Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 17, 2017

Vancouver

Kevin Schmidt’s DIY camera reaches new heights. “Kevin Schmidt’s art is as much about process as it is about product. Knowing this goes some way toward explaining why there’s a flare of light in the upper left corner of his aerial photograph of the Earth, shot at 31,000 feet and projected wall-size at the Contemporary Art Gallery.” Georgia Straight, April 15, 2014

Terminal City Re-wired at Chinatown Experiment Pop-up Gallery. Architect and visual artist Peter Ridgway has titled the show at the Chinatown Experiment Pop-up Gallery (434 Columbia Street), Terminal City Re-wired. It explores nothing less than our collective future on Earth. Georgia Straight, April 16, 2014

Interactive Futures symposium tackles ethics of using animals in art. Interactive Futures is a biennial event, at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, that brings together artists and academics from across Canada to discuss issues related to art in the modern world. At this year’s symposium, “More-Than-Human Worlds”, they will explore themes related to the ethics of animals and art. Georgia Straight, April 15, 2014

Toronto

Kitty Scott’s Contemporary Re-Hang Elevates the AGO. “What happens here has to start with Toronto,” Kitty Scott says as she walks me through the recently reinstalled contemporary floors of the Art Gallery of Ontario. It’s a quiet morning in early spring and our respective boots clack along the polished concrete floors of the fourth floor, the entry point to “Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower.” Though Scott’s philosophical approach to re-hanging the gallery’s contemporary art collection, as a description of the show, her statement is also literal: the experience begins with local artist Stephen Andrews’s Heaven (2012), a massive, luminous painting of the galaxy. Canadian Art, April 17, 2014

Canada

7 Shows We Want to See this Spring Spring blooms with an abundance of exciting exhibitions and projects. Here are seven shows Canadian Art staff want to see (or see again) this season. Canadian Art, April 17, 2014

Los Angeles

Design tweaks can’t overcome Academy Museum’s dramatic flaws In Los Angeles, Kerry Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn’t in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws. Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2014

Chicago

Chicago art handlers to vote on unionising The Teamsters have filed complaints against Mana-Terry Dowd for intimidating workers. The Art Newspaper, April 17, 2014

New York

When Good Paintings Happen to World Leaders Move over, George W. Bush: Jeffrey Vallance’s portraits of despots and presidents are more fun to look at. ARTnews, April 17, 2014

Alan Davie, Painter With a Global Bent, Dies at 93 Mr. Davie appropriated mythical and mystical imagery from various cultures, including Navajo Indian, aboriginal Australian, Celtic, Caribbean, ancient Egyptian and others. New York Times, April 17, 2014

Norway

Artists Plan To Recreate 1914 ‘Human Zoo’ “Norway celebrates the 200th anniversary of its constitution this year, and, the artists Mohamed Ali Fadlabi and Lars Cuzner plan to re-enact one of the main attractions from the centenary in 1914: ‘The Congo Village’, in which 80 Africans were put on display, living in cabins with palm roofs surrounded by African artefacts.” The Art Newspaper, April 17, 2014

Paris

The Louvre Gets Its 18th-Century Groove Back “The Louvre Museum is preparing to reopen its 18th-century galleries on 6 June, after nearly a decade of renovation work.” The Art Newspaper, April 17, 2014

France regains painting lost during the First World War Work returned by Germany goes on show as search for missing art continues. The Art Newspaper, April 17, 2014

Arles

Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival to present ‘parade’ of stars This year will be swansong for the outgoing director François Hébel whose successor is named this week. The Art Newspaper, April 17, 2014

Moscow

An Artists’ Boycott Of Putin’s Russia Could Backfire Judith Mackrell: “[If] artists move towards the blanket boycott [Jonathan] Jones has advocated, life can only get harder for all those artists opposed to Putin and his politics. It can only restrict their dialogue with the wider art scene and push them back towards the old cold war-era isolation.” The Guardian, April 17, 2014

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