Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 27-30, 2013


The history of B.C., in print, at Vancouver book fair She also has some high-end items for sale, including an autographed first edition of Emily Carr’s book Klee Wyck for $3,500.

“I got it (years ago) when I had a book shop in Saskatoon,” relates Williams, who has been operating the Joyce Williams Gallery in Vancouver since 1980. Vancouver Sun, September 27, 2013

Photos: Totem pole symbolizes cross-border unity for First Nations The totem was unveiled during a ceremony in North Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday September 29, 2013. The totem pole is meant to be a symbol of cross-border unity among Coast Salish nations opposing the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and expanded oil tanker traffic. Vancouver Sun, September 30, 2013


Robert Amos: Victoria artist meditates on conflict Victoria artist Elizabeth Litton spent last year in England, cut off from her son (who was in boarding school) and her husband (who had remained in Canada). Times Colonist, September 27, 2013


Time is on WAG’s side with screening of The Clock – Winnipeg Free … For movie lovers and art lovers both, the event of this year’s art season may be Christian Marclay’s The Clock, a 24-hour film that unfolds in real time, consisting of some 10,000 clips culled from the entire history of cinema and television that make reference to a particular time of day. The film itself thus acts as a clock, marking each minute of passing time synced to a time-specific film clip. Winnipeg Free Press, September 27, 2013


RBC donation supports artist mentorship Becoming a working artist isn’t as easy as paint-bynumbers. That’s where the Artists by Artists mentorship program steps in. The program pairs emerging artists with established local artists who give them guidance, ideas and support as they continue their art careers. The partnership culminates in an exhibit in the Mendel Art Gallery. Star Phoenix, September 28, 2013


PCVS and the Group of Seven | Peterborough Examiner It still has the original price tag on the back, from a Toronto gallery where it was purchased in 1960. The small painting by A.J. Casson — one of the Group of Seven — was bought by students of Kenner Collegiate, to hang on the walls of the school. It’s a painting of a tree-covered hill, with a stormy sky. The price tag says $125. It was appraised, last year, at $40,000. That’s just one painting of a collection of 24 works of art bought, since the 1940s, by local high school students. Many of the pieces in the collection were bought by PCVS kids, but some were bought by students at Kenner, too. Peterborough Examiner, September 28, 2013


Blackwood & AGW Snag Exhibitions of the Year at … – Canadian Art The Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga and the Art Gallery of Windsor split one of the top honours this evening at the 36th Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards at the University of Toronto Art Centre. Both galleries won in the Exhibitions of the Year category. Canadian Art, September 27, 2013

Power Plant showcases Micah Lexier’s work as a conceptual artist – and as a gifted curator 0 “Playful” is a word that shows up in a lot of the (many) published stories about Toronto artist and curator Micah Lexier. Certainly that’s a quality evident in both his practice and person. Ask him for his phone number or e-mail and chances are good he’ll dig into his wallet to pull out a business card. Globe and Mail, September 27, 2013

Micah Lexier: At the Power Plant, down for the count The Toronto-based artist’s playful works are equal parts conceptual puzzle and entreatment for you, the viewer, to play along. Toronto Star, September 27, 2013

In a celebrity-obsessed world, statues become monuments for the selfie age Toronto sculptor David Pelletier put the late NDP leader on the rear seat of a tandem bicycle, the front seat of which is left open for anyone to hop on and snap a selfie with Jack. Globe and Mail, September 27, 2013


Storied racehorse Northern Dancer gets full museum treatment 3 The legacy is not dead, however. On Friday, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau is announcing that it’s taking into its permanent collection the Windfields Farm Collection. Globe and Mail, September 27, 2013

Los Angeles

Tear-Down Of Ira Gershwin’s House Shows Difficulty Of Preservation In LA “The recent demolition of a North Roxbury Drive residence where Gershwin lived, wrote and entertained Hollywood royalty is just the latest example of how difficult it can be to preserve the past in a city where residents are accustomed to doing as they wish.” Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2013

New York

Pictures of a Day Lodged in Memory This show revisits the assassination of President Kennedy and the whiplash series of consequences that followed. New York Times, September 28, 2013

There’s More Than Meets the Eye “The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” a René Magritte survey at the Museum of Modern Art, zeros in on a decade when he was inventing the artist he wanted to be. New York Times, September 27, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: ‘The Mystery of the Ordinary’ A look at the René Magritte survey at the Museum of Modern Art. New York Times, September 27, 2013

Infatuations, Female and Feline An exhibition on the French painter Balthus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, focusing on his somewhat disturbing predilection for girls and cats, is a rather strange, even refreshing exercise. New York Times, September 27, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: ‘Cats and Girls’ Images from a new Balthus exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, September 27, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Will A National Latino Museum Be Derailed By An Immigration Museum? “The two proposals are not precisely rivals, since Congress conceivably could OK both museums.” Riiiiiight. Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2013

Virginia Dwan’s Big Gift to the National Gallery Ms. Dwan, a dealer and philanthropist, talks about her donation of 250 modern works — including pieces by Martial Raysse, Robert Smithson, Yves Klein and Carl Andre. New York Times, September 27, 2013

New Orleans

Newcomb Pottery Will Go on View at Tulane “Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” an exhibition opening at Tulane, tells the story of the Southern women who once toiled on exquisitely designed wares there. New York Times, September 27, 2013

United States

Norman Rockwell Loved America, And It Loved Him Back (For A While) “Because America was a nation of immigrants who lacked universally shared traditions, it had to invent some. So it came up with Thanksgiving, baseball–and Norman Rockwell.” Smithsonian October 2013


Yep, Preserved Shark Artist Damien Hirst Created An ABC Picture Book “My intention with The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) was to replicate the sort of fear you might feel on being confronted with a shark. It’s the fear of death, but I’ve always noticed kids love it rather than being frightened of it.” The Guardian (UK) September 29, 2013

Soon-To-Be-Former-Mayor Michael Bloomberg Will Helm London Gallery “Mr. Bloomberg has long eyed a return to the more global lifestyle he enjoyed in pre-political days, and London — where he has cultivated deep ties to Britain’s cultural and political elite — is a natural first stop.” The New York Times , September 25, 2013

Works in Conversation With Photography The exhibition “Chuck Close: Recent Works” at Guild Hall Museum offers some insight into the shifts, however subtle, in Mr. Close’s work since his breakthrough in the late 1960s. New York Times, September 28, 2013


María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard In Venice last June, a performance by Ms. Campos-Pons injected a jolt of surprise to a staid 2013 Biennale. New York Times, September 27, 2013

St. Petersburg

One final ignominy for a pioneer of abstract art 0 The logo for the recent G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, was inspired by the formalist abstract art of Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich, both fearless rule-breakers and intellectual elitists from the beginning of the 20th century. Malevich, a committed communist revolutionary, is turning in his grave at this co-option by international capitalism. Globe and Mail, September 26, 2013

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