Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 13, 2010
Like everything else in Vancouver, the VAG imbroglio is all about real estate. The debate surrounding the relocation of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) has turned a discussion on art into a power play of words. BC Business, July 7, 2010
“The Vancouver Art Gallery and its backers appear to be facing insurmountable obstacles in their plan to build a $350-to $400-million new gallery, the most serious of which is near total public disinterest.” The Province (editorial) July 9, 2010
Emily Carr comes out of ‘the broom closet’
Emily Carr was getting on in years, and needed to make decisions about where her best paintings would wind up. As she planned her estate, she and Group of Seven member Lawren Harris – a friend and mentor – selected works for what would come to be known as the Emily Carr Trust. Globe and Mail, July 10, 2010
Glover’s Harbour, Newfoundland
A famous Newfoundland sea monster will soon occupy a space normally reserved for Canada's Queen.
Glover's Harbour's giant roadside squid statue has been chosen to appear on a new Canadian stamp. CBC, July 9, 2010
An exhibition at the National Gallery in London about the chemistry of painting suggests how elusive art is. New York Times, July 13, 2010
"Many are heirlooms and are being sold at auction - often to foreign bidders - to pay for the renovation and upkeep of country homes. Cuts in government spending have raised concerns that treasure with heritage value will increasingly be sold abroad as museums and galleries are unable to afford them." The Independent (UK) July 12, 2010
"Apparently, it is a triumph for Turner that an art market bloated beyond sanity has decided his painting is worth something, and a marvellous day for Britain that a painting on view for decades at one of our free public museums will now be spirited away to LA." The Guardian (UK) July 12, 2010
"To use the language of the 18th-century economist Adam Smith, the value of the arts 'in use' precedes their value 'in exchange'. Once something is deemed desirable, the market can indeed establish its commercial price. But although the market can trade in the products of culture, it cannot express the value of culture as a process, or what it does." The Art Newspaper, July 6, 2010
Two art-world figures in Moscow are fined for showing sacrilegious works. New York Times, July 13, 2010
The New South Wales government has called for bids for a project to improve pedestrian safety in the area around the Sydney Opera House. There is an accident almost every day at the venue, which is visited by 7.4 million people annually.
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