Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 10, 2013


The Vancouver Art Gallery is seeking architects to shepherd plans for its brand new facility, but according to an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ), only the most experienced need apply.The 48-page document makes clear that the gallery’s 13-member selection committee is looking for a reputable name with a competitive portfolio of recent “major public buildings of $40 million or more completed or commenced” to match. Huffington Post, September 9, 2013


Prairie Power: Anthony Kiendl on Decentering Canada’s Art Scene Anthony Kiendl has a knack for creating exciting exhibitions in places that might be presumed unlikely. As director of visual arts at the Banff Centre from 2002 to 2006, he brought international art talents to the Canadian Rockies. And as executive and artistic director of Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, where he has been since 2006, he curated a major exhibition of local artists that toured to Paris. Now, as the newly announced CEO of Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery, due to start in May 2014 after starting an MFA in New York, Kiendl is looking to break even more ground for the prairie art scene. Here, he talks about Regina’s creative advantages, Saskatchewan’s art-PR problems, and how to make supposedly out-there locales outstanding. Canadian Art, September 9, 2013


Gardiner Museum Appoints New ED & CEO Kelvin … – Canadian Art The board of directors of the Gardiner Museum has announced Kelvin Browne as its new executive director and CEO. Browne will officially take the helm November 4, 2013. It isn’t a far jump for Browne, distance-wise. Currently, he is vice president communication at the Royal Ontario Museum, just across the street from the Gardiner. He has worked there for nine years on branding, marketing, revenue generation and other matters. Canadian Art, August 29, 2013

Ai Weiwei disappointed in ‘scared’ Jackie Chan In a Canadian broadcast exclusive with the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, Ai Weiwei says the martial arts star Jackie Chan was “playing” when he claimed to not know his name. Ai has been called the most powerful figure in the art world, and a major retrospective of his work is now on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario. But in an interview with Ghomeshi in June, Jackie Chan repeatedly said that he was unfamiliar with the artist and his work, including the famous Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. CBC, September 4, 2013


Musee d’art de Joliette Reveals $13-Mil Reno Plans – Canadian Art On Tuesday, the Musée d’art de Joliette revealed further plans for a $13-million renovation on its site. Architect Eric Gauthier of the Montreal firm FABG was chosen to design the building, which a release says aims to put the museum “on the cutting-edge of architecture, technology and museology, making it an institution capable of competing with the best museums in the world.” Canadian Art, September 5, 2013

New York

Janet Cardiff Gets Medieval at the Cloisters New York’s Metropolitan Museum, known for its collection of the classics, will soon mingle the old and new, bringing a celebrated sound art installation to its medieval Cloisters . Art in America, September 9, 2013

Resurrecting Chagall’s Jewish Jesus Marc Chagall’s Crucifixions are in a startling Jewish Museum show that overturns popular notions of his work. ARTnews, September 10, 2013

Magritte’s Grand Illusions The curator of “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938,” opening September 28 at MoMA, explores how three photographs of the Belgian Surrealist provide insights into his wry humor and painting techniques. ARTnews, September 10, 2013

‘It’s Not About Light—It Is Light’ Three major museum shows provide an unprecedented chance to assess the optical, intangible, and mesmerizing art of James Turrell. ARTnews, September 9, 2013


Art Basel Miami Beach Announces Exhibitor List Art Basel has announced the 258 galleries that will participate in the 12th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach (Dec. 5-Dec. 8), the glitzy art fair that draws celebrities, dealers, artists and collectors from around the globe to Miami Beach. Art in America, September 9, 2013


Dawn raid results in 19 arrests connected to museum thefts Hundreds of officers were involved in the operation, which spanned five counties in England as well as Northern Ireland. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2013


A Fake Van Gogh In The Attic Turns Out To Be The Real ThingSunset at Montmajour – which depicts trees, bushes and sky – had spent years in a Norwegian private collector’s attic after he had been told the work was not by the Dutch master. [The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam] said the painting was authenticated by letters, style and the physical materials used.” BBC, September 9, 2013 (includes video)


Artists plaster Berlin Wall murals with paper The symbolic whitewashing is a protest against the ongoing threat to the historic site caused by rapid gentrification. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2013


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Vermeer’s visual magic is tested in new film An inventor creates his own optical aid in an experiment to paint like the Dutch master. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2013

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