Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 20 – 23, 2013


White gloves allow people to ‘feel the art’ Being shown with the sculptures are five documentary photographs of Marshall’s work, house and studio by Jeff Wall, one of Canada’s most internationally celebrated artists. Wall became interested in Marshall’s work after being approached by Craig Sibley, owner of Trench. For the exhibition, Sibley has done something unusual. Instead of prohibiting viewers from touching the art, he’s actively encouraging it. He’s provided white gloves for people to wear so they can rub their hands over Marshall’s sculptures and feel their surfaces. At the Trench Gallery. Vancover Sun, September 20, 2013

A stirring exhibit explores the cultural fallout of residential schools A curatorial team led by Scott Watson has assembled a group of works by artists past and present who have reflected on this cultural trauma in their art, either as survivors of the residential school system or as people who have inherited its grim legacy of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. With the aim to “kill the Indian in the child,” the residential-school policy built upon the existing system of missionary schools, aiming to break young people’s linguistic, spiritual and cultural attachment to their traditional cultures. Globe and Mail, September 20, 2013

A look at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition “James Hart: The Dance Screen James Hart The Dance Screen is the fourteenth installment in NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by TD Bank Group. The Province, September 20, 2013

Backstories to Metro Vancouver’s Public Art In this video, prominent landscape architect Don Vaughan talks about what inspired him when he designed some of Metro Vancouver’s most unique public art installations. It features the Metrotown Plaza in Burnaby, the Granite Assemblage in Ambleside Park, and the Marking High Tide installation in David Lam Park, on the edge of Vancouver’s False Creek. The Tyee, September 20, 2013


Victoria art exhibition highlights new work by First Nations artists What: Urban Thunderbirds / Ravens in a Material World When: Opening Saturday 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibition continues through Jan. 12. Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Times Colonist, September 20, 2013

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Prosthetic ‘wearable art’ line designed by Canadian pair A Canadian couple quit their jobs, sold their cars, moved across the country and hunkered down for months to turn their pet project of affordable, designer prosthetic covers for amputees into reality, creating a product to fill a void in an industry dominated by medically oriented prosthetists. CBC, September 20, 2013


After decades in a basement, Emily Carr’s Alaska diary sees the light of day Comprising text penned in black ink and playful watercolour illustrations, it chronicles the misadventures of a pair of intrepid sisters making their way through such northern outposts as Ketchikan and Skagway. Globe and Mail, September 21, 2013

Bowie’s best: Digging into the costumes behind AGO’s new David Bowie exhibit 0 David Bowie’s best-known costumes are like flash cards for the glam-tastic, eclectic 1970s. The shape-shifting star has made a career-long study of how to appear on the edge of things – of human existence, even – while remaining at the centre of attention. But the look of Bowie’s stage personae, explored in a Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition that opens Sept. 25 at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, often has antecedents in visual art, stage costumery and cultural history. Robert Everett-Green deconstructs four of his costumes, coupled with images that inspired or prefigured them. Globe and Mail, September 20, 2013


Architect Harold Ship spent decades making a mark on Montreal “The list of his built work includes the architecture that defines every citizen’s experience of the city,” Mr. Covo wrote. “(It’s) a tantalizing glimpse of who we are and where we came from.” Globe and Mail, September 22, 2013

Los Angeles

A Museum Works to Reinvent Itself, as Well as the American West The Autry National Center in Los Angeles, based on the collection of the singing cowboy Gene Autry, is fine-tuning its mission and message. New York Times, September 23, 2013


Monuments of a Postindustrial Landscape “An Artificial Wilderness,” now at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, showcases a different vision of nature, marked by human intervention. New York Times, September 20, 2013

New York

Moved to Tears at the Cloisters by a Ghostly Tapestry of Music …A sacred composition of Renaissance England is rendered by the multimedia artist Janet Cardiff through 40 speakers — one for each voice in The Forty Part Motet. New York Times, September 20, 2013

Morgan Museum to Make Its Entire Collection of Drawings Available Online The Morgan Library and Museum said Friday that it planned to digitize its entire drawings collection, containing more than 10,000 images, including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo and Dürer. New York Times, September 20, 2013

A Surrealist Under Scrutiny “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” opening on Saturday at the Museum of Modern Art, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. New York Times, September 20, 2013

An Artist’s LOVE-Hate Relationship As the Whitney Museum of American Art opens “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE,” the artist regards his most famous work ruefully. New York Times, September 19, 2013


Britain stops Kelly Clarkson’s export of Jane Austen ring A campaign to prevent U.S. pop singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a ring owned by 19th century novelist Jane Austen out of Britain has raised enough money to save it, a museum said on Monday. CBC, September 22, 2013

On View | The Wild English Ponies of Dartmoor Travel to London The artist Patricia Heal has created a multimedia exhibition dedicated to the indigenous ponies of Devon, England, which she has spent years photographing. New York Times, September 21, 2013


Standing on Guard for We: An Everyday Goalie in … – Canadian Art Over the past few years, Montreal artist Chris Lloyd has decided to stand on guard for Canada—in a very unusual and tongue-in-cheek way. In his Everyday Goalie performances, Lloyd has visited iconic locales from PEI’s Anne of Green Gables tribute house to Vancouver’s Stanley Park, symbolically protecting them from potential threats while dressed in a Ken Dryden–worthy getup. In August, he attempted to (unofficially) enact his character in front of the Venice Biennale’s Canada Pavilion. Here, he tells us how it went and what keeps him going—no matter how bad his stick-handling skills are. Canadian Art, September 18, 2013


Ransacked Egyptian museum recovers more looted works Police sting operation results in 13 artefacts and first arrest connected to the theft. The Art Newspaper, September 23, 2013


Under the Influence | John Baldessari on Tom Waits, Rodarte and a Yodeling Pickle From Damien Hirst On the eve of a new show at the Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, the conceptual art master recounts some of his greatest influences and inspirations. New York Times, September 21, 2013

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