Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 25-28, 2013


Haida master carver gets his due more than 90 years after his death The first career survey of Mr. Edenshaw’s work opened this weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery, curated by Ms. Augaitis and Robin K. Wright, who has been studying Mr. Edenshaw since 1969 and is now director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum in Seattle. Globe and Mail, October 28, 2013

Premier Clark confident with VAG fundraising efforts I am quite confident that the art gallery will be able to fundraise the rest of the money and find the rest of the money to support this fantastic project,” says Premier Christy Clark. News 1130, October 27, 2013

Remembering the atrocities of the Opium War Let’s hope the Vancouver Art Gallery’s visiting display next year of treasures from the Forbidden City will cause patrons to think about the historical context of our relationship with China. Vancouver Sun, October 27, 2013

Explaining Chinese cultural can bring business benefits to Metro It is not every day where a collection of 200 historical treasures — from one of the most celebrated international heritage sites, no less — makes an appearance in Canada, let alone B.C. and the Lower Mainland. But dig past the surface of the announcement, and perhaps the real significance of the news will come to light. But for all the talk of China, Chinese-Canadians and their impact on Canada (and its economy and society), how much well does the mainstream community actually understand Chinese culture? Vancouver Sun, October 28, 2013

Vancouverites aren’t afraid to suggest changes at VAG’s north plaza Nick Milkovich, principal of Milkovich Architects Inc., is leading the team to redesign the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Milkovich was on the original Arthur Erickson Architects design team for Robson Square and the Provincial Law Courts. Vancouver Sun, October 25, 2013

Cops searching for thief after art gallery heist A brazen daytime theft has the Unit/Pitt Projects gallery and the Vancouver Police Department on the lookout for a missing work. The piece, a collage by Sunshine Coast artist Bracken Hanuse Corlett entitled Portrait of a Future King, measures 60 by 76 centimetres. It disappeared sometime between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Province, October 25, 2013


Two artists go moose hunting: Modest Livelihood at the AGO Duane Linklater and Brian Jungen’s film makes a bold statement, capturing a traditional practice in the shadow of Canada’s booming oil and gas industry. Toronto Star, October 26, 2013

Fraud ring’ produced fake Morrisseau paintings, claim alleges Famed Canadian tenor John McDermott is alleging that in 2003 he was sold three paintings attributed to Norval Morrisseau that he now believes are “fakes and imitations” produced by “a fraud ring operating out of Thunder Bay,” with a nephew of the legendary Ojibwa artist named as one of the “various forgers.” Globe and Mail, October 25, 2013


Kim Dorland: Hanging with Tom Thomson at the McMichael Kim Dorland was looking quite outdoorsy indoors the other morning. He was wearing a plaid long-sleeved cowboy shirt untucked over a T-shirt and baggy blue jeans, serious-looking leather boots, and a tight black tuque from which protruded unruly thatches of hair. Globe and Mail, October 26, 2013

New York

Adding Rauschenberg and Richter at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art announced the acquisition of two works from 1963, “Overdrive,” by Robert Rauschenberg, and “Tote,” by Gerhard Richter. New York Times, October 24, 2013

Cats Are Works of Art (but You Knew That) The Internet Cat Video Festival, featuring a reel of more than 90 clips, makes its New York debut on Friday. New York Times, October 25, 2013


He’s Back, in a Defiant Blaze of Color As his survey exhibition at the de Young Museum demonstrates, David Hockney’s return to California has been accompanied by a return to dazzling hues. New York Times, October 25, 2013

Arthur C. Danto, a Philosopher of Art, Is Dead at 89 An encounter with Andy Warhol’s “Brillo Box” inspired Mr. Danto to link the concepts of art and meaning. New York Times, October 28, 2013

About Last Night | Old and Young New York Collide at a Gala for the Whitney Artists, starlets, titans and hipsters rubbed shoulders and gawked at the nude models at last night’s annual fund-raiser for the museum, which honored Ed Ruscha. New York times, October 24, 2013

Banksy: Still In N.Y., & Hates The One World Trade Center A Lot “That building is a disaster. Well no, disasters are interesting. One World Trade centre is a non-event. It’s vanilla. It looks like something they would build in Canada.” ANIMAL New York, October 27, 2013

What Does A ‘Chief Digital Officer’ Do For The Metropolitan Museum Of Art? “You are constantly in storytelling mode. And storytelling is what we do here at the Met. With two million square feet of gallery space and tens of thousands of works on view, at any given time, we can ask, ‘What stories can you tell?’ about each item.” New York Times, October 26, 2013

Artists Take Up Digital Tools An exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York highlights artists, architects and designers who use technologies like 3-D printing and numerically controlled milling. New York Times, October 25, 2013

Venturing Beyond Art, to Give Ideas Their Space The New Museum in Lower Manhattan is starting an incubator, with plans to invite creative thinkers of many types to share space and generate ideas. New York Times, October 25, 2013

A Portfolio That Surprises Even Its Creator Renzo Piano has designed 25 major projects, and his work has become a reference point in the field. New York Times, October 25, 2013

Museums Draw on Events That Shaped the World A number of coming exhibitions will highlight milestones in history this fall, including the New-York Historical Society’s centennial celebration of the 1913 Armory Show. New York Times, October 25, 2013

United States

Museums Led – And Still Lead – The Way On Adaptive Tech For Patrons With Disabilities “The Art Institute of Chicago plans to experiment with 3-D printing to reproduce artworks and allow visitors, like those with Alzheimer’s disease, to explore the texture, scale and other sensory elements of objects in ways not otherwise possible.” New York Times, October 25, 2013


Auction Houses And Galleries Are Staking Out Positions In A New Art War “The danger of auction houses muscling in on galleries’ turf was vividly illustrated last week at Christie’s when collector-dealer Charles Saatchi dumped 50 large sculptures from his collection, several by artists with little or no auction history, on the market.” The Observer (UK) October 26, 2013

St. Petersburg

Not Everyone In Russia Is Happy With An Exhibit Of 40 Years Of Sylvester Stallone’s Art They “see it as something of an outrage that a hobbying painter – particularly one whose most famous films have been described as outright anti-Soviet propaganda – could be given pride of place in one of Russia’s most prestigious museums.” The Independent (UK) October 27, 2013


Forging an Art Market in China In China’s growing art market, now the second largest in the world, outsize auction results often overshadow false sales data and forged art. New York Times, October 28, 2013


Kohei Nawa Shifts Stereotypes and Shapes An installation made of foam marks a new direction for Kohei Nawa, whose meticulously planned sculptures have made him a popular artist in Japan. New York Times, October 28, 2013


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