Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 27, 2013


Duncan potter in artisan fair inspired by Island’s nature. Cathi Jefferson is one of three noted B.C. potter/artists whose work will be featured in the Out of Hand Artisans Fair this weekend at the Crystal Garden. The others are Mary Fox of Ladysmith and Gordon Hutchens of Denman Island. Times Colonist, November 26, 2013


When art was revolutionary In The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection at the AGO, the works date mainly from 1910 to 1918 – an eight-year spread evenly divided between the pre-First World War era, when a “new inner renaissance,” a “fresh creative spirit, defiant and self-aware,” informed the best contemporary European art and the four, bloody years of the First World War that largely dashed that vision. Globe & Mail, November 26, 2013

Artscape Youngplace: School is now in session. It’s the afternoon before the evening opening, at last, of Artscape Youngplace, the brand-new name for the battered old hulk of a school building on Shaw St. given up for dead, more than a dozen years ago. And if Artscape CEO Tim Jones — who virtually willed it into existence over six trying years — is allowing himself a moment of quiet satisfaction, well, fair enough. Toronto Star, November 23, 2013

Istvan Kantor at the bus station. Istvan Kantor is not just any artist. He has a Governor-General’s Award. He is also the guy who, from time to time, has shed blood in the cause of art. I mean his own blood, drawn from his own arm, and then drawn on museum walls in a splashy red “X.” You may recall that he once inadvertently got a few drops of himself on a Picasso in a museum in New York City. Toronto Star, November 25, 2013


5 Things You May Not Know About the National Gallery Artist Fee Fight. There was a flurry of media attention this summer when CARFAC and RAAV—two non-profits representing Canadian artists—got the go-ahead from the Supreme Court of Canada to try and make the case for setting mandatory minimum artist fees at the National Gallery of Canada. While the development is an exciting one for many in the Canadian art scene, it is also just the latest step in a complicated situation. Here are five things many may not know about CARFAC and RAAV’s dispute with the National Gallery of Canada. Canadian Art, November 26, 2013

Melanie Authier. An audio slideshow featuring one of “Five Contemporary [Canadian] Artists to Watch” The Walrus, December 2013


Jocelyne Alloucherie and Yann Pocreau: Shadowlands. Jocelyne Alloucherie is a veteran of the Quebec photography scene, and her current show in the main gallery at the Darling Foundry combines examples of the photo work that established her reputation together with an exciting new foray into video projection. Canadian Art, November 27, 2013


Motion Filed To Sell Detroit Institute Of Art Art “The motion formally takes the fight over the fate of the DIA into court for the first time. The filing suggests major creditors are unlikely to agree to any restructuring plan if they believe Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr is offering a low-ball figure for the value of the art. The move increases the chances that Rhodes will be forced to decide whether the art can legally be sold.” Detroit Free Press, November 27, 2013

New York

The Final Frontier, in Photographs Twin exhibitions throw together both scientific and fictitious depictions of space, from the 19th century to the present. New York Times, November 27, 2013

Armory Show 2014 Exhibitor List Announced The exhibitor list has been announced for the 16th edition of the Armory Show art fair, to be held on Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s West Side. Art in America, November 26, 2013

North Miami

Reading into Tracey Emin’s Baby Blanket A collaboration between Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin reflects feelings about comfort and Rothko. ARTnews, November 26, 2013


Another Look at the Loom: Tapestry Art Makes Comeback in Paris Art dealers and curators are exhibiting an array of textile creations – from wall hangings to woven sculptures – in museums, contemporary galleries and art fair booths. New York Times, November 27, 2013


Vienna museum reaches settlement with ousted director A long-running court case, and one of Austria’s biggest culture scandals, is put to rest. The Art Newspaper, November 27, 2013


Bringing the Pushkin into the 21st Century Contemporary-art expert Marina Loshak, new director of the iconic Moscow museum, faces the task of modernizing and rebuilding it. ARTnews, November 25, 2013


Citing Inequity, Sicily Bans Loans of 23 Artworks A policy shift, largely unnoticed outside Italy, reflects growing concerns by Sicilian officials that their most important treasures are too often out of the country. New York Times, November 27, 2013


Romania: Leaders of Dutch Museum Theft Sentenced Two leaders of a gang who stole paintings by Matisse, Monet and Picasso from a Dutch museum were given sentences of six years and eight months. New York Times, November 27, 2013


Ukrainian collectors commission art for exhibition on HIV/Aids Victor Pinchuk and his wife Elena fund show in Kiev with new work by Nan Goldin and Tony Oursler. The Art Newspaper, November 27, 2013


In Raipur, Tribal Artists Finding Fewer Spaces for Self-Expression Longtime residents of the capital of Chhattisgarh lament the loss of culture and art in the city.  New York Times, November 27, 2013


Recovery rate for stolen art as low as 1.5% Art crime is a low priority for police forces, and concerns surround the Art Loss Register. The Art Newspaper, November 27, 2013

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