Visual Arts News from Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 16, 2012


Yang Fudong: Viewers create their own Fifth Night. “The Vancouver Art Gallery is showing a seven-channel video that’s designed so the viewer creates his or her own version of the work simply by watching… Fifth Night is part of Yellow Signal: New Media in China, a multi-venue exhibition of contemporary Chinese artists initiated by Shengtian Zhang and coordinated by Centre A. It’s also the 13th instalment of TD Next: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim.” Vancouver Sun (Blog), May 15, 2012

Burying Another Face of Racism on First Nations Soil. “The Vancouver Art Gallery has announced a number of new acquisitions. Among them is a 4.8 m canvas by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun entitled Burying Another Face of Racism on First Nations Soil. The painting was recently exhibited at the gallery in Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection. Yuxweluptun’s work is currently being exhibited in New York at Center 548.” Coastal Art Beat, May 9, 2012


High style meets street art. Artist Ronan Boyle finds creative inspiration in juxtaposing the beautiful and the grotesque. Times Colonist, May 13, 2012

Campbell River

Art and B.C.’s beauty become a family affair. “Born into a family of renowned artists, Mark Heine will follow in his father Harry Heine’s footsteps as he joins 35 of British Columbia’s finest artists as this year’s chosen “Artist in Residence” at the 18th annual Painters at Painter’s weekend celebration of art.” Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2012


How an Edmonton artist saved an alley. “Once a vibrant high street running through one of Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhoods, Alberta Avenue had become synonymous with crime. Out-of-business shops were vacant and residences had fallen into disrepair. A solution to Alberta Avenue’s dumping problem came from an unexpected source,” from an artist and a sergeant. Globe & Mail, May 16, 2012

Sculptor’s monumental talent evident throughout Edmonton. John Weaver’s sculptures are familiar to scores of Albertans even if his name is not. Between the first statue he created for an art centre in Butte, Mont., in 1944, to the final one he completed in 2003 for the City of Chilliwack, B.C., Weaver produced more than 2,000 pieces for halls, parks, public spaces and private collections across Canada and the United States. Edmonton Journal, May 13, 2012


Chilling Images: Calgary-raised artist Michael Markowsky braved Arctic temperatures to capture Canadian troops. Michael Markowsky spent two weeks at the intelligence intercept base in the harsh Arctic region, taking part in the Canadian Forces Artists Program, wherein artists render the work of our troops on missions around the world. In 45 paintings and two sketchbooks full of drawings, he captured the brutal yet beautiful landscape, with its military landmarks, soldiers at work in and around the base. Calgary Herald, May 15, 2012


Luke Painter: The Ornamentalist. Luke Painter’s exhibition at LE Gallery “evokes a strange sense of dislocation; the architectural structures and latticeworks of flora feel as familiar as art history–class slides, but the images that contain them seem suspended in some sort of surrealist dreamscape.” Canadian Art (Online), May 10, 2012,


Arts Court expansion forces foundation into merger with Ottawa Council for the Arts (with video). The weight of the $37-million expansion of Arts Court has crushed the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, pushing it into a merger with the Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Ottawa Citizen, May 14, 2012


To Honor Mike Kelley, a Replica of His Home Construction on a replica of the artist’s home will begin in June on a vacant lot behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. New York Times, May 13, 2012

New York

Evoking Monet’s Giverny With Real Plants “Scott Pask made his entrance and spoke his first line: ‘The green needs to be a bit more blue’.” The Tony Award-winning set designer was at work at the New York Botanical Garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, helping create the new exhibit “Monet’s Garden.” “The task: evoking Giverny, the Normandy estate that was manse and muse to one of Impressionism’s founding fathers.” The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2012

Thom Mayne To Design Anchor Of Cornell University’s NYC Tech Center The Pritzker Prize winner and his firm, Morphosis, have been named architects of the flagship structure of a major research center and high-tech business incubator planned for Roosevelt Island, the quiet strip of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. New York Magazine, May 13, 2012

New York’s Museum Of African Art Delays Opening Yet Again “For the fifth time in three years, the Museum for African Art has been forced to delay opening its new home at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, in East Harlem, as it continues to work to raise the money to finish the project.” New York Times, May 16, 2012

Ming Liang Lu Makes Faces in the Subway, Using Paper and Scissors Ming Liang Lu, 57, snips and slices intricate portraits of commuters in his own unique style. Mr. Lu practices several ancient Chinese art forms and says he hails from a noted Shanghai teaching lineage. New York Times, May 16, 2012

United States

Burma Shave’s Legendary (And Long-Lost) Road-Sign Verse “In a simpler time, when automobiles went slower … there was a popular advertising campaign that ran from 1927 until 1963. It consisted of rhymed messages sequentially staked on the right side of the road, all ending with the advertiser’s name, ‘Burma-Shave’.” Salon (Imprint) May 12, 2012


The reluctant comic-book hero A major survey of R. Crumb’s countercultural cartoons opened in Paris last month, but he remains mystified by the attention (Crumb once did an album cover for Janis Joplin’s band Big Brother and the Holding Company, but he says he “doesn’t care much for modern rock’n’roll”) The Art Newspaper, May 16, 2012

Modern Artists Find a Sartorial Purpose With Jewelry Jewelry made by famous artists is finding a fashionable following among women looking for more than craftwork in their finery. New York Times, May 16, 2012

Easter Island

Easter Island Statues Have Bodies Beneath Those Heads (Petroglyphs, Too) “When most people think of the renowned monolithic statues, they think of the heads only. But in October 2011, the Easter Island Statue Project began its Season V expedition, revealing remarkable photos showing that the bodies of the statues go far deeper underground than just about anyone had imagined.” Yahoo! News, May 14, 2012 (includes slideshow)

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