Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 12, 2014

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Coupland all gummed up “Gumhead,” an accompaniment to Coupland’s new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, is and isn’t what it sounds like., June 12, 2014

Urban aboriginal youths claim their space at the Museum of Anthropology. Subtitled Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth, the exhibition is curated by Tailfeathers (a filmmaker, writer, and actor of Blackfoot and Sami descent) and Pam Brown (of the Heiltsuk Nation, she is MOA’s Pacific Northwest curator and leader of its Native Youth Program), and surveys works by 25 aboriginal artists, ages 15 to 25… Art forms range from hip-hop to zines to cedar-bark dresses, and from poems to photos to painted drums. Georgia Straight, June 11, 2014

Pencils meet performing art at the Vancouver Draw Down. The Draw Down is all about engagement with our city and with each other, says Marie Lopes, and what better way to provoke public interest in drawing than by turning it into a performative activity? “It’s a way of thinking about drawing as a way to spend time together, drawing as a way to ask questions, drawing as a way to move your body differently,” says Lopes. “Drawing as a way to laugh!” Georgia Straight, June 11, 2014

Vancouver city council approves $4.5 million in cultural capital grants. The $4.5 million in cultural capital grants will be allocated to the Western Front, the grunt gallery, a joint project between VIVO and the Vancouver Creative Space Society (C-Space), and the Arts Factory. Georgia Straight, June 11, 2014


Four Edmontonians win Alberta emerging artist awards (with photos). Josee Aubin Ouellette is one of four Edmontonians, and eight Albertans, who have won a medal and $10,000 in the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Awards. Ouellette’s return to the city from Glasgow and Montreal brings back her boundary-pushing art, which has involved textiles, beautiful drawings and engaging text. Edmonton Journal, June 11, 2014


David Khang’s Wrong Places Does Political Art Right. It is difficult to make an adequate political statement through the medium of art, and more so if it first passes through the lens of deconstruction. David Khang’s videos, installation and performance at A Space issue a challenge to viewers, risking dismissal as absurd while offering a sophisticated reflection on our state of being. Canadian Art, June 11, 2014

Matthew Barney and the 21st-Century Epic. River of Fundament, Barney’s latest work, is a five-and-a-half-hour-long film based on Ancient Evenings—a tome that some view as a riff on the Egyptian Book of the Dead. – Canadian Art, June 11, 2014


Review: Doré’s triumph, and tragedy. The defining piece of art in Gustave Doré: Master of Imagination, the new exhibition at the National Gallery, is not the most valuable, nor the largest, nor even the most finished. It’s the sculpture Fame Stifling Genius and, better than any of the dozens of other works in the exhibition, it embodies the immense success and scarring failure that defined Doré in his lifetime in the 19th century, and continue to do so today. Ottawa Citizen, June 11, 2014

The man behind the iconic art: How the National Gallery plans to make Gustave Doré a household name. The jazz journal Downbeat has this long-running awards category it calls TDWR – talent deserving wider recognition – wherein critics each year are invited to name artists who they feel have been heretofore neglected or ignored, who should be registering more strongly on the public esteemo-meter. In fine art, Gustave Doré is a TDWR. Globe & Mail, June 11, 2014


Inspired by Margaret Atwood and Emily Carr: How Terence Koh is bringing Luminato to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The McMichael, famed as both burial site of most of the Group of Seven and showcase for the Group’s work, is the site for two outdoors projects Koh has been commissioned to realize as part of the 2014 Luminato Festival. (The event marks Koh’s first solo show in Canada – a rather amazing fact given Koh’s Canadian citizenship; it’s also the first occasion in Luminato’s eight-year history to occur outside Toronto.) Globe & Mail, June 10, 2014


Matthew Rankin Wins Inaugural National Media Arts Prize. Matthew Rankin, a filmmaker with ties to Winnipeg and Montreal, has won the inaugural National Media Arts Prize. The prize win was announced last night in Halifax as part of the Independent Media Arts Alliance‘s national summit. Rankin earns $5,000 with the prize, which was created by the IMAA to honour a mid-career Canadian media artist who is making an exceptional contribution to the sector. Canadian Art, June 12, 2014

