Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 6, 2013




The Scout List.  This weekend it’s Family Fuse Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery and all sorts of fantastic activities are afoot.  Globe & Mail, June 5, 2013

Great salads make an enjoyable patio meal.  The Gallery Café and the café’s gem of a patio overlooking Robson Square is one of the city’s favourite spots to enjoy the sunshine and a light meal.  Georgia Straight, June 6, 2013

Foncie captured heart and spirit of city. Foncie Pulice's work is a frozen-in-time, hard-copy chronicle of a young city in postwar prosperity, a chronological social history of mid-century hope and prosperity, and when you visit the edited exhibit of his work, Fon-cie's Fotos: Man on the Street, opening Thursday at the Museum of Vancouver, it's not just the photography you marvel over, it's that he so artfully captured the heart and spirit of a time.  Vancouver Sun, June 6, 2013

Geoffrey Farmer wins $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize. Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer has won the $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize for 2013. The announcement was made this morning by the Art Gallery of Ontario, which will open a related solo exhibition by Farmer in February 2014.   Canadian Art, June 6, 2013


The Royal BC Museum: Getting the word out on ‘one of the world’s great treasure houses’.  In the year since Jack Lohman arrived at the Royal BC Museum from the Museum of London, he has been astonished time and again at the treasure trove of undiscovered gems he likes to say he has inherited: seven million items in the Victoria museum’s collections, and a wealth of archives. Globe & Mail, June 5, 2013

Top sculptor Joe Fafard creates life-like replicas of Emily Carr and her animals.  Lifelike sculptures of people, cows and fowl have taken over the main floor of Emily Carr House — evidence that one of Canada’s top sculptors has moved in. Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard created and assembled the works for Emily and Her Menagerie, a tribute to the famed Victoria artist and the animals she loved.  Times Colonist, June 5, 2013


Andrew Wright’s Contact Show Shoots High at UTAC. The work of artist Andrew Wright can be a bit confounding—in a good way. Over the past decade and a half, the Ottawa-based artist has conducted photographic experiments that range across media. From turning his garage studio into a camera obscura for a suite of images that capture the passing sky to spotlighting various elements of the landscape (trees, rocks, snow) at night, Wright’s practice pivots on patient perception of what otherwise might be taken for granted. Canadian Art, June 5, 2013

St. Catherines, Ont.

Edmonton artist wins $1-million Brock sculpture commission.  Danek Mozdzenski, an Edmonton artist has won a hotly contested $1-million commission for a large bronze sculpture of War of 1812 hero Sir Isaac Brock, and he’d like to look at the major-general’s long-interred bones to help render the most vivid likeness possible. Globe & Mail, June 4, 2013


Mystery woman behind collection of art from Huronia centre for developmentally disabled.  She was a lover of art, and a woman who made it her mission to help residents of what was once known as the Orillia Asylum for Idiots express themselves through it. But little else is known about Judy Richardson, a former occupational therapist at Ontario’s oldest institution for the developmentally disabled, who in 1989 started an art class for those who badly needed a creative outlet. Toronto Star, June 6, 2013


Lost in translation.  Vocabulaire, Michèle Provost's current exhibition at the Maison des artistes, began with a bit of fieldwork. Combing the streets of Gatineau and Ottawa, the artist set out to collect French words from advertisements and signage, choosing a hundred or so that seemed to reflect some ambiguity, oddness, poetic resonance or personal association… Winnipeg Free Press, June 6, 2013


AGNS Receives Major Donation of Annie Leibovitz Photos. This morning, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia announced a donation of 2,070 Annie Leibovitz photographs. The museum says this makes the AGNS the largest known holder of Leibovitz’s work in a public collection. The gift came from Toronto, and it was made in honour of Al and the late Faye Mintz by their children.  Canadian Art, June 6, 2013

New York

James Dee Plans to Give Away His Modern Art Archive ... Help yourself to D. James Dee’s luscious, sprawling photographic archive of the modern New York art scene. He has about 250,000 color transparencies and slides, ranging in size from 35 millimeter to 8 by 10 inches, documenting the work of almost every important artist of the last 40 years and installations at some of the most influential galleries. And, yes, he’s giving them away.  New York Times, June 5, 2013

New World Record Price For Islamic Art Set By Persian Carpet The rarely-displayed Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet, one of 25 auctioned off at Sotheby's by Washington's beleaguered Corcoran Gallery of Art, sold for $33.765 million - a new high for art from the Islamic world and well over triple the previous record for a carpet. The Washington Post, June 5, 2013

Flavins will see the light of day Artist’s estate lifts ban on the posthumous production of unrealised fluorescent light sculptures  The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2013

What happens when the lights go out? Estates and galleries are developing strategies to preserve light-based works while striving to remain faithful to the artist’s original vision.  The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Hirshhorn Museum Officially Deflates The Bubble "The Seasonal Inflatable Structure project, informally known as 'the Bubble,' is dead, the Smithsonian Institution and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced Wednesday. The decision ... caps years of high-level debate and division about what the Bubble would mean for the Hirshhorn and the Mall." The Washington Post, June 5, 2013


A Gallery of Venice Biennale Artists  Converging on Venice from Iraq, Iceland, Azerbaijan, and beyond, they came, they showed—and they posed for photos.  Artnews, June 6, 2013

Beyond the ‘Palace,’ an International Tour in One City “The Encyclopedia Palace,” the main show of the 55th Venice Biennale, is organized by the chief curator of the New Museum of Manhattan. New York Times, June 6, 2013

St. Petersburg

Mariinsky 2: Landmark Or Eyesore? St. Petersburgers are having it out over the new opera/ballet theater designed by Toronto architect Jack Diamond. Have a look at these photos and see what you think. Russia Beyond the Headlines, May 29, 2013 (slide show)

Pushkin and Hermitage dispute over Modernist collection rumbles on. Culture ministry’s suggestion of creating a “virtual museum” meets mostly with silence from museum directors.  The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2013