Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 16-19, 2013


Mining highly charged memories – and the essence of childhood It was a bizarre and brilliant experience encountering Martin Honert’s Foto (Photo) during the Vancouver Art Gallery’s signature Fuse event on a balmy Friday. Globe and Mail, August 17, 2013

The East Van Artist Behind a Cult Cartoon Milkman Sketcher David Boswell lives a life, much like his character, that’s not for the faint of heart. The Tyee, August 15, 2013


Stampede Spirits: A Chat with Kent Monkman The acclaimed artist of Cree heritage discusses his biggest installation yet, which is currently on view at the Glenbow Museum and was inspired by some unexpected experiences at the Calgary Stampede and other rodeos. Canadian Art, August 15, 2013


The Artist Is Absent: 5 Questions About Ai Weiwei As the only Canadian showing of Ai Weiwei’s survey readies to open at the Art Gallery of Ontario, director Matthew Teitelbaum chats about the museum’s (so far, unsuccessful) attempt to bring the passport-less artist to Toronto. Canadian Art, August 15, 2013


Gallery boss runs big expense tab The director of the National Gallery of Canada claimed more than $70,000 last year for travel and hospitality expenses, according to records posted on the gallery’s website. Ottawa Citizen, August 19, 2013

John Pohl: Indigenous groups speak to universal concerns Add Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art to the string of exhibitions that are demolishing stereotypes about the work of contemporary aboriginal artists. The giant exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa does focus on issues of identity and power that are specific to indigenous groups that have been marginalized throughout the world. Montreal Gazette, August 16, 2013

Artists groups free to take gallery fee dispute to Supreme Court A long-running fight between organizations representing Canadian visual artists and the National Gallery of Canada over fees will have its final legal showdown before the Supreme Court of Canada. Globe and Mail, August 16, 2013


Cory Arcangel: The Meme Master A Dada artist for the digital age, Cory Arcangel applies Duchamp’s readymade strategies to YouTube clips and old video games. His show in Montreal revamps Super Mario Brothers, cute-cat videos and more, Sophie Lynch writes. Canadian Art, August 15, 2013

Duntara, Newfoundland

Big Art on Small Walls: Ned Pratt’s Newfoundland Ned Pratt’s show of photographs at 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects—a converted saltbox house in a Newfoundland town of 75 people—is worth the three-hour drive from St. John’s, Shelley Adler writes. Canadian Art, August 15, 2013

San Francisco

Shunning One Museum, Artist Heads to Another Ed Ruscha, who quit the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is joining the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. New York Times, August 16, 2013

Ruth Asawa, an Artist Who Wove Wire, Dies at 87 Ms. Asawa learned to draw in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, then went on to find renown for her wire sculptures. New York Times, August 17, 2013


Theft Charges Reverberate in Connecticut Art World Genteel towns in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut are shocked by charges against Jasper Johns’s assistant. New York Times, August 18, 2013

New York

Struggling Immigrant Artist Tied to $80 Million New York Fraud Pei-Shen Qian, a 73-year-old immigrant, is believed to have produced more than 60 works that were attributed to Modernist masters. New York Times, August 17, 2013

A Photographer’s ‘Tender Ardor’ Thirty-five of Julia Margaret Cameron’s photographs are the subject of an exhibition opening Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, August 16, 2013


Manifesta Curator Named Kasper Konig, a Berlin curator who has defended art against censorship by conservatives, has been named chief curator of the 10th edition of Manifesta, the roving European contemporary art biennial. New York Times, August 18, 2013

St. Petersburg

Every Cat Has Its Day: Hermitage Museum’s Mouse Catchers Are Immortalized in Portraits Since the annual Day of the Hermitage Cat was apparently not enough, Hermitage Magazine commissioned portraits of the cats who patrol the basement of the museum. New York Times, August 16, 2013


Project in Moscow Loses Norman Foster The British architect Norman Foster has resigned from a proposed expansion of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. New York Times, August 18, 2013


In Istanbul, Seeing Art Through Two Lenses As the city comes into its own as a contemporary art hub, looking at more established, and more subversive, players in this world. New York Times, August 16, 2013


How We Experience Art Museums Readers react to a Sunday Review essay about how the public quest for participation is changing museums. New York Times, August 17, 2013

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