Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 28-31, 2014



Lions Gate Bridge Statues Intact, But Stanley Park Lions … Police are investigating major overnight damage to two concrete lion statues in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, located near the Lions Gate Bridge. A “concerned citizen” reported the vandalism to city staff on Saturday morning, said Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham in a news release. Huffington Post, March 30, 2014

Bjarke Ingels: Vancouver House Douglas Coupland wrote fondly about his hometown when he dubbed Vancouver the “City of Glass”, a nickname that caught on quickly for its accuracy in defining the skyline. While his reverence for the city is clear, the same glass towers have also been the subjects of criticism that urban uniformity leaves something to be desired.

Enter Danish architect (and Coupland fan) Bjarke Ingels, whom Westbank Projects Corp. sought to design Vancouver House, a 52-storey residential tower with a rental block and three commercial buildings below, to be parked at the north end of the city’s Granville Street Bridge. Its first discerning feature? Far from glass, an abundance of copper displayed on the underside of each balcony, the metal’s warmth a complement to the façade’s grey tones. Nuvo Magazine, March 25, 2014


Art Gallery of Alberta celebrates the art of the Rockies Two upcoming exhibitions, celebrating the Art Gallery of Alberta’s 90th year, focus on artists who in 1924 headed into the Rockies with the specific intention of making art in (and about) often undocumented places. Calgary Herald, March 29, 2014


Social networking in the age of Rembrandt | The Kingston Whig … Something you may or may not be aware of is that the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC), on Queen’s University campus, has two genuine Rembrandt van Rijn paintings. This may not seem like that big a deal, unless you also consider that the AEAC is the only gallery in all of Canada that has more than one painting by the renowned 17th-century artist. It’s also worth noting that there are major galleries in Europe and the U.S. that, though they may have drawings and/or prints by Rembrandt, don’t have a single painting by the master (and that includes galleries in the Netherlands, his home turf). It’s quite a significant asset in our community. Kingston Whig-Standard, March 26, 2014


Twelve Bloor St. arts institutions form new ‘Culture Corridor’ The ROM, Gardiner, Bata Shoe Museum and nine other organizations form the Bloor Street Culture Corridor. Toronto Star, March 27, 2014

The sky is falling: Simon Hughes at Division Gallery Winnipeg-based painter Simon Hughes is a throwback painter in a very contemporary way, crafting works in watercolour, of all things, that evoke ideas of old-school hard edge abstraction and the heroic landscapes of a certain group of guys from Ontario all at once. In a show of his paintings at Division Gallery , Hughes fractures the enigma of the northern lights into jagged blades of colour, looming above a dark landscape like a Damoclean sword. Toronto Star, March 27, 2014


Making connections The piece is called Minnow Lure, and it’s by the Toronto artist Kim Adams, who is one of the laureates for the 2014 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The exhibition of art by the laureates at the National Gallery starts with the ice hut, a whimsical thing with appeal to viewers young and old, their age of no consequence so long as they possess some imagination. The other laureates are Ottawa’s Carol Wainio and Brydon Smith, along with Sandra Brownlee (Dartmouth, N.S.), Max Dean (Toronto), Raymond Gervais (Montreal), Angela Grauerholz (Montreal), and Jayce Salloum (Vancouver). Ottawa Citizen, March 29, 2014


Owens Galley featuring Canadian Group of Painters The Owens Gallery in Sackville has a great exhibit opening today. It is called “A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters” and it features work by The Canadian Group of Painters. The group was founded in 1933 and it was the first group to aspire to cross-country representation of modernist artists. Amherst News, March 28, 2014


Timeline: Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Decade-Long … – Canadian The Beaverbrook Art Gallery dispute—a decade-long drama over ownership of 211 valuable artworks—has finally come to a close. On February 28, a statement confirmed a settlement between the gallery and the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation over 78 of the artworks. The gallery will keep 35 of the works, while the remaining 43 will go to the foundation. All 78 works will remain, for the time being, under the care and stewardship of the gallery. Canadian Art, March 28, 2014


AT THE GALLERIES: Celebrating evolving aboriginal art The beat goes on — literally — at Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture. The Vancouver Art Gallery show is at both Dalhousie Art Gallery and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery to May 18. The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) March 29, 2014

Canada Is No Longer Cool With Unpaid Interns, And Magazines Aren’t Happy About That “Two of Canada’s highest profile magazines have been told by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to immediately end their internship programs after complaints about unfair labour practices.” Globe and Mail, March 27, 2014

Williamstown, Massachusetts

From Divergence, a Thoughtful Calm With the expansion of the Clark Art Institute, the architect Tadao Ando and the museum’s director, Michael Conforti, consider how their relationship evolved and affected the project. New York Times, March 28, 2014

New York

Before Chicago Made ‘Dinner’ Call it Judy Chicago’s appetizer course. Before “The Dinner Party,” her series of individually symbolic plates, became a feminist touchstone in 1979, Ms. Chicago was experimenting with the kinds of forms that would become that pivotal project. Starting Friday, the Brooklyn Museum, home to “The Dinner Party,” is exploring those early years in this artist’s development. New York Times, March 28, 2014

Fate of a Picasso Hangs on a Court Case The New York Landmark Conservancy owns the artwork and says it is too fragile to remove; the owners of building say repairs are needed and the Picasso must go. New York Times, March 28, 2014

An Exaltation of Birds and He Who Adored Them “Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown” at the New-York Historical Society shows John James Audubon as an established artist-naturalist with the zeal of an amateur and the curiosity of a scientist. New York Times, March 28, 2014

Tortured Soul, Golden Touch “The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, covers the career of this gifted French sculptor and painter. New York Times, March 28, 2014

United States

Works From Scotland Set to Tour America Two Scottish national galleries are sending masterworks to American museums, including some paintings that have never been seen here before. New York Times, March 28, 2014


Vikings in London, Glamorous but Just Like Family “Vikings: Life and Legend” is already one of the most successful exhibitions in the British Museum’s history, partly because the British claim Vikings as part of the family. New York times, March 28, 2014

Culture must think about data, but differently From exhibition directories to museum floorplans, data can augment the audience experience. The Guardian, March 28, 2014


Looted Nazi art: The recluse, his art collection – and the lawyer fighting for a prized Matisse Chris Marinello knows he hasn’t made many friends in Germany since he started his relentless quest to get back a painting by Henri Matisse. “They probably think I’m a very obnoxious lawyer,” Mr. Marinello said with a smile during an interview in his London office this week. “But that’s what we do here.” Globe and Mail, March 28, 2014


On the Art Fair Carousel Buyers continue to flock to European events, from the highly specialized Salon du Dessin to Art Paris and Tefaf at Maastricht. New York Times, March 30, 2014

What makes museums so special? Five museum pros from across the world reveal why they love doing what they do. The Guardian, March 28, 2014

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