Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 9, 2013


This day in History: October 9, 1911 A new provincial courthouse opened downtown 102 years ago. after new law courts were built at Robson Square in the late 1970s, another prominent B.C. architect, Arthur Erickson, converted the 1911 Rattenbury courthouse into the home of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2013

Cold Lake, Alberta

The artist and the architect Janvier Gallery celebrated their official Grand Opening of their new building located in English Bay, also known as Cold Lake First Nations 149B on August 31 and September 1, 2013. The galley was designed by visionary Blackfoot architect Douglas Cardinal – the beautiful exhibition space is both modest and gorgeous. Its outside curves and contrasts envelope a shrine-like interior where natural light paints the walls. The shadows of the aspens outside dance expressively in the interior; their shapes echoing in Janvier’s abstracts, hung in frames both square and circular. Ottawa Citizen, October 7, 2013


Alain de Botton brings Art as Therapy to AGO Art Gallery of Ontario is building an exhibition around de Botton’s book, which argues conventional museum displays fail to connect to audiences. Toronto Star, October 8, 2013

Sobey Art Award 2013: A preview Duane Linklater, Pascal Grandmaison, Tamara Henderson, Isabelle Pauwels and Mark Clintberg are finalists for $50,000 prize. Toronto Star, October 8, 2013

Six Nuit Blanche art installations you still have time to see Nuit Blanche has always appeared in a flash, and vanished by sun-up. This year, six works are remaining up for various durations in October. Toronto Star, October 6, 2013

Ai Weiwei at Nuit Blanche: his art surrounds us but the artist is absent The world’s most famous artist remains a prisoner of the state he has made a career of defying.. Toronto Star, October 4, 2013

Gatineau, Quebec

Museum of Civilization weighs acquisition of ‘outstanding’ Inuit drawings The Canadian Museum of Civilization is eyeing the acquisition of a unique collection of 1,863 drawings — described as being “of outstanding significance and national importance” — created by Inuit in northern Baffin Island nearly half a century ago. Ottawa Citizen, October 8, 2013


Playful Politics at the 2013 Carnegie International What do the curators of the 2013 Carnegie International want you to take away from their museum-wide exhibition? The key word is “play.” Art in America, October 9, 2013

Shelburne, Vermont

Three Generations of Wyeths Make Your Head Spin An exhibition at the Shelburne museum showcases the penchant for extreme perspectives shared by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. ARTnews, October 9, 2013

New York

Brancusi & Brain Waves: 3-D Printing Goes to the Museum An exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design showcases how 3-D printing is growing up–and getting personal. ARTnews, October 7, 2013

Normal Rockwell Painting Worth $1M Is Missing “A Norman Rockwell painting that sold for more than $1 million at an auction in May disappeared from a storage warehouse in Queens last month.” The painting, titled Sport and made for a Saturday Evening Post cover, depicts a fisherman in the rain. The New York Times, October 9, 2013


A ‘self-portrait’ of AA Bronson, by many artists in many rooms The Temptation of AA Bronson, the artist’s new show currently on display at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, is a jewel. I don’t mean this in merely a qualitative sense – although the exhibition is breathtaking and beautiful in its own particular way. I mean this, much more significantly, as both a structural and conceptual descriptor. Globe and Mail, October 9, 2013


Who’s in charge of Venice? No one If the Serenissima is to survive, it needs an overarching authority with real teeth and money. The Art Newspaper, October 8, 2013


Five Major Threats To Our World Heritage “Ranging from as iconic a site as the St. Louis Arch to an overlooked mask-making tradition in Hong Kong to the entire country of Syria, the sites include landscapes, religious structures, and vernacular structures along with architectural sites, each selected from 248 nominations” Hyperallergic, October 9, 2013

Everybody’s a curator This is a story about the slipperiness and relevance of a word: “Curate.What curating means now. Who does it. Why they do it. How curated materials become the events you attend. But mostly, it’s about why curation — until recently, a job rarely claimed outside the marble halls of museums — has become a ubiquitous, quintessentially 21st century act. Chicago Tribune, October 4, 2013

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