Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 23, 2013


What are “The Flats”? The Flats is now Vancouver’s newest art district: a burgeoning industrial neighbourhood that has become home to over 15 of the city’s critically challenging contemporary art galleries. Galleries West, July 18, 2013


Focusing on photography museum in old Kodak Factory Some people don’t picture an abandoned building as anything more than a safety hazard. But Peter Gatt sees a home for Ontario’s first photography museum. Gatt, founder of the Photographic Museum of Ontario, has just over 50 days to make his dream a reality. Toronto Sun, July 22, 2013


OMAH preps for Pachter show Charles Pachter really likes this town. He’s had an association with Orillia and Oro-Medonte Township for decades. The notable artist donated 16 of his paintings to the Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) for an auction Saturday at 6 p.m. Packet and Times (Orillia) July 23, 2013


Julie Trudel Wins $25,000 Plaskett Award Canadian Art The annual award was created in 2004 by senior Canadian painter Joseph Plaskett to recognize Canadian MFA students or recent grads specializing in painting and to generally encourage the maintenance of painting and drawing as an art form. Each recipient is required to spend a year abroad living, studying and working in this medium. Canadian Art, July 22, 2013


Celebrating Alex Colville (1920 – 2013) Jian reflects on the life and art of renowned Canadian artist Alex Colville. CBC, Jul. 23, 2013 11:31 AM

Huntington Beach, California

A Revival of Kustom Kulture in California Surfing, skating, hot rodding, tattooing, graffiti: all things that came together to create Southern California’s beachy, colorful, laid-back Kustom Kulture aesthetic. For the rest of the summer a gallery in Huntington Beach, Calif. is displaying pieces from that genre. New York Times, July 23, 2013


The Ruins Of Detroit Are A Magnet For Artists “Now that the city is laid bare, artists have come from around the country to roost and flourish in cheap city living. Traditionally, artist communities thrive in impoverished areas turning their surroundings into funky ghettos.” CBC, July 21, 2013

New York

Polke Retrospective to MoMA, Spring 2014 Sigmar Polke, the reclusive, eccentric and highly influential German artist who died in 2010, will have his first retrospective, on view next year at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (Apr. 19-Aug. 3, 2014). Co-organized with London’s Tate Modern, the exhibition will travel there, as well as to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, where Polke lived from the late ‘70s until his death. Art in America, July 23, 2013

An American Way of Seeing: Walker Evans’s American Photographs Photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) captured the mere surface of an interwar America in his prints-earnest sharecroppers singing hymns, an automobile graveyard, the grim facade of a boarding house in New Orleans. Evans memorialized all of these without comment, presenting them to the viewer with an unglossed, devastating aridity. A perusal of the nearly 60 prints on view in “Walker Evans American Photographs” (through Jan. 26, 2014) at New York’s Museum of Modern Art suggests that commentary would have been unnecessary. The exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of “American Photographs,” an exhibition of Evans’s work that premiered at MoMA in September 1938. Art in America, July 23, 2013


Turner prize winner turns to stained glass for Tate Britain Artist Richard Wright’s window to be unveiled when gallery’s main entrance reopens. The Art Newspaper, July 22, 2013


Italy’s Artistic Upstart, the Maxxi Museum, Strives to Make a Splash Italy’s fledgling national contemporary art museum is struggling to establish a durable presence. New York Times, July 23, 2013


Romanian Denies Burning Stolen Art Olga Dogaru said in court that she had made up her story to protect her son, who has admitted stealing seven works of art by Matisse, Picasso and other modern masters. New York Times, July 23, 2013

Forensic Experts Say Three Stolen Paintings Were Burned In Romania “Romanian experts believe that three out of seven paintings stolen last year from a Dutch museum, a haul that included works by Picasso and Monet, have been destroyed by fire.” The team examined ashes from the stove of the mother of one of the accused thieves. Reuters, July 22, 2013


Qatar Uses Its Riches to Buy Art Treasures While studiously avoiding fanfare, a sister of the emir of this small Persian Gulf state has become one the international art world’s most important players. New York Times, July 23, 2013


Art enters the third dimension Artists are turning to 3-D printing as the technology—which can also help museums transport works—becomes more accessible. The Art Newspaper, July 23, 2013


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