Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 6, 2012

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Vancouver  Gold and silver jewellery by Bill Reid donated to UBC  Retired professor honours wife’s wishes with gift to Museum of Anthropology.  Globe and Mail, March 6, 2012

Bill Reid gold, silver ‘treasures’ donated to UBC  Eleven pieces of early Bill Reid gold and silver jewelry described by UBC Museum of Anthropology curator Bill McLennan as “treasures” were put on display Monday at the museum.  Vancouver Sun, March 6, 2012

At Museum of Vancouver, a dalliance with art deco dresses  The new exhibit, Art Deco Chic, highlights exquisite prewar fashion garments.  Vancouver Sun, March 6, 2012

Toronto At play, in art and nature In 1955, the artist who formerly spelled his name “Iain Baxter” broke his neck in a car accident. “It kind of changed my life,” he says, a wry smile. I’ll say. The fourth floor of the Art Gallery of Ontario shows just how much.  Toronto Star, March 3, 2012

Whatever you do, just don’t underestimate the seriousness of play A 50-year retrospective of Canadian artist Iain Baxter&, the self-proclaimed “&man,” is on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario. “Play” is a good word, but it has gone missing. It has wandered off.  National Post, March 6, 2012

Ottawa  Meat-dress artist among honorees at G-G Awards Three years ago, a nationwide study revealed that the average annual income of a professional visual artist in Canada was around $23,000. So the disbursal at a ceremony Tuesday in Toronto of eight cheques worth $25,000 each had to rank as a major payday for pretty much every laureate named as a recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for excellence in visual and media arts.  Globe and Mail, March 6, 2012

Governor General's arts awards  Governor General winning artists are chosen for their commitment to professionalism in their work, for the way in which they further the art form, and increase scholarship about contemporary art. The fact that these artists are all highly respected world-wide is also a given.  CBC, March 6, 2012 (slideshow)

Philadelphia  A New Ellsworth Kelly Sculpture For The New Barnes Foundation? "The Philadelphia Art Commission is expected to vote on Wednesday on plans to erect a 40-foot-high stainless steel sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly at the end of a reflecting pool in the garden of the new Barnes Foundation." The New York Times, March 2, 2012

London The London Olympics' Exciting New Buildings That You Don't Know About Yet "While Anish Kapoor's tower and Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre have received all the coverage in the run up to the Olympics, there are plenty of other stunning structures ready to break from the pack." The Guardian (UK) March 5, 2012  (includes slideshow)

The Alarm Is Raised Yet Again: Picasso Painting May Leave UK, Unless A Buyer Arises "Picasso's painting Child with a Dove - which has been on public display in the UK since the 1970s - is to go on sale, amid fears it may leave the country." BBC, March 4, 2012

 Tate Gallery Buys Eight Million Works By Ai Weiwei "The Tate has acquired approximately 8m individual sculptures, its largest number of works of art ever, although each is smaller than a little finger nail: 10 tonnes of Ai Weiwei's famous porcelain sunflower seeds." The Guardian (UK) March 5, 2012