Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 8-11, 2012

Vancouver

Rodney Graham Canada Dry If an understated sense of humour is one of the hallmarks of modern Canadian identity, there are few who play that role with sharper wit than Vancouver artist Rodney Graham. Now, five recent Graham works are having their first Canadian showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Canadian Art, June 7, 2012

Rodney Graham: Humour, Canadian-style Canadian Humourist is part of a small but potent exhibition of Rodney Graham’s photo-based and film works also called Canadian Humourist at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Graham’s exhibition is on the first floor of the gallery along with the extensive collection of paintings, drawings and works by Henri Matisse and other late 19th and early 20th century artists. Vancouver Sun, June 9, 2012

Scenes from a Life: Rodney Graham on a making a living in art “I suppose I resolved not to make any more boring art, following the imperative of John Baldessari who made an artwork on that very subject.” National Post, June 8, 2012

Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit puts Rodney Graham front and centre The Vancouver-based artist has been creating photographs, installations, music, books, videos and films since the late 1970s. He represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and his work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The Vancouver Courier, June 5, 2012

Acknowledging Coast Surreal Territory Last year, upon entering the Vancouver Art Gallery to see The Colour of my Dreams exhibition concerning the Surrealist revolution in art, I was startled to encounter a Kwakwaka’wakw figure (Yakan’takw – Speaking-through post) tucked behind the liminal. Capilano Review, June 2012

Chemainus

Proposed Carr monument divides Chemainus Statue inspired by artist’s paintings would distract from town’s historic murals, critics say. Times Colonist, June 10, 2012

Toronto

TH&B2 Post-Industrial Strength TH&B, a collective named after the defunct Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway, mounted its second large group show this spring. As Caitlin Sutherland observes, the exhibition evoked Steeltown’s struggle to redefine itself as a cultural hub. Canadian Art, June 7, 2012

San Francisco

Art Show Celebrates 75 Years of the Golden Gate For the show “International Orange” artists from San Francisco and elsewhere celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary with photographs, sound sculptures and crepe-paper gowns. New York Times, June 10, 2012

New Mexico

Campaign To Save Iconic “Lightning Field” Walter De Maria’s magical “Lightning Field,” in the remote desert of western New Mexico, is showing its age. Years of rough weather have damaged the work, which was commissioned by the Dia Foundation and completed in 1977. The New York Times, June 8, 2012

New York

Altfest, Barlow, Dean, Djurberg and Liden at New Museum Five celebrated artists — Ellen Altfest, Phyllida Barlow, Tacita Dean, Nathalie Djurberg and Klara Liden — have separate shows at the New Museum. Oh, you noticed that they’re all women? New York Times, June 8, 2012

Ellsworth Kelly’s Plant Drawings at the Met “Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings,” at the Metropolitan Museum shows how figurative works have shaped the art of an abstract painter and sculptor. New York Times, June 8, 2012

Kassel

Global art extravaganza opens Saturday in Germany Paintings by Emily Carr are about to receive international attention…It’s extraordinarily important for Emily Carr for her work to be seen in this international…who go to dOCUMENTA to be familiar with Emily Carr. Times Colonist, June 8, 2012

China

Chinese Museums Open to the World Leading Chinese museums are increasingly staging exhibitions of European art, a sign of a wider cultural metamorphosis. New York Times, June 8, 2012

Ai Weiwei Goes After Chinese Government Again “Ai said self-interest is China’s only political ideology and the ‘people in office just try to maintain so-called stability to protect their own profit, or their own interest. They have to crush other voices. There’s no real communication or discussion.'” Washington Post (AP) June 11, 2012

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