Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 7-10, 2014


The vision of Lawren Harris comes to the Vancouver Art Gallery One of the most striking paintings in the new Lawren Harris exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a dramatic view of a hill, rising in the distance behind several tiers of rocks. “It’s (got) a wonderful, typical Harris title: Lake Superior Hill XV,” notes VAG curator Ian Thom. Vancouver Sun, March 7, 2014

Interview: Ian Thom on Lawren Harris Ian Thom is the senior curator – historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He spent a year putting together the VAG’s new show, Lawren Harris” Canadian Visionary, which runs to May 4. He knows almost everything you’d ever want to know about Harris, so I decided to transcribe my whole interview with him and put it up online. So here it is. Vancouver Sun, March 7, 2014

It’s a 3-D movie. It’s a film-noir play. It’s a great big, fingers-crossed experiment How did a renowned visual artist and a trailblazing TV guru end up creating one of the riskiest theatre productions in Canada’s history? By teaming up in the first place. Marsha Lederman reports on the making of Helen Lawrence. Globe and Mail, March 8, 2014

Glenn Lewis Crashes Art-Craft Divide at Trench Gallery – Canadian Art For his most recent exhibition at Vancouver’s Trench Gallery, Glenn Lewis presents ceramic vessels he made during a 2013 residency at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall, paired with pictures he captured of the surrounding town. Some of these pictures are from his recent residency, while others are from 1962, when he was apprenticing under master potter Bernard Leach. Canadian Art, March 6, 2014

Vancouver Island

Tim Gardner: Mountains, Moonlight, Masculinity – Canadian Art Much has been written about Tim Gardner’s interest in depicting human beings and their popular-culture baggage within majestic natural environments. His realistic watercolours are frequently based on—but differ in important ways from—snapshots or found photos, and seem to query the conventions of representation and the aesthetics of vernacular photography. Canadian Art, March 7, 2014


Dali paintings headed to WAG Paintings from the famed Spanish surrealist, who died 25 years ago, will be shown at two different exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Gallery that open in September. The first exhibit, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and a second one focusing on Dali’s works, will open Sept. 27 during Nuit Blanche, the gallery’s annual all-night festival. The exhibitions will remain on display until Jan. 25, 2015. Wininpeg Free Press, March 8, 2014


Inside the Charles Taylor Prize shortlist: Read an excerpt from David Stouck’s Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life his week, the RBC Charles Taylor Prize will be awarded to one Canadian non-fiction book from the past year. We spoke to the nominated authors about their craft and the process of writing their shortlisted book. Here, an excerpt from David Stouck’s Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life. Globe and Mail, March 7, 2014

The Forbidden City at the ROM a show of cultural diplomacy: review This exhibition of 250 exquisite artifacts from Beijing’s historic palace complex is dwarfed by the museum’s own Chinese collection. Toronto Star, March 6, 2014


Charles Edenshaw, a giant of Haida art, now at the National Gallery of Canada The exhibition was created and debuted at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and is at the National Gallery to May 25. It includes 80 works, and their revered place in Haida history, and in art circles far beyond the Haida lands of the Pacific Northwest, is demonstrated by the august roster of institutions that have contributed to the exhibition — not only the National Gallery and the Canadian Museum of History, but also the Field Museum in Chicago, the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and others across North America and Europe. The exhibition was created and debuted at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and is at the National Gallery to May 25. Ottawa Citizen, March 7, 2014

ARTFUL BLOGGER: Groundbreaking Aboriginal art exhibition at the National Gallery of CanadaThe National Gallery of Canada, for the first time in its history, has a solo exhibition of historical art by an Aboriginal artist. In recent years, there have been solo shows by 20th century Aboriginal artists such as Norval Morrisseau, Carl Beam, Daphne Odjig, and Robert Davidson, but never one from the 19th century or earlier. The new exhibition of wooden carvings, silver bracelets, elaborate masks and miniature argillite totem poles by Charles Edenshaw, a Haida hereditary chief, is a first for the National Gallery. Ottawa Magazine, March 6, 2014

