Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 9, 2014


Walking tall: Vancouver Biennale opens up public art debate Vancouver Biennale 2014-2016: Open Borders/Crossroads. For more details visit The Vancouver Biennale has a unique way of bringing people together while at the same time dividing Public Opinion. North Shore News, September 5, 2014


Fernandez keeping up momentum Danny Fernandez just wanted to pay tribute to the star of Hook and Jumanji, two of his favourite movies as a kid. He didn’t expect his mural of Robin Williams to get such a reaction. But “the response was insane,” said Fernandez, a graffiti artist and hip-hop performer (Def 3) from Regina. Leader Post, September 8, 2014


Artists hope to convert bus barns to art spaceThe idea of converting Saskatoon’s bus barns into a community arts space is gaining traction with some Caswell Hill residents. A group of Saskatoon artists and community members are envisioning what could replace the vacated transit facility that occupies the neighbourhood’s south end. Star Phoenix, September 9, 2014


Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values A new and proud chapter in Canadian Ismaili Muslim history is set to unfold in September with the opening of the spectacular Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre in Toronto. Edmonton Journal, September 9, 2014


Risky Survey Homes in On Art & Design Boundary Breakers … For his ambitious final exhibition there, Charlie Hill, the National Gallery of Canada’s revered curator of Canadian art, took a real risk, amassing an impressive but perplexingly eclectic range of more than 320 objects. Paintings and sculptures were joined by murals, maquettes, urban-park plans, musical instruments, woven rugs, a reconstructed domestic chapel and a great deal more. While it was at times difficult to see the forest for the trees, the display was purposeful, its demands rewarding. Canadian Art, September 8, 2014

Quebec City

Art project to highlight role of Quebec Conference in creation of Canada The federal government is funding what the Canadian Heritage Department calls “a major public art project” that will highlight the role the Quebec Conference had on the creation of Canada. Times Colonist, September 9, 2014


Newfoundland Selects Artists for 2015 Venice Biennale … Jordan Bennett and Anne Troake have been selected as the artists in Newfoundland and Labrador’s official Venice Biennale submission for 2015. Canadian Art, September 9, 2014

New York

Brooklyn show looks at mystique of “killer heels” An exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to a contemporary eight-inch dagger stiletto. Toronto Star, September 8, 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art shows off redesign of $65M outdoor museum plaza The expansive Fifth Avenue plaza outside New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new look. The museum on Tuesday unveiled the David H. Koch (KOHK) Plaza following a 2-year redesign. The Province, September 9, 2014

Russ & Daughters Plans Restaurant and Shop at New York’s Jewish Museum The museum-restaurant competition continues to heat up in New York, with the Jewish Museum revealing today that it has tapped the storied downtown appetizing store Russ & Daughters to open a restaurant and shop in its building early next year. ARTnews, September 9, 2014

Miami Beach

Here Is the Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Exhibitor List Art Basel Miami Beach returns in December with 267 galleries from 31 countries, across a variety of sections, including the main fair, as well as Edition (for prints and limited-edition works), Nova (for emerging galleries), Position (for solo booths). ARTnews, September 9, 2014


How’s That $44 Million Stonehenge Restoration Working Out, Then? “A 360-degree theater uses finely detailed laser scans of the stones to show the monument’s evolving shape, while a wall-size animated map shows Stonehenge within a puzzling network of mounds and ditches, barrows containing burial remnants, and vestiges of unexplained earthworks that extend over miles.” New York Times, September 9, 2014


The Destruction Of Syria’s Cultural Heritage Is Far From Incidental “The nation’s heritage has been used as a weapon to finance bloodshed, to settle sectarian scores and to erase entire chapters of the country’s past in the expectation of radically reshaping its future.” Wall Street Journal September 8, 2014


Art fairs multiply across Greater China Three new events open in Shanghai this month. The Art Newspaper, September 9, 2014


Asia proves a lucrative destination for France’s museums Concern at home at number of major works sent abroad by national museums (The Pompidou’s Surrealism show in Shanghai’s Power Station of Art helped generate welcome income) The Art Newspaper, September 9, 2014


When Does Surveillance Art Cross the Line? Changes in technology and conventions are raising questions about what it means to invade others’ privacy in the name of art. ARTnews, September 9, 2014


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