Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 15-18, 2013


Towering Ambition: Cocktails & Lego BC architects, designers and other creative types are invited to take part in a unique competition/fundraiser led by Douglas Coupland, on behalf of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). Coupland, the world-renowned artist, sculptor, writer and designer, is crowdsourcing his next art project, an exhibit titled. everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything that will be on display at the VAG in 2014. Canadian Architect, November 16, 2013


Art, Residential Schools & Reconciliation: Important Questions  This year has seen an unprecedented number of art exhibitions and activities related to Canada’s residential-school legacy and the official reconciliation process charged with addressing it. Here, six experts weigh in on the possibilities and problems of doing this type of work. Canadian Art, November 14, 2013

10 Lessons for Building Healthy Art Ecologies There’s been a sensational focus on Toronto City Hall Council Chambers this week, but a more sanguine exchange happened last weekend in our Ecology of an Art Scene symposium, with over 20 speakers from Paris and Toronto. Alison Cooley and Britt Gallpen report on the many lessons learned. Canadian Art, November 14, 2013


Do you know the man in this painting? An art curator in Halifax is scratching his head trying to figure out the subject of a painting in the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery collection. CBC, November 17, 2013


Robert Davidson’s Creative Spirit The Haida artist’s groundbreaking work—now on its first major US tour—aims to rejuvenate a once-mighty culture.Davidson’s first major solo exhibition in the United States opens at the Seattle Art Museum, and it will travel from there to the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan in spring 2014. Mother Jones, November 14, 2013

Marfa, Texas

A Battle Over Art’s Side Effects In A Tiny Texas Town “A legal row over two art installations in Marfa, Texas, has reopened an old argument about the economics of the art in the town. While some say the community benefits from the tourism revenue that the works of art attract, others argue that local ranching families are being priced out of Marfa.” The Art Newspaper, November 14, 2013

Ithaca, New York

Cornell to return 10,000 Iraqi tablets—but won’t say why Talks are underway to send the ancient objects back, but officials remain tight-lipped about the reasons behind the repatriation. The Art Newspaper, November 18, 2013

New York

Oops. I Left My Millions at Home. An interloper attends the blockbuster Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions, and has a very good time. New York Times, November 17, 2013

A Master’s Bubbles and Panels, in Depth Art Spiegelman’s comics and other art are the focus of a retrospective at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. New York Times, November 16, 2013

At Auction, Masterpieces of the Drivable Kind An auction on Thursday is being billed as the first high-end car auction in New York City in more than a decade and aims to raise the aesthetic regard for automotive design. New York Times, November 16, 2013

Printed Books Are Alive and Sometimes Weird For “New York Bound: International Book Art Biennial,” artists responded to a request for unconventional ideas about the book as an object. New York Times, November 16, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: The Real and Surreal of War Photography Images from a new show at the Brooklyn Museum. New York Times, November 14, 2013

The 2014 Whitney Biennial Is Taking Shape Officials overseeing the 2014 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art are discussing how the event will unfold beginning in March. New York Times, November 14, 2013


Mexico’s Not-So-Favorite Son The painter José Clemente Orozco has always been less revered than his countryman Diego Rivera, but now many scholars are pushing for Orozco to be seen with fresh eyes. New York Times, November 15, 2013


Tate Britain Gets A Makeover “The project involves the reopening of its Thames-facing entrance and a new spiral staircase beneath its rotunda. The circular balcony of the rotunda’s domed atrium, closed to visitors since the 1920s, has also been reopened.” BBC, November 18, 2013

Art Theft Is Second Only To Drug-Dealing For Criminal Profit In The UKBBC, November 16, 2013

What Paying Your Taxes With Art Looks Like “Sculptures by Hepworth and Degas and paintings by Stubbs and Rothko are among 30 treasures worth £49.4m acquired in the past year through the government’s acceptance in lieu scheme, which allows those who have a bill for inheritance tax to offset part of those taxes by donating important cultural, scientific or historic objects reallocated to the nation via public museums and galleries.” The Guardian (UK) November 14, 2013

Major solo show in Britain to celebrate Emily Carr’s European roots Dulwich Picture Gallery to exhibit oil paintings, watercolours and never-before-seen sketchbook. Globe and Mail, November 13, 2013

Frieze 2013: Looking Back to Look Ahead If the contemporary art world has imprinted a signature format onto art history over the past two decades, it is the art fair, Richard Rhodes writes. Here, he reflects on the pros and cons of this development through the lens of Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Canadian Art, November 14, 2013


Paris’ National Museum Of Modern Art Gets A New Director The internal appointment of Bernard Blistène, the director of the cultural development department at the Pompidou, came as a surprise to some observers. The Art Newspaper, November 15, 2013

FIAC Raises Art-Fair Standards—avec CanCon—in Paris Canadian artist and curator Kathleen Ritter reports that FIAC’s ambition to go beyond the spectacle of contemporary-art commerce was clearly demonstrated this year. Among the highlights were works by Canadian artists Liz Magor, Brian Jungen and Abbas Akhavan. Canadian Art, November 14, 2013


A Private Life Amid a Tainted Trove of Art Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive son of a Nazi-era art dealer, told a German newsmagazine that the confiscation of some 1,280 masterworks from his home was more devastating than his sister’s death. New York Times, November 17, 2013

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