Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 22-25, 2013


Douglas Coupland invites you to reconnect with your Lego-building … And you thought Lego was just kid stuff. Turns out it can be high art, too. Artist, writer, and designer Douglas Coupland is pulling out his reportedly mind-blowing collection of Lego this week, and he’s inviting kids of all ages to build with him. Georgia Straight, November 22, 2013

Binning House sale sparks court challenge Cash-strapped Land Conservancy moves to transfer Modernist landmark to developer. Globe and Mail, November 23, 2013

Aboriginal art valued at $100,000 stolen from Vancouver gallery A Vancouver art gallery has been robbed of nine pieces of unique aboriginal art worth $100,000. Vancouver police say someone broke into the storage locker of the Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery in Gastown on Oct. 30 and made off with aboriginal masks, wooden panels and sculptures. The Province, November 22, 2013

How Douglas Reynolds’s living room captures his divergent interests When Douglas Reynolds moved into his Vancouver penthouse apartment five years ago, he hired interior designer Kelly Deck to help turn it into a home and an intimate showcase for some of the Northwest Coast First Nations art he sells through his Douglas Reynolds Gallery in Yaletown. Globe and Mail, November 23, 2013


The Banff Centre’s ambitious plans for the world stage Melanson’s ambitious strategy includes radio stations, a TV channel, a publishing venture, more website offerings and eventually – 2017 sounds good, being Canada’s 150th anniversary – moving the performance spaces into downtown Banff, giving the Centre badly needed new venues, and the town a cultural injection and architectural facelift. Globe and Mail, November 24, 2013


Kidnapped Condo Ads Become Stealthy Art Toronto artist Sean Martindale has never been fond of street advertising in any of its forms, but there’s one type of outdoor ad that he holds in particular contempt. Torontoist, November 22, 2013


Minister Peter MacKay Announces Support for Two University Art The funding announced today will help the galleries at Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University co-host the touring exhibition “Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture”. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, based on an initiative of grunt gallery, and co-curated by Kathleen Ritter, Associate Curator(former) at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Tania Willard, a Secwepemc artist, designer, and curator. Canada NewsWire, November 25, 2013

How the Art Canada Institute is breathing digital life into Canadian art The idea for the Art Canada Institute, a bilingual, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of Canadian art history “to as broad an audience as possible,” didn’t come as a sudden revelation, but rather as the result of an accumulation of “several moments of inspiration.” Globe and Mail, November 22, 2013


Five Contemporary Artists to Watch Introducing Melanie Authier, Raymond Boisjoly, Julia Dault, Jessica Eaton, and Aurel Schmidt. The Walrus, December 2013

Fort Worth

The Kimbell’s Stylish, Sustainable New Addition The Kimbell Art Museum’s new addition, the Renzo Piano Pavilion, bears the name of its architect and demonstrates the happy coexistence of sustainability and physical beauty. New York Times, November 24, 2013


Christie’s Evaluation Of Detroit Institute Of Art Collection To Be Delayed The report will likely influence negotiations between emergency manager Kevyn Orr and creditors and the settlement plan Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr eventually submits in court. Detroit Free Press, November 21, 2013

York County

JFK-Superman comic book art sells for $112K in U.S. Cover art for a 50-year-old comic book featuring Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent, as President John F. Kennedy in disguise was sold at an auction for $112,015 US. CBC, November 24, 2013

New York

A Real Pollock? On This, Art and Science Collide Forensics meet a connoisseur’s eye as the estate of Jackson Pollock’s lover defends the authenticity of a painting it wants to auction. New York Times, November 25, 2013

Assembling Brash Wholes From Scraps “Isa Genzken: Retrospective,” at the Museum of Modern Art, devotes space to a groundbreaking artist of assemblage. New York Times, November 22, 2013

Rosemarie Trockel This exhibition of new work by the internationally admired German conceptualist Rosemarie Trockel has three parts, one good, two not so good. New York Times, November 22, 2013

An Abstractionism Shaped by Wounded Ideals A new Ad Reinhardt show devotes one room to his graphic designs, another to his photography, and a third to his magnetic last paintings. New York Times, November 22, 2013

Alain de Botton’s Healing Arts On a recent Friday afternoon, Alain de Botton, the forty-three-year-old author of “How Proust Can Change Your Life,” “The Architecture of Happiness,” “Religion for Atheists,” and other books, stood in the dining room at the Frick Collection, on the Upper East Side. De Botton’s newest book, “Art as Therapy,” is a manifesto for the improvement of art museums, and we’d come to the Frick on a kind of fact-finding mission. “Just look around,” he whispered, gesturing to the room and its crowd. “No one’s got a clue what they’re supposed to be doing!” The New Yorker, November 20, 2013


Challenging Art, and Society Grayson Perry charted his own path among contemporary colleagues. New York Times, November 24, 2013


To Avoid Nazi Loot Accusations, Should German Museums List Their Collections Online? “German museums are obligated to go through their collections for works that may have been looted by the Nazis. But the museums have balked at going a step further and digitizing their collections to allow independent searches, citing budget restrictions and a lack of staff.” The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2013

Cape Town

New Cape Town Museum to Focus on Contemporary African Art The institution will be known as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, in honor of the German art collector Jochen Zeitz, who is providing the museum’s founding collection. New York Times, November 24, 2013

Abu Dhabi

Storm Shuts Down Abu Dhabi Art Fair “The Abu Dhabi Art fair has closed on its second day due to water leaking into its main building, the sand dune-shaped pavilion that is the UAE’s legacy from the Expo 2010 Shanghai.” The Art Newspaper, November 21, 2013


Art Makes You Smart Museum visits increase test scores, generate social responsibility and increase appreciation of the arts by students. New York Times, November 25, 2013

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