Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 18, 2014

Vancouver

Twisty new downtown Vancouver tower designed to inspire A new 52-storey, curving, cantilevered residential tower near the Granville Street Bridge is intended to be much more than a landmark building for the city, according to developer Ian Gillespie. The president of Westbank Projects says Vancouver House will not only be a distinctive addition to the city’s skyline, it will also engage people closer to the ground. Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2014

VIDEO: The Photography of Larry Towell, Canadian Photojournalist Larry Towell, Canada’s premiere photojournalist, describes his exhibition “The World From My Front Porch,” a collection of “video, children’s drawings, rockets, shrapnel and photographs” from his front porch, and the world beyond that front porch. The Tyee, February 15, 2014

B.C. schoolchildren hope their doodles are good enough for Google Five semifinalists from B.C. and the North have been chosen for their “Google Doodle” creations, which could end up being featured on the main Canadian home page of the multinational corporation. Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2014

Sudbury

Bronze sculpture of Stompin’ Tom Connors in the works for Sudbury, Ont. A bronze sculpture of Stompin’ Tom Connors will soon be among the tourist attractions in Sudbury, Ont., a place immortalized by the late singer in one of his most popular songs. Vancouver Sun, February 14, 2014

Montreal

Fernand Leduc: An artist and a philosopher It’s jarring for any fledgling artist to look up and realize they are in the presence of one of the greats. But when Quebec contemporary art pioneer Fernand Leduc wandered into a studio at Quebec City’s Laval University the early 1970s, at least one of the students was struck by how unassuming he was – and by the profound, yet lucid advice he dispensed. Globe and Mail, February 17, 2014

Arizona

“Shark Tank” For The Arts? Here’s How It Worked In Arizona “Inspired by the ABC series “Shark Tank,” the agency last week hosted four Art Tank events, in Peoria, Chandler, Prescott and Tucson, where applicants were given six minutes to pitch a project or idea. A panel of experts picked the winners on the spot, handing out more than $120,000 in “seed money” to encourage innovation. Arizona Republic, February 17, 2014

New York

Met Announces Two New Endowed Curatorships The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the endowment of two curatorships in the department of modern and contemporary art. The positions have been funded by a gift from the museum’s chairman, Daniel Brodsky, and his wife, Estrellita B. Brodsky, an art historian and specialist in Latin American art. Artforum, February 18, 2014

Richmond

Charges Dropped Against Collector After 2½-Year-Long Antiquities Smuggling Case Joe Lewis had been accused of smuggling, money-laundering and conspiracy charges over his purchase of ancient Egyptian items “as part of what the government termed the ‘first ever’ dismantling of a cultural property smuggling network in the U.S.” Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 18, 2014

Miami

Ai Weiwei Vase Destroyed by Protester at Miami Museum A vase by the artist Ai Weiwei on display at the Pérez Art Museum Miami was destroyed in a protest by a local artist, museum and police officials said. New York Times, February 18, 2014

Guatemala

Guatemala’s Mayans Aren’t at All Sure About the Nation’s Proposed Maya Museum Concerns include “the exclusion of indigenous voices from the museum, the proposed museum site, and whether the institution would further weaken the public national museum that already exists.” Hyperallergic, February 18, 2014

London

Will the Scots sack the British Museum? If Scotland votes for independence later this year, some very important native artefacts in UK institutions could be heading north. The Art Newspaper, February 17, 2014

Berlin

Cornelius Gurlitt unveils website for seized art trove Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly collector at the centre of a massive German seizure of art, is in negotiations with six claimants seeking treasures stolen by the Nazis. Meanwhile, Gurlitt’s lawyers have unveiled a new website that presents the octogenarian art collector’s side of the story and includes a form for any more potential claimants to contact them regarding disputed pieces in his vast collection. CBC, February 17, 2014

International

Expired Photo Materials Find New Life in Contemporary Photography In the digital age, artists are finding new uses for analogue products like expired film and obsolete paper. ARTnews, February 17, 2014

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