Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 13, 2014


What’s On: Vancouver Sun’s list of top ten events of the week, Nov. 13 to Nov. 20. Opening on Saturday: Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, November 13, 2014

The Scout List: Short film festival, Fuse and Vancouver votes. Friday’s Fuse is guest-curated by video artist Paul Wong and produced by MediaLab (expect it to be influenced by the Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors exhibit currently showing at the VAG). There’s something sort of magical about wandering an art gallery after hours, so don’t miss out. Globe & Mail, November 13, 2014

Artist makes creative gesture for the Eastside Culture Crawl. Every November for the past 17 years, the Eastside Culture Crawl has invited the community into the cluttered spaces where simple materials like paint and paper become art. The actual process of making visual art is usually solitary and private, but this year, one artist (Evaly) has decided to open that up too by inviting in live musicians and an audience. Vancouver Sun, November 12, 2014

Tension rises at Mircea Cantor exhibition at Rennie Collection at Wing Sang. Romanian artist Mircea Cantor seems to enjoy ratcheting up the stress levels of his audiences. During a tour of his first solo show in Canada, at the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, the 2011 Prix Marcel Duchamp winner stopped in front of one of his most famous video works, Deeparture. It features a wolf and a deer pacing and eyeing one another in a white-walled empty room. Georgia Straight, November 12, 2014

Portrait of an Artist: Cath Hughes. However, since her move to North Vancouver a few years ago, Cath Hughes’ creative spirit has been revitalized by B.C.’s coastal landscapes and she’s currently making a name for herself in Vancouver’s extensive art scene. Georgia Straight, November 7, 2014


Surrey First slate and mayoral candidate Linda Hepner pledge “cultural corridor” for city. Linda Hepner and her Surrey First slate have pledged to establish a “cultural corridor” in B.C.’s fastest-growing city… The corridor will be a “unique hub of cultural and arts facilities that concentrates heritage and arts groups in a critical mass to facilitate ease of access for citizens, collaboration and synergy within artists and groups and to create an economic hub that draws investment and entrepreneurs who want to invest in the creative economy”. Georgia Straight, November 12, 2014


Nightshades highlights anxious abstractions by promising young Winnipeg painter. Since graduating from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in 2013, Natasha Gusta has built her practice around a kind of artistic anxiety. Every move in Nightshades, her compact, energetic show of abstract paintings at C Space, seems to have been second-guessed, each action opposed, contradicted or reworked in some way. Winnipeg Free Press, November 13, 2014


Is Toronto Burning? captures key moment in city’s art scene. For artists such as General Idea, David Buchan and Isobel Harry in 1977 to ’79, a sense of community evolved that laid the foundation for Toronto’s artistic culture of today. Toronto Star, November 13, 2014


The Queen, The PM, Ghomeshi & me: Scenes from Canada’s new “National Portrait Gallery”. Lorena Ziraldo got tired of waiting for the federal government to build a national portrait gallery in Ottawa, so she built her own. I confess that I never expected to be in it, but life is full of surprises, and unfortunate juxtapositions. Ottawa Citizen, November 13, 2014


Robert Fulford: Montreal’s Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit details the birth of Expressionism. In 1921, Expressionism was losing its distinct identity and merging into art history. About a century later we can see this process clearly at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (until Jan. 25), where enthusiastic crowds are absorbing an expertly assembled and highly revealing show, Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914. National Post, November 12, 2014

Authority Defied in Montrealer’s Performance Art. One suspects it is not accidental that Montreal multidisciplinary artist Marlène Renaud-B. opened her new exhibition “Prendre le pouls” (Take the Pulse) on Halloween. Canadian Art, November 12, 2014

Los Angeles

Arts scene in downtown Los Angeles grows Galleries, not developers, are driving the creation of new arts neighbourhoods in the city (Downtown is already buzzing with galleries, including Michele Maccarone’s new space). The Art Newspaper, November 12, 2014

New York

A Warhol Leads a Night of Soaring Prices at Christie’s A 1963 Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley pointing a gun sold for nearly $82 million, contributing to an $852.9 million auction total. New York Times, November 13, 2014

So Who Paid $101 Million For A Giacometti Last Week? There was only one bidder for the sculptor’s 1950 piece Chariot at Sotheby’s last week. That bidder was anonymous at the time, but someone has blown his cover. New York Times, November 10, 2014

Here’s Some Advice for Young Art Historians From a Former Director of the Met Go to a dealer and you’ll never work at any museum in the United States. Go to a museum and you can later work, if you like, at any dealer’s shop in the world.” ARTnews, November 13, 2014


MOCA North Miami, ICA Settle Dispute The Miami Herald reports that Miami’s new Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami have settled their dispute over who owns the MOCA collection, with the majority of the works staying with the museum. ARTnews, November 13, 2014


Wacky wunderkind Bjarke Ingels to design new ‘front door’ for Battersea Power Station As the Lego-loving, mountain-making hero of Danish architecture descends on London for the first time, take a look at his most outlandish projects. The Guardian, November 13, 2014


Olafur Eliasson on How to Do Good Art On the eve of his exhibition at the new Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artist discusses his work — which includes a school, an architecture practice, a charity, a cookbook and a herd of Icelandic sheep, and which is meant to make the world a better place. Really. T Magazine, November 13, 2014


Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum Plans Yearlong Tino Sehgal Survey Beatrix Ruf, the new director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, is beginning her tenure there with a nice flourish, announcing today that the museum will stage a 12-month survey of artist Tino Sehgal’s live artworks. ARTnews, November 12, 2014


How Do You Put On An Arts Biennale In The West Bank? “Putting on an arts biennale anywhere is complicated. Here, the festival, Qalandiya International, faced special challenges in catering to a Palestinian society that is highly politicized, physically fragmented, internally divided, partly autonomous but still struggling against Israeli occupation, and not given to displays of frivolity or celebration.” New York Times, November 12, 20214


From Napoleon to the Nazis: the 10 most notorious looted artworks The stories behind the most shocking art thefts of the last two millennia. The Guardian (UK) November 13, 2014

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