Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 6, 2014

Vancouver

Obituary: Artist was first recipient of Emily Carr Award. Artist Joseph Plaskett is coming home for the last time. Born in New Westminster, Plaskett frequently returned to the West Coast but spent most of his adult life abroad in Paris and Suffolk, England. Plaskett died in his sleep on Sept. 21 in England at age 96. He will be remembered on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary the Virgin, Sapperton, Anglican Church in New Westminster. A celebration of life will be held immediately afterward in the parish hall. Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2014

Vancouver parties outline arts and culture funding proposals. NPA Councillor Elizabeth Ball is promising more money for artists through an expanded cultural-grants budget. The pledge is part of the NPA’s election platform, which it released in full on November 4… Georgia Straight, November 5, 2014

West Vancouver

Harry and Jessie Webb: Artists in Vancouver’s Jazz Age captures a bygone era. Harry and Jessie Webb: Artists in Vancouver’s Jazz Age is not so much a blast from the past as a melancholy riff on a soprano sax. It is a record of a particular time and place, a reminder of the interwoven aspirations of visual artists, poets, and musicians in Vancouver in the mid 20th century. Georgia Straight, November 4, 2014

Edmonton

Amy Malbeuf Q&A: My References, My Self. Self-portraiture gets an unconventional spin in kayas-âgo, an installation by Amy Malbeuf now showing at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Canadian Art, November 5, 2014

Concert preview: Rude Nite Out a last hurrah for Edmonton music venture (with video). This Friday, the Rude boys will be hosting their poshest and perhaps biggest do at the Art Gallery of Alberta — and only their second with a ticket price. (A measly 10 bucks, though.). The Rhodes brothers admit the AGA wasn’t even on their radar as a possible venue, until the gallery’s marketing co-ordinator Lexi Pendzich suggested the idea to Dilan. Edmonton Journal, November 5, 2014

Toronto

AGYU Leads Winners at 2014 OAAG Awards. The Ontario Association of Art Galleries announced the winners of its 37th annual awards November 5th at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Twenty-three awards and two honourable mentions recognized 14 galleries from 11 cities across Ontario. Canadian Art, November 5, 2014

London, ON

New London, Ontario, Gallery Intrigues & Excites. If I take a cue from Kim Neudorf, curator of the “balloon / portal / starres / fiends” group show at London, Ontario’s newest commercial art gallery, DNA Artspace, then a list of actions, words and associations is appropriate to describe the work found there. Canadian Art, November 5, 2014

Ottawa

Is The National Gallery Of Canada Preparing To Lock Out Workers? That’s what the Public Service Alliance of Canada fears. “The museum’s management had previously scheduled two weeks of talks with the union for September, but canceled the negotiations the day they were due to begin … [and] then applied for conciliation, a provision that, per Canadian labor laws, would allow them to lock out the union workers beginning next month.” Hyperallergic, November 4, 2014

Edible Rothko: Food as abstract expression. Now that I think of it, the titles of Mark Rothko paintings do rather sound like menu items — No. 10, or maybe I’ll have No. 14, or maybe No. 16, the 1957 Rothko canvas that hangs at the National Gallery of Canada. Ottawa Citizen, November 5, 2014

Animals, mirrors and magical mushrooms added to Ottawa’s art collection. Like the current biennial at the National Gallery, where a group of curators used a loose collection of themes to make sense of unrelated and recent acquisitions, the City of Ottawa’s exhibition of new art in its collection also pounces on any links to be found. Ottawa Citizen, November 3, 2014

Bergeron gallery slashes prices on Riopelle, Masson and many others. Jean-Claude Bergeron’s Gallery (150 St. Patrick St. in the ByWard Market) is offering “substantial discounts” on works by some of Canada’s best-known artists, including Jean Paul Riopelle, Henri Masson, Luc Archambault, Robert Trépanier and others. Ottawa Citizen, November 5, 2014

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Donor Identified A. Jerrold Perenchio, the former chairman of Univision, pledged to donate about 50 artworks — including notable Impressionist paintings. New York Times, November 6, 2014

Getty Trust President Argues Against Repatriating Artifacts In One Of The World’s Most Prestigious Journals James Cuno: “In the battle over cultural heritage, repatriation claims based strictly on national origin are more than just denials of cultural exchange: they are also arguments against the promise of encyclopedic museums. … Cultural property should be recognized for what it is: the legacy of humankind and not of the modern nation-state, subject to the political agenda of its current ruling elite.” Foreign Affairs, November-December 2014

Miami

Diane and Alan Lieberman Will Give Miami Beach’s Bass Museum $1 M. Miami Beach’s Bass Museum announced today that Diane and Alan Lieberman, owners of the South Beach Hotel Group, have pledged $1 million “to support the museum’s exhibitions of contemporary art and education programs.” ARTnews, November 5, 2014

New York

All Dolled Up: Eric Fischl Examines ‘Disturbing Innocence’ in Chelsea Group Show The Saturday before last, Chelsea’s Flag Art Foundation opened “Disturbing Innocence,” a wonderfully weird and beguiling show about dolls curated by the artist Eric Fischl. ARTnews, November 5, 2014

London

Parliament criticises Arts Council England over funding imbalance The Culture, Media and Sport Committee wants the council to send more lottery money to the UK’s regional art centres. The Art Newspaper, November 6, 2014

Is Banksy Really A Woman? We really don’t know, after all. We know very little about hir (or hem) at all. But we do know that Banksy is a master (mistress?) of misdirection. Kriston Capps makes the case that “she could be anyone.” (Take that, Guerilla Girls!) CityLab, November 4, 2014

Bern

Accept That Art Hoard And You’ll Be Sued Into Oblivion, World Jewish Congress Tells Swiss Museum When the reclusive Cornelius Gurlitt died in May, he left his 1,200-piece collection – much of which is suspected of having been looted by the Nazis and fenced by Gurlitt’s art-dealer father – to the Kunstmuseum Bern. Now WJC president Ronald Lauder has warned that if the museum accepts, “it will open a Pandora’s box and unleash an avalanche of lawsuits.” Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2014

Berlin

After the fall The demolition of the Berlin Wall had immediate effects on German life. But how did it affect artists? The Art Newspaper, November 6, 2014

Athens

Greece hopes exhibit at Museum of History will help free Elgin Marbles from Britain. Greece hopes a blockbuster exhibit coming to the Canadian Museum of History next year will boost its argument for repatriating the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum, foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos said Monday. Ottawa Citizen, November 5, 2014

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