Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 4-7, 2013


This day in history: October 5, 1931 Henry Stone thought Vancouver needed an art gallery. So, in 1925, he put up $50,000 toward the construction of one. It took six years to get it built, but on Oct. 5, 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery opened at 1145 Georgia. Several other local philanthropists (including the Malkin, Rogers and Spencer families) contributed to the building and collection. Vancouver Sun, October 5, 2013

Three concepts considered for Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza At the first of two open houses this week, the city introduced three possible concepts for the redesign of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza. Located behind the gallery between Hornby, Georgia and Howe Streets, the plaza has long been the site of public gatherings and demonstrations such as the 2010 Olympic celebrations and Occupy Vancouver the following year. Vancouver Courier, October 3, 2013

Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) To Debut WET Exhibit According to a document proposal provided by the city: “Materially, [WET] is a large rectangle of special paving stones which would rest on hidden pedestals within a shallow void under the plaza. The paving stones would be carefully designed to have very slight variations in level – enough to create different patterns of water accumulation, while still maintaining a comfortable surface to walk on.” Inquisitr, October 5, 2013

Vancouver artist Colleen Heslin wins RBC painting prize Heslin’s painting Almost young, wild and free (2013) was revealed as the winner during a ceremony Oct. 2 at the National Gallery of Canada. Ottawa’s Colin Muir Dorward was given an honourable mention, and $15,000, for his painting Labyrinthineon; and the second honourable mention went to Toronto’s Neil Harrison for his painting Fig. 13 Knowledge. Vancouver Sun, October 4, 2013

The world of author and visual artist Douglas Coupland Author and visual artist Douglas Coupland talks to Lucy Hyslop about missiles, beachcombing and Andy Warhol. Daily Telegraph (UK) October 4, 2013


House Beautiful: Home is where the art is An art gallery owner fills his Oak Bay condo with ornate display cases of antique porcelains. Times Colonist, October 4, 2013


War Art, the Group of Seven and Otto Dix, Transformed The centenary of the First World War heralds many related exhibitions in coming years. But how many offer something new? “Transformations” at the Glenbow does, Dick Averns writes—and it’s coming soon to Ottawa too. Canadian Art, October 4, 2013


John Gould: The Drawing Master Late Canadian artist John Gould navigated the swinging 60s with aplomb, creating films for the Venice Biennale and sketches for Marcel Marceau. His work, on view now, still resonates with today’s audiences. Canadian Art, October 2, 2013

Some Christopher Pratt landscapes are more imaginary than real With the death this year of Alex Colville, Christopher Pratt, at 78, is now Canada’s most famous living painter. Pratt, in fact, had a long association with Colville, first as his student in the early 1950s at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., and then as his friend. Globe and Mail, October 4, 2013


Canada’s new architecture school: Inspired by nature to fuel a northern spirit Laurentian University’s new School of Architecture, a bilingual institution and the first new Canadian architecture school in 40 years. “We’re quite exposed here – right in the middle of things,” said the school’s founding director, Terrance Galvin. “And that’s where we want to be: a hinge between the university and the city.” Globe and Mail, October 4, 2013


10 Artists’ Nuit Blanche Tips & Troubles Is it Nuit Blanche art? Or spectacle? How to stay up all night? And what projects should one see? Here, 10 of the Toronto event’s smartest artists—including David Hoffos, Diane Borsato and Reece Terris—answer these questions. Canadian Art, October 4, 2013

Los Angeles

Hammer Museum to Offer Free Admission Another downtown museum in Los Angeles will be free to the public . New York Times, October 7, 2013


Curator Chat: The Carnegie International A team of curators is taking North America’s longest-running survey of international contemporary art—featuring Canadian Rodney Graham this year—in new directions. Find out more in this chat with curator Daniel Baumann. Canadian Art, October 4, 2013

New York

Shhh. Silence Being Observed. In “There Will Never Be Silence,” the Museum of Modern Art examines John Cage’s influence on visual artists who also explored issues of space, time and physicality. New York Times, October 5, 2013

Armory Show to Highlight a Shanghai Artist The work of Xu Zhen, a young conceptual artist, will be featured at the Armory Show in New York in March. New York Times, October 4, 2013

The Stuff of Building and Destroying The New Museum’s survey of Chris Burden’s performances and sculptures expands and rebalances our understanding of his art. New York Times, October 4, 2013

A Painter’s Cut-and-Paste Prequel “Robert Motherwell: Early Collages,” at the Guggenheim, focuses on works from the 1940s and ‘50s, before he turned to his elegant mode of Abstract Expressionism. New York Times, October 4, 2013

Huddled Masses, Studiously Eyed Lewis Hine, the subject of two shows at the International Center for Photography, pursued a kind of illustrated sociology rather than photojournalism. New York Times, October 4, 2013

Back in the Blue Saddle, for a Gallop to Abstraction The Neue Galerie’s Kandinsky exhibition examines a 15-year period in which the artist moved from Expressionism to clean-edged abstraction. New York Times, October 4, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Washington Museums Doubly Hurt In Government Shutdown “In short: The Smithsonian and other federally funded museums rely in significant part on private funding — but the shutdown inhibits their ability to raise even the private funds.” Washington Post, October 10, 2013


Is London’s Frieze Fair Elitist? One of Britian’s official war artists says that Frieze “is too selective and has an unhealthy relationship with the contemporary art establishment, particularly Tate Modern. There is now an inner circle, he argues, that puts other visual artists at a disadvantage.” The Observer (UK) October 5, 2013


Prado to unveil Velázquez and co Exhibition boosted by claim that Dorset’s Las Meninas was painted by the Spanish artist. The Art Newspaper, October 3, 2013

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