Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 17-20, 2014

Vancouver

Treasures of the Forbidden City come to Vancouver About 250 items will be on display at the VAG show, which opens Saturday and runs to Jan. 11. Eighty of the items will be different from the Toronto exhibition, because the works of art on paper and textile are so light-sensitive that the Palace Museum only allows them to been shown for three months at a time. Vancouver Sun, October 18, 2014

Exploring secrets of The Forbidden City The Vancouver Art Gallery is offering visitors a rare glimpse inside a city that was hidden from public sight for some five centuries. Its newest exhibit features 200 objects borrowed from the Forbidden City, a sprawling complex built in the heart of Beijing at the start of the 15th century that was home to 24 emperors until the end of the imperial era in 1911. The site was renamed Beijing’s Palace Museum in 1925 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. North Shore News, October 17, 2014

Forbidden City exhibit an opulent historical voyage On Exhibit. The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors. Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street. When: Until January 15, 2015. The Province, October 18, 2014

Video: The Forbidden City at the Vancouver Art Gallery A new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery features treasured articles from the Royal Court of The Forbidden City. The Province, October 17, 2014

Kids books make cultural connections At its core it features a series of books written to convey to youngsters the Chinese culture in a way that is compelling and would interest them, explained Ted Lipman, a former Canadian diplomat and current CEO of The Robert H. N. Ho Foundation which undertook publishing the books, which were initially released several years ago in mainland China using traditional script. Two books will be launched this Saturday at the Vancouver Library which have been translated into English. Richmond News, October 17, 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery announces Institute of Asian Art The Vancouver Art Gallery is launching a new initiative focused on Asian art, including a senior curatorial position and an international advisory council. As part of the Institute of Asian Art, the gallery will also dedicate permanent space to Asian art in its new, expanded facility planned for West Georgia and Cambie streets. Georgia Straight, October 17, 2014

Asian art in spotlight with VAG’s new exhibition The Forbidden City VAG’s new exhibition The Forbidden City is just a start for Robert H.N. Ho. He envisions a permanent museum for Chinese culture. The head of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, which provided $1-million to bring the exhibition to Toronto and Vancouver, is moving ahead with his vision to establish a permanent museum for Asian art in Vancouver through the group he co-founded, China Global: The Vancouver Society for the Promotion of Chinese Arts and Culture. Globe and Mail, October 17, 2014

Vision’s economic plan plays up tech sector (with photos) Vision’s plan also called for a “reimagining” of downtown Vancouver’s Robson and Granville streets to make those areas more walkable and enjoyable for tourists after the Vancouver Art Gallery moves to its future home at the intersection of Cambie and Georgia streets. Vancouver Sun, October 14, 2014

Pioneer of Postwar Abstraction Jock Macdonald presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present the first major retrospective of Jock Macdonald, a remarkably innovative and cutting-edge Canadian artist, from October 18, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Featuring over a hundred artworks, Jock MacDonald: Evolving Form is a scholarly yet accessible presentation of Macdonald’s career, which spanned across the country and greatly influenced the history of Canadian art of the last century. Wire Service, October 17 2014

Victoria

Robert Amos: Notes scribbled in darkness Lineaments, the major video of the current show by Hiraki Sawa, is projected in the gallery on contiguous walls which join at the corner. It is in black and white. I found a bench on the far side. Times Colonist, October 18, 2014

Toronto

Michelangelo AGO exhibit showcases 30 of his rarest sketches Michelangelo: Quest for Genius largely succeeds as an exploration of the all-too-human side of artistic greatness. Sometimes, though, it tries a little too hard to bring him down to earth. Globe and Mail, October 17, 2014

The AGO woos CEOs at YYZ: Menon Our columnist gets a sneak peek at ‘aviation history’: the Art Gallery of Ontario’s new gift shop for elite fliers at the private Hangar 8. Toronto Star, October 18, 2014

Ottawa

The true north strong and fresh: National Gallery unveils Canadian contemporary art exhibition The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa unveiled its third biennial of Canadian contemporary art this week. Titled Shine a Light, it includes a selection of acquisitions made by the NGC over the past two years in the areas of contemporary, indigenous and photographic work, which means, for museum-goers, a chance to kick the tires: Just what have these curators been up to in the nation’s capitol? Globe and Mail, October 17, 2014

Charlie Hill, the high priest of Canadian art, steps down During Charlie Hill’s 47 years at the National Gallery his work and study and even his life have been considered and written about many times, yet still he surprises. Ottawa Citizen, October 20, 2014

New at the National Gallery: A terrific exhibit of recent purchases The exhibition, at the gallery to March 8, is arranged as a collection of individual installations and group themes, which make something coherent of what would otherwise be a random collection of unrelated artworks. That’s not to say the prior biennials were incoherent, it’s just that here, finally, pieces bought by or donated to the gallery in the past two years are assembled in a way that is lucid — which is fortunate, as anything left obscure or impenetrable would undermine the biennial’s title, Shine A Light. Ottawa Citizen, October 17, 2014

Montreal

Montreal Biennial work projects plight of the homeless Artists who exhibit at international events like the Montreal Biennial can be expected to challenge the visitor with works that have several levels of meaning, some of which are contradictory.

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Homeless Projection, a key event leading up to the opening of the Montreal Biennial on Oct. 22, might be too subtle for its own good. The Gazette, October 17, 2014

New York

Vandal Strikes Koons Exhibit No works of art were damaged in the incident, which happened just after midnight during a special Whitney Museum event to mark the close of the retrospective. New York Times, October 20, 2014

Indian Modernist, Artist of Mystery A retrospective of the paintings of the Indian modernist V. S. Gaitonde, who died in 2001, will open on Friday at the Guggenheim Museum. New York Times, October 19, 2014

Flirting With the Dark Side Bereavement plays a part in several current museum exhibitions, on television shows and in films. New York Times, October 19, 2014

Putting Cold Data in the Service of Language and Music Ryoji Ikeda’s “superposition” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art used images from computer processing to suggest the beauty and the limitations of technology. New York Times, October 20, 2014

Paris

LVMH Flaunts Its Billowing Gehry Trophy in Paris The Louis Vuitton Foundation’s new museum, designed by Frank Gehry, reflects the growing clout of private art patrons in Paris and beyond. New York Times, October 19, 2014

Vandals Deflate an Eyebrow-Raising Sculpture in Paris An attention-getting sculpture by Paul McCarthy was criticized by many Parisians. New York Times, October 20, 2014

China

How a little library in rural China won a $100,000 Canadian architecture prize Li did not design the library simply as a photo-ready object in the landscape, but very much in keeping with the prize’s stated values: as design that is “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.” Globe and Mail, October 17, 2014

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