Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 18-21, 2013


Why the BC NDP should pay attention to Christy Clark’s newfound On Monday (October 21) morning, Premier Christy Clark will be at the Vancouver Art Gallery along with Mayor Gregor Robertson to announce a major Chinese art exhibit. It’s part of her government’s ongoing efforts to woo the arts community. But unlike her recent decision to induct Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conductor Bramwell Tovey into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, this visit with Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels may have a few awkward moments. Georgia Straight, October 19, 2013

Coun. Elizabeth Ball says the Vancouver Art Gallery will move When reached by phone today, Vancouver NPA councillor Elizabeth Ball said she had just read an article about the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Straight website. It concerned Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes’s statement that the province won’t include $50 million in next year’s budget to help fund a new VAG on the Larwill Park site in downtown Vancouver. Georgia Straight, October 18, 2013

NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert questions BC’s commitment to capital funding for culture Vancouver–West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says it’s time the province created a substantial capital-infrastructure fund for the arts. In a phone interview with the Straight, Chandra Herbert claimed that the B.C. Liberals call a $514-million expenditure on B.C. Place an “investment”, whereas a $50-million contribution to the Vancouver Art Gallery is viewed as a “subsidy”. “It’s not a subsidy when it’s for the B.C. Lions, but it’s a subsidy when it’s for the art gallery,” Chandra Herbert said. “That seems to be the province of B.C.’s approach.” Georgia Straight, October 18, 2013

BC culture minister Coralee Oakes says no new money budgeted for … The Vancouver Art Gallery may find it much tougher to create a $300-million to $350-million new museum across from the Sandman Hotel on West Georgia Street. That’s because Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes has declared that no new capital funding is available from the provincial government. “At this point, it is not in the budget,” Oakes said during a news conference in Chinatown to announce $500,000 in arts-infrastructure funding. “There is always opportunities to put forward things and to explore and have that dialogue, absolutely. But is it in next year’s budget? No it’s not.” Georgia Straight, October 17, 2013


Google Farm View Artist Sylvia Grace Borda gives agrarian Surrey a techie treatment. Borda’s Farm Tableau series captures farmers in routine activities. But instead of a typical staged photograph, Borda has created compositions viewers can explore in an interactive landscape. The Tyee, October 19, 2013


If one Fafard is good, two is better Father and son, sculptor and musician, are heading back out onto the road – Joël will be wearing his seat belt this time – for a father-son visual art/concert tour. A Tune to Art: Sculpture and Song kicked off in Regina this week. Globe and Mail, October 18, 2013


Mary Pratt: On the Labours of Love As an exhibition of Mary Pratt’s work tours Canada through 2015—with the show now at the Art Gallery of Windsor—it is worth reconsidering her art’s reflections on the hard work of beauty and domestic “bliss,” Canadian Art, October 17, 2013


Museums’ Perspective on 2013 Throne Speech read more… Although the speech confirms the government’s interest in promoting and celebrating Canadian history in a lead-up to 2017, the extent of funding to be provided remains unknown. CMA, October 18, 2013

Stan Douglas & NFB to Produce 3-D Art App Recognized this year with the $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award, Douglas is shifting into producing an interactive app for iPad and iPhone. It promises to take viewers into Vancouver circa 1948. Canadian Art, October 17, 2013

The Royal Canadian Mint’s bold new 5-kilo pure silver coin pays tribute to artistic legend Emily Carr “The Vancouver Art Gallery is thrilled that one of the Carr paintings in the Gallery’s permanent collection has been celebrated by the Royal Canadian Mint on such a remarkable coin,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2013


ROM climate-change show aims to bridge the gap between art and science Royal Ontario Museum exhibition Carbon 14: Climate Is Culture explores the impact of climate change through the eyes of artists. Globe and Mail, October 20, 2013

Shannon Bool Weaves Ancient & Contemporary In her exhibition “Walk Like an Etruscan,” a Berlin-based Canadian artist melds 1980s dance hits and fashions with centuries-old forms. Canadian Art, October 15, 2013


How Kim Dorland is changing the landscape at McMichael Gallery When the McMichael Canadian Art Collection snared Kim Dorland as the torch-bearer for their all-new artist-in-residence program, the Toronto painter had to lay down some ground rules — like, say, regarding the suggestion he spend a day painting in Tom Thomson’s relocated shack on the gallery’s grounds for the ogling masses. Toronto Star, October 18, 2013


In the footsteps of the Group of Seven | Sudbury Star Jim and Sue Waddington have done something similarly wonderful, if less fantastical, in trekking by canoe and foot to the sites where Canada’s most famous painters created their works and sharing their geographic aha moments with the public. Last week, the couple launched their lavishly illustrated tome In The Footsteps Of The Group Of Seven at the Art Gallery of Sudbury, which financed its publication, with proceeds pegged for AGS operations and a new facility that will better house exhibits while honouring Franklin Carmichael on its shingle. Sudbury Star, October 19, 2013


Hip hop acts as a bridge to aboriginal cultures A volatile mix of the traditional and the contemporary should make a hit of Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, an exhibition that opened this week at the Musée d’art contemporain. The Gazette, October 18, 2013


Amélie Proulx Wins $10,000 RBC Ceramics Award Quebec City artist surprises with her unconventional approach to a historic medium, winning the public vote with a mechanical porcelain garden. Proulx has also founded an important new studio space for ceramics artists. Canadian Art, October 17, 2013

New York

That Head Turner’s Back, With an Old-School Posse “Girl With a Pearl Earring” is just one of the gold-standard paintings included in a new show at the Frick Collection. New York Times, October 21, 2013

Saving ‘Graffiti Museum’ 5 Pointz: Is It Possible, And Will Banksy Help? “The Wolkoffs own the building and artists put graffiti on it. Over the years, the developers have allowed the graffiti to continue, asking only that it include no pornography, profanity or political messages. It’s an uneasy partnership, but it has lasted for 20 years.” The Guardian (UK) October 18, 2013

This Show’s as Big as His Career A survey of Mike Kelley’s work at MoMA PS1 in Queens is a 40,000-square-foot blowout, an expanse appropriate for this artist who did it all. New York Times, October 18, 2013


Old Informs New at Dual Frieze Fairs in London Since the Frieze art brand in London mushroomed into two simultaneous fairs, an appreciation of history has become more evident in the contemporary version. New York Times, October 17, 2013


The Writing on the Wall Newspapers may be facing challenging times, but artists are still making art out of them. New York Times, October 19, 2013

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