Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 18, 2013

International Ask A Curator Day


Vancouver artist Martha Varcoe Sturdy joins Winsor Gallery Vancouver artist Martha Varcoe Sturdy is joining Winsor Gallery and showing new paintings and sculptures inspired by the country’s northern landscape. The series, which starts Tuesday, Oct. 1, is called Break-up. Works shown at the launch event as well as in the following months are meant to be a preview of Sturdy’s 2014 solo exhibition at the gallery. Vancouver Sun, September 18, 2013

In galleries this week: B.C. Binning Memorial Lecture Series, Live 2013 and Lov Sic Terry Smith lectures at UBC (note to Vancouver Sun-this lecture happened on September 16), a performance art celebration and Graham Gillmore at Monte Clark. Vancouver Sun, September 18, 2013

Prince George

MakerLab seeks to bring crafters together Tinker, tailor, mechanic, nailer, butcher, baker, candlestick maker – everyone with handcrafting skills is invited to the MakerLab at the Two Rivers Art Gallery. The Gallery has purchased a 3-D printer for this event. Prince George Citizen, September 18, 2013


The Waterloo Region Participates in Global Initiative: Ask a Curator The Waterloo Region Museum is participating in Ask a Curator Day – an international initiative that takes place Wednesday, Sept. 18. This global online social media initiative takes place on Twitter and is a great way for people to interact with curators and people who work in cultural venues around the world. VelvetRope, September 18, 2013


Mass Arrival Challenges Racism & Refugee Laws – Canadian Art The most intriguing element of “Mass Arrival” is perhaps its element of accountability and its investment in continued dialogue. During the exhibition, which continues to September 28, the artists invite visitors to respond to items pasted on the walls in red pencil; they are also holding a public dialogue on September 18from 7 to 9 p.m. Canadian Art, September 18, 2013

David Mirvish acknowledges fakes in New York art fraud scandal Toronto theatre impresario David Mirvish acknowledges that three paintings he had owned, alleged to be by Abstract Expressionist icon Jackson Pollock, were fakes.Over 20 years, Glafira Rosales fooled dozens of art world experts into believing her fake Rothkos and Pollocks were the real thing, including Toronto’s David Mirvish. Toronto Star, September 18, 2013


Frye Art Museum Receives $1.1 Million The Seattle Times reports that the Frye Art Museum has received a total of $1.1 million from the Raynier Institute and Foundation. The money will be used to create two awards that recognize Washington artists, and will also support the Raynier Foundation exhibitions, a series of shows curated by the Frye Art Museum. Artforum, September 18, 2013 .

Los Angeles

Eli Broad’s L.A. Museum Will Have Free Admission “Besides stocking the museum with their nearly 2,000-piece collection of art from the 1950s to the present at the museum, the Broads are providing at least $395 million to build and endow it.” Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2013 (includes video)

What Happens When You Clean A Jackson Pollock? You’ll Be Amazed Christopher Knight: “I was frankly unprepared for just how different – how fresh and kinetic – Mural looks now. Color contrasts are emphatic. Patches of white canvas are bright rather than dim. While wholly abstract, several flickering suggestions of animal forms are vivid. Layers of visual space have opened up.” Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2013

These saints are ours, Getty says Family squabble over inheritance in France leads museum to seek court declaration naming it the legal owner. The Art Newspaper, September 18, 2013

Grand Rapids

ArtPrize – It’s Rich. And It’s Popular “There may be more prestigious awards for artists, such as the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize or the Tate’s Turner Prize. Yet none gives away more money than ArtPrize, which begins its fifth season on Wednesday and runs to Oct. 6.” The Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2013

New York

Former El Museo Director’s Discrimination Suit DismissedA complaint of gender discrimination against New York’s El Museo del Barrio, filed in February by former director Margarita Aguilar, has been dismissed by the New York State Division of Human Rights. Aguilar was hired in September 2011 and dismissed in February 2013. Art in America, September 18, 2013

The Pages of a Mind: Interview with William Kentridge “Second-hand Reading,” William Kentridge’s latest exhibition at New York’s Marian Goodman Gallery, opens tonight. The show (through Oct. 26) features a number of sound-making machines, the artist’s trademark flip-book films and drawings. Art in America, September 17, 2013

A Sound, Then Silence (Try Not to Breathe) The “Monotone-Silence” Symphony, an eccentric 1960 work by the conceptual painter Yves Klein, will finally get a hearing in New York on Wednesday. New York Times, September 18, 2013

Refuting the Myths About the Armory Show Research for exhibitions commemorating the centennial of the notorious Armory show reveals that it included more American, historical, and even female artists than many accounts include. ARTnews, September 18, 2013

United States

A Look At Five New Museums On The Way “If one thing is certain in the face of these impending openings, it’s that veils and canopies and porous space are definitely in for art museums.” HyperAllergic, September 17, 2013


Human chain of protesters planned at London’s National Gallery Demonstrators aim to draw attention to budget cuts to culture and zero-hours contracts for museum employees. The Art Newspaper, September 18, 2013


Praemium Imperiale Winners include Pistoletto, Gormley, Chipperfield The Japan Arts Association has announced the winners of the 25th annual Praemium Imperiale awards: Italy’s Michelangelo Pistoletto in the category of painting, the UK’s Antony Gormley for sculpture, Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo for music, American director Francis Ford Coppola for theatre/film, and the UK’s David Chipperfield for architecture. Art in America, September 17, 2013


Race to digitise world’s heritage Non-profit organisation has big plans to gather data from 500 sites over the next five years. The Art Newspaper, September 18, 2013

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