Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 15, 2013


Eight Women is a rich and resonant exhibition. “Eight Women is a rich and resonant exhibition, presenting sculptures, prints, drawings, and a small textile work by some remarkable northern artists… On view are works by Kenojuak Ashevak, Mary Ayaq, Sheojuk Etidlooie, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Miriam Qiyuk, Nicotye Samayualie, Oviloo Tunnillie, and Lucy Tasseor, essentially representing three distinct generations of art production in the North.” Georgia Straight, August 14, 2013

Dude Chilling Art Exchange draws wild array of works. Cheryl “Cheeks’s project, a small booth that operates on the simple concept of “leave some art, take some art,” stands on the edge of the Brewery Creek Community Garden in Vancouver’s Guelph Park.” Georgia Straight, August 14, 2013

Arts Factory looks to fill studio spaces in city-owned warehouse in Vancouver. The Arts Factory is taking applications for artist studios in their new space at 281 Industrial Avenue.Georgia Straight, August 14, 2013


The Artist is Absent: 5 Questions About Ai Weiwei. “This Saturday, the exhibition “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” begins its only Canadian showing at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ai Weiwei, of course, is one of China’s (and the world’s) most prolific and provocative artists. He is currently not allowed to travel outside of China and his home and studio are under intense surveillance in Beijing. Art Gallery of Ontario director Matthew Teitelbaum talks about the artist and the installation of an exhibition under these unusual circumstances.” Canadian Art, August 14, 2013

Ai Weiwei merges art and politics in AGO show: review. “A show of the resoundingly famous dissident artist’s work comes front-loaded with politically charged expectation. According to What?, the broad-ranging retrospective of Ai’s work that opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday, is no exception to this, but it hardly proves the rule. The globe-trotting exhibition, making its only Canadian stop here, is chock-full of the artist’s impassioned dissident activities, but is no less artful because of it.” Toronto Star, August 14, 2013

Duntara, NFLD

Big Art on Small Walls: Ned Pratt’s Newfoundland Views. “Every now and again, we get to experience a special exhibition, and Ned Pratt’s show at 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects is just that.” Canadian Art, August 14, 2013

Los Angeles

Owner Who Plans to Sell a Banksy Mural Steps Forward. “The anonymous gas station operator whose shop walls were graced with a Banksy mural, which he subsequently cut out and put up for auction, has decided to come forward.” New York Times, August 14, 2013


Artist tags Detroit landmarks with ‘for sale’ signs, pieces are quickly removed. “Eight days after he installed his controversial “Crisco Fist (Vessel of Hope)” under the Joe Louis fist, artist-provocateur Jerry Vile has targeted the city of Detroit again. And once again, it didn’t take long for his statement pieces to be taken down.” Detroit Free Press, August 14, 2013

Art blogs launch ‘A Day for Detroit’. “Nearly 20 art blogs and websites across the country and abroad banded together Wednesday for “A Day for Detroit” They urged readers to use the Internet to a) spread the word to a diverse, international art audience about what could be lost if any sale goes forward; b) suggest that readers expand the process by posting their own links and images to social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram; and c) generate support for the Detroit Institute of Arts by asking readers to click through and buy a museum membership (an individual membership starts at $65).” Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2013


Surface Matters: Shannon Bool and Contemporary Ornament “Decoration is psychologically charged,” says Shannon Bool, the British Columbia–born, Berlin-based painter, muralist, sculptor and photomonteur. She is talking to me from the hills of Florence, where she is in residence as this year’s winner of the Villa Romana Fellowship, a German art prize whose past recipients have included Käthe Kollwitz and Georg Baselitz. Canadian Art, August 14, 2013

Borja, Spain

‘Monkey Christ’ fresco boosts visitors to Spanish town. Ecce Homo earned the nickname ‘Monkey Christ’ after Cecilia Gimenez attempted to restore it. Officials in the town of Borja in northeast Spain say it has drawn more than 40,000 visitors and raised more than 50,000 Euros for charity. BBC, August 13, 2013

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