Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 28 – December 1, 2014


Memories of the psychedelic wonderland To promote the shows, he commissioned artists like Bob Masse, Frank Lewis, Bruce Dowad and Doug Cuthbert to create posters. They responded with mind-bending visions filled with wild colours, beautiful women and hairy men. The band names were rendered in psychedelic art nouveau lettering that was so stylized that at times it was hard to decipher. (Book Review) Vancouver Sun, November 29, 2014

North Vancouver

Blunt Object The world is full of wonderful discards for scavenger artist Susanna Blunt, and so is her North Vancouver townhouse. Vancouver Magazine, November 17, 2014


Robert Amos: Artists’ papers saved in UVic archives The art history of Victoria is not really taught at UVic, and the materials for its study have rarely been saved, much less made available. But at the moment, the papers of many other artists are being located and considered, especially those who were staff or graduates of the university and whose careers will make good subjects for research by students. Chief librarian Jonathan Bengtson, successor to Marnie Swanson, is to be congratulated for his support for this valuable initiative. And to celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary, citizens of Victoria are now offered a library card for use of the McPherson Library, free of charge. What a wonderful way to bring “town and gown” together. Times Colonist, November 23, 2014


Robert Amos: A new centre of wellness and history Five huge wood carvings, richly detailed with imagery, stand tall in a wide arc high on the hillside. In the pattering rain we looked past them, across the foreshore and longhouse, over the lagoon to where low clouds wove among the hills beyond. The carver of the posts, Clarence Dick, held us enthralled with stories of these lands in the distant past, their glorious present and a future full of hope. Times Colonist, November 28, 2014


Must-see mischief: The fundamental strangeness of Frenkeland at MoCCA Frenkel, of course, is Vera Frenkel, the now-76-year-old Torontonian who in the last 40-plus years has earned a substantial following here and abroad for using a myriad of artistic practices to create liminal worlds as involving in their cerebral, modestly budgeted way as anything conceived by Walt Disney, Hugh Hefner or Universal Studios. Globe and Mail, November 28, 2014

Exit interview: The ROM’s departing CEO and the museum’s challenges This was the hope: That after the $300-million convulsion known as Renaissance ROM, Janet Carding would, as the Royal Ontario Museum’s director and CEO effective Sept. 13, 2010, begin to re-establish the Toronto museum as a museum. Globe and Mail, November 28, 2014

Harris, Riopelle in hot demand at Heffel fall art auction A painting by Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris was the star attraction Thursday at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House fall auction. With seven record-breaking sales among the 142 lots on offer, Heffel said this year’s live auction reached a total of $12-million. (All prices include an 18 per cent buyer’s premium.) Globe and Mail, November 28, 2014


NGC Magazine wins prestigious award “The National Gallery of Canada’s online magazine NGC Magazine has won the 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Award(COPA) for Best Corporate Website. The award was presented at a ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, November 20. National Gallery of Canada, November 21, 2014


Tacoma Art Museum opens new $16M wing “Tacoma Art Museum’s new wing is open, with four galleries that have doubled the size of TAM’s exhibit space. Museum officials said the $15.5 million expansion added 16,000 square feet. The cafe was renovated, sheltered outdoor spaces were added and there is a new community art studio, space for a new store and an elevator that is bigger and faster.” Daily Journal of Commerce, November 19, 2014

Corning, New York

New contemporary pavilion at the Corning Museum of Glass nears completion “If you want to see a stunning collection of art in glass go to Corning, New York. There you will find the Corning Museum of Glass, which boasts the largest collection of glass in art in the world. While there take in the architecture, a collection of glass buildings from the 1950s to the present, which themselves are notable works of art. Corning’s grounds includes a corporate headquarters building designed by Kevin Roche that dissolves into the mountainside, reflecting in its glass facade the beauty of the natural landscape that surrounds it; a factory building designed by Wallace Harrison of UN fame that employs black glass and patterned glass block that are no longer made today; a newish, glassy entrance pavilion by Smith-Miller Hawkinson; and a library by Bohlin Powell Cywinski that has an interior glass staircase that presages the now iconic ones the architect designed for Apple. The latest building to grace Corning’s campus is the North Wing, a 100,000 sq ft pavilion designed by New York architect Thomas Phifer and Partners that will house the museum’s growing collection of contemporary art in glass. World Architecture News, November 21, 2014


Art Basel Miami Beach’s Not-to-Be-Missed Parties and Events Starting Monday in Miami, culture, taste and excess all storm together to electric effect. New York Times, November 28, 2014

Private Funding for Miami Museum The newly formed Institute of Contemporary Art Miami will receive a privately funded permanent home in the city’s burgeoning Design District. New York Tims, November 30, 2014

New York

A New Home at the Frick for a Rare Murillo Work The Frick has acquired a self-portrait by the 17th-century Spanish master Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. New York times, November 27, 2014


Will Someone Donate Hundreds Of Thousands To Buy William Blake’s Cottage For England? “The cottage campaign … would see the building made into a public centre celebrating Blake and welcoming visitors, poets and artists to continue his legacy.” (But it’s more than £400,000 short right now.) The Guardian, November 28, 2014

‘Information’ letter was ‘blatant electioneering’ Contrary to Richard Dorment’s review (Culture, Issue 1,216), Emily did not grow up in Vancouver though she did live there from 1905 to 1913. She was born here, in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Her family home, now a museum, is a few streets away from mine. (Letter to the Editor) Telegraph, November 27, 2014


A Son Seeks Art Looted by the East Germans Between 1973 and 1989, the East German police seized more than 200,000 objects in hundreds of raids, according to experts and archives, and some are reclaiming the art. New York Times, November 27, 2014


Chipperfield’s Milan art museum nears completion “David Chipperfield’s ‘City of Culture’ museum complex in Ansaldo, Milan is nearing completion. The RIBA Gold Medallist won a contest to transform the former steel works almost fourteen years ago. The project will create a new home for Milan’s Centre for Advanced Studies of Visual Art and the Centre of Non-European Cultures. A puppet workshop and archaeological museum will also be included. Due to open next year, the scheme features a number of zinc-clad buildings arranged around a central curved glass ‘lantern’.” Architects Journal Jobs, November 21, 2014


Herzog & de Meuron unveil National Library of Israel designs “After years in the pipeline, designs have finally been released for the National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.The Swiss company was appointed to design the library in early 2013, shortly after New York-based designer Rafi Segal was dropped from the job. The National Library will be a redevelopment of its 120-year-old predecessor. Herzog & de Meuron said in a statement: ‘Our project reflects the open and transparent ambitions of the National Library. The strong, sculptural form of the stone – related to the specific topography and context of the site – is elevated off the ground and situated above vitrine like elements.'” Leisure Management, November 18, 2014

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