Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 28, 2014

Although we’ve been sending out the Arts News via email since 2008,
we added our 500th Arts News post to our blog this week–
our cheers and many thanks to you, our fans and Library supporters!


2o14.o5.27 ~ remembering an access denied. The power of Latitude 53’s latest Community Gallery exhibition Komagata Maru: an/other journey is the documentation and focused artistic remembrance of a boatload of people of Indian origin Canada deliberately barred from entry and subsequent lives here. Edmonton Journal, May 27, 2014


Winnipeg: City of architectural delights. The creative confidence of [the] pioneer era has begun to return to Winnipeg. Something special is once again happening with the city’s architecture, and the world is beginning to take notice. Most people in our city don’t know it, but in the international architecture community, Winnipeg has become cool. Winnipeg Free Press, May 26, 2014


Only Connect: What’s Wrong with “Art as Therapy”. Alain De Botton and John Armstrong’s theory proposes that art is, to quote the book’s introduction, a “therapeutic medium” with helpful, inspiring, even salubrious functions apart from history and form, the last two being elements we’re used to reading about in didactic panels at galleries and museum. Canadian Art, May 27, 2014

Waterfront condo building to include affordable rentals for artists. A groundbreaking project in the new Bayside neighbourhood will include 80 units to be managed by Artscape, which has a long waiting list. Toronto Star, May 28, 2014


Colville exhibition slated for National Gallery in 2015. The main exhibition for the National Gallery of Canada during the summer of 2015 will be a retrospective of paintings from the late Nova Scotia artist Alex Colville. The exhibition will be a retooled version of the large Colville retrospective to run at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto this year. Ottawa Citizen, May 27, 2014

New York

Massimo Vignelli, 83, Designer Who Created New York’s Subway Map “[He was] an acclaimed graphic designer who gave shape to his spare, Modernist vision in book covers and shopping bags, furniture and corporate logos, even a church and a New York City subway map that enchanted aesthetes and baffled straphangers.” New York Times, May 28, 2014


V&A sends Islamic-inspired art to Russia Work by artists and designers shortlisted for the Jameel Prize will go to Tatarstan and Moscow. The Art Newspaper, May 28, 2014


French Rembrandt Thief Lives Real-Life Version of ‘Goldfinch’ Story Man who stole painting for love and hid it for 15 years gets surprise when he comes clean. ARTnews, May 28, 2014

Picasso museum board member resigns Anne Sinclair stepped down after less than a month in the post, following the dismissal of the director, Anne Baldassari. The Art Newspaper, May 28, 2014

The Anxiety Of Paris, Captured In A Single Department Store’s Renovation “Does Paris risk being ‘frozen in formaldehyde’? The French capital’s strict historic building preservation has come under fire this month, after a major revamp of a Parisian landmark was shot down by the courts.” CityLab, May 27, 2014


Curator Announced for Newfoundland’s Venice 2015 Project. Chris Clarke—a Newfoundland-born, Memorial University–trained curator and critic now based in the Ireland—has been selected as curator for Newfoundland and Labrador’s entry into the 2015 Venice Biennale. Canadian Art, May 27, 2014.


Russian art museum to open Spanish satellite Mayor of Málaga signs deal in St Petersburg this week, following Centre Pompidou agreement. The Art Newspaper, May 27, 2014


Ancient Christian sites in Syria threatened Government surveys damage in small town where Aramaic is still spoken after rebels retreat (Many of the rebels are unsympathetic towards the country’s Christian minority) The Art Newspaper, May 28, 2014


The Writing Is on the Wall All over the world, women are reclaiming the streets — with mural art and graffiti. New York Times, May 28, 2014

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