Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 31, 2013

Vancouver

Invested/40 examines creating craft for craft’s sake Although a few of the pieces on display are potentially usable, most of them exist as vehicles for their own beauty, wit, and, yes, craftsmanship.  There’s craft and then there’s craft. Oh, and then there’s craft. At the Pendulum Gallery until November 9. Georgia Straight, October 29, 2013

Edmonton

Geoffrey Farmer’s haunting to last a lifetime Geoffrey Farmer’s early foray into haunted house-making at his best friend’s house had a profound effect on the boy who would grow up to be one of Canada’s celebrated contemporary artists. They took over the rec room, hung fabric from the ceiling to create a corridor, made stairs out of planks resting on books and paint cans, and hung stuffed gloves from strings. Globe and Mail, October 31, 2013

Duchamp Ghosts Geoffrey Farmer’s Spider House in … – Canadian Art The ghosts of Duchamp, Magritte, Freud and Lacan flit through the penumbral atmosphere of Geoffrey Farmer’s newest installation, and circle and mingle with the works of several practitioners of contemporary art. The overall conception of The Intellection of Lady Spider House, on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta, by which it was commissioned, is Farmer’s. Canadian Art, October 31, 2013

Toronto

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore show slated for the AGO next spring Painter Francis Bacon and sculptor Henry Moore were neither friends nor collaborators in their respective 82 and 88 years on the planet. But they trod the earth at more or less the same time and their body-centric work dealt with themes of human struggle, survival and suffering. Now the two are being united in death in Canada in an exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the University of Oxford’s famous Ashmolean Museum, it was announced Wednesday. Globe and Mail, October 31, 2013

The Haunting of Allyson Mitchell’s Kill Joy’s Kastle – Canadian Art nticipation 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. Outside, a performer covered in crocheted coat hangers cackled and screamed “My body my choice!” as a crowd gathered in the alleyway. A zombie character sidled up behind unsuspecting groups of waiting visitors and smacked her lips next to their ears, moaning “I smell feminist brains!” Canadian Art, October 29, 2013

Montreal

New Award for Mid-Career Artists Launched by MNBAQ… – Canadian Art The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Quebec City has announced the finalists for the inaugural Prix en art actuel du MNBAQ—a major new prize aimed at mid-career artists. Jean-Robert Drouillard, Valérie Kolakis, Emmanuelle Léonard, Thérèse Mastroiacovo and Diane Morin will vie for this year’s prize, with the winner to be announced in January 2014. The juried prize, to be awarded every two years until 2021, developed out of a $400,000 donation to the museum last spring by RBC Foundation. In order to be considered, an artist must be more than 10 years into their career. Canadian Art, October 31, 2013

Santa Barbara

Did An Unknown Delacroix Just Turn Up In California? “Eik Kahng, curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, believes she has identified a previously unknown painting by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Given the stature of the French Romantic innovator, that’s no small thing.” Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2013

New York

Strips and Stones “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective” opens this week at the Jewish Museum. New York Times, October 31, 2013

Mystery Man, Painting the Town The graffiti artist known as Banksy has made New York his personal outdoor gallery for the month of October. New York Times, October 31, 2013

Digging Into Deep Pockets at Auction The fall auction season for contemporary art is brimming more than ever before with paintings, drawings and sculptures with estimates of over $20 million as seasoned collectors decide to cash in. New York Times, October 31, 2013

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Met Museum’s Admissions Fee Policy “A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in two lawsuits contending that the museum, under a 19th-century state law and the museum’s original 1878 lease with the city, has no legal authority to charge a suggested admission fee, as it has done for more than four decades.” New York Times, October 31, 2013

Billionaire Steve Cohen To Sell Off $80M Worth Of Art The hedge fund mogul, a very high-profile collector, “is now parting with about $80 million worth of blue-chip art … [including works] by Brice Marden, Rudolf Stingel and Cy Twombly, along with previously reported Warhols and a Gerhard Richter.” New York Times, October 31, 2013

Billion-Dollar Tower That Will Expand New York’s MoMA Gets New Life “The tower, known as 53 W. 53rd Street, will feature 145 luxury condominiums, along with the biggest expansion for MoMA since 2004: 36,000 square feet of new gallery space on the museum’s second, fourth and fifth floors.” The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2013

Vienna

Director Of Vienna’s Leopold Museum Resigns In Protest “For a long time the Leopold Museum has been under these dark clouds [the Nazi looted art debate], we were the looted art museum par excellence. But in the last few years we have done much to improve this public perception and it is therefore our responsibility to be extremely thoughtful and considerate in these matters.” The Art Newspaper, October 30, 2013

Qatar

Qatar Removes Statue of Zidane’s Head Butt After Complaints On Monday, Qatar abruptly ended what was supposed to have been a permanent exhibition of a 16-foot high statue of the French soccer star Zinédine Zidane head-butting an Italian rival during the 2006 World Cup final. New York Times, October 31, 2013

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