Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 26, 2012

Vancouver

Douglas Coupland kicks off Gallery Hop 2012. Gallery Hop, Vancouver’s free day of art tours and talks on Saturday, begins in the morning with a talk by artist Douglas Coupland and Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes. For full details see Vancouver Hop Vancouver Sun, April 26, 2012

Angela Grossmann: the Future Is Female shows little sign of change. “The Future Is Female is an unsettling exhibition. Vancouver painter Angela Grossmann took the show’s title from a button she found in a junk shop in the mid-1980s. Guest essayist Danielle Egan describes that long-ago button as both “a brazen declaration” and “an abandoned relic of second-wave feminism.””Georgia Straight, April 26, 2012

Photographs in Beyond the Darkness speak to a deep understanding of sight Larry Louie has a great appreciation for sight because he is a documentary photographer, and a working optometrist. His exhibition, Reaching for a Dream is at the HSBC Pendulum Gallery to mark Seva Canada’s 30th anniversary. Georgia Straight, April 26, 2012

New art space at Drake and Howe tied to development. While some members of the arts community are praising the addition of 17 artist’s studios to a 41-storey development at Drake and Howe streets, others are expressing concern that the city seems to be relying on developers to create art amenities, rather than helping preserve already established studio space. Georgia Straight, April 26, 2012

Vancouver Biennale receives Arts Champion Award. The Vancouver Biennale has received the Arts Champion in Education Award, while Gabriola Island’s Kathy Ramsey, Vernon’s Lynne Hossay, and New Westminster’s Trudy Van Dop have received Arts Champion in Community Awards. Georgia Straight, April 23, 2012

Victoria

Museum comes alive with sound. The Royal B.C. Museum hosts Site and Sound, a Saturday evening festival of sound to complement exhibits in the museum. Artists at this one-night event include: Tina Pearson, a sound artist; the Victoria Gum Sing Musical Society; and Peter Morin, a Victoria-based performance artist. Times Colonist, April 26, 2012

Edmonton

City archives go virtual. The City of Edmonton Archives is going virtual with its first online exhibit profiling Edmonton author, artist and archive-advocate Ella May Walker. Edmonton Journal, April 25, 2012

Toronto

CONTACT: Photo festival spotlights international talent. The largest photography festival in the world kicks off in Toronto on Thursday, showcasing everything from sleepy soldiers to seedy motel strips. The 2012 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, now in its 16th year, features the work of more than 1,000 artists at almost 200 venues across the city. National Post, April 25, 2012

Candid Call Centre offers toll-free chat about the economy. Angel Chen started the Candid Call Centre. Part art project, part public service, the hotline takes toll-free calls from people who want to talk about the economy. Toronto Star, April 26, 2012

Ottawa

Beyond musty artifacts The former director of the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, now a distinguished professor of art history and Canada Research Chair in modern culture at Carleton University, Ruth Phillips is experiencing the surprise of her life: Her book Museum Pieces: Towards the Indigenization of Canadian Museums has been nominated for a Donner Prize, the $50,000 annual award that goes to the best Canadian book on public policy. Ottawa Citizen, April 23, 2012

National Gallery issues RFP for app A mobile platform showcasing the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent Canadian collection? There’s (soon to be) an app for that. Ottawa Business Journal, April 23, 2012

New York

Dawn Kasper at the Whitney Biennial At the Whitney Biennial, the performance artist Dawn Kasper lives and works and talks to museum-goers who watch her. New York Times, April 26, 2012

Rome

Art and Fashion Rub Elbows The Italian museum Maxxi receives some financing from Zegna, but wrinkles ensue. New York Times, April 26, 2012

Malta

Renzo Piano’s ‘Narcissistic’ Malta Project Under Attack In Parliament The opposition leader described Piano’s plan for the area around City Gate in Valletta – which includes a new Parliament building already under construction – as a “narcissistic” pet project of the Prime Minister and criticized the €80m venture’s financing. The Times of Malta, April 25, 2012

Istanbul

From Amsterdam to Istanbul, Art and Diplomacy An exhibition in Istanbul of art from the Netherlands draws parallels between the Dutch of the 17th century and the Turks of today. New York Times, April 26, 2012

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