Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 16, 2013


The Mainlander | The Vancouver Art Gallery and the Eviction of a political idea After years of political negligence, a failed architectural proposal, and prolonged economic recession, the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is finally getting a new building at Larwill Park. A good dose of public elation, institutional relief, and civic boosterism has accompanied the announcement. But situated squarely within the double-edged contradictions of cultural production and presentation, the new VAG might be less a rebirth than a last gasp. The Mainlander, July 13, 2013

Skin & bone – salty sailor tales The exhibition, Tattoo and Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor, is likely to be Vancouver Maritime Museum’s most controversial show ever. One woman mounted a crusade, calling it “porn” and demanding its removal (unwittingly increasing the show’s popularity), while former executive director James Delgado has publicly expressed his dismay that part of the show is “all fake.” Vancouver Sun, July 16, 2013


In photos: A look at a modern plein-air painting tradition But is there a contemporary plein-air tradition or at least practice? Kitty Scott thinks there is. Currently curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she’s mounted three exhibitions on the phenomenon in the last five years, the newest iteration, called Pleinarism, up now at Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre and running thorugh mid-September. Globe and Mail, July 16, 2013


‘Everything has an end:’ Honest Ed’s is up for sale Honest Ed’s, the Toronto retail landmark known for its dazzling outdoor signage and annual turkey giveaways, is up for sale. Toronto Star, July 16, 2013


On View | The Biennial of the Americas Turns Denver Into a Giant Art Fair The summer-long event in the Mile High City features street art from the likes of Julieta Aranda, James Franco and Cyprien Gaillard. New York Times, July 15, 2013

New York

Queens Museum to double in size The New York space is due to reopen in October after a $65m revamp. The Art Newspaper, July 16, 2013

United States

What Top Execs In The Arts Earn “Reynold Levy made about $7,000 each weekday as president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, earned about the same, $1.8 million in 2011.” Bloomberg, July 10, 2013


London’s Neighborhood to Show and Be Shown The elegant Mayfair area of London is luring top American art dealers, who are opening branches there. New York Times, July 16, 2013

London To Get Its Own Answer To New York’s High Line “London’s answer to New York’s High Line park began to take shape in June after two London architecture firms won a competition to design a landscaped walkway just south of the River Thames that will link new and existing galleries, public works of art and an open-air auditorium.” The Art Newspaper, July 12, 2013


Finnish museum refuses request from Iraq to return artefacts The items were given to the former Finnish president Urho Kekkonen in 1977. The Art Newspaper, July 15, 2013


Berlin Artists Wanted By Icelandic Police For ‘Nature Terrorism’ “Giant words were found spray-painted on the landscape in the Myvatn region of north-east Iceland in April. It is unclear who was behind the spray-painting, which the Environment Agency of Iceland described at the time as ‘nature terrorism’.” Then Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière had a photo exhibition of the spray-painting at a Berlin gallery. Hm. The Art Newspaper, July 15, 2013

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