Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 11-15, 2013

Vancouver

Plenty of room for improvement at Vancouver Art Gallery The most important public space in Vancouver has never looked worse. But plans are under way to redesign the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery and make it once again the preeminent place for the city to meet. It’s about time. Vancouver Sun, October 15, 2013

KIMSOOJA Unfolding at the VAG See the show, buy the book. Co-published by the VAG and Hatje Cantz of Berlin, KIMSOOJA Unfolding features over 100 images of the artist’s work along with essays. Vancouver Sun, October 10, 2013

The man who brought two great ones together t’s been 30 years since Vancouver gallery owner Frans Wynans had a flash of inspiration, pulled some strings with his connections in New York and arranged for 22-year-old hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky to spend an afternoon with Andy Warhol – posing for a portrait at the Manhattan studio of the American pop-art icon. Vancouver Sun, October 12, 2013

Leaf it to Charles for a new VAG design Some might say Charles Elmaalem has taken leaf of his senses. But the Vancouver retiree claims it’s only the result of his deep love for his adopted country — and that it has given him a unique architectural vision for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The Province, October 10, 2013

Douglas Coupland: an omnipresent superstar for an easily distracted era You get the feeling Douglas Coupland’s house is a sort of architectural manifestation of his brain: an understated Prairie Style gem that feels bigger and more complex on the inside than its modest exterior suggests, surrounded by the natural beauty of West Vancouver – crammed with art and, in the form of books, ideas. Globe and Mail, October 11, 2013

Regina

Artist Andrew Salgado on what may be the most important show of his life “Because it was my first museum show and because it was my first big show back home, it was really important that I get it right,” said Salgado during a recent interview from London, where he now lives. Vancouver Sun, October 11, 2013

Toronto

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche feels the price of success Beyond the artwork, the annual Toronto festival included drinking, partying and pop-up raves. Globe and Mail, October 11, 2013

Los Angeles

Playing Cat and Mouse With Searing History “Anne,” a new exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, offers ample historical context on Anne Frank’s life and death, yet ends with generalized lessons on “making the world a better place.” New York Times, October 14, 2013

Pittsburgh

Global Extravaganza, but on a Human Scale The 2013 Carnegie International exhibition includes just 35 artists and collectives from 19 countries and almost no work that dwarfs the museumgoer. SLIDE SHOW: 2013 Carnegie International New York Times, October 10, 2013

New York

New Arrest in Inquiry on Art Looting The investigation into the Madison Avenue antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor has led to the arrest of his sister, accused of hiding four 11th- and 12-century bronze statues looted from India. New York Times, October 11, 2013

The Culture Paradox of 21st-Century New York While New York has become an increasingly inhospitable place to incubate a career as an artist, it has become an ever easier place to experience and consume the arts. New York Times, October 11, 2013

A Window, Not a Mirror Wangechi Mutu uses all manner of materials to explore race, gender, beauty and identity in her survey exhibition, “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” at the Brooklyn Museum. New York Times, October 10, 2013

Banksy Interview Village Voice Exclusive: An Interview With Banksy, Street Art Cult Hero, International Man of Mystery. The Village Voice, October 9, 2013

A Private Artist Goes Public Janet Ruttenberg, 82, a wealthy woman who refuses to sell her work, is having her first exhibition, at the Museum of the City of New York. New York Times, October 11, 2013

London

Grayson Perry: ‘To appreciate art you’ve got to work at it a bit’ Grayson Perry on the Reith Lectures: “I’ve called this series of lectures Playing to the Gallery, and not – you may note – Sucking Up to an Academic Elite”: The Guardian, October 13, 2013

Paris

With Money Tight, Museums Embrace Nudes The Musée d’Orsay, with its exhibition “Masculin/Masculin,” is among the European museums venturing into risqué territory to draw crowds. New York Times, October 11, 2013

Qatar

The Gang’s All There, Talking Art in Qatar As Qatar raises its profile in the contemporary art world, dealers and artists don’t want to miss out. New York Times, October 14, 2013

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