Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 6, 2013

Vancouver

Mural creates a lulu of a dilemma. A giant graffiti mural that Vancouver yoga billionaire Chip Wilson is having painted without permits in front of his $37-million waterfront mansion might be in violation of signage bylaws, a city manager says. The Province, November 5, 2013

Winnipeg

Museum to open doors in 2014. Winnipeggers, along with tourism officials, can mark Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, on their calendars as the day the first national museum to be built outside of the national capital region opens its doors. Winnipeg Free Press, November 5, 2013

CMHR announces September 2014 opening date The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will open its doors to the world on September 20, 2014, its President and CEO announced today at a briefing with industry partners. “A national project of this scope and scale comes along just once in a generation,” Stuart Murray said. “When the doors of this building open next September, it will be a historic moment for Canada and a proud day for Manitoba, as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.” Press Release, November 4, 2013

Ottawa

Don’t bait and switch, councillors tell Arts Court architect. The new plans for renovating Arts Court are beautiful and inspiring, but several councillors are worried they’ll suffer when they run into the city’s own stubborn staff. Ottawa Citizen, November 5, 2013

Six finalist teams for National Holocaust Monument announced The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the six teams that were chosen as finalists in a national design competition to create concepts for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be built in the heart of Canada’s capital, at the corner of Booth and Wellington streets, near the Canadian War Museum. Canadian Architect, October28, 2013

Windsor

Pioneering Windsor conceptual artist elected to Royal Society of Canada Windsor conceptual artist Iain Baxter& can add another title to his long resume: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. On Tuesday, the University of Windsor announced that Baxter& (who legally changed his last name to include the ampersand in 2005) is among 84 newly elected RSC fellows. Windsor Star, November 5, 2013

Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Norway returns Inuit artifacts to Arctic Canadian community People in Gjoa Haven, a community in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, are celebrating the official opening of the Nattilik Heritage Center today, the new home for a number of Inuit artifacts taken from the area by a Norwegian explorer in the last century. Along with displays showing traditional Inuit living, as well as soapstone and ivory carvings, the center houses items such as traditional oil lamps, harpoons and snow knives collected by Roald Amundsen in the early 1900s. Alaska Dispatch, 22 October 2013

Canada

Séamus Kealy Takes Post in Salzburg While Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Head Down Under. Recent weeks have seen major international moves for young Canadian curators. Former Blackwood Gallery curator Séamus Kealy has been named director of the Salzburger Kunstverein in Austria, while Toronto-born curator Aileen Burns joins Swedish curator Johan Lundh as co-director of the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. Kealy vacates his position as director and curator at The Model in Sligo, Ireland; Burns and Lundh move from their shared role as directors/curators at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Canadian Art, November 5, 2013

New York

Balloons, a Gift to New York From Banksy, Are Held by the Police The British street artist, who spent October making art around New York City, left his parting gift on the side of a Queens building; its fate is uncertain. New York Times, November 6, 2013

Kind Words For Norman Rockwell (From An Art Critic!) Peter Schjeldahl: “Rockwell’s populous American mythos is ever more to be valued as the shared beliefs that used to gird it devolve into hellish divisions. His lodestar was Charles Dickens, naturalized to New England towns and to suburbs anywhere. And he drew and painted angelically, with subtle technical ingenuity, involving layered colors, that is still underappreciated.” The New Yorker, November 5, 2013

Blurring Art, Artifice and Pop Culture In her new album, “Artpop,” Lady Gaga drops in references to the artists Jeff Koons, and more indirectly, Botticelli, a sign of her quest for validation from the visual arts world. New York Times, November 6, 2013

London

Grayson Perry’s Dramatic Critique Of How The Artworld Works “His lectures were a triumph of style over content. Though his complex personality kept me glued to my radio, what he had to say about contemporary art and the world in which it is made, exhibited, sold and collected had all the analytical subtlety of a comic book and all the organisational logic of a pinball machine.” The Telegraph (UK) November 5, 2013

Munich

Munich Nazi-Looted Art Trove Reveals Unfinished WW2 Business “Art is the last unfinished business of World War Two. Though the Allies uncovered large numbers of stolen paintings in 1945 in the Alt Aussee salt mines near Salzburg, and in a castle south of Munich, an unknown number have been lost forever. Russia holds more than 120,000 wartime art objects in three museums round Moscow.” BBC, November 5, 2013

Troy

Works halted in ancient Troy but museum still on the way The construction of the Troy Museum continues but tor the first time in many years, the ancient city did not host any excavation teams this season after German excavators abandoned their work. Hurriyet Daily News, October 25, 2013

International

Did Bill Gates Equate Funding Museums With Blinding People? “Citing Peter Singer, ethicist of choice for under-thought yuppie sanctimony, Gates offers a seemingly reasonable but logically incomplete equivalence between donating money to a museum for a new wing and culpability for the consequences of those funds not being spent on more fundamental human needs elsewhere in the world.” Hyperallergic, November 5, 2013

Designers Are Losing Traditional Design Skills Because Of Computers “More and more products on the shelves have been purely designed via an IT screen, and you can tell – they possess no inherent material qualities. They might look well-finished but they are often unsympathetic to the materials used.” New Statesman, November 5, 2013

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