Archive for March, 2011

Welcome back students, faculty & spring!

March 28, 2011

Happy Spring Quarter everyone! In the spirit of Springtime, we thought it appropriate to include an image of our resident chicken who makes her home behind the VRF. There’s a lot going on this quarter: the Art Studio Lecture Series continues with talks by artists Desiree Holman (April 7) and Anders Ruhwald (April 21) and a conversation between writer and critic Bill Berkson and the Nelson Gallery’s Renny Prtikin (April 28). The Nelson Gallery is showing “Across the Great Divide: a Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture”, an exhibition of photographs by Roberta Price and guest curated by Professor Simon Sadler (Art History and Design Programs).  Don’t miss the panel discussion on March 31 that accompanies the exhibition. The “Touching Base” exhibition continues at the Pence Gallery until April 21. “Touching Base” is curated by Professor Robin Hill (Art Studio) and includes 11 former UCD art majors.

And of course the VRF is open too: Spring Quarter hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday by appointment. Hope to see you soon in the VRF.

Japanese National Treasures damaged by tsunami

March 28, 2011


The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs has released a list of cultural landmarks damaged by the recent Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. As of March 24, their list contained 353 vulnerable cultural properties. Among the damaged landmarks are Amida Hall (Iwaki, Fukashima Prefecture), Zuigan Temple (Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture) and Matsushima, one of the worst hit areas and an officially designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty.

'Waves at Matsushima' by Tawaraya Sotatsu

Court rules Richard Prince liable for Infringement

March 22, 2011

According to a federal court judge in New York, artist Richard Prince and the Gagosian Gallery infringed on photographer Patrick Cariou’s copyrights when Prince produced “Canal Zone,” a series of 29 paintings taken from Cariou’s book titled Yes, Rasta. Prince created collages and paintings from photographs — details but also some “used in their entirety or nearly so” — torn from Cariou’s book.  Prince’s maintained that Cariou’s photographs were “‘mere compilations of facts…arranged with minimum creativity…[and] are therefore not protectable’ by copyright law,” and that his transformation of Cariou photographs through his appropriation is protected under the doctrine of “fair-use.” The judge rejected Prince’s defense, refering to the Rogers v. Koons case: “If an infringement of copyrightable expression could be justified as fair use solely on the basis of the infringer’s claim to a higher or different artistic use . . . there would be no practicable boundary to the fair use defense.” Fair Use permits copyrighted works to be used without permission under certain provisions, in particular criticism, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.  Prince has been ordered by the court to destroy all the infringing works. To read more, go to the complete March 21 pdn article.

Exhibition cancelled due to Japanese radiation

March 22, 2011

“The Birth of French Impressionism”, an exhibition scheduled for April 5 at the Prefectural Art Museum in Hiroshima City, has been called off because art loans from France have been withdrawn. The reason: potential (or fear of potential) radiation damage to the artworks as a result of the damaged nuclear power plants impacted by the recent Japanese earthquake.  The French Ministère de la Culture notified the local Japanese government that all loans of art work to Japan were terminated (until further notice). To read about the withdrawn exhibition, go to the museum’s site here (in Japanese). According to Kayla Chayka of the Hyperallergic blog, the French are greatly overreacting and posts a map to illustrate her point.

Sendai eqrthquake viewed from Toyo Ito building

March 18, 2011

Christopher Hawthorne from the LA Times has found and reposted a video shot during last week’s earthquake in Sendai, Japan. The video, taken by someone in Toyo Ito’s Mediatheque (a cultural center built in 2001), shows the building swaying for what must have felt like an eternity. Hawthorne’s article also includes before and after photos of Toyo Ito’s building. To read the article and view the video, go to the LA Times Culture Monster.

Art Historian Leo Steinberg, 1920-2011

March 18, 2011

Leo Steinberg, art historian and critic, died on Sunday at the age of 90. Steinberg studied Renaissance and Baroque art but his writings — his best know works include “Other Criteria: Confrontations With Twentieth-Century Art” (1972) and “The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion” (1983) — revealed a broad range of interests. He held professorships at Hunter College and University of Pennsylvania but also taught at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Princeton, Columbia, Harvard and the University of Texas at Austin. To read more, go to the New York Times article.

New images added to ARTstor

March 18, 2011

ARTstor has just released additions to two of its existing collections: ART on FILE and the Islamic Art and Architecture Collection.
ART on FILE has expanded to include 1,100 new photographs documenting contemporary architecture in the United Arab Emirates. Included in these additions is the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai by Skidmore, Owings and Merrell, and the Dubai Marina. With these additions, ART on FILE, which focuses on contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and public art, now has more than 11,700 images in ARTstor.
The Islamic Art and Architecture Collectionwas created by Professors Sheila Blair, Jonathan Bloom and Walter Denny with material from their personal collections and archives. They have added 250 new images of Iznik ceramics from the Ottoman period bringing their ARTstor holdings to 19,009.
And finally, ARTstor has reached a new agreement with the Baltimore Museum of Art to include 2,000 images from its permanent collection. The historic Cone Collection will be among the new material.