Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 11, 2014


Fall arts preview visual arts critics’ picks: Ancient treasures to Ai Weiwei, art ignites. “This season’s exhibitions, installations, artist residencies, and public projects make wondrously evident the interdisciplinary, multimedia, and digital forms of expression that shelter under the “visual arts” umbrella.” Among the noted exhibitions this Fall are: The Forbidden City: Inside The Court Of China’s Emperors at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and Harry & Jessie Webb: Artists in Vancouver’s Jazz Age at the West Vancouver Museum. Click the link for Robin Laurence’s full list. Georgia Straight, September 10, 2014

Fall arts preview: Corey Bulpitt melds Haida forms with hip-hop. “If you’ve never encountered Corey Bulpitt’s fusion practice, imagine classical Haida forms and designs mated with the street art of hip-hop culture.” Georgia Straight, September 10, 2014

Vancouver art event Swarm showcases the experimental and unusual. “If you want to see innovative and new art in Vancouver, a good place to check it out is at Swarm Thursday and Friday. The two-day event is designed as a celebration of a unique part of the art scene in Vancouver: the artist-run centre.” Vancouver Sun, September 10, 2014

North Vancouver

Fall arts preview: Visual artist Kelly Lycan merges photos and installations. “Despite the concept-driven nature of [Kelly Lycan’s] art—which she describes as “currently focused on the way objects are valued, devalued, and revalued, dependent upon their place of display”—Lycan’s involvement in the installation of her PHG show is markedly physical.” Georgia Straight, September 10, 2014


Two exhibitions of female artists explore natural cycles and human impact. SHED Unusual Migration, which opened at Aceartinc. last Friday, marks a sombre, reflective coda to Tracy Peters’ project … [Also] curated by Natalia Lebedinskaia in tandem with a survey of work by the late Rosemary Kowalsky, Lateral Symmetry brings together four female artists from Manitoba (including Peters) whose works poetically reflect on of cycles of decay and new growth. Winnipeg Free Press, September 11, 2014


Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America. On Friday the Aga Khan visits Toronto to open the museum. It is a welcome addition to the cultural landscape. National Post, September 9, 2014


Council approves $100-million Arts Court redevelopment. Applause broke out Wednesday after city council approved the $100-million plan to expand the Ottawa Art Gallery and redevelop the Arts Court. Ottawa Citizen, September 10, 2014


Music as Celebration, and Resistance, in Montreal. “Citizens Band became my summer pied-à-terre. I could literally have lived in that installation by Australian-born, Paris-based artist Angelica Mesiti, exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain in her first solo on North American soil.” Canadian Art, September 11, 2014

Los Angeles

The New Dealer David Kordansky might not be the biggest player in the L.A. gallery scene, but his manic enthusiasm and seemingly genuine determination to draw attention to underappreciated artists make him the most interesting by far. New York Times, September 11, 2014


Judge Tosses $22 M. Hoffman Rothko Case This past Friday a U.S. District court in Dallas absolved financier and collector David Martínez Guzmán from any responsibility in a case that had the powerful collector Marguerite Hoffman demanding $22 million over a Mark Rothko painting that she said was improperly sold. ARTnews, September 10, 2014

New York

Dia Art Foundation Appoints a Tate Modern Curator as Its Director Jessica Morgan, most recently the curator of international art at the Tate Modern, will have fund-raising responsibilities as Dia’s director, including for a new Manhattan building. New York Times, September 11, 2014

A Conversation Spoken in Paint The midcentury artists Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, not quite in the “in”crowd, have a dialogue of sorts in a show pairing them at the Jewish Museum. New York Times, September 11, 2014

Rauschenberg Foundation launches artist-activist grants Philanthropy continues despite long-running legal dispute with three trustees. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2014

Morning Links: Plumbing Edition Here’s an interview with artist Alexander Melamid, who has a new show called “The Art of Plumbing.” ARTnews, September 11, 2014


Art project features statues that introduce themselves. Queen Victoria is one of 29 statues in London and Manchester that have recently been given voices in Talking Statues, a public art project initiated by Sing London, a non-profit arts organization that specializes in participatory events. Globe & Mail, September 10, 2014


The Artist Walks 12 Miles To Make Each Artwork – And Then It Washes Away “‘It’s a race against the tide, it’s nine hours of furious work,’ says the artist who is best known for making huge geometric snow designs in the Alps. The sand art, some the size of two football pitches, has been created by renowned snow artist Simon Beck. BBC, September 11, 2014


An independent Scotland could lose some of its greatest Old Masters Long-terms loans to national collections were agreed under UK tax rules. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2014


Sotheby’s Paris plans major Man Ray sale The 270-lot auction is the largest collection of works to come out of the artist’s estate since 1995. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2014


Scythian gold returned to Kiev But works from Crimean museum remain in Amsterdam pending judge’s ruling. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2014


Istanbul Biennial curator reveals concept behind “Saltwater” theme Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev plans to work with oceanographers and neuroscientists as well as artists. The Art Newspaper, September 11, 2014


Report Criticizes Countries For Failing On Restitution Of Wartime Looted Art “In a report published Wednesday, Italy is identified as one of the countries doing the least to research or identify items that may been looted from Jews during World War II.” New York Times, September 11, 2014

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