Une faune minutieusement sculptée Élancé, une barbe courte grisonnante sur un profil d’aigle, il répond au nom de James Hart. Il est le chef du clan de l’Aigle, peuple haïda implanté au nord-est de Vancouver en Colombie-Britannique; un titre qu’il a hérité de son arrière-arrière grand-père Charles Edenshaw dont il est venu défendre les oeuvres à Ottawa. Le Droit, March 6, 2014

North America

Study Finds a Gender Gap at the Top Museums A new report shows a substantial gender gap remains among those who run big art museums in the United States and Canada. New York Times, March 8, 2014

Los Angeles

Does Getty’s New Free Image Policy Mean Others Will Follow? “The change has been greeted like some kind of major capitulation. But that’s actually not quite true: This is merely the latest move in a slow shift toward a new and more realist take on digital monetization — a shift that’s been going on for years.” Washington Post, March 7, 2014

New York

Lorna Mills on GIF Art, Internet Aesthetics & NYC Fairs – Canadian Art The brash, yet formally inventive, GIF artworks of Lorna Mills are gaining steam at the New York fairs and beyond. Canadian Art, March 6, 2014

Glimpsing a Lost Paris, Before Gentrification Charles Marville, the 19th-century photographer who documented old parts of Paris destined for demolition, turns out to be a man for our time. New York Times, March 10, 2014

Models Preserve Wright’s Dreams A vast Frank Lloyd Wright archive relocated to New York is starting to yield new knowledge about him, including his thinking behind Broadacre City, a vision of a utopian metropolis. New York Times, March 10, 2014

Putting a Price on Leonardo The recent sale of the rediscovered “Salvator Mundi” is already being classed as one great art transactions of recent years. But could the painting have sold for more? New York Times, March 10, 2014

Art Matters | A Biennial With Another Whitney in Mind The artist C. Finley curates a ladies-only exhibition in Dumbo named after the late pop star Whitney Houston. New York Times, March 7, 2014

In Blue-Chip Precincts, a Shout-Out for the Undersung The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory features some striking booths centering on work by female artists from the historical past and the present. New York Times, March 7, 2014

San Juan

Art Matters | San Juan’s New Wave Puerto Rico’s capital is emerging as a hotspot for innovative art. New York Times, March 10, 2014


Venezuela in Black-and-White Though famed for chromatic installations, Carlos Cruz-Diez was first taken by the magic of light as a young photographer documenting Venezuela’s emergence as a modern state. New York Times, March 7, 2014


Is Stonehenge One (Really Big) Carillon? “A number of rocks, when struck, made ‘distinctive (if muted) sounds.’ They judged that enough made sounds such that once, they all would have rung, and furthermore saw marks on the rocks that might—upon further forensic testing—prove to be strike marks.” The Atlantic, March 5, 2014


Michelangelo’s David Carrying A Rifle? Not If Italy Can Help It Of course it’s in an American advertisement. “A philosopher and the city’s councillor for culture, Sergio Givone, claimed in newspaper La Repubblica the depiction was ‘a real abuse’. ‘It is an act of violence towards the sculpture; like taking a hammer to it and perhaps, actually, even worse,’ he said.” The Guardian, March 9, 2014


Chairman Of The Sydney Biennale Steps Down Under Protest Luca Belgiorno-Nettis “left as more artists said they would pull out of the event in protest over its main sponsor, his family’s construction company Transfield Holdings. The firm provides services for the Australian government’s controversial immigration detention centres.” The Art Newspaper, March 7, 2014


Devastating: The World Heritage Sites That Will Be Lost To Climate Change “A new study released last week emphasizes the severity of this impact on culture: a whole fifth of the 720 listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites could be lost. Hyperallergic, March 10, 2014

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