Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 29 – December 2, 2013


Rebirth of a century-old BC theatre signals sea change for the arts Several projects – including a possible new Vancouver Art Gallery, a new campus for the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and a striking new waterfront home for Presentation House Gallery – have the potential to inject an massive infusion of cultural infrastructure into this no-fun city, where the arts have struggled for the spotlight in the shadow of the mountains and the ocean. Globe and Mail, November 30, 2013

Vancouver exhibit showcases master creator of Haida art Charles Edenshaw, at the Vancouver Art Gallery until Feb. 2 is the first major survey of Edenshaw’s work. It features about 240 pieces, some from collections as far away as Dublin and Berlin, and includes gold and silver bracelets, woven spruce-root hats, wooden chests and miniature argillite totem poles. Toronto Sun, November 30, 2013

Kimsooja’s moving performance-art piece on begging to appear at Kimsooja, whose meditative Kimsooja Unfolding show is currently up at the gallery, will be mounting the Canadian premiere of her performance-art piece Beggar Woman-Conditions of Anonymity. Georgia Straight (blog) November 30, 2013

Douglas Coupland’s Lego Art Project Is The Best (PHOTOS) As part of FUSE, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s popular adult-only event that takes place on select Friday evenings, Coupland hosted a Lego party. Huffington Post Canad, December 2, 2013

Vancouver’s Disneyland: FUSE at the VAG Thanks to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE night, which has been running monthly since 2005, cultured socialites have been regularly indulging in a playland. Ubyssey Online, December 2, 2013


Emily Carr painting sells for $3 million at Toronto auction The Crazy Stair becomes most valuable piece by female Canadian artist, while sketch by Tom Thomson sells for $1.7M and Frederick Banting work for $58,500. Toronto Star, November 28, 2013

Guggenheim collection’s ‘Great Upheaval’ at the AGO: review A few steps into The Great Upheaval, the new, austere and slightly too serene exhibition imported by the Art Gallery of Ontario from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, you’re a little struck with the sense of an oversell. Toronto Star, November 30, 2013


Museum of Civilization lifts veil on its new Canadian history hall The Canadian Museum of Civilization has pulled back the curtain on its planned new Canadian history hall, billed as the largest and most comprehensive permanent exhibit about Canada’s history yet. The Ottawa Citizen, November 28, 2013


Slideshow: Mary Pratt’s Luminous Still-Lifes – Canadian Art Since debuting in May, Mary Pratt’s touring retrospective organized by the Rooms and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has been gaining well-deserved praise. On view at the Art Gallery of Windsor until January 5, 2014, it is slated to travel into 2015, making stops at Kleinburg’s McMichael Canadian Art Collection (January 18 to April 27, 2014), Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery (May 16 to August 24, 2014) and Halifax’s Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (September 12, 2014 to January 11, 2015) Canadian Art, November 29, 2013

San Francisco

SFMOMA remodel to bring in new light, openness Before it closed in June, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art had no space more potent than the atrium’s cave-like stairway, clad in bands of dark granite, climbing four levels and filling much of the skylit interior piazza. When the enlarged museum reopens in 2016, visitors should be prepared for a profoundly different experience – a long open staircase with low oak walls, rising without visible support and making a single sharp turn on its way from the atrium floor to the main entrance on the new wing’s second floor. SF Gate, November 15, 2013

Mexico City

David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex Opens in Mexico City Mexico City has long been a power player in the realm of architecturally significant museums, from Pedro Ramírez Vázquez’s 1964 Museo Nacional de Antropología to Fernando Romero’s recent Museo Soumaya. That legacy continues today with the opening of the travertine Museo Jumex. Architectural Digest, November 25, 2013

New York

12 stunning Lego sculptures Nathan Sawaya builds art, one block at a time. CBC, 2013

Lights, Mirrors, Instagram! #ArtSensation Yayoi Kusama has hung 75 colored LED bulbs in a mirror-lined room at the David Zwirner Gallery, and her creation has become an event. New York Times, December 2, 2013

Miami Beach

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Squeezing Art Out of the Picture Art has become a secondary attraction at the annual South Florida pilgrimage. New York Times, November 29, 2013


Talk of the Turner Prize, Where, for One Thing, Talk Is Art The Turner Prize and the process of awarding it are still refusing to adhere to the status quo: Some of the art is still unconventional, and, this year, the location breaks a barrier, too. New York Times, November 29, 2013


Tetley brewery in Leeds reopens as modern art gallery The iconic Tetley brewery headquarters in Leeds has been transformed into a new centre for contemporary art and learning The Guardian, November 28, 2013

St. Petersburg

Un oligarque russe ouvre un musée d’œufs de Fabergé Un musée présentant une riche collection d’oeufs de Fabergé a été inauguré mardi dans l’ancienne capitale impériale, Saint-Pétersbourg, par l’oligarque Viktor Vekselberg, qui a réuni la collection, dispersée à l’étranger après la Révolution bolchevique. La Presse, novembre 19, 2013

Kiambu, Kenya

Kenya: Cultural Centre, Museum to Be Built in Kiambu A cultural centre will be built in Kiambu county in a bid to boost tourism and promote talent. Executive for education, culture and social services Esther Ndirangu said the county government is looking for investors to fund the centre that is expected to generate revenue and promote culture. “The county also plans to open up cultural sheds and bomas in coffee and tea farms in every subcounty as a way of attracting domestic and foreign tourists,” she said. The county will also build a museum that will capture the history of Kiambu and its people including famous personalities and heroes. All Africa, November 25, 2013


Palace Museum looking to expand and preserve The Palace Museum, housed in the Forbidden City in Beijing, will expand its exhibition area to alleviate the pressure of huge tourist number. During the week-long National Day holiday, the museum attracted more than 710,000 visitors with the peak daily number reaching 175,000 on Oct 2, according to museum. Shan Jixiang, director of the museum, said on Wednesday he felt confident the facility could cope with more tourists in the future, with many projects under construction to meet that goal. China Daily, November 14, 2013

Record Prices Set for 6 Artists at Sotheby’s Beijing Auction A Chinese collector paid more than 89 million renminbi, or $14.7 million, for “Abstraction” by Zao Wou-ki, the Chinese-French painter who died in April. New York Times, December 2, 2013

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