Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 23-26, 2014



Doug Coupland says similarity between his Gumhead and earlier Vancouver chewing gum a dreamlike coincidence … Just as renowned artist Doug Coupland prepares to unveil a sculpture of a giant head covered in chewing gum, sources in the Vancouver art world are pointing out its striking similarity to another gum-covered head that toured the city in 2012. National Post, May 242, 2014

Emily Carr Victorian-era journal up for auction A humorous, illustrated account of Queen Victoria’s funeral proceedings, created by Canadian art icon Emily Carr, is one of the more unusual lots up for auction this spring in Vancouver. CBC, May 24, 2014

Bronze boxers, a dead tree and a funny book: 137 works in Heffel auction valued at up to $8M Fafard made three Boxer Tables in 1986. One was included in a retrospective of the Saskatchewan sculptor’s work at the National Gallery of Canada, and on May 28, it will be for sale at the Heffel auction at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Vancouver Sun, May 24, 2014

Review: Dana Claxton, “Indian Candy” – Canadian Art In her exhibition “Indian Candy,” Dana Claxton sifts and reclaims indigenous histories and epistemologies, working with media appropriated from Internet sources and photographs she took at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park/Áísínai’pi National Historic Site, an ancient petroglyph and pictograph site in southern Alberta. The glossy, brightly coloured surfaces of many of the works highlight the expressive manipulation of photography as a medium, creating tension between the seductive power of colour, the problematics of history and the presence of indigenous peoples throughout it. Canadian Art, May 22, 2014

Rodney Graham’s Time Has Come Photographer Rodney Graham is an icon of the international art scene and a master of obscurity. He’s impossible to fully comprehend and serious pop culture. Over the next few months three major exhibitions celebrate the Vancouver artist, marking the Summer of Rodney Vancouver Magazine, May, 2014


Robert Amos: Two stewards of B.C. cultural history Jack Lohman meets Jon Tupper. Lohman is the vibrant CEO of the Royal B.C. Museum and the B.C. Provincial Archives. Tupper is director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Times Colonist, May 24, 2014

Lawren Harris, Painters Eleven art await auction night read Explosive impulses and unpredictable circumstances often collide to create artistic masterpieces, but these factors also arise at the auction house, inspiring record highs and disappointing lows. “It’s theatre and commerce colliding at auction night,” says Linda Rodeck, vice-president of fine art and senior specialist of Canadian art at Waddington’s auction house in Toronto. CBC, May 22, 2014

Margaux Williamson: Meet the artist whose life has been the stuff of fiction Margaux Williamson seems to be in full verbal flight this sunny afternoon in her airy studio overlooking the railroad tracks and gettin’-by businesses on the western outskirts of downtown Toronto. A font of effervescence, she has already admitted to a tendency “to say a million things in one sentence.” Now, in response to a question about her fondness for the “ugly beautiful” or the “beautiful ugly,” she’s observing how, from her perspective, “it’s pretty easy to make pretty things, to mimic pretty things. Globe and Mail, May 24, 2014

Vancouver artist’s work chosen for WorldPride 2014 in Toronto No Walls Between Us by Pablo Munoz will be displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario from June 22 to Nov. 15 as part of the Youth Solidarity Exhibition. Vancouver Sun, May 24, 2014


City hall art exhibit provokes war of words between Israeli, Palestinian representatives The Palestinian General Delegation in Ottawa has released a statement saying it “condemns Israel’s assault on Canadian free speech” after Israel’s ambassador to Canada criticized an art exhibit at Ottawa City Hall Friday. Ottawa Citizen, May 23, 2014

Los Angeles

On View | With a New Exhibition, the Mexican Artist Gabriel Kuri Makes His Home in L.A. His show at his new West Coast gallery, Regen Projects, includes his signature folded wall-mounted pieces and sculptures made with Angeleno rocks that remind him of his native country. New York Times, May 25, 2014


Warhol’s Entourage Speaks His Truth Friends reminisced at the 20th-anniversary gala for the artist’s museum, which is hosting a show about Halston and Warhol. New York Times, May 25, 2014

New York

Sounds of All but Silence Six exhibitions at the New Museum rely heavily on ears, including pieces by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, the Italian Roberto Cuoghi and the French Camille Henrot. New York Times, May 24, 2014

St. Petersburg

Warhol at the Dali An exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., features more than 100 works by Andy Warhol. New York Times, May 25, 2014

United States

Gleeful Museums Unpack a Bequest The final group of paintings, drawings and sculptures bequeathed to museums by Paul Mellon have at last begun to arrive. Many are rarities curators had never seen. New York Times, May 24, 2014

Norman Rockwell’s Art, Once Sniffed At, Is Becoming Prized Rockwell is poised to join a handful of artists whose work is recognizable not just for its artistic quality but for the millions it took to acquire one. New York Times, May 24, 2014


People Told Artist Bill Viola That Video Would Never Catch On (Oops) “One line of complaint can be boiled down to the assessment of a critic at the time of the National Gallery The Passions that Viola is ‘a master of overblown, big-budget, crowd-pleasing, tear-jerking hocus-pocus and religiosity.’” The Guardian, May 23, 2014


Glasgow School Of Art Loses Its Library – But Not Everything – To Fire “The most amazing, almost miraculous news is that the majority of the building is still intact.” BBC, May 25, 2014

‘Small army’ of 100 conservators volunteer to restore Glasgow School of Art School’s board vows to rebuild Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s fire-ravaged library (Mackinstosh’s elegant library unfortunately could not be saved) The Art Newspaper, May 26, 2014


Britain’s Turner Prize in sights of first Canadian-born finalist Canadians might take a keener than usual interest in this year’s joust as one of the Glasgow nominees is an Ottawa native. Ciara Phillips, in fact, is, at 37, the first-ever Canadian-born finalist in the prize’s 30-year history. Globe and Mail, May 20, 2014

Abu Dhabi

Protesters Urge Guggenheim to Aid Abu Dhabi Workers About 40 protesters critical of the Guggenheim Museum’s planned franchise in Abu Dhabi smuggled their own artworks into the museum on Saturday evening. New York Times, May 26, 2014

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