Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 24-27, 2014


The Forbidden City relives in Vancouver Art Gallery One of the most anticipated and largest Vancouver exhibitions of the year, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors unveiled its beauty and mystery at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Oct 18. The exhibit features nearly 200 artifacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1416-1911). After a successful run at the Royal Ontario Museum in March, The Forbidden City travelled to the west coast for its second stop of the historical moment of culture exchange between China and Canada. China Daily, October 24, 2014

Exhibition at Atlanta’s High Features Cezanne The exhibition, “Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection,” includes 50 pieces, including works by Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec. It opens Saturday at the High. The exhibition runs through Jan. 11 at the High. Then it will be at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, (Feb. 7-May 18) and will finish its tour at the Princeton University Art Museum (Sept. 12-Jan. 3, 2016). It previously was shown at museums in England and France. abc News, October 23, 2014

Emerging Markets: Vancouver architect Bing Thom’s latest project, a $350-million opera theatre, brings him full-circle Today, Thom is part of a group of prominent businesspeople in Canada with ties to Hong Kong. They include other B.C. people such as Thomas Fung, who runs his Fairchild Group media empire out of Vancouver, and philanthropist Caleb Chan, who used to own Golf B.C. and whose name graces the University of B.C.’s Chan Centre. Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2014

Acclaimed artist Ann Kipling shows face in Headspace Celebrated artist Ann Kipling, of Falkland, is showing her portraits in the exhibition Headspace, opening at Headbones Gallery in Vernon Thursday. Vernon Morning Star, October 27, 2014


Toronto’s big, beautiful, bifurcated canvas has art fairs going head to head The arrival of Feature, brainchild of the Montreal-based Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC), was, in fact, described largely positively, as “a welcome evolution,” an indicator, in the words of Art Toronto director Susannah Rosenstock, “of a strong and growing, active, dynamic art market in Toronto and Canada.” Globe and Mail, October 25, 2014

With a year to live, here’s what artist Robert Genn – with his family – did After being diagnosed with cancer, he sorted through his archives with his children as a final family collaboration. Globe and Mail, October 24, 2014


Meet the avant-garde pranksters who will represent Canada at the Venice Biennale For many years, the art collective BGL – short for Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière – was better known in its home province of Quebec than elsewhere in Canada. But this benign neglect gradually lifted and now the trio, who joined artistic forces in the mid-1990s while students at Laval University in Quebec City, seem on the cusp of major national, maybe even international, recognition. Globe and Mail, October 24, 2014

Napa, California

This Woman Made All Of The Paintings Claimed, And Made Famous By, Her Husband The big-eyed children: the extraordinary story of an epic art fraud In the 1960s, Walter Keane was feted for his sentimental portraits that sold by the million. But in fact, his wife Margaret was the artist, working in virtual slavery to maintain his success. She tells her story, now the subject of a Tim Burton biopic. The Guardian, October 26, 2014


Expatriate Humanist, Lens Up His Sleeve “Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, reappraises Strand as a modernist turned humanist as well as a cinephile. New York Times, October 23, 2014

New Orleans

Must-See Projects at Prospect New Orleans, a Citywide Art Biennial Titled “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” the event’s third iteration opens to the public Oct. 25. New York Times, October 25, 2014

New York

Marina Abramovic, Feeling Her Way Forward, Draws a Crowd At Ms. Abramovic’s first New York show in four years, visitors are equipped with blindfolds and noise-canceling headphones and left to find their own way through the exhibition space. New York times, October 26, 2014

In Weft and Warp, Earth, Heaven and Hell “Grand Design,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents 19 large Renaissance tapestries designed by Pieter Coecke van Aelst. New York Times, October 23, 2014

Metropolitan Museum Spotlights Bartholomeus Spranger Bartholomeus Spranger, a 16th-century artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors, is the subject of a forthcoming show at the Met. New York Times, October 23, 2014

Music and Design Nod at Each Other The Museum of Modern Art’s coming show will look at the ways design has played with music, from posters to electronic delivery systems. New York Times, October 23, 2014

Exploring the Culture of Mourning A trio of New York City museums are mounting shows tied to the objects, monuments and attire people have used to express their grief. New York Times, October 23, 2014

Dispute Over Nazi Victim’s Art Sotheby’s and Christie’s are each auctioning an Egon Schiele work once owned by the Viennese cabaret star Fritz Grünbaum, but they disagree on whether his heirs should be compensated. New York Times, October 23, 2014

United States

Local Art Showcased at Global Museums Major museums across the country, from Brooklyn to Minneapolis, are exhibiting artists who live and work nearby to better engage their communities.


Tracey Emin: Why the bad-girl artist’s take on aging women is so disappointing Sarah Hampson went to Tracey Emin’s new show in London, hoping for a defiant, explosive exploration. Globe and Mail, October 24, 2014


Frank Gehry: With a new Paris museum open, the architect is far from finished Frank Gehry was in Paris, and he was holding court. He’d just finished a day of press to unveil his new museum, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and he was in a celebratory mood. As we sat in the café of a luxury hotel off the Champs-Elysées, friends and admirers – and Pharrell Williams – lingered to shake hands and congratulate him on the building, which is opening to critical praise and warm words from the French establishment. “You’ve got a real winner there,” said an old friend. Globe and Mail, October 24, 2014

OK, Starchitect Frank Gehry Gave A Journalist The Finger. But Why? “Everyone loved him in the decade after the Guggenheim, but a backlash is now under way, part of the new post-financial crash mood. The Fondation Louis Vuitton museum in Paris, which opens to the public tomorrow, has been labelled ‘a detumescent Sydney Opera House’ by one writer.” The Guardian, October 26, 2014

Picasso Museum in Paris to Open Doors After 5-Year Renovation  After five years locked in storage or roaming on traveling exhibitions, a trove of Picasso’s works have been put back on display in Paris.  New York Times, October 224, 2014

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