Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 30 – September 3, 2013


Jennifer M Volland: The infinite possibilities of the humble hotel Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, a large-scale exhibition currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada, is the culmination of my lifelong inquiry. Charting the evolution of the hotel from its humble origins as an isolated and utilitarian structure, to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently within the global landscape, it examines how the hotel has both reflected and shaped ideas about modern life. The Independent (UK) August 17, 2013

Architecture students build miniature models at Vancouver Art Gallery This summer, the Vancouver Art Gallery proposed something few other contemporary art institutions will acknowledge: that design, just like painting, sculpture and video, can be a form of art. Ubyssey, August 28, 2013


Transformational change “Saskatchewan gave me my first real professional opportunity in the arts,” Anthony Kiendl said in a telephone interview from Winnipeg. “It has always been a very positive place for me.” While the appointment of Kiendl as the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s new chief executive officer was announced last week, he won’t officially begin his new job until May 2014. Leader-Post, August 30, 2013


In Pictures: The Aimia/AGO Photography Prize’s final four The Aimia/AGO Photography Prize has become a pretty big deal in a pretty short time, just six years, in fact. It’s unique, too, in the annals of art awards in that its winner is chosen by public vote. Globe and Mail, august 31, 2013


Duane Pasco’s book ‘Life as Art’ surveys an unlikely career How did an alcoholic, blue-collar laborer become one of the pre-eminent figures in the revival of the Northwest Coast Native American art tradition, without being a Native American himself? Duane Pasco tells that story with raw candor in “Life as Art” (JayHawk Insitute/University of Washington Press, 200 pp., $50), a lavish coffee-table-book about his career, cowritten with Barbara Winther. A 1967 exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, “The Arts of the Raven” (curated by Wilson Duff, Bill Reid and Seattle’s Bill Holm — big names in Northwest Coast Native art), was a key turning point, alerting Pasco to the richness and variety of specific tribes’ and sculptors’ styles. Seattle Times, September 1, 2013


Cryptic Chronicler of the New China Yang Fudong’s elliptical films seem to parallel the disjointed state of his country, China. New York Times, August 30, 2013

A Yang Fudong Restrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum An exhibition of Yang Fudong’s works from the past two decades seems to parallel the disjointed state of his country, China. New York Times, August 30, 2013


Detroit Institute Of Arts Director: “Selling Any Art Would Be Tantamount To Closing The Museum” “[Graham] Beal minces no words in his September letter on the DIA website, telling supporters that he remains adamant that selling art as part of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy is the nuclear option that would have catastrophic results.” Deadline Detroit, August 31, 2013

New York

National Design Museum Acquires An App – For Its Collection “The Cooper-Hewitt is announcing the unprecedented acquisition of an artifact you will never find encased in a plexiglass cube or sequestered in a climate-controlled storage facility. In a physical sense, it doesnt even exist: It’s a piece of software, an app called Planetary, and it heralds the museum’s first foray into intangible items.” Smithsonian Magazine, September 2013

All Eyes on Her A nearly 12,000-pound sculpture called “Ona,” by Ursula von Rydingsvard, now stands greeting the public at Barclays Center. Just before midnight on Thursday, a truck pulled up in front of Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a nearly 12,000-pound delivery: a monumental cast-bronze sculpture called “Ona,” which means “she” or “her” in Polish. New York Times, September 1, 2013

10 Late de Kooning Works to Go on View, and on Sale The Willem de Kooning Foundation and Gagosian Gallery plan to exhibit, and sell, 10 paintings by de Kooning in New York this fall to raise money for scholarly and educational programs. New York Times, September 3, 2013

Washington, D.C.

The Time Jackie Kennedy Hid The White House Cezannes “Perhaps the omissions represented the public relations savvy of a young but seasoned political wife. She knew the art’s importance, having studied French history at the Sorbonne in Paris, but may have thought it impolitic to draw attention to Modern French paintings in an American Neoclassical house.” Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2013

Washington’s National Gallery Of Art Has An Indestructible Budget “From 2001 to 2011, federal appropriations to the National Gallery grew from $73 million to $158 million — or rose 70 percent when accounting for inflation — a growth rate nearly triple that of other federally-funded cultural institutions such as the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.” Washington Post, August 30, 2013


Santiago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Reopens Following Theft The main branch of the Chilean museum was burglarized during a major open-air concert in August 15. Two butterfly prints by Damien Hirst were stolen and have now been recovered; additional security is in place. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2013


Malevich’s Burial Site Uncovered “The burial site of the Russian avant-garde artist and theorist Kazimir Malevich, in a field near Moscow, has been covered in concrete by a real estate developer to make way for luxury housing, says an enthusiast who spent years looking for the site.” New York Times, August 31, 2013


Muslim Artists At Work, Battling The Fundamentalists In excerpts from her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Fatima Bennoune visits a Pakistani director fighting to maintain a children’s theater festival despite actual bombings, the embattled producers of the wildly popular North African TV show Bled Musique (which one might describe as Algerian Bandstand), and the director of the controversial Lahore musical Burqavaganza. Salon, August 31, 2013

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