Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 9, 2014


Art this week: SD 45 One, BAF Studio Opening and Gabriel Saloman. A look at three of the most influential art events in Vancouver this week. Vancouver Sun, April 9, 2014


Robert Amos: Son of the soil a master of abstraction. “Perehudoff was a laconic son of the soil, a man of few words. In the large volume published by Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon in 2011, Robert Christie explains that “he never expounded on art issues or theories, and his comments in the studio were usually limited to whether he thought the work was good or not, or if it was finished.” When asked about why he persisted in farming, Perehudoff replied: “You have to have something to do while you’re waiting for the paint to dry.” The show at Winchester Modern presents 26 original paintings, provided by the estate of the artist.” Times Colonist, April 5, 2014


Edmonton’s Alberta Avenue arts facility wins city support second time around. A city council committee gave the green light Monday to plans for an Alberta Avenue arts facility it rejected last year. The ArtsCommon would be a two-storey structure at 9131 118th Ave. featuring a theatre, gallery, coffee shop and suites with work space for 10 artists. Edmonton Journal, April 7, 2014


Big Beat: Gauguin on loan and Great War painting catch the eye at the National Gallery. A loaned landscape by Paul Gauguin and a few spectacular and long-unseen war paintings are making a small hall a must-see during any visit to the National Gallery. Ottawa Citizen, April 7, 2014


Matthew Barney, Terence Koh Premieres Highlight Luminato 2014. Terence Koh’s first Canadian solo showing since his student days and a live talk by American artist Matthew Barney are among the projected highlights of Toronto’s 2014 Luminato festival, whose program was announced this morning. Beijing-born artist Terence Koh—who grew up in Mississauga and studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art in Vancouver—became known in the early 2000s for transgressive multiples sold online under the alias asianpunkboy. (These multiples included objects from zines to his own semen-stained underwear.) He later showed at the Whitney Biennial, the Vienna Secession and Art Basel, and he was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2008. Canadian Art, April 8, 2014

Love, sex and Luminato. Luminato commissioned a work by Beijing-born, Canadian-raised artist Terence Koh, which will be presented at McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg. Weisbrodt says this was based on Koh’s idea, inspired by author Margaret Atwood’s novel Cat’s Eye, to have powdered tapioca spread amongst trees in a park where two children will make snow angels for eight minutes. The difficulty of doing this on any city property posed a problem, Weisbrodt says, until he saw the grounds of the McMichael gallery where tomorrow’ssnow will be on display. An installation titled a way to the light in the artists’ cemetery there will include a gravestone for painter Emily Carr. Toronto Star, April 8, 2014


Canada-US Border in Focus in Windsor Exhibition. Windsor is a rich territory in which to situate any exhibition about border cultures, and Srimoyee Mitra—the Art Gallery of Windsor’s curator of contemporary art—is to be commended organizing a series of exhibitions there: “Border Cultures: Part One (homes, land),” of 2013; “Border Cultures: Part Two (work, labour),” on now; and “Border Cultures: Part Three (about security and surveillance),” due to take place in 2015. Canadian Art, April 3, 2014


Hey, That Painting In Our Basement Is A Rembrandt! Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum has had the work for 72 years, but had concluded by 1987 that it was by a Rembrandt student – until a leading scholar authenticated it this year. Omaha World-Herald, April 7, 2014


What To Make Of George Bush, Painter? Jerry Saltz: “I was stunned by this work at the time. I still am. Try to conceive of Abraham Lincoln taking up painting after his presidency. Then imagine him choosing to render himself naked in a bathtub, and you’ll see how creepy-interesting Bush’s bathtub paintings are.” New York Magazine, April 8, 2014

New York

Warhol’s Mug Shots of Bad Guys Are Finally Back in Queens Andy Warhol’s “Most Wanted Men” are back at the Queens Museum–50 years after they were mysteriously censored from the World’s Fair. ARTnews, April 9, 2014

Skate Capital Acquires ARTnews Magazine Russian art market analyst and investor Sergey Skaterschikov has purchased ARTnews magazine for an undisclosed sum via his company, Skate Capital Corp. Art In America, April 9, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Breakup Of The Corcoran Will Take Longer Than Expected “The Corcoran, The National Gallery of Art and George Washington University were hoping to make the details of the takeover public this week, but it turns out breaking up an institution as old and diverse as the Corcoran is taking more time than they expected.” NPR, April 8, 2014

United States

A Contemporary Portrait of Native America. Matika Wilbur was living in Seattle in November 2012 when she decided to sell most of her possessions and embark on an epic photographic journey. Since then, she’s been on the road working on “Project 562” with the goal of photographing all the federally recognized tribes in the United States. (There are now 566.) Wilbur, who is from the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes, said she constantly feels the damaging impact of misrepresentation in Hollywood and media. Slate Magazine, April 8, 2014


Stedelijk Taps Jeff Wall for First Post-Reno Photo Show. There is good deal of irony in the manner in which Vancouver’s Jeff Wall presents his photograph “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue (1999–2000)—printed on a transparency and mounted on a light box. “The large-scale image is illuminated from behind by fluorescent lights, which Wall began using after seeing light-box advertisements in the late 1970s,” according to the Museum of Modern Art’s website. Canadian Art, April 8, 2014


Zuni Ask Europe to Return Sacred Art The Zuni Native American tribe has been active in reclaiming ceremonial objects, and is now making a moral case to museums beyond the reach of federal law. New York Times, April 9, 2014


Munich Prosecutors Release 1000 Art Works Seized In Cornelius Gurlitt Apartment Raid Officials had “seized some 1,400 items, including 1,280 artworks, from Cornelius Gurlitt’s apartment in 2012 while investigating a tax case. Gurlitt’s lawyers appealed the seizure, arguing that the art wasn’t relevant as evidence for prosecutors’ suspicions of import tax evasion. He also said that seizing the entire collection was disproportionate.” Yahoo (AP) April 9, 2014


When architecture and politics don’t mix The commissioner of the Russian pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale has been fired for his vocal criticism of President Putin. The Art Newspaper, April 9, 2014


Kiev sculpture biennial postponed until 2015 Another exhibition falls victim to the political situation in Ukraine. The Art Newspaper, April 9, 2014


How to avoid a digital boom and bust There are plenty of grants for new digital projects but finding long-term funding could be much harder. The Art Newspaper, April 9, 2014

Do Artists Still Need Galleries? “Many galleries are signing artists and not doing enough to promote their work.” And in today’s hyper-charged art market, there are many alternative ways of promoting your own art such as working with a manager or hiring your own staff to take on the roles traditionally performed by galleries. The Art Newspaper, April 9, 2014

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