Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 12, 2013


New Carr exhibit opening at VAG. An exhibition of more than 40 forest paintings by Emily Carr will open at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Dec. 21. The show spotlights works created by Carr in the 1930s, most of them depicting scenes within 25 kilometres of her Victoria home. “The vigour and power of these works is without parallel in Canadian art,” said exhibition curator Ian Thom. The paintings in the show are almost all drawn from the Vancouver gallery’s permanent collection. Vancouver Sun, December 12, 2013

Emily Carr art students tackle Granville Street graffiti. Close to a dozen Emily Carr University of Art and Design undergraduate students are having their artwork showcased on electrical boxes in downtown Granville Street, in an artistic anti-graffiti collaboration between the university and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. Georgia Straight, December 11, 2013


Margaret Dragu’s VERB WOMAN questions the selectiveness of history. “Although the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, its dark presence remains imprinted in the minds of those who lived with it for almost three decades. That psychological imprint is revealed in the German expression “The wall is in my head”—which is also in the subtitle of Margaret Dragu’s exhibition and principal video work at the Richmond Art Gallery.” Georgia Straight, December 10, 2013


Hidden Stories of Art Evoked at Esker Foundation. “Fiction/Non-fiction” at the Esker Foundation in Calgary presents works that challenge established narratives concerning cultural and political ideologies—often through the use of historical documents and reinterpretation of their perceived validity. Featuring the work of 13 artists, the exhibition tells a story in a lateral rather than linear sense. Canadian Art, December 10, 2013


Sasha Pierce at Jessica Bradley Projects; Didier Courbot at Susan Hobbs Gallery. “Sasha Pierce is a painter, but that’s more a term of convenience than a proper description. Walking into Jessica Bradley Projects, a faint, acrid scent hits your nose before the works meet your eye, and that’s your first clue that painting only begins to describe the dizzying achievements that Pierce manages to coax out of her chosen medium.” Toronto Star, December 12, 2013


Kim Waldron & Manon LaBrecque Win Montreal Art Awards. Last night in Montreal, Kim Waldron won the Prix Pierre-Ayot for artists under 35 based in the city, while Manon LaBrecque won the Prix Louis-Comtois for mid-career artists in the municipality. Canadian Art, December 12, 2013

Los Angeles

Comedian-actor-musician Steve Martin is taking Lawren Harris to L.A. “Actor-comedian-author Steve Martin is also known internationally as a savvy collector of contemporary art. And now he can add “curator” to his resume: On Wednesday, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto announced that the 68-year-old American will co-curate an unprecedented major exhibition of paintings by Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, opening in the fall of 2015.” Globe & Mail, December 11, 2013

Steve Martin to bring Lawren Harris works to Californian museum. “Why was entertainment superstar Steve Martin in Ottawa just a few days ago? Because he’s wild and crazy about the work of Canadian painter Lawren Harris, and he’s co-curating an exhibition to introduce Harris’s work to the United States.” Ottawa Citizen, December 12, 2013

New York

At Home With Roberta And Jerry (Smith And Saltz Talk About Their Lives Reviewing Art “I think we both have the ability to unsettle the other’s opinions. That’s what happens. It’s just kind of going back and forth, back and forth. If we really disagree, I tend to think, I’ve got to reconsider this. And sometimes I don’t think that.” Interview, December 12, 2013

Chris Burden Brings Heaviness to Light at New Museum. “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures” is the artist’s first major exhibition in 25 years and his first survey in New York City, spanning the 1970s to the present. The New Museum has dedicated all of its exhibition spaces to Burden, as well as some outdoor appurtenances that extend the exhibition to its roof and external façade. Canadian Art, December 11, 2013

Troubles at El Museo del Barrio Since its $35m expansion, New York’s museum of Latino culture has fired a director and lost senior staff. The Art Newspaper, December 12, 2013

Three on Thursday: Coco Fusco, Charlemagne Palestine, Martin Creed Between a lecture by an ape, a video that doubles as a performance, and a ballet by a Turner Prize winner, a trio of events in New York on Thursday may have art lovers stressed about which event to attend. Art in America, December 12, 2013

New Canaan, Connecticut

Bedtime Under Glass An overnight visit to Philip Johnson’s Glass House, where many have peeked but few have slept. New York times, December 12, 2013


Miami Report: The Good, The Bad & The Artsy. “The difference between “cute” and “cutesy,” “sex” and “sexy,” “art” and “artsy” is the difference between action and intention. It’s the confusion of the latter with the former, often accompanied by strain and/or pretension. (Cf. Lady Gaga.) The 11-year-old Art Basel Miami Beach, now one of the world’s largest art fairs, is an inarguable perpetrator of the artsy.” Canadian Art, December 12, 2013


International artists shortlisted for Wales’s big art prize Theaster Gates, Sanja Iveković and Ragnar Kjartansson among those in the running for Artes Mundi, all will show work at the National Museum of Art, Cardiff. The Art Newspaper, December 12, 2013


German Count donates graphic art to British Museum Half the works are by Baselitz, and other artists in the collection include Polke, Penck and Richter. The Art Newspaper, December 12, 2013


Paris gives first retrospective to Bill Viola US video artist will show adjacent to Robert Mapplethorpe survey at Grand Palais. The Art Newspaper, December 12, 2013

Moulins, France

Glimpses Into Nureyev’s World At A French Museum “Many of Rudolf Nureyev’s belongings are now on display at a costume museum in Moulins, France, offering a sense of that ballet dancer’s exuberant personality and passion for all that was rare and beautiful.” The New York Times, January 12, 2013


Hoping to Save the Remains of a Ming Dynasty Temple After decades of decay, the Buddhist Nianhua Si, or Picking Flowers Temple, faces redevelopment, raising fears that what survives of its historic architecture may be lost. New York Times, December 12, 2013


Museums, MOOCs and MoMA: The future of digital education realized? Deborah Howes from the Digital Learning team at New York’s Museum of Modern Art recently visited the University to share her insights on digital education, eLearning and MOOCs. MoMA’s digital education offerings include seven fee-based courses (offered via their website) and, more recently, a free Massive Open Online Course offered via Coursera. When pressed on what the main issues confronting educators in the 21st century are, Deborah Howes is unequivocal in her response. “The biggest challenge in looking ahead is letting go of familiar habits preventing you from reaching other audiences that expect and need to learn in different ways.” The Age, December 9, 2013

Cut-and-Paste Culture: The New Collage Contemporary artists are updating the modernist tradition with new tactics and new media. ARTnews, December 12, 2013

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