Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 12-15, 2013


Vancouver Art Gallery announces Douglas Coupland visual art exhibition Protean and prolific Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland is getting his first-ever survey of his visual art next year at the Vancouver Art Gallery, it was announced Thursday. Globe and Mail, July 13, 2013

The spirit of Waldorf arrives with a new creative focus It has been six months since the debacle at the Waldorf – with the sale of the property, the group that had been providing the cultural programming at the East Van hotel was forced out. Buoyed by an outcry from the cultural community, they vowed to resurface, and in short order formed a new company, Arrival Agency, promising to shake up Vancouver’s cultural scene. This summer, with a slate of noteworthy events, these guys have arrived – again. Globe and Mail, July 13, 2013

Rennie collection’s summer exhibit ‘physically engaging’ The first thing a visitor will encounter at the Rennie Collection’s new summer exhibition is a white room with blank – or nearly blank – walls.  However, as summer progresses, the walls will undergo a change. As dozens, then hundreds and perhaps thousands pass through the room, attendants will apply marks denoting the height of each visitor, along with names and dates, to the walls. The flurry of marks – which come to resemble a massive flock of birds, or an asteroid belt – become a visual record of their passage. Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2013


Exhibit looks at star wars from the dark side For anyone unable to make it out to Abbotsford, Woods’ work will also be on view at Vancouver’s Gallery Jones (1725 West 3rd Ave.) through July. The gallery will be showing works that include eight small oils that were preliminary studies for the larger paintings in Sandstorm. Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2013


Robert Amos On Art: Exhibit an elegant Core Sample of UVic fine arts faculty’s work As part of the celebration of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, two exhibitions of work by fine arts faculty members and sessional instructors are planned. Times Colonist, July 13, 2013


Art review: Beat Nation lures, captivates, educates Beat Nation is a brilliantly immersive experience for the viewer. It gathers the work of a dozen aboriginal artists who use multiple mediums — everything from carved antler bone to performance art — as they explore aboriginal identity. Kamloops Daily News, July 13, 2013


Calgary Gets Some Good News – A Skyscraper! – During Flooded Summer “Planned to be 60 storeys and 750,000 square feet, Telus Sky is a forceful and sophisticated argument for 21st-century urbanism. Its design, led by the well-travelled Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, is a tower with a twist.” The Globe & Mail, July 13, 2013


Library, gallery workers strike | Local | News | Sarnia Observer City library and art gallery workers will be hitting the picket lines Saturday. Just minutes before Saturday’s strike deadline, CEP Local 65 announced it would be striking after the County of Lambton revealed it would impose new terms of employment on city library and art gallery workers at the stroke of midnight. The Observer (Sarnia) July 13, 2013


Not enough room to showcase artists – Peterborough Examiner The gallery makes the best use of the existing space, director Celeste Scopelites says, but the facility creates some challenges. Peterborough Examiner, July 13, 2013

Los Angeles

On View | Architects on Southern California Architecture, at MOCA An exhibition at the Los Angeles museum highlights recent architectural innovation in the region over the last 25 years. In this revealing video, some of the featured architects explain why they chose their trade. New York Times, July 14, 2013

Will Sicily Renegotiate With Cleveland And (Incidentally) Save The Getty’s Relationship With Italy? “The Getty has been caught in the middle of the dispute — and could be on the hook to absorb the entire financial responsibility for the show, a total investment of about $990,000.” Los Angeles Times , July 13, 2013

New York

Art That (Actually) Makes You Puke You’d think tales of nausea and vomiting would turn off art fans, but “the public seems to have an appetite for a mass-scale gross-out.” The New York Times, July 13, 2013

If Gulliver Were a Conceptualist … Robert Therrien’s solo exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo surveys his surreal and understated works. New York Times, July 12, 2013

John Hightower, 80, Besieged Art Director Of MoMA “On the evening in May 1970 when he was being welcomed to his new job with a reception in the museum’s sculpture garden, a group of activist artists … crashed his party, heckled the guests and splashed about in the reflecting pool, demanding an end to the war in Southeast Asia.” The New York Times, July 13, 2013

Cultural Programs to Focus on Climate Change The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is joining with two other like-minded organizations to present exhibitions, panel discussions and performances that will explore climate change. New York Times, July 15, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Hirshhorn Museum Loses Board Chair For Second Time In A Year “In a strongly worded letter obtained by The Washington Post, Constance Caplan painted a picture of a board, a museum and the larger Smithsonian Institution roiled by a lack of transparency, trust, vision and good faith.” The Washington Post , July 10, 2013


The Magna Carta Turns 800 Soon, And The British Library Is Partying “The four surviving original copies of Magna Carta will be brought together in 2015 for the first time in history, the British Library has announced.” BBC, July 14, 2013


Stepdaughter says more than 400 Picassos stolen by handyman More than 400 artworks by Pablo Picasso have been stolen from the home of his stepdaughter. Edmonton Journal, July 15, 2013


Matisse Gave An Intense Three-Day Interview In 1941 – & Then Furiously Banned It But the artist’s revealing statements about collectors, color, depression and more will now be published, 72 years later. The Observer (UK) July 13, 2013


New Wartime Letter Keeps On Debunking The Myth Of Artist Joseph Beuys Beuys, like many other German men of his generation, was “someone who wanted to be a hero, but ended up being lured into something terrible instead.” Der Spiegel, July 12, 2013


Surprise – Tehran Art Auction Is A Hit “For one glimmering moment late last month, the Iranian capital was the talk of the world’s art market after 80 works sold for $2 million, astonishing a country whose economy is battered by Western sanctions but still has pockets of wealth looking for investment havens for their money.” Yahoo! (AP) July 12, 2013


A Virtual Tour Of Weird North Korean Art We didn’t even need to say that it’s propaganda art, did we? There are the 20,000-odd statues of “Great Leader” Kim Il Sung; there’s the $10 million bronze of the late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il; there’s the Hollywood-sign-style “Long Live General Kim Jong Un, the Shining Sun” that’s visible from space; and so on. GlobalPost, July 13, 2013 (includes video)

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