Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 27, 2014



The first Roots Pop-Up Shop on Twitter for Douglas Coupland collaboration The collection will be released May 30th in stores across Canada, at the Vancouver Art Gallery gift shop, and online at, May 27, 2014

Joseph Staples Wins CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize …The winner of the second Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver‘s Emerging Artist’s Prize is Joseph Staples. Staples was awarded $3,000 at during the May 22 opening reception for the CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize Exhibition at Access Gallery in Vancouver. Staples works with found images and photography through collage and printmaking. One of his most recent projects revolves around real estate, printmaking, failure and the unknown. Staples has exhibited locally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Equinox Gallery, Wil Aballe Art Projects and Malaspina Printmakers. Canadian Art, May 26, 3014


Library has family passes to art gallery, museum, rec centres The Greater Victoria Library has more than books to check out. Family passes to the art gallery, museum and now recreation centres are available on loan. And they’re already a hit. Times Colonist, May 27, 2014


Who knew? “What The Nose Knows” It is fitting Ron Simmer is presenting this work at his initial Scupturewalk showing. The Burnaby-based artist has a nose for finding castoff materials from consumer society, and refiguring them into iconic works of art. There is an undertone of subversiveness in some of his work, but just as often there is humour. Always there is inventiveness and creativity. Galleries West, May 25, 2014


Canadian Art’s Tablet Edition Nominated for CSME Award …Canadian Art’s tablet edition, available quarterly on the App Store, has been named a finalist for the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors’. Canadian Art, May 26, 3014

Lawren Harris painting falls short of expectations, and record Group of Seven leader’s Lake Superior work, picked as a potential record breaker, fails to reach even its low estimate price at auction. Toronto Star, May 27, 2014

Miami Beach

Photog famous for Bettie Page pics dies at 85 Bunny Yeager, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump-start the career of then-unknown Bettie. Montreal Gazette, May 26, 2014

New York

911 Memorial Museum curator on the politics of commemoration May. 27, 2014 12:00 PM Alice Greenwald on the challenges of curating the new 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. CBC, May 27, 2014

United States

The Artistic Influences that Made Artists Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Pat Steir, Deborah Kass, and others reflect on their early encounters with art and the childhood experiences that shape their work. ARTnews, May 27, 2014


ArtsBeat: Firefighters Salvage Most of Glasgow School of Art Firefighters in Scotland were able to salvage most of the Glasgow School of Art from a fire last week, except for its iconic library located at the top of the building, said Duncan McKenzie, a press officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on Monday. The cause of the fire, which began on Friday and was extinguished a day later, remained unknown, he said. New York Times, May 27, 2014


Tracey Emin’s My Bed is up for sale at what may be a dream price to some The furore around the work, complete with vodka bottles and pregnancy tests, helped to give lift-off to Emin’s career. The Guardian, May 27, 2014

ArtsBeat: Victoria & Albert Museum Starts ‘Rapid Response Collecting’ Museums tend to take the long view when it comes to acquiring works, but the Victoria & Albert Museum here has announced that a new gallery opening this summer will be dedicated to “rapid response collecting.” That means the kind of items that can mostly be bought without having an acquisitions committee meeting. New York Times, May 27, 2014

Vandalized Rothko painting rehung in London after pioneering restoration 0 A Mark Rothko painting vandalized at London’s Tate Modern gallery 18 months ago went back on public view on Tuesday after the first-ever effort to strip graffiti ink off a major artwork without damaging the layers of paintwork. Globe and Mail, May 25, 2014


Little house on the moon: is space the artworld’s final frontier? Swedish artist Mikael Genberg is crowdsourcing money to launch his lunar sculpture Moonhouse. Is it just one more piece of cosmic clutter – or will it go where no art has gone before? The Guardian, May 27, 2014


7 Astonishing Chinese Philosophers’ Stones That Look Like Monsters and Landscapes Photographs of rocks might seem like a hard sell, but Jonathan M. Singer’s handsome book Spirit Stones: The Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rock (Abbeville Press) makes a strong case that scholars’ rocks are worth contemplating. ARTnews, May 26, 2014

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