Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 15, 2014


Vancouver’s PuSh festival at age 10: Taking stock and forging ahead. “Every year in the middle of Vancouver’s rainy winter dreariness, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival offers at least the promise of avant-garde heat. This year the festival marks 10 years in the cultural envelope-pushing business, with a CV that boasts immense growth, international interest and a record of premiering and presenting ground-breaking and widely resonating works.” Globe & Mail, January 13, 2014

Vancouver’s Über Famous Band That Never Was It was called UJ3RK5. The 5 is silent. No reunion planned soon: Jeff Wall’s pretty busy. The Tyee, January 15, 2014

This Week. This week’s highlights include: Thomas Anfield: Paintorialism at Initial Gallery, Althea Thauberger: Marat Sade Bohnice at Audain Gallery, and Paul Wong: #PaulWong2014 at Winsor Gallery. Vancouver Sun, January 15, 2014


Generations stand tall in totem pole’s rebirth. “The rededication of a totem pole at the Inner Harbour on Tuesday showcased the artistic talent that runs through generations of the Hunt family. The four-metre tall Kwakiutl Bear Pole, which has stood at the corner of Government and Belleville streets since 1966, was celebrated following its refurbishment by hereditary Kwakwaka’wakw chief Tony Hunt. His father, Henry Hunt, carved the original pole, part of a provincial government-organized project called Route of the Totems.” Times Colonist, January 14, 2014

Prince George

Gallery, cancer agency team up to save faces Radiation treatment for some patients with facial cancer is becoming less stressful, thanks to a unique partnership between the BC Cancer Agency of the North and the Two Rivers Gallery. The Prince George Citizen, January 14, 2014


Art coalition gets interim director. Dr. Terry Rock has been named the interim managing director of Contemporary Calgary. That’s the new visual art coalition that’s been formed from a trio of organizations (Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, the Art Gallery of Calgary and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art) that merged in December. Calgary Herald, January 15, 2014


Art fuels recovery. Two women find inspiration in healing: Lisa Walter is an artist-in-residence at Workman Arts in Toronto. She is currently working on a graphic novel that describes her battle to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder. As a member of Workman Arts, a group for artists with mental illness, Jaene Castrillon performances include themes of suicide, abuse and mental illness. Vancouver Sun, January 15, 2014


5 Ways Canada Can Fight Art Theft. “Whether it’s the theft of eight antique gold pocket watches at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum earlier this month, the disappearance of a religious statue outside a Toronto church in December, or the stealing of $50,000 worth of art and prints from a new Montreal gallery in November, the theft of art and cultural artifacts—and their recovery—is a growing concern for many in Canada. Recently, Mark Starling—president of Canadian art-shipping company PACART and chair of the International Convention of Exhibition and Fine Art Transporters—spoke at a UN conference in Italy about the $6-billion world of international cultural-property trafficking and its prevention. Here are five ways he thinks Canada can fight art theft and fraud in the future…” Canadian Art, January 14, 2014.

New York

Five-Hour Matthew Barney Film Premieres at BAM Matthew Barney’s latest film, the five-hour River of Fundament, will have its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Feb. 12-16. Art in America, January 15, 2014

Piero’s Devotional Paintings, United at the Met Four private devotional paintings by Renaissance master Piero della Francesca will soon be united for the first time in an exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art in America, January 14, 2014

Huge Art Installation at J.F.K. Airport Faces Possible Destruction The work of art, welcoming arriving international passengers at Terminal 4 since 2001, is scheduled to be removed by this spring and could be destroyed if a new home is not found. New York Times, January 15, 2014


British Museum Broke (and Maybe Smashed) Attendance Records Last YearThere were 6.7 million visits in 2013, up 20% from 2012 and up 13.5% from the previous record year, 2008. The Guardian, January 14, 2014


Einstein’s Camera. “Adam Magyar is a computer geek, a college dropout, a self-taught photographer, a high-tech Rube Goldberg, a world traveler, and a conceptual artist of growing global acclaim.” Matter, [January 8, 2014]


Tea and sympathy with Pussy Riot A Russian missionary sat down to talk with the recently freed members of the feminist punk band. The Art Newspaper, January 15, 2014


Ambitious Art on Display at Mumbai’s New Airport Terminal Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s Terminal 2 will eventually showcase 7,000 art objects, including antiquities procured from 27 states within India. New York Times, January 15, 2014

Jeju Island, Korea

Culture Wars? Korean Island’s 100+ Museums Compete for Visitors From any one of Jeju Island’s three sex museums, “visitors can visit two chocolate museums, three teddy-bear museums and, by one count, seven museums that specialize in ‘trick art,’ images that let people pose as if they are stuck in a shark’s mouth or having a drink with five scantily clad women.” Wall Street Journal, January 15, 2014


So Art Is A Great Investment? (Maybe Not So Much) “When looked at more carefully as an investment category, art falls short relative to many of the other assets to which it is frequently – and favourably – compared. These include both traditional and alternative investments, whether public and private equity, gold, wine, or residential property. Its lack of correlation to such assets is also questionable.” Financial times, January 15, 2014

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