Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 23-16, 2013

Victoria

Robert Amos: Tlingit artist breaks with native traditions I hope Chris Paul will forgive me. The worthy young Salish artist is part of a two-person show with his friend and mentor Mark Preston, a Tlingit artist from Whitehorse, Yukon. I spent an hour with Preston before the opening of their show, and I’ll devote this column to him. Our Blankets, Our Stories: Mark Preston and Chris Paul, Alcheringa Gallery Times Colonist, August 24, 2013

Victoria gallery on wheels brings art to the masses Printmaker Ryan Thompson has spent the past two years transforming a white moving truck into a mobile gallery. Times Colonist, August 22, 2013

Winnipeg

Artistic director leaving Plug In gallery – Winnipeg Free Press The Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art’s board of directors announced Thursday that Anthony Kiendl, the city gallery’s executive/artistic director for the past seven years, will be leaving his post next month to take a position as CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Winnipeg Free Press, August 23, 2013

Toronto

WTF? In this case, it’s just a cheeky ad campaign for Toronto museums See, kids? Museums, like swear words and hashtags, are cool. That’s the underlying message in a new advertising campaign aimed at drawing younger visitors to Toronto’s historic sites. Toronto Star, August 22, 2013

Halifax

Annie Leibovitz photo exhibit delayed until January An exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia of artwork by famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz will be delayed until January because of repairs to the gallery’s sprinkler system. CBC, August 26, 2013

Portland

Portland Police Force Mural Artist To Paint Over His Own Work An Oakland artist (and the owners of the buildings where he painted) missed the info on Portland, Ore.’s “mural permit,” so police order him to paint over two large pieces. Willamette Week, August 22, 2013

Los Angeles

A Bigger Closet for Their Art Having transformed workaday bluejeans into high fashion, Maurice and Paul Marciano are now seeking to remake their own legacies as patrons and aggressive collectors of contemporary art with a new museum in Los Angeles. New York Times, August 26, 2013

Cleveland

Exhibition of Sicilian Antiquities Will Proceed at Cleveland Museum An exhibition of ancient treasures from Sicily that had been canceled last month is back on. New York Times, August 24, 2013

New York

A Show of Strength by Middle Eastern Women Photographers An exhibit opening in Boston explores “complexities of identity,” showcasing works of art by female photographers in the Arab world, including Iran. New York Times, August 26, 2013

Real People, Contrived Settings Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s “Hustlers” photographic series, first shown at MoMA in 1993 and soon to be displayed in Chelsea, occupy a gray zone between fact and fiction. New York Times, August 23, 2013

Comfortable Old Friends In its new show “American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe” the Museum of Modern Art tries to show that the museum did not ignore American artists during its early decades. New York Times, August 23, 2013

Ardent Victorian at the Lens “Julia Margaret Cameron” is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first solo exhibition of this 19th-century photographer, whose portraits helped the medium grow into a true art. New York Times, August 23, 2013

Marina Abramovic Kickstarter Campaign Passes Goal The campaign, which hoped to raise $600,000, ended up bringing in $661,454 from 4,765 contributors. Ms. Abramovic has promised to hug every person who has contributed. New York Times, August 26, 2013

Charles Pollock, Designer of Popular Office Chair, Dies at 83 Mr. Pollock was an industrial designer whose crowning achievement was an office chair characterized by a single aluminum band that held it together, structurally and visually. New York Times, August 26, 2013

Barcelona

Barcelona Has The Keys To The Mansion, But Where Did The Old Masters Go? After a long-running legal battle, Barcelona finally took ownership over a private residence left to the city in 1991. But works by Rembrandt, El Greco, Vélazquez, Botticelli and Goya seem to have disappeared. The Art Newspaper, August 23, 2013

China

The Chinese Architect Who Is Bringing Nature Back Into Tall Buildings Ma Yansong “says that the ‘machine age’ drive to build grid-shaped cities filled with cubic buildings that race each other into the sky — first in the West, and now in China — alienates people from the spirits of nature and from each other. Silo-like skyscrapers, he says, should give way to structures that emulate the forces and forms of nature — clouds, mountains, waves — in cities of the future.” Der Spiegel, August 25, 2013

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