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


Nine buildings and urban spaces chosen for inaugural Vancouver Urban Design Awards The buildings and urban spaces that make Vancouver one of the most livable cities in the world were recognized Monday with the inaugural Vancouver Urban Design Awards. Presented at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the awards recognized 10 examples of excellence in buildings, landscapes and communities, said Brian Jackson, the city’s general manager of planning and development. Vancouver Sun, September 16, 2014

Hyung Min Yoon: From Page to Screen – Canadian Art Hyung-Min Yoon‘s current exhibition at Grunt Gallery, “The Book of Jests,” was inspired by a 1922 edition of a book she purchased at an antiquarian bookstore in Vienna. The book—entitled Marginal Drawings for the Prayer of Maximilian I by Albrecht Dürer—contains within it a series of illustrated pages whose blank centres were originally designed to house translations of a single Christian prayer. Canadian Art, September 15, 2014


Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria takes its treasures online Dawson’s caribou were last spotted in 1908 on the northern end of Graham Island in Haida Gwaii. Unfortunately, three of the four spotted that year were shot; shortly afterward they were considered extinct. But you can see what the long-lost species looked like thanks to a new “100 Objects of Interest” website put together by the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria. Vancouver Sun, September 16, 2014


Mark Lewis’s natural and urban photographs on show at the Daniel Faria Gallery Lewis is known for his short but hypnotic silent films. Trained in photography, Lewis posits film through myriad historical references such as painting, photography and cinema. In his moving images narrative becomes secondary, allowing for reflection on the act of vision: natural or urban landscapes, as well as genre scenes, lend themselves to composition. Canadian Architect, September 15, 2014


Are you sitting comfortably? – Hamilton Spectator Emily Coonan painted many images of women, but she found contemporary women disappointing. She figured women who didn’t embrace ideas were fit only for marriage, or a convent. At the same time, some art critics found Coonan’s modernist paintings disappointing and condemned her “flamboyant and violently hard style.” Nevertheless, she was one of the first two women invited to exhibit with the recently formed Group of Seven in 1923. Hamilton Spectator, September 13, 2014

Haileybury, Ontario

For sale: 3-metre high hockey player. Price: $30,000 Artist Mike Camp is hoping to sell sculpture of player mid–slap shot before winter arrives but moving it may present a much more onerous challenge. Toronto Star, September 15, 2014


Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, opening this week, is a world-class showcase for Islamic art 0 Yet for all the waiting, the museum seems destined to become both major cultural destination and player in very short order. Globe and Mail, September 16, 2014

Quebec City

Art works escape damage during fire at Musee de la civilisation in Quebec City No works of art appear to have been damaged after fire broke out Monday on the roof of the Musee de la civilisation in Quebec City. It took about 50 firefighters a few hours to control the blaze after they were called to the building in the old part of the city. Winnipeg Free Press, September 15, 2014


Prada Marfa saved The installation by Elmgreen & Dragset has been turned into a single-work museum. The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2014

New York

Karim Rashid: A designer’s guide to Manhattan Industrial designer Karim Rashid was born in Cairo, grew up in Toronto, completed his postsecondary school education in Ottawa and, since 1993, has lived in New York. Here he creates award-winning designs for many international brands, from the French champagne label Veuve Clicquot to the Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide. Globe and Mail, September 15, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Will Show the Cosby Collection Beginning in November, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will show works from the Bill and Camille Cosby collection as part of a show called “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue.” ARTnews, September 15, 2014


Small Philadelphia Museum Losing Big Maurice Sendak Collection “Nearly half a century ago, the Rosenbach Museum and Library began building a relationship with the young author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who very quickly started using [it] as a repository for his original drawings, manuscripts, proofs, and rare editions. Through the years the numbers mounted, and today about 10,000 items of Sendakiana … fill the Rosenbach – the museum’s best calling card with generations that grew up with his books. But now that card is being recalled.” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14, 2014


Star of David rises over Hitler’s former HQ Artists rebuild fragments of a former synagogue in Polish castle (The Nazis turned Poznan’s Great Synagogue into a swimming pool) The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2014


Google Art Project Is A Threat To Museums? Absolutely Not “Some critics complain that Google’s initiative to take us on virtual trips through museums and to show us great pieces of art on demand, as we sit gazing at our laptops, will discourage people from actually going to these institutions. This is flatly untrue. Museum attendance is on the rise, dramatically so. The New Yorker, September 15, 2014

Ten Works Of Architecture That Could Easily Kill You “Adrenaline junkies, adventure enthusiasts, and radical architecture lovers: we have a house for you.” Flavorwire, September 14, 2014


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