Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 14, 2011

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Vancouver

Photographer Brian Howell gets up close with sculptures on wheels.  “In his Shopping Carts exhibit, Brian Howell’s photos of real-life binners’ collections speak to our society’s cast-offs.”  Georgia Straight, April 14, 2011

 Portrait of an Artist: Jim Ramsay.  The Straight’s interview with sculptor, Jim Ramsay.  Georgia Straight, April 14, 2011

 Vancouver Biennale raises city 'onto a world-class stage'. The number of public art installations in the City of Vancouver is set to shrink dramatically with the closing of the Vancouver Biennale exhibition, but organizers are hoping at least one of the sculptures will find a permanent home here. Vancouver Sun, April 14, 2011

Junko Sakamoto resigns from ArtsBC role for health reasons.  The nonprofit group’s board of directors announced the resignation, effective immediately, in a statement on April 12.  Georgia Straight, April 12, 2011

Winnipeg

Tumbler elegant, rare and a little radioactive.  “There's a glass tumbler with an iridescent greenish glow on display in a case at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  Now the gallery can say the one tumbler in the display of a dozen other Victorian-era glassware stands out for more than its sheer beauty. It's also radioactive.” Winnipeg Free Press, April 14, 2011

New York

The Serial Sleepover Artist  Kenya Robinson, an artist, has offered herself up as a guest to anyone who would have her as part of a 13-week-long performance-art piece, “The Inflatable Mattress.”  New York Times, April 14, 2011

McQueen Exhibition Catalog, by Solve Sundsbo The photographer Solve Sundsbo turns live models into statues for the Alexander McQueen exhibition catalog. New York Times, April 14, 2011

London

Britain's Art Fund Introduces National Art Pass "The UK's biggest art charity … [has] launched a new National Art Pass, which will give members of the charity free entry to over 200 museums and half-price admittance to temporary shows." The price: £35 a year; £18.75 for those under 26. The Guardian (UK), April 13, 2011

Dishing The Dirt: London Exhibition Examines The Life Of Grime "A new exhibition in London lets visitors in on the dirtiest of secrets: most everything we consider filthy - from dust to excrement to bacteria to rubbish to soil - is also essential to human existence." Time, April 12, 2011

Malaga

Upheaval At Thyssen Museum's New Branch In Malaga Just three weeks after the opening, "the museum director, Maria Lopez, and a board member, Tomas Llorens, former chief curator of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, resigned this week in protest over what they consider to be unprofessional meddling by the Malaga mayor and the baroness herself in the museum's artistic affairs." The Independent (UK), April 14, 2011

Moscow

Russia's Art Terrorists (And Prizewinners) "Since starting their political street art three years ago, Voina have kept strictly under the radar. No mobile phones, no bank accounts, no permanent address, and ad hoc gatherings where they hope not to attract the authorities' attention. This has become progressively harder as their activity has become more acclaimed" - the giant phallus they painted on a St. Petersburg bridge just won a major award. The Guardian (UK), April 12, 2011

Beijing

Ai Weiwei Was Offered High-Level Committee Post Before Arrest "The South China Morning Post said Ai had told his aides that he had twice been invited to join the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body made up of non-Communist party members, including high-profile figures such as artists and athletes." The Guardian (UK(, April 13, 2011

Chinese allege artist Ai Weiwei dodged taxes.  Ai Weiwei’s family denied claims that the artist had evaded taxes and said the government is trying to punish him for his activism. Before he disappeared, Ai had been keeping an informal tally of the recent detentions of activists, lawyers and writers on Twitter. CBC News, April 14, 2011