Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 12, 2014


Art this week: Joar Nango, Duane Linklater and more. Arts events this week include: Fuse: Revolution Counter Revolution at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Joar Nango: The same condition repeated at every moment of the walk at Western Front, Duane Linklater: But the sun is up and you’re going? At Catriona Jeffries Gallery and 236 East Pender Studio Showcase. Vancouver Sun, November 11, 2014


Regina artist teaches Prince Charles to make moose hide art. A Plains Cree artist from Saskatchewan who was invited to teach at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, England never imagined that one of her students would be His Royal Highness himself, but then Prince Charles sat down for a lesson on how to sew beads and porcupine quills on a moose hide. CBC News, November 12, 2014

Riel Confronts John A. Anew in Regina Performance. This year, Metis artist David Garneau marks the the 129th anniversary of Louis Riel’s 1885 hanging with a performance in Victoria Park, across from the Dunlop Art Gallery, which is presenting the work titled Dear John; Louis David Riel. Canadian Art, November 10, 2014


All CMHR galleries now open. While the CMHR officially opened Sept. 20, only five of 11 galleries were completed in time for the ribbon-cutting. During the museum’s first six weeks, even the finished museum galleries were only accessible by taking a guided tour of the structure. This failure to launch — along with an opening-ceremony appearance by former prime minister Jean Chrétien — contributed to Ottawa’s decision not to renew the contract for initial president and CEO Stuart Murray. His last day with the museum was Nov. 2. Winnipeg Free Press November 12, 2014


Suzy Lake at the Art Gallery of Ontario: Beauty and determination, up close. Suzy Lake, who may well be this country’s best known artist in a decidedly feminist vein, remembers her entrée to that burgeoning sisterhood as a little less than ideal. Toronto Star, November 12, 2014

Video: Art & Craft, Nature & Culture Merge in Chimera. “Chimera” is a small exhibition at Craft Ontario that tackles a big question—where does the border between nature and culture lie? Canadian Art, November 11, 2014


Road kill and the dark art of Marc Nerbonne. The art of Marc Nerbonne is distinctive and disturbing, and his latest still life pieces with animals are unlikely to be forgotten by anyone who sees them. Ottawa Citizen, November 11, 2014


At Harvard, three become one The college’s art is united under Renzo Piano’s roof. Three institutions will be united under one roof when the Harvard Art Museums reopens on 17 November after a six-year building project. The Art Newspaper, November 11, 2014

New York

Rothko and Johns Paintings Are Stars of a Sluggish Auction for Sotheby’s Despite some high prices paid for works by Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns, the week of big-money contemporary art auctions got off to a sluggish start on Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s. New York Times, November 12, 2014

Estate of Bunny Mellon, White House Rose Garden Designer, On the Block Highlights from the art trove of a famous and storied collector come to auction tonight at Sotheby’s New York in a sale estimated to bring as much as $100 million, led by a Rothko canvas tagged at up to $30 million. Art in America, November 10, 2014

Miami Beach

Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Will Screen at Art Basel Miami Beach Art Basel Miami Beach announced its film program for the 2014 fair, and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes–a biopic about Walter and Margaret Keane starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz–will have a special screening before its national release on December 25. ARTnews, November 11, 2014


The Women Tagging And Painting The Streets Of Bogotá “[In Colombia’s capital], where graffiti is classified as a violation rather than a crime, street artists do not have to hide.” Here, three of the most active talk about the challenges of working as a street artist while female. Hyperallergic, November 10, 2014


Why London’s poppy memorial is so touching. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is a temporary installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, in collaboration with award-winning theatre designer, Tom Piper. Due to popular demand – and the intervention of Prime Minister David Cameron, mayor Boris Johnson and many others – a portion of the poppy installation is staying on past its scheduled end on Nov. 12. Globe & Mail, November 10, 2014

David Titlow wins Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize. Working with children and animals rarely gets as good as this: an intimate portrait of an infant being introduced to a dog, an image that on Tuesday night won one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the UK. The Guardian, November 11, 2014

For The Centennial Of The Great War, A Reimagined Imperial War Museum “Nothing symbolizes the mayhem of the 1914-18 war more than those crude lines of defense, so it is fitting that one of the most dramatic features of London’s newly redesigned [IWM] is a re-creation of a trench. More than 52 feet of dark, claustrophobic passageway, 8 feet high, filled with the infernal racket of whizzing shells, the rat-a-tat of machine guns, the roar of planes.” The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2014

Lens, France

Designers chosen for Louvre’s €60m storage outpost New facility will be built near Lens satellite museum in northern France. The Art Newspaper, November 10, 2014


Preying on Italian Churches With masterpieces in Italian churches harder to steal, thieves are targeting less valuable objects: candelabra, chalices, even the silver crown of a carved saint. ARTnews, November 12, 2014

Cape Town

Annals Of Public Art: Whose Idea Was This Memorial To Nelson Mandela? Cape Town artist Michael Elion, commissioned to create a sculpture to honor Mandela for the city’s waterfront, came up with a giant pair of Ray-Bans. (At least they’re facing toward Robben Island, where he spent 18 years in prison.) CityLab, November 11, 2014


One of the world’s top collectors Sheikh Al-Thani dies suddenly, aged 48 Qatar’s former minister of culture’s spending spree shook up the art world before it came to abrupt end. The Art Newspaper, November 10, 2014


All those new museums? Now, the facts… A detailed analysis of more than 650 new institutions over the past 17 years. The Art Newspaper, November 12, 2014

How Mobile Technology Could Transform Art “We’re already so accustomed to mobile technology that experiencing art through it feels as natural as any other interface. It can be hard to see just how categorically it changes (and could yet change) art. Think wearable tech: Google Glass, for instance, or Oculus Rift, both of which extend the possibilities even further to virtual or augmented realities and audiences existing within artworks, not simply looking on.” The Guardian, November 11, 2014

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