Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 3, 2013


Slideshow: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s Critical … – Canadian Art Earlier this fall, the British Columbia–based Coast Salish artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun was named a recipient of the prestigious Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, an annual $25,000 grant and purchase prize awarded by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s a well-earned distinction for Yuxweluptun, whose unapologetically critical art practice over the past three decades has become a touchstone for Indigenous artists both nationally and internationally. Canadian Art, December 3, 2013

Slideshow: Tim Gardner Rewilds the Watercolour – Canadian Art Worlds collide in the work of painter Tim Gardner. Best known for his early works capturing the drunken camaraderie of ruddy-faced college students on spring-break bacchanals and, more recently, lone figures of surfers, skiers or hikers set amid the majestic beauty of crashing waves and mountaintop vistas, Gardner’s small, masterfully rendered watercolour and pastel works pivot on the seemingly oppositional tropes of popular culture and art history, with a heavy dose of the romantic sublime. Canadian Art, December 2, 2013

San Francisco

Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei to Take His Art to Alcatraz The artist Ai Weiwei will have a show on the grounds of the former prison, starting next September. New York Times, December 3, 2013

San Antonio

The Man Who Turned a Warehouse into a Vermeer A new film by Penn & Teller chronicles their friend’s multilayered obsession with “The Music Lesson” ARTnews, December 2, 2013

Image Mysteries and Flatiron Glow Sticks A Penn and Teller film documents a quest to find out whether the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer had help from an optical device. And a Manhattan event involves the Flatiron Building, hundreds of volunteers and glow sticks. New York Times, December 2, 2013

New York

Ad Reinhardt, From Canvases to Cartoons: Interview with Rob Storr You have to wonder how Ad Reinhardt would feel about his current show, at David Zwirner’s 20th Street location in New York, with its walls and vitrines filled with several decades’ worth of the artist’s cartoons and illustrations. Art in America, December 2, 2013

Miami Beach

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves Recently completed for display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami, these towering architectural creations of the world’s most famous art museums and galleries were created with gingerbread and candy by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves. This is Colossal, November 29, 2013


Laure Prouvost Wins Art’s Turner Prize Ms. Prouvost, whose works combine physical objects and evocative settings with experimental film, was an unexpected winner. New York Times, December 3, 2013

Laure Prevost Wins Turner Prize 2013 “Laure Prouvost was the rank outsider from a particularly strong 2013 shortlist that included the higher-profile artists Tino Seghal and David Shrigley. She was awarded the £25,000 prize by the actor Saoirse Ronan at a ceremony in Derry, Northern Ireland.” The Guardian (UK) December 2, 2013


Big Bugs Too Lovely to Squish “Beetles and Other Insects,” an expanded edition of Bernard Durin’s 1980 work, gathers 60 color plates of all his known watercolor portraits of insects. New York Times, December 3, 2013


By Design | In Salzburg, an Astonishing Contemporary Art Collection in a 17th-Century Austrian Manor At Villa Emslieb, the estate of Thaddaeus Ropac, one of the world’s most prominent art dealers, you’ll find work by heavyweights like Tom Sachs, Anselm Kiefer and Tony Cragg — and you might bump into the artists themselves. New York Times, December 3, 2013


Comment: What next for the Gurlitt treasures? It is far from clear how the German authorities will deal with the huge hoard of confiscated or stolen art discovered in Munich. The Art Newspaper, December 2, 2013


Michelangelo, Our First Celebrity Artist “The day after Michelangelo died, an inventory was made of his goods. It listed the contents of a house that was sparsely furnished but rich in other ways.” New Statesman, November 28, 2013

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