Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 11, 2013


Vancouver Art Gallery student memberships subsidized by Audain Post-secondary students pursuing visual arts studies in B.C. will soon have greater access to the Vancouver Art Gallery. The VAG in collaboration with the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts announced today (September 10) a five-year initiative to provide subsidized VAG memberships to students across the province. Georgia Straight, September 10, 2013

Grand Hotel Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life sets out its agenda in clear and sober terms–to track the hotel’s development from “an isolated utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently within the global landscape.” But the show’s curators, Jennifer M. Volland, Bruce Grenville and Stephanie Rebick, have done well to permit themselves an array of indulgences in charting this transformation, and take palpable pleasure in fulfilling the latter portion of their mandate. Canadian Architect, September 1, 2013


Mohamed Bourouissa Slideshow: Beyond Photography – Canadian Art Focusing on the relationship between individuals and society in fresh and unexpected ways, Algerian-born French artist Mohamed Bourouissa takes socially driven (and personally driven) art practices in intriguing new directions.

Though he broke through to international fame in the mid-to-late 2000s with his photographs of massive social unrest in the Paris suburbs, for instance, Bourouissa spent this past summer at the Art Gallery of Ontario sketching Inuit art objects from the gallery’s collection. Canadian Art, September 9, 2013

Slideshow: Micah Lexier’s Toronto – Canadian Art Anyone with questions about the vitality of the Toronto art scene need look no further than the Power Plant this fall and the exhibition “One, and Two, and More Than Two.” Curated by and featuring the work of hometown artist, curator and all-around art polymath Micah Lexier, the show offers both a snapshot look at Lexier’s critically acclaimed solo practice and a collective overview of the variable forces at work in contemporary art across the city. Canadian Art, September 12, 2013

Stay tuned for our special coverage of Art Toronto 2013 Canadian Art—Canada’s most widely read art magazine and the primary media partner for Art Toronto, Canada’s largest art fair—is holding a variety of programs at the fair aimed to give art lovers near and far the inside story on the big event, which takes place October 25 to 28. Canadian Art, September 10, 2013


Bigger and Better: The 2013 Texas Biennial Nobody walks anywhere in Houston. But the urban sprawl, traffic jams and punishing sunshine lent an opportune context for a Christie Blizard walking/painting performance on Saturday that was part of the current Texas Biennial. Art in America, September 2013


In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out The recent suggestion that the City of Detroit, which owns the Institute of Arts’ building and collection, should sell some of the art to help cover municipal debts would be a betrayal of public trust and donors’ bequests. SLIDE SHOW: A Museum and a Beacon A look inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York Times, September 11, 2013

New York

US Attorney’s office hints at more criminal charges in Knoedler case Judge hearing civil lawsuits has been asked for a stay until December to preserve the integrity of federal criminal case. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2013


London’s Olympic Park to get street art-style ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ Artists to create sections of 3.5km-long mural. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2013


So How Good Is That New Van Gogh, Really? Christopher Knight: “Of course I’ve only seen the 1888 painting in photographs, where it appears to be blandly pretty. … It’s also useful to be reminded that even the greatest artist doesn’t always perform at his peak. … I’m also happy to defer to the artist, who seems to have been less than thrilled with the results himself.” Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2013

New Twist Unveiled in Case of Art Stolen From Dutch Museum The foundation that owned the modern masters paintings has collected nearly $24 million in insurance, a move that suggests it has given up on recovering the works. New York Times, September 11, 2013


Germany refuses to allow works by Grosz to leave the country for London show The pieces were added to national heritage list and cannot travel with an export license, which the owner failed to obtain. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2013


Prices For Aboriginal Art Are Soaring “People recognise there’s a direct association between these works and a culture that’s 40,000 years old and potentially coming to an end.” The Australian, September 11, 2013


Art Stolen In The Holocaust Wa Supposed To Be Returned. Why Hasn’t It Been? “Nearly 15 years later, however, much of the worldwide momentum for art restitution embodied in the Washington Principles has been lost and replaced by malaise, indifference, and frustration, experts say.” ARTnews, September 11, 2013

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