Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 16, 2014


PuSh Festival: Rabih Mroué’s Nothing to Lose digs into war-making and picture-taking. “In Rabih Mroué’s video Shooting Images, a rooftop sniper and a cameraman at a blown-out window focus their sights on each other. For a brief moment, they stare into each other’s eyes, before this paradoxically intimate connection is violently severed. The sniper murders the cameraman—you hear the shot, watch the unfocused tumble of images as the mobile-phone camera falls to the floor—and yet the video survives in the digital afterlife of YouTube. It endures in Mroué’s thought-provoking restaging of events, too.” Georgia Straight, January 15, 2014

Your guide to the 2014 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. As the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival turns 10, we look at the ways it’s changed the cultural landscape, as well as the challenges it faces in the next decade; plus, a look at some of the hottest performances that you won’t want to miss. Georgia Straight, January 15, 2014

Gesamtkunstwerk: Say what? “Opening in mid-March Gesamtkunstwerk: Life as a Total Work of Art will look at the evolution of the city’s built form from the early years to the recent dominance of the ubiquitous podium and tower buildings around the downtown core. The exhibition will be in the same building that bears the Gesamt/Kunst/Werk sign. The exhibition is being curated by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and architecture and urbanism expert.” Vancouver Sun, January 16, 2014


Public work headed for Kamloops. “A sculpture by artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas that recreates the moment before the North and South Thompson join and become the single Thompson River was put together and raised for the first time Wednesday at a metal fabricating plant in Delta. Called Rivers, the soaring steel and aluminum sculpture commissioned by the City of Kamloops is more than 10 metres tall.” Vancouver Sun, January 16, 2014


Ramsay’s famous upside-down church uprooted after lease expires. “A crane removed Dennis Oppenheim’s sculpture Device to Root Out Evil on Monday, after the art carefully balanced along 24th Avenue S.E. for more than five years. Through a deal that involved Glenbow Museum, the site’s former landowner had a short-term lease with the upside-down church’s Vancouver owner. The lease ended last April.” Calgary Herald, January 13, 2014


Dinosaur museum has great bones, says architectural magazine. “The newest home for dinosaur bones in northern Alberta is expected to be an architectural marvel, according to a Canadian architecture magazine. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum being constructed in Wembley was selected by Azure magazine as one of the Top 10 Projects to Follow in 2014. The list includes projects in China, the Netherlands and Italy and focuses on “innovative, forward-looking and socially relevant” architectural design.” Edmonton Journal, January 13, 2014


They Made A Day Be A Day Here: Prairie Positive. “The past few years have seen a number of major regional art surveys, from Micah Lexier’s recent homage to the Toronto art scene in “One, Two, and More Than Two” at the Power Plant to “My Winnipeg” at Plug In ICA, “Flatlanders: Saskatchewan Artists on the Horizon” at the Mendel Art Gallery, and “We: Vancouver” at the Vancouver Art Gallery… “They Made A Day Be A Day Here” has all the trappings of a regional survey show, with none of the pretense of cataloguing the prairie art scene.” Canadian Art, January 16, 2014

Q&A: Cedric Bomford on Buildings, Bechers & More. “Whether building a surveillance tower in a corporate office, constructing the top of a mine shaft on a wooden deck, or creating a bridge out of castoff lumber in a white-cube gallery, Canadian artist Cedric Bomford—often working in collaboration with his brother, Nathan Bomford—is becoming well-known for large-scale installations that engage and provoke. With one installation recently wrapped up in Nanaimo, another currently up at MOT Projects in London, and an exhibition of photographs just about to open at the Esker Foundation in Calgary, there’s growing interest in his work. Here, the BC-bred, Winnipeg-based artist talks about Prague subways, Berlin checkpoints and the power of overlooked structures.” Canadian Art, January 15, 2014


See Great Upheaval at AGO and come face to face with beauty. “There are lots of reasons to see The Great Upheaval at the Art Gallery of Ontario on a Saturday or Sunday before the show ends in early March… Here’s why The Great Upheaval at the AGO works: there is no single painting or piece of sculpture in the entire exhibition that doesn’t deserve prolonged attention. And there are many that are truly great. So, if you keep your eyes open, and if you are willing to work a little outside the general flow of viewer traffic, you can spot your openings. You can make your move.” Toronto Star, January 15, 2014

Los Angeles

L.A. MOCA Names New Director Philippe Vergne, director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, replaces the controversial former art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, whose rocky tenure ended after three years of a five-year contract. Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2014

Las Vegas

Buyer of $142.4 Million Bacon Triptych Identified as Elaine Wynn Art world sources say the buyer was Ms. Wynn, the ex-wife of Stephen A. Wynn, the Las Vegas casino owner. New York Times, January 16, 2014

New York

Architect Elizabeth Diller Defends MoMA Building Plan “I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs, and to suggest that what MoMA is doing is necessarily bad. We want to get more information out. We want to share the problem with others and invite them to really take a hard look.” Los Angeles times, January 16, 2014

Martin Filler: MoMa Building Plans Are A Blunder “Not since the vandalizing of Charles Follen McKim’s Pennsylvania Station half a century ago has New York City’s architectural patrimony been dealt such a low blow.” New York Review of Books, January 15, 2014

Stolen Art Treasures Recovered In US Returned To India “Three sandstone sculptures worth more than $1m stolen from India five years ago have been returned to the Indian government at a ceremony in New York.” BBC, January 15, 2014


Understandably Arbitrary To Be Sure, But Here’s The Telegraph’s List Of Top Five Treasures In the British Museum Hate lists? Of course, but they do serve as an entry for discussion… The Telegraph, January 15, 2014

V&A to publish Nazi’s ‘degenerate art’ inventory online For the first time, the entire list of 16,558 works of Entartete Kunst will be readily searchable. The Art Newspaper, January 16, 2014

V&A’s European galleries to get £12.5m overhaul False ceilings will be removed to expose original 1890s architecture and let in natural light. The Art Newspaper, January 16, 2014

Mistelbach, Austria

Mysterious portfolio of watercolours by Schiele turns out to be mostly fakes While Austrian newspapers report on the discovery of early works in an attic, we have the real story. The Art Newspaper, January 16, 2014


There’s an Art Jihad in Uzbekistan “Jihad” has become a loaded word, but a group of video artists in the Central Asian republic are “using it to brand their own subversive, humorous criticisms of the overpowering central state.” Moscow Times, January 14, 2014

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