Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 21, 2014


“The Forbidden City” at the Vancouver Art Gallery … “The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors”, presented by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation and CNOOC Limited, runs October 18, 2014 until January 11, 2015 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). The exhibition was organized by the Palace Museum in collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where it premiered this past March. Montecristo Magazine, October 18, 2014


Royal BC Museum wins prestigious award for conservation work Just as every great concert pianist relies on the behind-the-scenes talents of a tuner to create beautiful music, every great museum relies on the largely invisible skills of conservators to feature exhibition artifacts at their best. But now, the Royal BC Museum has ample reason to sing the praises of its conservators, who have won the prestigious Keck Award for the conservation of the Chinese Freemason’s Lantern in 2013. Galleries West, October 16, 2014


AGO curator Lloyd Dewitt previews Michelangelo : Quest for Genius in a dissection of the Renaissance artist’s Laurentian Library In his newest exhibit, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius, Dewitt has brought together sketches from Michelangelo’s notebooks, including some of the highlights of his unrequited works, as a way of investigating what it is, exactly, that made Michelangelo such a singular talent. (As the exhibit itself reminds us on the way out, “There are many kings, but there is only one Michelangelo.”) National Post, October 21, 2014

Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse paints a multi-generational portrait of two Montreal artists In the days when Paris was the undoubted centre of the art world it attracted young painters from everywhere. Two Canadians, J.W. Morrice and John Lyman, the products of affluent Montreal families, were typical. That’s the basis for a remarkable exhibition, Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse, at the McMichael Collection outside Toronto (on till Jan. 4). It’s a large, ambitious show, filling five good-sized galleries with 165 works of art and some archival material, such as Morrice’s sketchbooks. National Post, October 21, 2014


Textiles Get Tactical at Gallery 101 An artist-run centre with a focus on social practice, Ottawa’s Gallery 101 took up the nexus of art and activism in its latest exhibition. Canadian Art, October 17, 2014


Near Future: An Interview with Sylvie Fortin Biennale de Montréal director Sylvie Fortin has spent the past year managing a much-changed event, and with it, new hopes and challenges. Canadian Art, October 16, 2014

Brother, can you spare some screen time? Artist works with Canada’s homeless population for Montreal Biennial project. The Art Newspaper, October 20, 2014


Generation(s): Three Decades in the Art World Thirty years spans the traditional idea of a generation. It is both a measure of change and continuity and a framework for coming to terms with the passage of time. As Canadian Art marks its 30th anniversary this fall, the term, provisionally pluralized, is also a theme that begs an accounting of what has come to pass in the art world over those years. Canadian Art, October 30, 2014

New Orleans

Can a biennial fix New Orleans? In its short life, the Prospect biennial in Louisiana has lurched from critical acclaim to near-collapse. Can the third edition, opening this month, at last achieve its aims to help regenerate the city? The Art Newspaper, October 21, 2014

New York

Celebrity Selfies as Art, Via John Baldessari The current issue of Visionaire is devoted to works by John Baldessari with celebrity self-portraits providing the raw material. New York Times, October 21, 2014

The Documentary That Jeff Koons (Apparently) Didn’t Want You To See “The original conception was to edition the piece, and to make it available with a very restricted contract to museums, institutions and collectors, … but that was before I knew that the art world was going to close ranks around Koons, and bow before his scary power.” The Art Newspaper, October 18, 2014

Drawing The Disappearing Bookstores Of New York Bob Eckstein offers watercolor-style portraits, with anecdotes, of the likes of Coliseum Books, Scribners, Shakespeare & Co., and Forbidden Planet. The New Yorker, October 20, 2014

King Kong Vs. Godzilla In The Art World: Ron Perelman’s Feud With Larry Gagosian Perelman, one of the top art collectors on the planet, says that art, “a beautiful thing”, has “been sullied by an ugly business [and] needs to be fixed.” Mega-dealer Gagosian’s side says that Perelman is a “notorious bully” who’d rather file “meritless litigations … [than] pay what’s owed.” New York Times, October 19, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Turns To Private Funding To Supplement Its Budget “In an era of tighter federal funding the Smithsonian is increasing its private fundraising efforts to pay for its stepped-up ambitions at its sprawling network of museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and research centers, one of the largest collections of museum and research centers in the world.” New York Times, October 20, 2014


Highlights from Frieze London, Where New and Old Commingle Across-the-pond openings from blue-chip New York galleries, performative parties and more from the annual art fair. T Magazine, October 20, 2014


An Architect’s Big Parisian Moment In a cultural twofer that makes it Frank Gehry week here, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private cultural center and contemporary-art museum designed by Mr. Gehry, had its official inaugural ceremony on Monday, attended by the French president, François Hollande. At the same time, the Pompidou Center across town is giving Mr. Gehry, based in Los Angeles, a major career retrospective, his first in Europe. New York Times, October 21, 2014

Portrait of French king taken from Louvre found at auction The work, missing since the Second World War, was discovered thanks to an internet search alert. The Art Newspaper, October 20, 2014


Heirs Who Never Saw Any Money Sue Over Sales Of Nazi-Looted Art “Turns out that the Kainer “heir” that has for years collected proceeds from these sales and other restitutions, including war reparations from the German government, is not a family member but a foundation created by Swiss bank officials.” New York Times, October 18, 2014

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