Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 23, 2014

Saskatoon

Picasso Ceramics Donated to Saskatoon’s Remai Modern …Twenty-three ceramic works by Picasso, valued at $500,000, have been gifted to the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan by USask-trained, UK-based art dealer Frederick Mulder. The works include ceramic plates, tiles, vessels, vases and sculptures; formally, they were donated by Mulder’s eponymous Frederick Mulder Foundation. Canadian Art, September 22, 2014

Toronto

A life in panels: AGO curator Alex Hunter and artist Dave Collier illustrate Alex Colville As part of the Alex Coville exhibition, AGO curator Alex Hunter commissioned several works inspired by the artist, including a comic by Dave Collier. National Post, September 23, 2014

Robert Fulford: Context is key to the power of the AGO’s new Alex Colville exhibition Coming out of the big Alex Colville exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, visitors find index cards where they can write comments to be posted on the wall. Remarkably, some of them frame their responses as letters to Colville, who died last summer at the age of 92. National Post, September 23, 2014

Montreal

Tricia Middleton: A Troubling Beauty – Canadian Art Tricia Middleton constructs otherworldly spaces. Her large-scale architectural and site-specific installations have transformed institutional spaces at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Oakville Galleries into hauntingly beautiful places of abandon. Canadian Art, September 22, 2014

Visual arts: Mario Doucette heeds the ghosts of history Mario Doucette is a prime example of a successful artist whose awkward style, whether by intention or not — I didn’t ask — is secondary to the content of his work and the degree to which his art practice is one of research. Montreal Gazette, September 19, 2014

Houston

How A Combination Art-and-Housing Project Earned Its Creator A MacArthur Grant “Social sculpture” is the term that artist – and new MacArthur Fellow – Rick Lowe uses to describe Project Row Houses, which functions as both visual and conceptual art, social housing (notably for young single mothers), and art incubator and exhibitor. CityLab, September 19, 2014

New York

Sotheby’s sells the stars and stripes A 1983 Flag work by Jasper John hits the New York auctions in November. The Art Newspaper, September 23, 2014

Marcel Dzama Does the Dance at David Zwirner – Canadian … Marcel Dzama’s current exhibition at David Zwirner, “Une danse des bouffons (or A jester’s dance),” is named after the film that is the centrepiece of the show. Originally commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival as an homage to David Cronenberg, Danse was first screened at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2013. Canadian Art, September 20, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Empress’s first portrait restored Painting commissioned from US artist in 1903 returns to Smithsonian for extensive work (Carl’s The Empress Dowager Cixi, 1903—in a frame designed by Cixi herself) The Art Newspaper, September 23, 2014

Miami

ICA Miami Names New Interim Director The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, a new institution comprised of the collection and former board members of the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, announced today that it has appointed a new interim director, Suzanne Weaver. ARTnews, September 23, 2014

England

Joseph Plaskett, Canadian painter, dead at 96 Joseph Plaskett, British Columbia-born painter and one of Canada’s most influential artists, died Sunday in England, at the age of 96. CBC, September 23, 2014

Berlin

Berlin Art Week builds on its strengths The city’s annual art festival has expanded beyond its commercial roots—but still keeps its mind on the local market. The Art Newspaper, September 20, 2014

Milan

Moving a Mantegna A radical rehanging of a beloved Renaissance masterpiece at Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera induces awe in some observers—and cringes in others. ARTnews, September 23, 2014

Florence

Hailstorm does €1.5m worth of damage to Florence’s museums Last week’s intense downpour caused leaks in a number of historic buildings. The Art Newspaper, September 22, 2014

 

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