Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 4, 2013


Five reasons to check out Toque 2013 in Vancouver So even if you don’t find that Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt-wearing sock monkey for your hipster dad, rest contented that some proceeds go to Western Front, a long-standing champion of art and new music in the city, and supporters of the Fluxus art movement. Plus, on Friday night there will be cocktails. Vancouver Sun, December 4, 2013
In galleries this week: Etienne Zack, Chief Henry Speck and more A look at a few of the most influential art events in Vancouver this week. Vancouver Sun, December 3, 2013


Fulford: AGO’s The Great Upheaval an exhibit of modern history The Great Upheaval is a wide-ranging and rich exhibition — rich in images and rich in the echoes of history. National Post, December 3, 2013

AGO’s Light My Fire Part 2 flickers but still burns Among its holdings, the Art Gallery of Ontario counts some 40,000-plus photographs — no, the comma is exactly where it belongs and, yes, that’s the right number of zeroes — and voluminous as it might be, it’s getting bigger all the time. On Tuesday, in fact, Ann and Harry Malcolmson, legendary Toronto photography collectors, added another 268 to the pile, bolstering the gallery’s archives with such names as Atget, Kertész, Man Ray and Rodchenko. Toronto Star, December 4, 2013

Tom Thomson painting nets $172500 at Consignor online Canadian art auction A much-touted 100-year-old portrait by Tom Thomson has sold at an online auction, but fell short of its expected sale price. Victoria Times Colonist, December 3, 2013


‘Racist’ attack targets Pointe-Saint-Charles mural Residents in Pointe-Saint-Charles say they were shocked to discover a beloved community mural had been whited-out by vandals. CBC, December 4, 2013

Owen Sound

A rating for Tom Thomson Art Gallery | Owen Sound Sun Times The TOM has received top marks on a very important report card. The Owen Sound art gallery has earned an A rating from the Ontario Arts Council, after scoring an excellent on all six qualifiers that make up the provincial organization’s new rating system. The TOM is one of only a few galleries in Ontario to achieve the top rating. Owen Sound Sun Times, December 3, 2013


Value Set For Detroit’s DIA Art Inflames Debate “A figure less than $2 billion is likely to inflame the passions of bondholders, unions and other creditors who see DIA masterpieces as a prime source for recovering the billions they are owed by the city. It also increases the chances that a court battle over the fate of the DIA will become even more contentious as Kevyn Orr prepares his plan of adjustment to restructure city finances.” Detroit Free Press, December 4, 2013

How Do We Make Sure Detroit’s Art Sale Doesn’t Happen Again “The real goal, in a larger perspective, is how to de-monetize art. It’s too late for Detroit to think about such things–any attempt to keep its art out of the market would be vigorously protested by the city’s creditors–but the Detroit crisis has people thinking about how to avert such things in the future.” Washington Post, December 4, 2013

Fate of Detroit’s Art Hangs in the Balance While some believe selling the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection would be a wise move, a federal judge’s comments are being interpreted as a defense of holding on to the art. New York Times, December 4, 2013


Barnes Foundation Director Stepping Down “Derek Gillman, the British-born executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation who guided it through the latter stages of a controversial move from its longtime home in suburban Merion to a grand new gallery on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, announced his resignation Tuesday.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 4, 2013


A Global Conversation – Miami’s New Museum Opens “The diversity of display styles suits a young institution that lacks deep holdings of major figures. Instead the museum layout convenes a conversation among local artists and global ones. That’s just perfect for Miami, the restless nexus of the Americas and Europe.” Bloomberg, December 3, 2013

Miami Beach

Art Basel in Miami Beach Pumps Up the Volume The 12th edition of Art Basel in the United States is adding galleries for prints and expanding its outdoor offerings. New York Times, December 4, 2013

An Expanding Market, Rich in Adventure The Art Basel in Miami Beach fair is attracting a rapidly growing group of collectors from across South America. New York Times, December 4, 2013

Sao Paulo

Distilling Abstraction From Landscapes The Argentine artist Eduardo Stupía secured international recognition when he became a featured artist at the 2012 São Paulo Biennial. New York Times, December 4, 2013


Private Art in Public Showing Draws Scrutiny in France State-sponsored institutions are being criticized for using taxpayer money to exhibit the personal troves of gallerists and collectors. New York Times, December 4, 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Putting Bangladesh on the Arts Map For its second edition, the Dhaka Art Summit will focus on South Asia, a bid to increase the international visibility of artists from across the region. New York Times, December 4, 2013

Ho-Chi-Minh City

Abstract Maps That Read Between the Lines Tiffany Chung’s drawings investigate how political and environmental traumas alter landscapes. New York Times, December 4, 2013


Sotheby’s first auction in China Sotheby’s held its first commercial auction in China in Beijing on 1 December. The 141-lot auction, concentrating only on Modern and contemporary art, made a total Rmb227.1m ($37.3m, which includes premium, pre-sale estimate of around $21m, which did not), and broke auction records for six artists, including Zao Wou-ki and the Chinese realist painter, Li Guijun. The auction demonstrated a mainland taste for realist works from the 1980s and 1990s and benefited from a tax break that protected a handful of consignments from China’s high import duties. The Art Newspaper, December 4, 2013

Hong Kong

Bruce Lee’s Famed Jumpsuit Goes to Auction The iconic yellow jumpsuit worn by the martial artist Bruce Lee in the film ‘‘Game of Death’’ is being auctioned in Hong Kong on Thursday. New York Times, December 3, 2013


How Smartphones Are Ruining The Museum Experience “Flash photography has long been banned owing to the damage its blasts of high-intensity light can inflict on paintings. Smartphones and tablets pose a less visible but potentially graver threat. They disconnect the visitor from the art on display and imperil the museum in other, very real, ways.” New Criterion, December 2013

The Evolution of Collections Held by Businesses More and more, curators and experts say, corporate art troves are an investment in the workplace, a statement about a company’s culture. New York Times, December 4, 2013

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