Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 15, 2014

Vancouver

Douglas Coupland “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” at Vancouver Art Gallery … Douglas Coupland is an artist based in Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. Mousse Magazine, July 14, 2014

Man arrested after daytime gold theft from Vancouver art gallery display A thief made off with an undisclosed amount of gold after smashing display cabinets in broad daylight at a west side Vancouver art gallery, police say. The thief fled from the Douglas Reynolds Gallery at Granville Street and West 7th Avenue, slightly after 1 p.m. Monday, VPD spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham said in a news release. Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2014

Los Angeles

Getty Acquires Robert McElroy Archives The Getty Research Institute has acquired the archives of photographer Robert McElroy, reports M. H. Miller of GalleristNY. The acquisition includes approximately seven hundred prints, ten thousand negatives and contact sheets, two thousand machine prints produced by Pace Gallery for research for the 2012 exhibition “Happenings: New York, 1958-1963,” and a small paper collection of posters and other ephemera. The acquisition was made possible by McElroy’s widow, Evelyn McElroy, who has partly donated and partly sold the archive to the Getty. Artforum, July 15, 2014

Chicago

Saving Frida Kahlo From Her Own Celebrity Scholars and artists are trying to reclaim Kahlo’s art from the cult of personality that has surrounded her since her death. A new exhibition at the MCA in Chicago aims to put the emphasis back on her painting by placing it in the context of work being made today. ARTnews, July 15, 2014

New York

Sotheby’s deal with eBay brings art auctions online One of the biggest auctioneers of luxury goods is teaming up with one of the world’s largest online sellers to bring art auctions to the digital masses around the world, including Canada. CBC, July 14, 2014

Met’s modern glass collection transformed by Israeli collector David Landau and his wife Marie-Rose Kahane have donated 44 Carlo Scarpa works to New York. The Art Newspaper, July 15, 2014

The New Museum Surveys Art From the Arab World “Here and Elsewhere,” opening Wednesday, features the work of 45 diverse talents exploring questions of identity and the human experience. New York Times, July 15, 2014

Palestinian artist banned from travelling to New York Khaled Jarrar was due to attend opening of New Museum show. The Art Newspaper, July 15, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Corcoran Gallery Trustees Respond To “Save The Corcoran” Lawsuit “The opponents lack standing to intervene in the reorganization pending before the court, they have offered no viable alternative and they are seeking court-ordered relief that is beyond the scope of the law, the [museum’s] lawyers said” in a legal brief that called the lawsuit “obstruction for the sake of obstruction.” Washington Post, July 14, 2014

Even 70 Years Ago, The Corcoran Sensed That The National Gallery Might Swallow It Up A 1945 memo to the Corcoran’s trustees lays out the difficulties that the museum would face due to competition from the taxpayer-subsidized National Gallery, then only four years old. Washington Post, July 14, 2014

More Than 150 Corcoran Gallery Staffers Face Layoffs As Merger Approaches “The Corcoran issued a layoff notice to all of its employees last month, but the Corcoran expects about a third of them will actually be laid off as of Aug. 16, which is the effective date affiliated with the notice.” Washington Business Journal, July 14, 2014

Somerset

Hauser & Wirth opens gallery in rural Somerset Countryside venue houses large-scale sculptures and an exhibition by Phyllida Barlow. The Art Newspaper, July 15, 2014

Yorkshire

The Unlikely Sculpture Park That Went From Blight To Museum Of The Year Founder Peter Murray explains how the park once accused of desecrating the countryside is now 2014 UK museum of the year. The Guardian, July 14, 2014

Helsinki

Helsinki Divided on Plan for a Guggenheim Satellite Plans for a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki have proved polarizing, with left-of-center politicians warning that it could squander local resources. New York Times, July 15, 2014

 

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