Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 10, 2013


Kimsooja unfolds a fascinating body of work. “Kimsooja performs in many of her videos, yet we seldom see her face. And even though this internationally acclaimed artist employs the body as a metaphor for the human condition in much of her work—which also includes brilliantly coloured textile bundles, mixed-media installations, photography, and altered found objects—we don’t usually see her body in action.” Georgia Straight, October 8, 2013

Five reasons to see KIMSOOJA Unfolding at the Vancouver Art Gallery. 1) She’s kind of a big deal. The Korean-born, Paris- and New York-based artist first garnered international attention while a resident artist at MoMA PS1 in Long Island in the early ‘80s. 2) KIMSOOJA Unfolding is the first retrospective of her work…Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2013

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Artists in the Atrium final weekend. Vancouver Moving Theatre presents the final weekend for Artists in the Atrium: Aboriginal Showcase and Art Market. Georgia Straight. October 9, 2013

North Vancouver

Collected Shadows looks at everything from atoll atomic bombs to Sigmund Freud. “Collecting objects and images is one of humankind’s most enduring impulses. Even those among us who aren’t driven to amass great numbers of like things can still be fascinated by the what, how, and why of those who do. Often, collections reveal overarching themes or interests, although such themes may not be immediately apparent when you’re looking at the old, unusual, and often anonymous photographs in the Archive of Modern Conflict.” Georgia Straight, October 8, 2013


Robert Houle’s Residential-School Works Prove Art’s Power. Visual malaise is becoming as common as writer’s block. Our brains assess the personal merit of hundreds of images per day. But every so often, art is produced that dispels fatigue, carrying with it the convictions we first came to believe when originally drawn to the visual language. Such work reminds us that art is important, and art is powerful. Canadian Art, October 10, 2013


Public Studio’s Latest Brings Drone Warfare Back Home. Targeted killing, signature strikes, imminent threat—these are the buzzwords of modern war. Yet these same terms, which have come to define covert military strategies, specifically in the case of drone-warfare hotspots like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, carry an ambiguous moral, ethical and legal weight. Canadian Art, October 10, 2013


Green man rising. Who is that appearing out of the background of John Barkley’s painting? Is it Barkley himself, or an ancient protector, the omnipresent Green Man? Ottawa Citizen, October 7, 2013


Duane Linklater Wins $50,000 Sobey Art Award. This evening in Halifax, Duane Linklater was announced as the winner of the $50,000 Sobey Art Award. The artist—who once planted a raspberry garden in the New York gallery as an artwork and is showing a series of neon thunderbirds at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as part of a Sobey Art Award exhibition—is of Cree heritage and collaborated with Brian Jungen on a work for Documenta 13. Canadian Art, October 9, 2013

2013 Sobey Art Award won by Duane Linklater. Duane Linklater, a First Nations artist from North Bay, has won the most prestigious contemporary art prize in the country, the Sobey Art Award. Toronto Star, October 9, 2013

New Jersey

David Smith Copyright Dispute Delays Brooklyn Artist’s Show After a copyright complaint from the estate of artist David Smith (1906-1965), a New Jersey nonprofit has indefinitely delayed the opening of a show by a young Brooklyn artist. Art in America, October 10, 2013

New York

A Maverick as Student and Teacher A retrospective of work by the artist Mike Kelley, who committed suicide in 2012, is coming to MoMA PS1. New York Times, October 10, 2013


Expert spots stolen work sold by Sotheby’s Jan Schoonhoven piece was known to have been taken but its name was changed. The Art Newspaper, October 10, 2013

Going right behind the scenes A new film offers a tour of the National Gallery’s recent Vermeer show—but can it replace the real thing? The Art Newspaper, October 10, 2013

British artist jailed for more than two years for sexual offences against children The Court of Appeals in London finds Graham Ovenden’s suspended sentence to be too lenient The Art Newspaper, October 9, 2013


Berlin’s Painting Forever! Both Thrills & Disappoints. “Painting Forever!”—a super-exhibition spread across four Berlin institutional galleries—is the central showcase of Berlin Art Week, although its exclamatory first principles are perhaps a foregone conclusion. Canadian Art, October 8, 2013


Qatar museums shake-up Controlling body restructured after new Emir begins rule. The Art Newspaper, October 10, 2013


High-End Art, a Way to Stand Out Some luxury hotels are decorating their suites with museum-quality art work. New York Times, October 10, 2013

Get Ready For 3D-Printed Art “Seeing 3-D printing as a sort of gateway drug en route toward molecular manufacturing, I thereafter decided I’d visually/literally relate the operative ideologies, promises, and hype of 3-D printing to the R&D and forecasts regarding nanofacture.” Wired, October 10, 2013

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