Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 8, 2016

Vancouver Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures sparks delight in dark times. “There’s such an exuberance of colour, texture, and form in Vancouver Special that the overall impression is one of delight.  Yes, there may be sombre subthemes swimming beneath the surface of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s ambitious new survey exhibition. And flickering shadows may be cast behind … Continue reading

Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 1, 2016

Vancouver Simon Starling’s works reveal deep histories.  “In a recent artist’s talk, Simon Starling spoke initially about, well, artists’ talks. The Turner Prize–winning, Copenhagen-based British artist characterized the illustrated lecture—a mainstay of art-world education—as a medium unto itself.It is, he said, a way of reconciling exhibited images and objects with “the realities that have driven … Continue reading

Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 24, 2016

Victoria Vancouver’s Audain donates $2 million to Victoria art gallery.   The great-great-grandson of Robert Dunsmuir will donate $2 million for the expansion of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, it was announced Wednesday. Vancouver businessman Michael Audain, one of Canada’s leading philanthropists, said: “I believe it essential that the capital of our great province, which … Continue reading

Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 23, 2016

Vancouver Sonny Assu Uses Graffiti to Reassert Native Culture.  While Sonny Assu doesn’t wield a can of spray paint, the 41-year-old member of the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, has adopted a graffiti writer’s approach to his art. In his ongoing series “Interventions on the Imaginary,” opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery December … Continue reading