Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 31 – June 3, 2013




New VAG could have Bilbao effect, if money can be found to build it  Museums do transform cities. And these days, many might be wondering whether the Vancouver Art Gallery can play a similar role, jazzing up Vancouver with a relocation and newly designed building boasting double the space.  Vancouver Sun, June 3, 2013


Best manhole cover designs announced by City of Vancouver Young artists Andrew Dexel and Nigel Dembicki’s distinct designs were selected, for sanitary and stormwater covers respectively, from a short list of 28 submissions.  Vancouver Sun, June 3, 2013


Robert Amos: Print-making security guard inspired by art exhibits The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is hosting two exhibitions by outstanding printmakers. Black Ice is the definitive show of narrative etchings by David Blackwood showing his Newfoundland home (until Sept. 8), while a smaller show presents coloured woodcuts of Japanese landscapes made by the sublimely talented Hasui Kawase in the 1920s and ’30s (until July 14).  Times-Colonist, May 30, 2013  

Grand Prairie, Alberta

Museums take up crowdfunding video  Museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grand Prairie, Alta., have turned recently to crowdfunding to raise money for programs, acquisitions and new construction.  CBC, June 3, 2013  


Seeing Sound: Marla Hlady and the Art of Noise Marla Hlady hears sound differently than most people do. As Shannon Anderson explains in this profile, it's a skill that has worked in her favour as a contemporary artist.  Canadian Art, May 30, 2013



Juan Ortiz-Apuy Downsizes Global Cultural Capital in Montreal Montreal-based Juan Ortiz-Apuy’s off-kilter attempts to bring the effects of globalization to a human scale prove that what you see is not always what you get. Sam Cotter reviews.  Canadian Art, May 30, 2013


Canadians in Venice

Shary Boyle Turns Up the Volume at Venice Biennale Yesterday afternoon, Shary Boyle opened a much-anticipated show at the Canada Pavilion titled “Music for Silence.” Get a peek at the show, and its raucous evening celebration, in this on-the-ground report from Leah Sandals.  Canadian Art, May 30, 2013


On the ground with Shary Boyle at the Venice Biennale  After the ‘crushing momentum’ of preparation, ‘I’ve created a real universe, I think,’ the Canadian artist says of her mixed-media installation.  Globe and Mail, June 1, 2013  


Newfoundland Artists Cruise Onto Venice’s Grand Canal Newfoundlanders Will Gill, Mireille Eagan and Peter Wilkins hit the Venice Biennale this week with the precedent-setting exhibition, "About Turn." Leah Sandals catches up with the trio in advance of the show's opening.  Canadian Art, May 30, 2013


Corin Sworn Layers Family and Fragments in Venice UK-born, Toronto-raised, Vancouver-trained artist Corin Sworn is one of three artists in "Scotland + Venice," a collateral event of the Venice Biennale. Leah Sandals reports.  Canadian Art, May 30, 2013


Hot picks at the Venice Biennale international art exhibition More than 85 national pavilions, countless “collateral events,” an estimated 80 venues in total, visitors numbering in the tens of thousands – that’s the Biennale di Venezia.  Globe and Mail, June 1, 2013  

Los Angeles

New LACMA Design Could Reinvigorate L.A. Architecture "L.A. has never been known, in any case, for experimental civic architecture. With the exception of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and a handful of other projects, most of our architectural breakthroughs have been private houses." Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2013

San Francisco

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion breaks ground "Construction has started on a major extension to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), designed by Snøhetta to double the gallery's exhibition and education space. "  Dezeen, 29 Mai 2013


Detroit Isn't The First Museum (Or City) In Economic Crisis To Consider Selling Its Art "When museums aren't free-standing institutions, as is the case in Detroit, the larger entities that control them sometimes can't help but see dollar signs. The van Goghs are just hanging there, waiting to be put up for auction." NPR, June 2, 2013

New York

The Artist’s Force Field, Frozen in Time The cast-iron building in SoHo where Donald Judd lived and worked has been restored and will be open to public tours, starting on Monday.  New York Times, May 31, 2013  


Huge cache of Canadian history hits U.K. auction block, tests Library and Archives"A huge cache of Canadian history, stored for 200 years in three wooden chests held at a British estate, is set to be auctioned next month in London — a possible test of whether the controversy-plagued, funding-challenged Library and Archives Canada is still in the business of acquiring newly available treasures of documentary heritage. An extensive and important collection of letters, maps and other original artifacts left to posterity by Sir John Coape Sherbrooke — the Nova Scotia governor who conquered Maine during the War of 1812 and later served as Canada’s governor general — is to be sold on June 19 as the showcase lot in a major Bonhams auction of rare books and manuscripts.", 25 May 2013 


Riverside Museum is European Museum of the Year "Glasgow's Riverside Museum has been named European Museum of the Year (EMYA) at a ceremony in Belgium. The prestigious award is presented to museums which have been built or extensively refurbished within the previous three years. The £74m Riverside Museum, on the banks of the River Clyde, opened in June 2011 and showcase the city's transport, shipbuilding and engineering heritage. It was designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe."  BBC News, 19 May 2013


OMA-designed Bryghusprojektet breaks ground on Copenhagen waterfront "OMA have begun construction on a new mixed-use scheme on Copenhagen waterfront entitled Bryghusprojektet. The volume will house the headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre and create a missing link between the city centre, the waterfront and the culturally rich Slotsholmen district. The project is due to complete in early 2017."  World Architectural News, 20 May 2013

St. Paul-de-Vence, France

The Thinker | Bernard-Henri Lévy on Art and Philosophy Bernard-Henri Lévy, France’s most famous public intellectual, becomes a curator with a heady new exhibition about the eternal struggle for truth.  New York Times, June 2, 2013


Crowds Line Up for Manet in Venice The hottest show in Venice has nothing to do with contemporary art.   New York Times, May 31, 2013

British Artist Who Asks Audience To Beatbox Wins Venice's Golden Lion "Naming him as the best artist in the Encyclopedic Palace show in the central pavilion of the 55th international art biennale, the jury praised Sehgal 'for the excellence and innovation that his practice has brought opening the field of artistic disciplines.'" The Guardian (UK) June 1, 2013

At Venice Biennale, Sarah Sze’s ‘Triple Point’ Sarah Sze’s “Triple Point” installation of found objects is a feature of the United States pavilion at the Venice Biennale.  New York times, May 30, 2013  

This Year's Venice Biennale - Ins Versus Outs "The tension between national representation and artistic subversion runs throughout the Biennale. It is expressed most powerfully in many of the pavilions and projects outside the Giardini." The Independent (UK) June 3, 2013

Ripples of Rumination Collectors, museum directors, curators and others take the temperature of contemporary art at an unusually thought-provoking Venice Biennale.   New York Times, June 3, 2013


The Art Google Blurs "The blurred artworks in the Google Art Project look like glitches, but exist due to pragmatic legal decisions and stem from Google's immersive method of documenting museum and gallery spaces." Wired, June 3, 2013