Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 19, 2013


Here Are The 12 Cities That Will Shake Up The Art World In The 21st Cities like New York and Paris have long captured the art world’s attention, wooing artists, collectors, critics and curators who have hurried to call the hubs home. Other storied art havens include Los Angeles, Berlin and Hong Kong, amongst others — locales that have managed to snare auction houses or gallery giants, rounding out an entirely too sparse a map of art destinations. A new book, however, is attempting to challenge this perception of the exclusive art world. Titled “Art Cities of the Future,” the publication introduces us to places like Singapore or Lagos, Nigeria, and Vancouver, Canada – art communities that are poised to shake things up in the 21st century. Huffington Post, September 19, 2013

Online funding campaign seeks to open community art space in East Vancouver An East Vancouver group is hoping to raise enough support to open a community art space in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. Georgia Straight, September 19, 2013

The Scout List – The Globe and Mail – Included this week… The Equinox Gallery launches a show of Gordon Smith’s works this Saturday. The West Vancouver resident is now in his 90s, and he has a substantial amount of work to show. Head down to Equinox’s new mammoth space on Great Northern Way to take in his Studio Abstractions show in the East Gallery and Shore Lines in the West Gallery. Globe eand Mail, September 18, 2013

Lynne Marsh’s Platerwald is a poetic meditation on a broken-down Berlin amusement park The video projection displayed at the Or Gallery was shot at the abandoned site in 2009. Georgia Straight, September 19, 2013

Witnesses makes palpable the impact of residential schools Twenty-one artists are represented in an exhibit at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery that gives voice to victims of the Indian Residential School program. Georgia Straight, September 19, 2013

Punch Out! at East Van Studios Put your fist in the air for Michael Edward Miller, who’s bringing the world of low-brow video gaming to that of high-brow find art. Georgia Straight, September 19, 2013


Burnaby Art Gallery welcomes new director – Vancouver Sun The Burnaby Art Gallery has announced the appointment of Ellen van Eijnsbergen as its new director and curator. A Simon Fraser University graduate, van Eijnsbergen was previously working as the fine arts co-ordinator at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Vancouver Sun, September 19, 2013


Shakespeare folios go on show at Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery Shakespeare’s Big Books, which opens Saturday and continues Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St., is an exhibition with a special focus on Shakespeare First Folio, the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays. Times Colonist, September 19, 2013


David Bowie a pop culture icon whose style was driven by his music Musician used fashion to make a statement and continually reinvent his image. Toronto Star, September 19, 2013


New exhibition celebrates Ontarians Billy Bishop, K’naan and more An exhibition of 75 portraits assembled with the participation of Library and Archives Canada, it’s running until at least early March at the Lieutenant-Governor’s Suite in the Ontario Legislature in Toronto. Globe and Mail, September 19, 2013

Nuit Blanche: 10 picks that show what it’s like | Ottawa Citizen Nuit Blanche Ottawa was born last year to great success, when thousands of people roamed the streets of the city core to see a sunset-to-sunrise smorgasbord of art installations and performances. The annual festival, now called Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau, returns Saturday, Sept. 21 for its second year, with an added menu of art projects on the Quebec side of the river and an expanded lineup on the Ottawa side. Ottawa Citizen, September 19, 2013

London, Ontario

Sweet Magic London: Festival takes fresh approach to what we see, hear Why project images onto screens when you can project them onto large-scale model airplanes, bedroom furniture, framed photographs or the windows of abandoned buildings? London artist Wyn Geleynse might have the answer. Metro Canada, September 19, 2013

Los Angeles

Eli Broad Won’t Be L.A. MOCA’s Lead Funder For Much Longer “Eli Broad said Tuesday that he won’t continue giving $3 million a year to his new museum’s across-the-street neighbor, the Museum of Contemporary Art, ending his five-year run as its primary funder.” Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2013

New York

Norman Rockwell’s America, Newly Up for Bid Sotheby’s will auction three of Norman Rockwell’s best-known cover paintings for The Saturday Evening Post, including “Saying Grace.” New York Times, September 19, 2013

Q. & A. | Jeff Koons on His New Champagne-Filled Balloon Sculpture and the DNA of Art History The superstar artist discusses his new limited-edition collaboration with Dom Pérignon, what motivates him as an artist and how he feels about having the last show ever at the Whitney Museum’s uptown site. New York Times, September 18, 2013


BOV 2013: Designer Omer Arbel lights up London His invitation to the London Design Festival is a glorious capper to a year that has seen great strides for both Bocci and the 37-year-old Arbel. In April, after years of angling, Bocci was granted a coveted spot at Milan’s biennial Euroluce, the lighting division of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Europe’s most prestigious design show. Georgia Straight, September 19, 2013

Artist Olafur Eliasson: The Art Of Bringing Light To 1.6 Billion People Little Sun is his project that aims to bring solar lamps to the 1.6 billion people who lack access to electricity. Tens of thousands of lamps have already been distributed in countries like Ethiopia and Uganda. In an interview with Guardian Sustainable Business, Eliasson says westerners should learn to use more solar power too. Guardian, September 18, 2013

Tate Museum Breaks Annual Attendance Record (Thanks Damien Hirst) “The Tate’s annual report reveals that almost eight million people visited the art museum’s four galleries in 2012-13.” BBC, September 18, 2013


Louvre plans to evacuate works from Paris due to flooding risk Paris museum to move art in its basement to new store to be built near Lens satellite. The Art Newspaper, September 19, 2013


Is A Cambodian Antiquities Smuggling Scandal About To Erupt? “The return to Cambodia of two tenth-century Khmer sandstone sculptures, which had been displayed for nearly 20 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, … is now shining a spotlight on the degree of damage to Koh Ker and raises questions about a number of masterpiece sculptures in public and private collections.” The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2013


Need a crowd to fund your museum? Call Kickstarter The co-founder of the website that gets the public to support creative projects wants to talk to MoMA and Tate. The Art Newspaper, September 19, 2013

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