Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 11, 2013

Moose Jaw

A shared but distinguished vision of art “It is the two vision, the double vision obviously, of twin sisters, the ways we have looking at the world that are similar and yet different,” said Richards. “We’ve used the same photograph as our source and we’ve interpreted it in our own way, but it’s very unified because of size and the fabrics used have relation to one another.” Moose Jaw Times Herald, December 9, 2013


Louise Dompierre to Depart Art Gallery of Hamilton – Canadian Art After 35 years of working at major Canadian art galleries, Louise Dompierre is setting her sights elsewhere. Last week, the Art Gallery of Hamilton announced that Dompierre will be stepping down as its CEO and president at the end of 2014. Prior to joining the AGH in 1998, Dompierre was associate director/chief curator at Toronto’s Power Plant, where she co-curated that gallery’s inaugural 1987 exhibition “Toronto: A Play of History,” among other exhibitions. Canadian Art, December 11, 2013


AGO Bowie show draws 146,000 visitors David Bowie Is …, the epic survey of the art and life of the fabled British pop star, drew just over 146,000 visitors to the Art Gallery of Ontario during a nine-week run, it was announced Tuesday in Toronto. Globe and Mail, December 11, 2013


National Gallery of Canada’s new show: an ambitious Canadian epic However, it seems unlikely its newest epic, Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918, will mark the desired reversal of fortune. Which is too bad since the exhibition, occupying essentially the same footprint (large) as Sakahan, is pretty much perfect. Perfect, that is, if you believe, as I do, that a (large and largely) publicly funded art institution such as the NGC should from time to time originate and mount an ambitious, historic, Canadian-themed show buttressed by considerable scholarship and accompanied by a hefty, heavily illustrated, densely annotated catalogue. Globe and Mail, December 11, 2013

Fort Worth

The New Kimbell Museum – First, Do No Harm “Architecturally, the new Kimbell addition will soon fade into the middle rank of Piano’s oeuvre, neither at the top (the Nasher and Menil) nor the bottom (the Broad Contemporary Art Museum of 2003-2008 in Los Angeles and the Morgan Library & Museum of 2000-2006 in New York.) His Fort Worth pavilion is the twenty-first museum building Piano has completed, with another four in the works, and he cannot be expected to produce a hit every time.” New York Review of Books, December 19, 2013


Kenny Irwin’s Creations on View in Baltimore The holiday installation includes, among many other sci-fi-inspired creations, a “Cyclopto” snowman; a full-scale spaceship built with slot machine parts, and a pathway of peppermint skulls. New York Times, December 11, 2013

Miami Beach

Dealer goes ‘ballistic’ at Art Basel Art dealer and artist Tony Shafrazi publicly went “ballistic” on Barbara Gladstone Gallery director Max Falkenstein at nightclub LIV in Miami over the estate of Keith Haring. New York Post, December 9, 2013


Art Collectors Show Their Chinese Prizes Don and Mera Rubell, who have spent 12 years collecting art in China, are displaying highlights at the Rubell museum in Miami. New York Times, December 11, 2013

New York

Reconsidering Norman Rockwell (Again) Like the work of other artists once dismissed as producers of nostalgic Americana–“big paydays for small-town mush,” in the caustic phrase of Benjamin DeMott, who also mentioned Frank Capra and Thornton Wilder–Rockwell’s paintings have become more interesting over time. New York Review of Books, December 19, 2013

Amesbury, England

Welcome to the new Stonehenge New visitor centre set to transform experience of ancient monument. The Art Newspaper, December 11, 2013

Laeso, Denmark

Row threatens Asger Jorn legacy Accusations fly as partners fall out and artist-in-residence quits. The Art Newspaper, December 11, 2013


Hopi masks bought at auction to be returned to tribes U.S. charitable foundation said that it was the anonymous bidder which paid $530,000 US for 24 Native American masks, and will return them to the Hopi Nation in Arizona and the San Carlos Apache tribe. CBC, December 11, 2013


Google Opens Its Online Exhibition Interface to All Today, Google launched Google Open Gallery, which opens its online exhibition tools to any artist, museum, archive, or gallery. It’s currently invite only, which isn’t exactly “open” in our book, although you can peruse some initial launch examples to check out what an Open Gallery might look like for your project. Open Gallery is part of Google Cultural Institute’s Art Project, which has been collaborating with museums and galleries for online exhibitions like a digital exploration of the transformation of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris from train station to museum, and street art from the walls of São Paulo, Brazil. Hyperallergic, December 10, 2013

Why hyper-rich plutocrats love overinflated Tweety Birds 2 Got a half-dozen houses, two planes and a fleet of superyachts? Why not throw in a Lucian Freud oil-on-canvas for a cool hundred mill? Or better yet, furnish your loft with an enormous inflatable Tweety Bird by Jeff Koons? Globe and Mail, December 11, 2013

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