Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 5, 2014

Vancouver

Art this week: Myfanwy MacLeod, Western Front Gala and Majid Sheikh Akbari. Myfanwy MacLeod’s Led Zeppelin inspired Stack (2012) is part of her solo exhibition opening March 8 at Vancouver Art Gallery… Vancouver Sun, March 5, 2014

International luminaries flock to third Vancouver Biennale of public art. A sculptural work by China’s Ai Weiwei, one of the most famous artists in the world, will be among numerous other public art works by a roster of major international artists being featured in the third Vancouver Biennale. Starting later this month, about 20 public art sculptures will be installed throughout parks and open spaces in Vancouver and another 10 in New Westminster, North Vancouver and Squamish. Vancouver Sun, March 4, 2014

Victoria

19th-century photo album a window on B.C.’s past. An album of 19th-century photographs with some of the earliest pictures of B.C. First Nations people and other colonial-era images was unveiled Tuesday at the Royal B.C. Museum. It was discovered in 1973 at a flea market in Dorset, England, by a collector who later decided to sell it. A museum staff member, reading a catalogue in November, noticed the album was about to be auctioned at Bonhams, an auction house in England. Times Colonist, March 4, 2014

Ottawa

Local stars: One Artist + One Curator. Ottawa artist Carol Wainio and former National Gallery curator Brydon Smith are among this year’s winners of the Governor General’s Awards for visual and media arts. Wainio and Smith were on the list of winners revealed Tuesday morning in Toronto. The other recipients of the annual awards are Toronto artists Kim Adams and Max Dean, Montreal artists Raymond Gervais and Angela Grauerholz, Vancouver’s Jayce Salloum and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Sandra Brownlee. Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2014

7 Artists & 1 Curator Win $25K Governor General’s. A taste for the fantastical is one of the themes that surfaces in the work of this year’s awardees, as well as the relation between fantasy and social critique. Canadian Art, March 4, 2014

Cash for culture: Most capital institutions getting more in 2014-15. Every federal cultural institution in the National Capital region except Library and Archives Canada will have a bit more to spend in 2014-15, according to federal government spending estimates. Even so, all remain under financial pressure because federal funding has not covered inflationary cost increases for many years. Ottawa Citizen, March 3, 2014

Toronto

Scotiabank Photography Award finalists: Graham, Weber, Ruwedel. Scotiabank announced three finalists for its annual $50,000 photo award. They are: Rodney Graham, Donald Weber and Mark Ruwedel. Toronto Star, March 4, 2014

Cleveland

Rafael Vinoly Talks About What The Cleveland Art Museum Makeover Does For The City. Architect, Rafael Vinoly viewed the museum’s project as a type of economic and cultural stimulus aimed at raising expectations about Cleveland after decades of shrinkage and job loss Plain City Dealer, March 5, 2014

Chicago

Canadians Test Art-Academia Tensions at CAA Conference in Chicago. The CAA program—which attracted more than 4,000 attendees to the conference—bore out tensions [between artists, curators and other arts professionals] , with panels ranging from “The Delinquent Curator: Has the Curator Failed Contemporary Art?” and “From Academe to Museum: The Academic as Independent Curator” to “The Rise of the Artist-as-Curator” and “The Art Museum Curator: Persevere, Adapt, or Reinvent.” Canadian Art, March 5, 2014

New York

Upcoming Basquiat auction may be full of fakes: lawsuit. The siblings of the late New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat slapped Christie’s auction house with a $1 million lawsuit Tuesday, claiming an upcoming sale of his works may be full of fakes. New York Post, March 4, 2014

Rome

Italy Says It Will Release Money For Saving Pompeii. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said he was “unblocking many measures which will get the machine working”. He added the EU could be “sure that Italy is taking care of Pompeii, both in terms of emergency measures and in the long term”. BBC, March 5, 2014

China

China’s Import Ban Distorts The Art Market. “Chinese ministries continue to demand high fees for tightly controlled, often highly censored, travelling exhibitions. The only result of the ban is that US citizens and institutions cannot import or collect items traded freely in other parts of the world, including in mainland China and Hong Kong.” The Art Newspaper, March 1, 2015

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