Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 11, 2015


Six Great Spring Art Reads. Canadian Art’s recommendations for freshly released art publications, including: Douglas Coupland: Everything is Anywhere is Anything is Everywhere. Canadian Art, February 11, 2015

Art this week: Video art, a tribute to trees and development gone wild. Opening this week are:Video Out: Recent Acquisitions at VIVO Media Arts Centre, Stephanie Aitken: Breathing Machines at Field Contemporary and Stanley Mishkin: City-Seen — An Unheralded Look at Development at Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Vancouver Sun, February 10, 2015


Arti Chandaria was a tireless champion of South Asian art. Mumbai-born textile enthusiast helped establish the ROM’s South Asian Advisory Committee that raised $3 million thanks to her relentless ability to motivate people. Toronto Star, February 8, 2015


Montreal’s McCord Museum gifted largest cache of magic-related memorabilia in Canada. The $3-million collection, gathered over 50 years by a magic buff who preferred to remain anonymous, includes 200 rare books about magic, as well as over 200 handbills, photographs, props and other objects connected to Harry Houdini, as well as posters measuring up to 2 by 2.75 metres. Globe & Mail, February 9, 2015

Shawinigan, Quebec

Parks Canada promotes snow art on frozen lakes in Quebec. Parks Canada has recently been promoting their new snow tag challenge, offering people the chance to create massive snow drawings on Lac Solitaire or Lac aux Chevaux in the east end of the Quebec park. Toronto Star, February 8, 2015


Arts grants in Halifax hand $300K to non-profits, charities. The Halifax Regional Municipality’s grants committee has voted in favour of giving nearly $300,000 worth of grants to arts groups in the city. CBC News, February 9, 2015


Big Name Hollywood Talent Agency Decides To Start Representing Artists (Beginning With You-Know-Who, Of Course) “United Talent Agency, the Beverly Hills-based talent agency known for representing actors like Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow announced the launch of a new division called UTA Fine Arts, which will manage the careers of visual artists.” Artnet, February 11, 2015

New York

A Painting a Day. Starting in 1966, On Kawara created nearly three thousand acrylic paintings, which feature only the dates on which they were made: the month, day, and year meticulously inscribed in white on layered grounds of red, blue, or dark gray. The New Yorker, February 16, 2015 (issue)

The “Damien Hirst of New Delhi” Brings a Personal Exhibition to New York Subodh Gupta’s “Seven Billion Light Years” includes ready-made and appropriated objects that reflect on Indian culture. T Magazine, February 11, 2015

Judge Rules: Met Museum Can Charge Admission Two separate lawsuits had been brought against the museum challenging its policy of charging a $25 “recommended” entrance fee, based on the Met’s original 1876 lease and a subsequent state law that provided city land and funds to establish the museum in return for free admission to the public during most of the week. The Art Newspaper, February 11, 2015

MoMA Names Leah Dickerman as First Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture The Museum of Modern Art has appointed Leah Dickerman as the first Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture. The position was recently established with an endowment from Hess, a museum trustee since 2002. ARTnews, February 10, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Freer Gallery to Close for Renovations in January The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art will improve its lighting and update its technology. New York Times, February 11, 2015


ICA Miami interim director steps down Three museums in the city are now without leaders following Suzanne Weaver’s departure. The Art Newspaper, February 11, 2015


Dancers Will Take Over The Entire Tate Modern For Two Days “Tate Modern is to become a museum of dance for 48 hours as 75 performers take over the gallery spaces for displays and workshops, and the Turbine Hall is transformed into a nightclub.” The Guardian, February 11, 2015

New Records for Gerhard Richter, Jonas Wood at Buoyant $188.2 M. Sotheby’s London Sale Multiple records were broken last night at the contemporary art evening auction at Sotheby’s in London, including the total for that annual auction, which made £123,515,250 ($188.2 million) on a presale estimate of £88.6 million to £125.5 million ($135.43 million–$191.84 million). ARTnews, February 11, 2015

Cogs in the machine: how the art market became obsessed with money. With a Richter selling for £30.4m and a Gauguin setting a new record for the most expensive painting ever sold, profit has disgustingly eclipsed creativity in the art world. The Guardian, February 11, 2015


Jeff Koons’s Louvre Show Canceled According to the Art Newspaper, a Jeff Koons which was due to open at the Musée du Louvre early this year, has been definitively scrapped due to “a lack of funding,” in the words of a spokesman for the Center Pompidou. Artforum, February 11, 2015


Police Seize Possible Leonardo Da Vinci Painting In Switzerland “Negotiations to sell the oil painting of a fifteenth-century noblewoman, Isabella D’Este, for around 120 million euros ($135.9 million) were at an advanced stage,” … when the canvas was taken from the vault of a Swiss bank currently under investigation for tax fraud. Reuters, February 11, 2015


Director of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery dismissed Zelfira Tregulova will replace Irina Lebedeva. The Art Newspaper, February 10, 2015

Abu Dhabi

Human Rights Watch: Terrible Working Conditions Persist In Abu Dhabi’s Mega-Museum Construction “The overarching narrative of the 82-page document is one of claims and ostensible efforts by involved parties to curb labor abuses — and the corresponding failure due to lack of enforcement.” Hyperallergic, February 10, 2015

Hong Kong

Hong Kong culture district chief steps down Michael Lynch resigns his post early because of family emergency. The Art Newspaper, February 15, 2015


Think Libraries Are Dying In The Age Of The Internet? Au Contraire “People under 65 years old are actually more likely to have visited a library in the past year than their older counterparts. In fact, those between 16 and 29 are just as likely to use a library as those older than 29. And those younger visitors also feel the library in an integral part of their neighborhood.” Pacific Standard, February 10, 2015

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