Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 24, 2013


Legendary Haida artist Charles Edenshaw finally gets his due at the VAG. “The first major survey of the artist’s work, the exhibit includes a full range of the types of objects Charles Edenshaw produced in his 50 or so years of carving. The artist, who died in 1920 at the age of 81, carved totem poles, settees, jewelry and more, working in wood, sheephorn, argillite (a black slate found near the town of Skidegate) and silver. “I think people will be amazed at his range,” said exhibit co-curator Robin K. Wright, an art history professor who works out of the University of Washington.” Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2013


Victoria’s Limners artists reunite for group show at Winchester Galleries. “Karl Spreitz and Pat Martin Bates greet each other with a strong hug, a peck on the mouth and a swordfight with their canes as they cross the threshold of the Winchester Gallery. “We are the two remaining original Limners,” Spreitz says with his arm around Bates’s small shoulder. Together with Walter Dexter, Helga and Jan Grove, and Carole Sabiston, who greet each other warmly as they filter into the gallery, they are the surviving members of an artists’ collective formed in 1971 that once counted 17 official members and even more honorary ones. In addition to those already mentioned, members included Maxwell Bates, Richard Ciccimarra, Robert De Castro, Nita Forrest, Colin Graham, Leroy Jensen, Elza Mayhew, Myfanwy Pavelic, Nikola Pavelic, Herbert Siebner, Robin Skelton, Sylvia Skelton and Jack Wilkinson.” Times Colonist, October 23, 2013


Art Toronto Dealer Highlights: New To the Fair. There are a variety of galleries new to Art Toronto this year. Here, we talk to some notable ones from Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton and London, UK, about what they are bringing and why. (To see photos of each dealer, click on the Photos icon in the article.) Canadian Art, October 24, 2013

More Artists Representing Themselves at Art Toronto. Toronto’s Thom Sokoloski—known for large-scale art installations as well as theatre and opera productions—generally enjoys art fairs. But he has one problem with them.“I think we should celebrate all the artists,” he says. “Whenever I go to an art fair, I see their work and I see their galleries and I see their gallery’s people. But I never see the artists.” Canadian Art, October 24, 2013


Slideshow: A Lifetime of Alex Colville Prints, in Sackville. What may be the only complete set of Alex Colville silkscreen prints—and what is certainly the only set held by a public institution—is to be unveiled at the Owens Art Gallery in New Brunswick on November 2. Canadian Art, October 23, 2013

St. John’s, NFLD

Fulford: Christopher Pratt’s paintings bring out the exceptional in the everyday. A magnificent new book illustrating his career, Christopher Pratt: Six decades (Firefly Books), with a valuable text by Tom Smart, demonstrates that Pratt’s work makes a powerful impression when viewed in quantity. National Post, October 22, 2013

San Francisco

$45 for a Premium Hockney Viewing The de Young Museum in San Francisco is selling a limited number of tickets costing up to $45 that allow visitors to see a David Hockney show at any time on a prearranged day. Timed tickets cost up to $25. New York Times, October 24, 2013


The “Personal Reason” Cleveland Museum Director David Franklin Resigned. It isn’t pretty. Cleveland Scene, October 23, 2013


On View | Sophie Calle Mounts an Exhibition of Missing Art “Last Seen,” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is a meditation on the theft from that institution of 13 works more than two decades ago. New York Times, October 23, 2013

New York

Manhattan’s Galleries Are Being Squeezed Out Rents are rising everywhere. Prices have more than doubled in Chelsea and have risen by around 30% to 35% in the Lower East Side, dealers say. “New York is very different from the time when galleries moved from Soho to Chelsea. There aren’t really spare neighbourhoods any more.” The Art Newspaper, October 23, 2013

Banksy’s New York Residency Runs Afoul Of NYPD’s Graffitti Police “Today’s announcement on points to a larger obstacle that Banksy will be facing going forward with his New York residency, the New York Police Department’s draconian anti-graffiti policies.” Hyperallergic , October 23, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Bang! Kaboom! Art! “Damage Control,” an exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum, explores a neglected trend in which artists have been more into breaking than making. New York Times, October 24, 2013


Anthony Caro, Sculptor Who ‘Discovered a Path to Abstraction,’ Dies at 89 Sir Anthony, knighted in 1987, drew praise from art aficionados and critics in Britain and the United States for his brightly colored, horizontal assemblages of welded steel. New York Times, October 24, 2013

Sculptor Anthony Caro, 89 “The career of Anthony Caro, who has died aged 89, was so enduring and substantial that it long seemed part of our permanent British art landscape.” The Guardian (UK) October 24, 2013

A Blueprint for Misery The artist Michael Elmgreen, on his design with Ingar Dragset of an apartment for a fictional failed architect at the Victoria and Albert Museum. New York Times, October 24, 2013

Art and Fashion are at work trying to turn our collective dread into desire. Fashion, the prettier yet insecure younger sister, yearns for Art’s status and credibility. More meaningful Art, with the higher IQ, secretly takes little cues from Fashion while pretending not to even have noticed her. The Frieze fair (now in its 10th year, with a handpicked quorum of exhibitors of contemporary work from all over the globe), and its year-old spin-off Frieze Masters (which shows work from before 2000) both nimbly demonstrate that vogues in art come and go just like hemlines and lip colours. Toronto Star, October 24, 2013


French Contemporary Art Fair Opens In Paris In addition to star exhibitors like the Gagosian Gallery, Pace, and Andrea Rosen, the 40th edition of the fair features emerging artists, more public outdoor installations, a new performance series and a lineup of films. New York Times, October 24, 2013


Princess Of Qatar Tops ArtReview’s Power 100 List “Her full title is Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani … The sheikha, daughter of the former emir of Qatar and sister of the current one, has control of the biggest cash pile in the world when it comes to buying western modern and contemporary art.” The Guardian (UK) October 24, 2013


Australia’s Richest Art Prize Goes To Jailed Felon “The nation’s richest art prize has been awarded to a former Art Gallery of NSW security guard who is serving a six-year prison sentence for a drug-induced armed robbery. Nigel Milsom took out the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize for his dark portrait of his grandfather’s friend, Uncle Paddy.” The Australian, October 24, 2013

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