Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library December 16, 2014



Getting to know emperors through their stuff A small sampling of objects from the Forbidden City, which holds the largest royal collection in the world, is on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It speaks volumes about who the last emperors of China really were. China Daily, December 12, 2014

Town Talk: Equinox gallery owner releases book in honour of Gordon Smith Equinox Gallery owner Andy Sylvester released his book about gallery artist Gordon Smith, 93, to a large audience at the east-of-Main facility. Vancouver Sun, December 13, 2014


On Art: First Nations artist a rising star Gus Cook is showing jewelry and sculpture at the Alcheringa Gallery until December 24. Times Colonist, December114, 2014


Artist Medrie MacPhee creates fictional spaces Artist Medrie MacPhee, who was born in Edmonton but has lived in New York since the mid-1970’s, creates paintings that challenge the idea that every canvass has borders. Calgary Hereald, December 13, 2014


Stimson’s art moves in many directions The Spirit of Alliance sculpture at River Landing is a physical reminder of the impact Adrian Stimson has had on Saskatoon, but his influence runs much deeper. His work includes sculpture but also paintings, installations, photography and performance art – and he works as an educator and curator. Star Phoenix, December 16, 2014


Understanding the Other: Aga Kahn Museum debuts in Toronto suburb The museum’s setting, in a suburb 20 minutes by car northeast of central Toronto, seems an odd location for this house of treasures commissioned and funded by the Aga Khan, a billionaire who is also a spiritual leader. ARTnews, December 16, 2014

If You Don’t Buy This Art Today, We’ll Burn It “We’ll get a nice old-timey metal trash can . . . (the art) will be up until midnight, then we’ll take down all the works that are going to be destroyed.” More than 50 artists submitted work to Monday’s group show knowing that if it doesn’t sell it will be burned at midnight. Toronto Star, December 15, 2014


Attendance drop at National Gallery an urgent problem. Attendance at the National Gallery of Canada has been in decline for more than a decade, and the problem is “urgent,” says director Marc Mayer. Ottawa Citizen, December 12, 2014

Cautious about contemporary art: It’s a tough sell at the National Gallery The mercurial responses from the public demonstrate the difficulty for Mayer and curators when deciding which exhibitions will attract more visitors. It’s a critical question, as the National Gallery has seen its annual attendance erode over the past two decades and, in recent years, the federal funding that makes up more than 80 per cent of its annual budget frozen. Ottawa Citizen, December 15, 2014

Blockbuster era may be over for art galleries The National Gallery of Canada hopes that its exhibition of Claude Monet paintings next year helps to stem its declining attendance, even as the potential salvation of so-called blockbusters becomes less likely. Ottawa Citizen, December 15, 2014

Reevely: Why I’m in no hurry to return to the National Gallery Fewer people are going to the National Gallery and the people who run it aren’t sure why. Ottawa Citizen, December 15, 2014


Mary Pratt finds magic in the ordinary Visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and commune with the 75 works by Pratt that are on the walls until February and you might be forgiven for thinking she ought not to feel any compulsion. Kings County Advertiser, December 15, 2014

Iowa City

University Of Iowa Removes An Anti-Hate-Speech Art Work For Being “Offensive” “Created by Serhat Tanyolacar, a UI visiting professor and printmaking fellow, the klansman sculpture was decoupaged in newspaper coverage of racial tension and violence throughout the past 100 years. The piece was meant to highlight how America’s history of race-based violence isn’t really history and “facilitate a dialgoue,” as Tanyolacar told university paper The Gazette.” Reason, December 10, 2014


Indianapolis Museum Of Art To Drop Free Admission “The Indianapolis Museum of Art, which hasn’t charged an admission fee since 2007, will begin charging adults $18 for entry to the museum and gardens starting in April … The museum briefly imposed a $7 adult admission fee in 2006, but dropped the policy a year later” after attendance fell. Indianapolis Business Journal, December 12, 2014

New York

MoMA Plans a Yoko Ono Show “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971,” including 125 of Ms. Ono’s early installations, audio recordings and works on paper, is to open in May. New York Times, December 15, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Hirshhorn Museum Hires Stéphane Aquin as Chief Curator Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today that it has tapped Stéphane Aquin, the curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, to be its new chief curator. ARTnews, December 15, 2014


Prado partners with Botín foundation to research Goya’s drawings The €1.7m collaboration is to result in a five-volume catalogue raisonné and two exhibitions. The Art Newspaper, December 16, 2014


France Confronts an Ignoble Chapter In Paris, an exhibition at the National Archives looks at French people who were genuine supporters of the Nazis during World War II. New York Times, December 16, 2014


Venice’s Accademia doubles down for next year’s Venice Biennale Samsung and Venetian Heritage’s €600,000 deal allows the museum to complete renovation project. The Art Newspaper, December 15, 2014


How Architecture Became Disconnected From The People Who Use It “The question is, at what point does architecture’s potential to improve human life become lost because of its inability to connect with actual humans?” New York Times, December 16, 2014

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