Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 6-9, 2013


Vancouver Art Gallery seeks architects for proposed new building The Vancouver Art Gallery has launched a Request for Qualifications process to select the architect who will help build its proposed new building at Larwill Park. Georgia Straight, September 5, 2013

Vancouver sends out international call for architects for new art … The Vancouver Art Gallery has started the process of choosing an architect to design a new art gallery at Larwill Park on West Georgia and Cambie in downtown Vancouver. On Thursday, the gallery announced that architects in B.C. and around the world can submit formal qualifications to design the new building, intended to be double the size of the gallery’s current home. Vancouver Sun, September 6, 2013

VAG officially seeking architects for new downtown gallery Art gallery launches official Request for Qualifications, announces members of selection committee. Globe and Mail, September 5, 2013

HEADS UP | Vancouver Art Gallery Starts Process To Find Architect … “After years of research and planning for a new Gallery, we are thrilled to be at the stage where we can move forward. Scout Magazine, September 5, 2013

West Vancouver

The Vancouver Architect Who Made Nature His Muse Traveling exhibition celebrates Ron Thom, who found higher beauty in the handmade. The Tyee, September 5, 2013


Q&A: Melanie O’Brian’s View On Vancouver She’s worked at commercial galleries, artist-run centres and major museums in Vancouver. Now, as head of Simon Fraser University’s three galleries, she’s planning more for the city, Michael Turner learns. Canadian Art, September 5, 2013


Stronger ties for WAG, U of W The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Winnipeg have entered into a partnership that will see 400 students take classes at the WAG this year. Winnipeg Free Press, September 5, 2013


Inside Story: Bill Clarke’s Collecting & Gala Tips Featured in Modern Painters and the Globe and Mail for his collecting activity, Toronto’s Bill Clarke puts a friendly public face on an activity that often happens behind closed doors. Here, his tips on this year’s Gallery Hop Gala and Auction. Canadian Art, September 5, 2013

Los Angeles

How To Create A Museum That Makes People Line Up For Art “Here’s a quick, relatively inexpensive and aesthetically surefire way to construct a first-rate museum building for art. It turns out to be as simple as one, two, three.” Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2013

Newport Beach

The Mysterious Warehouse In Newport Beach That Might Have The Largest Collection Of California Artists Ever “Even art historians and curators who have never been inside the warehouse say that based on what the owner is known to have bought at galleries and auctions over the years, the collection probably runs to more than a thousand pieces. It’s likely, they said, the largest private collection of works by California artists.” Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2013

New York

The Balance of a Career The artist Chris Burden, known for his daring feats and massive constructions, will be featured in a show at the New Museum. New York Times, September 6, 2013

Richard Avedon Portraits Go to Israel Museum Portraits by Richard Avedon go to Israel Museum, and a Jeff Koons “Balloon Dog” goes to auction. New York Times, September 5, 2013

Jack Beal, Optimistic New Realist Painter, Dies at 82 Mr. Beal made minutely detailed portraits and narrative works, including large murals in the Times Square subway station. New York Times, September 8, 2013


Scottish Parliament Debates Safety Of Museums Loaning Art Treasures “In a candid submission to the Scottish Parliament committee considering The Burrell Collection (Lending And Borrowing) Bill, Dr Nicholas Penny, the director of the National Gallery in London, says moving works of art has led to several major accidents, incidents and damage to works, many of which have not come to public attention.” The Glasgow Herald, September 8, 2013


The Consensus On Starchitect Zaha Hadid Is … That There Isn’t One “She tests everyone – her staff, her clients, the users of her buildings, and herself – and offers an unspoken deal. If you survive all this, I will make something fantastic, and you could be part of it, is roughly how it goes, and people’s view of her will depend on which part of the deal they experience most.” The Observer (UK) September 7, 2013


New Van Gogh Painting Discovered in Amsterdam The work, entitled “Sunset at Montmajour,” was painted in Arles in 1888. New York Times, September 9, 2013


3 Quiet Museums in Rome Dropping in on these rarely visited, notably distinct spots creates a chance to experience culture away from the crowds. New York Times, September 6, 2013


The Artist’s Grave The Modernist Kazimir Malevich has suffered in the ups and downs of Russian history. But last week, the Group of 20 paid him a visual compliment. New York Times, September 8, 2013


What digitization will do for the future of museums In a first of its kind, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, G. Wayne Clough, has published a new e-book, entitled “Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age.” As a call to action, Clough charts the course that the Smithsonian will follow in the coming years in digitizing its artifacts, crowdsourcing its research and opening up its collections for public interpretation and consumption. Smithsonian Magazine, August 29, 2013

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