Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 17, 2015

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery plays host to history with Cézanne and the Modern exhibit VAG senior curator Ian Thom, who had just led the media through an info-packed tour of the show, stood beside me and said, “This is probably the only time you will see this many Cézannes on exhibit together in Vancouver.” Vancouver Straight, February 16, 2015

Victoria

Robert Amos: Come for coffee, stay for the art – Times Colonist Robert Amos looks at coffee shop art exhibits in Victoria. Times Colonist, February 15, 2015

Calgary

Beautiful Destruction photographer hopes book sparks constructive dialogue on oilsands For anyone who has witnessed the heated environment-versus-industry oilsands debate in Alberta, suggesting it might be partially cooled through the power of art may seem more than a little optimistic. Calgary Herald, February 15, 2015

Toronto

The photos of Henryk Ross at the AGO capture dignity amid the horror of the Holocaust Forced to work as a propaganda photographer by the Nazis, Henryk Ross took other photos in secret. Toronto Star, February 15, 2015

Windsor

New museum budget may be scaled back Construction of the new museum on the main floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor is underway, though the finished product might not be quite as fancy as first planned. The long-awaited museum project — started in November and expected to be complete by late fall — was originally budgeted at $6.1 million. The federal government chipped in $2 million, though that amount is $400,000 less than organizers had hoped for, so some items have been trimmed from construction and exhibition budgets. Windsor Star, February 16, 2015

Bradford, U.K.

Possible Anne Boleyn portrait found using facial recognition software Pictures of the beguiling queen were roundly destroyed after her death in 1536. The concerted effort to erase her from history was thorough, leaving only a battered lead disc as a contemporary likeness, the Moost Happi medal in the British Museum in London. The Guardian, February 16, 2015

Copenhagen

Director of National Gallery of Denmark denounces Copenhagen attacks Swedish artist Lars Vilks intended target of gunman. The Art Newspaper, February 16, 2015

Magdeberg, Germany

Work in Helmut Newton photographs could be looted masterpiece German museum investigates whether work used as a prop is a missing painting by Arnold Böcklin (Arnold Böcklin’s Triton Family, 1880-81. The Art Newspaper, February 17, 2015

St. Petersburg

Hermitage library employee arrested over missing illustrations Pages with historic engravings and prints were allegedly cut out of books and offered for sale at antiquarian shops. The Art Newspaper, February 16, 2015

Angkor

Why Do People Keep Taking Naked Selfies At Angkor? “In less than a month, the Kingdom has kicked out seven foreigners for public nudity, including two American sisters and three French tourists who, in separate cases, disrobed at different ancient temples in the Siem Reap complex and posed for pictures.” Phnom Penh Post, February 13, 2015

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