Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 31 – November 3, 2014


Chuck Chiang: Forbidden City exhibit a unique chance to take in Chinese history The exhibit is touted as the first of its kind in Canada, and key sponsor The Robert H.N. Ho Foundation — founded by the B.C. philanthropist who gave the foundation its name — contributed $500,000 as well as significant organizational and logistics support to the project. Vancouver Sun, November 3, 2014

Exploring secrets of the Forbidden City The Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibit features 200 objects borrowed from the Forbidden City, a sprawling complex built in the heart of Beijing. Vancouver Courier, October 30, 2014
BC groups line up for their slice of the federal surplus pie But the B.C. wish list — hundreds of millions in new science spending, a tax break for the LNG sector, and a plea for more infrastructure spending on everything from roads and bridges to a new Vancouver Art Gallery — will face stiff political competition. Vancouver Sun, November 3, 2014

Elspeth Pratt honoured with Mayor’s Arts Award In 2011, Pratt was commissioned to produce a site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s offsite location titled Second Date. The piece was presented from June 29 until January 8, 2012. The Peak, November 2, 2014

Jack Alexander Adelaar, 1944-2014 Jack was involved with the Western Front, Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation and Presentation House Gallery. These were decades of learning, travel and friendship with many artists and collectors from around the world. Bowen Island Undercurrent, November 1, 2014


Designing libraries that are relevant in the digital age With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century. CBC, October 20, 2014

Smart Art Films Merge Reality & Fiction Slices of unscripted, everyday life meld with highly structured, staged cinematography in Canadian artist Mark Lewis’s latest films. Canadian Art, October 31, 2014

New York

Still Inspiring, 400 Years Later To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection will be holding special exhibitions. New York Times, November 1, 2014

Guggenheim plans New York expansion… again Guggenheim Museum is planning a new space in New York to house its collection and staff, The Art Newspaper has learned. Called the Collection Center, it is described by the Guggenheim as “one efficient, multi-use building” with a “dynamic public-programming component” aimed at New Yorkers. The Art Newspaper, September 30, 2014

Helena Rubinstein, Icon of Business and Style, Gets Her Own Retrospective The Jewish Museum’s new exhibition, “Beauty is Power,” explores the life and taste of the woman from a Polish shtetl who went on to radically alter the beauty industry. New York times, November 1, 2014

David Armstrong, A Photographer Of Intimacy, Dies At 60 Openly gay long before legal protections regarding sexual orientation were enacted in most states, Mr. Armstrong was best known for unabashed black-and-white close-ups of beautiful young men, many of whom were his lovers or objects of his desire. New York times, October 30, 2014

Medium and Message, Both Unsettling The New Museum show “Chris Ofili: Night and Day” presents six distinct bodies of paintings and drawings, all with blackness as an underlying theme. New York Times, October 31, 2014


To Reel In Crowds, a Museum Is Showing a Fake Painting To promote a show of seascapes, a museum in Virginia is challenging visitors to find a forged painting hung alongside the real ones. New York Times, November 1, 2014


Emily Carr art show opens in London Iconic Canadian artist Emily Carr finally has her first-ever show in Britain at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Carr is one of Canada’s best-known artists, but she’s virtually unknown overseas. CBC, November 3, 2014

Slideshow: Emily Carr’s Big European Debut The first major European solo show on Emily Carr opens in London this week; get a peek at some of the works, and the lead-up activities. Canadian Art, November 2, 2014

Historic London gallery expecting big crowds for new Emily … When Britain’s oldest public art gallery hosted an exhibition featuring Canada’s Group of Seven painters three years ago, the public and critical response was staggering. And now the historic Dulwich Picture Gallery is expecting a similar reaction with the unveiling this weekend of Europe’s first major solo exhibition of the works of British Columbia artist Emily Carr. Vancouver Sun, November 3, 2014

Cruz y Ortiz-designed Philips Wing at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to open on 1 November The new exhibition wing – the Philips Wing – of the Rijksmuseum will open on 1 November, completing the second and final phase of the 11-year transformation of the Dutch national museum. It was designed by Seville-based architecture firm Cruz y Ortiz, who are also responsible for the 2013 remodelling of the main building, and will showcase high-profile exhibitions from its own collection and art on loan from international and national collections. World Architecture News, October 30, 2014


See All 1,715 Entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition Online The competition for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki closed last month, becoming the most popular architectural competition in history with 1,715 entries. Arch Daily, October 23, 2014


Funeral museum rises again in Vienna “Just in time for Halloween on Friday and a weekend devoted to the dead, Vienna’s unashamedly morbid Funeral Museum is now closer to the action: the Austrian capital’s huge Central Cemetery., October 30, 2014


A permanent home for Arab Modern art The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, is due to open a new permanent display of works drawn from its 8,000-strong collection on 1 November. The pieces are all drawn from the holdings of HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani, the founding patron of Mathaf, who has amassed his collection in the past 25 years. The Art Newspaper, October 30, 2014


Worldwide search for architect to design $450 million Art Gallery of NSW expansion Will we get an inside out building like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, an organic twirl like the Roche Tower in Basel, or something totally different? Some of the world’s most innovative architects including Renzo Piano, who first came to fame with the Centre Georges Pompidou, will compete to develop the winning concept for a $450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW. The Sidney Morning Herald, October 22, 2014


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