Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 13, 2014



City hires new art gallery curator | Woodstock Sentinel Review A Winnipeg woman will become the newest director/curator of the Woodstock Art Gallery. Mary Reid, currently director/curator of the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba, will assume the new role on August 2, only one year after Sheila Perry took on the position. Woodstock Sentinel-Review, May 12, 2014


Video: A Visit to Elizabeth McIntosh’s Latest Toronto Show . In this video report on Elizabeth McIntosh‘s latest Toronto exhibition “Fairy Bread,” Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes sees the Vancouver-based painter heading in a new direction—while still exploring her ongoing affection for the landmark Modernist styles of Picasso and Matisse. Canadian Art, May 12, 2014

Australian Marah Braye named as next CEO of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre The waterfront recreation, arts and culture organization will be headed by Australian arts administrator Marah Braye, effective Aug. 5 Globe and Mail, May 9, 2014


Impoverished artists seek mandatory minimum payments from National Gallery of Canada The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear a case Wednesday that will determine whether associations representing 20,000 visual artists have the legal right to bargain minimum fees when the National Gallery of Canada uses their work. Ottawa Citizen, May 13, 2014

Newfoundland and Labrador

Visual Arts Awards nominees announced Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the nominees for this year’s Excellence in Visual Arts Awards. Kailey Bryan, Malin Enstrom and Mike Gough have been nominated for the Emerging Artist Award, which honours a promising start made by an artist in the early stages of their career. Telegram (St. John’s) May 12, 2014


What lies ahead for aboriginals (includes an interview with KENT MONKMAN) A celebrated multidisciplinary artist of Cree and Irish ancestry, Kent Monkman’s work has been featured across the country, including at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and at Rideau Hall. He grew up in Winnipeg. Globe and Mail, May 9, 2014

New York

The Art In New York That’s Designed To Fall Apart “Unlike the rest of the High Line, which has earned plaudits for its precise architectural design, the last section will open to the public with a temporary walkway running beside grounds left in their natural state, with weeds and rogue plants borne from seeds blowing around” – and the decaying works of art. The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2014

Gilded, Bejeweled, and Plugged-in: Photo-Jewelry Hybrids for This Millennium An exhibition of stunning, sculptural bling at the Museum of Arts and Design shows what happens when photography and jewelry mix. ARTnews, May 13, 2014

Mexico City

Fears for major Mexican murals Owners close cultural centre as group appeals to senate to save the works. The Art Newspaper, May 13, 2014


How Did Glasgow Become An Art Powerhouse? “How has a declining post-industrial city, with practically no art-collector base, with important historical collections but skeletal contemporary institutions, become so culturally dominant in the UK and, indeed, in Europe?” The Guardian, May 11, 2014


Mark Rothko painting defaced in vandal’s art attack goes back… London’s Tate Modern is putting Mark Rothko’s mural “Black on Maroon” back on display Tuesday, more than a year and a half after it was defaced with black ink by a vandal trying to draw attention to an obscure artistic movement. Star-Phoenix, May 13, 2014

Young British Artist Hits Middle Age: Catching up with Marc Quinn Ever since he sculpted a self-portrait out of his own frozen blood, Marc Quinn has enthralled the public, annoyed many critics, and been embraced by collectors. The quintessential Young British Artist is now middle-aged, but still notorious. ARTnews, May 12, 2014


President of Picasso Museum Dismissed Over Delays Anne Baldassari — who has led the restoration project for almost all of her tenure as president — was ousted by the culture ministry on Tuesday. New York Times, May 13, 2014


Galleries Try to Find Their Niche The German capital of Berlin offers an alternative to the treadmill of art fairs around the world. New York Times, May 10, 2014


Cornelius Gurlitt Died. Now The Battle Over What Happens To The Art “Many must have been unpleasantly surprised when they learned that Gurlitt had willed his collection to the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland. According to reports, Gurlitt was deeply shocked by the way he was treated by the government. And now there are signs that his own will and testament won’t be respected by the state either.” Der Spiegel, May 12, 2014


Public art, all in one place Athens exhibition brings together contemporary works originally created for international projects including Documenta in Kassel and Artangel in London. The Art Newspaper, May 13, 2014

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