Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 16, 2014


What’s on: A Puccini opera, Chinese imperial treasurers, a Cuban music fest, and more. Exhibitions opening October 18 are The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperorsat the Vancouver Art Gallery and Those That Listen: George Littlechild at Kimoto Gallery. Vancouver Sun, October 16, 2014

Scout List: Shipwrecks, apple festival and taxidermy sketching. The Equinox Gallery, located amid a cluster of contemporary art galleries in the East Van area known as The Flats, is using its massive square footage to show off the works of local legend Gordon Smith this week. Globe & Mail, October 15, 2014


Surrey Art Gallery’s Flora and Fauna is filled with surprises. “Flora and Fauna is filled with surprises—including its reluctance to advertise what it’s really about. According to the show’s media release and introductory panel, it examines how “painters, printmakers, photographers, and craftspeople have been inspired by nature over the centuries”. Inspiration: that’s an oddly romantic notion.” Georgia Straight, October 14, 2014


Stuart Murray will not stay on as CEO of Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The CMHR board announced Wednesday afternoon that Mr. Murray, 59, will not see an extension or renewal to his current five-year term as president and CEO upon its completion Nov. 1. Globe & Mail, October 15, 2014


Michelangelo at the AGO shows flawed genius. At the Art Gallery of Ontario, it might come as a little bit of a surprise that Michelangelo: Quest for Genius, the museum’s new offering of 29 drawings direct from the master’s hand, looks as much to knock him off an exalted pedestal as anything else. Toronto Star, October 15, 2014


Near Future: An Interview with Sylvie Fortin. The title of this year’s Biennale de Montréal, which opens October 22, is “L’avenir (looking forward),” and the Canadian art world’s collective response to this apt theme is undoubtedly a resounding “indeed.” Sylvie Fortin stepped in with confidence, producing, with her curators, an impressive list of artists that promises to speak both to Montreal’s recent ascendance as Canada’s contemporary-art capital, and to its conspicuously renewed interest in being an international city. David Balzer spoke with Fortin over the phone about this and other things as she and her team put the finishing touches on the Biennale. Canadian Art, October 16, 2014

New York

Framing Devices: Tomorrow Gallery Moves to New York with “Eternal September”. Tomorrow [Gallery] moved from Toronto to New York by way of Berlin. Its director, Tara Downs, founded the gallery in 2011 with Aleksander Hardashnakov and Hugh Scott-Douglas on Toronto’s Sterling Road. Canadian Art, October 15, 2014

A Rebel’s Feverish Burst of Insolence “Egon Schiele: Portraits,” at the Neue Galerie, unspools the striking evolution of this Expressionist, who would become one of the 20th century’s most popular artists. New York Times, October 16, 2014

A Family Battles Over a Disappearing Trove of Chinese Paintings As the children of the collector C. C. Wang dispute their legacy, works have gone missing, dismaying art experts. New York Times, October 16, 2014

A New York Subway Line That Doubles as an Art Gallery From Sunset Park to Coney Island in Brooklyn, D trains travel through one of the greatest concentrations of public artwork in the subway system. New York Times, October 16, 2014

Hanging A Tapestry In The Met Museum Is A Lot More Complicated Than You Think “The tapestries are epic, intricate pieces, spanning up to thirty feet in length and weighing an average of 100 pounds – which begs the question of how, exactly, the museum hangs them. Luckily, the Met released a video illustrating the surprisingly arduous procedure of mounting van Aelst’s work.” Slate, October 15, 2014

Buenos Aires

World-Religions-Barbie Exhibition Cancelled By Buenos Aires Gallery “Emiliano Paolini and Marianela Perelli’s Barbie: The Plastic Religion would have featured 33 Barbies” – and a few Kens – “as sacred figures from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Argentine folk religion.” (Conspicuously missing: Islam.) Hyperallergic, October 13, 2014


A Tour of Frieze London 2014 The 2014 edition of Frieze London has begun, swinging its doors open to VIPs this morning at 10 a.m. in Regent’s Park. It runs through Saturday. ARTnews, October 15, 2014

German painters are the toast of London Polke, Kiefer and Richter dominate, but lesser-known stars are rising. The Art Newspaper, October 16, 2014

At Frieze, Shanzhai Biennial Sells a House For its third project, the artistic trio comprised of Cyril Duval, Avena Gallagher and Babak Radboy created “fake art” to market a very real mansion. New York Times, October 16, 2014

Kerry James Marshall Delivers a Stunner at Zwirner in London Just how good is Kerry James Marshall’s show at David Zwirner in London’s Mayfair district? So good that the second I left today I began plotting the next time that I could sneak out of the Frieze Art Fair this week. ARTnews, October 15, 2014

London to get first Cornell show for 30 years The exhibition in London and Vienna is being backed by the collector Robert Lehrman. The Art Newspaper, October 16, 2014


Greece Turns To UN For Help In Repatriating The Parthenon Marbles “Culture Minister Costas Tassoulas said Wednesday that UNESCO has urged Britain to consider a year-old proposal to participate in a mediation process to resolve the world’s most famous heritage dispute.” Yahoo, October 15, 2014

Saudi Arabia

Saudi artist fights to prevent Isis threat Abdulnasser Gharem tries to give young Saudi Arabians an alternative to fanatics’ propaganda. The Art Newspaper, October 16, 2014


Are Our Smartphones Getting Between Us And Our Art? “The viewing process has become harder as the smartphones that Jay and Bey use to take their selfies have become omnipresent. The phone gets in the way of contemplating a single work on a blank wall; it creates a constant temptation to document your surroundings or check your email, Twitter, and Facebook.” Pacific Standard, October 14, 2014

Test Yourself | The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum. Can you choose the best word to complete each blank? New York Times, October 16, 2014

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