Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 18-19, 2014


Vancouver: The Way We Weren’t But as Jason Vanderhill, curator of “Vancouver Imagined: The Way We Weren’t” (which runs until May 11 at the Museum of Vancouver) explains, the plan is hardly the first in city history with such broad, transformative possibility. There are many others which could have altered the character of the city in ways equally as significant. The Tyee, March 19, 2014

Landscape Language Edward Burtynsky at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Examining Edward Burtynsky’s work is an exercise in truth and consequence. Whether you find evidence of environmental disruption or are simply stunned by the scale and force of Burtynsky’s work, you will eventually land somewhere in the realm of the artist’s message: we were there. NUVO, March, 2014

Art this week: Tracey Tarling, Stan Douglas and Lauren Marsden Tracey Tarling: Poetics of Trace and Memory (Bau Xi). Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures (Presentation House) . Lauren Marsden: In Pursuit of Perpetual Motion (Vancouver Public Library and Unit/Pitt). Vancouver Sun, March 19, 2014

Art marking Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation | City of … To honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation, the Public Art Program has commissioned 10 new artist projects for an eight-month public exhibition of changing works. City of Vancouver, March 18, 2014


Renowned Sask. sculptor John Nugent built solid reputation Mountie-turned sculptor John Nugent joked about catching men stealing one of his heavy steel works from his yard. Confronted, their leader told Nugent he thought the abstractionist sculpture was junk that had fallen off a truck. Still, he liked it enough to try stealing it for his own property. The point? Not everybody “got” his art. But enough did to make a national figure of Nugent, who died March 12. Leader Post, March 19, 2014

Los Angeles

Artists Who Quit L.A. MoCA’s Board Come Back “The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that three of the four artists who resigned from the museum’s board in July 2012 over concerns about the direction of the institution will return. Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2014

MOCA Board Elects New and Returning Artist-Trustees Reflecting art community support for MOCA’s new director, Philippe Vergne, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie have returned to the museum’s board of trustees. New York Times, March 18, 2014

San Diego

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Chooses Architect Annabelle Selldorf for Expansion The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has announced that architect Annabelle Selldorf will be designing the museum’s $30 million expansion, according to Carol Vogel in the New York Times. The project will triple the size of the seventy-three-year-old museum’s exhibition space. Artforum, March 17, 2014

New York

Prince versus Cariou copyright case settled The photographer has withdrawn a lawsuit against the appropriation artist (Richard Prince wins in the end) The Art Newspaper, March 19, 2014

On View | Jemima Kirke’s Paintings of Girls The artist, HBO star and bohemian icon discusses the paintings in her first solo show. New York Times, March 18, 2014


A sculptor’s eye: Veronese in London As an exhibition of the artist’s works opens at the National Gallery, we talk to Nicholas Penny and Xavier Salomon about the artist who trained as a stonemason. The Art Newspaper, March 18, 2014

Burning down the wrong house Research reveals that Turner’s watercolours at Tate are of a fire at the Tower of London, not Parliament. The Art Newspaper, March 18, 2014


Syria Accuses Turkey of Letting Looters Get Away With Loot The Assad government’s culture ministry says that its neighbor is “turning a blind eye to the systematic looting of the country’s cultural heritage. Illicit digging at archaeological sites is ‘fierce’, antiquities stores have been raided by armed gangs, and foreigners, from Turkey in particular, are smuggling hundreds of objects across its borders, Syria claims.” The Art Newspaper, March 18, 2014


Sydney Biennale In Disarray “The month-long exhibition of contemporary art, set to open on Friday, has been marred by a controversy that led to the dumping of a major sponsor, Transfield, and the resignation of the chairman of the Biennale board.” The Guardian, March 18, 2014


Website Aims To Become “I-Tunes Of Art” “The online store has licences to sell prints of more than 60,000 images by 1,500 artists including Andy Warhol and Picasso as well as an eclectic array of images including vintage Vogue shoots, classic Hammer film posters and Penguin bookcovers.” The Guardian, March 17, 2014

The Rise Of Walter Benjamin “Following his suicide in 1940 at age 48, in Portbou, Spain, his name had been kept alive by a small number of friends and colleagues, the kind of trickle of a readership that hardly suggested he would one day be counted among the most significant and far-ranging critics, essayists, and thinkers of the past 100 years—and one whose reach may still not be completely fathomed.” Journal of Higher Education, March 18, 2014

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