Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 11–14, 2014



Vancouver-based photographer Fred Herzog wins Audain Prize Fred Herzog has won the 2014 Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. The Vancouver-based photographer, 83, will receive the award, last year worth $30,000, April 15, during a ceremony and reception at the Law Courts Building’s Great Hall. Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2014
Photographer Fred Herzog wins Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts For many years, Herzog’s work remained hidden, relegated to informal gatherings of artists. He made his living as a medical photographer for the University of British Columbia until 1990, relatively unknown for his iconic street photographs. Georgia Straight, April 10, 2014

Herzog Wins Audain, Reece & Totino Scoop Viva Awards … Skeena Reece and Mina Totino are each recipients of the VIVA Award, granted annually by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation to BC artists of exceptional ability and commitment. A ceremony honouring Herzog, Reece and Totino will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in the Great Hall of the BC Law Courts building in downtown Vancouver. Canadian Art, April 11, 2014

VAG presents Audain Prize and VIVA Awards on April 15 This year, Fred Herzog is awarded the 12th Audain Prize, funded by the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Skeena Reece and Mina Totino are each the recipient of the VIVA Award granted annually by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Galleries West, April 11, 2014

Brendan Tang: the collision of high and low art in Manga Ormolu Brendan Tang‘s Manga Ormolu ceramic works are in Fan Fiction, an exhibition with works by Alex McLeod at Gallery Jones. The artists first exhibited together last year at the Surrey Art Gallery in The Future is Already Here. One of the works in both shows is Lovechild, an innovative combination of digital animation by McLeod and a ceramic vessel by Tang. Vancouver Sun, April 10, 2014

Fred Lee’s Social Network: April 13 Three-hundred guests were among the first to view submissions in the first ever Robson Redux Design-Build Competition to transform the iconic 800-block of Robson Street into a temporary pedestrian friendly plaza for the summer. Remember Corduroy Road, PopRocks and Picnurbia of years gone past?. The Province, April 13, 2014

West Vancouver

SD 45 One exhibit inspired by artistic legacy Douglas Coupland, Geoffrey Farmer, Graham Gillmore and Ian Wallace. What’s the connection? They’re all West Vancouver artists, of course. Wong says the inspiration for the show came a year ago, when she saw Ian Wallace’s exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. North Shore News, April 11, 2014


Komagata Maru exhibit recalls ship that was turned away At the Surrey Art Gallery, Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru examines contemporary art dealing with the event – and more recent histories of mass migration from Asia to Canada’s West Coast. Globe and Mail, April 11, 2014


Glenbow CEO sets new course for museum “There is some buzz going on around Glenbow right now — that there is something going on here. I feel the community has been waiting for a long time for us to get our act together,” said Livingstone. Calgary Herald, April 13, 2014


Koh heads to sacred graveyard for Luminato One-time art-world enfant terrible to present two new works on grounds of gallery north of Toronto. Globe and Mail, April 11, 2014


6 Lessons from Net-Art Talent Jennifer Chan – Canadian Art n the past few years, the Toronto- and Chicago-based Jennifer Chan has become one of the most noted artists of the post-Internet generation. In video, GIF and installation works, Chan melds early web kitsch (think Comic Sans, dance music remixes and swirly animation effects) with pointed critiques of gender, sex and corporate culture. This month, she is featured in a Canadian Spotlight screening at the Images Festival, which runs April 10 to 19 in Toronto. While Chan’s maximalist approaches are—like the Internet itself—challenging to summarize, here are six key points gleaned from her recent phone and email conversations with Canadian Art. Canadian Art, April 10, 2014


Julie Favreau: Mastering the Moment – Canadian Art Julie Favreau is enamoured with magic realism. What particularly attracts her, she says, to the novels of writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Mikhail Bulgakov is the classic fantastical trope of the door: a passage from mundane reality to an alternative, enchanted space. Canadian Art, April 11, 2014

New York

Mowry Baden & Mark Ruwedel Win Guggenheim Fellowships Canadian artists Mowry Baden and Mark Ruwedel have won 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships. The list of fellows was released this morning by the Guggenheim Foundation. Overall, 178 scholars, artists and scientists received the fellowships this year. They were chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. Canadian Art, April 10, 2014

Coming Soon to MoMA, Lots of Knocking Next Door The Museum of Modern Art made a controversial decision to demolish the building, recognized by its textured bronze facade, that once housed the American Folk Art Museum. New York Times, April 11, 2014

An Artist Takes His Pay in Tobacco and Community David Ellis, whose other work often fetches tens of thousands of dollars, is giving back to his neighborhood by painting a large mural in a bodega in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. New York Times, April 13, 2014

From the Vision to the Gallery A curator at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta describes the many detailed challenges of making an exhibition happen. New York Times, April 12, 2014

Gathering of Gods From Places Long Forgotten “Lost Kingdoms,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores religious art of Southeast Asia from the fifth to eighth centuries. New York Times, April 11, 2014

Navigating the Art of Japan From a Different Direction “Points of Departure: Treasures of Japan From the Brooklyn Museum” is a radically reorienting show at Japan Society Gallery. New York Times, April 11, 2014

The Breakfast That Preceded ‘The Dinner Party’ “Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early work 1963-1974,” at the Brooklyn Museum, looks at the artist’s efforts before her most celebrated work. New York Times, April 11, 2014

United States

Buyers Find Tax Break on Art: Let It Hang Awhile in Oregon A lucrative, little-known tax maneuver has produced a startling pipeline of art moving across the United States as collectors cleverly — and legally — exploit the tax codes. New York Times, April 12, 2014


Vienna Philharmonic Finds Owners of a Nazi Gift The Vienna orchestra says it has tracked down the rightful owners of a painting that was looted by the Nazis and found in storage. New York Times, April 11, 2014


The Art Newspaper Russia hands out its annual art awards, in Sochi-level style The spectacular event includes 15 dancing Pushkins, the battleship Potemkin, and a provocative Dasha Zhukova-Roman Abramovich love story. The Art Newspaper, April 11, 2014


3,200 Crabs, 1 Unstoppable Man Despite being prevented from leaving China, Ai Weiwei manages to maintain a healthy international career. New York Times, April 11, 2014


Suddenly, Everyone Loves Really Old Photos – And Here’s Why “A photograph really is a frozen fragment of time. Not even the fastest, most gifted artists or the most sensually specific novelists have ever captured the kind of incidental realities a photograph dumbly records – the creases in the uniform of the last Napoleonic veteran, his paunch and sidelong glance and white whiskers – or the Brighton Swimming Club in 1863, naked except for their trunks and top hats.” The Guardian, April 13, 2014

Mass exposure: why museums are focusing on photography Image-sharing social media has fuelled a boom in audiences for photography exhibitions. The Art Newspaper, April 14, 2014

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