Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 9, 2014


Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey juxtaposes past and present. “Subtitled Wood Chopper and the Monkey, the exhibition juxtaposes 30 of Emily Carr’s paintings, most of them landscapes from her mature period in the 1930s, with 20 of Landon Mackenzie’s, past and present, abstract and representational. The result is an exciting and often moving exploration of the art of painting, articulating both likenesses and differences in the achievements of the two women.” Georgia Straight, October 7, 2014

Herzog & de Meuron: An art gallery that responds to art & Vancouver. If you listened really closely, Christine Binswanger gave a few clues about the new Vancouver Art Gallery when she spoke at the Vogue Theatre last week. Vancouver Sun (Blog), October 8, 2014

Eleven Minutes In The Studio With Local Artist Rebecca Chaperon. Artist Rebecca Chaperon builds worlds. “I’m obsessed with a sense of place,” she says. “If I don’t have a sense of place when I’m working on a painting, everything else doesn’t feel natural.” Scout Magazine, October 8, 2014

Tiziana La Melia on Playing the part. In this video, editor Richard Rhodes speaks with La Melia about her winning painting, Hanging on to the part—a unique work combining figuration and abstraction, which equally embraces painting’s capacity for formal experimentation and for playful humour. Canadian Art, October 6, 2014

Art This Week: Silo murals, mixed heritage and a growler party. Still haven’t seen the giants that have taken over six silos at the Granville Island concrete factory?… Also to visit this week: the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station entryway is one of our favourite places to see public art, thanks to the Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2014


Black Diamond Dust: Industry and Labour. The Nanaimo Art Gallery’s “Black Diamond Dust” is a sprawling, multivalent and inventive exhibition staged at a number of central Vancouver Island sites. Canadian Art, October 8, 2014


Art gallery needs more space. The Vernon Art Gallery is hosting the Okanagan Print Triennial, but it’s too small to house the 179 artist exhibit. Castanet, Vernon and North Okanagan News, October 5, 2014


Curator’s departure from the National Gallery of Canada proves ‘bittersweet’. This is Charles (Charlie) Hill’s last week at the NGC, where he’s been curator of Canadian art since 1980, serving under at least six directors. The departure seems entirely of his own volition but understandably “bittersweet”’ and “very emotional.” Globe & Mail, October 8, 2014


Ginsberg Glimpses: A Tour of the Beat Poet’s Portrait Photographs. “The University of Toronto now holds the world’s largest collection of photographs from beat poet Allen Ginsberg. It is a rare and privileged holding, as the Ginsberg estate has forbid any further prints to be struck from original negatives.” Canadian Art, October 9, 2014

When Real Wars Become Virtual Games. “When Harun Farocki passed away this July at the age of 70, the German artist left behind a body of more than 120 films and installations that examine the production, perception and power of images. Toronto currently has the opportunity to catch Serious Games I-IV, one of Farocki’s final projects, produced between 2009 and 2010.” Canadian Art, October 6, 2014


Stan Douglas’s Play on Two Sets “I felt like we should’ve had two more weeks of rehearsal,” says Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas when asked how he felt on the opening night of Helen Lawrence, his first foray into live theater. “The show was looking good, but for the entire run I made weekly tweaks to the blocking and media.” Following its world premiere in Vancouver this past March, the play—a noir tale of love, corruption, and murder—traveled to Edinburgh and Munich. A three-week run at Toronto’s Canadian Stage starts on October 12.” ARTnews, October 9, 2014


The Secret Life of Max Stern. The Nazis stole his family’s paintings. Now, twenty years after his death, he is changing the rules of restitution. The Walrus, October 2014

Los Angeles

Huge Increase In Los Angeles’ Culture Budget “After taking a second look at Los Angeles County government’s spending capacity for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Supervisors has added $54 million to the $84.7 million in arts and culture spending it had authorized in June when the board OK’d the main county budget.” Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2014

