Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 12, 2014

Vancouver

Art Moves: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Auction. Art can move hearts, souls, beliefs and understanding. Vancouver Art Gallery’s major charitable event, Art Auction 2014, hopes to raise $1 million on the evening of February 15, 2014 in support of exhibitions and educational programs at the Gallery. Canadian Architect, February 8, 2014

Art this week: Katie Huisman, Surrey Museum, Art Moves and more. A look at four of the most influential events in Vancouver galleries this week. Vancouver Sun, February 11, 2014

The Aliens Within. With their utopian appeal, Lego blocks couldn’t help but infiltrate the futuristic world par excellence, namely that of digital 3D. Douglas Coupland’s text follows a trail of miniature bricks leading from the National Building Museum of Washington DC to the extraordinarily nimble little fingers of a 5-year-old digital native. Mousse Magazine, March 2014.

Victoria

Robert Amos: Union Club becomes abstract oasis. Riopelle, Tousignant, Comtois — am I in the National Gallery? Letendre, Perehudoff, Meredith — these are the giants of abstract painting in Canada. What are they doing here, in what has always been the “cards room” in Victoria’s Union Club? Times Colonist, February 11, 2014

Edmonton

Foundation grants wish of young Edmonton photographer. When Kleianne Eubra was sick last year, photography was a small escape. On Saturday, some of the photographs that provided her joy and relief while she underwent treatment for a rare lymphatic disorder were transformed into a professional art display, thanks to a charity that helped make the teenager’s wishes come true. Edmonton Journal, February 8, 2014

City workers produce gallery-worthy paintings after course with first artist in residence. Some City of Edmonton employees will have their artwork displayed alongside local artist Jeff Collins’ paintings at a new exhibition.  Collins, the municipality’s first artist-in-residence, was hosted by the Forestry, Beautification and Environmental Management section for six months starting last July. Edmonton Journal, February 11, 2014

Winnipeg

WAG changes fundraiser’s theme after community reaction. Reeling from a backlash to its “Big in Japan”-themed fundraiser, the Winnipeg Art Gallery has scrapped it and will now go with a “Hot and Cold” theme. The WAG announced today that its 25th annual Art and Soul fundraiser has been relaunched after the original theme “was met with mixed reactions in the community.” Winnipeg Free Press, February 12, 2014

WAG and the peril of yellowface. “There is something particularly hurtful when one of the most important cultural institutions in Winnipeg invites Orientalism, fetishization and stereotyping in the name of charity.” Winnipeg Free Press, February 11, 2014

Artist takes clothier to task for filching image. “The strange journey of Kal Barteski’s black-and-white painting, which she says was copied without her permission by a well-known Canadian clothier, highlights the struggle artists face in the Internet age battling for compensation for unauthorized reproductions of their work.” Winnipeg Free Press, February, 12, 2014

Toronto

Richard Deacon Q&A: On Film, Fabrication and Failure. Richard Deacon is the subject of Cologne-based director Claudia Schmid’s new film Richard Deacon – In Between, which has its world premiere at the Reel Artists Film Festival February 21, where it will be followed by a live talk with the artist. The film is meticulous and intimate in its presentation of the sculptor’s practice. Here, Deacon discusses the making of the film—and reveals what he didn’t want Schmid to see. Canadian Art, February 11, 2014

Montreal

James Kerr Q&A: For the Glory of GIF. Montrealer James Kerr, aka Scorpion Dagger, a creator of humorous, Monty-Pythonesque pieces based on historical paintings. Tomorrow, one of Kerr’s GIFs will screen at Late at Tate in London. Here, Kerr tells us more about his attraction to this new medium. Canadian Art, February 6, 2014

Eve Sussman: Russian Translations. The exhibition “whiteonwhite” explored the results of an expedition through Russia and Central Asia by Eve Sussman and her collaborative group Rufus Corporation to assemble material for a series of interrelated works about the human desire to transcend time and space. Canadian Art, February 6, 2014

Lynchburg, Virginia

Broken Trust: College Sells Art For $25 Million To Benefit Its Endowment “In selling the painting, the college disregarded the policies of several art and museum groups, which state that museums (including those run by colleges) should sell art only to buy more art, not to improve their finances.” Inside Higher Education, February 11, 2014

New York

Nancy Holt, Outdoor Artist, Dies at 75 Ms. Holt was one of the few women to be a leader in the land-art movement, which places objects for natural settings. New York Times, February 12, 2014

Alice Aycock’s Twisters Shake Up Park Avenue The compositional patterns of extreme weather events inspired sculptures that will appear to be racing through Midtown. ARTnews, February 11, 2014

Coming Soon: Multi-Story Towers Made of Fungus To be more specific, they’ll be made of fungus and corn stalks. They’ll be at MoMA’s P.S. 1 outpost this summer. Gizmodo, February 6, 2014

David Altmejd’s Strange “Juices” Glittery, gutsy and sometimes grotesque, “Juices,” David Altmejd’s exhibition of new works on view at New York’s Andrea Rosen (through Mar. 8), appears as a dazzling exploration of the process of metamorphosis. Art in America, February 11, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Brings Google Glass to the Museum If you’re a simple layperson who’s not yet had the chance to experience the magic that is Google Glass, you may want to visit the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, starting this Saturday. For President’s Day weekend, the Smithsonian institution is installing an artwork that incorporates Google Glass — a piece by David Datuna called “Portrait of America” (2013). Hyperallergic, February 11, 2014

United States

Beyond the Monument Men: How U.S. Museums Protected Their Own Art From the Nazis It seems unnecessary in hindsight, but in 1942 and ’43, after Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Britain, air attacks on the U.S. mainland seemed like a real danger. Here are the (considerable) steps some art institutions took to protect their holdings. The Atlantic, February 11, 2014

London

International set boosts sales in London Overseas property buyers in Kensington and Chelsea are having an impact on the art market. The Art Newspaper, February 12, 2014

Paris

Fake graffiti reach courts as forgeries on market increase Man charged with selling works imitating US artist JonOne as genre’s popularity continues to grow. The Art Newspaper, February 12, 2014

Salzburg

New haul found in Austrian home of Munich art hoarder. An elderly German recluse whose spectacular trove of artworks hidden in his Munich flat probably include Nazi loot kept a further 60 paintings in his home in Salzburg, Austrian media reported on Tuesday.Globe & Mail, February 11, 2014

International

How Architecture Gets Off Track: Focusing On Trivial Details “In a context hugely dominated by specialization, the generalist gets very strange opportunities. There are very few people left to connect the dots. Being a laymen with curiosity, which both of them often are, becomes a virtue.” The European, February 7, 2014

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