Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 16, 2013


Artist Andrew Salgado on what may be the most important show of his life. “Salgado marks his triumphant hometown return with dramatic brush strokes and a textured, energetic confidence in eight large-scale paintings, which also represent a departure. Much of his work to date has stemmed from a 2008 hate crime, when he and his partner were assaulted at a music festival in Pemberton, B.C. But with The Aquaintance, Salgado is moving away from the political forces that have driven him, and the personal event which haunted him.” Globe & Mail, October 11, 2013


Ghost Dance at Ryerson Image Centre: outrage for the past; hope for the future. “The main gallery of Ghost Dance, the recently opened show of mostly First Nations art pulses with a thrum of mechanical dread. It’s coming from an installation piece by Theo Sims and Scott Benesiinaabandan that’s sequestered behind a barricade of black tarpaper and razor wire. Dana Claxton, Sonny Assu, Skawennati, Alan Michelson, and Vernon Ah Kee also have work in the exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre.” Toronto Star, October 14, 2013

Chance at Work: Mohamed Bourouissa Pushes Photo Limits. “6 p.m. on a Friday evening at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the crowds of Toronto art goers were streaming out, some of them funnelling down Frank Gehry’s magnificent serpentine ramp. But the museum wasn’t entirely emptying out, since French artist Mohamed Bourouissa, who had just arrived for his summer residency at the AGO as part of the Paris-Toronto series sponsored by the Consulat général de France à Toronto, was just settling into his small studio on the concourse level.” Canadian Art, October 11, 2013

Amélie Proulx Wins $10,000 RBC Emerging Ceramics Award. “Quebec City ceramics artist Amélie Proulx took home the $10,000 first prize at the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award last night. The announcement took place at a related exhibition at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum, which invited the public to cast votes deciding the winner.” Canadian Art, October 16, 2013


Mary Pratt: On the Labours of Love. “Some might think there is no better time than Thanksgiving week to talk about the art of Mary Pratt.  After all, Pratt is well known for masterful and luminous still-life paintings—almost always based on slides, and in the photorealist genre—in which food and its preparation plays a major role. But when I visited a major touring exhibition on Pratt’s work at the Rooms in St. John’s this August—a show that is now at the Art Gallery of Windsor—it was Pratt’s paintings of women, foregrounded at the exhibition’s entrance, that stood out most for me.” Canadian Art, October 11, 2013


Bodies remixed. “Late into Nuit Blanche last month, after I’d already been walking around the city and looking at art of all kinds for six hours, a trio of photographs still had the power to stop me in my tracks. The photographs were at SAW Gallery, in a group exhibition titled Transformer: The Body Remixed, and they were created by a Japanese artist with the incongruous name of Photographer Hal.” Ottawa Citizen, October 15, 2013

New York

Capturing a Stunning Church from Entrance to Altar in One Image. “Making photographs can be a religious experience. For photographer Richard Silver, his epiphany occurred during a visit to a church in New York last year that got him thinking about how to document the interior from the altar to the entrance—in one shot.” Slate, October 13, 2013


Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium Gets An Anish Kapoor Sculpture Sky Mirror, a 35-foot concave stainless steel dish on a black granite pedestal, “reflects the eastern sky on its concave side and on the stadium side, the crowds.” (But is it incinerating any nearby gardens?) Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 12, 2013


Frieze London Makes Way for the Unexpected The art fair’s music, film and special projects sectors have nothing for sale, letting artists make and show work in rather different circumstances. New York Times, October 16, 2013


Becoming Vincent Van Gogh: The Paris Years The two years the artist spent in the French capital transformed his work from the somber hues of his early paintings to his better-known colorful flowers and portraits. New York Times, October 16, 2013


Heirs Press Austria to Return Looted Klimt Frieze The current dispute over the “Beethoven Frieze” does not hinge on wartime plundering, but rather on how stolen art was handled after the war ended. New York Times, October 16, 2013


Perception and Experience Clash in German’s Works Julius von Bismarck has shifted from creating works that rely on the use of technology to exploring complex, conceptual themes. New York Times, October 16, 2013


A Mainstream Home for Alternative Art in Armenia When Edward and Sonia Balassanian set out to establish a contemporary and experimental art center in Armenia, they expected – and encountered – resistance. New York Times, October 16, 2013


In Rwanda, Studio Space as Catalyst Arts centers are encouraging new talent in a country still wrestling with its violent past. New York Times, October 16, 2013


Culling Myanmar’s Past for Memories A couple of artists in Yangon are creating paintings and videos inspired by their memories of growing up under a socialist military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. New York Times, October 16, 2013


Indian Artist Explores Absence Through Presence To demonstrate erasure in her work, the Mumbai-based artist Neha Choksi has lost consciousness, fallen silent for 10 days and submerged herself in a lake. New York Times, October 16, 2013


Beyond Babel, China’s Virtual Future Chinese artists are using the Web as a grand canvas to create new landscapes, and even a language. New York Times, October 16, 2013

This Has Gotta Be The World’s Most Phallic Skyscraper “Although neither the architect nor the city government has admitted it, the new People’s Daily building looks exactly like a penis. And, as could be expected, the building’s unveiling has elicited no small amount of sniggering among the Chinese public.” The Atlantic, October 15, 2013


Why Digital Art Books Are Taking Over “Digital art books are becoming inevitable, for pretty much the same reasons that the printed book replaced the Medieval illuminated manuscript.” The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2013

The Pleasures and Perils of Auction-House Phone Bids The popularity of telephone bidding at auction surges, despite the danger of dropped calls and bad connections ARTnews, October 16, 2013

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