sweden; Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadh; the Harpa concert hall/conference center in Reykjavik; and the 2005 harborfront Copenhagen Opera House – over which his battles with the builder and funder of the project, shipping magnate Mærsk McKinney Møller, became famous. Dezeen, June 24, 2013

Vatican City

Tomb with a View A new virtual-reality project at the Vatican Museums allows visitors to wander through a 2,600-year-old Etruscan burial vault. ARTnews, June 25, 2013

Venice

Why Venice Should Charge Every Tourist Who Enters €30 Anna Somers Cocks: “The interviewer at the BBC World Service clearly thought that this was a toff’s attempt to keep out the riff-raff when it is nothing of the sort, so … here are the reasons why I think charging would be good for everyone, rich and poor, Venetians and non-Venetians, as well as the mayor himself and the preservation of the city.” The Art Newspaper, June 24, 2013

Perm

Director Of Perm’s New Contemporary Art Museum Fired “The Russian contemporary art impresario Marat Guelman has been fired as the director of the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, which he created in 2008 as part of a project to turn the drab military-industrial Soviet city into a modern art center like Bilbao.” At issue are the finances of a summer arts festival and several controversial exhibitions, including one critical of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The Art Newspaper, June 24, 2013

Beijing

Ai Weiwei’s First Rock Album Has Arrived “The visual artist-cum-media juggernaut known as Ai Weiwei hurtles forward with the release of his new album, The Divine Comedy. The six-track album, released Saturday, is Ai’s first major attempt at pop music and features the heavy-metal single ‘Dumbass’, which was first released last month.” Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2013

Qatar

New Emir for Qatar A peaceful handover of power in the energy-rich Gulf state—the world’s biggest buyer of art—leads insiders to expect little impact on cultural policy. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2013

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