Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 7-9, 2010


Olympic Village discards recast as public art

“In Vancouver, a generic strip of half-paved wasteland next to the Olympic Village has become a piece of interactive public art.  The transformation is coming at the request of Vancouver curator Barbara Cole and at the hands of Folke Koebberling and Martin Kaltwasser, two Berlin-based artists who've gained international attention through their conceptual approach to public spaces.”  Vancouver Sun, August 7, 2010


Arms and crafts: Return of the Samurai

“A new show in Victoria reveals the cold steel and adornments of samurai armour.” Globe & Mail, August 9, 2010


Plugging into walls – and everyday ephemera

Exhibitions reviewed include: Kunstkammer/Wunderkammer at Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Allison Freeman at Angell Gallery, and Svava Thordis Juliusson at Stantec Window Gallery.   Globe & Mail, August 7, 2010


Pop! go the modern-art clichés

“The most delicious irony in Pop Life: Art in a Material World – a National Gallery exhibition slathered in irony, the sarcastic Krazy Glue that held the turbulent 1980s and nineties together – is that the show is much smarter, deeper, and revealing than its glitzy marketing imagery leads the distracted ticket buyer to believe.” Globe & Mail, August 7, 2010

Mission mural tackles graffiti and street life

“This weekend, a group of young artists began to transform the time-stained and graffiti-ridden back wall of the Ottawa Mission into a colourful mural depicting the different generations of homeless people who live on the city's streets.”  Ottawa Citizen, August 7, 2010


Picture this: Business gets artistic in Montreal

“The corporate managers most likely to prosper are those who conduct themselves more like artists, innovating and responding quickly to stimulus.  That's the contention of McGill University professor Nancy Adler who, in addition to teaching at the Desautels Faculty of Management, is an accomplished painter whose first solo show opens at a Montreal gallery next month.”  Montreal Gazette, August 7, 2010

Prince Edward Island

P.E.I. arts groups share $700K from Ottawa

“Thirty seven arts groups on P.E.I. were the beneficiaries of federal largesse over the weekend during a visit from Heritage Minister James Moore.  Moore announced a total of $704,272 under a variety of programs. The largest single grant was $101,161 to the Mi'kmaq Confederacy for a mobile display unit under the Museums Assistance Program.”  CBC News, August 9, 2010

New York

American Folk Art Museum Fights for Survival  

"Six months after disclosing that it could no longer make payments on the $32 million it borrowed through a bond issue to finance the building, the museum is still in protracted negotiations to restructure its debt with the company that insured its bonds."  The New York Times, August 8, 2010

The Hand of a Master Architect

“A huge and previously unknown trove of archival material from Philip Johnson's architectural practice — including his hand-drawn sketches for towers that helped define postmodern architecture — is to be put up for sale by one of Johnson’s former partners, who has had them in storage for years.”  New York Times, August 8, 2010

The women behind the camera

“”Pictures by Women” at MoMA, confronts the notion of “pictures of women,” particularly the exaggerated imagery made by men for men and picture-making that’s as far from the domestic circle as can be imagined.” Toronto Star, August 6, 2010

Los Angeles

LA City Council Approves Broad Museum

 "The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Eli Broad's downtown museum Friday, a step closer for the estimated $80-million-to-$100-million structure to house 2,000-plus contemporary artworks he and his wife Edythe have collected." Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2010

Somerville (Boston)

A Museum for Bad Art

"What we look for are pieces of work that are produced in an attempt to make some sort of artistic statement -- but clearly something has gone wrong. There has to be something about it that makes you stop, and very often wonder why the artist continued down the path to produce what he or she did." NPR, August 7, 2010


In Australia, Art Blockbusters Lose Money

 "At the NGV, blockbusters cost between $3.5 million and $4.5m each. But unlike a Hollywood blockbuster which can underpin studio operations for a year, figures obtained by The Australian reveal the galleries generate mixed returns from their blockbuster exhibitions." The Australian, August 9, 2010


Architecture Experts Weigh In: Our Best Buildings

"We asked the world's leading architects, critics, and deans of architecture schools two questions: what are the five most important buildings, bridges, or monuments constructed since 1980, and what is the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century?" Vanity Fair, August 2010.

Plum Benefit to Cultural Post: Tax-Free Housing

“A survey by the Association of Art Museum Directors this year found that 14 percent of its member organizations provide housing to staff, though how many treat it as a nontaxable benefit is unclear.”  New York Times, August 8, 2010