Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 10, 2014


Review: Douglas Coupland exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery Coupland’s highly developed visual style and his way of connecting and putting objects together are perhaps what you would express if you knew how. I know I smiled a lot while walking through this exhibition. And I’ll probably go again. Christine Rowlands Writing and Editing, blog, June 10, 2014

Twitter, May 30, 2014 Gallery Marketing Director, Stephen Webster picked up Christine’s whine about not being invited to the exhibition and created a new Gallery fan!

Christine Rowlands @crowlandia Why do I get a barrage of PR invites to weird crap, but nothing cool like #CouplandVan, with Lego and Canadiana?

Stephen Webster @stephenwebster @crowlandia two passes waiting for you at the Gallery reception. Show opens tomorrow. Happy Friday!

Hemlines: Basquiat, bargains and beading Belgian designers Anton Janssens and Raf Maes, who founded the company in 2009, recently released the six-watch collection featuring the edgy prints the young American artist was known for. Canadian footwear brand Manitobah Mukluks is inviting footwear fans to learn more about aboriginal beadwork during a free event at gravitypope at 2205 West Fourth Ave. in Vancouver. Vancouver Sun, June 9, 2014

Prince George

City hoping to fix museum mistakeThe city will ask the province for permission to write off some unpaid property taxes after a mistake left a community group with an outstanding bill. Prince George Citizen, June 7, 2014


Calgary Controversy Sparks Public Art Funding Rollback … Recent controversies over public art in Calgary have led to a funding rollback by the City, as well as other changes to its public-art process. On May 26, City Council voted to approve multiple changes to Calgary’s public art program. Canadian Art, June 9, 2014


Barbara Astman: A Movie For One – Canadian Art Instant photography has been Astman’s full partner in art and imagemaking since the mid-1970s. She was born in 1950 and raised in Rochester—then the world’s headquarters of image- and lens-technology heavyweights Eastman Kodak, Xerox and Bausch and Lomb. Canadian Art, June 6, 2014


Canada Post celebrates Hamilton art gallery’s 100th anniversary Envelopes feature artists of eight well-known works at local gallery. Hamilton Spectator, June 6, 2014


Psychotherapist collector puts a lot of Barbies on the block Dr. Sheldon Wagner, self-described Wizard of Ossington, is shutting down the 9-year-old art gallery he never opened with a week-long auction. Toronto Star, June 8, 2014


Visual Arts: Aboriginal art informed by the past, addressing the present Storytelling: The Contemporary Native Art Biennial is the latest manifestation of an art that integrates the past, present and future into works that speak directly to the deepest concerns of the 21st century: the survival and prosperity of our species. The exhibition continues until June 22 at two venues: Art Mûr and the Stewart Hall Art Gallery. Montreal Gazette, June 6, 2014

New York

Frick Museum Announces Expansion “With its proposal, the Frick joins a roster of museums across the country that are enlarging, a sign perhaps of increased competition for the cultural spotlight, as well as a rebound in fund-raising since the dark days of the economic downturn.” New York Times, June 10, 2014


Lisbon Battles With Itself Over Its Fabled Tile Sidewalks “Lisboners have a love-hate relationship with their distinctive sidewalks – painstakingly crafted from five-inch cubes of limestone since the 19th century – that flank most of the city’s streets.” But that limestone gets very slippery when wet, and “officials have stirred passions with a plan to make one of the world’s oldest cities a safer place to walk.” Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2014


Donated Rembrandt confirmed as self-portrait worth up to $55M Scientific tests have confirmed that a painting donated to Britain’s National Trust by a wealthy supporter is a Rembrandt self-portrait worth tens of millions of pounds, the heritage body said Tuesday. CBC, June 10, 2014

When Video is Virtue: Bill Viola Takes the Cathedral … Bill Viola’s new commission for St. Paul’s Cathedral, Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), is an elegant and forceful four-channel video installation. Discreetly housed in a cut-carbon-and-steel frame designed by Norman Foster and situated just below a stained-glass window, the video contrasts with the gilt-and-stone spirituality of Christopher Wren’s masterwork—and as such, it serves as a sort of palate cleanser, inviting fresh contemplation of expected themes. Canadian Art, June 10, 2014


Banksy Confesses: He Made the Eavesdropping Mural Banksy, in a rare exchange with the public, acknowledges making a mural in a city in England where an intelligence agency has its headquarters. New York Times, June 10, 2014


Louvre’s Poussin is A Poussin After All “A painting downgraded to the work of a follower a century ago is reattributed to the 17th-century master – just in time for an anniversary exhibition next year.” The Art Newspaper, June 9, 2014


Google Adds Graffiti to Its Art Portfolio The new Street Art Project includes graffiti and other works from around the globe, including some that no longer exist. New York Times, June 10, 2014

The Art Market Bubble – How Long Can It Continue? Those of us who have worked in the art market for many years find this new world almost unrecognisable. Financial Times, June 6, 2014

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