Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 8, 2014


Doug Dorsett, Instagram photographer in B.C., gains global acclaim A B.C. man is garnering global praise after his daughter convinced him to pick up his camera and join Instagram, inspiring him to follow his passion despite the daily grind. CBC, July 8, 2014

Flin Flon

Christi Belcourt Q&A: On Walking With Our Sisters … The power of the collective—and the pain of many—combine in Walking With Our Sisters, the commemorative art installation for missing and murdered Indigenous women that began touring Canada last year. Canadian Art, July 7, 2014


Video: A Critic’s View on Bill Burns’s Art-World Send-Ups The art world can feel quite big sometimes—but is it really, in the end, quite small, perhaps delimited to a select group of power brokers? What is, after all, the role of celebrity, connections and spectacle in the art world? Is success in this realm really all about the art—or is it about something more? As Canadian Art managing editor Bryne McLaughlin found in his June 28 visit to MKG127 in Toronto, such questions come to the fore in Bill Burns‘s latest artworks. Canadian Art, July 4, 2014


Canada Post releases 7 new stamps honouring master photographers Canada Post is unveiling seven new stamps today honouring the works of noted Canadian photographers of the last 150 years. This latest collection represents the second volume in a five-year series first launch in March 2013. This batch features iconic works by: Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Fred Herzog, C.D. Hoy, Michel Lambeth, William Notman, Louis-Prudent Vallée. CBC, July 7, 2014

Ottawa Dispute Stresses Role of Art in Public Realm … Palestinian-Canadian artist Rehab Nazzal’s exhibition “Invisible” closed on June 22 at the end of a one-and-a-half-month run at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, located in Ottawa’s City Hall. The show sparked attacks from conservative politicians in the Senate and the House of Commons after Israeli ambassador Rafael Barak complained about it to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa issued a statement condemning the exhibition and calling for its removal. Canadian Art, July 3, 2014

San Diego

San Diego’s Timken Museum Ousts Director “‘Basically, it was a difference of opinion over the direction of the museum,’ [now-ex-director John] Wilson said late Tuesday.’ The board had a model of the Timken that is similar to when [predecessor] John Petersen was here. So it’s time for a change.’” San Diego Union-Tribune, July 3, 2014

North Adams, Massachusetts

Rendering the Veil: Izhar Patkin at MASS MoCA It took 10 years to develop the unique printer used to create the exquisitely rendered veils at the core of Israeli-born artist Izhar Patkin’s survey “The Wandering Veil,” on view at MASS MoCA. Art in America, July 7, 2014


Frank Gehry exhibit shows redesign of Philadelphia Art Museum, yields more space, better light Traditionalists can rest easy knowing architect Frank Gehry’s vision for the Philadelphia Museum of Art does not include wrapping the neoclassical building in his trademark chunky silver swooshes. But he just might take a chunk out of the famed “Rocky” steps. Windsor Star, July 7, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Journalists As Art Collectors: Washington Post Art For Sale To Employees “Graham Holdings (as the company which once owned the Washington Post is now known) has decided to sell much of the corporate art collection begun by former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in the 1970s. The company is offering the collection, which is strong on works by local Washington artists, for what it says is a reduced rate to employees. Proceeds will be given to TheDream.US, a scholarship fund founded by Donald Graham to help undocumented students.” Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2014


Venezuela: Stolen Matisse Painting Returned Venezuelan authorities on Monday welcomed home a painting by the artist Henri Matisse more than a decade after it had disappeared from a Caracas museum. New York Times, July 8, 2014


Gregor Schneider’s labyrinthine work pulled from Ruhr triennial Duisburg mayor rules work could create panic four years after 21 killed in Love Parade stampede. The Art Newspaper, July 7, 2014


Rarely seen Gérôme painting goes on sale in London Portrait of artist’s younger brother had not been seen for 165 years. The Art Newspaper, July 7, 2014

New Board Chair for London’s Contemporary Art Society Christopher Jonas has been named chair of the board of trustees at the Contemporary Art Society, effective August 2014. Jonas is former chairman of Goldsmiths University of London and chairman of the major arts restoration programs at Tate Modern and the London Coliseum. Said director Caroline Douglas: “I am absolutely delighted that Christopher Jonas joins the Contemporary Art Society at this critical moment in our history, he shares our excitement about the potential to expand and deepen our support for contemporary art in the UK. Christopher’s very distinguished track record in business brings huge advantages for the Contemporary Art Society and he will be a powerful advocate for philanthropy in the arts.” Artforum, July 8, 2014


Yvon Lambert to Close Yvon Lambert has announced that he will close his gallery, which he first opened in 1966 on rue de L’Échaudé in Paris with exhibitions that promoted early Conceptual and Minimalist work by artists including Carl Andre and Lawrence Weiner. Artforum, July 3, 2014


Rome museum faces closure after city slashes budget Former director of Macro says municipal funding now only amounts to €5,000 a month (Macro’s future looks uncertain after cuts of between €10m and €15m to Rome’s culture and heritage sector) The Art Newspaper, July 8, 2014


Acropolis Maidens Glow Anew After a painstaking restoration, five of the famed Caryatid statues of ancient Greece are star attractions at the Acropolis Museum in Athens. New York Times, July 8, 2014


The 2014 ARTnews 200 Top Collectors Who are the world’s most active art buyers? Presenting the 2014 ARTnews 200. Artnews, July 7, 2014 (Canadians on the list: Steven and Michael Latner and David Thomson)

Cheryl Siegel


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