Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 22, 2014


Transport, not art, on Ottawa’s funding list. “B.C. municipal leaders are gearing up for an announcement on how the Harper government plans to spend its $14-billion, 10-year, Building Canada Fund that starts April 1. Metro leaders have a pretty good idea of what Ottawa won’t fund. The Harper government has signalled disdain for having federal taxpayers subsidize projects such as the proposed new $350-million Vancouver Art Gallery.” Vancouver Sun, January 22, 2014

The Cultch receives $2 million donation for arts in East Vancouver. “The arts are an important part of what makes a healthy neighbourhood, and we are delighted to support The Cultch’s dream of realizing a performing arts space in our own backyard,” said Barry Glotman, president and CEO of West Coast Reduction Ltd, in a statement. Vancouver Sun, January 22, 2014


Carole Sabiston’s works brought back for retrospective at AGGV. “As textile artist Carole Sabiston looked at her work on the walls of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria this week, it felt like a homecoming. The local artist said she was getting reacquainted with some pieces she’d made as far back at the 1960s, which were gathered together from private and public collections for a retrospective show of her work.” Times Colonist, January 21, 2014


A picture is a thousand words. “Autistic artist, Melanie Halprin, is ‘compelled’ to fill up space and her message is reaching all the way to Amsterdam.” Winnipeg Free Press, January 22, 2014


Lives Lived: Jeannie Thib, 58. “As an artist, Jeannie Thib would carefully cut up floral fabric patterns, rearrange them and transform them, using felt or metal or glass, to produce glorious sculptural constructions. She played with traditional images of nature to create fascinating formations that, although often small in scale, offered viewers passageways and entry points to her wondrous and inventive gardens.” Globe & Mail, January 22, 2014

Ed Burtynsky’s Watermark Wins $100,000 Critics’ Prize. Watermark, a documentary co-directed by internationally renowned Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky, is the winner of the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award for 2013. In February, Watermark is due to have a special screening at the Berlinale which will be its European premiere. Canadian Art, January 21, 2014


A happy marriage of artistic forms. “Little Voices, opening this week at Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa City Hall, is a marriage of diorama and words, the former from Patti Normand and the latter from Lesley Buxton. The disparate media work here because they are linked by being fundamentally narrative, and even though each narrative is unique – the stories embedded in the dioramas are not necessarily the same as the stories imagined in the accompanying words – they merge into a convincing, and entertaining, whole.” Ottawa Citizen, January 22, 2014


Maskull Lasserre Q&A: How the Army Changed My Art. “In March 2010, Montreal artist Maskull Lasserre travelled to Kandahar province in Afghanistan as part of the Canadian Forces Artists Program. Little did he know that two weeks in an active conflict zone would fundamentally shift his perspectives on life and art. It’s an effect made clear in an exhibition of new sculptural works that closes this weekend at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal. Here, Lasserre details the lasting impact of his time on the ground with the Canadian military and the powerful resonance of war on the artistic imagination.” Canadian Art, January 17, 2014


State Of Michigan Legislators Close On Announcing Detroit Bailout For DIA Art “Two sources familiar with Snyder’s plans said the Republican governor would announce plans for the state to match the $330 million that nine private foundations have already pledged to aid pensioners and protect city-purchased art.” Detroit News, January 22, 2014


Booming Interest In Art Leading To Christie’s Record Year Over the last 12 months Christie’s has expanded its online business and opened showrooms in Shanghai and Mumbai to capture new buyers. BBC, January 21, 2014

Tracey Emin: confessions of a conservative artist with nothing to say. “Any sense of real subversion or originality Tracey Emin ever conveyed has long since been packaged, copyrighted, and reproduced as kitsch self-caricature. An interview in the latest issue of Time Out reads like a cut-and-paste summary of previous public statements: Emin’s views on life boiled down to bullet points…” The Guardian, Jan. 21, 2014


Italians To Vote On Which Artworks To Save “The idea is to raise awareness — and money — for those artistic treasures that need restoration, something the culture ministry says has become a Sisyphean task amid the euro crisis.” NPR, January 21, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa

A rabbit in Nelson Mandela’s ear and other artistic insults. “Never piss off an artist – you may find yourself ridiculed for all eternity by a hidden message in one of their works. Under pressure from South African authorities to finish a statue of Nelson Mandela quickly, and forbidden to sign it, sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren hid a bronze rabbit in Mandela’s ear. They admit it was a pointed joke – the Afrikaans word for rabbit means haste.” The Guardian, Jan. 21, 2014


Bonfire lit on museum steps as violent protests rock Kiev The National Art Museum of Ukraine has issued an appeal to the warring sides of the escalating political standoff to spare the country’s cultural heritage. The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2014


Pussy Riot member inspired by fellow activist Ai Weiwei Speaking at the Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore, the recently released punk performer said she would discuss the Chinese artist’s work with her fellow inmates while in prison. The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2014

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