Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 6, 2014


Jim Munroe: The highs and lows of indie gaming Art Gallery of Ontario hosts local indie culture hero’s low-fi videogame project. Toronto Star, February 6, 2014

Barenaked Ladies’ keyboardist suing in what may be the biggest art forgery case in Canadian history According to a lingering — but never proven — accusation in the Canadian art world, there is a well-organized band of forgers in Thunder Bay, Ont., who have spent more than a decade churning out a lucrative supply of fakes in the style of Norval Morrisseau, arguably Canada’s most famous Aboriginal artist. If true, it could well signal one of the largest cases of art fraud in Canadian history. National Post, February 5, 2014


Performatorium 2014: Queering the Prairies – Canadian Art Performatorium, Regina’s festival of queer performance, officially held its third edition a few weeks ago—perhaps its most ambitious yet. As artistic director Gary Varro articulated in his welcome statement, “This year’s festival brings together a wide range of performances that address spirituality • persona • transformation • transcendence • ritual • ecstasy – and in doing so creates an immersive experience for performers and audience alike. Canadian Art, February 5, 2014


Diane Morin Wins First MNBAQ Art Award Diane Morin, an artist known for electronic and mechanical works that study the effect of technology on our lives, has won the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec‘s first Contemporary Art Award. As winner, Morin receives a $10,000 cash grant, as well as a solo exhibition at the museum and a retrospective publication. As part of the prize, the museum will also acquire works by the artist up to a value of $50,000. Canadian Art, February 6, 2014

San Francisco

Presidio Asks Filmmaker to Try Again The trust overseeing the Presidio, after rejecting a proposal by George Lucas to build an art museum, is asking him to consider other sites there. New York Times, February 6, 2014

Wellesley, Mass.

College Community Is Creeped Out By Sculpture Of Near-Naked Older Man “Now we’re celebrating near naked statues of older men on campus? Sorry, don’t get it.” Washington Post, February 5, 2014

New York

101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week This WeekThe Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was an international initiative to bring women’s voices to the online encyclopedia–as editors and as subjects. ARTnews, February 6, 2014

Remastering the Old Masters How curator Keith Christiansen succeeded in giving the Met’s European paintings galleries a fresh new look. ARTnews, February 5, 2014

Damon’s role in ‘Monuments Men’ movie inspired by real-life Met museum director James Rorimer As part of an Allied mission tasked with saving works of art during World War II, a homesick James Rorimer told his wife in a December 1944 letter from liberated Paris that he was working hard but worried about how much he was achieving. “But I’m here to save works of art and that is what really matters,” he wrote. Edmonton Journal, February 6, 2014

From a Forgotten Box, a Ray of Light Noel Chanan’s book “The Photographer of Penllergare” traces the work of John Dillwyn Llewelyn. New York Times, February 6, 2014

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Government to Return Painting to Poland That Was Seized by Nazis Federal authorities on Thursday are scheduled to return a painting to Poland that was taken by the Nazis from a Warsaw museum during World War II. New York Times, February 6, 2014

United States

Understanding America’s Progress Towards Giving Artists Royalties On Resales “When supporters of resale royalties in the US seek to advance their arguments, they usually look to other countries for supporting evidence—starting with France, which originated droit de suite in 1920 and now works on the EU model of a sliding scale up to 4%, capped at €12,500. They tend to overlook the California act.” The Art Newspaper, February 6, 2014

A “Sea Change” In The Way American Museums Approach Restitution Of Art “In the past museums would not have acted without concrete evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Today museums are amenable to looking at persuasive circumstantial evidence.” The Art Newspaper, February 5, 2014


Like a Strand Within a Strand “Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol,” an exhibition in London, explores the 20th-century influence of art on fashion. New York Times, February 6, 2014

British art collector sends painting to France to determine authenticity: French committee decides to burn it When British collector Martin Lang submitted one of his paintings to a French committee, he was hoping to find out if it was an authentic work by Marc Chagall. But not only did the Chagall Committee declare the painting a forgery, it said Lang’s painting should be burned under strict French laws that protect artists’ works. National Post, February 5, 2014


Why I Nailed My Scrotum to Red Square “He has wrapped himself in barbed wire, sewn his lips shut and caused the world to wince with his now-infamous stunt in Moscow. As the Russian authorities circle around Petr Pavlensky, the protest artist explains why he’s not afraid. The Guardian, February 5, 2014


Istanbul’s Tribute to the Frick The normally staid world of late Ottoman painting and Islamic calligraphic art will soon experience the “wow” factor, with the construction of a Zaha Hadid–designed museum on the banks of Istanbul’s Golden Horn. The building, an off-centre cube supported by a single column, is the brainchild of Demet Sabancı Çetindoğan and her husband, Cengiz Çetindoğan. It will provide a permanent home for a private collection belonging to the Demsa Group—the Çetindoğans’ family-run conglomerate, with investments spanning luxury fashion, television stations, and hotels—exceeding 2,000 works of art. ARTnews, February 3, 2014


Dead Sea Scrolls 2.0: A Hugely Expanded Digital Archive “The upgraded website includes 10,000 new multispectral images, extra manuscript descriptions, content translated into Russian and German in addition to the current languages, a faster search engine, and easy access from the site to the Facebook page and to Twitter.” The Guardian, February 4, 2014


UNESCO Stops Unauthorized Reconstruction of Bamiyan Buddhas “The international community has reacted furiously to news that a German-led team of archaeologists has been reconstructing the feet and legs of the smaller of the two Bamiyan Buddhas, the monumental Afghan sculptures blown up by the Taliban in 2001.” The Art Newspaper, February 5, 2014

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