Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 8, 2014



Or There and Back Again on Artabase Since the mid-1990s, The Vancouver-based artist Myfanwy MacLeod has become widely known for making art that traverses the boundaries that define high culture and mass entertainment in a satirical investigation of social power. Artabase, April 7, 2014

Opinion: Art thrives in the Downtown Eastside There can be no excuse for how the Portland Hotel Society reportedly has managed its finances and administration. Unfortunately, as we are seeing, this alleged misuse of funds contributes to generalizations about non-profit agencies “perpetuating the culture of poverty” by operating primarily out of self-interest. The Downtown Eastside is also remarkable for the importance of the arts in people’s daily lives. It is home to the largest resident-artist population in the city. Vancouver Sun, April 8, 2014

Prince George

Adad Hannah: Unsettling the West – Canadian Art Hannah’s work mesmerizes; the shock of seemingly still artworks that are created with breathing, wavering, crying actors startles the viewer into a shared experience. His work transports the viewer from the slow silence of a museum, circling Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais (1889), to the noisy streets of Seoul, where he circles his re-creation Burghers of Seoul (2006)—South Korean motorcycle messengers in poses of despair, consternation and pride taken from Rodin’s masterwork. Canadian Art, April 7, 2014


John Chalke 1940 – 2014 John Richard Chalke passed away on March 27th, 2014 at Rockyview General Hospital. Born in Gloucester UK, in 1940, John was an internationally known artist. Galleries West, April 2, 2014


WAG to Honour Robert Archambeau as Manitoba Arts Council Award of Distinction Internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Robert Archambeau has been named the recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council 2014 Award of Distinction, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be honoring him with a reception on May 15. Galleries West, April 5, 2014


Ottawa kicks in a third of $6.2M new museum cost Windsor is getting almost $2 million from Ottawa towards the estimated $6.2-million cost of create a new community museum on the ground floor of the downtown Art Gallery of Windsor building. Windsor Star, April 8, 2014


The ordered chaos of Francis Bacon aims for a visceral reaction at the AGO Last fall, in New York, Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud set a record for an art auction (US$142.4-million), and finally, 22 years after his death, Canada is jumping on the bandwagon: Last week, Bacon’s first-ever exhibition in this country opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario. National Post, April 8, 2014

Terence Koh a highlight of Luminato Festival Mississauga-raised artist a bad boy of New York’s art scene but with art world credibility. Toronto Stary, April 8, 2014


What Quebec’s election results mean for identity, culture On the heels of a divisive election period in Quebec, Jian asks two longtime cultural observers what comes next. CBC, April. 8, 2014

Los Angeles

Broad Art Museum Acquires Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrored Room’ Eli and Edythe Broad have purchased the room-size LED-studded installation for their new Los Angeles art museum. New York Times, April 8, 2014

New York

Interest in a New York Property Grows With One Key Addition: A Pritzker Prize After the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the award, architecture’s highest honor, the clamor for a piece of the prize became palpable at his two projects in Manhattan. New York Times, April 8, 2014


Damien Hirst Hires Keith Richards’ Ghost Writer To Write His Autobiography Fox has promised it will reveal the “barely-known first act” of Hirst’s life, with the artist’s “witty style and northern edge”. The Telegraph, April 8, 2014


Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum Gets A New Director “Beatrix Ruf, who is German born, has led the Kunsthalle Zurich for the past 13 years. Ruff has been instrumental in putting Zurich on the contemporary art map.” The Art Newspaper, April 8, 2014


German collector Cornelius Gurlitt makes deal on art hoard A reclusive collector who hoarded hundreds of valuable artworks at his Munich home has agreed to cooperate with German authorities’ efforts to determine which pieces were seized by the Nazis. As part of the deal announced Monday, Cornelius Gurlitt will get back those works that are indisputably his. CBC, April 8, 2014

Now It Begins: Competing Claims to Paintings From Gurlitt’s Trove “Lawyers for Cornelius Gurlitt, an octogenarian collector of art plundered by the Nazis, said Monday that a rival claim had been filed for a well-known Matisse painting” – Seated Woman/Woman Sitting in Armchair – “delaying plans to return the picture to descendants of the French art dealer Paul Rosenberg.” New York Times, April 8, 2014


Austrian Gov’t Declines to Bail Out Bankrupt Businessman by Buying His Art Collection Karlheinz Essl “had offered to sell his 7,000-piece collection, most of which is housed in the Essl Museum near Vienna, to raise money to inject into his struggling DIY store chain bauMax.” The Art Newspaper, April 3, 2014


Ming Dynasty ‘chicken cup’ sells for record $36M at auction A Shanghai collector paid a record $36 million US Tuesday for a rare Ming Dynasty cup that’s touted as the “holy grail” of China’s art world. Several records have been set at Sotheby’s spring sales in Hong Kong, continuing a trend of sky-high prices in the art world driven by the newly super-rich buyers in China and developing countries. CBC, April 8, 2014


Sydney Biennale Draw Attention for More Than Its Wild Art A former sponsor’s link to detention camps has raised issues for artists at the country’s largest contemporary visual arts festival, which opened last month. New York Times, April 8, 2014


By Design | The Shape of Things To some artists and architects, the Lego brick might just be the perfect object. New York Times, April 8, 2014

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