Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 13, 2014


The Marvellous Real Brings Mexico North. “To walk the corridors and linger among the exhibits of “The Marvellous Real” is to encounter aspects of Mexico largely unimagined by the hordes of sun- and sand-seekers from above the 49th parallel. This exhibition, currently on view in the Audain Gallery at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, is a tantalizing survey of works covering 85 years of Mexican art. Most of the works in the show are on loan from the corporate collection of FEMSA, the lead sponsor of the Monterrey Biennial, whose collecting mandate is to acquire and circulate the best of Latin American contemporary art in general, and of Mexican art in particular.” Canadian Art, February 12, 2014


Art Trumps History for Glenbow’s New Direction. “What do a neon drugstore sign, a pair of hiking boots, an Inuit clothing pattern, and a mineral that glows fluorescent under UV light have in common? For many years, Calgary’s Glenbow Museum has struggled with just this question. Each of the above is an object found in the Glenbow’s million-item inventory—a collection that ranges from geology and community history to world cultures and First Nations artifacts. On Thursday, however, the Glenbow announced a new unifying theme for its approach—namely, art. For the foreseeable future, it is aiming to position itself as a “new kind of art museum,” and it is touting its 33,000-piece art collection (the largest west of Toronto) as a key part of that approach.” Canadian Art, February 10, 2014

Calgary’s Glenbow Museum plans to refocus its mandate on art. The Glenbow is evolving into a new kind of art museum. That’s the word from the museum’s president and CEO Donna Livingstone, who sat down with the Herald to talk about the future of the iconic Calgary institution just ahead of a Thursday’s public announcement of the latest evolution of the Glenbow. Calgary Herald, February 9, 2014

Rock photography exhibit captures Calgary’s music scene of the ’90s (with gallery). For the better part of the ’90s, Zoltan Varadi documented Calgary’s thriving alternative music scene. First, as a photographer for the late and still lamented University of Calgary publication Vox, which was put out by the campus and community radio station CJSW initially as a program guide and then as a monthly arts and music paper. And then he was a much-used shooter for fledgling alternative weekly Fast. Calgary Herald, February 13, 2014


Lost in the Wilderness: Misled by Nature at MOCCA. “Like most group shows, you have to stretch mightily to fit everything under the same umbrella, and that’s a pretzel I’m not willing to untwist. To be frank, Misled By Nature seems like nothing so much as an opportunity to show off The Holes, one of the National Gallery’s most prized acquisitions of recent years (its associations and synergies with Middleton’s work are inspired, I should add). That’s not a complaint. The wrapping has only ever been a way to deliver the gift, so like my mother says: Be polite, say thank you. And see for yourself.” Toronto Star, February 9, 2014

Lambton County, Ont

Why Veteran Canadian Photojournalist Larry Towell Won’t Ever Stop ‘I never cared about photography. It’s people I care about.’ The Tyee, January 13, 2014


Canadian Arts Coalition welcomes renewed cultural funding in federal budget. “The Canadian Arts Coalition is “applauding” the renewal of funding for cultural programs in the federal budget released today (February 11).Kate Cornell, spokesperson for the organization and executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, said the arts coalition is particularly happy to see renewed funding for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, and Cultural Spaces Canada.” Georgia Straight, February 11, 2014

Beyond the battlefield. Ottawa’s Rémi Thériault photographs of the battlegrounds that were not hallowed and were left to everyday use… are metaphors for our collective memory, and lead the viewer to contemplation a century after the war began. Ottawa Citizen, February 11, 2014

St. John’s

Vicky Chainey Gagnon New Director of The Rooms Art Gallery Vicky Chainey Gagnon, a Quebec curator known for civically engaged museum practice who has been at the Foreman Art Gallery in Sherbrooke since 2004, is headed to Newfoundland and Labrador. Today, the Rooms in St. John’s announced that she has been appointed director/chief curator of its Provincial Art Gallery. Canadian Art, February 7, 2014

Los Angeles

Is Shia LaBeouf making an original artistic statement or just being stupid? “Shia LaBeouf has been doing a lot of strange things lately and claiming, à la Portlandia, that it is all an “art project.”?”… Is there anything interesting about any of this? Yes: It’s an indictment not of contemporary celebrities but of contemporary art itself. It’s the fault of all the bad MFAs that we have to live through all this pretense right now.” Globe & Mail, February 12, 2014

New York

MoMA Won’t Save the Folk Art Museum, But It’ll Keep the Façade (Someplace) “‘We will take the façade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,’ Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week. ‘We have made no decision about what happens subsequently, other than the fact that we’ll have it and it will be preserved.’” New York Times, February 13, 2014

Washington, D.C.

President Obama’s pick for head of NEA finally named Top post at government-funded grant-making body has been empty for more than a year. The Art Newspaper, February 13, 2014


London Mayor To Investigate Shortage Of Affordable Artist Studios “London is home to almost two-thirds of all artists’ studios in the UK, the majority of which are concentrated in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, according to the most recent numbers compiled in the 2010 Cultural Metropolis report.” The Independent, February 11, 2014

Photographs that stunned the world From toddlers disrupting street parades to plane crash near-misses, JFK and a Fidel Castro firing squad, these historic award-winning images capture moments of beauty, horror and despair. Here’s a selection of the vintage prints on show at Daniel Blau gallery in London until 29 March. The Guardian, February 12, 2014


Victorian Valentine’s Day cards – in pictures The tradition of sending anonymous Valentine’s Day cards originated in the UK and was popularised by the Victorians as soon as mass-produced, pre-printed cards became available. The Guardian, February 13, 2014


Blogger Decodes Hidden Music In Hieronymus Bosch Triptych Posting on her Tumblr, a self-described “huge nerd” called Amelia explained that she and a friend had been examining a copy of Bosch’s famous triptych, which was painted around the year 1500. “[We] discovered, much to our amusement,” she wrote. “[a] 600-years-old butt song from Hell.” The Guardian, February 12, 2014


Germany to Create Independent Center To Find Nazi-Looted Art “Germany will set up an independent center to comb museum collections for art looted by the Nazis, the country’s culture minister said, shortly before representatives for the son of an art dealer tied to Hitler disclosed another hidden cache of paintings.” The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2014


Nuclear analysis proves Venice Guggenheim’s Léger is a fake Using radiocarbon tests, researchers conclude the cotton plant used to make the canvas was cut no earlier than 1959. The Art Newspaper, February 13, 2014


In Marrakesh, Art by Churchill Paintings by Sir Winston Churchill and the Moroccan artist Hassan el Glaoui will be shown at La Mamounia hotel in Marrakesh. New York Times, February 13, 2014


11 Edgy New Photo Books That Will Make You Look (and Think) Twice The latest provocations from Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Brian Ulrich, and others who document the bizarre, the bygone, and the adorable. ARTnews, February 13, 2014

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