Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 10, 2014

North Vancouver

Save The Capilano Review! Defunded by its eponymous university, an energetic hub of Canadian culture goes solo. For the past 43 years, The Capilano Review has been an energetic hub of Canadian culture, publishing experimental writing and art, full-colour art sections, interviews with writers and artists, and reviews and essays on contemporary arts. The magazine also programs readings, talks, panels, workshops and multimedia performances. Published three times a year, TCR was founded by Pierre Coupey in 1972 on a shoestring budget and has operated without a pause at Capilano University in North Vancouver. The Tyee, December 10, 2014


Art this week: Bobbie Burgers, No-Way Cabaret and Mira Song’s Moon Viewing Platform.  Events this week include: Bobbie Burgers: The Lure of Magical Thinking at Bau-Xi, The No-Way Cabaret at Unit/Pitt to raise money for Gabriel Saloman’s collaborators who are being sued by Kinder Morgan following their “art” rally and Mira Song: Moon Viewing Platform at Robert Lynds Gallery. Vancouver Sun, December 9, 2014


Family 411: Nurturing creativity isn’t just for geniuses. Creativity should be nurtured in every child, even though only a few may grow into geniuses, says a Vancouver Island expert on art education. – Times Colonist, December 5, 2014


Request to preserve one of Canada’s last remaining ‘Trend Houses’ goes to city council. Sponsored by various B.C. lumber manufacturers, the Trend House Program saw 11 innovative, modern-style homes built across the country between 1952 and 1955 — houses that were open for public viewing and exposed Canadians to new architecture, construction and interior design ideas. Calgary Herald, December 10, 2014


Culled works of art from the AGO head to auction. Usually when an art work enters the permanent collection of a major public museum in Canada and elsewhere, that’s the end of the work’s story as a marketable commodity. Globe & Mail, December 9, 2014

Connecting contemporary culture to the past at the ROM. Ann Webb stands on the 10-metre board of her reimagined ROM Contemporary Culture program’s emblematic gesture: a six-part exhibition focused on the peripatetic cultural output of Douglas Coupland, the writer-artist-playwright-designer-TV producer whose near-compulsive rate of production has made him something of a global industry in recent years…. If Coupland, imported from the Vancouver Art Gallery, is the full cannonball, Webb has certainly dipped a toe in the water already. Toronto Star, December 10, 2014

Aboriginal Digital Access Project Grows. Increasing numbers of films by Aboriginal artists and creators are being made available to international and educational audiences by the Aboriginal Digital Access Project, a project at Vtape in Toronto. Canadian Art, December 9, 2014


Feds unveil $110-million reno job for National Arts Centre. The federal government is pouring more than $110-million into ‎a “facelift” renovation of Canada’s National Arts Centre, an iconic performing venue in the nation’s capital. Globe & Mail, December 10, 2014


Passages: Art gallery owner built careers of artists and city’s art reputation. Artist Robert Bateman is a household name, but it wasn’t always so. He has art gallery owner Thomas L. Beckett to thank for that. Hamilton Spectator, December 8, 2014


Situation of artists. Summaries of five reports on the situation of artists in Canada, including three reports containing national, provincial, territorial, and local data on all types of artists, as well as two reports on visual artists. Hill Strategies Research, December 10, 2014

Los Angeles

Rich Artist Designs Book Cover for Rich Man Today, in the Department of Things You Could Have Seen From a Million Miles Away, Jeff Koons has designed the cover for film producer Brian Grazer’s book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. ARTnews, December 9, 2014

New York

Here comes the mirror man: an interview with Douglas Gordon The Scottish artist is flooding New York’s Park Avenue Armory to create a giant looking-glass surrounding the pianist Hélène Grimaud. The Art Newspaper, December 10, 2014

Cooper Hewitt puts can-do spirit into the house Carnegie built Smithsonian Design Museum reopens this week with array of high-tech displays. The Art Newspaper, December 9, 2014

The Art of Good Business: Hans Haacke Goes After a Koch, Readies London Plinth Anyone in need of a potent antidote to the feeding frenzy at Art Basel Miami Beach last week should head right now to Paula Cooper Gallery’s second-floor space at 521 West 21st Street in West Chelsea. On view there is a solo show by the German–born, New York–based artist Hans Haacke, whose six-decade career is a singular case study in how to resist and attack, determinedly and elegantly, the machinations and overproduction that have defined the art market in recent decades. ARTnews, December 9, 2014

‘At Dinners After Openings I Sometimes Feel Like I’m Watching Bank Accounts Have Sex’: Hal Foster’s ‘Interview’ Interview Is Diverse, Enjoyable Rather than line up the customary one person to interview him for Interview’s just out Insiders issue, Hal Foster chose to allow Tacita Dean, Seth Price, Jeffrey Eugenides, Rachel Kushner, Jeremy Deller, Thomas Hirschhorn, Wade Guyton, Rivka Galchen, and Thomas Demand to each ask him a question. ARTnews, December 9, 2014


Somerset House to celebrate beards in new exhibition They were once the domain of the dignified elderly gent – but now as beards and ostentatious facial hair adorn every on-trend male face they are to be the subject of an art exhibition. A series of 80 portraits of people sporting impressive and interesting facial hair will go on display at Somerset House, central London, next year. The Guardian, December 9, 2014


Thug Who Punched $10 Million Monet Painting Convicted Andrew Shannon, the man who punched a hole through a Claude Monet painting worth $10 million in June 2012, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Artnet news, December 9, 2014


He Was More Than His Madness A redesigned Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam shows this artist as a genius, but not an isolated one. New York Times, December 9, 2014

St. Petersburg

Putin’s £9m birthday gift to the Hermitage The Russian President presented the 250-year-old museum with a Fabergé egg and discussed plans for regional outposts. The Art Newspaper, December 10, 2014


Christmas and contemporary art? Like chalk and blue cheeseLet’s face it. Contemporary art and Christmas are not even a tiny bit compatible. Nothing is less Christmassy than up-to-the-minute art. There is a complete lack of fit between minimalist austerity and the magically silly spirit of Yuletide. The Guardian, December 9, 2014

The $6.5m canyon: it’s the most expensive photograph ever – but it’s like a hackneyed poster in a posh hotel Photography is not an art. It is a technology. We have no excuse to ignore this obvious fact in the age of digital cameras, when the most beguiling high-definition images and effects are available to millions. My iPad can take panoramic views that are gorgeous to look at. Does that make me an artist? No, it just makes my tablet one hell of a device. The Guardian, December 9, 2014

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