Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 30, 2013


Emily Carr work to be auctioned. “A classic Emily Carr canvas featuring one of her trademark depictions of a West Coast aboriginal community – with dramatic splashes of Pacific greenery, a crooked staircase and a looming totemic figure – is set to fetch up to $1.6 million as the highlight of Heffel’s fall sale of Canadian art. Titled The Crazy Stair (sometimes called The Crooked Staircase) the painting was consigned to the B.C.-based auction house after hanging for decades in the lobby of the historic Vancouver Club.” Vancouver Sun, October 30, 2013


AGO acquires works from emerging artists at Art Toronto. Karel Funk, Anthony Burnham and Celia Perrin Sidarous have works bought by Art Gallery of Ontario, along with established artist Shuvinai Ashoona. Toronto Star, October 29, 2013

Work of body: Latest David Cronenberg retrospective, Evolution, is marvellously macabre. It’s not the first David Cronenberg retrospective to come to Toronto, but the aptly named Evolution exhibit at the Bell Lightbox is the latest, biggest and most advanced. Opening Nov. 1 and running until Jan. 19, the exhibit features photographs, drawings, writings and video clips from the 70-year-old director’s storied career, stretching from 1969’s Stereo to last year’s Cosmopolis. National Post, October 30, 2013

The Haunting of Allyson Mitchell’s Kill Joy’s Kastle. Anticipation and spookiness were in no short supply in the long lineup for the opening performance at Kill Joy’s Kastle, Allyson Mitchell’s lesbian-feminist haunted house, an AGYU offsite project located where College and Dundas streets meet in Toronto’s West End. Canadian Art, October 29, 2013

Art Toronto Responds to Monday-Opening Questions. As Stephen Bulger, president of Toronto’s Stephen Bulger Gallery, told Canadian Art when asked for ways he would like to see Art Toronto grow or change: “I can’t say that I enjoy the show running on Monday. I’m happy to call it a day on Sunday night.” His sentiment has been echoed by other dealers in informal conversations. Canadian Art, October 28, 2013


Arts Court project smaller, later, but still alive. City officials think they’ve found a way to save the troubled Arts Court redevelopment project by making it less ambitious and taking advantage of delays to save some money for it. Ottawa Citizen, October 29, 2013

New York

SLIDE SHOW: From the Underground to The New Yorker Art Spiegelman’s work is plumbed for a museum retrospective in New York. New York Times, October 30, 2013

Calder’s Heirs Accuse Trusted Dealer of Fraud The Alexander Calder estate is suing the heirs of Calder’s former dealer, Klaus G. Perls. New York Times, October 30, 2013

Ten Tough Women Artists Who Stand Up to the Bad Boys In a male-dominated art season, here’s where to find female artists who cut, change the rules, explore new horizons, and do it gangsta-style. ARTnews, October 29, 2013


Jane Austen Biographer Objects To Picture Used On Bank Of England’s New Banknote “I can’t believe they have gone for such a saccharine picture. Jane Austen was a supreme social satirist, and some of her writing was quite dark, but they’ve chosen a picture that makes her look a really cosy, middle-class writer.” The Guardian (UK) October 30, 2013

Royal Flourish: A New Look at the Queen’s Collection The curators of the trove of masterpieces owned by the Queen of England are working to devise new and exciting ways to display them. ARTnews, October 30, 2013


Dutch Website Catalogs Art Looted in Nazi Era A new website lists 139 works of art in Dutch museums or galleries that may have been taken from Jewish families during the Nazi era. New York Times, October 30, 2013


Director backs sponsors at top French art school Nicolas Bourriaud defends Ralph Lauren deal. The Art Newspaper, October 30, 2013


A Children’s Museum Comes to Bulgaria A New York firm is designing the $15 million project, which will be called Muzeiko and is set to be completed in 2015 in the Bulgarian capital. New York Times, October 30, 2013


Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe In Invisible Elves “How the country’s history and geography created the perfect setting for magical creatures, whose perceived existence sparks environmental protests to this day.” The Atlantic October 29, 2013

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