Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 28, 2010



In 1916, two friends and artists from Ontario, both in their thirties, stood roughly shoulder to shoulder in their accomplishments as both worked to combine the new European way of painting and their native landscape into a uniquely Canadian body of art.  Is Tom Thomson’s cachet fading?  National Post, May 28, 2010



Artist Ian Johnston explores the theme of mass production in Transnational Absolute

Originally trained as an architect, Johnston's art reflects both his architectural background and the far-flung residencies he’s undertaken, in Europe and especially China.  Georgia Straight, May 25, 2010



Aga Khan plans Islamic art centre in Toronto

The Aga Khan, head of the world's Ismaili Muslim community, will be in Toronto to break ground on the construction of the Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture.  CBC, May 28, 2010


New York

A Gathering of Women With Cameras

MoMA’s gender demographics have changed, and this spring there are two permanent collection shows devoted almost entirely to female artists.  New York Times, May 28, 2010


Take Me Out to the Big Show in Queens

 “Greater New York” at MoMA P.S. 1, which surveys work by emerging artists, is fueled by diffuse artistic energy and inexplicable optimism. New York Times, May 28, 2010


The Curse of Bigness’

The Queens Museum of Art curator Larissa Harris has squeezed a small but philosophically ambitious show about size and scale into leftover spaces while the museum undergoes a major expansion. New York Times, May 28, 2010



Is Norman Foster The World's Most Important Architect? His latest buildings and city plans are redefining life and environmental conditions in the world's fastest growing economies, where legions of steroidal architectural implants recall the novelist Norman Mailer's warning in 1964 about Modernist architecture's "empty landscapes of psychosis". The Independent (UK) May 28, 2010


150 Years Of Voyeurism At Tate Modern

"More than 250 photographs and films of celebrities, and ordinary people doing ordinary, or more often, extraordinary things, when they thought they were unobserved, play provocatively with the idea of the forbidden gaze. Spanning the 1850s to today, [the exhibition is] like a history of the photographic invasion of privacy." The Times (UK) May 27, 2010



Rome's new contemporary art museum set to open

The doors to a new massive contemporary arts and architecture museum in Rome were opened to the media on Thursday, ahead of the official public opening Sunday. The $225-million US MAXXI museum, designed by award-winning Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, sits on the grounds of a former military barracks in the city's historic centre.  CBC, May 28, 2010

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