Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 29, 2014


B.C. heritage advocate calls for help keeping West Vancouver’s Binning House open to public. “It may look like a simple, single-storey, flat-roofed bungalow embedded into the hillside of West Vancouver, but the early modernist home built by Canadian artist Bertram Binning in 1941 remains culturally significant to this day, says a local heritage advocate.” The Province, January 26, 2014


Museum CEO is bringing B.C.’s past into the future. “Between 1850 and 1854, Vancouver Island governor James Douglas negotiated 14 treaties with local First Nations. Royal B.C. Museum CEO Jack Lohman was stunned when he found out the Victoria institution still had the original documents tucked away on a shelf. He applied to have them added to the Memory of the World, UNESCO’s register of important world heritage objects. “These 14 extraordinary pre-Confederation treaties [are] written in sort of Charles Dickens handwriting, [and] have pieces of bark where the First Nations signed them,” he says. “The First Nations signed them with pieces of plants. They’re extraordinary testaments.”” Times Colonist, January 26, 2014


Edmonton recognizes artists with diversity and trust fund awards (with video). “The awards of $7,500, administered by the Edmonton Arts Council, go to musicians, filmmakers, writers, actors and other artists who come to Edmonton and show a strong commitment to continuing their craft here. The award included visual artist Ljubomir Ilic, who is from the former Yugoslavia, and Ukrainian visual artist and printmaker Oksana Movchan.” Edmonton Journal, January 26, 2014


Art in the age of Edward Snowden. “Edward Snowden may have been the initial leak, but the crack he chipped in the dam has since produced a deluge — makes Counterintelligence, an exhaustive survey of the odd intersections between art, aesthetics and militaristic subterfuge timely indeed. Charles Stankievech, a young dynamo of an artist who’s positioned himself at the crossroads of art and military intrigue more or less since the outset of his career. If this sounds less like a central hub of artistic inquiry than a distant outpost, fair enough: Stankievech, originally from Calgary and recently relocated to Berlin, spent years on the physical margins of mainstream world in Dawson City, Yukon, honing both his craft and unique world view.” Toronto Star, January 29, 2014

From geisha to diva: The kimonos of Ichimaru exhibition opens in Toronto. As the Textile Museum of Canada’s upcoming upcoming “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibition attests, decoding and interpreting the delicate details of a kimono’s colour and print can imply a lot about its wearer. National Post, January 23, 2014


National Gallery exhibition features giant photograph of Canadian soldiers in the historic First World War battle. “Back in 1917, it was billed as the world’s largest photograph. The horizontal shot measured 20 feet by 11 feet and showed a panorama, like no other, of Canadian soldiers fighting The Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War bloodbath from which Canada emerged victorious and, some historians say, emerged for the first time as a truly sovereign nation. The photograph will be a star attraction in a National Gallery of Canada exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.” Ottawa Citizen, January 28, 2014


Vincent Bonin Talks Theory, Curation and Property Theft. “Whether studying academic art history or preparing an artist statement, it’s hard not to feel responsible for knowing a certain litany of twentieth-century philosophers and writers. From Jacques Derrida to Gilles Deleuze, so-called French theory has long guided some of the most prominent strains of contemporary art and its critical apparatus. It’s with this admittedly cerebral context that Montreal curator Vincent Bonin launched his new two-part exhibition, “D’un discours qui ne serai pas du semblant / Actors, Networks, Theories,” which saw its first half recently close at Concordia’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery and sees its second open at Dazibao later this year.” Canadian Art, January 27, 2014

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Bernard Perlin, Painter of Varied Styles, Dies at 95 Mr. Perlin was an American painter who displayed a mastery of light and line across a wide range of work, including wartime propaganda posters, street scenes of New York and effervescent views of Italy. New York Times, January 29, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Says It Won’t Reopen National Mall Building To The Public After Renovation It’s the Arts and Industries Building, one of the oldest buildings on the Mall. “The cost of rehabilitating the building for public use and operating it exceeded the available funding sources at this time. . . . The building will remain closed for the foreseeable future.” Washington Post, January 29, 2014


Egyptian jewellery heist at Leicester museum kept quiet Third theft at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery revealed after Freedom of Information request, £90,000 spent on security upgrade. The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2014


Holburne director to lead Ashmolean Museum The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has named Alexander Sturgis as its new director. Sturgis joins the institution from the Holburne Museum. The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2014


Exhibition remembers Oslo bombing Damaged work of art is the focus. The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2014


Brussels antiques fair embraces the kunstkammer aesthetic But quantity does not always mean top quality, and contemporary works on offer can be middling. The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2014


Christie’s Paris sale profits from Elsa Schiaparelli revival An auction of her clothes, art and furnishings doubles expectations to make €1.7m. The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2014


The not-so-secret task force investigating Munich art hoard is revealed German government releases the names of the researchers looking into the provenance of the Schwabing art trove. The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2014

Dealer/Hoarder Considers Restitution for Nazi-Looted Art A lawyer for the reclusive collector of a massive trove of art found in Germany said Monday that he is considering claims for the restitution of some of the works as he seeks “fair and just solutions” following the seizure of the collection. AP, January 27, 2014

Inside the Secret Market for Nazi-Looted Art The German dealer who left 1,400 works to his son was part of a network of dealers and others in Munich who helped implement the Nazi looting program, conceal stolen works, and sell them after the war. ARTnews, January 29, 2014


Indiana Jones Had Nothing on the (Real-Life) Monuments Men They were “a small group of art professionals, many of them from Ivy League colleges and top U.S. museums, who, in the last days of [World War II] and well after the surrender of Germany, secured and preserved millions of European cultural objects looted by the Nazis and returned them to the nations from which they had been taken.” The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2014

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