Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 19, 2013

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New Emily Carr show at VAG. Emily Carr: Deep Forest “features 40 of what the Vancouver Art Gallery calls “deep forest” paintings by the artist, all from a particular fertile period for Carr (the 1930s). “The vigour and power of these works is without parallel in Canadian art,” says senior curator Ian Thom” The exhibition opens officially Dec. 21, but visitors will be able to view the exhibition starting today. Vancouver Sun, December 19, 2013

Greg Girard’s A Better Tomorrow digs into transitioning cities. “Although photographer Greg Girard was born and raised in Vancouver, he evolved his vision and refined his style in Asia. He also made his reputation there. Girard’s CV suggests he is drawn to port cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, where he has lived, worked, and created a compelling body of work over a period of 30 years. Another of his great interests is cities in transition, where old, human-scale shops and dwellings are rapidly giving way to soaring glass towers and sky-high real-estate prices. Girard moved back to Vancouver a couple of years ago and—as demonstrated in his current show, A Better Tomorrow—ours is the transitioning port city that now commands his interest.” Georgia Straight, December 18, 2013

Michael Turner’s Top 3 of 2013: Signs of Change. Michael Turner reviews three Vancouver exhibitions: “anewground” by Derya Akay at the Apartment, Adorno’s Grey by Hito Steyerl at the Audain Gallery, and Driftwood from Garry Point Gathered With Erik for Burning and Some Drawings of a Pair of Eagles We Saw by Michael Drebert at Hardscrabble Gallery. Canadian Art, December 19, 2013

Rezoning application filed to keep Western Front operating as artist-run centre. The 90 year-old Western Front building in Mount Pleasant is the subject of a rezoning application filed at Vancouver City Hall. But unlike other rezonings, this won’t involve significant changes to the building or to its uses. Georgia Straight, December 15, 2013

Cold Lake, ALTA

CFB Cold Lake makes artist’s dream come true. Strapped into the back seat of a CF-18 ‘Hornet’ flying at supersonic speeds over the busiest fighter base in Canada, Michael Markowsky became the first artist in the world to sketch at speeds faster than sound. Edmonton Journal, December 18, 2013


Light artists shine with Stephen Avenue installation, Solar Flare. “Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett have gone from thousands of light bulbs to one big, bright one. The Calgary light artists behind Cloud have created Solar Flare, a new installation they hope will shine a little light on Stephen Avenue during the darkest, coldest part of the winter.” Calgary Herald, December 19, 2013


Judge upholds decision that found Norval Morrisseau painting to be authentic. “An Ontario appeal court judge has decisively upheld an earlier decision that found a 1979 Norval Morrisseau painting to be an authentic work by the legendary Ojibwa artist and not, as the painting’s owner attested, a fake or forgery.” Globe & Mail, December 18, 2013

Toronto subway ride reveals interesting side of mundane TTC commute. “On day three of The Ride, Katie Daubs and Luis Ledesma stay underground, sketching and speaking with Toronto’s subway riders.” Toronto Star, December 18, 2013

Barrie, ON

Duane Linklater: From the Inside Out, in Barrie. “How does one picture an absence? To some, this might be an academic question—an opportunity to dust off the Derrida. But to me—someone who lost a parent at a young age, whose ancestors migrated widely and often—this question can have a visceral quality. It evokes the distressing phenomenon in which one knows something is absent or lost without knowing quite what that thing is.” Canadian Art, December 18, 2013


Saelan Twerdy’s Top 3 of 2013: New Views. Saelan Twerdy highlights 3 Montreal exhibitions: “Laurent Grasso: Uraniborg” at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, “*~._.:*jEnNiFeR X JeNniFeR*:.~*” at Eastern Bloc, and “Anarchism Without Adjectives: On the Work of Christopher D’Arcangelo, 1975–1979” at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Canadian Art, December 18, 2013


The Appraisal Is In – Here’s What DIA’s Art Is Valued At “Sixty-five works in the report, from post-impressionist masterpieces by Degas and Matisse to Roman and Chinese antiquities, carried high estimates of more than $1 million.” Detroit Free Press, December 19, 2013

New York

What Happened When Andres Serrano Bought Signs From Homeless People “They always said yes and I’d say, “I’m an artist. And artists see things in a different way. And one of the things I see are the signs the homeless have. I’m buying these signs because I see every sign as a story. There are many stories out here that should be heard. Can I offer you $20 for your sign?” They would all say yes, and it touched me how grateful many people were when I bought their sign. I got several hugs and many a “God bless you.”” The Guardian (UK) December 18, 2013

Ai Weiwei dioramas of his detention to go on show in Brooklyn The fibreglass works were first shown at the Venice Biennale this year. The Art Newspaper, December 19, 2013

Yes, Marina Abramovic Is Selling Out, And That’s Okay “Indeed, argues Jay Michaelson, it may even be a healthy and therapeutic thing for her – with benefits for a lot of other people as well.” The Atlantic, December 18, 2013

It’s Sure to Make You Reflective Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features designs for primping from ancient Egypt to now. New York Times, December 18, 2013

Art-Scene Glimpses, Lost Then Found An archive from two photographers who documented New York’s art scene of the 1960s is being divided among five top museums. New York Times, December 18, 2013

Italian Art Center to Open in Manhattan in February The new Center for Italian Modern Art in SoHo will showcase modern and contemporary Italian art. New York Times, December 18, 2013

Jeff Koons’s First New York Museum Solo is Whitney’s Uptown Finale “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” also marks the first time the Whitney is devoting almost its entire building to the work of a single artist. Art in America, December 19, 2013


Watch Video Of Thieves Stealing A Damien Hirst Scotland Yard said the pieces, worth £33,000, were stolen from the Exhibitionist Gallery on Blenheim Crescent in west London between 3am and 3.30am on 9 December. The Guardian (UK) December 18, 2013

Freiberg, Germany

Günther Förg, Prolific German Artist, Dies at 61 Mr. Förg was a painter, sculptor and photographer whose work exemplified, toyed with, tweaked and commented on modernism. New York Times, December 18, 2013


US admits errors in Iraq Concession comes a decade after Donald Rumsfeld, then US secretary of defence, dismissed looting of the National Museum in Baghdad with the comment “stuff happens” The Art Newspaper, December 19, 2013


Full-Frontal Jesus in Late Medieval Art Lee Siegel: “But in casting aside Christ’s garments, the Franciscans made Christ’s nude body a focal point. As a result, according to Leo Steinberg, (author of The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion), from about the middle of the thirteenth century until the sixteenth century artists lavished particular care on Christ’s penis, the part of Christ’s body that made him most mortal, and which proved his union with humankind.” The New Yorker, December 17, 2013

Why the Art World Is So Loathsome. “Now that photographs of this year’s Art Basel Miami are finally working their way out of everyone’s Instagram feeds, it’s worth revisiting Simon Doonan’s takedown of the modern art world. First published in 2012, it explains why Doonan skipped Miami that year—and what’s wrong with art today.” Slate, December 17, 2013

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