Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 26, 2010


Vancouver architects win Fallingwater contest

Patkau Architects of Vancouver has won the first design competition for new construction at the Fallingwater Institute, the site of U.S. master architect Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark home in southwestern Pennsylvania.  CBC, May 26, 2010


An inspiration to each other

British humour abounds in John Bishop’s garden. The much lauded restaurateur is celebrating at home on his back deck with longtime friend, renowned Canadian artist Alan Wood. There’s dual cause for celebration: Bishop’s restaurant just won the “ Regional” category of the Vancouver Food Awards, and Wood has just completed his latest body of work, which is inspired by the very garden in which they now sit.  Vancouver Sun, May 26, 2010


A visitor to the VAG reflects on its future

“It should be stocked with a permanent display of Canadian art treasures and the entrance fee should be halved. Once that has been attended to, we can vote on buying or leasing an annex to house visiting collections.”  Letter to the Editor by MARIA PARTON, Abbotsford , Vancouver Sun, May 26, 2010



’Images from the Likeness House’ offer glimpses into the past
In December, 1889, a Tsimshian chief kept an appointment at a photographer’s studio in Victoria. He wrote about the experience in his daily diary.  The image of the chief, whose Tsimshian title was Temks, is one of dozens of striking portraits to be found in a new book published by the Royal BC Museum.  Globe and Mail, May 26, 2010


It’s Canada’s gallery
Change is hard. It is also expensive. And, in the case of the National Gallery of Canada, it is overdue. Letter to the Editor by MARC MAYER (Marc Mayer is director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada.)  Ottawa Citizen, May 26, 2010


A lifetime of visual poetry
Duncan de Kergommeaux has reduced a lifetime of art to two red monochromatic rectangles, one the sky and the other a lake, separated by a thin white line representing a distant landfall.  (Review of an exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery)  Ottawa Citizen, May 24, 2010

San Francisco

Musée d’Orsay gets a big S.F. welcome
It was like running into old friends last week as we careened around the de Young galleries during the black-tie dinner that saluted the opening of the museum’s blockbuster exhibition, “Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces From the Musée d’Orsay.”  San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 2010



In Cleveland, a Frenzy to Prepare Antiquities

Next month the Cleveland Museum of Art will reopen galleries that have been closed for five years as part of an ambitious rebuilding program.   New York Times, May 26, 2010


New York

Whitney Museum Decides To Move Downtown
The museum's board "voted on Tuesday afternoon to begin construction on a building in the meatpacking district in Manhattan, to be completed by 2015, that will vastly increase the size and scope of the museum." New York Times, May 26, 2010



An Anthropologist Looks At The Art World

"In the art world, if you're cool, you write about the work itself," says Thornton, a Canadian who now lives in London. "To write about the trivial social world surrounding the art is not cool."  The Australian, May 21, 2010


Puncturing The Romantic Myths About Art Theft

"Hollywood has painted a picture of the art thief as glamorous, besuited Thomas Crowns, pilfering art for the thrill and challenge of it. But in the real world, it's a much less charming affair. ... In fact, most museum crooks are second-rate thugs that steal art because it packs so much value into such a compact and portable package." Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2010

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