Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 29, 2013


Circle Craft Co-operative Association opens New Work in Granville Island’s Net Loft gallery Prepare to have your preconceptions about metal art pushed. For its 40th anniversary, Circle Craft Co-operative Association has just opened the exhibition New Work in the Net Loft gallery on Granville Island. Georgia Straight, August 29, 2013

Warships set sail at Pacific Centre Hung Chuan-Jui designed and built a Taoist temple in Taiwan, but the Toronto-based architect and artist also has a passion for creating elaborate model military vessels from beech wood. Georgia Straight, August 29, 2013

Vancouver Biennale Help us celebrate Sorel Etrog‘s 80th birthday (Thursday the 29th) by liking, sharing and commenting on this virtual birthday card! We’ll share your comments with him on his big day.


Winnipeg Art Gallery to host street party The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating the end of its 100 Masters exhibition with a Labour Day street party. People who haven’t yet seen the wildly popular 100 Masters: Only in Canada exhibition will have one last chance to do so on Monday before the exhibition departs. And just outside the gallery’s doors, a street party featuring such things as live music, chalk artists, and food vendors will celebrate the exhibition’s success. Winnipeg Sun,August 29, 2013

Lyndal Osborne: Rivers The monumental and complex installation, “Shoalwan: River through Fire, River of Ice” (2003) inhabits the gallery and mystically transforms into meanders of discovery, delight, and reflection. Winnipeg Free Press, august 29, 2013


Four from Saskatoon on award shortlist – Star Phoenix Four members of the Saskatoon arts community made the shortlist for the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards, the Saskatchewan Arts Board has announced. Kevin Tobin, Andrea Ledding, Alexis Normand and Ruth Cuthand are nominated in several different categories for their contributions to the arts. Star Phoenix, August 29, 2013

Centuries-old oak tree turns into sculpture video A sculptor is turning a much-loved, centuries-old tree from Old Ottawa South into a masterpiece. The city cut down the Brighton Beach Park oak tree two years ago and now sculptor David Fels is giving the last remaining chunk new life. CBC, August 29, 2013

Nuit Blanche will be lit up with sponsored fireflies Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau, set to hold its second, all-night festival of art on Sept. 21, has its first corporate sponsor for an art project. The industry organization has commissioned and is sponsoring the Lumipendant Firefly project, which will put electronic, flickering fireflies on 250 people on the night of the festival. Ottawa Citizen, August 29, 2013

Los Angeles

Is This LA MoCA’s Next Director? “Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam director Ann Goldstein has resigned from that position. Goldstein has been identified as a possible successor to departing MOCA director Jeffery Deitch. Goldstein, who was senior curator at MOCA before she left to direct the Stedelijk, will leave the Amsterdam museum’s top job Dec. 1.” Los Angeles Times, august 28, 2013

A Haven for Making Music With Plants An artist transforms a garage and sunbaked backyard into a bohemian oasis. New York Times, August 29, 2013


Where an Iraqi Artist Can Paint, and Exhale Bassim al-Shaker, 28, who was tortured in Baghdad, has found refuge in Phoenix, which has one of the largest Iraqi communities in the United States. New York Times, August 29, 2013

New York

Poetry Written in Porcelain For the artist Edmund de Waal, who is preparing for his first exhibition in the United States, “pots turn into words, and words turn into pots.” New York Times, August 29, 2013


Art Museum On English Seashore Tops One Million Visitors, Tripling Pre-Construction Estimates “Before the Turner opened, it was predicted that about 300,000 people would walk through its doors in just over two years.” BBC, August 30, 2013


French Art Business Figures Warn Against VAT Increase “High-profile trade figures in the French art world have warned the government that a proposed rise in VAT affecting works of art imported into France from outside the European Union will seriously undermine the country’s standing in the global art market.” The Art Newspaper, August 28, 2013

Despite Pledge, France Lags in Hunt for Looted Art A new promise by the French government to press for art seized by the Nazis in World War II to be returned to their owners has so far gone unfulfilled. New York Times, August 29, 2013

Russian artist who painted Putin and Medvedev in women’s underwear seeks asylum in France after exhibition shut down by authorities A museum director says an artist whose paintings depicted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s undergarments has fled the country. National Post, August 29, 2013


Shanghai Opens Public Library In Subway System “Shanghai’s Metro Line 2 is turning a new page with a library taking literally an online approach. Passengers will be able to select a book at one station, and return it to any of the other stations with customized bookshelves.” China Daily, August 26, 2013

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