Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 7, 2015


Reward offered for painting stolen from Penticton auction A reward is being offered to help find a painting that went missing after an auction at the Penticton Art Gallery. Penticton Herald, July 6, 2015


Ice age fossils and their lessons, from the Royal B.C. Museum Discovering new fossils in British Columbia is sometimes as easy as taking a walk along the beach, said Richard Hebda, curator of botany and earth science at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. CBC, July 5, 2015

Salt Spring Island

Robin Page obituary | Art and design | The Guardian At 63, diagnosed with macular degeneration, he returned to Canada and, in the year of Roth’s death, settled in Nova Scotia. The idea was to divide his time between there and Europe, although, as he said, “the plan never took off”, and his career went into a decline. When his wife, Carol (nee Hodgkins), died of a brain haemorrhage in 2006, Page moved to British Columbia to be near his daughter, Rachel, from a previous marriage to the photographer Raissa Smilis. Rachel survives him. The Guardian, July 3, 2015

Don Mills

Pan Am flame lights up Aga Khan Park’s debut The flame for the Pan Am games was a big attraction in the city Sunday, but first the people of Don Mills had a park to welcome. Visitors to the first major public event at the beautiful Aga Khan Park had plenty to enjoy. The park, located between the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, has reflecting pools, green spaces and trees. Metro News, July 6, 2015


Toronto Biennial: An idea whose time has come, or gone? The city moves to travel down a well-trod path, but is it too late? Toronto Star, July 3, 2015

Douglas Coupland to use 3-D images of Canadians in new sculpture project Everywhere and anywhere, Douglas Coupland takes over Toronto Canadians will be the stars of Douglas Coupland’s new art project set to be showcased at fashion retailer Simons. The renowned Vancouver-based novelist and artist has announced the launch of 3DCanada, a crowdsourced art initiative. Globe and Mail, July 6, 2015

From Marilyn to less-known works, Andy Warhol’s genius is on display For only $10, Revolver Gallery offers some predictable works of Warhol, alongside a few surprising gems. Toronto Star, July 1, 2015


Musées nationaux: nouvelle vague de restrictions budgétaires Pour la quatrième année consécutive, le programme d’aide au fonctionnement des musées nationaux du Québec est amputé. En 2015-2016, les nouvelles restrictions budgétaires représentent 3 %. Dans ce contexte, des institutions muséales sont forcées de reporter des expositions, de ne pas pourvoir plus d’une dizaine de postes vacants et de refuser temporairement des dons d’oeuvres. La Presse, July 4, 2015

Los Angeles

Move-In Day At The Broad Art Museum Is Taking Months “About half of the Broad’s 2,000 artworks have made their way from warehouses around the city, where they had been stored by museum founders Eli and Edythe Broad. Now all this postwar and contemporary art, by some of the most recognizable names of the last 40 years, is heading to a single place for the first time. An inaugural exhibition will consist of 200 pieces, and the remainder of the collection will be stored in a museum vault that was constructed so that visitors can peer inside.” Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2015

New York

Studio Museum in Harlem to build new home from the ground up David Adjaye-designed gallery aims to reflect institution’s roots. The Art Newspaper, July 7, 2015

San Miguel

SAN MIGUEL: Western Canada’s connection to Mexico Hundreds of leftist bohemians from Canada and the United States came to San Miguel after the Second World War to study art at the Escuela, founded with the help of U.S. painter Stirling Dickinson in 1938, and later, the Instituto Allende, when it became the favoured art school. Gallerieswest, July 2015

Sal Paulo

White Cube to close São Paulo gallery after three-year lease ends Gallery will focus on special projects in Brazil. The Art Newspaper, July 6, 2015


Art and design Turner painting to remain in Oxford after fundraising campaign A JMW Turner street scene described as the greatest painting of Oxford will remain in the city after the Ashmolean Museum raised the money to buy it in just four weeks. The High Street, Oxford, by Turner, was left to the British nation in lieu of inheritance tax, but its value of £3.5m was more than the tax due. That led to a fundraising campaign by the Ashmolean, where the painting has been on loan from a private collection since 1997. The Guardian, July 7, 2015


Masked Intruders Try to Remove Artwork from London’s National Portrait Gallery On Sunday at London’s National Portrait Gallery, four masked men burst into the space, trying to take Frank Oriti’s painting Clarity, 2014, from the gallery wall, according to Lorena Muñoz-Alonso in Artnet. Alarm bells went off, causing the intruders to disperse. “Four men were later arrested in connection with the incident,” the National Portrait Gallery confirmed in a statement. ARTnews, July 7, 2015


Restoration work on Timbuktu’s historic tombs to finish this month Ancient sites were targeted by extremist groups. The Art Newspaper, July 6, 2015


An Innovative Library Lifts the Fortunes of a Chinese Town Li Xiaodong, a prize-winning architect, was inspired by the branches of local fruit trees, which he used to cover the Liyuan library’s roof and exterior walls. New York Times, July 6, 2015


The ARTnews 200 Top Collectors 25th Anniversary Edition. ARTnews, July 7, 2015 (Canadians on this list are: Steven and Michael Latner, Bob Rennie and David Thomson)

ISIS Is Selling Looted Antiquities On The Internet “The world went into shock earlier this year after Islamic State released videos of its bearded operatives smashing ancient artworks with sledgehammers and drills. But after U.S.-led airstrikes on refineries and tankers reduced the group’s $1 million daily oil revenue by nearly two-thirds, the razing gave way to looting for sale via eBay, Facebook and Whatsapp.” Bloomberg Business, June 28, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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