Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 23, 2014


A Forbidden City revealed at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “Art, money, and power—rarely have the three been so conspicuously linked at the Vancouver Art Gallery as at the unveiling of The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors.” Georgia Straight, October 22, 2014

Birch bark speaks to artist Sophia Kim through clay. When she first came to Vancouver over a decade ago, Sophia Kim was a painter who often looked to the nearby forests for subject matter. But she’d never delved into three-dimensional work until she entered the then Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Georgia Straight, October 22, 2014

White Rock

Surrey artist’s life honoured with exhibitions. Canadian painter Robert Genn is being honoured this Saturday with a coordinated opening of his works at four galleries across the country. Vancouver Sun, October 23, 2014

Red Deer

Alberta Artist Wins $10K Ceramic Art Prize. Red Deer ceramics and social practice artist Robin Lambert won the popular vote to triumph at the 4th annual RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award last week. He took home a $10,000 prize. Canadian Art, October 23, 2014


AGO curator Lloyd Dewitt previews Michelangelo: Quest for Genius in a dissection of the Renaissance artist’s Laurentian Library. In a career that spanned a fairly mindboggling 77 years, Michelangelo left behind some of the definitive works of Renaissance art. Almost as impressive as what he made, though, is the huge list of projects that languish unfinished: his was a genius that wasn’t just profound, but prolific. National Post, October 21, 2014

Double Time: A Q&A with Gallerists in both Feature Art Fair and Art Toronto. Tonight, Toronto sees the VIP benefit and opening for the Feature Art Fair, a new, small, curated art fair focusing solely on contemporary work and organized by the Montreal-based Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC). On Thursday, Art Toronto, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary as Canada’s largest art fair, opens with their traditional Art Gallery of Ontario benefit preview reception. Both fairs run through the weekend. Canadian Art, October 22, 2014

Our Best Bets at the Fair. Canadian Art editors list the artists and artworks to look out for at the Fair. Canadian Art, October 23, 2014

BGL Reveals Plans for Venice Biennale & More. Bonhomme Carnaval in Venice? Anything is possible with the arrival of Quebec City trio Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière—better known as the artist collective BGL—at the Canada Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Biennale. To get a taste for their wry, merrymaking brand of art in the meantime, Art Toronto crowds can take a ride on their mobile sculpture Canada de fantaisie/Canada Fancy, which is featured as a special installation at this year’s fair. Canadian Art, October 23, 2014

San Francisco

In San Francisco, a Scholar Gets His Dream Post Colin Bailey left his post at the Frick Collection to help the the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco revamp their exhibits — and maybe their mission. New York Times, October 23, 2014

New Orleans

In New Orleans, a Biennial on the 3-Year Plan The city of New Orleans is the gallery in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” which features work from more than 58 contemporary artists. New York Times, October 23, 2014


Biomuseo Showcases Panama’s Ecological Diversity The new museum designed by Frank Gehry combines technology, science and art to promote discovery of nature in the country. New York Times, October 23, 2014


A Return for Rothko’s Harvard Murals A groundbreaking conservation approach using projections of colored light aims to restore the paintings’ original hues for a new exhibition. New York Times, October 23, 2014

New York

Picasso and His Last Muse An exhibition in New York, will display works by Picasso that were inspired by Jacqueline Roque, with whom he lived from 1954 until his death in 1973. New York Times, October 23, 2014

Contrarian Stays True to His Cred The Conceptual artist Hans Haacke continues to needle museums even as they snap up his work. New York Times, October 23, 2014


Tate Boss Tops Art World’s “Most Powerful” List “Sir Nicholas Serota, 68, who has appeared in the top 10 of every list since it launched in 2002, is the first representative of a public museum to reach the top spot.” BBC, October 23, 2014


Artist Ready to Strike Back After Vandalism of Sculpture in Paris A preview of Paul McCarthy’s “Chocolate Factory” exhibition in Paris has been delayed, officials said, because Mr. McCarthy was inspired to respond to attacks on him and his work. New York Times, October 23, 2014

Musée Picasso reopens après la guerre Peace terms allows former director to return to organise first hang. The Art Newspaper, October 23, 2014

Sonia Delaunay’s originality comes back to the present. More than 400 pieces by the Ukraine-born abstract pioneer Sonia Delaunay are now on show at the Paris Museum of Modern Art in Sonia Delaunay: The Colours of Abstraction, the largest such exhibit in her adopted France since 1967. Globe & Mail, October 22, 2014


Next Venice Biennale to examine ‘disquiet of our time’ The curator Okwui Enwezor today revealed the theme of the 56th edition. The Art Newspaper, October 22, 2014


Swedish Law Says Artists Get Paid For Being Shown In Museums (But It Doesn’t Work That Way) “According to a survey conducted by the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, around 60% of artists who showed their work in smaller state museums either failed to get paid or received less than the law dictates.” The Art Newspaper, October 23, 2014


Ludwig foundation threatens to take back its donation to Cologne Works by Richter and Oldenburg hang in the balance until the city finds a second venue for the Museum Ludwig. The Art Newspaper, October 23, 2014


Museums Morph Digitally Once reluctant to accept the virtual world, institutions are now using interactivity, 3-D imaging and “augmented reality” in displays. New York Times, October 23, 2014

Obsessive Visions on Display Collectors with all-consuming urges have built some of the most idiosyncratic museums, monuments to their determination to possess certain objects. New York Times, October 23, 2014

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