Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 27-30, 2015


New Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition tells of the gallery’s future (video, photos) Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron will showcase its work in Material Future at the Vancouver Art Gallery from March 27 to October 4 in an exhibition which looks into the past, present, and future of the gallery itself.- (blog) March 27, 2015

Architects bring ‘intellectual rigour and sensual intuition’ to design of new Vancouver Art Gallery Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron will showcase its work in Material Future at the Vancouver Art Gallery from March 27 to October 4 in an exhibition which looks into the past, present, and future of the gallery itself. – Vancouver Sun, March 27, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery’s deadline extension for fundraising on the ropes A planned extension of the deadline the Vancouver Art Gallery is facing to raise funds for its new downtown facility could be in jeopardy. The extension had been in the works at city hall, but it is now in a holding pattern because of new tensions between the city and the gallery, The Globe and Mail has learned. The Globe and Mail, March 27, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery seeks extension on fundraising deadline for new site The Vancouver Art Gallery has requested an extension on the timeline for its new, purpose-built site planned for West Georgia and Cambie streets. – (blog) March 27, 2015


Taras Polataiko: Reflecting or Endorsing War? Ahead of Taras Polataiko’s new exhibition at Barbara Edwards Contemporary in Calgary, Jeffrey Spalding considers the artist’s depictions of soldiers and questions the ethical implications of their endorsement. Canadian Art, March 26, 2015


Winnipeg gallery plans ‘visible vault’ to bring Inuit art to southern audience Winnipeg’s art gallery is trying to carve out space to house what’s billed as the world’s largest public collection of Inuit art — only a fraction of which is ever on display. Winnipeg Free Press, March 26, 2015


Krista Buecking at Susan Hobbs: A Critic’s View Amy Luo visits Krista Buecking’s solo exhibition at Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto, and asks whether an awareness of market culture can count as critique. Canadian Art, March 31, 2015

Crystal Myths: Behind the ROM’s philanthropic façade. When the ROM embarked on an ambitious renovation 13 years ago it needed all the philanthropic help it could get. Today, the institution is mired in debt and some of its key donors still haven’t paid out their pledges. Globe & Mail, March 27, 2015


Authentication scandal won’t affect major Constable exhibition at National Gallery In 2017 the National Gallery of Canada will mount the largest exhibition of works by John Constable ever seen in North America, but first Stephen Gritt wants to make one thing clear: There will be no need to doubt that the paintings by Constable are not, in fact, by Constable. Ottawa Citizen, March 30, 2015

Yukon elder discovers mother’s purse at national museum A group of First Nations elders from the Yukon took a walk back in time during a recent visit to the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, where they identified artifacts that had been sold off or stolen from their communities. But one woman from the Selkirk First Nation found a long-lost treasure that she never thought she would see again. CBC News, March 30, 2015


Non-profits need clear donor rules, national group says Any non-profit organization that is launching a capital campaign needs clear policies about how it will recognize donors and what it will do if donors fail to pay pledges, says the head of the national association for Canada’s philanthropic sector. The Globe and Mail, March 30, 2015


Walker Art Center to Begin $75 Million Renovation The project will restructure the museum’s grounds and it tie the Walker more closely to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden across the street. New York Times, March 30, 2015

New Haven

Yale’s Beinecke Library Buys Vast Collection of Lincoln Photos The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale has bought one of the largest private collections of 19th-century American photography from the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation. New York Times, March 29, 2015

New York

Neglected No More, A Rich Latin Legacy Preparing for the Museum of Modern Art’s “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980,” which opens on Sunday, was a process of excavation. New York Times, March 28, 2015

Artists on Art: A New Web Series From the Met The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released all 20 episodes of the first season of “The Artist Project.” New York Times, March 27, 2015

Asia Week Auctions Haul in Rip-Roaring $250.7 M. at Big Two Houses, a Record New York’s annual Asia Week concluded last Saturday, and its organizers have since reported a stunning $360 million in sales. That figure represents an 80-percent increase over last year, with the big two auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, accounting for nearly 70 percent of that haul. ARTnews, March 28, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge Park to Display Danish Artist Fire-engine-red benches that spike, arch and undulate are among the whimsical installations coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park. New York Times, March 27, 2015

A NoLIta Condo by the Architect Tadao Ando The revered Japanese architect has designed his first building in New York, a seven-story condo rising at 152 Elizabeth Street. New York Times, March 27, 2015


The most extensive private Canadiana collection is up for auction 3 As Dennis Reid, former chief curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario, remarked in 2009: “Peter, I think in many cases, was there before us” – “us” being Canadian museums and galleries. It wasn’t until the 1970s that they began to play catch-up. Or at least tried to. Globe and Mail, March 28, 2015

British Museum to Open Gallery Dedicated to Islamic Art The new gallery will include sections devoted to Islamic art before 1500 as well as three 16th-century Islamic dynasties. New York Times, March 27, 2015

Dufftown, Scotland

Jon Sasaki to Build Airplane in Scotland

The artist will take DIY to new heights this summer during the Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Program in Dufftown, Scotland, building a plane based on plans in the November 1981 issue of Popular Mechanics. Canadian Art, March 26, 2015


Vienna museum director calls for time limit on Nazi-loot restitution claims But critics say the focus should be on how provenance research can be carried out efficiently and rapidly. The Art Newspaper, March 30, 2015


Málaga’s mayor wins race to open Russian museum and pop-up Pompidou Politician was determined to launch satellite of Paris and St Petersburg museums by end of month. The Art Newspaper, March 26, 2015


Digital revolution brings new edge to Helsinki museum designs Witness the competition for the next proposed Guggenheim museum, in Helsinki. It attracted 1,715 entries online, arguably the largest number ever in an architectural competition. The winners flooded social media and were picked over on design blogs within hours. If one is built, it will likely employ complex geometries rendered with the help of robots. Globe and Mail, March 28, 2015


Political unrest forces museums and cultural centres to close in Yemen Many artists have left the country, but those who have stayed are becoming increasingly resourceful. The Art Newspaper, March 30, 2015


Are selfies a boon or blight to museums? But even the Van Gogh Museum had to make a move to accommodate those who want to take selfies. Its staff has put up enlarged replicas of the most popular paintings in a special room in the gallery where the selfie-takers can snap away to their heart’s content. CBC, March 28, 2015


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