Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 23, 2014


Fuse. “Celebrate the Experimental, the Spectacular and the Intimate! Several times a year, the VAG turns into a late-night party palace; with co-presenters PuSh Festival deploying groundbreaking performers to carry out surprising dance, art and music all over the gallery, this Friday’s edition of Fuse should be extra stimulating.” Vancouver Sun, January 23, 2014

Publication Studio launches its new gallery with Some Woolly Buzz. “Publication Studio Vancouver, which prints and binds books on demand, recently opened an alternative gallery at 222 East Georgia Street and launched it with Some Woolly Buzz. This group show consists mostly of small-scale laser prints by three dozen local, national, and international artists, writers, and curators, including Arnaud Desjardin, Eileen Myles, Rodney Graham, Myfanwy MacLeod, Ian Wallace, Fiona Banner, and Kota Ezawa.” Georgia Straight, January 21, 2014


Nomadic artist-run gallery finds home. After two years of hosting exhibitions in borrowed window spaces, the Ministry of Casual Living is celebrating its new home with a two-night opening show this weekend. The Ministry has moved into a second-floor space at 819 Fort St., which includes 10 studios as well as a main gallery space. The studios are rented by 15 artists and musicians, who pay between $1.30 and $5.20 a square foot, depending on factors such as natural light, ventilation and storage space. Times Colonist, January 23, 2014

Nelson, B.C.

Requiem for a Glacier Mourns Climate Change Losses. “Melding a four-part oratorio with a live mountainside performance and two-channel video installation, Requiem for a Glacier is Victoria artist Paul Walde’s most ambitious work to date. Its elaborate structure is a culmination of intermedia and sound-composition methods the artist has employed for 15 years and it demonstrates an essential progress: the ideas are more expansive than in Walde’s past work; the compositional systems that define his practice create a richer intertextual field; and his efficacy as a multi-disciplinary artist is impressively enhanced.” Canadian Art, January 22, 2014


Alex Bierk: When Addiction Becomes Art. “Alex Bierk’s “Pitfalls and Withdrawals” is an exhibition that art-worlders who romanticize the substance abuse accompanying many creative careers would do well to see—and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could take a look, too. If Miami is (one of the many places) where the art world goes to get high, this show at Toronto’s General Hardware is where it might go to come down.” Canadian Art, January 23, 2014

Ann Webb Appointed Managing Director of ROM Contemporary Culture. “The Royal Ontario Museum announced today the appointment of Ann Webb as the managing director of ROM Contemporary Culture.Webb was formerly executive director of the Canadian Art Foundation, publisher of Canadian Art. From 1995 to 2013, she created or coordinated various events and programs for the foundation.” Canadian Art, January 22, 2014

Blackwood Gallery Appoints Christine Shaw as Director/Curator. “The Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga has appointed Christine Shaw to the position of director/curator. Shaw is now also a lecturer in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.” Canadian Art, January 22, 2014


Museum’s historic typewriter holds key to family’s long-forgotten past. Family history told Heather Nisbet that her great-grandfather did a little inventing in his spare time. The stories glossed over what he did, but implied it couldn’t have amounted to much. The stories even had the wrong great-grandfather. Ottawa Citizen, January 22, 2014

Los Angeles

More Free Books: Getty Launches 250-Title Online Library Following closely in the digital footsteps of the University of California Press, the Getty Center in Los Angeles yesterday made 250 of its art books freely available online. Hyperallergic, January 22, 2014


Michigan Governor Asks State Lawmakers to Provide $350 Million for Detroit Gov. Rick Snyder urged Michigan’s Legislature to provide $350 million to lessen possible cuts to the pensions of Detroit retirees and save the city’s art collection from the threat of sale. New York Times, January 23, 2014

Washington, D.C.

A rabbit in Nelson Mandela’s ear and other artistic insults Sculptors hid the rabbit after being rushed and forbidden to sign their statue. But similar jokes played by some of the greatest artists who ever lived were vicious in comparison. The Guardian, January 22, 2014

New York

Douglas Davis, Critic and Internet Artist, Dies at 80 Mr. Davis was a critic, an author, and people can still add to one of his works, “The World’s First Collaborative Sentence,” which started in 1994. New York Times, January 23, 2014

Martha Beck, Founder of the Drawing Center, Dies at 75 Ms. Beck established the small alternative museum the Drawing Center in SoHo in 1977, and marshaled modest grants to organize exhibitions of major-museum quality. New York Times, January 23, 2014

The Next Big Picture “What is a photograph?” asks a show at the International Center of Photography, a question echoed by curators navigating a flood of new works that are far from documentary. New York Times, January 23, 2014


British Library staging exhibition of comics in ‘overdue’ celebration of genre Library chief, Roly Keating, says show will explore field from Misty comics and superhero classics to graphic novels. The Guardian, January 22, 2014


First international congress on Gaudí to be held in Barcelona The Catalan architect’s work and impact on the field will be explored, with future events planned every two years until 2026. The Art Newspaper, January 23, 2014


Moscow moves forward with expanded contemporary art museum New home for the National Centre for Contemporary Art will be at site of former airport. The Art Newspaper, January 23, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa

Tiny bunny in ear of giant Nelson Mandela statue sparks outcry. “South African officials want the miniature bunny removed from the statue, which was unveiled outside the government complex in Pretoria, the capital, on Dec. 16, a day after Mandela’s funeral. The department of arts and culture said it didn’t know the two sculptors, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, had added a rabbit, said to be a discreet signature on their work.” Toronto Star, January 22, 2014

Gwangju, Korea

Korean biennial all fired up for tenth anniversary Gwangju Biennale’s director aims to reflect country’s “incredible engagement with the future” The Art Newspaper, January 23, 2014

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