Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 2, 2013


City eyes facelift for plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery The City of Vancouver is planning a facelift for the lacklustre plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The north plaza fronting on Georgia Street was slightly spruced up for the 2010 Olympic Games, but the city is interested in long-term improvements. The area has for years been a popular gathering place for protesters, most recently seeing city officials and tent-campers square off in the Occupy Vancouver demonstration. Early ideas for the plaza include additions of sculptures, lighting and a reflective pool. Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2013

City plans facelift for gallery’s bleak plaza Early ideas for the plaza include additions of sculptures, lighting and a reflective pool. The city says that waterproofing under the plaza will also be part of the planned improvements, because currently water seeps down onto the underground gallery space below. The Province, October 2, 2013

Redesign pitched for Vancouver Art Gallery plaza The city is holding two open houses this week and launching an online survey to gather public input for phase one of a $3.2 million redesign of the Plaza. Vancouver Courier, October 1, 2013

VAG North Plaza Project Background – Oct 1 2013 Check out the proposals for the redevelopment of the Georgia Street plaza. City of Vancouver, October 1, 2013

In art galleries this week Check out exhibitions by Kevin Carpenter, Danny Singer, Virginia Mak and the Art Book Fair being held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2013

The Sculptures of David Franklin Marshall | MONTECRISTO Magazine In 2006, Vancouver sculptor David Franklin Marshall died, leaving his unsold works and the contents of his studio in the care of his wife, Carel. The future spaces that will encompass this large body of material have raised some interesting questions for his widow and the other trustees of his estate today, but is a question of continued importance in the history of art.. by Hilary Letwin, photographs by Jeff Wall. Montecristo, September 24, 2013


Artists amaze in little show on the Prairies The show is a snapshot of contemporary art on the Prairies today and a culmination of Fung’s time writing her blog. She crisscrossed Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, visiting artists in their homes and studios. They even picked her up when she was stranded in the middle of nowhere (which happened three times). Star Phoenix, October 2, 2013

Land|Slide Transforms Historic Village into New-Art Hub -. Janine Marchessault has a distinctive engagement with public art curation. As a driving force behind “The Leona Drive Project” (2009) and “Museum for the End of the World” (2012) she emphasized discovery, experiment and autonomy to pull viewers through changing environments. Now, her latest project “Land|Slide: Possible Futures” has commissioned more than 30 artists to transform the Markham Museum’s outdoor historical village into a productive ground for play and questioning—a space from which to envision the future of the rapidly expanding city. Canadian Art, October 2, 2013


Moccasins with a message: Art project honours lost aboriginal women In July, 2012, Christi Belcourt, a Michif (Métis) artist who lives near Sudbury, made a Facebook appeal for help with a year-long collaborative art project called Walking With Our Sisters, to honour 600 missing or murdered aboriginal women. She hoped to assemble a show of 600 pairs of hand-made moccasin vamps (uppers) – but by year’s end had received 1,723 pairs, from artists and craftspeople all over North America and beyond. Globe and Mail, October 2, 2013


Of Recycling, Re-use and Other Visions James Carl’s monumental, ethereal sculptures at Diaz Contemporary and Maggie Groat’s poetic repurposing at Erin Stump Projects. Toronto Star, October 2, 2013


Two Canadians Win $25,000 Native Art Fellowships in US … Vancouver-based Coast Salish artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Ottawa-based Plains Cree/Blackfoot artist Meryl McMaster are being honoured with fellowships at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. Canadian Art, October 2, 2013


L’Art Institute de Chicago co-crée une application iPad destinée aux malades d’Alzheimer L’Art Institute of Chicago vient de co-produire une application iPad, Art in the Moment, destinée à encourager la conversation et l’engagement chez les personnes âgées ayant une déficience cognitive, et notamment les victimes d’Alzheimer. Le musée rejoint ainsi le Moma dans ce combat citoyen. » Club Innovation & Culture, September 12, 2013

New York

Banksy launches New York City street art show with satirical cellphone audio tour New works from the legendary street artist Banksy are on their way to New York City. Beginning today, Banksy will be holding a monthlong show — which he’s calling Better Out Than In — on the city’s streets. His first painting is already up, and features two young boys reaching into a sign that reads, “graffiti is a crime.” According to the Village Voice, the work is located in Chinatown. Those who can’t make it into the city can see the painting up on Banksy’s website though. The Verge, October 1, 2013


Video: Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens doors for first time “A £14.5m extension to the Serpentine Gallery is set to open its doors for the first time. A former nineteenth century gunpowder store has been transformed into the Serpentine Sackler, with a new gallery and restaurants. Brenda Emmanus was given an exclusive preview at Kensington Gardens.” BBC News, September 25, 2013


What Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Will Look Like When It’s Finished In 2026 “Confident that work will be completed in time for the centenary of the death of Antoni Gaudí, a computer generated 3-D video depicting how the final landmark will look has been released by the Sagrada Familia Foundation.” The Telegraph (UK) September 30, 2013


Guggenheim Foundation proposes architectural competition for Helsinki museum “Leaders of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Tuesday presented a revised proposal for developing a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki. The presentation contained a proposal an architectural competition as the next step towards a new art museum in the Finnish capital. The site under consideration for the new museum building is approximately 13,000 square metres, located along the southwestern edge of the South Harbour. The museum building would occupy 12,000 square metres of the area and include around 4,000 square metres of exhibition space, making its galleries comparable in size to those of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.”, September 24, 2013

Metz, France

Le Centre Pompidou Metz se dote d’une collection semi-permanente Contrecarrant la récente polémique sur son financement, le Centre Pompidou Metz vient d’annoncer l’ouverture en mars prochain d’une « présentation de longue durée » d’une vingtaine d’œuvres de grand format venues du Centre Pompidou Paris, baptisée « Phares ». Connaissance des Arts, septenbre 24, 2013


Chipperfield to design photography museum for Marrakech The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art (MMPVA) by David Chipperfield Architects will showcase a permanent collection of lens-based art and photography from the nineteenth century to the present and host a programme of contemporary art exhibitions. » Dezeen, September 13, 2013

Taichung, China

SANAA comes out on top in fiercely-fought Taichung City Cultural Center Competition “Japanese practice SANAA with local Taiwanese studio Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners has been confirmed as the winning team in a competition to design the Taichung City Cultural Center, comprising the Taichung Public Library and Taichung Fine Arts Museum. WAN, September 11, 2013


David Chipperfield announced as 2013 Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate “UK architect David Chipperfield has been selected as the 2013 Praemium Imperiale Award laureate for architecture in the prize’s 25th anniversary year. The Praemium Imperiale was created in 1988 by the Japan Art Association in celebration and recognition of the international impact artists make in their field, with those selected receiving 5 million yen (£100,000), a gold medal and testimonial letter from Japan’s Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association. Four other artists were also selected as laureates: Michelangelo Pistoletto (Painting); Antony Gormley (Sculpture); Placido Domingo (Music); and Francis Ford Coppola (Theatre/Film). The Praemium Imperiale is the world’s highest paid arts prize and the laureates will receive their awards at an official ceremony in Tokyo on 16 October 2013.” WAN, September 1, 2013

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