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Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 18, 2013




FUSE: Grand Ballroom at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  If you liked what they did at the recent Khatsahlano! Music and Arts Festival (and thousands did), here’s guessing you’re going to dig what Arrival Agency are doing at this Friday’s (July 19) FUSE event at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Georgia Straight, July 18, 2013

Vancouver events: Fuse and more.  “Good to see the Arrival Agency, the former Waldorf Hotel team, taking on the VAG’s most popular program, FUSE, throwing a late-night multi-room party with performers, installations, projections, DJs, music and food carts on Friday evening.  Dress opulently.”  Vancouver Sun, July 18, 2013

Vancouver artist Scott McFarland has an eye for the main chance.  “When it comes to dissecting the key ingredients in mastering his expansive subjects, artist Scott McFarland proffers the notion of “happenstance.”” Vancouver Sun, July 17, 2013

Public Dreams to stop hosting Illuminares festival, faces uncertain future.  Public Dreams has announced it will cease producing the outdoor Illuminares Lantern Festival after hosting a scaled-down, 25th-anniversary edition on Saturday (July 20). Georgia Straight, July 16, 2013

West Vancouver

Ron Thom and the Allied Arts is a spiritual experience.  “When you enter the West Vancouver Museum, you are met with the fresh scent of unprimed plywood. Used in the construction of display cases and panels throughout the exhibition Ron Thom and the Allied Arts, the plywood reflects upon this modernist architect’s preference for raw wood and other unprepossessing natural materials. And the sharp-angled shapes of the cases echo Thom’s propensity for designing buildings on a diamond rather than square grid.” Georgia Straight, July 16, 2013

Vancouver Island

Retired art teacher brings eclectic style to Saturday's TD Art Gallery Paint-in.  Artist Bevin Bigalky’s home studio is brimming with treasures. Bigalky, who spent 27 years teaching art at Oak Bay Secondary School before officially retiring this year, is one of more than 180 artists featured Saturday at the TD Art Gallery Paint-In. Times Colonist, July 18, 2013

Friendship centre hopes to turn native art into a better economic future. A block of raw cedar can be picked up for a few dollars, but once carved and painted by skilled First Nations artists, it can sell for $2,000 — an increase in value that will help fund programs for Greater Victoria’s off-reserve aboriginal population. Victoria Native Friendship Centre is one of three organizations awarded $15,000 each by the provincial and federal governments to develop innovative ideas that will improve the economic outlook for First Nations people living off reserve.  Times Colonist, July 16, 2013


14 Longlisted for $50,000 Aimia,  AGO Photo Prize.  “This morning, 14 artists were longlisted for the $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, formerly known as the Grange Prize. The prize nominates Canadian and international artists for consideration, with the winner being decided by public vote during an exhibition online and at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Four Canadian artists were longlisted for the award: Jessica Eaton, Emanuel Licha, Erin Shirreff and Dan Siney.” Canadian Art, July 18, 2013

Wolfville, N.S.

Alex Colville and the disturbance beneath the tranquility.  “There’s a way in which, when artists take on the designation of national treasure – be they Tom Thomson, Emily Carr or Alex Colville – people stop really seeing their work and see instead the carapace of conventional interpretation that has hardened around them. With Mr. Colville’s death, perhaps, comes liberation from those sorts of narratives, and the opportunity for revision.” Globe & Mail, July 17, 2013

From the Archives: A Visit with Alex Colville. Given the recent passing of iconic Canadian artist Alex Colville, it seemed an auspicious moment to revisit our cover story on him from our Fall 1987 issue. Originally titled “Nothing Phoney” and written by Hans Werner, the article conjures a decade when Colville came in for no small amount of criticism, and also received fresh examinations of his work as a war artist.   Canadian Art, July 18, 2013

Port Union, NFLD

Building a Newfoundland for thirtysomethings. Last month, seven architects and students from Toronto were in Port Union, Nfld., finishing a new cultural building project: a wooden arch that will be a new gathering place. They were doing the work themselves, building in the rain alongside some local residents, hammering together wharf timbers and Douglas fir beams on a site overlooking Trinity Bay. Globe & Mail, July 18, 2013 


Culture Blooms in Cleveland Expansions and enhancements at a trio of art institutions is helping power a neighborhood’s cultural renaissance.  New York Times, July 18, 2013

New York

Steamy Wait Before a Walk in a Museum’s Rain Waits are hours long for “Rain Room,” an installation at the Museum of Modern Art that has rain falling all around, but miraculously, not on you.  New York Times, July 18, 2013

Christie’s sells four paintings by Canadian Jack Bush for total of $1.6-million.  Records tumbled like dice Wednesday in Manhattan as Christie’s auction house sold four colourful paintings by master Canadian abstractionist Jack Bush for a total of almost $1.6-million (U.S.), including buyers’ premiums. Globe & Mail, July 17, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Struggles To Care For Its Collections "The panel noted that the sheer volume and variety of the collection make preservation more challenging by the year." Washington Post, July 18, 2013


UK Hits The Pause Button On Sale Of Rembrandt To Getty "Under British law, foreigners who buy art that's more than 50 years old and ensconced on U.K. soil can see their purchases vetoed if two conditions are met." Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2013


Ten paintings stolen from Brussels museum Works by Kees van Dongen and James Ensor among those missing (Kees van Dongen’s The Thinker, 1907, valued at more than €1m, was one of the more expensive works stolen.  The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2013

Weil am Rhein, Germany

Renzo Piano Designs A Micro-House "When I was a student, in the '60s, I dreamt of making a house 7 feet by 7 feet, as a dream of freedom, of self-moderation," he said. The prototype house he's designed for the furniture company Vitra isn't quite that small, but it's not far off. The New York Times , July 18, 2013


Report: Stolen Picassos Burned In Romania "A Romanian museum is analysing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others that were stolen last year from the Netherlands, an official has said." The Guardian (UK) July 17, 2013

Jizhou, China

Museum In China Closes After Almost All Of Its Collection Turns Out To Be Fake "Wei Yingjun, a consultant to the Jibaozhai Museum in Jizhou, about 150 miles south of Beijing, insists the situation is not that bad. He is 'quite positive' that 80 or even more pieces out of tens of thousands in the museum are authentic. In spite of this sterling defence, regional authorities in Hebei province have closed the museum amid a national scandal." The Guardian (UK) July 17, 2013




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