Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 20, 2013



Foncie's Fotos captures fascinating times in a changing Vancouver Foncie Pulice died in 2003, and one wonders what he would have made of this digital age, when there are more smartphones than smarts on the streets of Vancouver, and every banal moment of every hour of every day is snapped and posted online. Street photography now belongs to everybody: we’ve all been Foncified.  Georgia Straight, June 18, 2013

Vancouver artists compete for $25,000 RBC painting prize Jessica Bell, Colleen Heslin, and Brian Kokoska are among the 15 finalists announced by organizers today.  Georgia Straight, June 17, 2013


Festival preview: Calgary artist curates Big Tent at the Works With 30 art shows and performances last year, Terrance Houle blazes along like a touring musician.

As such, it’s fitting the dynamic multi-disciplinarian was asked to curate the Works Art & Design Festival’s Big Tent this year, and his ubiquitous sense of humour shows up in his show’s title, No Rhyme or Reason.  Edmonton Journal, June 20, 2013


A walk to remember The spare but inviting works in Blueprints for a long walk, the exhibition by Lisa Myers currently at Urban Shaman, echo many of these artistic approaches to landscape. Myers employs various media and techniques to map ordinarily invisible lines of family history, cultural memory and sensory experience onto the contours of the physical terrain. Winnipeg Free Press, June 20, 2013

Sault Ste Marie

'I don't find it bad at all' "From my perspective, I came here from Vancouver and a good portion of the art galleries there were in the downtown east side ... I don't find it bad at all,” said Andrea Pinheiro, who essentially overhauled a former second-hand store at 180 Gore St., to make room for the gallery, her studio and living space.  Sault Star, June 20, 2013  


'Orphaned' Cézanne Turns Up In Ottawa "The count of the known dispersed holdings of the French dealer and collector Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) has just increased by one. Group of Trees, 1890, a watercolour by Paul Cézanne, has surfaced at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa." The Art Newspaper 06/17/13


Organizing an Organizer’s Life Jennifer Bartlett, one of the most successful artists in the 1970s, is having her first American museum retrospective. New York Times, June 20, 2013 

New York

Here’s Snow White. Don’t Bring the Kids. Until now the Armory has never taken on work with quite the same kind of difficulties presented by that of Paul McCarthy, a revered Los Angeles video artist and sculptor.  New York Times, June 20, 2013

Sotheby’s Considers Putting Its Headquarters Up for Sale Sotheby’s, the auction house that has for centuries put other people’s treasures up for sale, is in the early days of exploring whether it should place one of its own on the block: its glittering glass-and-granite-fronted worldwide headquarters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  New York Times, June 20, 2013  

Andy Warhol and the Persistence of Modernism To continue doing brisk business, arts institutions have had to ignore Andy Warhol’s radical undermining of modernism in the visual arts. New York Times, June 20, 2013  

An Online Meter Reader Jonathan Harris is a digital artist and designer whose projects combine elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, seeking to “reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other.” New York Times, June 20, 2013  


Canada buys rare War of 1812 collection for $573K A large collection of letters, maps and other papers that once belonged to Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia who conquered Maine for the British during the War of 1812, has sold for $573,000 at auction in London. The winning bidder was Library and Archives Canada, and the future Canadian Museum of History. Including commission, the sale cost the federal government about $690,000.  CBC, June 20, 2013

British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct much-anticipated 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie  The 46-year-old director, previously known as Sam Taylor-Wood, is one of Britain's best-known visual artists. Her works include a video portrait of David Beckham sleeping that hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery. She also made "Crying Men," a compilation of Hollywood actors in tears.  Ottawa Citizen, June 20, 2013


Data-Driven Aesthetics Data has become the basis for creative work in the arts.  New York Times, June 20, 2013