Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 8-12, 2013

Vancouver

This day in history: November 12, 1954 Fifty-nine years ago, the Vancouver Art Gallery unveiled an exhibition of modern art from Solomon Guggenheim’s collection in New York. “Some say it’s the finest collection of modern art in existence,” reported Eric Lindsay in The Sun. “Others say it’s the most controversial. I’ll go along with the second school. In fact, I found it baffling when I inspected the collection today.” Vancouver sun, November 12, 2013

Muntadas: reaffirming a long-term connection to Vancouver The opening of an exhibition by conceptual and media artist Muntadas at the Vancouver Art Gallery reaffirms an art connection made almost 40 years ago. Vancouver Sun (blog) November 8, 2013

Roy Arden: Modern Times – Canadian Art “Modern Times,” Arden’s spring exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery, which comprised a few sculptures, a video and a series of paintings based on cartoon film stills, provided viewers with more varied evidence of his recent “turn.” They develop, in fact, from a career-long critique of modern progress that highlights what official histories neglect, or include only under duress. Canadian Art, November 11, 2013

Nov. 12, 1959: Edmonton collector’s art treasures stolen from UBC gallery Twenty treasured sketches by Canadian painters and four oil paintings by old world masters, all owned by city contractor and art collector Ernest E. Poole, were stolen from the UBC gallery in Vancouver. Edmonton Journal, November 12, 2013

Unheralded artist brought to light The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher is the sixth in The Unheralded Artists of BC series from Mother Tongue Publishing. Author Christina Johnson-Dean was nominated for a Victoria Book Prize for the last book in the series, The Life and Art of Ina D.D. Uhthoff, reviewed in The Vancouver Sun earlier this year. Vancouver Sun, November 9, 2013

Books: Art lover helped shape Greater Victoria gallery’s collection Harold Mortimer-Lamb might be the most important art lover you’ve never heard of, but Robert Amos is determined to change that. Mortimer-Lamb spent a decade in Victoria, more than a century ago, but his influence is still felt within the walls of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. His taste in art helped shape the AGGV collection, after all. He was a founder of the Vancouver School of Art in 1925 and the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1931. At 70, Mortimer-Lamb married Varley’s 30-year-old model and lover, artist Vera Weatherbie. Times Colonist, November 10, 2013

Toronto

Kelowna artist wins $50,000 photography prize Kelowna native Erin Shirreff, whose art combines photography, video and sculpture, says winning the prestigious Aimia/AGO Photography Prize came as a complete surprise. “It was deeply unexpected,” said the 38-year-old Shirreff, upon learning she’d won the $50,000 prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto Thursday night over three other international finalists. Vancouver Sun, November 8, 2013

Canadian artist wins Aimia/AGO Photography Prize Erin Shirreff selected for award that honours excellence in contemporary photography. Globe and Mail, November 7, 2013
Statue at centre of lawsuit, possibly by Rodin, crumbles in Toronto warehouse “Walking Man” is either a valuable original from the famed French sculptor or a worthless fake. Either way, the damaged plaster figure sparked a long legal battle that ended this week. Toronto Star, November 12, 2013

Geoffrey Farmer: A Light in the Moon, at Mercer Union Farmer’s new work at Mercer Union addresses the weight of history and its tendency to vanish from view. Toronto Star, November 9, 2013

AGO’s The Great Upheaval explores key art from 1910-1918 In the years leading up to and encompassing the First World War, Europe was swept up in massive societal, political, technological and scientific change — which left an indelible imprint on the artistic community. Infused with the excitement, exhilaration and uneasiness of the era, artists from Pablo Picasso to Vasily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall to Piet Mondrian and many others defied convention and forged fresh paths, creating new artistic movements and modes of expression. CBC, November 11, 2013

Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Museum Conducts Ambitious Survey of Contemporary American Art Curators from the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas are scouring the country for a comprehensive survey of contemporary American art. New York Times, November 11, 2013

Beacon, New York

2 Founders of Dia Sue to Stop Art Auction Heiner Friedrich and Fariha de Menil Friedrich are seeking an injunction in the planned Sotheby’s auction of Dia Art Foundation pieces next week. New York Times, November 8, 2013

New York

Originator of the Man-Skirt and Corset Revivals The Brooklyn Museum displays the collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, corset and man-skirt designer, who witnessed the ascent of punk, New Wave and cultural and identity politics. New York Times, November 8, 2013

Where a Little Dose of Leonardo Is Still a Lot An exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum features a group of works by Leonardo da Vinci from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, Italy, including one of his celebrated notebooks. New York Times, November 8, 2013

Monet Seaside Gardens, Blooming Side by Side “Garden at Sainte-Adresse,” Monet’s 1867 painting of a sun-dappled seaside, has belonged to the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1967. For the next six months, anyway, it has a new companion. New York Times, November 8, 2013

A Blockbuster Art Auction Week Designed To Be That Way “The astronomical prices reflect what Sotheby’s and Christie’s hope is a fortuitous collision between a global group of trophy hunters looking to buy and a handful of major collectors choosing the same moment to sell high-profile artworks, many of which have never been on the auction market.” New York Times, November 12, 2013

Miami Beach

To Honor an Artist in Miami Beach, Sandals and a T-Shirt The Fontainebleau Miami Beach will honor the artist Tracy Emin’s show with limited edition beach towels, sandals, and a T-shirt. New York Times, November 12, 2013

Brazil

In a Garden in Brazil, a Biennial Show at Instituto Inhotim The biennial show at the Instituto Inhotim, the art museum in a botanical garden in Brazil, features 86 works by 20 artists; butterflies are a bonus. New York Times, November 8, 2013

Germany

Germany To Form Task Force On Looted Art “After an avalanche of criticism at home and abroad, the German government announced late Monday it will establish a task force to investigate, ‘as quickly and as transparently as possible,’ the provenance of a cache of more than 1,400 artworks that are suspected of being traded or looted during the Nazis’ reign and that are now in the hands of authorities in Bavaria.” New York Times, November 12, 2013

Moscow

Performance Artist Nails His Genitals To Ground Of Moscow’s Red Square In Protest A performance artist has been detained in Moscow after stripping naked and nailing his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square in a protest. BBC , November 11, 2013

International

Vanity Fair Picks Our “Greatest” Living Artists “This provocative, perhaps unanswerable question is worth asking for what it reveals about a cultural arena in which money and fame often seem to be the paramount obsessions.” Vanity Fair, December 2013

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