Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 15, 2014

Vancouver

The Forbidden City exhibition takes over Vancouver Art Gallery. Ancient China is taking over the Vancouver Art Gallery beginning Saturday, October 18. The exhibit features five centuries of priceless artwork and collections from the everyday life of Chinese emperors. Vancity Buzz, October 15, 2014

Art This Week: A drawing class, an art crawl and viewer creativity. Events this week include Ricardo Basbaum’s work at Audain Gallery explores the workings of creative networks and ways the role and identity of the artist is constructed. Vancouver Sun, October 14, 2014

Sarah Thornton, the pulse taker. Since exploding onto the scene in 2008 with her now-cult book Seven Days in the Art World, Sarah Thornton has charted a meteoric rise and won international influence. The Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series presents Sarah Thornton at the VanCity Theatre, Vancouver, on October 27. Canadian Art, October 13, 2014

Pemberton

Martha Sturdy returns to jewelry with signature style. With her latest venture, a nine-piece line of wearable art pieces in brass and resin in spherical forms so pure and minimal as to appear found from nature, the West Coast-born Sturdy, an accomplished equestrienne who still lives and works amongst her dogs and horses on a ranch in Pemberton, B.C., proves that a bold signature style, like a fine wine, is something that actually gains depth and clarity rather than diminishes over time. Toronto Star, October 15, 2014

Victoria

Artist strips work down to the essentials: Robert Amos. A native of Vancouver, Ron Parker came to my attention in the early 1980s, when he was one of the leading lights of wildlife art. Times Colonist, October 10, 2014

Winnipeg

Possible Utopias in Winnipeg Feminist Art Symposium. Over the weekend of October 3 to 5, Winnipeg artist-run centre and mentorship program Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) hosted its 30th-anniversary symposium, “Who Counts? A Feminist Showdown.” Canadian Art, October 14, 2014

Toronto

Tensions between president, faculty grow at Ontario College of Art and Design. Tensions between faculty and the administration at the Ontario College of Art and Design University have boiled over, with one of the school’s governing bodies objecting to how the president’s contract was renewed for a third term. The senate action raises questions about how Sara Diamond will steer the school through its ambitious plans for growth while arresting a drop in enrolment. Globe & Mail, October 8, 2014

Architect Wins New $100K Canadian Prize. A new Canadian architecture prize—with a purse that is one of the largest in the world at $100,000—named its first winner on Saturday at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. The inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize goes to Chinese architect Li Xiaodong for a modest library he created on the outskirts of Beijing, China. Canadian Art, October 14, 2014

Montreal

Works transcend art labels at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ new exhibition. At a media event last week, curator Timothy Benson framed the exhibition almost as a kind of detective story, prompted by the question: “What is expressionism and where did it come from?” The curator and his show are dogged about tracking down the where, more cagey about the what. Globe & Mail, October 14, 2014

Canada

Making a Holistic Case for the Arts Canadian Evidence regarding the Relationship between the Arts and the Quality of Life, Well-being, Health, Education, Society, and the Economy. This literature review, conducted in May 2014, synthesized the findings of 46 Canadian research articles regarding the “holistic case for the arts, i.e., outcomes of the arts related to the quality of life, well-being, health, society, education, and the economy”. The report concluded that “there are a myriad of potential benefits of the arts”. That being said, the report cautions that “studies of causal links (rather than statistical associations) are very challenging to conduct”. Hill Strategies Research, October 14, 2014

San Francisco

Midcentury San Francisco as Seen by Its Most Famous Photographer. At 90, Fred Lyon is a legendary San Franciscan photographer. He is now known for capturing the ethereal feel of the city and its people. His new book, San Francisco: Portrait of a City 1940-1960, out last month fromPrinceton Architectural Press, is a portrait of the city bursting with life, from its streets to its stores to its grandest palaces of art and culture. Slate, October 14, 2014

Detroit

Could Detroit Be The Next Berlin? These Berliners Think So The music industry folks behind a project called the Detroit-Berlin Connection “compare Detroit to their city after the fall of the Berlin Wall and say it has all the ingredients for a similar rebirth as a center of underground culture: deserted buildings, cheap rents and a gritty reputation.” The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2014

Corning, New York

Corning Glass Museum Nearing Completion of New Wing The 100,000-square-foot, $64 million addition designed by the New York architect Thomas Phifer is set to open in March. New York Times, October 141, 2014

New York

Met Museum Gets Serious About 20th-Century Art With New Lauder Collection The group of 81 Cubist works – including works by Picasso, Braque, Léger, and Gris, and donated by Leonard Lauder last year – “marks a turning point for the Met that includes new curatorial hires, a planned renovation of its Lila Acheson Wallace Wing and an expansion into the building currently occupied by the Whitney. The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2014

After Contest, One Chair Is Left Standing The Battery, the 25-acre park at the southern tip of Manhattan, wanted a signature park chair. In 2012, it announced a chair competition, which over the months has narrowed 679 entries from 15 countries down to 50 entries, then to five and, now, one. The powder-coated steel chair, by Andrew Jones Design of Toronto, looks like a pale blue flower, its curving petals forming the outlines of the seat, back and arms. New York Times, October 15, 2014

Brooklyn

Local Heroes. The Brooklyn Museum surveys recent art from the borough. New Yorker, October 20, 2014

London

Outset: curators pick four, Frieze donates two more Tate director convinces Frieze to help round up acquisition figures. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2014

Paris

Marquis de Sade, in Paris, Retains the Power to Shock De Sade is the subject of two shows, one of which, at Musée d’Orsay, is being promoted with a video that has attracted a lot of attention. New York Times, October 14, 2014

Barcelona

The Most Argued-About Church Building On Earth? Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia “Looking for all the world like a cluster of gigantic stone termites’ nest, a colossal vegetable patch, a gingerbread house baked by the wickedest witch of all or perhaps a petrified forest, this hugely ambitious church has confounded architects, critics and historians ever since its unprecedented shape became apparent soon after World War I.” BBC, October 15, 2014

Venice

Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Concern over development projects prompts request for a monitoring mission. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2014

Mardin, Turkey

Islamic State attacks put Turkish biennial on hold “Mythologies”, the third edition of the Mardin biennial, was due to open on 17 October. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2014

Tangier

The Strength of Simplicity: A Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Final Home in Tangier The iconic fashion designer’s last residence, Villa Mabrouka, shows just how sophisticated ‘plain’ decorating can be — and how radical chintz can seem. T Magazine, October 14, 2014

Moscow

From Futurists to Pussy Riot, a Brief History of Russian Performance Art A new show at the Garage Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow traces the country’s lineage of provocative demonstrations. T Magazine, October 14, 2014

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