Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 11, 2014


Gallery & Video: Haida masterpieces at the National Gallery James Hart, great great grandson of Haida artist Charles Edenshaw (1839-1920), was on hand for the National Art Gallery of Canada preview of the exhibition featuring an extensive collection of artwork. The survey exhibition entitled “Charles Edenshaw”, opened to the public on March 7, and will be on view until May 25, 2014. Calgary Herald, March 7, 2014


Dressing up(scale): ‘Downton Abbey’ duds come to Toronto’s Spadina House museum Lady Mary Crawley’s blood-red dinner gown. Her youngest sister Sybil’s stiffly veiled nurse’s uniform. Lord Grantham’s informal three-piece suit worn for a garden party, where the family patriarch announced the beginning of the First World War. These iconic outfits from “Downton Abbey” are among 20 costumes from the award-winning TV series on display at Spadina House, a Toronto museum that takes visitors back to life as it was for an upper-class Canadian family during the 1920s and ’30s. Winnipeg Free Press, March 11, 2014

Los Angeles

Jackson Pollock’s refurbished mural goes on display Mural, the brilliant Jackson Pollock painting that took 20th century American art in a new direction, has re-emerged from seclusion with a stunning face-lift that’s given it a brighter look and an even more towering presence than it had before. CBC, March 11, 2014


Weighing Over A Deal For Detroit Institute of Arts “Formally severing Detroit’s ownership of the DIA would be at once revolutionary and conservative. It would represent a landmark in the the history of the museum, forever liberating it from the vagaries of city finances and politics at the root of many of the DIA’s struggles through the decades. Detroit Free Press, March 9, 2014

Gallery wants to sell Banksy artwork removed years ago from abandoned Detroit car plant An art gallery plans to sell a work that the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy created at an abandoned Detroit auto plant, a gallery official said Monday. Star Phoenix, March 10, 2014

New York

Christie’s Postpones Basquiat Auction Following Forgeries Lawsuit “Christie’s has postponed its online-only sale, ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works from the Collection of Alexis Adler,’ as it faces allegations in a federal lawsuit filed by the late artist’s heirs claiming that works in the collection may be fakes.” The Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2014


Director Moves Adelaide Festival Into Adventurous Territory An arts extravaganza curated by David Sefton puts the Australian city on the cultural map. New York Times, March 11, 2014


Fifteen Of The World’s Most Beautiful Concert Halls “More and more concert halls are being built that stand out by virtue of their eye-catching shapes, colors and materials.” CNN, March 11, 2014

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