Visual Art News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 8, 2014


Authentic Indigenous label promotes B.C. native artists. A new program to authenticate aboriginal artwork and products sold in galleries and stores throughout B.C. is designed to make sure artists are being fairly compensated for their work… Lattimer Gallery on West 2nd near Granville Island is one of the galleries in Metro Vancouver that have signed up for Authentic Indigenous. Peter Lattimer said his gallery has always prided itself on making sure its artists are fairly represented and compensated for their work. Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2014


Whistler’s Audain Art Museum gets first major art donation [Jacques Barbeau] explained that he chose to donate Hughes’ art to the Audain gallery instead of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) because of VAG’s space problems. Business in Vancouver, October 7, 2014


Art gallery design wins architecture award — but not the contract. A design proposal for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has won international recognition at the World Architecture Festival. The design, however, will never be built. Times colonist, October 7, 2014

Emily Carr paintings head to London for major exhibit. The exhibition at South London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, running Nov. 1 to March 8, is expected to draw international attention to the Victoria artist who is beloved in Canada, museum CEO Jack Lohman said. Times Colonist, October 7, 2014

Culture sector remains buoyant: Vital Signs. The number of people employed in arts, culture, recreation and sports in Greater Victoria rose to 8,200 in 2013, from 6,800 in 2012. Times Colonist, October 7, 2014


Katerina Atanassova wants to make Canadian art meaningful in the modern age. Katerina Atanassova says that “every generation has its own approach to how to interpret art.” Those interpretations, says Atanassova, who will be the new curator of Canadian art at the National Gallery of Canada, add to our collective understanding of that art, and to the context of that art. Ottawa Citizen, October 7, 2014


The Style Czar: Clare Twomey’s exhibit at Gardiner breaks the mould. To mark the museum’s 30th anniversary, senior curator Rachel Gotlieb commissioned U.K. art world star Clare Twomey to stage what is called an “intervention” with the museum’s celebrated collection of ceramic art, her first such work in Canada. Toronto Star, October 8, 2014


A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada This new report examines the number and situation of artists in Canada and finds that there are more artists than auto workers. There are 136,600 artists in Canada who spent more time at their art than at any other occupation in May of 2011 (which is when the National Household Survey data were collected). The number of artists represents 0.78% of the overall Canadian labour force. One in every 129 Canadian workers is an artist. Hill Strategies Research, October 7, 2014

Hartford, Connecticut

Baroque, Bavarian, and Bauhaus Fuse at Chick Austin’s House A museum director’s Hartford home is a pre-postmodern fantasy. ARTnews, October 8, 2014

New York

Subatomic Particles Wearing Jumpsuits “Quantum,” at the Fishman Space at BAM Fisher, is a duet of movement and light, a collaboration between artists and physicists. New York Times, October 7, 2014

Charles James: ‘Beneath the Dress’ The implicit sexuality of James’s designs becomes explicit in his renderings of male bodies. New York Times, October 6, 2014

Remembering Saul Steinberg At 100 Ian Frazier: “He said that he always tried to draw like a child. The portrait photo he engineered of his adult self holding hands with a life-size cutout photo of himself at age six shows how seriously he took this idea. The goal was to draw like a child who never stopped drawing that way even as he aged and his subject matter became not childish.” The New Yorker, October 8, 2014

Schlumberger Collection Could Fetch $85 M. At Auction On Monday, Sotheby’s announced that a block of modern and contemporary art from the personal collection of Pierre and Sao Schlumberger is expected to sell for upwards of $85 million when it goes to auction this November. ARTnews, October 8, 2014

Whitney Studio Named National Treasure The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, operated out of the New York Studio School, has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust. ARTnews, October 8, 2014

Time-Traveling to a Corner of the African-American Past Once in parts of what are now Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, the village is currently getting fresh and needed attention in an art project organized by the Weeksville Heritage Center and Creative Time called “Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn,” which runs Friday through Sunday. New York Times, October 8, 2014

‘Document dump’ reveals new details in Knoedler case We highlight some of the previously unknown information found in the thousands of pages of legal documents and exhibits filed last week in Manhattan federal court. The Art Newspaper, October 8, 2014

Maya Lin Wins $300,000 Gish Prize The prize, now in its 21st year, was established by Lillian Gish’s will, and it is given annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” New York Times, October 8, 2014

Carsten Höller’s Cuckoo’s Nest “Beautiful, no?” Höller says, pointing to a Siberian rubythroat darting around a large cage in what was once the guest room of his Stockholm apartment. The artist, known for his playful, participatory installations — tube slides that span multiple floors, rooms with giant mushrooms hanging from the ceiling — has spent the past several years filling his personal aviaries with feathered friends acquired from Belgium, Italy, Holland and Germany. T Magazine, October 8, 2014

Washington, D.C.

DC Textile Museum sets opening date The facility is part of larger effort to make George Washington University into an arts hub. The Art Newspaper, October 8, 2014


Tracey Emin – a lesson in how to be a real artist Emin’s latest show shakes the female nude to the core – she is now the most important British artist of her generation. The Guardian, October 7, 2014


The Prado Will Not Have To Give Up Its Bosch And Tintoretto After All “Spain’s minister of education, culture and sport, José Ignacio Wert, has dispelled any fears that some of the Museo del Prado’s Renaissance masterpieces could be transferred to a planned Royal Collections museum, due to open in 2016.” The Art Newspaper, October 3, 2014


Antiquities collections destroyed in Gaza conflict A full list of artefacts and sites damaged during this summer’s fighting is due to be presented to Unesco. The Art Newspaper, October 8, 2014

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