Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 4, 2014


Vancouver staff recommend PuSh festival as main tenant in downtown cultural hub. City staff are recommending PuSh, along with Touchstone Theatre, DOXA festival organizer the Documentary Media Society, and Music on Main as tenants in city-leased space in the CBC building on Hamilton Street. Georgia Straight, January 30, 2014

Another independent bookseller falls: Oscar’s Art Books announces closing. After 24 years in business, many of them directly across the street from one of the big-chain bookstores that were once thought to be the biggest threat to independent booksellers, Oscar’s Art Books has announced that it’s preparing to close its doors for good. It closes March 31. Georgia Straight, February 3, 2014


Inner rascal holds key to creativity in Victoria artist’s book. “If you want to learn to colour outside the lines, you must embrace the Trickster. So says Victoria author and artist Nick Bantock, the creator of Griffin and Sabine. Put another way, if you want to be genuinely creative — that is, tap into the best stuff from your deeper self — you’ve got to go with your instincts rather than logic. It’s not easy, because it seems counterintuitive.” Times Colonist, January 31, 2014

Owen Sound, ON

Ann Beam: The Engine Room. “Ann Beam’s virtuosic painted constructions, arranged along the walls of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in her solo exhibition “Ann Beam: The Engine Room,” which closed in early January, offered one of the best reasons to go to Owen Sound this winter.” Canadian Art, February 3, 2014


The Closer You Get: An Interview with Peter Doig. ““Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands,” which opened last week at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, surveys the acclaimed painter’s work since 2000, when he visited Trinidad and decided to move there from London.” Canadian Art, January 30, 2014

Los Angeles

Art Matters | An Outlaw Art Fair Sets up Shop on L.A.’s Frontier. “The Paramount Ranch show installed a global who’s who of young galleries in an only-in-So-Cal setting: the faux Western village where John Wayne filmed.” New York Times, February 3, 2014

Chandler, Arizona

Photographer Shifts from Automotive Espionage to Fine Art. Brenda Priddy, an automotive spy photographer, has turned her lens away from manufacturers’ desert proving grounds toward detail-oriented imagery. New York Times, February 4, 2014


Dallas Museum Lands a Rich Trove of Islamic Art. Under an unusual agreement, the Dallas Museum of Art will become the long-term custodian of one of the most important collections of Islamic art in private hands. New York Times, February 3, 2014

New York

At Four Seasons, Picasso Tapestry Hangs on the Edge of Eviction. The planned removal of “Le Tricorne” has set off a dispute about the motives behind the move, and revealed how brittle the work itself has become. New York Times, February 3, 2014

Art Stolen by Nazis Goes to Auction. “Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s now frequently coordinate with buyers, sellers, restitution lawyers and private art-loss databases to broker deals on art they discover was looted by the Nazis.” Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2014


Photography of Ara Güler captures a forgotten Turkey. Previously unseen shots at the Arthur M Sackler Gallery in Washington DC show medieval Seljuk and Armenian monuments from across Anatolia. The Guardian, February 3, 2014

Dundee, Scotland

Dundee wins £9.4m lottery funding to keep V&A museum project alive. The project in Dundee, Scotland, is going to open three years late – and doesn’t have all the answers about long-term funding for the museum – but a lottery grant of £9.4 million has set it back on track. The Guardian, February 3, 2014


A sale of Joan Miro artwork is cancelled amid a legal dispute. “The state took over the artworks as part of the assets of Portugal’s BPN bank, which was nationalised during the financial crisis in 2008. A court in Portugal earlier rejected an injunction by opposition politicians attempting to block the sale” at Christies in London. BBC, February 4, 2014

Edfu, Egypt

4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt. Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades. Discovery, February 3, 2014

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