Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 5, 2014


Art this week: Janet Wang, Niall McClelland and BC Family Day at Vancouver Art Gallery. Wang at the Seymour Art Gallery, McClelland at Wil Aballe Art Projects. Vancouver Sun, February 5, 2014

“RezErect: NATIVE EROTICA”: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver Sept. 25, 2013 to April 20, 2014 When Kwiaahwah Jones and Gwaai Edenshaw started talking about co-curating an exhibition of contemporary indigenous erotic art, people asked, “Native erotic art? Does it even exist?” Jones is amused. “We’re the fastest growing population in Canada,” she says. “It certainly exists.” Galleries West, January 30, 2014


World Premiere Documentaries Bring Famed Artists … – Canadian Art The Reel Artists Film Festival returns this year with an exciting selection of 19 international feature-length and short documentary films, screening February 19 to 23 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Presented by the Canadian Art Foundation, RAFF is North America’s only festival of documentaries on visual art and artists. Canadian Art, February 4, 2014

Morrisseau painting not a fake, Toronto dealer says A painting contested as a fraudulent work by iconic Canadian First Nations artist Norval Morrisseau is authentic, a Toronto art dealer says. Toronto Star, February 5, 2014


MAC Montreal Expansion Gains Momentum – Canadian Art Today, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s plan to double its exhibition space gained momentum with a show of goodwill on the part of the Quebec government. Quebec premier Pauline Marois, culture and communications minister Maka Kotto, and international relations minister Jean-Francois Lisée all voiced their support for the expansion at a press conference earlier today. At the event, Marois announced $550,000 of provincial funding to refine the budget, scope and process of the expansion in the next few months. Canadian Art, February 4, 2014


Canadian museums take part in project to track down Nazi-looted paintings Six Canadian art museums are participating in a project that’s expected to help them determine if they have any Nazi-looted paintings in their permanent collections, as well as provide guidelines that other Canadian institutions can use to make the same determinations. Globe and Mail, February 5, 2014

San Francisco

San Francisco Rejects George Lucas’s Plan To Build $700 Million Museum “Lucas wants a showcase for his collection of popular art, including illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, and he had pledged $700 million to build and endow the museum.” Yahoo, February 4, 2014


Dallas Museum Gets Major Collection of Islamic Art “The Keir Collection, amassed over decades in Britain by Edmund de Unger, a Hungarian real-estate magnate who died in 2011, will go to Dallas for at least 15 years beginning in May, under an unusual long-term renewable loan that will give the museum the right to lend pieces to other institutions.” New York Times, February 4, 2014

New York

MoMA’s Proposal for Sculpture Garden Pleases and Riles The Museum of Modern Art’s plan to allow greater access to its sculpture garden is seen as step forward or backward, depending on the perspective. New York Times, February 5, 2014

Art Matters | For Adults Only The cheeky British artist Sarah Lucas returns to New York with a solo exhibition at the Gladstone Gallery. New York Times, February 5, 2014

About Last Night | Artists Gather for a Spoken-Word Tribute to the Diabolical Wit and Wisdom of John Baldessari An eclectic assortment of guests appeared at a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the collected writings of the legendary conceptual artist, including Alex Israel, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Fred Savage — yes, that Fred Savage. New York Times, February 4, 2014


Christie’s Cancels Sale of Joan Miro Works Owned by Portugal In recent weeks, the planned auction has sparked a public controversy in the country, led by opposition lawmakers and artists who have argued that the Miró collection was now part of Portugal’s cultural heritage. New York Times, February 5, 2014

Announcing the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity Yes, this is real – and Snicket (children’s author Daniel Handler) is funding it himself. Why? “Because librarians have suffered enough.” The Guardian, January 30, 2014


Letter From France | How to Visit Some of Paris’s Finest Museums but Skip the Crowds Avoid the crush at the Louvre and explore places devoted to art in the 20th century, French architectural history and the life of Edith Piaf, without the annoyance of hordes of fellow museum goers. New York Times, February 3, 2014


Where N.S.A. Kept Watch in Cold War, Artists Now Find Refuge More than two decades after the United States pulled up its final cables from Field Station Berlin, the ruins of the complex still hold a mystical attraction for history buffs, artists and tourists. New York Times, February 5, 2014


6th India Art Fair Reports Strong Sales The event’s organizers said a number of exhibitors sold all their offerings, and many local gallery owners said they were pleased by the results. New York Times, February 1, 2014


The Chinese Art Market Doesn’t Add Up (Where’s The Money?) “Money-laundering, tax evasion and the illicit transfer of cultural heritage objects could be factors explaining large discrepancies that have emerged in an analysis of art shipments between China and the US.” The Art Newspaper, February 4, 2014

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