Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 19, 2014


Art this week: Music inspires painting, magic in the everyday and romantic explorations. Art events this week include: Eli Bornowsky: All is Unmentionable, Up in the Air at Burnaby Art Gallery, Shimabuku: When Sky was Sea at Contemporary Art Gallery, Susanna Browne + Monique Levesque: Does He Worship You? at Index Gallery. Vancouver Sun, November 19, 2014

Eastside Culture Crawl has become ‘go-to’ for gift-givers. For the 18th annual event, the four daylong celebration of all the working and exhibiting artists in the area bounded by Main Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront (Powell Street, basically) has some new features. This year, you can check out two juried exhibitions of artists and artworks from across the spectrum offered up at the Culture Crawl. The Province, November 18, 2014


Kamloops’ Luminocity Paints the Town Blanche. While the Vancouver Island nexus of Victoria, Nanaimo and Comox has emerged of late with remarkable exhibitions… a similar flourishing has occurred in the province’s Okanagan region, particularly with the addition of Hornby Island–born Charo Neville at the Kamloops Art Gallery… Taking her cue from the international Nuit Blanche phenomenon that took flight in Paris in 2002, Neville gives us Luminocity: a week-long public art project that places video projections, installations and performances in civic spaces known more for consumption and blithe leisure than a questioning of how these spaces form their own cubes, enforce their own limitations. Canadian Art, November 18, 2014


Royal BC Museum in Victoria named best museum in Canada by Trip Advisor. The museum in Victoria outranked Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (2nd), Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum (3rd), the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology (6th) and Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (7th) There are plans to significantly expand the Royal BC Museum within the next decade from its existing building area of 379,000 square feet to 895,000 square feet. In comparison, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s proposal to build a new standalone museum building at downtown Vancouver’s Larwill Park will be 300,000 square feet in size. Vancity Buzz, November 18, 2014


Faulty Tower. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights as tourist trap, failed memorial, and white elephant. Walrus, November 2014


How these Toronto architects are advancing the artistic application of wood. To Williamson Chong principals, Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson and Shane Williamson, the form of engineered wood known as cross-laminated timber (CLT) is one of the best things to happen to architecture since concrete. And they embarked on a round-the-world research tour to prove it. Globe & Mail, November 19, 2014


Notes on the Art of Writing—and Rewriting. Late last month, members of the Montreal-based performance art collective PME-ART staged an eight-day project in Concordia University’s Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery titled Adventures can be found anywhere, même dans la mélancolie. Canadian Art, November 14, 2014


Bruno Bobak, Ron Thom works showcased at Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The paths of two prominent Canadians — an artist and an architect who have both died — will cross once again in Fredericton. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is staging separate exhibits featuring the work of artist Bruno Bobak and architect Ron Thom, who were friends when Bobak lived in Vancouver. CBC News, November 17, 2014


7 Great Fall Art Reads. As weather gets colder and nights grow shorter, it’s ever more tempting to stay in and curl up with a good book. Here are some recent releases Canadian Art recommends. Canadian Art, November 14, 2014

Cambridge, Mass.

How Light Restored The Color In Rothko Paintings “A team from Harvard and the MIT Media Lab realised that light could be used to restore the appearance of the lost colours without touching the canvas. The idea was to illuminate each mural with a pattern of light that would project the missing aspects of the lost colours onto the original canvases, returning them to their original hues without disturbing the paintings’ textures.” New Scientist, November 17, 2014


Goya: Order and Disorder review: clerics, hats and flying cats Goya: Order and Disorder, a titanic exhibition on view now at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, presents Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes in full – with 170 works, it’s the largest exhibition in the United States since the New York-Boston blockbuster of 1989. The Guardian (UK) November 19, 2014

New York

Laurie Anderson Will Debut New Performance at Park Avenue Armory in 2015 Music and performance artist Laurie Anderson will debut a new work, Language of the Future: The Line, at the Park Avenue Armory in October 2015, the Armory said in a release today. ARTnews, November 19, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Congress considers cultural property protection czar post A new bill seeks to block looted Syrian artefacts from entering the country. The Art Newspaper, November 19, 2014


Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public Programming Includes Baselitz, Benglis, and Elmgreen & Dragset Art Basel Miami Beach, which opens December 3, announced the participants in its Public section today, which will be held in Collins Park and feature 26 installations from the likes of Georg Baselitz, Lynda Benglis, Elmgreen & Dragset and Ryan Gander. ARTnews, November 19, 2014


London’s Wellcome Collection Examines Sex Photographer Timothy Archibald spent three years traveling around the United States photographing men who built their own sex machines. At first Archibald suspected the makers would be disaffected, but he quickly discovered his subjects were deeply heartfelt. ARTnews, November 19, 2014


The Arts Are Booming In Turkey (But Beneath The Boom, All’s Not So Well) “Galleries abound. The Istanbul Design Biennial is in full swing. Three new private art museums are in the works, including one designed by the London-based star architect Zaha Hadid. The rock and jazz scenes are thriving. A Turkish film, “Winter Sleep,” took the top prize at the Cannes International Film Festival this year.” New York Times, November 18, 2014


What Science Can Tell Us About Great Works Of Art “In Baltimore last week, scientist-conservators told how analyzing great works with devices only physicists and chemists could love — synchrotron radiation sources, ultraviolet-induced fluorescence, high resolution, and XRF multispectrography — lifts the mysteries off some paintings and can produce stories worthy of novels.” Inside Science, November 18, 2014

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