Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 2, 2014


Art gallery hailed as ‘catalyst’ for a changing Vancouver. “This is your future and our future,” an architect from the Swiss architectural firm chosen to create Vancouver’s new art gallery told a sold-out audience at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre Wednesday night.” Christine Binswanger, a senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron and Simon Demeuse, an associate at the firm, were in Vancouver to cultivate their understanding of the city and the region, and to speak to residents about the future art gallery. Vancouver Sun, October 1, 2014

Designing New Vancouver. Rick Cluff’s interview with Vancouver Art Gallery Director, Kathleen Bartels and Herzog & de Meuron architects, Christine Binswanger and Simon Demeuse. CBC, Early Edition, October 1, 2014

Q&A: Herzog & De Meuron on the New Vancouver Art Gallery. Lead architect Christine Binswanger answers five questions from Canadian Art via email. Along the way, she reveals what she hopes the new gallery, due to open in 2020, will (and won’t) reflect about the realities of life on Canada’s West Coast. Canadian Art, October 2, 2014

Vancouver’s Tiziana La Melia wins RBC painting prize. Vancouver artist and writer Tiziana La Melia has won the 16th RBC Canadian Painting Competition, receiving the $25,000 prize Wednesday evening at a ceremony in Montreal. Globe & Mail, October 1, 2014

Tiziana La Melia Wins RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Tiziana La Melia of Vancouver has been chosen as the national winner of the 16th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The prize win was based on the strength of her painting entitled Hanging on to the part. In honour of her win, La Melia will receive a $25,000 purchase prize for her work. Canadian Art, October 1, 2014

Rodney Graham’s prop paintings keep viewers guessing. “Rodney Graham’s playful and ingenious practice spans photography, video, film, sculpture, performance, installation, music, and, in recent years, painting. His cultural, historical, and psychoanalytical references have ranged from Sigmund Freud to Donald Judd, and from Richard Wagner to Alfred Hitchcock. He’s also examined the tropes of modernist art, posing notions of amateurism and failure against those of mastery and success. The challenge for the viewer is to figure out which is what­—and why.” Georgia Straight, September 26, 2014


It’s weird. WAG’s blockbuster Dalí show illustrates why the Spanish surrealist remains both popular and polarizing. Winnipeg Free Press, October 2, 2014

Beaverbrook show rejected by National Gallery opens big in Winnipeg. “An exhibition from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery that was controversially rejected by the National Gallery of Canada has opened to record numbers in Winnipeg. The exhibition, Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, was considered by the National Gallery for the summer of 2015.” Ottawa Citizen, October 2, 2014

We’re hoping for the Guggenheim effect. “Bilbao’s mostly positive experience with the Guggenheim played a huge role in the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is partly open after a decade-long gestation period and $351 million worth of construction… It’s hard to fathom that the museum, including its mere 47,000 square feet of gallery space, cost $351 million,” he said. “Never in this country has so much money and such high ambitions achieved so little architecture.” Winnipeg Free Press, October 2, 2014


Slideshow: RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalists. Each year, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition highlights works by promising emerging artists across Canada. Just click on the image above to see a slideshow of works by this year’s 15 finalists. Canadian Art, October 1, 2014

Neo-neon fine art: This artist’s electric mash-ups would look amazing on your wall. Thrush Holmes is a 35-year-old Toronto artist known for his colourful, erratic paintings that dabble in both dirty and literary themes (a pin-up-girl playing cards is spliced into one frenetic collage, while Night Poem 2 showcases a single sad line of glowing text). Globe & Mail, October 1, 2014

Adria Miller Joins Canadian Art Foundation. Adria Miller, an experienced and skilled development professional of strategic individual giving campaigns, has recently been appointed director of development at the Canadian Art Foundation, the charitable not-for-profit organization that publishes Canadian Art and organizes free gallery tours for high-school students, among other educational art programs. Canadian Art, October 1, 2014

Laguna Beach, California

Where Shall We Park the Art? A couple mixes conceptual pieces with a water-saving garden and a 75-year-old pine. New York Times, October 2, 2014


At the Menil, an Exhibition Inspired by Gandhi The show maps depictions of nonviolence in art over 14 centuries. ARTnews, October 2, 2014

