Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library December 2, 2014


BC Artscape propels Vancouver’s creative community into urban enhancement Vancouver is getting its own version of a successful Toronto urban development organization that has helped create studio and administrative spaces for artists and arts organizations — and more. BC Artscape is designed to be a not-for-profit organization that works at the intersection of the arts, urban development, neighbourhood activism, philanthropy and the advancement of public policy, according to Tim Jones, president and CEO of Artscape Toronto. Vancouver Sun, December 2, 2014


Jasper Avenue losing its art galleries to redevelopment (with photos) The last few of the Jasper Avenue commercial galleries are packing up their canvasses. Running from the shadow of increasing construction and development — including a new highrise landing on top of them — the Front, West End and Peter Robertson galleries at the west bend of Jasper Avenue are making moves to 124th Street in the coming months. Edmonton Journal, December 1, 2014

More money for youth programs A $250,000 donation means the MacKenzie Art Gallery will be able to provide five years of youth arts programs in Regina. Anthony Kiendl, executive director and CEO of the MacKenzie, said the donation is the largest corporate donation the art gallery has ever received and will support the Enbridge Young Artists Project. Leader-Post, November 29, 2014


Why fashion deserves to be shown in a museum Simply because our daily lives are filled with fashion. As our present-oriented “fashion society” has sped up with free markets, hedonistic consumption and narcissistic individualism (unlike older, traditional societies that were attached to the past), fashion has become more important than ever, promoted by unprecedented media coverage. It has become normal for the public to want access to the objects of their fantasies. Nevertheless, high fashion is totally inaccessible. Our Gaultier exhibition has so far attracted over one million visitors! It is an unprecedented phenomenon in the history of fashion exhibitions. Globe and Mail, November 27, 2014

New York

Seller of Art Fakes Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud John Re, 54, faces up to 20 years in prison for selling paintings and sketches purportedly by famous artists. He stole about $2.5 million from unwitting buyers. New York Times, December 1, 2014

The $4 Billion Train Station at the World Trade Center The World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s complicated design is only part of how it became one of the most expensive and delayed stations ever built. New York Times, December 2, 2014


Highlights of This Week’s Design Miami Show A guide to the installations, galleries and emerging talents not to miss at the tenth anniversary of the fair. T Magazine, December 1, 2014

Women artists dominate Art Basel Miami Beach’s new Survey section Our preview of this year’s fair, which has an added historical dimension. The Art Newspaper, December 1, 2014

Miami leads the way as museums fill in the gaps The Pérez Art Museum Miami is collecting more African-American art. The Art Newspaper, December 2, 2014


Duncan Campbell wins Turner Prize over Canadian, two other finalists Irish-born Glasgow artist Duncan Campbell won Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize on Monday for an essay film using a famous image of an Irish Republican Army guerrilla to explore how histories can be constructed. Globe and Mail, December 1, 2014

Turner Prize 2014 Goes To Duncan Campbell “A 54-minute ‘essay film’ that refers to IRA martyrdom, Marxist theory and anthropomorphic ketchup dispensers as it explores the value of art won its maker Duncan Campbell the 2014 Turner Prize. It was by no means a surprise.” The Guardian, December 1, 2014

Turner Prize goes to Dublin-born Duncan Campbell Dublin-born film artist and the bookmakers’ favourite, Duncan Campbell, is the winner of this year’s $25,000 pound ($50,000) Turner Prize. He beat out three other finalists including Ottawa-born printmaker Ciara Phillips. Ottawa Citizen, December 2, 2014

Arts, Culture And Sports Have “Zero” Effect On Local Economies, Says UK Report “The financial impact of cultural events on local economies ‘tend not to be large and are more often zero,’ according to new data produced by the What Works Network, a government-backed initiative launched in 2013 to offer guidance on decision making and spending in public services.” The Stage, December 1, 2014


Paris court delivers verdict in Rodin case After years of debate, it decides case does not fall under French law. The Art Newspaper, December 1, 2014


Hans Ulrich Obrist Is in The New Yorker This Week Perfectly timed to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, D. T. Max has profiled the indefatigable curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, the co-director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, for this week’s issue of The New Yorker. ARTnews, December 2, 2014

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