Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 12, 2013




Tomoyo Ihaya's Blue Lotus mourns those who have sacrificed for Tibet The artist's forthcoming exhibition at Visual Space includes a mixed-media installation, photographs, and a dozen individual drawings.  Georgia Straight, June 12, 2013

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the 2013 Vancouver Draw Down  Vancouver celebrates drawers, doodlers, and scribblers of all ages during the fourth-annual Vancouver Draw Down on Saturday (June 15). The day-long even feature 35 free workshops at various locations across the city, including community centres, parks, schools, art galleries, cemeteries, and more.  Georgia Straight, June 10, 2013


France’s Laurent Grasso creates Edmonton’s latest public art  Soleil de Nuit, translated as Sun of the Night or Night’s Sun, is an eye-catching, two-part neon and metal artwork recently erected outside the east entrance of the recreation centre attached to Commonwealth Stadium. Its creator is France’s curious and inventive Laurent Grasso. Edmonton Journal, June 11, 2013


Courtney Milne photo collection donated to U of S   The wife of the late Canadian photographer Courtney Milne has donated his entire personal collection to the University of Saskatchewan archives.  CBC, June 11, 2013


Jorn Weisbrodt: Hail to Luminato's visionary-in-chief.  Weisbrodt brings a deep knowledge of and curiosity about the arts, and an impressive contacts list, to Toronto’s Luminato Festival, running June 14 to 23. Toronto Star, June 12, 2012


How Luc Paradis’s First Big Show Rocked the White Cube. Luc Paradis has been a well-known figure in the Montreal art scene for nearly a decade. He’s shown work widely in the city’s alternative art spaces, designed numerous concert posters, and produced album artwork for local bands like Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Pas Chic Chic and now-defunct Feu Thérèse (of which he was a member), as well as American acts like the Black Lips and Jacuzzi Boys. Despite all this, “POMPIA” was Paradis’s first major solo exhibition in a commercial gallery, and he was clearly determined to make the most of it.  Canadian Art, June 11, 2013


Seattle Revives The Bookmobile - For Bicycles "A small group of Seattle Public Library (SPL) staff will be pedaling - and peddling - books on the pavement this summer, thanks to the new Books on Bikes pilot program. Librarians on bicycles are traveling to several outdoor events across the city with a custom-built book trailer that can carry 500 pounds of materials and display 75 books at a time." Library Journal, June 10, 2013

New York                                                                                         

Met Museum Returns Sculptures To Cambodia "The life-size sculptures, known as the "kneeling attendants", had been displayed at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for nearly 20 years. The museum pledged to return the artefacts after evidence suggested they had been illegally exported." BBC, June 11, 2013

Feds Seize Millions' Worth Of Allegedly Smuggled Antiquities From Jailed Dealer "Federal agents have seized an estimated $100 million in art over the last two years from a prominent Manhattan antiquities dealer they describe as one of the most prolific antiquities smugglers in the world. Subhash Kapoor, a 64-year-old American citizen, awaits trial in India, where he is accused of being part of an antiquities smuggling ring that American and Indian investigators say spanned continents." Los Angeles Times, June 11, 2013  (includes slide show)

Nancy Spero  Comprising lesser known works from the 1980s and 1990s, the exhibition celebrated women as emblems of strength and self-sufficiency even as it exposed a narrative of subjection that is no less relevant this century than it was in the last.  Art in America, June 12, 2013


Hirst Counts the Dots, or at Least the Paintings Damien Hirst has answered a long-running question in the art world: How many of his spot paintings are there, anyway?  New York Times, June 12, 2013

Could this be a record $10-million painting? The guide price for Jetty is £4-million to £6-million ($6.4-million to $9.5-million), but estimated values for an artist of Doig’s stature are pretty much meaningless. The hammer price of some of his paintings is sometimes several times the auctioneer’s estimate. In 2007, his White Canoe went for an astonishing £5.7-million – five times the predicted price – at a Sotheby’s sale. At the time, it was a record for a living European artist.  Globe and Mail, June 12, 2013


China: One Country, Three Pavilions Every two years, the art world gets a vivid reminder of China's complex sovereignty issues and ongoing identity concerns—in the form of three separate pavilions at the Venice Biennale.  Art in America, June 11, 2013

Venice’s Encyclopedic Palace Sets Ambitious Curatorial Pace. “The Encyclopedic Palace,” is Massimiliano Gioni’s hallmark show for this year’s Venice Biennale . He has brought more than 150 artists to the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and to the Arsenale, the historic naval-yard site a 10-minute walk away. Together, the sites and the artists make for a remarkable exhibition that explores the boundaries of artmaking while fusing familiar names from the contemporary art scene with object-makers who come from far beyond its usual horizons.  Canadian Art, June 6, 2013


Abbas Akhavan Wins Dubai’s Abraaj Group Art Priz.  Today in Dubai, Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan was announced as one of five winners of the 2014 Abraaj Group Art Prize. The prize is awarded annually to five artists from the Middle East and North Africa on the basis of proposals for new artworks. Those artworks then become permanent additions to the Abraaj Group Art Collection following their unveiling at the subsequent edition of Art Dubai. (This coming year, Art Dubai takes place March 19 to 22.) Canadian Art, June 11, 2013


Ai Weiwei Says America's NSA Is Becoming Like China "Even though we know governments do all kinds of things I was shocked by the information about the US surveillance operation, Prism. To me, it's abusively using government powers to interfere in individuals' privacy. ... I lived in the United States for 12 years. This abuse of state power goes totally against my understanding of what it means to be a civilised society, and it will be shocking for me if American citizens allow this to continue." The Guardian (UK) June 11, 2013  


The New World of Net Art Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, and other platforms are the jumping-off point for artists who blur the line between the virtual and the real.  ARTnews, June 12, 2013