Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 3, 2013


This Week At the Vancouver Art/Book Fair, check out flip books, accordion books, books unbound in boxes, and books bound in velvet and leather. There are more than 100 printed books and digital or other experimental forms of art publications, as well as performances, at the only international art book fair in Canada. Oct. 5-6, 12-5 p.m. Vancouver Art Gallery Annex (also in the Gallery Library). Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2013

Dana Claxton’s Indian Candy is a thought-provoking show. “Dana Claxton’s new show of photographs is both gorgeous and thought-provoking—as it’s meant to be. Claxton has an uncanny ability to seduce the eye with the formal qualities of her art and then trouble the mind with its content.” Georgia Straight, October 1, 2013

Edward Burtynsky turns his lens to water at the Capture Photography Festival. “Burtynsky—whose startling large-scale photos of massive hydroelectric projects and other human interventions in our world of water will be all over Vancouver in the coming weeks as part of the Capture Photography Festival.” Georgia Straight, October 2, 2013

Capture Photography Festival fetes all photo forms. The first festival features no less than 56 gallery showings in venues from the Vancouver Art Gallery to Monte Clark Gallery to grunt gallery; 14 public-art sites; workshops, curator tours, film-fest screenings, and much more. Georgia Straight, October 2, 2013


Two Dozen Things We Love About This Place: Royal B.C. Museum a playground for young minds. The largest natural history museum in the province has entertained and informed visitors for well over a century, offering among its seven million artifacts everything from its signature woolly mammoth to a well-trafficked gold-panning area. Times Colonist, October 2, 2013


Aboriginal artists struggle between two expectations. Aboriginal artists struggle to gain recognition for their work while combating two distinct and competing expectations.On the one hand, their work is expected to look stereotypically aboriginal. There is great demand for beadwork and feathers, and pieces that represent eagles and wolves. On the other hand, if the art looks “too aboriginal,” it may be relegated to the status of tribal artifact. Winnipeg Free Press, October 3, 2013


Arts funding boost didn’t come easily. Artist Devon Ostrom played a key role in convincing city councillors to use billboard taxes to boost long-term funding for the arts by $22.5 million. It took him 12 years. Toronto Star, October 1, 2013

10 Artists’ Nuit Blanche Tips & Troubles. On October 5, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche takes over the streets of Toronto with 112 art projects created by more than 500 local, national and international artists. It’s always challenging to know what to see at the massive event, and how to handle its all-night duration. Debates also continue to unfold about the value of the festival: Is it art? Or is it just spectacle? Here, we turn to those who know best—10 of Nuit Blanche’s smartest artists—for answers. Canadian Art, October 3, 2013


Colleen Heslin wins $25,000 RBC painting competition. A nine-member jury has named Vancouver’s Colleen Heslin the winner of the 2013 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Prevailing over 14 other finalists from around the country, Heslin, 37, received the $25,000 top prize Wednesday evening at a gala in the National Gallery in Ottawa. Globe & Mail, October 2, 2013

Vancouver’s Colleen Heslin wins $25K Canadian Painting Competition Vancouver artist Colleen Heslin is the latest winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, capturing the $25000 prize. CBC, October 3, 2013

Colleen Heslin Wins RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Tonight at the National Gallery in Ottawa, Vancouver’s Colleen Heslin was chosen as the national winner of the 15th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Heslin, who is known for paintings that evoke mending and textile-making, will receive a $25,000 purchase prize for her artwork Almost young and wild and free. Canadian Art, October 2, 2013

Epic stillness and arresting abstracts. Exhibits by Ottawa artists Leslie Reid and Heidi Conrod. Ottawa Citizen, October 2, 2013

Los Angeles

Museum Celebrates an Artist Who Still Produces Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles to honor Gere Kavanaugh. New York Times, October 3, 2013

Grand Rapids

ArtPrize Removes Large Sculpture After Complaints From Calder Foundation “The Calder Foundation wasn’t pleased, and the relationship with the foundation is important to us, so it’s a lesson learned,” said Grand Rapids city manager Greg Sundstrom. Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2013


The Agony of Suspense in Detroit The Detroit Institute of Arts is struggling with gnawing uncertainty as it confronts the threat that works could be sold off to pay billions owed by the city. New York Times, October 3, 2013


Curator Chat: The Carnegie International. This week, the Carnegie International opens at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. The oldest showcase of international contemporary art in North America, the Carnegie is often a litmus test for new attitudes and directions in artmaking, and this year it includes work by Vancouver’s Rodney Graham, who is also performing at the museum on October 5. Canadian Art, October 3, 2013

New York

Banksy’s First New York Piece Painted Over “The piece, at 18 Allen Street, was altered more than once by other taggers within hours. A new Banksy work that appeared Tuesday had been painted over by Wednesday morning. A sign reading “Graffiti Is a Crime” at the upper left was removed. And this morning it was painted over, presumably by someone who hasn’t recently checked the artist’s auction results.” New York Times, October 2, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Seeing Double: Van Gogh the Tweaker Van Gogh painted numerous copies of his own work, often making refinements with each version, and an exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington examines 13 instances of this practice. New York Times, October 3, 2013


The Art of Work, Hard-Core Edition In a video to be exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair in London, Omer Fast looks into the craft of pornography. New York Times, October 3, 2013

Passion, Principle or Both? Deciphering Art Vandalism “Art Under Attack,” an exhibition opening on Wednesday at Tate Britain, argues that purposeful assaults on artworks shed light on history, politics and passions. New York Times, October 3, 2013


Here’s A List Of Syrian Cultural Treasures That Are At Risk “The situation, clearly, is critical. Not only for the survival of the Syrian people but the heritage they cherish.” Hyperallergic, October 2, 2013


Hedge Fund Manager: Auction Houses Should Bet On Art that the auction house begin making speculative investments in artwork “when doing so would not conflict with its clients’ interests.” Hyperallergic, October 2, 2013

Disaster Relief – Build More Libraries? “A couple of lessons: Places that serve us well every day serve us best when disaster strikes. Health and safety go hand in hand with lively urban spaces. Invest in one, and you aid the other. Also, disasters can be opportunities.” New York Times, October 3, 2013

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