Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 25, 2014


Haida Artists Honoured Premier Christy Clark and BC Achievement Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell announce today the recipients of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art. The awards were selected by jury members: renowned artist Robert Davidson, international photo-based artist Roy Arden, contemporary visual art curator Tania Willard, MOA’s curator emeritus Bill McLennan, and Kathleen Bartels, Director, Vancouver Art Gallery (non-voting chair). CFTK-TV Television, Terrace, November 24, 2014

ATTILA RICHARD LUKACS: Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Vancouver, Oct. 30 to Dec. 15, 2014 A whorl of paint containing various tones of brown efficiently carves out the flat slice of a tree stump. Twisting and unfurling brushstrokes describe the density of ackee trees and begonia bushes, tropical flora from Hawaii. These latest paintings give the impression that Attila Richard Lukacs, who divides his time between Maui and Vancouver, now finds everything he needs in his backyard – the one in Hawaii, that is. Galleries West, November 25, 2014

Pendulum Gallery – New Display System Coming January 2015! A new exhibition display system is coming to the Pendulum Gallery in the HSBC building. Designed by Vancouver Architect Marko Simcic, the system will incorporate two large pivoting walls, gallery specific lighting and a wireless security system. Galleries West, November 25, 2014

Saanich Peninsula

Canadian artist Dorothy Oxborough dies at age 92 Oxborough was born in Calgary in 1922 and grew up in Banff, where she started drawing at the age of two, when her father handed her a pencil and paper to keep her busy when he was working in his office. Calgary Herald, November 24, 2014


Luminato‘s Janice Price heads west as new president of The Banff Centre The Banff Centre has a new president and in Toronto Luminato is searching for a new leader, with word today that CEO Janice Price has been appointed president of the Alberta institution. Globe and Mail, November 25, 2014


Clearing a path Snow clearing continued all over Saskatoon on Monday, including on the sidewalk adjacent to the Mendel Art Gallery. Star Phoenix, November 25, 2014

Children’s museum designer, funders unveiled Brooklyn-based exhibit designer Argyle Design has been chosen to engineer Saskatoon’s new Children’s Discovery Museum, expected to open in the soon-to-be vacated Mendel Art Gallery building in 2017. Star Phoenix, November 21, 2014


Harper unveils $5.8-billion in infrastructure spending Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a campaign-style event in Southwestern Ontario to unveil $5.8-billion in infrastructure projects – public works spending on everything from museums to small-craft harbours that should be creating jobs by the time an expected 2015 election takes place. Globe and Mail, November 24, 2014

Menlo Park, California

Facebook Has A Huge Corporate Art Lab “As much as PHP code and ‘The Hacker Way,’ art is a fundamental part of the Facebook culture. Art doesn’t just decorate Facebook’s offices, it defines them.” Wired, November 24, 2014

New York

Josef Albers’s Manhattan mural could return to New York World Trade Center Transit Hub among possible sites being considered. The Art Newspaper, November 25, 2014

Paul Chan, a prize-winning artist who wants to be an amoeba Hugo Boss Prize winner explains his recent hiatus and his publishing company for “the strangest books” The Art Newspaper, November 24, 2014

The Betrayal Of Jasper Johns: How An Ambitious Assistant Earned His Trust – And Stole His Work How James Kelly managed both to forge his boss’s work and to swipe some originals. Vulture, November 17, 2014

Sotheby’s Gives Outgoing CEO Bill Ruprecht $4 M. Golden Handshake An SEC filing out today shows that outgoing Sotheby’s CEO William Ruprecht will receive $4 million in severance. ARTnews, November 25, 2014

Francine Snyder to Rauschenberg Foundation The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced today that it has hired Francine Snyder, formerly the director of the library and archives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, as its first senior archivist. ARTnews, November 24, 2014

New York Botanical Garden Is Re-Creating Frida Kahlo’s Studio The New York Botanical Garden is organizing a solo show of work by Frida Kahlo, focusing on her use of flora in her paintings, which will include a re-creation of her garden and studio at the Casa Azul in Mexico. ARTnews, November 24, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2014 James Dicke Prize The 32-year-old mixed-media artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby has won the 2014 James Dicke Prize Contemporary Artist Prize, the Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today. The award comes with $25,000 and, according to the release, “recognizes an artist younger than 50. ARTnews, November 25, 2014


A Swiss Museum Will Accept The Secret Nazi-Era Art Trove Of Cornelius Gurlitt The president of Kunstmuseum Bern’s board of trustees “said the museum would seek to set a new standard in handling Nazi-looted art, by having a privately funded team of experts comb the history of each piece before it came into the museum’s possession.” New York Times November 25, 2014


Marrakech is set to become photography’s global HQ – so why aren’t locals happy? As one of the world’s biggest photography galleries prepares to open in Morocco, some locals are still furious about having their picture taken. The Guardian, November 25, 2014


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