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Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 17, 2013



Art this Week: Scott McFarland, Dirk Fleischmann and Gu Xiong. “Photographing streetscapes from the same place for days, Scott McFarland then seamlessly combines elements from all the photos to create a singular image that suits his own ideal document of what transpired...” Vancouver Sun, July 16, 2013

Community gardens, reclaimed streets highlight Vancouver’s urban summer.  “Sometimes it’s the small changes that make the biggest differences in how people enjoy their cities – the food cart can provide as much pleasure as the expensive new art gallery.. Street pavement is a valuable resource that can be used for more than just cars, as many cities are discovering. Vancouver has shut down Robson Street between the art gallery and the courthouse two summers in a row. Last summer, it was filled with giant beanbag-like chairs. This summer, it’s wooden tables and benches set out on the road, which has been covered with planking to create a “corduroy road” – the way streets were built in the muddy Pacific Northwest 100 years ago.” Vancouver Sun, July 14, 2012


Q&A: Jillian McDonald on Highland Noir.  “If Jillian McDonald is afraid of the dark, she hides it well. Since 2006, the New York–based Canadian artist has been making performances and films inspired by horror-film archetypes. Whether transforming herself into a vampire on a Chicago El train or bringing a zombie invasion to life in Toronto’s College Park, McDonald has a talent for melding the mundane and the monstrous. Now, her work Valley of the Deer—produced in the Scottish Highlands as part of Glenfiddich’s Artists in Residence program—is on view at Calgary’s Esker Foundation as a three-channel video installation and Toronto’s Onsite at OCADU as a single-channel film.” Canadian Art, July 15, 2013


Rebecca Belmore’s Haunting Art an Ottawa Highlight.  “Rebecca Belmore has created some of Canada’s most haunting artworks on the subject of colonial violence and its living legacy. Her current exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery, “What Is Said and What Is Done,” underlines her accomplishments in this respect. “ Canadian Art, July 12, 2013


LAMMERICH, Frederick (Fred).  “During his long, healthy and productive life Frederick Lammerich was an accomplished artist and teacher. While living in Germany he conceptualized and executed large artworks for church interiors, notably the St. Laurentius Church in Braunschweig. Through his personal research as an artist he evolved his own contribution to the practice of abstract painting. His last exhibition titled Motion and Emotion took place in Vancouver at the Burnaby Art Gallery in 2005.” Globe & Mail, June 22, 2013 , print ed. July 17, 2013


Karen Kraven’s Magic Evident at Centre Clark.  “As Above, So Below” was Karen Kraven’s second solo exhibition in Montreal, and her first since finishing an MFA at Concordia last year. In this playful installation, she presented a mix of found objects and constructed situations that invoked a quasi-mystical sense of multiple dimensions.” Canadian Art, July 12, 2013

St. John’s

Retrospective celebrates the subversive vision of painter Mary Pratt. “People have long been telling Mary Pratt who she is, and who she should be. She has been labelled as a mere housewife, as an overly commercial artist, as the less-talented (read: female) counterpoint to her once-husband, the painter Christopher Pratt.” Globe & Mail, July 16, 2013

Wolfville, N.S.

Alex Colville, Canada’s ‘painter laureate,’ dead at age 92. Celebrated painter Alex Colville, whose meticulously crafted scenes of everyday life established him as one of Canada’s most well-known modern artists, has died at the age of 92.  National Post, July 17, 2013

Los Angeles

Marilyn Monroe negatives to be auctioned with copyright  Inclusion of copyright could add “exponential value” to Milton Greene's photographic archive.  The Art Newspaper, July 17, 2013

That’s All, Foulkes  Documentary chronicles life and times of artist who repeatedly shoots himself in the foot.  ARTnews, July 17, 2013

New York

Sukkah City: Revisiting The Crazy, High-Concept, Temporary Jewish Huts Of NYC "A documentary shows how a 2010 design contest became 'probably the largest non-Orthodox, non-Israel centered public expression of Jewish life in the history of New York'." The Atlantic, July 11, 2013

Washington, D. C.

The Bubble That Ate The Hirshhorn "The Hirshhorn Museum's Seasonal Inflatable Structure known as the 'Bubble' never got off the ground, but many who spent years debating the project say it took up all the oxygen in the room. ... Debate about the project became a proxy for a larger existential debate about the museum's core mission and its role in the art world." Washington Post, July 16, 2013


Baltimore's Contemporary Museum Reopens with New Director After a yearlong hiatus, and with no new home in sight—or even in the offing—the Contemporary is returning to Baltimore with a new board and a new director.  Art in America, July 17, 2013  

Felpham, West Sussex

Attention William Blake Fans: Want To Own His House? The estate agent describes the property, priced at £650,000, as: "A most picturesque 17th century brick-and-flint period cottage ... set in a sheltered walled garden in the heart of the old village within 250 yards of the foreshore." The Guardian (UK) July 17, 2013


How Art Schools Are Failing Painters "You can see the evidence every year at any art college exhibition across the country. There is, without doubt, an unwillingness to paint; the medium is seen as too traditional, over and done with." The Scotsman , July 16, 2013


Kippenberger Survey Mixes Comedy with Tragedy.  “I’ve known Martin Kippenberger’s work for quite some time. One of the most remarkable things about “sehr gut | very good,” a major exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof, is that I now feel as if I know the man. With minimal didactic intervention, curators Udo Kittelmann, Britta Schmitz and Miriam Halwani offer a potent sense not only of the development of Kippenberger’s aesthetic preoccupations (which were varied, to say the least), but also of Kippenberger himself. Such is the communicative power of his art.”
Canadian Art, July 16, 2013


Venice's Flood Gate Project Devolves Into Massive Financial Scandal The 81-year-old director of the project, who resigned less than three weeks ago (ostensibly due to ill health), and "six other people were arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged rigging of contracts and fraudulent invoicing." The Art Newspaper, July 15, 2013


New building for ancient desert library  Coptic monastery of Deir al-Surian in Egyptian desert was established in the sixth century.  One of the world’s earliest libraries—well over a millennium old—finally has its first dedicated building. The Coptic monastery of Deir al-Surian (the monastery of the Syrians), in the Egyptian desert, was established in the sixth century and some of its manuscripts were collected by its abbot during a trip to Baghdad in AD927. The new building opened in May, in a two-storey structure nestling within the monastery’s tenth-century walls. It includes a reading room, a small display area, conservation facilities and a basement store, all of which are secure and maintain proper environmental conditions.  The Art Newspaper, July 17, 2013


Francis Alÿs: Architect of the Absurd In Francis Alÿs’s video REEL-UNREEL, the action takes place along the bare cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan. The cameras follow a reel of film as it unrolls through the old part of town—pushed by two children, uphill and downhill, like a hoop, inspiring an improvised narrative. It’s an example of “doing/undoing,” Alÿs says. And that interplay became the axiom of the film.  ARTnews, July 15, 2013


Christie's Will Sell Art in Mumbai  The home country of Mahatma Gandhi, the Taj Mahal and the Hindu faith will soon play host to a new auction house.  Art in America, July 17, 2013



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