Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 27, 2013

Vancouver

Last chance for summertime lounging on downtown Vancouver Corduroy Road, the colourful cedar seating that replaced cars on Robson Square this summer, will soon be as much of a memory as the old logging roads from which it took its name. The installation will be dismantled Labour Day. Vancouver Metro, August 27, 2013

Burnaby

Burnaby Art Gallery pairs Dutch landscape and portrait exhibitions The Burnaby Art Gallery is pairing two complementary exhibitions of Dutch art — one consists of landscapes, the other focuses on people — that include works by Rembrandt and other important artists from the 17th to 19th centuries. Kamloops Daily News, August 26, 2013

Burnaby Art Gallery’s Dutch exhibitions to include works by Rembrandt, van Goyen The Burnaby Art Gallery is pairing two complementary exhibitions of Dutch art — one consists of landscapes, the other focuses on people — that include works by Rembrandt and other important artists from the 17th to 19th centuries. Vancouver Sun, August 27, 2013

Edmonton

Shell seeks artists to capture story of Scotford’s ‘turnaround’ Refining crude oil into gasoline may be mostly science, but there is always room for a little art in the process. And Shell Canada hopes a project called “Art Refined” will capture the humanity behind the steel and steam at the Scotford Refinery near Fort Saskatchewan. Edmonton Journal, August 27, 2013

Toronto

Caitlin Cronenberg’s six tips for success Caitlin Cronenberg grew up on her dad David’s movie sets, but when it was time to settle onto her own career path, she chose a different kind of camera. Her photography has appeared in magazines and galleries all over the world. Next week she will shoot some of Hollywood’s shiniest stars in the NKPR IT Lounge during TIFF. Herewith, the celebrated shutterbug shares secrets to her success. Globe and Mail, August 26, 2013

Canada

The New Old Abstraction: Contemporary Canadianpainters look … In keeping with this trend, it comes as something of a surprise to learn that a growing number of contemporary artists in this country seek inspiration from specifically Canadian histories of modernist abstraction. It is surprising because, with the conservative modernism of the Group of Seven remaining our collective point of reference for early 20th-century Canadian art, the very concept of “Canadian modernism” can only strike many as a contradiction in terms. Yet, in looking to the products of history with fresh eyes, artists Jay Isaac, Morley Shayuk, Lauren Hall, Patrick Howlett and Francine Savard challenge us to rethink our relationship to our recent past as well as to the contemporary trajectories of abstraction. Canadian Art, August 23, 2013

San Francisco

San Francisco dealers move away from downtown Rising rents around Union Square and the temporary closure of nearby SFMOMA has led some galleries to open new spaces in Potrero Hill. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2013

New York

Mystery of a Lost Magritte, Solved While the painting did not end up in an oven, as is feared of some other 20th-century masterworks, it was destroyed—in this case by the “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” painter himself, who recycled the canvas as the support for other, smaller works. Curator Anne Umland and conservator Michael Duffy described their unexpected findings, and their hopes for future discoveries, in a recent conference call with A.i.A. Art in America, August 23, 2013

Must-See Museum Shows to Make You Think, or Cry Identity remixed in provocative displays at the Jewish Museum, the New Museum, the Whitney, and Tate Modern. ARTnews, August 23, 2013

London dealer opens showroom in New York The British contemporary art dealer Simon Lee (below) is opening an office and a showroom in New York. “A number of our artists are based in New York or not far from the city, so this is a good opportunity to be connected to them, to help them manage their shows in Europe and to service our clients there,” Lee says. The 64th Street space will not be used for public exhibitions. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2013

Peru

The Drones That Are Changing The Face Of Archaeology “Small drones have been helping a growing number of researchers produce three-dimensional models of Peruvian sites instead of the usual flat maps – and in days and weeks instead of months and years.” The Guardian (UK) August 25, 2013

Madrid

Franco can stay in the fridge The Spanish sculptor Eugenio Merino, whose sculpture Always Franco, 2012, put a replica of the late dictator inside a drinks refrigerator, has won a damages case relating to the work. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2013

Belgrade

Serbian Museums Shuttered, Stuck In Limbo “The institution was only supposed to close for a brief renovation that would equip it as an art space suitable for the 21st Century. Instead the process has dragged on for years – robbing Belgrade of what could be a world-class gallery.” BBC, August 27, 2013

Venice

Captivity and Martyrdom: Ai Weiwei in Venice – Canadian Art In 2011, the artist Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in a Chinese prison on dubious charges of tax evasion. A condition of his release was that he not speak about his experience, but the silence didn’t last long. After a few months, the famously outspoken dissident began talking to foreign journalists, eventually furnishing material for a book and a play, #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei by Howard Brenton, which was staged in London last spring to generally favourable notices. Canadian Art, August 23, 2013

Pompeii

Unesco warns Italy over Pompeii Report says site will be put on “World Heritage in Danger” list if progress is not made—but some experts say findings are overly critical. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2013

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