Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 25, 2013


Bowling pin avoids the wrecking ball But the Ridge is being knocked down for a condo development. The RIDGE theatre sign will be re-installed atop the new building, but the fate of the big bowling pin has been unclear. So Eric Cohen and Yosef Wosk decided to save it. Tuesday morning about 9 a.m., a crane from Pro-Tec Industrial Movers plucked it off the roof of the Ridge. After it was separated from a three-foot base, it was loaded onto a flatbed truck and transported to its new home, Wosk’s backyard. Vancouver Sun, September 25, 2013
This Week Story First Nations art is often isolated from the contemporary art world, but owner LaTiesha Fazakas’ first major exhibition combines the two realms. – Artists for Conservation Festival The third annual art sale and festival benefiting conservation projects in B.C. and around the globe features 80 works by some of the world’s finest nature-inspired artists, including Robert Bateman. – Gordon Smith: Shore Lines + Studio Abstractions The 94-year-old artist continues to push boundaries with his new styles. Vancouver Sun, September 25, 2013


Robert Houle’s Residential School Art Honoured – Canadian Art This morning in Winnipeg, the Canada Council’s York Wilson Award was given to the University of Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery to purchase Robert Houle’s Sandy Bay Residential School Series. Canadian Art, September 24, 2013


David Bowie Curator Chat: Starman Styles – Canadian Art Tomorrow, the Art Gallery of Ontario opens “David Bowie is”—the acclaimed exhibition of objects and imagery related to the famed glam-rocker which debuted earlier this year at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to record-breaking crowds. Here, in a phone interview conducted in June, exhibition co-curator Victoria Broackes discusses the show’s origins, its vital connections to fan culture, and much more. Canadian Art, September 24, 2013

The AGO’s David Bowie Is has sold out its opening night tickets, but there’s still hope — if you’re willing to get dressed up Bowie is that rarest breed of pop star: He’s made a lasting career out of a cultural realm that’s all about the here and now. His relentless march into the future, constantly devising new looks and sounds, gives an aura of cool to his past. Few of his artistic periods have lasted long enough to wear out their welcome. And the exhibition, which opens today after a record-breaking 312,000-visitor run at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, feels vital.

London, Ontario

Renown abstract artist, ex-dean share gallery | The London Free Press A former dean at Fanshawe College and a founding member of the renowned Painters Eleven group of abstract artists are featured in a two new exhibitions at a London gallery.The work of Eric Atkinson, born and educated in England before moving to London where he taught for years at Fanshawe, and of Ray Mead, also born and educated in England before settling in Hamilton, will be featured at the Thielsen Gallery until Oct. 19. London Free Press, September 25, 2013


Bambini: An installation only a mother could love? The uproar over the installation of a sculpture called Bambini on the corner of Preston Street and Gladstone Avenue has taken aback the award-winning landscape architect who designed what she says is intended as a gateway to the heart of Little Italy. Ottawa Citizen, September 24, 2013

Los Angeles

What’s The Priority In Choosing LA MoCA’s Next Director? “Will MOCA ask prospective candidates for its top job how they would address these money issues? Or will the onus be on the museum and its search committee to reassure candidates that they need not fear being chronically hamstrung by financial limitations?” Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2013

United States

And The 2013 MacArthur Fellows Are – The arts figures receiving this year’s $625,000 genius grants include choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Kyle Abraham, authors Karen Russell and Donald Antrim, pianists Jeremy Denk and Vijay Iyer, playwright Tarell McCraney, and photo and video artist Carrie Mae Weems. The Atlantic, September 24, 2013


Should The Public Vote On What Goes Up On Trafalgar’s Fourth Plinth? “The announcement of a shortlist of six new works competing to be the next two sculptures to occupy the plinth in the square’s northwest corner offers an opportunity to reflect on how these works get chosen.” The Telegraph (UK) September 24, 2013

The Candidates To Next Occupy Trafalgar’s Fourth Plinth “Six pieces of art have been unveiled in London, one of which will be chosen to replace the blue cockerel currently displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.” BBC, September 24, 2013


Museums hunt for Jewish dealer’s art Exhibition and database help search for works missing since Alfred Flechtheim fled Nazi persecution (The Austrian art restitution advisory board decided not to return Grosz’s Bündnis/ Andenken, 1931, to Flechtheim’s heirs in March. The work was bought at auction by Vienna’s Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in 1986. The Art Newspaper, September 25, 2013


Edvard Munch’s Backyard Reveals Its Secrets At Edvard Munch’s seaside retreat in Norway, archeologists are unearthing his belongings—and a new museum and hotel are going up. ARTnews, September 25, 2013

Valencia, Spain

A Star Architect Leaves Some Clients Fuming The architect Santiago Calatrava is collecting critics as buildings develop problems. New York Times, September 25, 2013


100 Works Of Art That Define Our Age? “A new art book is boldly going where no other a few other art books have gone before, daring to highlight 100 works of art that have defined the late 20th and early 21st century art world.” Huffington Post , September 24, 2013

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