Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 4, 2013


In Galleries this Week: Monomania II: Vancouver Emerging and more. Trench Gallery owner Craig Sibley describes Monomania II as a “barometer of rising local talent.” Among the 20 artists: Patrick Cruz paints bold abstractions; Natalie Tan’s practice spans intriguing text paintings to collage; Adrienne Rempel’s Rothko meets O’Keefe paintings (among other styles) won a Gordon and Marion Smith Scholarship; and Jen Aitken creates salacious sculptures and sumptuous paintings. Other exhibitions include: The Diarist, the Commentator, and the Seer (Jen Osborne, Andy Dixon and Jessica Bell) at the Initial Gallery, and As It Is at Wil Aballe Art Projects (Jeremy Hoff, Angela Teng, Sean Mills, Deirdre McAdams, Jonathan Syme). Vancouver Sun, July 3, 2013

VIVA spices up downtown life with a dose of global culture. It must be summer in Vancouver. There, on a Wednesday morning, was the mayor playing a polka-dotted piano at the foot of the Vancouver Art Gallery steps as traditional Mexican dancers spun and twirled in the sunshine. It was the launch of another season of VIVA Vancouver, a city-sponsored program that aims to liven up downtown streets by encouraging public gatherings with offers of music, dance, art and a celebration of global culture. Vancouver Sun, July 3, 2013

North Vancouver

Strangelove’s Weegee and Zhang Yaxin: Model Operas complement each other in curious, provocative ways. On first glance, Presentation House Gallery’s two photographic exhibitions, Strangelove’s Weegee and Zhang Yaxin: Model Operas, appear oddly alien to each another. Both represent highly stylized, popular-culture productions, undertaken during politically charged times, yes, but from vastly different cultural, aesthetic, and ideological conditions. Georgia Straight, July 3, 2013


It’s how you play the game. Two slides stood out during Winnipeg printmaker Suzie Smith’s artist talk for To Break & To Build, her solo exhibition at Aceartinc. Tucked among images of her own recent work and the artists who’ve influenced her, she included examples of a simple pen-and-paper game, the sort of thing kids might be encouraged to play on long car trips to pass the time. The first player dashes off two squiggly lines, and the second has to find some way to work them into a picture — a bear, a bug, a boat, or anything else. Winnipeg Free Press, July 4, 2013


Linda Rodeck Leaves Sotheby’s, Joins Waddington’s. Linda Rodeck, who until recently had been managing director, Canada, at Sotheby’s, is moving to Waddington’s as vice-president. She is due to begin her new position at the Canadian art auction house on August 6. Canadian Art, July 3, 2013

Outdoor exhibition leaves artists at weather’s mercy. After a long winter, Torontonians are eager to get their entertainment fix outdoors, and art shows are no exception. Every July for 52 years, come rain or shine, the show goes on at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, a popular outdoor alternative to the typically hushed gallery experience. The three-day juried festival, beginning on Friday, showcases contemporary fine art and crafts in Nathan Phillips Square. Toronto Star, July 4, 2013


Adams and Burtynsky: The continuum comes full circle at new exhibit. Save the best for last” has long been a showbiz adage. However, McMichael curator Chris Finn has ignored that truism to position the most stimulating part of these two linked shows of photographs at the exhibition’s beginning, in a modest antechamber of sorts to its feast of Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky. The space contains no more than 10 or 12 objects – a couple of drawings, a booklet, some paintings and photographs – gathered under the rubic “Connections,” yet in concert they pack a synergistic punch. Globe & Mail, July 3, 2013


Must-Sees This Week: July 4 to 10, 2013. There are lots of great openings and art events happening across the country this week. Here are some of Canadian Art’s best bets. Canadian Art, July 3, 2013


California court dismisses collector’s case against Sotheby’s Judge rules that Nazi-owned art lawsuit should be heard in England. The Art Newspaper, July 4, 2013

Akron, Ohio

Nina Katchadourian’s Poetry Slam Stacking library books to create unexpected conversations. “Art in Public Places/What Did I Do?/Interventions and Provocations/On This Site.” Nina Katchadourian produced this bit of freeform poetry by stacking the spines of four carefully chosen books in the research library at the Akron Art Museum, in Ohio. For 20 years, the Brooklyn-based conceptual artist has been creating these kinds of small, transformative dialogues within book collections, and now photographs of her arrangements have been brought together in Sorted Books, published by Chronicle. Artnews, July 4, 2013


The Work Behind Child’s Play At the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, an exhibition looks at the evolution of playgrounds from 19th-century “sand gardens” to postwar “junk playgrounds” and play areas inspired by abstract sculpture. New York Times, July 4, 2013

New York

A Wedding or a Funeral?: Robert Irwin Returns to the Whitney For the first time since its creation in 1977, L.A.-based artist Robert Irwin’s sculptural installation Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York has been reinstalled on the museum’s fourth floor (through Sept. 1). Art in America, July 2, 2013

United States

Speedier visas planned for US-bound artists Less red tape means foreign artists could give lectures, teach courses and complete residencies more easily, say museums. The Art Newspaper, July 3, 2013


Early European Painting of America Is Sold to Rijksmuseum A 16th-century painting by Jan Mostaert depicting Spanish invaders aiming guns at a naked indigenous population was acquired by the Rijksmuseum. New York Times, July 4, 2013


Beuys show can go on Ruling in Germany’s supreme court on the rights to images of performance art favours museum. The Art Newspaper, July 4, 2013

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