Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 12, 2014


Chinese artist Ai Weiwei headlines 3rd Vancouver Biennale Ai Weiwei, Jonathan Borofsky, and Brazilian twins Os Gemeos are among the major international artists taking part in the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale. The organization celebrates art of all disciplines in public spaces and over the next two years will install 30 public works of art throughout the Lower Mainland. CBC, March 12, 2014

In galleries this week: Salvador Dali, Emily Hill and Jill Henderson A look at three of the most influential events in Vancouver galleries this week. Vancouver sun, March 12, 2014

Short lists for B.C. Book Prizes announced Raven Brings the Light by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd was shortlisted for the 2014 B.C. Book Prizes. Vancouver Sun, March 12, 2014


Local inspiration colours canvasses Eltje Degenhart’s Canola After The Rains gave me the boost I needed. A vapour of wet, rain-soaked canola wafted over me, the mist cooling my face, the air heavy with summer breath. I had never imagined this before – canola in such vivid watery focus. Recent paintings by Inger Decoursey fill the Darrell Bell Gallery with laughter, children, parades and fairs – all inspired by events right here in Saskatoon. Star Phoenix, March 12, 2014

St. Catharines

Melanie Authier on Abstraction, Painting and Going Grey – Ca Drawing on conventions of abstract painting, Melanie Authier combines colour, shape, texture and gesture to create a sense of deep space in her works. Recently, she made a change—she opted for a more muted palette instead of a vivid use of colour. The results are currently on view in “Grisailles,” an exhibition that closes March 16 at Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines. In this interview, Authier talks about the shift. Canadian Art, March 11, 2014


Internet Cat Video Festival to Tour Canada – Canadian Art The Internet Cat Video Festival—perhaps one of the most unexpected art-world hits of recent years—is going to tour Canada. Devoted to a juried selection of cat-themed YouTube videos, the festival began at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2012 as “a modest celebration to bring online communities together in the real world.” It went viral, drawing more than 10,000 fans to the Walker for a an outdoor screening. Since then, it has toured to the CultureTECH festival in Northern Ireland, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and SXSW in Austin, among other venues. Canadian Art, March 11, 2014

Los Angeles

The truth about Pollock’s all-nighter Research reveals just how long the artist worked on his Mural, which goes on show at the Getty today. The Art Newspaper, March 11, 2014

New York

Park Avenue, the Art Gallery Horns were blaring at Park Avenue and 57th Street just before midnight late last week as a massive crane, blocking traffic, lifted one-half of “Cyclone Twist,” a swirling series of white aluminum bands, into place, precisely connecting with its other half already standing on the avenue’s slim median. It was an impressive enough feat that the workers snapped their own cellphone photos. New York Times, March 12, 2014


Warning: UK Curators Leaving Country For Higher Pay In US “Higher salaries in North America are attracting an increasing number of British curators, and insiders warn that poor pay in London will lead to a “brain drain” from the city’s museums unless conditions improve.” The Art Newspaper, March 10, 2014


Van Gogh Museum Resumes Ban On Photographing In Galleries After Complaints “Permitting photography led to constant tension between those who wanted a clear view for their camera and those who wished to look at the paintings. Many also insisted on photographing their companion or themselves in front of a picture. This led to numerous complaints from other visitors.” The Art Newspaper, March 11, 2014


Bill Viola’s Journey of Emotions The American video artist shows 40 years of work at the Grand Palais in Paris. International New York Times, March 12, 2014

3 Nazi-looted artworks returned in France France officially returned three Nazi-looted artworks to their rightful owners today, calling it a “gesture toward justice.” CBC, March 11, 2014


Summer art slog gets shuffled in 2015 Venice Biennale to open in May, a month earlier than usual next year, and fairs may move to avoid a clash. The Art Newspaper, March 11, 2014


More questions than answers after ‘miraculous’ Russian avant-garde show Specialists express concern about lack of provenance for works by artists including Rodchenko and Goncharova in Italian exhibition. The Art Newspaper, March 12, 2014

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