Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 30, 2015


Bold design proposal for new VAG features stacked wooden boxes. The outside-the-box conceptual design for a new Vancouver Art Gallery resembles a series of different-sized boxes stacked on top of each other – a building wrapped in wood that’s designed to stand out from its city of glass surroundings. Globe & Mail, September 29, 2015

VAG design proposal will change the way Vancouver thinks about its architecture. You descend below ground, and then rise up into the air. This is how the architects Herzog and de Meuron imagine visitors will enter the new Vancouver Art Gallery. If the scheme is ever realized – and even if it isn’t – that unusual promenade will change the way the city thinks about its architecture. Globe & Mail, September 29, 2015

New Design for Vancouver Art Gallery Unveiled. The 310,000-square-foot building features more than 85,000 square feet of exhibition space—more than double the museum’s current size — and a new education center with a 350-seat auditorium, workshops and a resource center for research, library services and artist archives. Arts Beat, New York Times, September 29, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery Reveals New Building Design. Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron revealed their conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery building this morning. Canadian Art, September 29, 2015

New conceptual design for Vancouver Art Gallery. The Vancouver Art Gallery proposes to build a distinctive and dynamic new building on site being used as a parking lot across from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on West Georgia. Includes Vancouver Sun, September 29, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery seeks $150 million in private funding. The Vancouver Art Gallery officially kicked off an ambitious plan Monday to raise $150 million in private funding for its newly designed future home, seeded with $23 million it has obtained from its 20 board members. Vancouver Sun, September 29, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery conceptual design highlights wood, huge public courtyard, and natural light. What’s the most provocative material you could use for a new architectural landmark in this city of glass and steel? What would make it most stand apart here? In the case of the just-unveiled conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, it turns out to be traditional warm wood, almost from top to bottom of the sculptural complex that will sit at West Georgia and Cambie streets. Georgia Straight, September 29, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery’s new design revealed. The 20-storey, 310,000-square-foot wood design speaks to the city’s heritage, Vancouver artist Jeff Wall said at the unveiling on Tuesday morning. CBC News, September 29, 2015

Proposed new $350M Vancouver Art Gallery finally has a design — now to find the money. Framed by a one-storey structure at ground level, on a forlorn downtown lot offered at no cost by the city of Vancouver, the proposed new Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) and its seven-storey main tower seem extraordinary. National Post, September 29, 2015

Current premises of Vancouver Art Gallery would be preferred new home of Museum of Vancouver. If it all goes well for the Vancouver Art Gallery in its quest for a new, bigger home several blocks east of the existing gallery, several other arts community players have expressed an interest in taking over the gallery’s old home in the remodelled courthouse building at Georgia and Hornby. The Province, September 29, 2015

Drop by the Library to see our collection articles about the new Vancouver Art Gallery from more news sources.

“Residue” Crowds the Vancouver Art Gallery. Describing the documentary impulse of his exhibition “Residue: The Persistence of the Real, Vancouver Art Gallery curator Grant Arnold identified a common interest in the artists’ use of historic photographic methods to articulate a present truth. Canadian Art, September 30, 2015

Vancouver designates First Shaughnessy a heritage area A luxury neighbourhood of grand old homes and lush greenery is being designated as Vancouver’s first-ever heritage conservation area in an effort to halt a tide of demolitions and assuage fears that the city is being wrecked by a brash new group of home buyers who do not care about its history. Globe and Mail, September 29, 2015

Art this week: BC Almanac(h) C-B, Limited Time Library and more. Presentation House has now republished BC Almanac(h) C-B and reoriented the initial exhibition to include new examples of print culture. Other exhibitions include: Bratsa Bonifacho at Bau-Xi and Abbey Hopkins and Catherine de Montreuil have curated a library of books from the shelves of local artists at Unit/Pitt. Vancouver Sun, September 30, 2015


Eric Fischl Interviewed: Art’s Bad Boy Looks Back Eric Fischl visited Ottawa a few weeks ago to give a talk at the National Gallery of Canada as part of Contemporary Conversations—the NGC series co-presented by the US Embassy Ottawa and the US Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies. Fischl spoke with David Balzer on the evening of the lecture—also the evening before the 14th anniversary of 9/11—about the resonance of Tumbling Woman, humanism in contemporary art, recession and more. Canadian Art, September 28, 2015


