Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 3-6, 2014

Vancouver

Vancouver – as it was if a picture were truly worth a thousand words, the 100 full page photos in this book would make for quite the novel. Photographer Vladimir Keremidschieff, who now lives in Australia, presents a collection of work that reveals much about the Vancouver of 40-some years ago. Vancouver Sun, January 4, 2014

Kelowna

Unreal exhibition is coming to the Kelowna Art Gallery The Kelowna Art Gallery has announced it will be a venue for the tour of Unreal, an exhibition drawn from the holdings of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vernon Morning Star, January 5, 2014

Winnipeg

In Winnipeg, an ambitious museum for an evolving city The famous American architect Antoine Predock was looking up through the sweeping “glass cloud” that covers the river side of his Canadian Museum for Human Rights when he suddenly turned to Gail Asper and raised his hands to the heavens. “I cannot believe you let me get away with this!” Globe and Mail, January 4, 2014

Ottawa

Douglas Coupland, Elisapee Ishulutaq Join Order of Canada… – Canadian Art Other figures receiving Canada’s highest civilian honour include art-award founder Donald Sobey and President of Emily Carr University Ron Burnett. Canadian Art, January 2, 2014

Halifax

Canada’s Art Bank Speculates on Fresh Talent – Canadian Art “The Art Bank in the 21st Century,” presented on the lower level of the MSVU Art Gallery at Mount Saint Vincent University, was a surprisingly intimate show. Canadian Art, January 3, 2014

Seattle

Standing tall: Robert Davidson at the centre of a rebirth in Northwest Coast art At the Seattle Art Museum, a wide-ranging exhibition titled Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse – which will later travel to a Smithsonian museum in New York – focuses on Davidson’s contemporary work, mostly paintings, and marks the first major American solo show for the artist. And just up the coast from there, Davidson has acted as one of the Haida advisers on the first retrospective of Edenshaw’s career, featuring some 240 works, at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Globe and Mail, January 4, 2014

Denver

Sending Artworks Home, but to Whom? The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will return three totems to the National Museums of Kenya, which will decide whether to search for their owners. New York Times, January 3, 2014

Cincinnati

Cincinnati Art Museum Director Stepping Down “Aaron Betsky is leaving his post as director of the Cincinnati Art Museum after seven years in the job.” Says the board chairman, “It’s time to give someone else a chance. He has done an incredible job and gotten done what he set out to do.” Cincinnati Enquirer, January 5, 2014

New York

Robert Indiana’s Career Was Made, And Ruined, By LOVE “In 1968, Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art bought a painting called LOVE — and made artist Robert Indiana famous. It became a sculpture, a stamp, greeting cards. And it obliterated the rest of Indiana’s career. The artist has been pretty much ignored by the art world for the past few decades.” NPR, January 5, 2014

Visual Portents of a Silent Bolt of Thunder “There Will Never Be Silence,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, examines the intersection of John Cage’s “4’33” ” with the work of contemporaneous visual artists. New York Times, January 3, 2014

The Silent Totems of a Restless Quest “The Forgings,” an exhibition of vertical sculptures that David Smith created in 1955, is possibly his least familiar series but his most singular. New York Times, January 2, 2014

Larry Siegel’s Image gallery Gets Re-Imagined “I was 24 years old, a kid, and I had no idea what I was doing,” said photographer Larry Siegel, talking to A.i.A. about Image Gallery, which he opened in 1959 and which was the only New York gallery of its time devoted exclusively to exhibiting photography. Art in America, January 6, 2014

Raqib Shaw: Paradise Lost The pointlessly bejeweled paintings and histrionic sculptures of the artist Raqib Shaw are now hyperventilating in all three of the Pace Gallery’s spaces on West 25th Street. New York Times, January 2, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Eons Before the Yoga Mat Became Trendy Yoga is the subject of an immensely pleasurable exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington. New York Times, January 2, 2014

Austria

Justice Austrian Style? An investigator into Austria’s Nazi-era crimes faces a “completely absurd” indictment. ARTnews, January 2, 2014

China

Chinese archaeologists rescue remnants of ancient mountain tombs Cliff burials may be around 2,000 years old. The Art Newspaper, January 2, 2014

International

Is art really a good investment?

In her new book, our London-based art market editor argues that it’s just about the riskiest thing there is (Can art be indexed like other markets?) The Art Newspaper, January 6, 2014

The Ten Worst Things That Happened In Art In 2013 “From war in Syria and Mali to labor problems at museums in the Gulf and the panopticon of government surveillance, these are some of the awful things that impacted arts and culture in 2013.” Hyperallergic, December 31, 2013

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