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


Ode to I, Braineater at the Khatsahlano Street Party. A prolific maker of performance art, painting, photography, film, and music, the man known best as I, Braineater headlines the arts programming at this Saturday’s (July 12) Khatsahlano Street Party. Georgia Straight, July 9, 2014


Owner of Munro’s Books in Victoria hands over shop to employees Munro’s Books, the venerable Victoria retailer launched 50 years ago by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro and her then husband, is being turned over to a team of senior employees to run.. Globe & Mail, July 9, 2014


Critical Craft at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. The 53rd edition of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) gathered more than 300 artists and an additional exhibition, “Art Now,” curated by Elise Hodson, Rui Pimenta and Simone Rojas-Pick. Ambitiously seeking to inspire “a sense of critical play between the audience, and the civic square and outdoor art fair environment,” and including works by Derrick Piens, Heretical Objects and Jenn Goodwin, among others, “Art Now” occupied a small swath of space on the outskirts of the TOAE. Canadian Art, July 9, 2014


Photographs of First World War still horrify, even those ‘faked’. When is a fake a fake and when is it a fraud? The National Gallery’s new exhibition, The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography, mulls such questions with images that range from the glorious to the truly terrible. Ottawa Citizen, July 5, 2014

Los Angeles

Michael Govan: Audacious New LA County Museum Of Art Would Signal A “New” LA “The opening would come 20 years after the 2003 arrival of the $284-million Walt Disney Concert Hall. Govan said LACMA would be continuing the “movement” that the acclaimed concert hall launched. The new LACMA would show that L.A. was, in effect, not a one-hit wonder, but a city capable of charting an ambitious, ongoing course of increasing and revitalizing its cultural offerings.” Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2014


Appraisers’ Report On Detroit Institute Of Arts Collection Is Here “The first formal valuation of the entire city-owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts finds that the roughly 60,000 pieces of art are worth between $2.8 billion and $4.6 billion.” Unless they’re actually sold, in which case they’d bring in a lot less. Detroit Free Press, July 10, 2014

Detroit’s Art May Be Worth Billions, Report Says The appraisal said that the price tag of $2.7 billion to $4.6 billion would never be attained at sale because of factors including donor suits and weakness in the market for some kinds of paintings. New York Times, July 10, 2014

Adding Up The Cost Of The “Grand Bargain” To Save Detroit’s DIA Art From Being Sold “All told, this is an absolutely unprecedented series of foundation commitments from the foundation community, stretching the boundaries of what foundations might have ever considered doing anywhere.” Non-profit Quarterly, July 7, 2014

New York

Artists Look Beyond the Arab Spring “Here and Elsewhere,” on view at the New Museum, features 45 artists from Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Ramallah and Sharjah, among other cities. New York Times, July 10, 2014


Revisiting Marisol, years after her heyday. Proudly independent, Marisol did not fit into any of the era’s retrospectively sanctified movements. And yet she played a key role in shaping a cultural shift away from mid-century, atomic-age existentialism (epitomized in art by Abstract Expressionism) toward the visual pizzazz, double-edged irony, and deadpan distillations of Pop. A fascinating, complex figure, she has waited a long time for the resurgence of interest in her work that is now underway. Boston Globe, July 5, 2014


Smiljan Radic: A Rock Star Among Architects Fresh from opening his Serpentine Pavilion, the Chilean architect discusses another new project: a boulder-strewn winery south of Santiago. New York Times, July 10, 2014

Portrait Removed From Major London Gallery After Complaints That It Is Pornography “The painter can’t begin to understand how a painting that reveals no intimate flesh, other than the pelvic triangle, could possibly be described as pornography.” The Guardian, July 7, 2014

Jeremy Deller gives away 10,000 works of art for free Fans can apply online for animation stills based on a piece from the 2013 Venice Biennale. The British artist Jeremy Deller is defying the usual rules of the art market by offering 10,000 limited edition stills from a new animation for free. We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold, 2014, is based on Deller’s work from the 2013 Venice Biennale and the stills are available online via The Space website. The Art Newspaper, July 10, 2014


Sale of ancient statue goes ahead despite opposition from Egypt Northampton council is selling sculpture at Christie’s to fund museum expansion and refurbishment. The Art Newspaper, July 10, 2014


Britain’s Museum Of The Year Is A Park In Yorkshire The Art Fund’s £100,000 prize went to the 500-acre Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which the judges cited as “a truly outstanding museum with a bold artistic vision.” BBC, July 10, 2014

Porto Ercole, Italy

Caravaggio to be buried in Tuscan memorial park Baroque master’s remains were discovered in a local church in 2010. The Art Newspaper, July 10, 2014


Hieroglyphics That Won’t Be Silenced The Egyptian muralist Ganzeer, a star of the movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has been finding fresh targets as leadership in his country repeatedly changes hands. New York Times, July 10, 2014


The top 10 comics in art. From Matt Groening’s pre-Simpson’s strip to Michelangelo’s ceiling and Hogarth’s social commentary, artists have been reinventing the cartoon for centuries. The Guardian, July 10, 2014

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