Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 3, 2014



Art Gallery of Ontario: Malcolmson collection of photography The 279 photos given to the AGO by Harry and Ann Malcolmson need to be seen and often. Toronto Star, June 3, 2014


tomorrow’s snow, an ephemeral yet enduringly powerful new concept by Beijing-born, Canadian-raised artist Terence Koh, began to take shape a year ago with a poetic email from Koh to Luminato Festival artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt. Luminato Festival Press Release, June 3, 2014

St. John’s

New Brunswick Museum seeks $40-million expansion The New Brunswick Museum is pondering a move from its home in Saint John’s Market Square and planning a $40 million addition to its facility on Douglas Avenue. Jane Fullerton, the museum’s chief executive officer, says the Market Square space limits what the museum can do.” CBC News, May 27, 2014

San Francisco

SFMOMA close to hitting $610 million fundraising goal to fuel expansion The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been closed since last June, but officials have been busier than ever, overseeing a massive expansion of its South of Market complex and pushing to hit a $610 million fundraising goal. SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra said Tuesday that the museum’s South of Market complex, which will add a 10-story, 235,000-square-foot new Snøhetta-designed addition to its existing building by Mario Botta, is on time and on budget. SFMOMA is 94 percent of the way to raising $610 million in capital for the new complex, a big expansion of its endowment, and funds to keep going until the expanded museum reopens in the first quarter of 2016.” San Francisco Business Times, May 6, 2014

Saint Louis

Pulitzer announces an expansion project, and a name change Change is coming to the Pulitzer Foundation later this summer — and through the winter months. First, effective immediately, there’s a name change, from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Along with fewer keystrokes, it means a greater clarity about the museum’s emphasis on the arts, and about presenting them in innovative and persuasive ways.” St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 27, 2014 [see also: Tadao Ando to expand Pulitzer building, World Architecture News, 23 May 2014]

New York

Exodus At National Academy Museum: Is It Financial Or Personal? “The National Academy Museum and School has let go several members of its staff, including both its registrars, the marketing director, the building manager and senior curator Bruce Weber.” Other staffers, including the contemporary curator, have left for other jobs. Some argue that the layoffs are to combat a persistent operating deficit; others report that the situation is due to the elevation of a new creative director. NYGallerist, June 2, 2014


Gehry unveils plan for renovation, expansion of Philadelphia Museum of Art In a special exhibit to open this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will display the comprehensive plan that Frank Gehry has created for the renovation and expansion of its home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Museum officials recently released renderings of Gehry’s final design, which reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 sf of space. The project will ultimately transform the interior of one of the city’s most iconic buildings, enabling the museum to display much more of its world-renowned collection. Building Design + Construction, May 21, 2014 [see also: Gehry plan for the renovation and expansion of the Philadelphia Art Museum unveiled in a special exhibition, World Architecture News, 27 May 2014]


Uffizi Gallery to reopen Renaissance art rooms after €600,000 gift The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is to renovate and reopen eight rooms showing Renaissance art after a €600,000 (£488,000) donation from the luxury goods company Salvatore Ferragamo. About 50 paintings from artists including Luca Signorelli, Lorenzo di Credi, and Pietro Perugino, are to be exhibited within the course of a year, officials said. Ferragamo is the latest in a long line of names from the Italian fashion world to come to the rescue of the country’s struggling cultural heritage. The Guardian, May 13, 2014

Aalborg, Denmark

Alvar Aalto museum in Denmark to be modernised Northern Denmark is home to an architectural treasure, constructed in white marble: KUNSTEN – Museum of Modern Art. The museum houses a unique collection of contemporary art by Danish and foreign artists. But it is not only the collection that is unique; so is the building. It is the only museum outside of Finland to be designed by the world-renowned architect, Alvar Aalto. In 1957 he conceived the design of the museum in collaboration with Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël. The result was an art museum which is a work of art in itself. The building was designed in a light, organic, modernist style with an entirely unique distinctive inflow of light. Throughout the building, the choice of materials is unique: ranging from the custom-designed copper Aalto lights to the marble on the floors and outer walls. Today, this museum building is listed. So it is no wonder that the building’s imminent and radical restoration and modernisation have caused quite a stir. Kultur Styrelsen, May 21, 2014


Rem Koolhaas’s Venice Architecture Biennale opens this week Architect turned curator explains why history interests him more than the contemporary. The Art Newspaper, June 2, 2014


Art of Huang Yin Toys With Concept of a Lie With the figure of the curiously adult child, the artist Huang Yin is saying that people don’t really grow up, they just pretend to. And they lie a lot. New York Times Sinosphere, June 3, 2014

Ai Weiwei hits back at alleged censorship using social media The activist artist takes to Instagram and removes his work from a show in Beijing in protest. The Art Newspaper, June 2, 2014


The $20,000 Picasso Catalogue the Art World Was Waiting For Why scholars are clamoring for a near-exact copy of a Picasso catalogue published in black and white and last updated in 1978. ARTnews, June 3, 2014

The ARTnews Shelfie Project: Art-World Luminaries Pose With Their Books Laurie Simmons, Jerry Saltz, Xu Bing, and other art insiders took shelf portraits for us . ARTnews, June 3, 2014

Top 7 New Art Bios for Summer Beach Reading The season’s page-turners: Lives of the artists, from Michelangelo to Nauman. ARTnews, June 3, 2014

Google Glass (And Other Wearables) Could Completely Change The Way We See Art “Google’s new wearable computers can be used to display instant information on artworks as visitors walk round museums, possibly replacing gallery guidebooks and audio guides entirely.” The Independent, June 3, 2014

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