Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 19, 2014


Edward Burtynsky explores human incursions into nature in 34 works donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery. “One of Canada’s premier landscape photographers has donated 34 works to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection. According to a February 18 media release, the images captured by Edward Burtynsky will bring the total number of his photographs in the VAG’s possession to 44. The collection is scheduled to go on display on March 1 in an exhibit titled A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky.” Georgia Straight, February 18, 2014

Photographer Edward Burtynsky donates 34 works to Vancouver Art Gallery. “World renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, famous for his surreal landscapes and provocative series chronicling the world’s dependence on oil, has donated 34 works to the Vancouver Art Gallery.” Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2014


Robert Amos: Folk artist goes his own way. “Victoria has its own folk artist, someone working in an art style that he has largely invented, without reference to “fine art” training. His art might reasonably be termed naïve, primitive or “outsider,” though he isn’t any of those things. Like many folk artists, his work is narrative in content and strongly stated. His name is Michael Lewis.” Times Colonist, February 14, 2014


She saw Ski-Doos, not igloos. “The most telling scene in Annie Pootoogook , Marcia Connolly’s fine 2006 biography of the Nunavut artist, is one of the few where Pootoogook herself isn’t visible. Instead, the documentary opening the Reel Artists Film Festival Thursday shows a number of women, some young mothers with children strapped to their backs, heading directly to the frozen food section in their modern local supermarket in Cape Dorset.” Toronto Star, February 18, 2014

Reel Artists Film Festival culls best of growing field. “Documentaries about art and artists have become a remarkable growth industry in recent years, fuelled by the runaway successes of such films as The Artist Is Present, about performance art doyenne Marina Abramovic, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, on the risky, heartfelt activism of the titular character on the dangerous political turf of his Chinese homeland. This is surely a boon to the Reel Artists Film Festival, which launches its 11th season at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Wednesday.” Toronto Star, February 18, 2014

Kehinde Wiley Q&A: On Race, Representation and Reality. “In more recent years—as documented in the film Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, which is having its world premiere in Toronto this week as part of Canadian Art’s Reel Artists Film Festival—Wiley has turned to portrait projects involving women, as well as individuals from many different parts of the world. In this interview, Wiley talks about the childhood experiences behind his work, his desire to emulate Memling and Ingres, and his continuing anxieties as a creator.” Canadian Art, February 18, 2014

Rodney LaTourelle: Endless Colour. “Shifting and evolving, LaTourelle’s Chromakenón constantly presents an elusive dimension of experience that evokes multifaceted historical precedents while generously dematerializing the need for a definitive claim to a point of origin or a stabile reading. Despite being predicated on the premise of subjective perspectives, the work ultimately operates to fulfill a democratic function by evaporating these assurances.” Canadian Art, February 17, 2014


Big Beat: A room of its own. “A painting hanging for the first time at the National Gallery is a reminder of how both cartoons and wallpaper have changed over a century. Thomas Couture’s Supper at the Maison d’Or was completed in 1855 as a cartoon — or design model — for wallpaper. Fiona Beckett, a NGC Conservation Fellow, spent many months restoring “Supper at the Maison d’Or” by Thomas Couture, 1855. It will be on display at the National Gallery of Canada until June.” Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2014


James Cahill, Scholar of Chinese Art, Dies at 87 Professor Cahill, a scholar of Chinese painting, interpreted China’s great masters to the West. New York Times, February 19, 2014

Los Angeles

Artists Named for Hammer Museum’s Los Angeles Biennial The museum has finalized the list of 35 artists whose work will be included in the 2014 “Made in L.A.” biennial, which opens June. New York Times, February 19, 2014

New York

An Illustrated Guide to the Mixed-Race, Tattooed Warriors Who Battled for Colonial Manhattan Artist Frohawk Two Feathers brings his obsessive, elaborate, alternate version of New York City history to a Chelsea gallery. ARTnews, February 19, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Hard Choices In Makeover Of DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library “The building on Ninth and G streets NW was never perfect, and it’s long been overdue for renovation. But the choice of Mecanoo suggests there may be complicated and painful process ahead, as concerns about historic preservation clash with the library’s urgent desire for a more functional, welcoming and contemporary building.” Washington Post, February 18, 2014


Artist Who Smashed Ai Weiwei Vase: I Didn’t Know It Was 2,000 Years Old! Maximo Caminero: “If you saw the vases on display and the way they were painted there was no way one would think the artist had painted over an ancient artifact. Instead, I thought it was a common clay pot like you would find at Home Depot, frankly.” MarketWatch, February 19, 2014

Ai Wei Wei Comments On The Vandalism Of His Work In Miami Museum “The protest itself may be valid but to damage somebody’s work to do that is questionable.” The artist told CNN that the destroyed vase doesn’t bother him because his work has been damaged before. Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2014


London artists start New York-style gallery hopping Mark Wallinger joins Hauser & Wirth, while Dexter Dalwood moves to Simon Lee gallery. The Art Newspaper, February 19, 2014


Kiev’s cultural sites caught in the crossfire as protests turn deadly The National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Ukrainsky Dom have been at the centre of violent skirmishes. The Art Newspaper, February 18, 2014


Biennale of Sydney announces program and highlights The 19th Biennale of Sydney public program will include artists such as Tacita Dean, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Nathan Coley, Hubert Czerepok, Douglas Gordon, Callum Morton and John Stezaker, among others, in addition to numerous visiting curators and academics. Flash Art, January 29, 2014


Here’s Why Big Prizes To Famous Artists Is A Bad Idea “There’s no sense of discovery or risk with these prizes, no feeling that the juries have any of that courage we admire in the artists themselves. A safe and predictable dullness is the result. There aren’t that many geniuses around, so it’s the same old names, shuffled round from one prize to another.” The Telegraph, February 15, 2014

Should We Keep Children Out Of Museums? “At one time the answer was simple: keep them out. The pleasures of a museum and a gallery are beyond them, so they’re bound to be bored, or inappropriately excited by the joys of running up and down the polished floors.” The Telegraph, February 17, 2014

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