Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 21, 2013


Ironclad Art: Vancouver’s Manhole Covers This past summer, for the second time since 2004, Vancouver held its Ironclad Art Competition. This competition, open to anyone who works, lives, or plays in Vancouver, was for a design or image to appear on one of two types of manhole covers: one for covers that are part of the city’s sewage system, and another for covers that are part of the storm water system. Ornamentum Fall/Winter 2013

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander wins 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has been recognized for her ecologically sensitive designs in the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson announced this morning that she is the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Oberlander has collaborated with such celebrated architects as Arthur Erickson on Robson Square and the Museum of Anthropology, Moshe Safdie on the Vancouver Public Library and the National Gallery of Canada, and Renzo Piano on the New York Times Building. Georgia Straight, November 19, 2013

West Vancouver

Land Conservancy’s asset sale mired in legal proceedings. Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick stepped in after the attorney general, the University of B.C. and the District of West Vancouver told her that, for different reasons, they opposed the sale of the Binning’s house to Wall Financial Corp. for $1.6 million. Victoria is concerned the sale flouts a provincial law that protects charitable assets while the university says money from the sale should go not to TLC but instead to UBC in B.C. Binning’s name, as, Jessie Binning, his widow, intended in her will. Vancouver Sun, November 20, 2013

North Vancouver

B.C. advanced education minister gets earful from Capilano University art students and faculty. Art students and faculty asked Amrik Virk questions about cuts to Capilano’s studio art and textile arts programs. Virk told students that he wanted them to “become productive taxpayers when they graduate”. Georgia Straight, November 18, 2013


Sandra Meigs: At the Bottom of Everything. “When Sandra Meigs met me at her Open Space exhibition of murals and accompanying installation work, “The Basement Panoramas,” and we “walked” the paintings, I twice thought she said “grieving” when she was actually saying “breathing.” It was an interesting mistake to reflect upon, as the slippage between “grieving” and “breathing” reflects the continuity of the exhibition’s narrative—namely, from death to continuing life. The works are rooted in an immediate personal history: in January 2011, Meigs, who had recently married and purchased a home, lost her husband to cancer; during their final months together, she started to relate the crawlspace and bedrock of the 90-year-old house to mortality, a space removed from the traffic of waking life, yet, in the artist’s words, “containing time.”” Canadian Art, November 20, 2013

Boissevain, Manitoba

Hollywood fast lane too much for artist. Darcy Watt is a full-time artist working from an art studio on the third floor of a century-old house in Boissevain, where he lives with his wife and two children. Watt’s art is hard to categorize, but it often delves into the realm of myth and fantasy. It can be heavily lined, like a drawing by famed cartoon artist Robert Crumb. He also works with woodcuts on an old printing press. His website is Winnipeg Free Press, November 18, 2013


Duncan de Kergommeaux has never stopped shifting the shapes on his canvasses. If Duncan de Kergommeaux was a much younger man I’d suspect him of being disingenuous, but at age 86, who has time for spin? I believe him when he says, “I guess I’m lucky that I’ve never discovered what art was.” Ottawa Citizen, November 21, 2013


The Koffler Gallery: Uptown Comes Downtown. The Koffler Gallery’s au courant programming fell off the radar in its suburban home. As a banner tenant at Artscape Youngspace, it’s front and centre of the downtown art scene. Toronto Star, November 18, 2013

Art Canada Institute: A true north art history, online and free. Sara Angel, an art scholar at the University of Toronto, started the Art Canada Institute, a grand name for a modest pet project, from scratch three years ago with the goal to produce ebooks by leading scholars on seminal figures in Canadian art, like Michael Snow, Yves Gaucher, Harold Town and Emily Carr, to name a few, at the breakneck rate of one every six weeks. Did I mention with no public funding? And here’s the great part: They’re all free. Toronto Star, November 21, 2013

Los Angeles

L.A. MOCA Names Its Lawyer Interim Director “The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year.” Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2013

Angels needed in LA Now more than ever the city’s relatively young tradition of cultural philanthropy is being put to the test. With the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) engaged in a major capital campaign and Lacma preparing to embark on one of its own, we are entering what appears to be a do-or-die moment in fundraising for museums in Los Angeles. The Art Newspaper, November 21, 2013

Fort Worth

The Kimbell’s New Extension – Piano, Piano! “With his $135 million addition to the Kimbell Art Museum here, Mr. Piano has topped his own track record for sensitive responses to someone else’s work of genius. He should stop now and concentrate exclusively on his own architecture.” The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2013

New York

More victims of Abstract Expressionist fakes scandal revealed The revelations come to light in documents examined by The Art Newspaper, which include a list prepared by Knoedler. The Art Newspaper, November 21, 2013

Deliriously Assembled: Isa Genzken at MoMA American audiences may never have seen Isa Genzken’s work look as convincing as it does in the upcoming survey “Isa Genzken: Retrospective” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Though the German artist, 65, has been included in modest U.S. solo and group shows, sometimes alongside artists a generation or so younger, she remains much better known in Europe. Art in America, November 21, 2013


Catherine Evans Appointed Chief Curator at Carnegie Museum of Art Evans replaces Jason Busch, who was chief curator and head curator of decorative arts and design from 2006 until this fall.

Washington, D.C.

Chicago artist picked for presidential panel First lady Michelle Obama is honorary chair of the committee, which works to bridge the interests of federal agencies and the private sector and supports projects that increase participation in the arts and humanities, according to the White House. Chicago Tribune, November 20, 2013


Animals roam free again in El Prado’s galleries Miguel Ángel Blanco’s intervention in the Prado. The Art Newspaper-November 20, 2013


Put The Brakes On Return Of Nazi-Looted Artwork In Munich? “The president of the World Jewish Congress is criticizing as “irresponsible” demands by German prosecutors to quickly return many artworks that were confiscated from the home of Munich collector Cornelius Gurlitt.” Yahoo! (AP) November 20, 2013


Row over ownership of “lost” Soviet-era art Artists from 1980s underground group take legal action after finding their works in a major exhibition. The Art Newspaper, November 21, 2013


Fakers, Fakes, & Fake Fakers Well-known forgers reveal the creative methods they use to copy the masters. ARTnews, November 20, 2013

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