New York

Into the Unknown. Chris Ofili returns to New York with a major retrospective. The New Yorker, October 6 (issue), 2014

Watch Matisse’s “The Swimming Pool” Get Restored “After a five-year conservation effort to restore its original colour balance, height, and spatial configuration, Henri Matisse’s The Swimming Pool returns to view at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art … This video takes viewers behind the scenes of MoMA’s ambitious conservation effort and reveals the process behind bringing this iconic work back to life. The Guardian, October 2, 2014

Robert Gober speaks in metaphors The artist gave up his usual reticence at the opening of his MoMA retrospective. The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2014

‘I Really Like the Feelings’: Koons Converses With Whitney Director “If Jeff Koons didn’t exist we would have to invent him,” Adam D. Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum, said Tuesday night at the SVA Theater. A few hundred people had gathered there to watch a conversation between Weinberg and the artist. ARTnews, October 1, 2014

It All Began on Angel Island Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in America examine cultural identity and history. New York Times, October 2, 2014


The Art Newspaper Is Sold The Art Newspaper is to have a new owner, the mathematician, engineer and collector, Inna Bazhenova, who has been the publisher of The Art Newspaper Russia since 2012, it was announced today at London’s Tate gallery, introduced by its director, Nicholas Serota. The sale agreement boosts the financial backing of the paper and allows it to build a greater internet presence. The Art Newspaper, October 2, 2014

Suffolk, England

Joseph Plaskett: A gentleman painter with an eye for life. What was in his paintings was the life he created,” Xisa Huang was saying the other day from Vancouver. She was speaking of Joseph Francis Plaskett, the prolific New Westminster, B.C.-born artist and writer who joined her contemporary art gallery, Bau-Xi, with outlets in Vancouver and Toronto, in 1972 and stayed on its artist roster until his death on September 21. He was 96. Globe & Mail, October 1, 2014

Clacton-on-Sea, England

Banksy mural removed by embarrassed UK council. Authorities in southern England were embarrassed but defensive Thursday after telling workers to destroy a mural they later realized was created by the internationally famous graffiti artist Banksy. CBC, October 2, 2014


Major French Museums to Extend Opening Hours The Louvre, Versailles and the Musée d’Orsay are preparing to open seven days a week in a new strategy that could start between 2015 and 2017. New York Times, October 2, 2014

Musée Picasso plans big sculpture show with MoMA Laurent Le Bon reveals new partnerships ahead of Paris museum’s reopening. Laurent Le Bon, who arrived in June, has been repairing strained relationships and building new ones. The Art Newspaper, October 2, 2014


The importance of mud to Venice The Italian government decides on 17 October what to do about the cruise ships. The Art Newspaper, October 2, 2014


Finnish Guggenheim – officially most popular architectural contest ever “The international competition to design the new Guggenheim museum in Helsinki has attracted more entries than any other architectural contest in history. Competition organiser Malcolm Reading Consultants confirmed it had received 1,715 anonymous submissions from nearly 80 countries for the €130 million job. The extraordinary interest puts it ahead of the previous title holder, the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza contest, which drew 1557 entries from 82 countries and was eventually won by Heneghan Peng in 2003.” Architects Journal, September 17, 2014


Palestine biennial to go ahead despite conflict Qalandiya International aims to bring region’s “art and artists to the attention of the world” The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2014


The trials of doing business in China The problems at Sh Contemporary demonstrate the subjectivity of the country’s laws. The Art Newspaper, October 2, 2014


Child Porn Charges Against Australian Artist Dismissed “Paul Yore was charged after his large-scale installation, Everything is F—ed, was shown at [a Melbourne-area gallery] last year. The collage featured children’s faces superimposed on images of male bodies performing sex acts.” The Age (Melbourne) October 1, 2014


Kennicott: How To Visit A Museum “After years of spending time in art museums, I’ve come to accept that I believe wildly contradictory and incompatible things about art. The usual cliché about this realization would be that by forcing us to confront contradiction, art makes us more human. But never trust anyone who says that last part: “art makes us more human.” That’s meaningless.” The Washington Post, October 1, 2014

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