Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 5-8, 2013



Martin Honert @ Vancouver Art Gallery  The Vancouver Art Gallery just opened a slew of new shows and my favourite of the bunch is a solo exhibition of the work of German artist Martin Honert.  Here and Elsewhere (blog), July 5, 2013

Video: Arts Studio advocates protest cuts to mental-health services Members and supporters of mental-health services gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest program cuts. Marcel Chaves. Today (July 5) members and supporters of mental-health services gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest program cuts.  Georgia Straight, July 6, 2013

Art therapy program cuts endanger mental health, say patients More than two dozen people gathered in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery Friday to protest The Art Studios' closure. "They're taking away our medicine. They're putting people at risk of relapse or worse."  CBc, July 5, 2013


Robert Amos: Artist finds joy in mobile creations You can’t help but be intrigued by the creations of G.J. Pearson. Wire bent into armatures for wings is covered over with a skin of Japanese paper, lovingly stitched in place with thread. The wings hinge and pivot, flapping in a creaky way when you gingerly turn a loopy crank. The whole is poised atop an antique brass stand, a sort of desktop orrery, a whirligig apparatus from some parallel and slightly out-of-date world.  Times Colonist, July 6, 2013


Art dealer Walter Moos, ‘The father of Yorkville’ He was the last of a generation of art dealers who came here from Europe and brought what you could call Old World experience and judgment into a young Canadian art scene. Matthew Teitelbaum Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Globe and Mail, July 6, 2013

Gabor Szilasi uses his outsider lens to document Canada’s margins  Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday continues at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto until Aug. 25.  Globe and Mail, July 5, 2013

Waddington’s retiring Joyner division, hiring former Sotheby’s VP The decision by Sotheby’s Canada in February this year to get out of the live and online auction business seems to have been the signal for a larger overhaul of the country’s resale art market. The latest ramification came Wednesday with Toronto-based Waddington’s announcing that it’s “retiring” its Joyner division for sales of “important Canadian art” and hiring former Sotheby’s Canada vice-president/ managing director Linda Rodeck as vice-president of a restructured division, Waddington’s Fine Art, with direct responsibility for Canadian art under the moniker Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art.  Globe and Mail, July 5, 2013


City reveals Arts Court designs, but can’t yet afford to execute them  The city is moving ahead with its plans to redevelop Arts Court, though it’s still short $9 million in federal funding it had hoped to have in hand over a year ago.  Ottawa Citizen, July 4, 2013

Los Angeles

LA Artists Debate City's Mural Ban "Some local artists who support the ordinance believe that street art will continue to flourish whether the City Council lifts the current ban." Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2013

New York

Nudity, Fake Violence and Sex Prove a Winning Combination for Park Avenue Armory  The Park Avenue Armory says that Paul McCarthy’s “WS,” a retelling of the Snow White fable, has become its second-biggest draw ever.  New York Times, July 5, 2013

Casting Himself in Different Modes Paul McCarthy’s “Life Cast” is a neat and quiet exhibition of the artist at the uptown Hauser & Wirth.  New York Times, July 5, 2013

The Plaza Hotel Goes Into Hiding for a Face-Lift  A 62,000-square-foot mesh banner designed by Paul Britten covers the facade of the hotel and is an architecturally correct rendering of its face. New York Times, July 5, 2013

‘Specific Objects’  “Specific Objects” tries to correct a widely held misconception about an often-quoted article by Donald Judd that has the same title. New York times, July 4, 2013

The Shape of the World Passing Before His Eyes Two exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum give the marvelous self-taught artist Bill Traylor his due. New York times, July 4, 2013


Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy rises from London lake
It's Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He's nearly 4 metres tall and made of fibreglass.  CBC, July 8, 2013

Tate Modern Receives $55 Million Israeli shipping tycoon Eyal Ofer has promised fifty-five million dollars to the Tate Modern’s two-hundred-and-seventy-five-million dollar expansion project, reports Ellie Armon Azoulay of Haaretz. In response to his donation, the museum will name three eastern galleries after him.  Artforum, July 5, 2013


Murano's Dying Glass Art Business "Murano, an island near the city centre, has been home to glass factories for 700 years. But a shift in taste from elaborate, heavy glass to inexpensive, contemporary designs that go in the dishwasher has hurt local artisans. More than a third have shut up shop in the past decade. At the bottom end of the market Chinese glass now does the job more cheaply." The Economist, July 6, 2013

Tomb Robbers - Raid Of Italian Artifacts By Amateur Thieves "In covering their tracks, the looters effectively wiped out the sort of information -- the size of the tomb, the number of rooms, how the various urns and other artifacts were arranged -- that scholars scour for information to reconstruct ancient civilizations." New York Times, July 4, 2013


Pushkin Museum Director Is Casualty In Russian Political Battles "Irina Antonova's departure, announced on Monday at a hurriedly convened news conference by the culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, with Ms. Antonova at his side, was interpreted by many as punishment for her role in dragging Mr. Putin into her feud with the Hermitage." The New York Times, July 6, 2013