Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 18, 2014



Vancouver Marine Building, hobbit house among B.C.’s best buildings (with photos) A public foundation is raising the roof for a landmark from a genteel era and a century-old villa dubbed the hobbit house. The Architecture Foundation of B.C. is lauding the winners of its Best Buildings Contest, saying it received more than 450 nominations from around the world. Vancouver Sun, November 18, 2014

Work by Richard Bond, Doris Auxier on exhibit at Fort Gallery The Fort Gallery presents “Visual Thoughts: Figure & Ground” with Richard Bond and Doris Auxier, until Nov. 30 at 9048 Glover Rd. Bond is a Surrey-based painter and former art teacher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with extensive experience showing in galleries throughout Canada. Langley Times November 18, 2014


DAN HUDSON: “Theories of Entanglement,” Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB, Oct. 24, 2014 to Jan. 25, 2015 Artists harbour degrees of obsessiveness, overt or submerged, in their personalities. Without it, good art would likely not be made. Dan Hudson’s Theories of Entanglement provides evidence for this. Galleries West, November 16, 2014


Windsor art gallery wins three major awards In addition to sharing the Key Partnership Award with the City of Windsor for the 49-year lease it signed last year, AGW was also commended for two of its exhibitions in the last year. Windsor Star, November 18, 2014


Gallery 44 Appoints Noa Bronstein Director Gallery 44, a Toronto artist-run centre devoted to photography, has announced the appointment of Noa Bronstein as director. Bronstein succeeds Lise Beaudry, who is leaving the gallery after seven years to focus on other projects. Canadian Art, November 15, 2014

New York

How Robert Mapplethorpe’s Lover/Patron Snatched Him Away From Patti Smith A real New York story, with a supporting cast including Edmund White, Robert Indiana, Candy Darling, and half the residents of the Chelsea Hotel. Salon, November 15, 2014

Going Deep On The Art Of Richard Serra And Martin Puryear “The experience can be exhilarating, threatening, vertiginous, lonely, isolating, apocalyptic and pleasurable. I remember once thinking this might have been what it felt like to be a lowly Greek foot soldier commanded to approach the impregnable. Hyperallergic, November 17, 2014

Put a ring on it Christie’s to sell largest private collection of Asian art at auction, from first dealer to enter mainland China in the 1970s. Christie’s plans to sell 2,000 objects from the collection of the prominent Asian art dealer Robert Ellsworth during New York’s Asian Art Week in March 2015. The largest private collection of Asian art ever to come to auction, Ellsworth’s holdings include Chinese furniture, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art and Modern Chinese paintings. The Art Newspaper, November 17, 2014

Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges’ First President Leaves To Lead George Lucas’s Planned Museum In Chicago “[Don] Bacigalupi has been named the founding president of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, to be built in Chicago, with a proposed opening date in 2018. The $700 million museum is funded by filmmaker George Lucas, who created Star Wars.” Arkansas Business, November 17, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Usonian’ house rises again in Arkansas Crystal Bridges museum finds just the spot for architect’s Bachman Wilson House, formerly of New Jersey (Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1950s Bachman Wilson House was moved from its flood-prone location on a riverbank in Millstone, New Jersey, to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas) The Art Newspaper, November 18, 2014


David Hockney’s printmaking genius to be marked by Dulwich … The season will also feature the work of another pram-wielding artist, one almost unknown in Britain. The Canadian Emily Carr came to London to train at the Westminster art school in the late 19th-century, but hated the city so much that she had a breakdown, and her time in Britain finished in a sanatorium. The Guardian, November 14, 2014


Paris Photo takes the medium out of the frame Experimental works, including images reproduced on shoes, pictures covered in embroidery and mangled and burned prints, appeal to contemporary collectors. The Art Newspaper, November 14, 2014


John Lennon wall in Prague painted over, graffiti starts againPrague’s colourful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: “Wall is over!”The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighbourhood, began to be painted with Lennon’s images and related graffiti after the Beatle’s assassination in 1980. CBC, November 18, 2014


Iranians scream into pots at new contemporary art center … A contemporary art gallery in central Tehran is giving Iranians a chance to let out their frustrations by screaming into clay pots sculpted by a Vancouver-based artist, exhibiting in the country of his ancestors for the first time. Al Arabia, November 18, 2014


7 Great Fall Art Reads As weather gets colder and nights grow shorter, it’s ever more tempting to stay in curl up with a good book. Here are some recent releases we recommend. Canadian Art, November 18, 2014

The Art World Has Gotten Entirely Too Uptight, Says Jerry Saltz “Flexibility is life, but lately I keep thinking that the art world has gotten a lot less flexible, and the freedom that I’ve always thought of as completely foundational – freedom to let our freak flags fly and express ourselves, even bizarrely – has constricted considerably. … Or maybe it’s me. Because, to be fair, a lot of this tempestuousness has been happening around moi.” Vulture, November 17, 2014

Salvador Dalí’s Erotic Cookbook “The book’s contents range from discussions of the grotesque shapelessness and immorality of spinach to the masterful tool that is the human jaw. Recipes include exotic and experimental eats like Thousand Year Old Eggs, Crayfish Consomme and Conger of the Rising Sun (which is an eel).” Huffington Post, November 12, 2014 (This book available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Library))

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