Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 5, 2013

Vancouver

Binning House gets an offer An offer of $1.6 million has come forward from an admirer of Bertram Charles (BC) Binning’s work, TLC manager John Shields said from Vancouver. The property’s assessed value is $1.2 million. It is a national historic site and municipal heritage site. Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2013

Calgary

Former Art Gallery of Calgary CEO jailed a year for $100,000 fraud A judge said Friday she had no choice but to send the former CEO of the Art Gallery of Calgary to jail for defrauding her employer of $100,000 through false expenses claims. Valerie Anna Cooper, 58, began serving a one-year sentence moments after provincial court Justice Anne Brown imposed the penalty, which included a year of probation to follow. Calgary Herald, November 1, 2013

Saskatoon

Remai Art Gallery loan approved City council approved a $900,000 advance to the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan so it can meet an approaching contractor’s deadline and build a multipurpose room and space for travelling exhibits in the new gallery. Star Phoenix, November 5, 2013

Toronto

Francine Savard’s Weather-Forecast Works Shine … – Canadian Art In Eastern Canada, fall is the time when our everyday awareness of colour in nature hits a yearly high, with searing blue skies, flaming reds and oranges and wet, black tree trunks delivering a triumphant last blast of optical pleasure before the long greys and muddy browns of winter. For Montreal artist Francine Savard, however, the near- devotional contemplation of colour is a year-round thing, something she has formalized in a recent series of works currently on show at Diaz Contemporary in Toronto. Savard is known for her conceptual painting practice in which content is reconfigured as schema, and the links between the suggestibility of colour and language are explored. Never better, perhaps, than here. Canadian Art, November 4, 2013

Sudbury

Following the Group of Seven “It was never considered work,” says Jim. “Often we were asked when we would write a book and we always answered that there would never be a book. That would be work and it might ruin the fun we were having.” A Sudbury event celebrates new book which scouted locations of Group of Seven paintings. Hamilton Spectator, November 5, 2013

Montreal

Bronfman’s art up for auction The art collection that Charles Bronfman amassed for display in the offices of his family’s Claridge Inc. offices on Peel Street will be sold in a series of three auctions, starting Wednesday at Waddington’s in Toronto. Montreal Gazette, November 5, 2013

Marcel Barbeau wins Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas – Canadian Art Iconic Montreal artist Marcel Barbeau has won this year’s prestigious Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas. Awarded by the Quebec government, the $30,000 prize recognizes outstanding work in the area of visual arts. Canadian Art, November 4, 2013

Seattle

Orcas escort historical items home A large pod of orcas swam around a Washington state ferry that was carrying tribal artifacts to a new museum at the ancestral home of Chief Seattle, and some people think it was more than a coincidence. The Province, November 5, 2013

New York

New Chief Curator for the Frick Xavier F. Salomon will become the chief curator of the Frick Collection, after three years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, November 4, 2013

The Bidding Is Sluggish At a Special Christie’s Sale At a special sale of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the estate of Jan Krugier, a Geneva-based dealer, many expensive works did not sell at all, or went far below expectations. New York Times, November 5, 2013

London

Church of England needs £3m to save its treasures Bishop of London launches campaign to conserve 100 works of art. The Art Newspaper, November 5, 2013

Whistler’s Chelsea home for sale with £30m price tag Cheyne Walk house was where artist painted famous portrait of his mother. The Art Newspaper, November 1, 2013

Calais

Dunkirk shipbuilding yard gets ghostly museum twin The new Frac Nord-Pas de Calais opens this month in a glass replica of the historic building next door The Art Newspaper, November 5, 2013

Munich

German Officials Provide Details on Looted Art Trove A collection of about 1,400 works of art discovered last year at the home of an elderly man includes works by Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and major German artists. New York Times, November 5, 2013

International

How To Speak Artspeak Real Good “Somehow the language used for describing and discussing art has a reputation for unusual opacity, even sadism.” ARTnews, November 1, 2013

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