Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 1, 2013


At the Vancouver Art Gallery. Getting ready for the new exhibition KIMSOOJA Unfolding the Preparation department was required to bring an ancient truck into the second floor gallery. Here’s the record of their successful navigation of our loading bay, basement and freight elevator. A fabulous accomplishment!


Ruth Cuthand, Andrew Salgado Win Sask. Art Prizes – Canadian Art Ruth Cuthand and Andrew Salgado were among the honourees at the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards in Regina this week. Canadian Art, September 27, 2013


Canadian Art ED & Publisher Ann Webb Moves On – Canadian Art While continuing to pursue her interests in visual arts and culture at the local, national and international levels, Webb will participate in the inaugural International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management in Bilbao, New York and Abu Dhabi through New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Deusto Business School, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Canadian Art, September 26, 2013


The RBC Canadian Painting Competition: Banking on emerging artists for 15 years There’s been an explosion of visual-arts awards in Canada in the last few years, so the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, marking its 15th anniversary this fall, can pride itself on being one of the older kids on the block. This year’s winner and two runners-up, chosen by a nine-member jury of curators, dealers, artists and critics, are to be named Oct. 2 at a gala in the National Gallery in Ottawa. Globe and Mail, October 1, 2013

Newport Beach, California

Burden’s war saved from brink Conservators breathe new life into installation that the American artist wanted to destroy. The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2013


Flickering, foggy art exhibit on hold as patrons fall ill Authorities in Pittsburgh have temporarily shuttered a Chicago artist’s atmospheric installation after three visitors reported experiencing seizure-like symptoms. On Sunday, an 18-year-old woman was treated by emergency officials at the downtown Pittsburgh venue hosting ZEE, a sound, light and fog-filled installation created by Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschalger. CBC, October 1, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Washington’s museums shuttered Government shutdown leaves more than 800,000 federal employees furloughed and an additional 1 million working without pay. The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2013


Art collection at stake in row between museum and charity Foundling Museum’s board of trustees sacked and paintings by Hogarth and Gainsborough under threat. The Art Newspaper, September 29, 2013

Tate Modern Develops Performance Art YouTube Channel “Tate Live, funded by BMW, … is a four-year experiment in live performance on YouTube. … The eight works already posted online (out of 20 planned for the series) suggest that the approach is not only bringing this work to a broader audience, but also is creating a new artistic form.” The Economist, September 30, 2013


Baghdad beckons Zaha Hadid? Ministry and Iraqi-born architect tight-lipped about billion-dollar plan to build new national museum. The Art Newspaper, September 27, 2013


Christie’s first auction in mainland China nets $27.5m Sale comes ahead of talk of launching a free trade zone in Shanghai. The Art Newspaper, September 27, 2013


Ai Weiwei Taught His Prison Guards About Conceptual Art “So of course first they think I’m just lying. But they are fast learners. … They are all very smart, intelligent people. It’s only because their job limits them to a very limited position. … One day they came back in to interrogate me some more and they were very happy, as if they had made a great breakthrough in the case: ‘OK, we found out! You’re part of Dada.’ I said, ‘Ahh, yes, you’re a little closer.'” Salon, September 28, 2013


Is There An Asian Pompeii Awaiting Discovery? “One of history’s great disaster mysteries may be solved – the case of the largest volcanic eruption in the last 3,700 years. Nearly 800 years ago, the blast that was recorded, and then forgotten, may also have created a ‘Pompeii of the Far East,’ researchers suggest, which might lie buried and waiting for discovery on an Indonesian island.” National Geographic, September 30, 2013

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