David Staples: Edmonton artist Barbara Paterson a sculptor of iconic individuals — and dogs. unveiled just last week at the University of Alberta, Barbara Paterson’s bronze of Alberta’s first premier, Alexander Rutherford, and the U of A’s first president, Henry Marshall Tory. They are shown looking over a campus blueprint, envisioning the future. Edmonton Journal, September 29, 2015


N.S. art gallery seeks help to generate funds over next four years. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is on the hunt for someone to shake the region’s money trees. The gallery will soon advertise for a new position called chief advancement officer. The four-year personal services contract will pay $113,000 per year, with the money coming from the gallery’s existing operating budget. The Chronicle Herald, September 29, 2015

Los Angeles

What We Can Learn From The Art In Eli Broad’s Vault “Listen to Eli Broad, and it’s a great sin for museums to have art in storage. That’s why he built his own museum (with 1700+ works in storage). Storage is a fact of life with a contemporary collection, where tastes change quickly. Nobody buys 11 Taaffes thinking they’re all going to be on permanent display or constantly on loan. And nobody knows what art-of-our-time will resonate 50 or 100 years hence. A few of today’s artists and works will survive the winnowing of history. Everything else will be in storage.” Artinfo, September 28, 2015


Star Wars creator’s museum buys sprawling work by US cartoonist Robert Crumb’s illustration of Bible chapters to go on show in George Lucas’s space in Chicago. The Art Newspaper, September 30, 2015

New York

Nicole Eisenman Savors Her MacArthur Moment The painter talks about learning that she had received a MacArthur fellowship and the way forward. New York Times, September 29, 2015

Frida Kahlo Show Set to Break Attendance Record at New York Botanical Garden “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” is expected to draw more than half a million people to the New York Botanical Garden. New York Times, September 29, 2015

Ionel Talpazan, Whose U.F.O. Art Had Sightings All Over, Dies at 60 Mr. Talpazan, who said he had an encounter with a U.F.O. in Romania when he was young, sold his visionary works on the sidewalks of Manhattan before being discovered in the late 1980s. New York Times, September 29, 2015

Jim Shaw’s Odd Career to Unfold at New Museum With “Jim Shaw: The End Is Near,” the Los Angeles artist will finally receive a comprehensive museum exhibition in New York. New York Times, September 30, 2015


Visitors down 35% as National Gallery strike continues Half the museum’s rooms have been closed since August. The Art Newspaper, September 30, 2015


France and The Netherlands to share ownership of Rembrandt portraits Masterpieces will be exhibited together, alternating between the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre. The Art Newspaper, September 30, 2015


Is A Restoration Damaging Chartres Cathedral? “According to author Stefan Evans, the restoration has made the cathedral’s interior look like it was built just yesterday. Its walls and vaulted ceilings have been covered with historically inaccurate paint and plaster. And many architectural nuances — for instance, the fact the north tower was constructed in the 16th century in a different style from the rest of the church — have become imperceivable.” Hyperallergic, September 23, 2015

Saudi Arabia

Can Art Dissuade Young Saudis From Radical Islamism? This Artist Is Trying “We need to invest in these young people before ISIS does,’ says Abdulnasser Gharem, a former lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Arabian army, sipping a glass of water in the Tate during a flying visit to London. ‘They have energy and have little to do in their own country – so what would you expect them to do?’” The Guardian, September 28, 2015


The Art World Seems To Have Fallen Under The Spell Of Marketers (Pssst! Don’t Listen To Them) “At the risk of being dismissed as naïve, I’ll repeat: it takes eyes, ears, brains, and passion — not an art market degree — to run a culturally meaningful gallery. The problem with the ever-growing barrage of marketing schemes lies in the sentence they all open with: “Art is like any other business.” It isn’t. No two artists require the same approach; I have as many hats as I have artists. If only I was in the business of selling hats.” Hyperallergic, September 25, 2015

Why Have There Been No Great Women Bad-Boy Artists? There Have Been, Of Course. Says Jerry Saltz, But The Art World Has Refused To Recognize Them “Dana Schutz and Katherine Bernhardt are among the liveliest American painters to emerge in this country in 15 years, and both opened big new shows over two nights a few weeks ago. Before we get to the exhibitions, a little history to help explain why the reputations of these two painters have careened so much over that time – they’ve been celebrated, passed over for big shows, and become dark horses, all while helping to shape the current charismatic painting moment.” New York Magazine, September 29, 2015

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