Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 7, 2014


One work: Kimsooja’s A Needle Woman @ Vancouver Art Gallery A Needle Woman is one of several outstanding works in the solo exhibition Kimsooja: Unfolding at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Unfolding is curated by Daina Augaitis. It continues to Sunday, Jan. 26. Vancouver Sun, January 6, 2014


Resale royalties for artists: coming soon to a country near you on In Canada, artist’s resale rights became an issue in 2013 in part because of the work of CARFAC, the national Canadian artist’s organization. CARFAC did the math on the fall auctions and found that artists missed out on $42,760 because there isn’t a droit de suite in Canada. Vancouver Sun, January 3, 2014

Los Angeles

A Once-Troubled Museum Frames a Future in Los Angeles After three years of tumultuous leadership, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles said it was nearing the end of a search for a new director and announced on Monday that it had reached a fund-raising milestone that would ensure it does not have to merge with another institution or face dissolution. New York Times, January 7, 2014

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Reaches $100 Million Endowment Goal The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art has reached its endowment goal of $100 million, reports Mike Boehm of the Los Angeles Times. Artforum, January 7, 2014

That $7 Renoir She Bought at a Flea Market? It Was Stolen From Our Museum“A small Pierre-Auguste Renoir landscape painting has set off a dispute between a major American art museum and a woman who said she purchased the painting for just $7 at a flea market in 2009. The Baltimore Museum of Art said the Renoir was stolen from its premises in 1951.” Los Angeles times, January 6, 2014

New York

Hitler’s Nude Nymphs to Go on View at Neue Galerie A painting once owned by Adolf Hitler will soon be on view in New York. Art in America, January 7, 2014

Dealer, Actress, Pop Icon: Homage to Holly Solomon A new Chelsea exhibition celebrates the achievements and all-around fabulousness of the art-world superstar. ARTnews, January 7, 2014


A Bauhaus Luminary’s Struggle With Past as Nazi Propagandist An exhibition in Berlin traces the trajectory of the graphic artist Herbert Bayer, who in the 1930s created Nazi propaganda though he claimed to be apolitical. New York Times, January 7, 2014


New Egyptian Pharaoh’s Tomb Found “The tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh King Sobekhotep I, believed to be first king of the 13th Dynasty (1781BC-1650BC), has been discovered by a team from the University of Pennsylvania at Abydos in Middle Egypt, 500km south of Cairo.” The Art Newspaper, January 6, 2014


More Than 50,000 Books and Manuscripts Lost in Library Arson in Lebanon “Lebanese officials and religious figures mobilized Saturday to prevent a renewal of tensions in the northern city of Tripoli after unknown assailants torched a historic library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest” – allegedly because there was one pamphlet deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad hidden in one of the books. The Daily Star (Lebanon) January 4, 2014


Art Fallout: Two Post-Fukushima Triennials – Canadian Art Disaster itself is elusive—what made it happen usually being our foremost and often frustrated question, and its effects, including its capacity to absorb and deflect empathy, becoming equally vague. In a metaphor both hopeful and dark, the more we touch disaster, the more, it seems, it wants to fall apart. Canadian Art, January 6, 2014

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