Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 10-13, 2014

Vancouver

KPMB makes Vancouver Art Gallery’s architect shortlist KPMB, based in Toronto, is the only Canadian finalist; there are no British Columbia-based firms on the short list. The five firms were chosen from a pool of 75 applicants, and evaluated based on their ability to “create an architecturally significant visual art museum that places prominence on artists and art and that celebrates the rich cultural context of Vancouver,” according to a VAG news release out Thursday. Globe and Mail, January 10, 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery’s most important decision? Hiring the right … If you are trying to build a new “architecturally significant” art museum, hiring the right designers is the most important decision you can make. So far, the Vancouver Art Gallery is doing it right. The shortlist for its new building includes three bona fide global stars (Herzog and de Meuron, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and SANAA) plus Canada’s best large architecture firm, KPMB, and a sleeper, the very talented Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Globe and Mail, January 9, 2014

Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB in Running to Redesign … – Canadian Art Five firms in total were shortlisted; the gallery expects a decision in spring 2014. Canadian Art, January 10, 2014

A new home for a city of art The Vancouver Art Gallery has shortlisted a suite of five prestigious international architectural firms to design the gallery’s new downtown home. Vancouver Sun, January 10, 2014

Architects shortlisted for future art gallery The vision of a new Vancouver Art Gallery is coming closer to reality with the shortlisting of five potential architects,. The Province, January 10, 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery announces five architectural firms as finalists for design of new building Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels called the announcement of the short-listed candidates “a significant moment” in the gallery’s plans for a new facility. Georgia Straight, January 9, 2014

VOTE | Whose Architectural Vision Do You Want … – Scout Magazine After wading through a pool of some 75 architectural firms from 16 countries following and open request for qualifications, The Vancouver Art Gallery has just named five of them as finalists for the design of its highly anticipated new home at West Georgia and Cambie. Scout Magazine, January 9, 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery Announces Shortlist of Architects for New … Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB Architects, SANAA, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects are the five firms in the running to design the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new museum building—the shortlist was announced today. Artforum, January 9, 2014

Husband-and-Wife Architecture Firms Compete for Vancouver Commission After being at odds of the Museum of Modern Art’s renovation plan, the firms of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects are finalists for the design of a new building for the Vancouver Art Gallery. New York Times, January 11, 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery shortlists five architecture firms for new …This just out from the VAG. I’m told by locals that the VAG discouraged anyone local from applying by themselves and instead encouraged them to partner up with an international firm. State of Vancouver (blog) January 9, 2014

The sophisticated legacy of Charles Edenshaw The Vancouver Art Gallery explores the esthetic world of Northwest Coast master carver. North Shore News, January 10, 2014

Denver

Denver Art Museum Gets a Trove of Impressionist Works The museum will get 22 works by artists like van Gogh, Monet and Renoir, from the collection of Frederic C. Hamilton. New York times, January 13, 2014

New York

Is It Right To Destroy An Architectural Icon (Even If Flawed) To House More Art? Tearing down New York’s Folk Art Museum: “Mine is not necessarily a view that everyone can accept: to many observers, the Folk Art building seems, like all too many museums these days, to be a grand-scale sculpture that fails to showcase the art it was built to house. But if that is MoMA’s opinion, then it should say so, which could help stimulate a worthwhile public discussion on the aesthetic of architecture.” The Nation, January 9, 2014

Book Fans Flock To The Frick Museum For The Goldfinch Bestselling book inspires fans to converge on the small museum, which has more than doubled its membership during the show that features the painting from the novel. The Art Newspaper, January 12, 2014

Madeline Arakawa Gins, Visionary Architect, Dies at 72 Madeline Arakawa Gins, a poet-turned-painter-turned-architect who publicly forswore mortality — and whose buildings, by her own account, were designed to pre-empt death for those living in them — died on Wednesday in Manhattan. She was 72. New York Times, January 12, 2014

Valencia, Spain

Spanish Opera House to Lose Crumbling Facade by Star Architect The structural problems of Valencia’s opera house, which has been closed because of falling tiles, are the latest in the travails of Santiago Calatrava. New York Times, January 12, 2014

Kabul

Reconstructing The Kabul Museum After Taliban Looting“Three hundred of the most important of the 2,500 objects the Taliban had smashed have been painstakingly reassembled in recent years, and many of the others are arrayed in boxes and trays, awaiting their turn for restoration.” New York times, January 13, 2014

International

The Latest Art Market Scam “Art experts are warning of the rapid spread of a new con-trick infecting the market, which involves cheaply produced works in the style of great artists being sold by dealers who dishonestly suggest they are genuine.” The Telegraph (UK) January 13, 2014

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