San Francisco

Toddler Killed In Tragic San Francisco Art Gallery Accident. The toddler was playing outside of his hotel, near the Majestic Collection Art Gallery on June 6, when he began climbing on a large bronze dolphin statue on the sidewalk in front of the store. Suddenly, the heavy statue tipped over, falling onto the child. Paramedics treated Shelton for a nose bleed on the scene, before transporting him to San Francisco General Hospital. Although he did not appear to be seriously injured at first, Shelton died at the hospital due to internal injuries some four hours after the incident. Artnet News, June 11, 2014

Los Angeles

Loosening Up the Edges: Interview with “Made in L.A.” Co-curator Connie Butler The Hammer Museum’s second “Made in L.A.” biennial will feature five artist- or curator-helmed organizations, because the biennial’s organizers chose to invite certain venues that struck them as especially key to the current character of art in this city. Art in America, June 11, 2014


How I Set Out To Prove That Vermeer Used A Camera (By Meticulously Reconstructing ‘The Music Lesson’) “Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?” Boing Boing, June 11, 2014

Plano, Illinois

Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. – A Plan To Move Or Raise It “After commissioning several technical surveys, the trust has posted a feasibility study by structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates that assesses three possible solutions to the ever-worsening threat of floods: permanently elevating the house by putting a nine-foot hill underneath it, relocating it to higher ground on the site, or building the aforementioned hydraulic lift, which would use a set of four steel trusses to raise the house by nine feet when needed.” Chicago Reader, June 11, 2014

New York

After Controversy, NY Seagram Building’s Piccasso Tapestry To Relocate To NY Historical Society “There, the work, a large-scale piece by Picasso, would be the centerpiece in the society’s second-floor gallery, Dexter Hall, at 77th Street and Central Park West.” New York Times, June 12, 2014

Inside the Fascinating Offices of Psychoanalysts. Mark Gerald is a photographer, but he’s also a psychoanalyst. So ask him how he got the idea for his portrait series of his colleagues in their offices, “In The Shadow of Freud’s Couch,” he’ll tell you his motivations were both complex and, to some extent, deep-seated. Slate, June 11, 2014


Delaware Art Museum’s Cash-For-Paintings Plan Violates Public Trust “The trustees of the Delaware Art Museum have violated this principle by declaring that the proceeds from this sale, as well as the sale of up to three other works—expected to raise a total of $30 million—will be used to pay down $19.8 million in construction debt, with the balance to be added to the operating endowment to offset persistent operating deficits.” Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2014


Marina Abramovic Is Bringing Londoners To Tears In her new show at the Serpentine Gallery, 512 Hours, the current goddess of performance art interacts with viewers, very quietly, in three empty white rooms. And people are queuing up by the hundreds to take part. BBC, June 11, 2014

V&A must return Meissen figures to Jewish collector’s heirs But UK’s Spoliation Advisory Panel asks estate to consider leaving one of the sculptures with the London museum. The Art Newspaper, June 12, 2014


Matisse painting in Gurlitt hoard was Nazi loot, researchers find Task force confirms Femme Assise was stolen from the dealer Paul Rosenberg during the Second World War. The Art Newspaper, June 11, 2014


Donetsk culture centre seized by separatist group Armed militia took over a foundation that has hosted projects by Ukrainian and international artists. The Art Newspaper, June 12, 2014


Rome’s institutions buddy up to boost attendance In a one-year trial starting this summer, visitors can get a combined ticket for the Vatican and Capitoline museums. The Art Newspaper, June 12, 2014


9 Awesome New Art Books for Kids A summer reading list for budding artists and art historians. ARTnews, June 12, 2014

Ten Creative, Disorienting, Enlightening, and Sometimes Frightening Monographs and Catalogues Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Marisol, Lygia Clark, and Lee Bontecou are among the subjects of major books this season. ARTnews, June 11, 2014

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