Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 12, 2013


Fall arts preview visual arts critics’ picks: A fall feast for the eyes From a major new photo festival to a residential-school redress, exhibits please and provoke. Georgia Straight, September 12, 2013

Profile: Sylvia Grace Borda finds art in farms and sequins Award-winning media artist Sylvia Grace Borda has spent the summer working in the fields. As an artist-in-residence at the Surrey Art Gallery’s TechLab, she’s been shooting film, video, and still photographs on large and small farms in Surrey and the Fraser Valley. “It’s a study of the agricultural work that takes place behind the scenes,” she tells the Straight. Georgia Straight, September 11, 2013

Profile: Artist Khan Lee creates new meanings On first viewing, Khan Lee’s artworks appear wildly diverse. An egg-shaped stack of white ceramic plates and dishes. A series of black dots on the floor, walls, and ceiling of a gallery, their positions describing the intersection of two imaginary polyhedrons. A colour photograph of a swirl of fallen leaves. A durational video in which a large block of ice is carved into a multifaceted diamond shape as day breaks over the Vancouver harbour. Georgia Straight, September 11, 2013

Wil Aballe: showing art that explores idiosyncratic practices Earlier this year, Wil Aballe opened an art gallery in his apartment at 528-2050 Scotia Street, Buzzer 189. It’s called Wil Aballe Art Projects and has the catchy acronym WAAP. I wanted to talk to Aballe, an engineer, about what it means to open his living space to the public. Opening a gallery in an apartment struck me as a great example of removing the barriers between art and everyday life. It shows art the way most people experience it: in their homes. Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2013


Assiniboine Park not giggling Art may be in the eye of the beholder, but a work of art can be banned by a landlord. That’s what happened when the Assiniboine Park Conservancy banned the award-winning work of a Churchill artist from a show at its Pavilion Gallery Museum, which runs until Oct. 6, because it was critical of the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Mark Reynolds’ work, titled Journey from Churchill, criticizes the zoo’s multimillion-dollar Journey to Churchill exhibit featuring polar bears, which is set to open next year. Winnipeg Free Press, September 12, 2013


Ceramic artist recasts the past The work of Ontario’s most decorated ceramic artist is on display at a London gallery “.Journey Through The Past”, a show featuring the work of North Bay’s Keith Campbell opens at Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery Thursday and continues until Sept. 28. London Free Press, September 12, 2013


New doc exposes photo-snapping nanny Vivian Maier Five years ago, hell, make that two, no one knew Vivian Maier from Vivian Vance. And why should they have? Dead at 83 in 2009, Maier led a decidedly reclusive, secretive life, unmarried, childless, seemingly unencumbered by any living siblings, largely friendless and working mostly as a nanny for a bewildering array of families in Chicago and New York Today, Vivian Maier is famous. The toast of the art world, in fact, and poised to get a lot more famous. A new documentary about her, Finding Vivian Maier, is having its world premiere this month at the Toronto International Film Festival while two Toronto galleries are hosting the first-ever exhibitions of her work in Canada. Globe and Mail, September 9, 2013

Toronto Video: Ralph Steadman Discusses His Art Ralph Steadman, an illustrator and the subject of the film “For No Good Reason,” speaks about his creative process. New York Times, September 12, 2013

New York

Lawyer Is Accused of Taking Funds From Cy Twombly Foundation The prominent art-world lawyer Ralph E. Lerner has been accused in an ongoing court case of fraudulently taking at least $750,000 in fees. New York Times, September 12, 2013

NY Gallery Figure Files Defamation Lawsuit “In a defamation suit filed Wednesday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, she offers a glimpse at how, in the secretive world of art collecting, a host of curators and art experts can agree on the authenticity of a work without knowing a crucial piece of information: the owner’s name.” The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2013

A Change To The New World Trade Center Robs The Manhattan Skyline “Any way you measure it, they plan to rob the skyline of a promised symbol and leave it with a structure that, at its best, resembles a 400-foot umbrella stand.” The Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2013

United Kingdom

UK Local Governments Are Selling Off Art “Some are selling publicly-owned pieces of art worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, but the practice has proved controversial.” BBC, September 12, 2013


The Louvre Has A Ticket Forgery Problem “Museum staff last month began noticing that several dozen Chinese tourists with tour groups held counterfeit tickets ‘of a strange consistency, [with] poor paper quality and ink that hadn’t set properly’ … Later in August better-quality forged items began appearing with serial numbers – exact copies of the museum’s entry tickets.” The Guardian (UK) September 11, 2013


Face lift for fin de siècle Vienna design Makeover of MAK, Vienna’s innovative museum of applied art, continues. The Art Newspaper, September 12, 2013


Suzy Lake & Cindy Sherman Shine in Madrid – Canadian Art Despite the clouds that still loom over the Spanish economy, PhotoEspaña, Madrid’s annual photography festival, managed again this year to produce a strong exhibition schedule. Two exhibitions in the deco-designed Círculo de Bellas Artes were “Him, Her, It: Dialogues between Edward Weston and Harry Callahan” and “Woman: The Feminist Avant-Garde from the 1970s: Works from the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna.” Canadian Art, September 12, 2013


What now for India’s contemporary art scene? A no-show at this year’s Venice Biennale has prompted questions about the country’s cultural ambitions. The Art Newspaper, September 12, 2013

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