Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 7-10, 2013


Heffel reaps the rewards of being bullish on Canadian art The brothers behind Heffel Fine Art Auction House, David and Robert Heffel, realized their passion for Canadian art and auctions early on in life. They not only grew up admiring paintings by Emily Carr and Group of Seven artists in their home, but their father Kenneth G. Heffel made headlines in 1981, when he bought Lawren Harris’s “South Shore, Baffin Island” for a record $240,000. It was the most valuable painting to sell at auction in Canada at the time. National Post, June 10, 2013


Artist’s birthday paints gallery red A celebrated Canadian artist celebrated his centenary in grand style Sunday at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Family, friends and admirers of his artwork gathered to wish John Koerner a happy 100th birthday with panel discussions and a book launch. The Province, June 10, 2013


Robert Amos: Sculptor’s exhibit honours Emily Carr To honour Carr, Fafard created his versions of the animals she knew. Previous to this show, he already had a major Carr grouping to his credit. In 2005, Fafard was commissioned by the Heffel Auction house to create a bronze ensemble — Emily, her monkey Woo, her dog Billie and a horse. Now, in Victoria, he presents the individual elements of this ensemble, each a generous table-top size. Particularly striking is his unsentimental statue of Emily gazing at the distant mountains on one of her rare trips to the Interior. Times-Colonist, June 7, 2013


Toronto collector Ydessa Hendeles sells portion of prized collection to U.S. museum Glenstone museum is the pet project of Washington-based industrialist Mitchell Rales and his wife, Emily. Rales is said to have sold a valuable Jackson Pollock to fund Hendeles’ collection. June 7, 2013

Can a Toronto software developer open the art world to the masses? So far, Mr. Green’s charm offensive has delivered results. His app, MyCityMuse, is now available in iTunes, and is being tested by 40 galleries in Toronto and 15 in Manhattan, N.Y. National Post, June 6, 2013

Pioneering Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer wins the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz …The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation are pleased to announce that Vancouver-born artist Geoffrey Farmer is the recipient of the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO. The award, which is presented annually to one artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada, includes a $50,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the AGO. Farmer’s exhibition will open in February 2014. Art Daily, June 6, 2013


Heritage minister considers restoring some funding to Library and Archives Archivists, historians, and public service sector unions say federal cuts have put Canada’s history at risk but CBC News has learned that federal Heritage Minister James Moore is considering restoring some of the funding to Library and Archives Canada. CBC, June 10, 2013


Studio glass pioneer exhibits at MMFA Sun, a large sculpture with long glass tendrils in yellows, blues and reds, beckons passersby to an exhibition of the American artist Dale Chihuly from its perch on the steps of the Museum of Fine Arts’ Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion. The Gazette, June 7, 2013

An art show with everything but the kitchen sink – even the kitchen chair A Montreal show creates its own categories to reflect motivation and interpretation. Globe and Mail, June 7, 2013


Annie Leibovitz collection donated to Nova Scotia gallery Over 2,000 photos by famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz have been donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia by a Canadian family. The gallery says it hopes the collection will lure more international visitors. Toronto Star, June 6, 2013

St. Paul, Minnesota

Burning Down the House Chris Larson, an artist in St. Paul, reproduced one of the best examples of high modernism in Minnesota, only to destroy it. New York Times, June 9, 2013

New York

When Artworks Crash: Restorers Face Digital Test When the Whitney Museum of American Art decided to resurrect an early interactive Internet piece, the programming code no longer worked. But would updated software change the artwork? New York Times, June 10, 2013

The Museum Elevator as Immersive Art Before his death the artist Richard Artschwager designed four elevators that will also function as art for the Whitney Museum’s downtown building, opening in 2015. New York Times, June 6, 2013


On View | A Le Corbusier Rooftop Gets a New Life as an Arts Space The French designer Ora-Ito followed the legendary designer’s blueprints with exacting precision to restore the site atop a Marseilles apartment complex. New York Times, June 9, 2013

North Korea

North Korea’s Monument Factory “Perhaps the world’s biggest art factory, Mansudae employs roughly 4,000 North Koreans, including some 1,000 artists, handpicked from the country’s best academies.” BusinessWeek, June 6, 2013


Want To Change Societal Values? Hearken Back To William Morris Morris was “a passionate advocate of what’s much missed today, the pleasure (and pain) of the handmade and the value of the vocational. He esteemed craftsmen and women, makers of tiles and furniture and carpets and china.” The Observer (UK) June 8, 2013