Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 18-21, 2014


Two charged in smash-and-grab robbery from Vancouver aboriginal art gallery Police say they have recovered stolen gold and arrested both suspects in Monday afternoon’s brazen smash-and-grab jewelry heist at an aboriginal art gallery. The Province, July 17, 2014


Robert Amos: Deconstructing the art works at our galleries The other day, Michael Warren, owner of the Madrona Gallery, noticed me poring over a painting of an Italian hill town by Charles Comfort. He pointed out that when connoisseurs go through his gallery they tend to step back and consider the work from a distance. When artists come to have a look, they bend closer and peer at every brush mark. An artist myself, I peered closely at the paint handling. When I go to galleries, I’m often deconstructing the art works before me, considering the colour choices and sequences of layering that go into a painting. Times Colonist, July 20, 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 oil boom? And what are the impacts of recent floods and forest fires on artistic sensibilities there? Such questions will weave through the 2015 Alberta Biennial, curator Kristy Trinier suggests. Canadian Art, July 17, 2014


Exploring the legacy of American Plains Indians ledger drawings, an art form weighted by tragedy Keeping Time: Ledger Drawings and the Pictographic Traditions of Native North American ca. 1820-1900 continues at TrépanierBaer Gallery in Calgary through Aug. 16. Most of the works are from the collection of the respected Canadian tribal-art dealer Donald Ellis, who operates out of New York. Ellis is perhaps most famous for shepherding the return of the Dundas Collection to Canada from the U.K. in 2006. Globe and Mail, July 19, 2014


Former art gallery director charged | Peterborough Examiner As a result of the Criminal Investigation Branch investigation, Cobourg Police have charged the former curator of the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Carter, with two counts of fraud on public over $5,000; two counts of theft by conversion over $5,00; three counts of draw document without authority; six counts of forgery; and three counts of utter forged document. Peterborough Examiner, July 17, 2014

Art Gallery of Northumberland will go on Rumours of the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s demise are unfounded, three spokesmen agreed at a Friday-morning press conference. Against a background of Pat Stanley paintings, president Irena Orlowski, acting director Duane Schermerhorn and new board member David Laycock explained the situation as it stands — with no plans, they stressed, for the facility to close in the coming months. In fact, Orlowski said, they intend to hire a permanent curator-director as soon as funds permit. Northumberland Today, July 19, 2014


Why NSCAD University is Remaining Independent Following more than a year of speculation as to whether financial woes would drive the influential art school to affiliate with a larger Halifax university, NSCAD has decided to stay independent. Here, NSCAD president Daniel O’Brien tells us what clinched the survival of the iconic institution. Canadian Art, July 17, 2014

Los Angeles

The Getty Research Institute Gets Permanent Records Of Ephemeral ‘Happenings’ “The conundrum of how best to preserve the history of mid-century American performance art — art created before phones had video cameras — lies at the center of the Getty Research Institute’s recently announced acquisition of [photographer] Robert McElroy’s archive.” Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2014

Site Santa Fe

Kent Monkman’s latest installation blends art history with colonial critique 0 It’s hard to suppress a chuckle, even an outright laugh, when confronted by one of Kent Monkman’s intricately detailed, richly coloured paintings or mixed-media installations or videos. Yet for all his puckishness, this Cree-Irish Canadian from St. Marys, Ont., is an artist of very serious intent, his works complex postcolonial acts of revenge – or at least reversal – combining outrage with the outrageous. Globe and Mail, July 16, 2014


Can The Arts Help Revive This Chicago Neighborhood? “I don’t think many people see arts and cultural as economic engines, but they are. As the ward has become more vibrant, that has not only energized the residents but attracted new businesses, homeowners.” Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2014

Jersey City

A Man, a Van, a Plan The Mana Contemporary arts complex in Jersey City remains one of the metropolitan area’s biggest cultural secrets and its namesake remains low profile. New York Times, July 21, 2014

New York

The Morgan Gets a Gift: A Lichtenstein Trove The Morgan Library & Museum has been given sketchbooks and drawings by Roy Lichtenstein’s estate, including early drawings like “Mickey Mouse I” and “Donald Duck.” New York Times, July 18, 2014

Using a Camera to Make More Than Memories “The Photographic Object, 1970,” at Hauser & Wirth, revisits MoMA’s 1970 show “Photography Into Sculpture,” reliving heated late-1960s debates about photography’s role in society. New York Times, July 18, 2014

Far From Home, an Arab Summer The theme of “Here and Elsewhere,” a new exhibition at the New Museum on the Lower East Side, is art “from and about the Arab world.” New York Times, July 18, 2014

Robert De Niro Sr.: ‘Paintings and Drawings, 1948-1989’ Robert De Niro’s father, who died in 1993, is getting some well-deserved posthumous attention for his work. New York Times, July 18, 2014


Which Building Will Win Architecture’s Stirling Prize – And Which Building *Should* Win “This year’s Stirling prize shortlist sets out to compare what can’t be compared – as if one had to decide what is better between, say, a shirt, a piece of cheese, an app, some nice music or a chair. … The underlying absurdity is part of the fascination.” The Guardian, July 20, 2014


Kidnapping the Canon, and Other Stories A proposal: rather than scrapping the legacies of 20th-century art, abducting them might be a better plan. In this review, Canadian artist Mark Clintberg finds evidence of this notion while visiting a provocative exhibition of unplugged Naumans, repurposed public art, floral bouquets and more. Canadian Art, July 17, 2014


A Duke’s Gilded Haven, Recreated in Paris The lavish art and architectural fittings of a razed 18th-century townhouse built in Paris for Philippe II, the duke of Orléans, will be installed in a new home. New York Times, July 18, 2014


Otto Piene, German Artist of New Modes, Dies at 85 Mr. Piene was a founder of the Zero Group, which explored new methods of painting and anticipated developments in land art and Minimalism. New York Times, July 19, 2014

Varese, Italy

A Palace of Wonders The grand Italian villa of Giuseppe Panza di Biumo is the home of a small but powerful exhibition of works by Robert Irwin and James Turrell, exploring the limits of perception. New York Times, July 19, 2014


So, How Much Do Curators Get Paid? “Freelance biennial curating is highly visible but relatively new as a paid occupation. Remuneration is shrouded in secrecy: most of the biennials mentioned in this article refused to comment on our findings.” The Art Newspaper, July 19, 2014


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