Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 24, 2013


Rock put the authority in Calgary’s arts development. “By being one of the people behind the 2005 creation of the Calgary Arts Development Authority, Terry Rock gave the arts community an organization. He gave it a framework.” Calgary Herald, July 23, 2013


Latitude 53 exhibit humanizes Edmonton’s York Hotel (with photos). “Latitude 53’s YORK is a fascinating photographic and sculptural installation by Sydney Lancaster and Marian Switzer, on from Thursday through Aug. 31. Using life-size enlargements of abandoned living spaces and casts of some of the objects left behind, the two are not so much memorializing the three-storey brick building as demonstrating an artful act of anthropological journalism, capturing tiny moments of hope and tragedy and certainly humanizing the York away from grim statistics.” Edmonton Journal, July 21, 2013


Louise Bourgeois and David Armstrong Six Meet at MOCCA. “When the works of two artists are displayed side by side, I can’t help but compare and contrast them. So it is with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s current shows on the late, revered French artist Louise Bourgeois and the 44-year-old Canadian artist David Armstrong Six. Each show features abstract-seeming sculptures that represent or refer to people, but each has a rather different effect.” Canadian Art, July 23, 2013

Singular visions from the People’s Republic – in Toronto. Arsenal gallery “has mounted a group exhibition equal to the size of its space and its artistic ambitions. Called Like Thunder Out of China, it features works in a variety of media by 13 contemporary artists from the People’s Republic as well as a selection of videos. Couple this with the Ai Weiwei retrospective opening Aug. 17 at the Art Gallery of Ontario and it seems Toronto is the place to be in Canada if you’re looking for a potent distillation of art trends and provocations in the world’s largest country.” Globe & Mail, July 21, 2013

‘Mao ideas permeate the blood of the nation, and a blood poison is as difficult to eradicate as a virus’: A Q&A with The Gao Brothers. “As part of Like Thunder Out of China, showing now at Toronto’s Arsenal gallery, The Gao Brothers’ Miss Mao is a striking take one of China’s preeminent figures, and some indication of the provocative role of art in a country that is slow to shake off its authoritarian leanings.” National Post, July 23, 2013

Artists are the freest members of society, the class that has the right to question’. “In Like Thunder Out of China, showing now at Toronto’s Arsenal gallery, curators Pia Copper-Ind and Margot Ross have put together an overview of contemporary Chinese art, showing not only the beauty and daring of the pieces themselves, but how they reflect life in China now.” National Post, July 22, 2013

Eric Doeringer: The Rip-Off Artist. “All summer at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects on Queen Street, Eric Doeringer, who is based in New York, has been presenting a series of his exacting knock-offs of the late 20th century’s greatest art hits. The result is part homage, but much larger part winking send-up of a cheeky idealism that was almost instantly subsumed by an art industry hungry for product.” Toronto Star, July, 20, 2013


Canada Council International Residencies go to 14 Artists. Fourteen Canadian artists will be enjoying studio residencies in Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Sydney and Santa Fe this coming year through the Canada Council’s International Residencies program. Canadian Art, July 23, 2013

Fresno, California

The Fresno Museum As Case Study For How To Shut Down A Museum “Museums don’t often go out of business. They cut back, they pare down, but they tend to persevere as cultural anchors of their communities.” New York Times, July 23, 2013

Los Angeles

In Pictures: The Ups And Downs Of Deitch’s Tenure At MOCA A graphic overview of the highs (“Art in the Streets”, a new YouTube channel) and lows (staff exodus, Mercedes-Benz show, commissioning and then whitewashing a mural) of Jeffrey Deitch’s tumultuous three years heading the Museum of Contemporary Art. Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2013 (photo essay)

Jerry Saltz: Why Jeffrey Deitch Failed At LA’s MoCA “LA never took to him. His powerful business sense, the very things the museum needed, scared everyone. It was thought that Deitch would show his own artists in the museum and continue dealing art on the down-low; he was too crass for LA. He was savaged from the start.” Vulture, July 23, 2013


Q&A: Carson Chan on Denver’s Biennial & Urban Destinies. “Over the past month, Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, Calgary has dealt with a massive flood and Toronto has again debated its ailing transit system. Such civic difficulties come to mind when considering “Draft Urbanism,” the big exhibition of this year’s Biennial of the Americas, located in Denver, Colorado. Opened last week and executive-curated by Berlin-based Canadian Carson Chan, Draft Urbanism” is installed completely in public spaces and includes works by several Canadian artists.” Canadian Art, July 22, 2013

United States

U.S. House Republicans Propose Massive Cuts To NEA Legislation now moving through the Appropriations Committee would reduce the budgets of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities by $71 million each. Funding for the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art would be cut by almost one-fifth. Talking Points Memo, July 22, 2013


Portugal Essentially Eliminates All Support For The Arts “They’ve just cut culture out.” BBC, July 23, 2013


Project launched to examine regional collections in the UK Whitechapel Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society have appointed three curatorial fellows to research institutions. The Art Newspaper, July 24, 2013

Arts Council England Restructuring (To Save Money) Has Cost Almost £10 Million “An ACE spokesperson said that it anticipated that the costs of the restructure would be recovered via savings in the next two financial years, while stressing that £2.3 million of the redundancy payments come from a pot given to ACE by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport specifically for that purpose.” The Stage, July 24, 2013


Italy’s Artistic Upstart, The Maxxi Museum, Strives To Make A Splash “It’s hard enough to be the new attraction in town when you’re up against some of the world’s most famous ancient Roman, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. But Italy’s national museum for art of the 21st century, known as the Maxxi, faces even bigger challenges: attracting a Roman audience, so far largely indifferent, and establishing a reputation on the international scene while the government is sharply cutting financing for the arts.” The New York Times, July 23, 2013


European culture fund grants €1.9m to five-year global art project Headed by Spanish artist and philosopher, Metabody aims to generate “unprecedented convergence” of art, technoscience, philosophy and social activism. The Art Newspaper, July 24, 2013

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