Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 16, 2014


Vancouver artist Fred Herzog gets a stamp. Bogner’s Grocery by Fred Herzog is one of seven images featured in Canada Post’s second Canadian photography stamp series, alongside works by acclaimed photographers such as Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Michel Lambeth, William Notman and Louis-Prudent Vallee. Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2014

Arts this Week: Vjeko Sager, Takao Tanabe and Diane Roy. Local exhibitions highlighted include: And of the Land, a group show of landscapes by B.C. artists that includes the work of Takao Tanabe at The Reach in Abbotsford; Vjeko Sager: diviNation Tower at the Richmond Art Gallery; and Diane Roy: Corallia, at Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby. Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2014


Secret bonus that broke rules paid to Royal B.C. Museum CEO. The museum’s secret circumvention of the rules cost it $53,000. That’s the amount that de Jong has docked from the provincial contribution. The penalty indicates how frustrated the government is getting with board appointees making secret end-runs around spending guidelines. The museum scheme was exposed at a news conference devoted to a public-accounts update, which heightens the museum’s embarrassment. Times Colonist, July 15, 2014

Artist’s sculpture taken from Esquimalt backyard. Godfrey Stephens’ spot at Saturday’s TD Art Gallery Paint-In will have one less piece than planned after a sculpture disappeared from his backyard studio. Times Colonist, July 15, 2014


Alberta Biennial 2015 List Looks to Future. What does it mean to be an Alberta artist? How can artists critique or comment upon the province’s famed (and often controversial) oil boom? And what are the impacts of recent floods and forest fires on artistic sensibilities there? Such questions promise to weave through the next Alberta Biennial, which recently released the list of artists for its run January 24 to May 3, 2015. Canadian Art, July 15, 2014

Edmonton artist landed her dream job as AGA curator. Kristy Trinier is still pinching herself about her role at the AGA. Her duties include curating throughout the galleries, including the RBC New Works space, Manning Hall in the gallery entrance, and AGA exhibitions at Enterprise Square Galleries. Edmonton Journal, July 15, 2014

Art gallery architect left ‘indelible’ mark on Edmonton’s downtown. Randall Stout, the American architect who designed the Art Gallery of Alberta, a landmark swirl of steel, patinated zinc and glass on the northeast corner of Churchill Square in Edmonton, has died. Edmonton Journal, July 15, 2014


Alleged Rodin sculpture back in the spotlight. The fight over Walking Man follows years of other litigation over the MacLaren’s Rodin fiasco. In 2007, other would-be donors that participated in the art-donation tax scheme, challenged an Ontario Superior Court ruling that allowed French investigators from the state-controlled Musée Rodin in Paris to inspect MacLaren Rodin plasters as part of a criminal investigation in 2004. The inspection allegedly damaged the plasters, and was also blamed for some damage to Walking Man. Globe & Mail, July 11, 2014


Jinny Yu’s glass and metal mysteriously shines in group show at Ottawa Art Gallery. Jinny Yu, who divides her time between Ottawa and Europe, is part of Close Listening, the group show at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Yu’s work is enigmatic and wide open to interpretation, yet it consistently stokes in me, at least, a vague and curiously uneasy sense of elation. Ottawa Citizen, July 15, 2014


Junk resurrected as The Three Graces, and other triptychs, in Gatineau. Recycl’Art: Triptyques, at Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, includes more than a dozen Quebec artists’ works, all made entirely of recycled materials. First inside the door, like guardians (or heralds) of the exhibition, are JoAnne Migneault’s Les Trois Grâces. Ottawa Citizen, July 16, 2014

Los Angeles

Biennial’s Bright Young Things, Ages 77 and 84 The Hammer Museum’s biennial in Los Angeles features works by two long-neglected ceramic artists, Michael Frimkess and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess. New York Times, July 16, 2014


The Real News In The Detroit Institute Of Arts Appraisal Report “Anyone who looks upon DIA as an ATM will be in for a shock. Because in every case, the report argues, the result will be sale prices significantly below the low-end appraisal figure. Finally, some common sense has entered into the discussion of DIA’s fate.” The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2014

New York

On Kawara, Conceptual Artist Who Found Elegance in Every Day, Dies at 81 The Japanese-born artist was known for works that emphasized the incremental passage of time. New York Times, July 16, 2014

ArtsBeat: MoMA Names New Architecture and Design Curator Martino Stierli, a Swiss art history professor, has been appointed chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, Glenn D. Lowry, the museum’s director announced Tuesday. New York Times, July 16, 2014


Crystal Bridges Lines Up Emerging Artists for American Show An alternative to the Whitney Biennial in Arkansas focuses on contemporary artists and “the evolving narratives that make up our cultural fabric.” New York Times, July 16, 2014


In The World Cup Of Art Germany Would Also Win “The World Cup display of German talent is the moment for Britons to put aside the prejudices and scars left by 20th-century wars and wake up to the fact that Germany is not just modern Europe’s economic powerhouse, but its cultural workshop, too, creating everything from beautiful football to sublime art.” The Guardian, July 15, 2014

Imperial War Museum reopens after £40m revamp New atrium and bigger galleries give coherence to the collection. The Art Newspaper, July 16, 2014


Italy Turns To Corporate Sponsors To Maintain Its Monuments “The practice of using corporate largess to finance restoration projects for public antiquities was once fairly rare here. But with the nation struggling with a stagnant economy and crushing public debt – Rome is flirting off and on with bankruptcy – politicians are now looking to private companies and international sources to help preserve Italy’s cultural heritage.” New York Times, July 16, 2014

Thinking Of Applying To Run An Italian Museum? Don’t British-Canadian director of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence may be the next victim of local power games “Every now and again [politicians and boards] appoint a foreigner … in the hope of getting a bit of that magical know-how, and then they get rid of him or her in humiliating, destructive and unprofessional ways that in the UK or US would be inconceivable.” Anna Somers Cocks explains why this happens, and offers three case histories. The Art Newspaper, July 15, 2014


China’s Museum Boom: What It’s Achieved And What It Still Needs “Last year one museum was built every day on average, though the rush has since ‘slowed’ to about one every three days” Author Cathy Giangrande talks about the various kinds of museums being opened, what they are and aren’t doing well, and how the government is and isn’t involved in the museums’ content. New York Times, July 13, 2014

Adrian Cheng: Building Up a New Chinese Culture Hong Kong entrepreneur Adrian Cheng is pioneering new strategies to support Chinese art. ARTnews, July 16, 2014

Tsang Kin-wah to represent Hong Kong at next Venice Biennale Artist’s work reflects ‘quickly maturing’ art scene in the city, says Lars Nittve. The Art Newspaper, July 16, 2014


Inside the Top 200: A Who’s Who of Who’s New (And Returning) The 33 additions to our annual list of the world’s top art collectors. Artnews, July 15, 2014

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