Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 7, 2012




Sound and vision: B.C. photographer captured the history of rock  Bev Davies produces her sixth album of rock photography from the 1980s punk scene to the modern day.  Globe and Mail, March 7, 2012


Artists unite to protect the planet.  When photographer Frances Litman realized she was considered one of the biggest donors to local environmental charities, she was surprised and dismayed. Victoria Times Colonist, March 6, 2012


Leighton Centre looks to future. Plans are underway for an ambitious $7-million revival of the Leighton Art Centre that will include the construction of a new 12,200 square foot facility, which will encompass the centre's exhibitions, galleries, classes, lectures and performances. Calgary Herald, March 7, 2012


Kevin Schmidt: High Hopes. This winter, Canadian artist Kevin Schmidt has been trying to launch a 4-by-5 camera into the stratosphere. His goal, with the help of some Edmonton amateur radio operators: to create a massive image of our planet. Canadian Art (Online), March 1, 2012

Red dresses speak out for missing women.  The REDress Project is an installation conceived by Winnipeg artist Jaime Black two years ago that has been hung in a number of locations around the country ever since .Edmonton Journal, March 5, 2012


Althea Thauberger: Faraways. Thauberger’s latest work, a monumental photo mural titled "Who is it that can tell me who I am?" provides a multi-layered, if slightly surreal, look at a Kashmiri village.  Canadian Art (Online), March 1, 2012

Fresh and for sale: contemporary art auction focuses on works from 1980 to now.  Concrete, a division of Waddington’s will auction 69 works on March 8, all of which were created after 1980. The auction in Toronto is a prime opportunity for younger collectors.  National Post, March 6, 2012

Poster Perfection: Q&A with Seripop's Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau.  Leah Sandals interviews Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau about their installation Seripop at Blackwood Gallery. (National Post’s version is not available). Uneditmyheart (Blog), March 1, 2012


Artists coalition makes final push to change copyright bill. Canadian artists are making a last-ditch effort to change new copyright legislation before it goes to Parliament for a final vote next month. Globe & Mail, March 6, 2012

Los Angeles

MOCA loses three officials in key finance roles.  Three Museum of Contemporary Art officials with key financial roles — the chief operating officer, fundraising director and a trustee who chaired the board's finance committee — have left MOCA in the last three months. They had been at their posts less than a year. The departures of Gary Cypres, David M. Galligan and Sarah Sullivan plus two recent exits bring the museum's fiscal issues into focus. Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2012

New York

Dance Review: Five Figures Circling, Backward, Across a Blueprint of the Whitney  The crucial word in “Devotion Study #1 — The American Dancer,” Sarah Michelson’s contribution to the 2012 Whitney Biennial, is “study.” Like much of Ms. Michelson’s work, this one is relentless, formally severe, unafraid to push repetition to extreme ends.  New York Times, March 7, 2012

ArtsBeat: Critic's Notebook: Lessons in Looking  One of the many pleasures of going to art galleries regularly is that in addition to the formal exhibitions up front, art dealers often display unexpected gems off to the side, in project spaces, offices or even behind the reception desk: lost bits of history and unfamiliar early works by this or that artist.  New York Times, March 7, 2012


London's Floating Bookshop "We're not aiming at what people want, we're trying to make people want what we give them, and business is going very well - we are exceeding our projections quite significantly. This is a bookshop where you are taken on a journey down the shelves and keep bumping into things that you otherwise wouldn't have." The Telegraph (UK) March 6, 2012


Vermeer's Woman In Blue Gets Its Blue Back "Visitors to the Rijksmuseum will soon be able to see Vermeer's newly restored Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, 1663-64, when it returns home following a Japanese tour which funded the work's restoration." The Art Newspaper, March 5, 2012

Wiesbaden, Germany

To Commemorate Fukushima Disaster, Radioactive Chandeliers "A set of glowing green chandeliers made from uranium is being installed at Nassauischer Kunstverein (NKV) in Wiesbaden, Germany. ... [The] work is timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary on 11 March of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan." The Art Newspaper, March 6, 2012


Don't Feed the Artists! 10 Contemporary Artworks That Outraged Animal Lovers.    Artinfo's round-up of 10 animal-based artworks that attracted the wrong kind of audience, includes Huang Yong Ping's Theatre of the World.  Artinfo, March 6, 2012