Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 30, 2010


Robert Adams Retrospective Preview

A Robert Adams retrospective, [opening] at the Vancouver Art Gallery from September 25, 2010 through January 16, 2011, consists of “touring institutional exhibitions, paired with a series of painstakingly-produced books.” Daylight Magazine, August 22, 2010

Alliance for Arts and Culture says Kevin Krueger shouldn't feel "threatened"

“The Alliance for Arts and Culture has described recent accusations by Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Kevin Krueger as "regrettable.”Georgia Straight, August 27, 2010

Interview with Kevin Krueger

CBC Early Edition, podcast, August 26, 2010


Industrial Strength

“Ontario-raised, Alberta-based painter Paul Bernhardt is drawn to places that will never end up in a tourism brochure -- city power stations and rural oil fields for instance.  With his art showing at two Edmonton galleries (including the Alberta Biennial), Bernhardt talks to Leah Sandals about robots, road trips and remembering Darth Vader.” National Post, August 27, 2010


Required reading, but no longer required

“It’s official but not voluntary: Curator and art scholar Dennis Reid is retiring from the Art Gallery of Ontario.” Globe & Mail, August 27, 2010

 DX Black & White Fundraising Gala to honour graphic design icon Bruce Mau

“On Saturday, October 23, 2010 the Design Exchange (DX) in Toronto will host its 7th annual Black & White Fundraising Gala. This year’s event will honour visionary and world-leading innovator Bruce Mau, Chairman and Founder of Bruce Mau Design. Special guest Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery will present the 2010 honouree.” Canadian Architect, August 25, 2010

Lights, camera ... wait, here are my canvases

“Julian Schnabel’s new film, Miral, will soon hit TIFF screens, but first he has some paintings to show off.” Globe & Mail, August 28, 2010

New York

The Hotel as Art Gallery

“The James, a sleekly designed hotel rising over Grand Street in SoHo, will open for business on Wednesday with all the support staff a guest could expect: a concierge, receptionists, bellhops, chambermaids, parking valets. All that, and one helping hand a guest might not expect: a hotel art curator.” New York Times, August 29, 2010


'The thought of getting to live there is so exciting I can barely sleep'

“More than 1,500 people from all 50 states and more distant places including Antarctica and Australia applied to spend a Month at the Museum, an immersion experience that lets the winner roam the museum freely, updating visitors about the experience and sleeping in exhibits like the U-505 submarine or the coal mine.” Chicago Sun Times, August 23, 2010


Ex-Virgin exec sells art to aid African artists

“British multimillionaire Robert Devereux, once a partner in the Virgin empire, is selling a large portion of his collection of British postwar art in order to set up a charity to support artists in Africa.” CBC News, August 29, 2010

British Museum evacuated in 'gas incident'

“The British Museum in London was evacuated on Saturday after visitors complained of an odd smell along with irritated eyes and throats.”  Telegraph (UK), August 28, 2010


Art Theft Underworld Frustrates France

“The vulnerability of museums and high-end art owners to costly thefts has been a whispered concern in France for years, but two events here are forcing the issue into the open.”  New York Times, August 26, 2010


Titian painting damaged by water in Venice fire

“A Renaissance painting by Italian master Titian and other rare canvases have suffered water damage after a fire at the building next to the Venice basilica where the artworks reside.” CBC News, August 30, 2010


More security flops unveiled in Van Gogh theft

“The prosecution's investigation into the found that the museum had reduced the number of security guards from 30 to 9 and "most days the number was reduced so that there was only one guard in the museum," MENA reported.”  TMC News, August 29, 2010


Aussie photographers protest fees

“About 1,000 commercial photographers in Australia gathered in Sydney Harbour on Sunday, using their cameras to protest against laws requiring them to have costly permits to take pictures of landmarks.”  CBC News, August 29, 2010