Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 26-29, 2014


Local Architect Argues To Keep The VAG Exactly Where It is. In the search for alternate sites on which to construct a new Vancouver Art Gallery there was little public participation to ensure the best site was chosen for a major public building in the city. Also, in an economic climate that is far less robust than when the idea of a totally new gallery was first proposed, it is critical that public money be seen to be wisely spent. This video is intended to stimulate that dialogue and that enthusiasm.” — Peter Cardew Architects. Scout Magazine, Sept. 26, 2014

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is a convergence of visual arts and publishing The Peak sat down with Vancouver Art/Book Fair founder Tracy Stefanucci as she prepares for the third annual event, which is produced by Project Space and takes place on October 4 and 5. The Peak, September 29, 2014

Michelle Nguyen’s Bricolage opens the AMS Art Gallery season Michelle Nguyen is four days away from her first solo art show, Bricolage, at the AMS Art Gallery. The Ubyssey, September 28, 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery Internationally known as the author of the prescient novels “Generation X,” “Microserfs” and “J-Pod,” Douglas Coupland’s just-published nonfiction book, “Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent,” takes readers inside one of the largest global telecommunications companies in the world — visiting its faceless corporate offices and wire-laden science labs in the U.S., France, Canada and China. Re/code, September 25, 2014

Doors Open event lets Vancouverites sneak a peek inside some of the city’s most famous buildings Twenty buildings are on the schedule, including City Hall, 3-1-1 Call Centre, Vancouver Library, the Orpheum, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Woodward’s, National Works Yard, Vancouver Animal Control Shelter, Carnegie Community Centre, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Training, and the Vancouver Police Department Tactical Training Centre. Vancouver Sun, September 29, 2014
Arts groups cry out for more city funding Funding from the City of Vancouver to arts and cultural groups is “appallingly low,” the executive director of the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society said Friday at a debate on arts and culture. Vancouver Sun, September 27, 2014

Photos: Celebrating the arts, in public Vancouver boasts more than 350 outdoor artworks. Vancouver Sun, September 27, 2014


Replica of ‘cursed’ painting comes to Calgary’s Glenbow Museum A painting, which is rumoured to be cursed, is being unveiled in Calgary this weekend. Edwin Landseer’s Man Proposes, God Disposes depicts polar bears gnawing on a wrecked ship and human bones from the doomed Franklin expedition. Although the painting arriving in Calgary is a replica, the original hangs in the picture gallery at the University of London’s Royal Holloway. CBC, September 29, 2014


Art valued at $3M donated to U of R – Leader Post Jacqui Shumiatcher didn’t expect to choke back tears while announcing the donation of more than 1,300 pieces of art to the University of Regina. “I never had that emotion before. It’s not bittersweet at all. I’m very happy,” Shumiatcher said. “I know I’ll miss some of the art, but it’s not (going) all at one time.” Leader Post, September 26, 2014


Big Beat: National Gallery names new curator of Canadian art The National Gallery has announced that Katerina Atanassova will replace the retiring Charlie Hill as curator of Canadian art. Ottawa Citizen, September 25, 2014

National Gallery honours legendary director Jean Sutherland Boggs If you’ve ever walked into the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Canada and marvelled at the beauty of the Moshe Safdie’s exquisite architecture, thank Jean Sutherland Boggs. Ottawa Citizen, September 26, 2014


Visual Arts: A sneak peak at the Montreal Biennial The Montreal Biennial doesn’t begin at its main venue until Oct. 22, but an exhibition at one of its collaborating galleries about the Earth as a commodity is already running and another show that opens Sept. 27 will reflect the performance of a real-world investment. Montreal Gazette, September 26, 2014


10 Thoughts on Why Nuit Blanche Has Triumphed—and Tanked—Across Canada In 2004, Montreal launched Canada’s first Nuit Blanche. Since then, the late-night public art party has inspired similar events in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa, Halifax and Charlottetown, as well as centres like Antigonish, Sydney and (just this year) Saskatoon and Kamloops. Here, some thoughts from across the country on the model’s pros and cons. Canadian Art, September 25, 2014


A Museum Is in Aspen, but Not of It The Aspen Art Museum could potentially show museums in other cities a way to showcase their local artists, but not yet. New York Times, September 25, 2014

Davenport, Iowa

Iowa Museum Regains a Grant Wood Notebook After Nearly 50 Years A notebook of Grant Wood drawings is back at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, where it went missing for nearly 50 years. New York Times, September 26, 2014

New York

Punch Lines, Reverberating in the Ruins An exhibition of photographs at the Yeshiva University Museum depicts the tattered remains of Catskills hotels where many Jews vacationed in the postwar period. New York Times, September 26, 2014

New and Old Media Artworks at Museum of Modern Art MoMA’s “Cut to Swipe” exhibition will feature recent media artworks by James Richards and Ken Okiishi, as well as a pioneering installation by Dara Birnbaum. New York Times, September 26, 2014

Make Art, Not Ads The No Ad app replaces images of advertisements in the New York City subway system with images of artworks. New York Times, September 26, 2014

Showing a Career, From the Legs Up One of the season’s most eagerly anticipated exhibitions opens at the Museum of Modern Art: “Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor.” New York Times, September 26, 2014

United States

Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz, Another Ace Hotel Collaboration and More From the Cultural Calendar Plus, a chic new cocktail lounge in Dallas, a survey of Brooklyn artists and more things to see and do in the week ahead. New York Times, September 29, 2014


Artists see red over cadmium ban A Europe-wide restriction on the use of the chemical pigment is under consideration. The Art Newspaper, September 25, 2014


China’s Top Design Talent Descends on Beijing The fourth incarnation of the city’s Design Week, beginning tomorrow across Beijing, is a showcase for the country’s artistry and innovation. New York Times, September 26, 2014


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