Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 25-28, 2014



Robert Amos: Show captures rebirth of Chinese art Barry Till, curator of Asian art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria since 1980, is coming up to retirement and seems determined to show us as much as possible of the fabulous collection for which he is responsible. He has just hung up 39 Chinese landscape paintings from the 20th century. Times Colonist, April 26, 2014

5468796 Architecture and numberTEN architectural group release competition entry for Art Gallery of Greater Victoria competition “Currently housed in an aging mansion and cluster of Modernist additions, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia is in need of extensive renovation. A competition for the transformation project was won by LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc. + Moore Architecture Inc. Associated Architects, but here we consider the shortlisted proposal by 5468796 Architecture and numberTEN architectural group. World Architecture News, April 17, 2014


Ya’Ya Charles Heit carves strong messages into totem poles And so Ya’Ya carves in hopes of creating a better world — one knife stroke at a time. CBC, April 26, 2014


Canadian Museum for Human Rights Receives Global Best Project Award “PCL Construction is pleased to announce that the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg has received a 2014 Global Best Project Award from Engineering-News Record (ENR). ‘This new national museum is the kind of project that comes along once in a generation,’ said CMHR president and CEO Stuart Murray. ‘We were not merely constructing a building, but creating a work of architectural art that stands as a showpiece and testament to human rights.’” CNW, April 21, 2014


Rembrandt School Gift Puts Kingston on Global Art Map For many years, big international museums have been the place to study the Rembrandt School—the group of artists who studied with, or were influenced by, the famed Dutch master. But a recent gift to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston makes it a world leader in the Rembrandt School, too. Canadian Art, April 23, 2014


Contact Festival brings photography out in open A sampling of Contact’s public installations: Rebecca Belmore, Dana Claxton, Owen Kydd, Richard Renaldi and Annie MacDonell. Toronto Star, April 25, 2014

Adad Hannah: Unpacking family history from Alaska to the Bronx It’s a long way from Kodiak, Alaska to the Bronx — or anywhere, for that matter — but Adad Hannah connects the dots of his family history with a new show for Contact . Toronto Star, April 26, 2014

Gordon Parks’ humanity on view in Contact exhibits Portraits: Gordon Parks gets international debut at BAND in Parkdale; Nicholas Metivier has more as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Toronto Star, April 24, 2014

How KPMB became Canada’s big-city visionaries of architecture (who sweat the small stuff, too) More than a quarter-century after they started, this Toronto office, now led by Kuwabara, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg, has assumed an important place in Canadian culture, as city builders, mentors and advocates. But nothing about their work or their career has been simple Phyllis Lambert, who recently named Kuwabara as the chair of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, puts it this way: “They’re very conscious of raising the standards. Pretty well everything they’ve worked on adds strongly to the built environment.” Globe and Mail, April 26, 2014


Colleen Heslin in Montreal: Can Painting Be Reinvented? Colleen Heslin’s first solo show since winning the 2013 RBC Canadian Painting Competition—on at Laroche/Joncas in Montreal until Saturday—packs a punch.. Canadian Art, April 21, 2014

Santa Monica

Art Matters | How to Buy a Famous Artist’s Work for $350 At Incognito 10, the 10th-anniversary benefit of the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s benefit sale, small works whose authorship is kept secret — many made by stars in the field — sell for an unheard-of price. New York Times, April 25, 2014


Review: Documentary unlocks secrets of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer  Count on magicians Penn and Teller to show that the masterpieces produced by Johannes Vermeer in 17th-century Holland were nothing more than a trick done with mirrors. I’m simplifying, of course. Neither Teller, making his feature directing debut with Tim’s Vermeer, nor Penn Jillette, who acts as our genial host, is trying to disprove or even downplay the genius of Vermeer. Vancouver Sun, April 26, 2014

New York

Four Seasons restaurant sued over plan to move Picasso painting The building’s owner says Picasso’s “Le Tricorne,” a 5.8-by-6.1-metre painted stage curtain, has to be moved from the restaurant to make way for repairs to the wall behind it. But the Landmarks Conservancy, a nonprofit that owns the curtain, is suing to stop the move. The group says the wall damage isn’t dire and taking down the brittle curtain could destroy it — and, with it, an integral aspect of the Four Seasons’ landmarked interior. CBC, April 26, 20214

Rarely One for Sugarcoating The artist Kara Walker, known for her silhouettes invoking history, race and power, has created a mammoth art installation for a soon-to-be-demolished building in Brooklyn. New York Times, April 25, 2014

That Little Lost Boy in Red, Back With His Family “Goya and the Altamira Family,” at the Metropolitan Museum, reunites for the first time four portraits by Goya, including that of the famous boy in red. New York Times, April 24, 2015

Museum Draws Donatello From Italy The Museum of Biblical Art will host a trove of seldom-shared Renaissance art next year while the Duomo museum, its home in Florence, Italy, is expanded. New York Times, April 28, 2014

Mixing and Matching Youth and Middle Age, and Sequins and Tulle Miguel Gutierrez was joined by Mickey Mahar in a new work about aging and vitality as part of the Whitney Biennial. New York Times, April 25, 2014

Recapturing the Past, and Then Revising It The work of Julian Schnabel deserves renewed attention, and two shows have started the process. New York Times, April 25, 2014

Butterflies (Nearly) Over Brooklyn A crowd of about 10,000 in Prospect Park saw Judy Chicago’s pyrotechnic display, “A Butterfly for Brooklyn.” New York Times, April 27, 2014


British House Where Vincent Van Gogh Lived Is Turning Into An Artist’s Exhibition (About Van Gogh) “Tourism and blue plaques make houses into biographers. The past is irretrievable. All you can do is anthropomorphise a house – like looking at the empty shell of an animal.” The Observer, April 26, 2014


National Library of Ireland adds 10,000 artefacts to digital collection “Portraits of some of Ireland’s most revered historical figures are among tens of thousands of artefects opened to the world in a newly-expanded digital collection. The engravings and drawings – which include Robert Emmet, Theobald Wolfe Tone and Daniel O’Connell – are part of a revealing series first catalogued by librarian Rosalind Elmes, and named in her honour.”, April 25, 2014


Rijksmuseum hints at expansion to host 20th century objects.“Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a 10-year renovation project, could do with a new wing to display its growing collection of 20th century art and objects, director Wim Pijbes says in an interview with the AD. Dutch News, April 11, 2014

Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick unveils 125,000 sq m cracked landscape park for Abu Dhabi “At Cityscape Abu Dhabi this week, Thomas Heatherwick unveiled his 125,000 sq m park design for the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. Heatherwick and his London team at Heatherwick Studio have been working on the project for the past two and a half years, with construction due to commence in Abu Dhabi in early 2015. It is estimated that the park will open to the public in 2017.” World Architecture News, April 23, 2014

Une visite de chantier du Louvre Abou Dabi avec son architecte, Jean Nouvel “Le chantier du Louvre Abou Dabi vient de prendre une tournure décisive avec la pose des premiers éléments du gigantesque dôme. 5000 ouvriers sont actuellement employés sur le site, jour et nuit car les délais sont impératifs : l’inauguration aura lieu le 2 décembre 2015, jour de la fête nationale.” Connaissance des Arts, mars 27, 2014


The Great Divide in the Art Market As prices for paintings soar, lower-end collectors are turning to more modestly priced prints and returning to the notion that art generates something more than mere financial returns. New York Times, April 27, 2014

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