Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 28, 2014


Joseph Plaskett – The Globe and Mail Joseph Plaskett, the eminent Canadian artist who died recently at 96, was my mother’s older brother. During my boyhood years, a great excitement would ripple through the family whenever he visited us in the little town of Duncan on Vancouver Island. He lived in Paris and could always be counted on to bring exotic European toys and gifts for me and my siblings. Globe and Mail, October 28, 2014


In Calgary, Exploring the Cultural Side of ‘Cowtown’. Calgary is underestimated in terms of the culture,” said Viviane Mehr, managing director of Barbara Edwards Contemporary, an art gallery she opened last year as the second location of a Toronto venue. New York Times, October 23, 2014


Art Toronto Director Steps Down Linel Rebenchuk, founder of Art Toronto, announced Saturday that he will be stepping down from his position as vice president and executive director of Canada’s largest modern and contemporary art fair. The change is effective December 31. Canadian Art, October 27, 20214

Artist Retreats: Making Space for Artist Projects at Art Toronto Each year, Art Toronto presents select artist projects to complement the commercial booths. Canadian Art, October 26, 2014


“Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014,” National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Oct. 17, 2014 to March 8, 2015 A new group of ambitious Vancouver artists now reigns: Geoffrey Farmer, Althea Thauberger and Luke Parnell, who were given spacious individual rooms for this five-month exhibition of 80 works by 26 artists from across the country. Galleries West, October 23, 2014


The Field Museum Preps Bones By Using – What Else? – Flesh-Eating Beetles “It’s an interior room, behind two sets of thick doors, on the third floor of the Field Museum, inaccessible to the public. Because if there’s anything worse than flesh-eating beetles, it’s flesh-eating beetles circling a church group from Indiana.” Chicago Tribune, October 27, 2014

New York

Wielding a Lens as Skillfully as a Brush “Picasso & the Camera,” organized by John Richardson, the artist’s longtime biographer and friend, looks at the role of photography in his life and work. New York Times, October 28, 2014

With Self-Portrait of a Lifetime, Picasso Returns to Paris Pedestal The Picasso Museum in Paris has reopened at more than twice its previous size, but the vast collection is arranged in a choppy, idiosyncratic way. New York Times, October 28, 2014

Missing Roof Decorations, New York’s Bald Spots, Are Being Restored and Recreated Many ornate cornices and pediments had decayed, and then were removed to avoid accidents and the expense of maintenance. New York Times, October 28, 2014

United States

Arts Education Causes Innovation Way Beyond The Classroom “While 78 percent of college-educated Americans believe that creativity is important to their current careers, most found that they value creativity more as professionals than they expected to while in college.” Huffington Post, October 27, 2014


A plaice for Weiner’s art in Iceland There is something fishy going on with Lawrence Weiner’s latest work. The veteran US artist has made his mark on mass-produced Icelandic fish tubs. The Art Newspaper, October 28, 2014


Oslo council votes yes on new Munch Museum The long-delayed waterfront “Lambda” building clears another hurdle, but a zoning vote is due next month. The Art Newspaper, October 18, 2014


Digital Lessons From the Museum and Art World Leading museums have proven surprisingly adept at adapting digital technology, and their experience holds lessons for business. New York Times, October 28, 2014

The Works Of Public, Land-Based Art That May Become Extinct “Unlike a painting or statue or piece of photography that can be auctioned off into private hands or toured from museum to museum, earthworks are beholden to the land. Weather constantly works against land-based creations, and public art budgets are forced to keep up with not only the effects of time, but the unpredictable elements.” Huffington Post, October 28, 2014

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