Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 24-27, 2015


Jacques Herzog speaks at the Vancouver Art Gallery Award-winning architect Jacques Herzog of Herzog & de Meuron will present a lecture at 7:30pm, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver—a complement to the current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Canadian Architect, April 26, 2015

VAG’s good intentions could earn leniency on funding deadline A funding deadline imposed by the city for a new Vancouver Art Gallery will come and go next week without the VAG raising the required money – $150-million – and likely without an official extension. But both sides say progress is being made, so even without a formal deadline postponement, the VAG will have more time to work on its plan. Globe and Mail, April 24, 2015

VAG’s broken promises anger city hall It is a train wreck waiting to happen, the Titanic heading for that iceberg. Pick your metaphor to describe the current state of plans to build a new Vancouver Art Gallery. With the deadline in the agreement with the city just a few days away, the probability of the VAG project succeeding is slim to none. Vancouver Courier, April 23, 2015

Exposure to art can help improve a doctor’s skills and soul, studies show Carol Ann Courneya, assistant dean of student affairs at the University of British Columbia’s medical school, points to studies that suggest exposure to art makes physicians better communicators, more empathetic and enhances their diagnostic skills. Globe and Mail, April 24, 2015

Angela Grossmann’s women provoke strong responses In 1985, she was one of eight artists in the influential Young Romantics exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, April 24, 2015


Why we love the art we love: Sarah Milroy on the reach of Emily Carr The Globe and Wondereur will approach radically different minds engaged in culture across the country and around the world. Each month, we will ask them to share with us the work of a contemporary Canadian artist who deeply touches them. This month, Globe Arts editor Jared Bland talks to Sarah Milroy, art critic and curator of the exhibition From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia, currently showing at the Art Gallery of Ontario, about the the work of Carr and that of Milroy’s chosen contemporary artist, Charles Stankievech. Globe and Mail, April 24, 2015

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival unleashed A look at five of the 200-plus exhibits that are part of Toronto’s annual photographic free-for-all. Toronto Star, April 27, 2015

Art school of hard knocks As OCAD hosts its 100th graduating students’ exhibit, gallerist Jamie Angell shares straight talk about making it as an artist. Toronto Star, April 23, 2015


UTM’s innovation centre shows the fine design line between good and great Big dreams, and then smaller ones. This has been the rhythm by which Canadian universities have been built over the past four decades, and you can read this history clearly on the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. Globe and Mail, April 17, 2015

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Temple Chooses Koolhaas for a Grand Expansion Wilshire Boulevard Temple, famous for its ornate 1929 synagogue, wants the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to design a new building for special events. New York Times, April 23, 2015


Reputed Mobster May Be Last Link to Gardner Museum Art Heist Robert Gentile may be the last living person who can locate the masterpieces taken in the largest art heist in American history, investigators say. New York Times, April 24, 2015

New York

Review: New Whitney Museum’s First Show, ‘America Is Hard to See’ The inaugural show at the new home of Whitney Museum of American Art offers a carefully judged musing on its institutional past. New York Times, April 23, 2015

A Dozen Works of Art to Be Displayed in Lights on the Empire State Building A Warhol and a Rothko from the collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art will be among the works reimagined on the “biggest gallery in the world.” New York Times, April 26, 2015

An Art Critic Skewers The MoMA Björk Show, In Verse Akin To The Vapid Audio Guide“The girl continues, step by step,the critic girl, girl criticlistening to the audio guide, with its stories that are free, so free —free of context, free of facts, free even of the lava girl’s name,a lava girl, in the shadow of 50, still being described as a ‘girl.’” Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2015

Ellis Island Immigration Museum Is (Finally?) Getting An Update Though it used to end the immigration story in 1954, “the museum will leap more than 60 years forward with the opening of two new galleries in what had once been the station’s kitchen and laundry. They pick up the narrative where it was left off.” New York Times, April 27, 2015

United States

Tax Break Used by Investors in Flipping Art Faces Scrutiny As more savvy buyers use art to put off and sometimes avoid taxes under the like-kind exchange rule, the Obama administration wants to curb the practice. New York Times, April 26, 2015


At London’s V&A, Defining Luxury — and Predicting Its Future A new exhibition at the museum brings together more than 100 gorgeous objects (and contextualizes them). New York Times, April 24, 2015


Review: ‘The Great Museum,’ a Stroll Through the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna Johannes Holzhausen’s film subtly raises the question of how centuries-old art should be presented to a modern audience. New York Times, April 23, 2015


Kiev Biennial finds a new venue and international support Second edition to open at the Visual Culture Research Center in September with related projects across Europe, curators say. The Art Newspaper, April 27, 2015


Nepal’s most important heritage feared destroyed by catastrophic earthquake Unesco assesses damage to Kathmandu Valley’s World Heritage Sites and Italy offers expert help. The Art Newspaper, April 27, 2015


Contemporary Art in Kyoto The exhibition “Parasophia” in Kyoto, Japan, includes works by the American artists Brandt Junceau and Lisa Anne Auerbach. New York Times, April 23, 2015


Cai Guo-Qiang Explains What’s Missing In Contemporary Chinese Art “The first few times the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang tried to make gunpowder drawings, his art caught on fire—literally. His early method involved hanging blank canvases and oil paintings on the wall and throwing rocket fireworks at them.” Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2015


The Digital Future: How Museums Measure Up Dozens of museums are using digital technology to engage visitors and make collections more accessible, including the Worcester Art Museum, which has invited visitors to write their own wall labels. New York Times, April 23, 2015

Why Museums Need To Partner With – Not Just Consult – Native Peoples For ‘Native American’ Exhibits “Asserting Native voice in the exhibition is represented by gigantic blow-up photographs of Native people in the exhibition, quotes, videos, interviews, representation in the gift shop, participation in the catalog, is inaccurate and disingenuous.” Indian Country Today, April 25, 2015

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