New York

No Turkish loans for big Seljuk Turk show planned by the Met Thorny early discussions with Ankara deterred the US museum but Turkish attitude now appears more conciliatory (A survey of Turkish art at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 2005 featured major loans from Turkey ) The Art Newspaper, October 9, 2014

Queens Museum Calls For Manual Labor In The Name Of Art In a press release issued Monday, the Queens Museum issued an open call for participants in a 500-person performance on November 3, conceived by Chinese art collective Polit-Sheer-Form-Office and titled “Do the Same Good Deed.” The act? A massive cleaning. ARTnews, October 8, 2014

What Is UOVO? Only the Art Storage Facility OF THE FUTURE UOVO (Italian for “egg”) is a brand new 280,000-square-foot art storage facility in Long Island City set to start receiving art in mid-November. It was presented to the press yesterday afternoon. ARTnews, October 9, 2014


Winston Churchill’s Paintings Offered To Britain “The Churchill family has offered the pictures to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax. A decision by the government on whether it will accept this deal is expected next year.” BBC, October 8, 2014

Taking children to art galleries. Their delight at spotting nudes and the honest questions they ask mean a visit to an art gallery can be best with kids The Guardian, October 8, 2014

Pamplona, Spain

Moneo completes his ‘most abstract’ museum in Spain The architect’s new project for the University of Navarra will house a Modern and contemporary art collection donated in 2008. The Art Newspaper, October 9, 2014


Expert Reattributes 70 Rembrandts Among the 70 attribution changes in Volume 6, Mr. van de Wetering, now making the decisions himself, restores 44 of those deattributions to Rembrandt. He now describes the project’s “democratic” decisions as “unjust.” The Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2014


250 Years Old, and Still Clinking Rare Baccarat crystal will be on view in Paris to commemorate the company’s long history. New York Times, October 9, 2014

Facing Ever-Tighter Budgets, More Paris Institutions Turn To Crowdfunding In August, the National Library asked the public to help with the purchase of a €2.4 million illuminated manuscript; last week, the Musée d’Orsay began a campaign to raise €30,000 towards restoration of a Courbet painting. This week, the Louvre – who’s been doing this for four years now – launched a €1 million appeal to help buy a bejeweled 18th-century table that Proust wrote about in Swann’s Way. New York Times, October 8, 2014


Norway’s New Money Will Be, Literally, Abstract Art (Designed By Starchitects, No Less) “Call it more evidence of the endless commercialization of design; call it another reason to be thankful Norway never joined the Euro; call it kroner gone kreative.” The country’s own starchitects, Snøhetta, designed one side of each of the new banknotes. The Atlantic, October 8, 2014


Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Spray-Painted Graffiti “The Indonesian images, discovered in a limestone cave on the island of Sulawesi in the 1950s, had previously been thought to date back only 10,000 years. Anything older would, it was assumed, have deteriorated.” In fact, it turns out, the oldest of the paintings is nearly 40,000 years old. (includes video). Nature, October 8, 2014


What Happens When National Geographic Uses Your Art Without Telling You (Or Paying For It)? “National Geographic used artist Barrett Lyon’s internet image ( on the cover of its bookazine, 100 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World, and in the book, The Big Idea, without Lyon’s permission or respecting the Creative Commons license that allows it to be used free of charge for non-commercial purposes.” Hyperallergic, October 8, 2014

Moshe Safdi: We Need To Rethink How We Build Cities “Safdi said that proliferating downtown high-rises — he called them “object buildings” — sitting atop retail spaces around the world are creating cities that are “disjointed and disconnected and not worthy of our civilization.” He said these buildings fail to nurture community spaces like the squares and piazzas of the past, so that the very idea of shared space is becoming extinct.” Hyperallergic, October 8, 2014

Architects 3D-Print A Column That Can Withstand Earthquakes “The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar.” Wired, October 8, 2014

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