Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 29, 2013


Water colourist Sartain was prodigious painter News articles about the Victoria artist Emily Sartain frequently appeared in The Vancouver Sun between 1939-1990.Four thousand water colour paintings by Sartain hang on walls in homes in Vancouver and other places in British Columbia. Her first one-week exhibition in Canada was at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1939. This exhibition was extended by popular demand. Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2013

North Vancouver

Gallery eyes new home on North Van waterfront North Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery is planning a move to a spectacular new waterfront building in 2016. “We’d like to be a little bit further along, but so far we’re on time and we’re pretty thrilled with the design,” said gallery director and curator Reid Shier, who was scheduled to present a plan for the new facility to North Vancouver City council on Monday night. “It’s beautiful. They’ve done a really fantastic job. Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2013


The Dirty Pretty Things We Do: Celebrating a curatorial joie de vivre… – Canadian Art I first heard of Elodie Royer and Yoann Gourmel in 2007, when both were still working at GB Agency, an innovative Parisian gallery where our mutual friend Raimundas Malasauskas was crafting a typically fanciful project titled “The Last Piece by John Fare,” spun around a character purported to hail from Toronto. It was around this fantastical piece of apocrypha that our connection began, inching Paris and Toronto a little closer to each other. Canadian Art, October 28, 2013

Britt Gallpen’s Art Toronto Wrap-Up: Darkness and Light – Canadian … As a relative newcomer to Toronto, and as first-time visitor to its modern and contemporary art fair, I often feel as though I’m still getting my bearings. And as someone interested in art history and curatorial work, this weekend didn’t necessarily provide much in the way of concrete lineages or movements in current Canadian practice. But it did highlight the strength of painting across the country. Canadian Art, October 28, 2013

Hey Banksy: Here are five Canadian towers that aren’t as ‘vanilla’ as you think Banksy is a troublemaker – and this week the anonymous-but-famous British artist was poking a stick at both New York and … Canadians. In an opinion piece he published on his website the graffiti artist complained that the new skyscraper at One World Trade Center “declares the glory days of New York are gone.” The building he said, is mediocre, “shy,” unworthy of New York’s bold spirit. “It’s vanilla,” he writes. “It looks like something they would build in Canada.” Globe and Mail, October 29, 2013

Sackville, New Brunswick

Alex Colville silkscreens donated to Mount Allison University The major gift to his alma mater was arranged by daughter/dealer Ann Kitz at the behest of the famous magic realist painter, to honour the memory of his wife, Rhoda, who died at 91 last December. Globe and Mail, October 25, 2013

New York

Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity’s Impact Using aerial photographs that render imperiled landscapes almost abstract, Edward Burtynsky explores the consequences of human activity bearing down on the earth’s resources. New York Times, October 29, 2013

Washingotn, D.C.

Government shutdown cost Smithsonian nearly $3m Institution estimates revenue lost during the two weeks its museums were forced to close. The Art Newspaper, October 29, 2013


London show of Soviet realist swaps venues Originally slated for the Royal Academy, an exhibition of paintings by Viktor Popkov will be shown at Somerset House instead. The Art Newspaper, October 29, 2013


Can You Print A 3D Art Masterpiece? “Scientists at the Delft University of Technology in Holland have been beavering away to try and produce 3D reproductions of artistic masterpieces. They have built a scanner that records depth and colour in such incredible detail that some say it results in a printed picture that has all the complexity of the original, down to the appearance and indentation of every pocket, lump and bump of paint.” The Scotsman, October 28, 2013


Picasso Museum Makeover Drags On As the Musée Picasso’s reopening is repeatedly delayed, the museum’s president is drawing criticism for her management style, art loans to overseas institutions and cost overruns. New York Times, October 29, 2013


How to score insider access to the Vatican Want to see the Sistine Chapel without the crowds? All it takes is $500. Globe and Mail, October 25, 2013


Gaming China’s Art Market With Expert Forgeries Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of workshops in China are producing replicas of ancient relics and artifacts, some good enough to fool connoisseurs and sell at Chinese auction houses. New York Times, October 29, 2013


Matthew Barney Film on the Lineup at Australia Arts Festival Isabella Rossellini, John Zorn and Matthew Barney are among the artists on the program at the 2014 Adelaide Festival. New York Times, October 29, 2013


Zombies Take Over the Museums! Where to find Halloween-themed museum tours, dress-up ideas, and costume parties. ARTnews, October 24, 2013

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