Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 28 – July 2, 2013



Vancouver Art Gallery summer exhibits act as symbolic time travel Martin Honert’s Children’s Crusade, part of a new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, is about the power of remembered images.  Also showing at the VAG are two exhibits with more homegrown origins. Portraits in Time showcases pieces from the gallery’s video collection and features work by Vancouver artists Rodney Graham, Althea Thauberger, and Roy Arden, as well as Amsterdam-based Fiona Tan.  Vancouver Sun, June 29, 2013

Vancouver's Robson Square, a.k.a. Corduroy Road, closed to cars 'til Labour Day The cedar patio, named Corduroy Road after old plank and log roads used in the Pacific Northwest, will replace cars until Labour Day in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery between Howe and Hornby Streets. MetroNews Canada, June 29, 2013  

Traffic stops for Corduroy on Robson Designed by Hapa Landscape Architecture Collaborative and Fricia Construction, the installation is part of VIVA Vancouver's efforts to get people out of their cars and into the city's public spaces.  The Province, June 29, 2013

Why Vancouver's Getting Outdoor Pianos One more is expected to be installed for a short time outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Space Network. Each piano comes with a bench, a funky paint job and rain cover.  Huffington Post Canada, June 29, 2013


 On Art: Painter Toni Onley ‘darling of the common folk’ Artist's widow shares her memories with Robert Amos.  An exhibition at Winchester Galleries ranges over the entire career of this excellent painter and printmaker, who died in 2004 at age 76.  Times-Colonist, June 28, 2013


The Power Plant’s Postscript: Notes On An Art Movement A show loosely centred around Conceptual writing still offers a few treats for the eyes.It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for the Power Plant. A revolving door at the upper levels saw one director, Gregory Burke, leave in early 2011, with more than a year passing before the new director, Gaetane Verna, started work last May. Within six weeks of her arrival, the contemporary gallery’s lead curator, Melanie O’Brian, quit, following associate curator Jon Davies out the door.  Toronto Star, June 29, 2013

David Mirvish unveils his art, and pitches his big plan for Toronto Mirvish guides Sarah Milroy through his vast art collection, pitches his vision for King Street.  Globe and Mail, June 29, 2013

Video: Christian Louboutin defends his towering heels Famed footwear designer Christian Louboutin says he doesn't understand those who attack him for creating shoes with such high heels. In Toronto for a retrospective, Louboutin says women always have the choice of what to wear.  Globe and Mail, June 28, 2013

TIFF movie review: Museum Hours This unusual drama-documentary hybrid, which won the Art Cinema Award at the Locarno Film Festival, follows a Canadian woman (Toronto musician and actress Mary Margaret O’Hara) arriving in Vienna to visit a relative in a coma. During her visit, she meets a security guard (Robert Summer) who works at the Kunsthistorisches art museum.  Globe and Mail, June 29, 2013

At MOCCA, Modern Lovers: Louise Bourgeois and David Armstrong Six run to August  At MOCCA, the unlikely pairing of Montreal sculptor Six and the iconic Bourgeois creates a surprising affinity across the ages Toronto Star, June 30, 2013

McIvers, Newfoundland

Maverick artist Colette Urban loved to live on the edge  Maverick artist Colette Urban loved to live on the edgeHer work was autobiographical and engaged with larger issues, such as sexual and cultural identity, the role of women and consumerism.  Globe and Mail, June 29, 2013  

Casper, Wyoming

NIC engages Joyner - Joyner to engage community  Brooks Joyner said that there were many things that attracted him to Casper. Joyner was recently appointed executive director of the Nicolaysen Art Museum.  Casper Journal, July 1, 2013

New York

Heirs Fight Museums to Reclaim Art Marty Grosz, the son of German artist George Grosz, seeks the return of some of his father’s works that were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  New York Times, June 30, 2013  

Photographer Bert Stern, known for images of Marilyn Monroe, dies at 83  Bert Stern, an elite commercial photographer who helped redefine advertising and fashion art in the 1950s and 60s but is perhaps best known for his painfully raw and poignant photos of Marilyn Monroe, taken for Vogue six weeks before her death, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.  Globe and Mail, June 28, 2013


Art Fatigue in London After art sales in New York, art fairs in Hong Kong and Basel and the Venice Biennale, auction houses have struggled to keep buyers focused at the London sales.   New York Times, June 29, 2013


Trumpeting a Michelangelo (Cue the Trills of Dissent) Scholars hear new evidence that a restored statue from a church in Spain could be a long-lost work by Michelangelo. New York Times, June 30, 2013  


No Quick Answers in Fights Over Art When a museum faces a demand that it give up an item, it must consider its public relations needs, the donor of the disputed item and even the country that is asking for its return.  New York Times, July 2, 2013

Museums Faulted on Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art Critics assert that museums have backtracked in recent years on returning art to the heirs of Jews whose property was seized by the Nazis.  New York Times, June 30, 2013