Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 6-9, 2013

Chemainus, B.C.

Chemainus honours man behind murals Chemainus is known beyond B.C. for its outdoor gallery of murals, but it was a different place when Karl Schutz arrived in 1952. “When I first arrived, it was a sawmill town. Victoria Times-Colonist, December 8, 2013


Frank Gehry and David Mirvish’s tall order in Toronto David Mirvish owns the nicest Tim Hortons in Toronto – or at least the space it’s in. To find it, visit the corner of King and John downtown; walk up the century-old stone steps, turn left and enter a long loft space. Here the Tims tables and donut cases rest under a ceiling of Douglas fir the creamy colour of maple frosting. Globe and Mail, December 7, 2013


CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton announces departure At the end of 2014, Louise Dompierre will step down. Hamilton Spectator, December 5, 2013

Elmira, Ontario

Thief returns Jesus statue with sorry note Sculptor Timothy Schmalz says he feels ‘uplifted’ and ‘happy’ after his latest work was returned, along with a sorry note, to the downtown church from which it was stolen about a week ago. CBC, December 8, 2013

Elora, Ontario

On an Art, and a Love, that Resists Cynicism As the winner of a new prize for young Canadian curators, Katherine Dennis has put together an exhibition that attempts to rebuke the easy creep of cynicism into contemporary artmaking. Britt Gallpen reviews. Canadian Art, December 5, 2013


Visual Arts: The power of porcelain Two exhibitions of porcelain sculpture demonstrate the versatility…of 18th- and 19th-century French porcelain while subverting their iconography. Montreal Gazette, December 5, 2013


David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East – Canadian Art “Once Upon a Time in the East,” David Askevold’s retrospective at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, provided a remarkable overview that highlighted the artist’s multidisciplinary practice. Initiated in 2005 by Askevold and Ray Cronin, then chief curator at the AGNS, the exhibition has been mostly developed posthumously by AGNS curator David Diviney since Askevold’s death in 2008. Canadian Art, December 7, 2013


It’s Wrong And Flat-Out Stupid To Loot The DIA “The whole point of a bankruptcy is to solve deep and structural problems in the economic organization of a major city – not to strip-mine everything from the Bellinis at the museum to the baboons at the Detroit Zoo for however much one-time cash you can squeeze out of them.” The Guardian (UK) December 8, 2013

New York

Fred F. Scherer, Diorama Painter Who Mastered Even the Illusion of Air, Dies at 98 Mr. Scherer helped create scenes for people in New York who otherwise might never see a flock of cormorants nesting on a cliff. New York Times, December 8, 2013

A (Big) Bit of Egypt in Central Park The oldest man-made, outdoor object in New York is the towering, granite obelisk in Central Park known as Cleopatra’s Needle: It’s nearly 3,500 years old. New York Times, December 6, 2013

Record Prices Mask a Tepid Art Market Analysts said recent headline-grabbing auction sales reflected the tastes of hedge fund billionaires, not a developing boom in the market for fine art. New York Times, December 6, 2013

Cat Fancy Paintings of cats and girls by Balthus, and poetry and prose about cats from The New Yorker. New York Times, December 6, 2013

Yayoi Kusama: ‘I Who Have Arrived in Heaven’ The main draw in terms of art here are some of the many paintings that this 84-year-old dynamo continues to turn out. New York Times, December 6, 2013

Desire and Prudery, Wrestling to a Draw “Danish Paintings From the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthough,” at Scandinavia House, traces a growing dialogue between native restraint and early modern French currents. New York Times, December 6, 2013


Miami by Air: An Interview with Bill Burns Miami art fair attendees will see some amusing messages for curatorial heavyweights flying across South Beach skies this week. It’s all part of a project by Canadian artist Bill Burns, whose work often deals with power relationships in the art world. Find out more in this interview. Canadian Art, December 5, 2013

Eli Broad, at Art Basel in Miami, Focuses on Los Angeles The billionaire collector and philanthropist shared some details about the art museum he is planning to open in Los Angeles next year. New York Times, December 6, 2013


For Some Reason, This Is The First Time Anyone Has Mounted A Show About Turner And The Sea “His grander salon paintings are embarrassing in their attempt to emulate his idol Claude Lorrain, but they were always striving to portray in paint the emotions he felt in gazing at a storm-swept sea or a tumbling mountain waterfall or a Venetian lagoon at twilight.” The Independent, December 8, 2013


Stonehenge Remodeled Just In Time For Winter Solstice “There has been a growth in Druid orders and in the number of people interested in pagan festivals.” The Observer (UK) December 7, 2013


Sacred Hopi artifacts sold despite pleas from tribe, U.S. Embassy A French auction house has ignored an urgent request by the U.S. Embassy to delay an auction of dozens of sacred Hopi masks and put them on sale today. CBC, December 9, 2013

The Most Important Monuments Man Might’ve Been A Parisian Woman “During the Nazi occupation, she had worked in the Museum Jeu de Paume, an important depot for art plundered by the Nazis. There she tried to keep track of where the artworks ended up, registering every single work.” Der Spiegel, December 5, 2013

How A Theft Made The Mona Lisa The World’s Most Famous Painting It’s easy to assume that the case was big because the Mona Lisa was already “the world’s most famous painting”. It wasn’t. Its status was dramatically enhanced by the affair. BBC, December 9, 2013

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