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


Author and artist Douglas Coupland reflects on our loss of freedom Mr. Coupland…is doing a project for Simons… Called 3DCanada, the project has Mr. Coupland scanning customers at Simons stores across the country and using 3-D printers to create busts from those scans – and then creating what he calls a portrait of Canada. During our conversation, we also discussed his current appointment as artist-in-residence at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris. The author and visual artist arrived in Paris last February, shortly after the attacks at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store. The Globe and Mail, November 17, 2015.


Stephen Wilkes: Photography is dead? Hogwash. Still photography was dead, or so they said. Ubiquitous video would make still photography obsolete, anachronistic, unnecessary. “To me, this is the most exciting moment in the history of photography. The potential to explore things that we’ve never done in a still photograph are so great,” Ottawa Citizen, November 16, 2015.

New York

File Conversion: Austin Lee Goes From iPad to Canvas in a New Show at Postmasters To make his paintings of embracing lovers and running horses, Austin Lee relies on a series of “and thens.” First he makes a drawing on his iPad, and then he exports that sketch to Photoshop, and then he prints the Photoshop mock-up, and then he paints it. “I guess it’s never been a one-way track,” the 32-year-old artist said as we sat in front of Postmasters, a gallery in Manhattan’s TriBeCa district where Lee was installing his newest show, “Nothing Personal.” ARTnews, November 17, 2015.

Los Angeles

Berlin on the Pacific: Sprüth Magers Expands to Los Angeles On the stretch of Wilshire Boulevard opposite the Los Angeles County Museum of Art there sits a large slab of the Berlin Wall. Contrary to that old Missing Persons song—“nobody walks in L.A.!”—people were bustling about in front of it on an afternoon in September. ARTnews, November 17, 2015


Crystal Bridges Museum Acquires Record-Setting Work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres Bentonville, Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced today that it has acquired Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (L.A.), 1991, which sold last week at Christie’s postwar and contemporary evening sale for $7,669,000, a record for the late artist. ARTnews, November 16, 2015.


Early Artworks by Lucian Freud Given to National Portrait Gallery A rare collection of 162 childhood drawings; 47 sketchbooks from the 1940s to 2011; and letters and book cover designs by the artist Lucian Freud, who died in 2011, have been given to Britain in lieu of 2.9 million British pounds, or $4.41 million in inheritance tax by the Freud estate. The New York Times, November 16, 2015.

Museum of Modern Art Returns German Artwork to Heirs of Jewish Collector The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer collection was one of the most important collections of Expressionist art assembled in pre-Nazi Germany. A… painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner at the Museum of Modern Art will be returned to the heirs of the German art collector Max Fischer, the museum announced Monday. The New York Times, November 16, 2015.


Painting, IRL: New Show in Munich Aims to Revise the History of Postwar Painting For years, many serious-minded academics specializing in postwar art ignored the medium when not outright attacking it. The curators of a new exhibition titled “Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age,” which runs at Munich’s Museum Brandhorst through April 30, aim to do no less than “revise the history of painting since 1960.” ARTnews, November 17, 2015.

Oslo, Norway

Norwegian artist to create new work two years after paintings removed over associations with Anders Breivik massacre Vanessa Baird, the winner of this year’s Norwegian Lorck Schive prize, is creating new murals for the ministry of health in Oslo, two years after her paintings were removed from the government building over complaints they reminded employees of the 2011 terror attack carried out by Anders Behring Breivik. Despite being created before the attack, the paintings were taken down and installed in the headquarters of the Arts Council Norway. The Art Newspaper, November 17, 2015.


With Modigliani Purchase, Chinese Billionaire Dreams of Bigger Canvas “Every museum dreams of having a Modigliani nude,” Mr. Liu said. “Now, a Chinese museum has a globally recognized masterpiece, and my fellow countrymen no longer have to leave the country to see a Western masterpiece. I feel very proud about that.” The couple who bought the Modigliani at a Christie’s auction last week said they hoped to transform their museum in Shanghai into a world-class destination. The New York Times, November 17, 2015.

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