Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library December 9, 2014


Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory turns 45 (with video) The Vancouver park board was facing a $2.8-million budget shortfall and voted to shut the civic icon, which was built in 1969 and looked its age. But the public was outraged and rallied to save the “tropical wonderland” at the top of Little Mountain. The Friends of Bloedel Conservatory staged fundraisers, VanDusen Botanical Garden signed on to to help run it, and the park board agreed to keep it open. Vancouver Sun, December 5, 2014


DAVID FOXCROFT David Foxcroft’s paintings are such riotous combinations of colour and form it seems they should fall apart visually. But Foxcroft’s strong sense of composition pulls his collage assemblages together, while feeding his fascination with interior spaces and what goes on in them. Galleries West, December 6, 2014


Can art be a catalyst for change? Richard White invites guest blogger and visual artist Teresa Posyniak to his Everyday Tourist blog for comment on the 20th anniversary of the installation of her ‘Lest We Forget’ sculpture at Uof Calgary Law School. Galleries West, December 4, 2014


Karine Giboulo: Small Images, Big Impacts Montreal artist uses miniature dioramas to illuminate major topics. When successful, the works bring fresh urgency to old-hat messages, Amy Luo writes. Canadian Art, December 9, 2014

New Haven

Creative Deconstruction of Books In the Yale University Art Gallery’s show of sculptures made from books carved, scorched, rolled, waxed, filleted and glued, reading is secondary, or impossible. New York Times, December 6, 2014

New York

Bullet Holes to Bones: Artifacts With Meaning Places and artifacts connected with celebrated figures from the past make up a show of 82 photographs by Annie Leibovitz, “Pilgrimage,” at the New-York Historical Society. New York Times, December 5, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Whistler: The Original Art Star A century before Warhol, Whistler treated his own persona as a work of art. In the Peacock Room, he created an installation that expressed his bitterness about the ties between art and money. ARTnews, December 9, 2014


Fire at Paris Old Master gallery Paintings protected from damage by high-security vault. The Art Newspaper, December 9, 2014


Prada Art Foundation to Open Koolhaas-Designed Headquarters in May Fondazione Prada’s new headquarters will incorporate seven former industrial structures with three new buildings in Milan. New York Times, December 6, 2014


‘We make arts, not ants’ Collector Victor Pinchuk denounces “repressive regimes” in eastern Ukraine at art awards ceremony. The Art Newspaper, December 9, 2014

Nástio Mosquito and Carlos Motta Split 2014 Future Generation Art Prize Last Saturday in Kiev, Angolan artist Nástio Mosquito and Colombian artist Carlos Motta were chosen out of a short-list of twenty artists as split winners of outspoken Ukrainian collector Victor Pinchuk’s 2014 Future Generation Art Prize, taking home $30,000. ARTnews, December 9, 2014

St. Petersburg

Hermitage Museum Anniversary Plans There are dozens of openings and events taking place to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. New York Times, December 7, 2014


Folks Do Not Like Pantone’s New Color Of The Year Marsala. Pantone describes it as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red color”. The Cut describes it as “a color that makes you want to go to Olive Garden or order Tampax in bulk” – and the online commentariat has lots of equally unappetizing assessments. The Atlantic, December 4, 2014

What’s Wrong With Art School Jerry Saltz: “A lot of the timid, judgment-averse writing afoot in criticism, as well as the snark adopted by those who were turned cynical in critical programs before they even had a chance to exercise belief, can be traced back to these posh programs. We need to find a way to stop dogmas from being taught and teachers from inculcating students with ideas that were fashionable 30 or 40 years ago, when the instructors were the student’s age.” New York Magazine, December 7, 2014


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