Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 3, 2014


Giant mural over Granville Island comes with outsized funding problem. “At the same time a spectacular visual art crowd-pleaser rises over Vancouver’s Granville Island, the organization funding the enormous mural project is seeking to pay for it through a crowdfunding campaign. The high-profile project by the Brazilian duo Osgemeos comes at a high cost: The Vancouver Biennale says expenses for the project are tens of thousands of dollars higher than what the organization initially budgeted.” Globe & Mail, September 1, 2014

Large sculpture in Vanier Park has uncertain future, needs repair. “It stands somewhat forlornly in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, encircled by a construction fence complete with four signs warning not to trespass. It’s one of two Lower Mainland installations by Chinese artist Ren Jun erected in 2009 just in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The other, Water #10, is near the Olympic Oval in Richmond.” The Province, September 2, 2014


Book Excerpt: How Curating Took Over the World. “How did curating, once a term associated solely with the art world, attach itself to so many other spheres of life? This is a question Canadian Art associate editor David Balzer investigates in his new book Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, which Coach House Books will release across Canada on September 9. Canadian Art includes an excerpt.” Canadian Art, September 2, 2014


Art gallery expansion gets committee OK. The city’s finance committee has endorsed a $100-million plan to expand the Ottawa Art Gallery and redevelop the Arts Court. Ottawa Citizen, September 3, 2014


The Map-Maker. For artist, John Hartman, “maps are more than utilitarian—tools to avoid damaged hulls and pranged propellers. He also admires their beauty and their precise representational spirit. He collects them, dreams about them, blends his idea of them with his idea of landscapes. His work is populated with portraits and iconography.” The Walrus, September 2014

New York

A View of the Heavens Needs Some Retouching “Meeting,” by James Turrell, one of the most popular installations at MoMA PS1, with its open roof, is in need of restoration and has been closed for over a year. New York Times, September 3, 2014

How Jeff Koons Made Over The Art World In His Own Image (Or Something Like That) “Distasteful as it may be to bestow such an accolade on someone who traffics so brazenly in the shallow, the banal, the meretricious, and the cheap, he really is the most important artist of our time. Koons is the avatar of a new kind of art and a new kind of art world, both of which he helped to create.” New Criterion, September 2014

‘Under the Same Sun’ at Guggenheim Museum This canny exhibition, titled “Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today,” of nearly 50 dissenting works by over 40 artists from 16 countries (Argentina to Venezuela) explores recent art practice in Latin America. ARTnews, September 3, 2014

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville Art Museum Flirting With Financial Disaster, Says Former Mayor “Former Asheville mayor and city manager Ken Michalove, who has been dogging the footsteps of the Asheville Art Museum for nearly two years, now says it is headed for bankruptcy unless it ramps up its own fundraising, sticks to its original goals and stops trying to adjust its game plan and financial reports so as to qualify for city and county money.” The Asheville Tribune, August 24, 2014

Asheville Art Museum Is Fine, Says Local Official An official with the local Tourism Development Authority says the museum is “strong financially” and that an independent auditor confirms that fundraising pledges will be made good. The committee then voted unanimously to extend a grant of $1.5 million for the museum’s expansion. The Asheville Tribune, August 27, 2014

Sao Paulo

São Paulo biennial separates itself from Israeli sponsorship Foundation agrees to “disassociate” itself from consulate funding after protest letter from artists and curators. The Art Newspaper, September 3, 2014


Ai Weiwei prepares for Blenheim Palace show but must keep his distance. The artist remains under house arrest in Beijing, but is directing installation of his largest UK exhibition to date using a 3D computer model The Guardian, August 29, 2014


First ‘Pop-up Pompidou’ to open in Malaga next spring Painting by Picasso among works travelling from Paris to city of artist’s birth. The Art Newspaper, September 3, 2014


‘Unedited History, Iran 1960–2014′ at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris This riveting survey, bringing together some 200 works, shed light on the last half century of Iranian art. Encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, documentary films, and even cartoons, the show was divided into three parts: Years of Modernization (1960–1978), Revolution and Iran-Iraq War (1979–1988), and Contemporary Perspectives (1989–2014). ARTnews, September 3, 2014


Kunsthalle Zurich names Daniel Baumann as director to replace Beatrix Ruf The Swiss curator helped organise last year’s Carnegie International show in Pittsburgh. The Art Newspaper, September 3, 2014


Garage saves history of art underground Moscow museum creates Russia’s first uncensored library of contemporary art. The Art Newspaper, September 3, 2014

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