Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 21-24, 2014



Vancouver exhibit to offer rare overview of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris The Vancouver Art Gallery says its upcoming Lawren Harris exhibition will offer a rare overview of the Group of Seven artist’s career. Prince George Citizen, February 22, 2014

Fred Lee’s Social Network: Feb. 23 MOVING PARTY: Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels hosted a spectacular evening of art, advocacy and philanthropy where, for one night only, the gallery became the city’s premier auction house. Works by acclaimed painter Gordon Smith, photographer Fred Herzog and sculptor Robert Davidson were among masterpieces that went up for sale at the swish black-tie benefit, titled Art Moves. The Province, February 20, 2014

Prince George

Gallery gets funding The Two Rivers Gallery has received $38,225 from Canada Cultural Spaces Fund provided by the Government of Canada. Prince George Citizen, February 21, 2014


Barkerville gets new curator Former Barkerville curatorial assistant and librarian, Mandy Kilsby, is now the national historic site’s curator. Prince George Citizen, February 17, 2014


Obituary: Norman Yates (1923 – 2014) YATES, Edward Norman R.C.A. We announce with great sadness that on February 9th, 2014, Norman Yates, 90, passed away. Born in Calgary on the 7th of September, 1923, the son of the late Albert Martin Yates and Maud Yates (nee Cranston), Norman brought love to those around him and shared the joy of his remarkable artistic creativity with the world. Galleries West, February 23, 2014


Bryan Adams – “Exposed” Glenbow Museum Exposed features photographs from two distinct areas of Bryan Adams’ photographic practice. The first features portraits of his colleagues in entertainment, fashion and art. Galleries West, February 23, 2014

STRIDE Gallery is going home Now Stride has announced its return to the Bell Block in a new and improved exhibition space at 1006 Macleod Trail SE. Stride will now have more exhibition space, allowing for exciting diverse programming opportunities. The first exhibition in the new location, TOLERANCE TIME by MICHAEL JONES, opened February 21, 2014. Galleries West, February 23, 2014


AGO to present exhibition of works by multimedia conceptualist Bruce Nauman The Art Gallery of Ontario is digging into the riches of its permanent collections to present an exhibition of works on paper and film by the legendary U.S. multimedia conceptualist Bruce Nauman. Globe and Mail, February 20, 2014

ROM behind the scenes in TVO’s Museum Diaries TV viewers can visit the Royal Ontario Museum from their armchairs when the ROM is featured on TVO’s Museum Diaries. The series premieres Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with the episode “Fakes and Frauds Exposed,” in which ROM curators and technicians use the latest technology to expose fakes in the museum’s collection and to avoid being fooled by others. Toronto Star, February 24, 2014

New York

Intervention” At The Guggenheim To Protest Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Working Conditions “Staged in the midst of the museum’s newly opened Italian Futurism exhibition, the intervention, a term used by some members of the group to describe the action, received both applause from visitors who seemed excited by the commotion and reactions of confusion from others unsure what was going on. Hyperallergic, February 24, 2014

Keith Haring Foundation faces lawsuit over authentication Art collectors sued Keith Haring’s foundation Friday, saying it has cost them at least $40 million US by publicly labeling about 90 paintings by the late artist as “counterfeit” and “fake” as it refuses to fully evaluate them. CBC, February 20, 2014

Singular Art, Made by Plurals An energetic collective of mostly black, mostly queer artists from Seattle to Paris plan to debut work at the 2014 Whitney Museum Biennial. New York Times, February 21, 2014

Piecing Together Dream Fragments Laure Prouvost, born in France in 1978 and now living in London, was the dark-horse winner of the 2013 Turner Prize, but she is still something of a mystery in New York. New York Times, February 21, 2014

David Altmejd: ‘Juices’ A lot is going on in “The Flux and the Puddle,” the labyrinthine sculpture that dominates Mr. Altmejd’s latest solo exhibition. New York Times, February 20, 2014

The Art Endures for a Painter Who ‘Won’t Be Here for Long’ Age has not stopped Ed Clark, 87, an abstract expressionist who was a fixture of the 1950s art scene in New York, from working; it has only slowed him down a little. New York Times, February 24, 2014

Fragments of a Monastery, Reunited in Body and Spirit An ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery demolished in the 20th century is partially reimagined through bits of its art installed in an Asia Society show, “Golden Visions of Densatil.” New York Times, February 20, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Photographers Band Together to Protect Work in ‘Fair Use’ Cases As courts try to decide which artists make “fair use” of others’ work in “transformative” pieces, groups of photographers are entering the legal and legislative debates. New York Times, February 21, 2014


Artists have always been the most interesting destroyers of art Picasso used to say his work was a “sum of destructions.” You might say the same, more literally, about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose adventures in creative destruction have run up a total he couldn’t have foreseen when he first got the idea of making art by messing up old pots. Globe and Mail, February 22, 2014

Mexico City

In Struggles of Artist With His Work, Hints of Mexico’s Own An artist’s installation becomes a commentary on modern Mexico, in even more ways than he had intended. DAMIÁN ORTEGA’S completed installation outside the new Museo Jumex here looks, at first, like a workaday kitchen filmed in space. A teapot, plates, bowls and utensils slowly spin above an unassuming wooden table. A chair, then another, seem to be balancing on one leg. New York Times, February 23, 2014


A Battle (Lightly) Wages In London, Should Heritage Or Development Come First?“In a wise world a way might be found to have the best of both plans. The hall could be kept, along with a new office building higher than the low-ish stepped design currently proposed, which for reasons of townscape feels obliged to limbo dance beneath an invisible height limit. It could be beautiful, this coexistence of market and office building, not a compromise.” The Observer, February 22, 2014


Olympic throwback: the history of art medals at the Games Brace yourselves, Olympics-watchers: put aside snowboarding, hockey and skiing for a minute. Did you know that beyond handing out awards for, say, ice skating or curling, the International Olympic Committee once handed out prizes for art? Arts Online February 17, 2014

Fake Art Historians ‘Verifying’ Faked Art? Yes, And It’s Disgusting One art historian: “The more wobbly things are shoved to the side. The various kinds of evidence, their status and what job they do in proving the case are never really inspected.” The Observer, February 22, 2014

10 Artists Still Kicking Creative Ass In Their 80s The new Elaine Stritch documentary “raises familiar questions about career longevity and the innate compulsion to create.” FlavorWire, February 22, 2014

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