Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 2, 2014



Art this week: Kevin Schmidt, Nicholas Galanin and Rebecca Brewer A look at three of the most influential art events in Vancouver galleries this week. Vancouver Sun, April 2, 2014

Alberta (16 k. south of Calgary)

In search of A.C. Leighton Leighton died in 1965, some 20 years before his wife, and was buried in the nearby town of Millarville. It was Barbara who established the art centre in 1974. She exhibited her late husband’s paintings, along with work by other regional artists, and organized workshops, classes and community events. One of the centre’s main goals is to instill a love of art and nature in young people. Programming has outgrown the facility, but supporters are working to raise funds for a new building. Galleries West, March 25, 2014


Art gallery rebrands The Remai art gallery project is going modern. The $93.7-million gallery will be known as the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, a brand that will be used this spring as fundraising for the project ramps up. Leader Post, April 2, 2014


CONTACT: Take a peek at the ‘largest photography event in the world’ about to descend on Toronto Hard to believe there once was a time when debates raged about whether photography was an art form and if it was, was it minor or major? Today nobody debates about photography in that way. Photography, in fact, is a paramount art practice for the 21st century – a fact affirmed this week with the posting online of the lineup for the 18th annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. Globe and Mail, April 2, 2014


Detroit Bankruptcy Creditor Demands Extensive Records Of DIA Artwork “Bond insurer Syncora is seeking a broad swath of documents, including century-old records detailing the museum’s transfer to city ownership and documents specifying donor restrictions on all of the museum’s 66,000 works.” Detroit Free Press, April 1, 2014

New York

MoMA’s Kathy Halbreich Is Connecting the Polke Dots The museum’s associate director has organized the first exhibition to unite work in all mediums by the elusive German artist Sigmar Polke. ARTnews, April 2, 2014

Student of History Is Making Some Darby English joins MoMA as a consulting curator to help the museum chart “a black direction.” New York Times, April 2, 2014

Asia Week New York brought in $200m in sales Dealers and auction houses report a combined $25m more than last year. The Art Newspaper, April 2, 2014

Sao Paulo

Brazil’s taxes keep foreign galleries cautious The international names coming to São Paulo have to weigh risk versus reward. The Art Newspaper, April 2, 2014


Remember your toys? Queen Elizabeth’s are nothing like that Dolls and a pram belonging to Queen Elizabeth II are displayed at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Royal Childhood exhibition on April 2 in London. Royal Childhood is part the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from July 26 to Sept. 28 this year. Globe and Mail, April 2, 2014


The Spanish Civil War Ended 75 Years Ago Today — Here Are 7 Works It Inspired The war also attracted many young writers, artists and journalists from Europe and the United States — men and women who came to support the Republicans and fight against Franco’s regime and the threat of fascism. These foreigners included Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell and the pioneering war photographers Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, whose photogrpah “Falling Soldier” is one of the most iconic war photos of all time. CBC, April 1, 2014


Retrospective shows 2 Renaissance masters on different paths A major new exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, re-examines the parallel careers of Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. New York Times, April 2, 2014


Colossal kings rebuilt in Luxor Two towering statues of Amenhotep III had lain in pieces for centuries. The Art Newspaper, April 2, 2014

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