Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 22-25, 2010



The Vancouver Art Gallery debate is a blank canvas
At 7 pm on Thursday, a two-hour symposium was held in the subterranean Robson Square theatre to discuss.  Vancouver Sun, May 22, 2010


Should it stay or should it go? Forum on future of Vancouver Art Gallery draws no conclusions
The issue "has become a hotly-debated preoccupation of the city's chattering classes since the gallery indicated its desire to move to a site a few blocks east of its current location." Globe and Mail, May 22, 2010  


Debating the merits of Larwill Park as the VAG's new home ...

In its heyday, Larwill Park was a centre of life in the city, home to games of baseball, lacrosse, football and cricket; the site of political demonstrations, rallies, fairs and concerts; and a marshalling field and drill ground for troops. Parades, carnivals, Ferris wheels, sports and politics animated a site once dedicated to fun in a city not well known for it.  City Caucus (blog), May 24, 2010


Split the art gallery collections like London and Paris do
Letter to the editor by Paul Paquette.  Vancouver Sun, May 25, 2010  


Robert Bateman's joy and struggle
The National Gallery doesn't have a Bateman nor does the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Vancouver Art Gallery. VAG's director Kathleen Bartels declined to comment on Bateman’s work, referring me to Tom Smart, director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Vancouver Sun, May 22, 2010


Vancouver and Toronto

Snow in spring? Now that’s green
The financial markets remain jittery and the troubles in Europe could send the world’s economy into a tailspin. But all that seems to have little impact on the resale market for fine Canadian art.  Globe and Mail, May 25, 2010


Canada's spring auctions feature collectors' art

An exciting batch of rare Canadian artworks — recently unearthed from several noted collections — will be among the pieces for sale during Canada's spring auction season.  CBC, May 21, 2010



There’s been a (re)hanging at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection just northwest of Toronto in the village of Kleinburg. To mark the 90th anniversary of the inauguration of the Group of Seven, a team of three curators has rearranged the placement of the collection.  Globe and Mail, May 24, 2010



College and sculptor resolve dispute over destroyed art
A settlement has been reached in a long-standing dispute between the family of renowned Canadian sculptor Haydn Davies and the Ontario community college that razed one of Davies’ most famous outdoor works.  Globe and Mail, May 22, 2010



AGO reaches tentative deal with union

Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario will be fully open to visitors on the long weekend after a tentative agreement was reached with workers, averting a strike.  CBC, May 21, 2010


Los Angeles

Eli Broad Said to Pick Site for New Museum

The philanthropist and collector Eli Broad is said to be focusing on a downtown Los Angeles location.  New York times, May 25, 2010


Eli Broad Sizes Up International Architects For His Museum

“No matter that he doesn't have the go-ahead yet for the downtown Los Angeles site. "Even as he continues to negotiate with city and county officials," he is courting "blue-chip architects. Of the six architects asked to prepare preliminary museum designs this month for the site on the corner of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street, four are winners of the Pritzker Prize...." Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2010



Art Institute Of Chicago Lays Off 65, Mainly In Security

"President and director James Cuno announced in a town hall-style meeting Thursday that approximately 50 security managers would be relieved, with the option to re-apply for their positions. An additional 15 staff members, or 2 percent of the museum's total staff, were laid off within departments ranging from museum education to retail operations and the facility's physical plant." Chicago Tribune, May 24, 2010


New York

The Joys of Jumpology

The photographer Philippe Halsman, whose portraits are at Laurence Miller Gallery, got his subjects to drop their masks by jumping. New York Times, May 22, 2010


Arthur C. Danto On Sitting Opposite Marina Abramovic

"Marina leaned her head back at a slight angle, and to one side. She fixed her eyes on me without -- so it seemed -- any longer seeing me. It was as if she had entered another state. I was outside her gaze. Her face took on the translucence of fine porcelain. She was luminous without being incandescent." The New York Times, May 23, 2010


In Palladio's Own Hand

Ada Louise Huxtable: "Seeing the original ink-and-wash drawings made almost 500 years ago, with Palladio's handwritten notes, often done on the site, erases the centuries; they create a miraculous fusion of the distant past and immediate present, a kind of aesthetic time warp that brings the man and his moment wonderfully alive." (Exhibition at the Morgan Library) Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2010


United States

Are US Museums Safe From Mega-Heists?
The vastness of the nation helps to protect them. "Let's say you hit the National Gallery -- you gonna escape to Baltimore?" asks the founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team. "If you rob a museum in Philadelphia, where you gonna go -- Camden? Countries in Europe are so close, and you have open borders and unarmed guards." Washington Post, May 25, 2010



Can Saatchi Reprise His Success With A New Generation?

"This is not the first time that [Charles] Saatchi has tried to repeat his trick." But unlike the Young British Artists the collector propelled to fame with "Sensation" 13 years ago, the artists he now embraces are not "a brandable group of the sort that can easily be pushed -- ready packaged -- on to the public." The Times (UK), May 24, 2010



France: Paris Mayor Demands Investigation Into Art Theft

Mayor Bertrand Delanoë of Paris demanded an internal investigation into this week’s theft of five paintings from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.   New York Times, May 22, 2010







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