Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 17, 2013


Painting the town red, blue and … Local business association has Emily Carr students turn 11 utility boxes into artwork. Vancouver Sun, December 17, 2013


John Zeppetelli: Construction Ahead – Canadian Art The security guard has a gift for John Zeppetelli in his new office at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. It is Zeppetelli’s 52nd birthday and his wife has sent him a sculptural arrangement of live, ornamental artichokes. It is early September and Zeppetelli has been director and chief curator of the MACM for less than a month. Canadian Art, December 16, 2013


Bacon’s Triptych to Be Shown at Portland Art Museum Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which sold for $142 million last month, will be shown at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. New York Times, December 17, 2013

That Record $147 Million Bacon? Here’s Where It Just Landed “Remember all our gnashing of teeth about the Francis Bacon triptych of fellow artist and pal Lucien Freud? The one that fetched the staggering $147 million at auction last month?” Oregon Arts Watch, December 16, 2013


Detroit awaits direction on options to art gallery sell-off Detroit may have to rely on the generosity of strangers to keep its impressive art collection that was amassed with taxpayer dollars in better times. The bankrupt city is expected to learn this week the value of roughly 2,800 of its pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts when New York auction house Christie’s delivers its final report to Kevin Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager who runs the Motor City’s finances. CBC, December 16, 2013

New York

Peter Doig: Continental Drifter – Canadian Art Peter Doig, now 54, was born in Edinburgh, the son of a Sri Lanka–born Scots accountant employed by an international shipping company. Thus, he entered life an inheritor of that colonial legacy. Yet the intervening half-century has afforded him the chance to witness the shift from colonialism to global capitalism, and the resulting accelerations of cultural convergence that have come with it. Canadian Art, December 13, 2013

‘Lick Boy Fat Art’: Keith Haring’s Language Art Decoded A new exhibition at NYU shows how the artist used glyphs, anagrams, and phonics to express taboo subjects. ARTnews, December 17, 2013

Artifacts | It’s Marina Abramovic’s World, Willem Dafoe’s Just Living In It The iconic performance artist has collaborated with Dafoe, the musician Antony Hegarty and the theater director Robert Wilson on an interpretive retelling of her life story, at the Park Avenue Armory. New York Times, December 16, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Copyright Office Calls for Congress to Reconsider Royalties for Artists A new report from the United States Copyright Office says the government should consider ways to give painters, sculptors and other artists a financial interest in the future sale of their work. New York Times, December 16, 2013


Roland Paoletti, 82, Architect Of London’s Jubilee Line “The inside story of Paoletti’s career is more remarkable, proving that enduring public architecture at its best depends on a balance of personal strength, technical gumption, steadfast collaboration and a sharp sense of opportunity and tactics.” The Guardian (UK) December 15, 2013


The Hopi Nation Got A Secret Santa For Its Precious Artifacts This foundation (you’ve heard of it) joined in anonymously on bidding for a group of sacred Hopi artifacts being auctioned in Paris – with the aim of returning them to their creators’ descendants. The New York Times, December 17, 2013

LVMH museum finally set to open Frank Gehry-designed museum will promote “emerging scenes and young artists” The Art Newspaper, December 16, 2013

South Africa

William Kentridge believes South Africa let Nelson Mandela down The artist, one of the most authoritative witnesses of the post-Apartheid era, shares his insights into the late statesman. The Art Newspaper, December 13, 2013


Art In 2013 – Only For The Rich? “Art and critical thinking, yes. Art and enchantment, for certain. Without both, or without either, art and its encircling vocation of criticism risk irrelevance. A bigger problem is the culture of prohibitions we seem to be engendering against creativity.” Adobe Airstream, December 17, 2013

Cheryl Siegel


Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby St. Vancouver BC, V6Z 2H7 604-662-4709

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