Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 21, 2013

Vancouver

UBC has a whale of an exhibit. There are grand, formidable creatures in this world, but the skeleton in the main atrium of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a sight to behold. Globe & Mail, August 20, 2013

This day in history: August 21, 2013. Joan Seidl has become something of a Vancouver cultural institution. During her tenure at the Vancouver Museum, she has helped to put together acclaimed shows about Northwest Coast art (Through My Eyes), neon signs (City Lights in 1999, Neon Vancouver, Ugly Vancouver in 2012) and Stanley Park (The Unnatural History of Stanley Park).Vancouver Sun, August 21, 2013

Winnipeg

McNally, gallery help local artists. MCNALLY Robinson Booksellers and a local art gallery — Gurevich Fine Art — are teaming up to help local artists show and sell their works. Under the new arrangement, Gurevich will provide the art and McNally will display it inside the Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery in its flagship store in the Grant Park Shopping Centre. Winnipeg Free Press, August 21, 2013

Toronto

The artist’s presence: With According To What?, the AGO shows how Ai Weiwei’s art knows no bounds. With his ongoing troubles with Chinese authorities — which have included a beating that left him with a near-fatal brain hemmorhage, 81 days in prison and restrictions on travel that have left him all but confined to his Beijing studio — Ai Weiwei has become something of an artistic paragon. National Post, August 21, 2013

Art Spin: Critical Mass in the Making. Recently I found myself in an unusual position as an art critic: having to elbow my way through more than 300 other art-goers, many carrying bike helmets and panniers, to try to get a glimpse of Douglas Coupland’s recent solo exhibition, “The 21st Century Continues…” at Toronto’s Daniel Faria Gallery. Canadian Art, August 20, 2013

Montreal

Pushing Forward: Mark Igloliorte and the Observational Life. Mark Igloliorte loves skateboarding. As we walk west along Montreal’s Ste-Catherine Street, toward his opening at Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery for the group show “Material Traces,” he is grinning through the February cold just thinking about it. Canadian Art, August 16, 2013

Detroit

Regional Governments Warn Detroit About Tax Loss If DIA Art Sold “On Tuesday, officials in Oakland County — one of three Michigan counties that agreed last year to institute a property tax increase to save the Detroit Institute from devastating budget cuts — unanimously approved a resolution warning that any attempt to use the museum’s collection or budget to raise money for the city’s creditors would “terminate any obligation” of the county to continue to provide support.” New York Times, August 21, 2013

New York

Prosecutors Near Settlement Of New York Art Forgery Case “A New York art dealer who was known as a source of undiscovered masterpieces by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and other modern artists is close to resolving criminal charges related to her alleged sale of fake artwork and her failure to pay taxes on those works.” Prosecutors said they expect to make more arrests in the case. The Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2013

Oslo

Hot Debate In Norway Over Fate Of Picasso Wall Murals “A panel of experts has recommended demolishing the buildings and removing the murals. But art experts say that as the murals were designed by Picasso for those specific buildings, they should remain where they are.” BBC, August 20, 2013

Florence

Roof Of Florence’s Historic Vasari Corridor Collapses Over Weekend “The Vasari Corridor is a long, raised passageway that connects the Palazzo Vecchio, in Piazza della Signoria, with Palazzo Pitti, on the other side of the river Arno.” The Art Newspaper, August 9, 2013

Venice

The Threads That Tie a Show Together Rudolf Stingel’s exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice transforms the building’s interior by framing his art with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling carpeting. New York Times, August 21, 2013

Marrakech

Morocco focuses on photography New Chipperfield-designed Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts to collect across genres of lens-based media. The Art Newspaper, August 21, 2013

Baghdad

Library of three million books at centre of Baghdad culture hub Building’s solar-panelled sustainable roof touches on the delicate issue of the country’s oil-based economy. The Art Newspaper, August 21, 2013

Egypt

Egyptian treasures plundered. The scale of the looting of the Malawi Museum in the southern Nile River city of Minya laid bare the security vacuum that has taken hold in cities outside Cairo, where police have all but disappeared from the streets. It also exposed how bruised and battered the violence has left Egypt. Ottawa Citizen, August 20, 2013

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