Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 25, 2014

Vancouver

“MYFANWY MACLEOD or There And Back Again,” Vancouver Art Gallery, March 8, 2014 to June 8, 2014 Myfanwy MacLeod’s solo show at the Vancouver Art Gallery is titled Myfanwy MacLeod or There And Back Again – which may be an explicit reference to the subtitle of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, but MacLeod (a subversive feminist, among other things) actually dislikes Tolkien’s book with all its male-dominated questing. The exhibition itself becomes a response to the hubris and presumption of male adventuring. Galleries West, March 11, 2014

HELEN LAWRENCE Launches 2014 International Tour World-renowned visual artist Stan Douglas and acclaimed screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Intelligence) mark their theatrical debuts with Helen Lawrence. Intertwining theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated simulations of historical sites, 1948 Vancouver is recreated in this film noir-inspired, suspense-filled tale of urban renewal and revenge. Broadway World, March 24, 2015

A passionate, century-long brush with life John Koerner’s first love was art and he was not going to let his age break them up.He knew great things could be accomplished late in life. In his 2005 book A Brush with Life, Mr. Koerner ended his autobiographical essay by quoting poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on the subject of aging: ”Ah, nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.” Globe and Mail, March 25, 2014

Obituary: Artist Barb Wood mapped Vancouver with intricate, richly detailed illustrations Vancouver artist Barb Wood, known for her often whimsical drawings of the city’s landscapes, buildings and street scenes, has died. Vancouver Sun, March 25, 2014

Winnipeg

Thousands of moccasin tops a memorial for missing, murdered native women Some of the beadwork is simple: flowers or a bear’s paw, the words “love” and “hope” scrawled. Star Phoenix, March 25, 20124

Kitchener-Waterloo

Mixing the urban and the utopian: the otherworldly art of Tristram Lansdowne The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is offering a closer look at Lansdowne’s peculiar utopias with Provisional Futures – the 30-year-old Canadian watercolourist’s largest solo exhibition to date, which opened March 21. Globe and Mail, March 25, 2014

Toronto

Big Ideas: ‘Hidden experts’ want to bring art to Toronto streets Those on the front lines of the city’s arts and culture scene have big ideas to make music, art and history more accessible to all. Toronto Star, March 21, 2014

ROM announces two $3-million gifts for its new centennial campaign The Royal Ontario Museum celebrated the 100th anniversary of its opening by announcing it will spend millions to make the Toronto institution, its public presentation dominated since 2007 by the controversial Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, more inviting to visitors. Globe and Mail, March 19, 2014

Ottawa

Struggling Canadian Museum of History sets low bar for public donations Canada’s largest, most-visited museum is relaunching a Fundraising campaign to capitalize on historic anniversaries over the next few years. But the Canadian Museum of History has set the bar very low — just $10,000 to be raised over each of the next two years, an apparent recognition that ordinary Canadians aren’t that interested in bailing out hard-pressed public institutions. Star Phoenix, March 25, 20124

Corner Brook

Ellen DeGeneres recast in sealskin in artist’s protest A Newfoundland artist who was upset by U.S. comedian Ellen DeGeneres’ support of an anti-sealing group has produced a portrait of the TV host, using only sealskin and fur. CBC, March 25, 2014

New York

Saltz: Building Plans Would Destroy MoMA Jerry Saltz: “The greatest collection of modernism on Earth has been relegated to rotating storage. If the wrecking ball swings in May, our beautiful garden of modernism will become another Penn Station.” New York Magazine, March 25, 2014

For New Yorker critic, all art is contemporary Peter Schjeldahl, who turned 72 on March 20, has been making a living as a writer for close to 50 years, the last 16 of them as the productive, well-regarded art critic for The New Yorker. Globe and Mail, March 21, 2014

New York’s 9/11 Memorial Museum to open in May Director hopes institution will resonate equally with victims’ families and visiting tourists. The Art Newspaper, March 25, 2014

London

Compare Paintings And Google Street Images To See How London Has Changed (Way Cool) “Redditor Shystone has laid old paintings over Google Street View photographs to create a series of perspective-bending composite images of old and new London. Modern sculptures dominate a plaza that was once wide open; neon signs reside on the same block as gas-lit streetlights; and a bridge covers over a river that was once filled with sailboats.” Wired, March 24, 2014

Amsterdam

Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Shigeru Ban The architect, perhaps best known for designing temporary shelters after natural disasters, has been awarded this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize. New York Times, March 25, 2014

With Paper Tubes, Building Social Change

The jury for this year’s Pritzker Prize sent a clear message by recognizing Shigeru Ban and his socially conscious architecture: Good design and good works can both be rewarded. New York Times, March 25,2014

Paris

ArtsBeat: Rembrandt Recovered in Southern France Investigators have announced the recovery of a Rembrandt painting 15 years after it was stolen from a museum in Southeastern France in the midst of a passing military parade. New York Times, March 25, 2014

Vienna

Bizarre Verdict Sends Critic of Austria’s Nazi Loot Restitution Policy to Jail A petty and cruel court decision gives a three-year prison term to Stephan Templ in a Kafkaesque case of Holocaust claims. ARTnews, March 25, 2014

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