Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 19, 2013


The Stories Art Tells: Lessons from the Charles Edenshaw Exhibit Charles Edenshaw lived and created art during a time of high external interest in Haida culture from meticulous ethnographers such as John R. Swanton, and at the same time, the suppression of language, oral traditions and culture by missionaries and colonial governments. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson. Huffington Post Canada, November 18, 2013

Kimsooja’s first retrospective at Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver Art Gallery is currently presenting “KIMSOOJA Unfolding”, described by the institution as “the first retrospective to assess the thirty-year career of the Korean-born Paris- and New York-based artist”. Arts Media Agency, November 18, 2013

Art, zombies, the dead and little green dogs Bob Rennie has mounted a show of Glenn Brown’s work at his private art gallery in Chinatown, alongside work by another acclaimed British artist, Rebecca Warren. The show will continue until March 29, and you can register for a guided tour of the gallery at Vancouver Sun, November 18, 2013


Kevin Yates: Strange Symmetries – Canadian Art Walking into Kevin Yates’s exhibition at Susan Hobbs Gallery earlier this fall, my eye was immediately drawn to the back of the space by a curious object. In it, a large grey dresser seemed to float, upside down, above an identical piece of furniture. In between these cabinets, two aquariums were stacked—one right-side-up, the other not, reinforcing the mirrored effect. Also, in each glass tank, a small sword pierced a tiny black skeleton reclining in kitschy coloured gravel, offering a pointed (yet humorous) reminder of our mortality. Canadian Art, November 18, 2013


City approves $6.2M museum expansion at AGW building (with video) City council on Monday night approved a $6.2-million museum expansion into the ground floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor. But under the approved plan, only a little over $500,000 will be needed from local taxpayers, with the balance covered by an anticipated federal cultural grant ($2.4 million) and the legally disputed bequest of Joseph Chimczuk (close to $3.3 million). Windsor Star, November 19, 2013

San Francisco

How David Hockney Became The World’s Leading iPad Artist “Where Jan van Eyck might have used convex mirrors to create a larger field of view on his canvas, Hockney turns to a modern equivalent: video cameras.” Wired, November 19, 2013

Fort Worth

The Iconic Kimbell Museum Doubles In Size “In Genoa-based Renzo Piano, 76, the Kimbell got what it signed on for: a predictable, restrained elegance.” Bloomberg , November 18, 2013


Should Charitable Foundations Throw Money At Detroit To Save DIA Art? “The federal mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy is asking a group of at least eight local and national foundations to consider collectively contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to solve two of the most contentious issues in the case: municipal pensions on the chopping block and Detroit Institute of Arts paintings on the auction block.” Detroit Free Press, November 18, 2013

Worcester, Mass.

Revamp The Way You Hang Art, Rejuvenate Your Museum When Matthias Waschek became director of the Worcester Art Museum two years ago, it was a conventional small-city museum conventionally fading away. In two years, he’s fundamentally changed the way the museum displays its art (less Met Museum, more Barnes Foundation) – and enlarged the donor base and increased attendance by 70%. The Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2013

New York

The Depressing Numbers Behind The 2014 Whitney Biennial “Lest we get too excited about what the museum is billing on its website as “one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years,” let’s look at some numbers.” Hyperallergic, November 18, 2013


Room with a view tops off Tate Britain’s revamp Penelope Curtis, the gallery’s director, aims to accentuate the strengths of the collection and the building. The Art Newspaper, November 19, 2013


World’s Most Famous Female Architect Designs Stadium That Looks Like — Qatar has unveiled renderings of the first of the stadiums to be built for the World Cup tournament the kingdom will host in 2022. Zaha Hadid Architects and AECOM say that their design is inspired by the dhows that traditionally sailed the Persian Gulf, but the collective Internet thinks otherwise. Bustle, November 18, 2013 (theoretically safe for work)


Former Imelda Marcos Aide Convicted For Fencing Multi-Million-Dollar Paintings “It took jurors only three hours on Monday morning to convict [Vilma] Bautista on conspiracy and tax fraud charges stemming from the sale or attempted sale of the paintings, which disappeared in the 1980s, when Ferdinand Marcos was ousted as president of the Philippines.” The New York Times, November 19, 2013

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