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Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 19-22, 2013



Art or rubble? Vancouver installation turning heads  The bricks and debris were harvested from a renovated Vancouver synagogue, and the installment was placed at the lot – actually the Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor exhibition place, Offsite.  Passersby who study it for more than a few seconds slowly start to notice the entire landscape is gently shifting, giving the appearance of an optical illusion.  CTV News, July 19, 2013

Art project hurls chunks for some The latest public art project in the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite location outside the Shangri-La Hotel on Georgia Street is a mixed-media installation titled "Calm" created by MadeIn Company, a Shanghaibased artist collective.  The Province, July 19, 2013


Sakahan at the National Gallery: an Aboriginal triumph  A visit to the National Gallery of Canada’s summer show Sakahan is an occasion to see a lot of great art from around the world – the show brings together 80 indigenous artists from 16 countries – but it also offers an occasion to reflect.This is not Galanin's first attempt at cultural cross-pollination, however. He is also the standout talent in Beat Nation, the Vancouver Art Gallery's current touring show, which explores the hybridization of hip hop and aboriginal cultures.  Globe and Mail, July 20, 2013

Can Canada's New Minister Of Canadian Heritage Step Up For The Arts?  With budget cuts ringing alarms, the arts community is wondering if the former pregnant teenager, cop, and politician has the goods to help Canadian culture survive. The Globe & Mail, July 20, 2013


AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize  announces 2013 long list On July 18, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada's leading contemporary photography award, announced the long list of 14 finalists from around the world, submitted by a group of eight international nominators. Formerly known as The Grange Prize, the 50,000 CAD prize honours living artists whose work in photography and video over the past five years has shown extraordinary potential. The nominators are leading Canadian and international experts in photography who have each nominated two artists for the Prize—one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.  AGO Press Release, July 19, 2013

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Alex Colville, Leading Canadian Artist, Dies at 92 Mr. Colville, a figurative painter, revealed emotional and cultural tension in his spare and precise depictions of moments that might otherwise seem mundane.   New York Times, July 21, 2013

Prince Edward Island

A life's work The effect that the late Hilda Woolnough had on Prince Edward Island’s visual arts community was profound. Not only was this award-winning visual artist the driving force behind many of this province’s arts institutions, such as The Guild and the P.E.I. Council of the Arts, she was a tireless champion for artists’ rights and opportunities.  The Guardian (Charlottetown) July 20 2013

Los Angeles

From The Deepest, Dimmest Vaults, 'Storage Art' Makes A Comeback "There is this public assumption that museums are hoarding objects in dark rooms, and by the way that isn't totally wrong." Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2013

Museum Buildings That Are About To Die, We Salute You  The L.A. County Museum of Art has proposed a huge new building to replace four on its current campus. But what works about the buildings that are already there?  Los Angeles Times, Jul 19, 2013


Detroit’s Creditors Eye Its Art Collection  The Detroit Institute of Arts finds itself in the financial cross hairs once again as the city fights with creditors.  New York Times, July 19, 2013  

Hudson, New York

Scenes From Maine, and an Artist’s Life An exhibition shows Frederic Edwin Church’s passionate engagement with the transcendental in nature while also revealing unexpected sides of the artist.  New York Times, July 19, 2013

New York

What's Minimalist Living Like? Find Out At Donald Judd's Manhattan Home "Overall the effect is like Judd's sculptures -- sparse, deliberate, rectilinear and non-organic." NPR , July 21, 2013

The Activism Files At the Interference Archive in Gowanus, Brooklyn, posters, fliers, zines, stickers, T-shirts, books, newspapers, games and videos tell the story of radical political movements.  New York Times, July 19, 2013


Art: Good For The Economy (Or, How The UK Arts Budget Wasn't A Disaster) "State funding of the arts [could] be viewed as a form of 'venture capital,' encouraging investment in the British brand: The value of the artistic sector could be 'leveraged' to deliver economic growth." The Atlantic, July 16, 2013

Architect Richard Rodgers Has Spent A Career Remaking Cities "Rogers has spent a lifetime attempting to make cities more liveable and equitable but, after the Pompidou, what are the landmarks?" Financial Times, July 20, 2013


Romanian’s Tale Has Art World Fearing Worst Ashes from the oven of a Romanian woman contains paint and nails, indicating that she may have burned seven works stolen from a Dutch museum. Her son has been arrested in the theft.  New York Times, July 19, 2013


Russian Government Decides Against Recreating Museum Shut by Stalin The decision comes after a dispute between museums that hold paintings that were in the Museum of New Western Art.  New York times, July 19, 2013


Australia's Resale Scheme Was Meant To Help Artists. Is It Working? "Although the Aboriginal art market is estimated to be worth A$200m ($186m) a year, indigenous artists have not traditionally seen their share of the wealth" - but those artists make up 60 percent of those benefitting from the new royalties. The Art Newspaper, July 19, 2013


The Hunt For Picasso's Sculptures (It's A Massive Project) "The actual numbers and whereabouts of Picasso's sculptures are outdated and often incomplete. His own dealers and foundries never kept good records on the numbers of bronzes they cast from his plaster molds, because the art-world custom before World War II was simply to fill orders as they came in from collectors." The Wall Street Journal , July 19, 2013

We're Losing Our Specialist Arts Critics "As far as the writing goes, great generalists are great. But as a rule, generalist writing can produce some really freaky stories with freaky angles and freaky details, because the same person who writes about art has to write about opera and about comedy, and theater, and the holiday parade, and maybe, occasionally, that thing that newspapers call "nightlife." No wonder nobody reads newspapers anymore." The Stranger, July 15, 2013


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