Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 9, 2014


The top 10 Vancouver arts moments of 2013. The Georgia Straight’s top 10 events include the launch of the Capture Photography Festivaland Douglas Coupland building Lego at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Georgia Straight, January 2, 2014


Weird science.“Artists and scientists have more in common than you might think. Both rely on experimentation and creative problem-solving, and the lines dividing the fields have only blurred in recent years. Artists have begun exploring concepts and technologies borrowed from the life sciences and biotech industries, while an increasing number of trained researchers are putting their expertise to artistic use. Toxicity, which opened at Plug In ICA last month, brings together 12 international artists working in the emerging field of “biological media.” Winnipeg Free Press, January 9, 2014


Geoffrey Farmer: A Light in the Moon. “Art and art history, though intimately intertwined, often find themselves in a tense relationship: the former tends to seek an autonomous place, while the authority of the latter looms. The same, perhaps, could be said of the relationship between the present and the historical in general. Such tensions are skilfully—and beautifully—exposed in Geoffrey Farmer‘s current Toronto exhibition at Mercer Union, titled “A Light in the Moon.”” Canadian Art, January 8, 2014

Fuse Magazine Folds After 38 Years. Many in the Canadian art scene were surprised to learn recently that Fuse—a quarterly magazine known for its politically engaged approach to the contemporary art world—would be coming to a close following 38 years of publication. Fuse posted an editorial on their website with details. Canadian Art, January 8, 2014

Saint Louis

Jeffrey Uslip Named Chief Curator, CAM St. Louis The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) has hired Jeffrey Uslip as its new chief curator, effective in February. Art in America, January 9, 2014

New York

A Redesign of MoMA Does Not Spare a Neighbor The Museum of Modern Art unveiled a bold redesign of its building and reaffirmed its plan to raze the former American Folk Art Museum. New York Times, January 9, 2014

Museum Of Modern Art Says It Will Tear Down Former Folk Art Museum After All “The analysis that we undertook was lengthy and rigorous, and ultimately led us to the determination that creating a new building on the site of the former American Folk Art Museum is the only way to achieve a fully integrated campus.” The Art Newspaper, January 9, 2014

Larry Clark Sells Snapshots for $100 Each The photographer Larry Clark, whose portraits can command thousands of dollars, is selling some of his smaller prints for $100 each. New York Times, January 9, 2014

Frank Stella’s Flea Circus at Peter Freeman Artist Frank Stella greeted a visitor on Wednesday to New York’s Peter Freeman Gallery, where a show of large, dynamic new sculptures opens today. Art in America, January 9, 2014


Canadians Find Their Way in London. “In London, England, where Canadian curator Persilia Caton has recently relocated, moving through city spaces efficiently is a less linear negotiation, interrupted irregularly by winding medieval roads, cul-de-sacs and dead ends. Getting lost in any city, though, especially one you know well, is part of the everyday pleasure of urban life. It’s this sense of heightened awareness and renewed spatial vigilance—of gaps in and disruptions to auto-piloted pathways through well-travelled streets—that has inspired Caton’s exhibition “When the Grid Goes Soft” at MOT Projects. The exhibition’s physical frame is provided by brothers Cedric and Nathan Bomford, originally from BC, who travelled to London to build a site-specific installation.” Canadian Art, January 9, 2014

Hannah Höch: art’s original punk The Nazis branded her a degenerate and the dadaists tried to edge her out. But a new exhibition reveals Hannah Höch as a pioneer of photomontage and a feminist icon. The Guardian, January 9, 2014

London photography fair has leading collector’s backing Due to open in 2015, Photo London will be co-organised by arts consultancy Candlestar and Maja Hoffmann’s Luma Foundation. The Art Newspaper, January 9, 2014

New Rules Threaten UK Online Art Market “Under EU law, buyers already have the right to cancel purchases made through a website or outside the seller’s business premises where the buyer is not able to inspect the goods before the sale. Until now, auctions—whether conducted in the saleroom or online—were excluded as it was thought the right to cancel would encourage irresponsible bidding and could leave auction houses vulnerable to covering costs.” The Art Newspaper, January 9, 2014


World’s Most-Visited Art Museum Sees Dip in Attendance The number of visitors to the Louvre for 2013, though down by half a million from an unusually successful 2012, is still about one-third higher than the figure for the runners-up. The Art Newspaper, January 8, 2014


From the Shard to the senate The creator of the Pompidou and the Shard is used to being ‘attacked by builders’. But will he be able to hold his own in the bearpit of Italian politics? Lizzy Davies meets senatore Renzo Piano. The Guardian, January 8, 2014


Athens institutions partner up to show international contemporary art The non-profit Deste Foundation will organise shows with the Benaki Museum. The Art Newspaper, January 9, 2014


Soft opening for Yuz Museum in Shanghai The Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek reveals his new space, but first exhibition to be held in May. The Art Newspaper, January 9, 2014


Ten new year’s resolutions for architects in 2014 Remember that buildings shouldn’t burn things, windows should let in light and copying is fine – but just try not to annoy the skateboarders. The Guardian, January 3, 2014

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