Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 18-22, 2014


Town Talk: Over-achieving, but modest, photog finds praise a bit unrecognizable Following a somewhat fulsome description of his career, Herzog said: “Thank you for the introduction, I had no idea I had done all those things.” He then turned over the $10,000 to the Presentation House Gallery. which specializes in photography. Vancouver Sun, April 26, 2014

Epic Photos Expose Mankind’s Uneasy Relationship With Water Edward Burtynsky’s work can be seen as a 30-year-long meditation on the prime forces that shape our modern world. Through projects like Oil, Quarries, and Manufactured Landscapes, he’s developed a singular approach to presenting stop-you-in-your-tracks images of the staggering impact of human activity. Wired, April 17, 2014

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors FUSE: A Terrible Beauty FUSE: A Terrible Beauty takes place at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) on Friday (April 25) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Georgia Straight, April 17, 2014

FUSE on April 25 at Vancouver Art Gallery The next FUSE night takes on expansive beauty and terrible realities coalesce at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Named the Best Art Party in Vancouver, FUSE offers one-of-a-kind experimental art, cutting edge new music and innovative live performances. Taste and Sip Magazine, April 17, 2014

Vancouver Street View, Circa 1948 When the award-winning artist Stan Douglas wants to visit the past, he makes it happen. The process might start with gathering historical research —maps and photographs of his hometown, Vancouver, in the years following World War II, just to take an example — but he doesn’t stop there. Douglas’ new collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada, led by Loc Dao of the NFB’s Vancouver Digital Studio, goes all the way to full-on time-machine territory. Time, April 17, 2014
Wachtel On The Arts – Stan Douglas Stan Douglas is both a cutting-edge contemporary art star, and a neighbourhood historian of his home city. From his downtown Vancouver studio, he makes new works of photography and video that look like something out of the city archive. Eleanor Wachtel talks to Stan Douglas about his work, and his latest project Helen Lawrence, a theatre piece, created in collaboration with television writer Chris Haddock. CBC, April 15, 2014

One-on-one with Vancouver business dynamo CHARLES GAUTHIER On this day Gauthier is ecstatic that seven office towers, bringing thousands of jobs, are being constructed in the DVBIA. His group is heavily immersed in the exciting Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza redesign; and a number of luxury retail and brand giants — including Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, DeBeers, Tory Burch and a flagship Lululemon — are either open or in the process of setting up shop in the DVBIA. Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2014

Michelangelo drawings coming to the AGO (have a peek at six of them) Thirty works on paper by Michelangelo are coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in October, it was announced Thursday. The drawings, including architectural and figural sketches, are loans from the Casa Buonarotti, a house the legendary artist purchased in Florence in 1508 but never occupied during his lifetime (1475-1564). Globe and Mail, April 17, 2014

Toronto Gets an Art Fair With a Name Change … The newest offshoot of the Affordable Art Fair will open next month in Toronto, where it will be called Love Art. New York Times, April 22, 2014


National Gallery’s Marc Mayer curbs travel and hospitality spending National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer sharply reduced his travel and hospitality spending in 2013. But even so, he remained the highest roller among his peers in the National Capital Region. Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2014


Laptop seized from art gallery | Northumberland Today Northumberland Today has verified police are actively involved in an investigation at the Art Gallery of Northumberland. Art Gallery board chair Bob Fudge confirmed on Thursday that a laptop used by the art gallery was seized by Cobourg Police. “I can tell you that they did. I guess they are looking for something,” said Fudge, not wanting to elaborate further. Northumberland Today, April 21, 2014

Bowmanville, Ontario

Oscar winner Jim Erickson is parting with his quilt collection Whatever the case, it’s a nice memento of a career well spent. Erickson has another, though, that seems a little closer to the heart. On Saturday, the Bowmanville Antiques and Folk Art Show opens with exhibition of 300-some historic quilts Erickson collected over his 35-plus years in the movie business. Toronto Star, April 17, 2014

Baker Lake

Artist Itee Pootoogook illustrated the truths of Inuit life Using coloured pencils, graphite and paper, the former carpenter was determined to buck an orthodoxy imbued with myth. Globe and Mail, April 19, 2014

Los Angeles

For Audiences as Varied as an Ark Full of Animals The children’s exhibition “Noah’s Ark,” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, helps exemplify that center’s mission to record Jewish heritage and serve a diverse audience. New York Times, April 22, 2014


Renoir Shows His True Colors When conservators at the Art Institute of Chicago wanted to solve the mystery of a missing pigment in a portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, light shined the way. New York Times, April 22, 2014

New York

MoMA’s Expansion and Director Draw Critics The Museum of Modern Art’s latest expansion has sharpened complaints from art critics, artists, architects and patrons about the museum’s direction and its director, Glenn D. Lowry. New York Times, April 21, 2014

MoMA Plans a Robert Gober Retrospective Robert Gober’s first retrospective in an American museum will open on Oct. 11 at the Museum of Modern Art. New York Times, April 17, 2014

At Brooklyn Museum’s Artists Ball, Some Words From Ai Weiwei and Unusual Doughnuts Ai Weiwei delivered remarks via video at the Brooklyn Museum’s Artists Ball. New York Times, April 18, 2014

Rothkos, Pollocks, Motherwells: Meet the Chinese master painter behind a $33-million art swindle The painting caught Pei-Shen Qian’s eye, but it was the price that affected him deeply. Qian, browsing in a booth at a Manhattan art show a decade ago, had stumbled across his own work: a forgery of a modern masterpiece that he had recently completed. He had sold it for just a few hundred dollars, to a man prosecutors now say was Qian’s co-conspirator in a long-running, $33-million (U.S.) art swindle, whose success stemmed in large measure from Qian’s skill. Globe and Mail, April 22, 2014


Love Those Royal Family Photos? It All Started With Victoria. “A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography,” at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, reveals a monarch who quickly adopted a new art form and used it for her own purposes. New York Times, April 18, 2014


Gallery swaps staff for volunteers Liverpool gallery accused of laying off paid staff while recruiting for 70 volunteers. The Art Newspaper, April 22, 2014


Spain Pays Tribute to El Greco 400 Years After His Death Several exhibitions, mostly held in Toledo but also in Madrid and Valladolid, commemorate the most modern of the old masters. New York Times, April 28, 2014


A Hidden Art Trove and a Lost Relative A new exhibition in Germany focuses on the work of Cornelia Gurlitt, an Expressionist artist who was also the sister of a Nazi-era art dealer whose trove of masterpieces was recently seized in Munich. New York Times,


Site to Be Seen | An Online Meeting Place for Creative Types The innovative two-month-old networking website Unique Board aims to shrinks the global creative community down to a single URL. New York Times, April 28, 2014


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