Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 26, 2013

Vancouver Art/Book Fair October 5 and 6, 2013
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Presented by Project Space


God Save the Queen exorcises Canada’s postcolonial condition Emerging Native and non-Native artists respond to British rule at the newly relocated UNIT/PITT Projects space. Georgia Straight, September 26, 2013

Fear, Hope & Longing II: Paintings of the Pacific Northwest at the Visual Space Gallery Artist David A. Haughton has spent years sketching, painting, and photographing the ever-changing vistas and light of that area during storm season, and some of the results of his efforts are on view in the show Fear, Hope & Longing II: Paintings of the Pacific Northwest. Georgia Straight, September 26, 2013

The book that changed your life: bill bissett We asked some of the writers on the bill to tell us about the reading experiences that shaped them. Which book left deep impressions early on? Which one overhauled the way they see and think about the world, and set them on a path to a literary life? Georgia Straight, September 26, 2013

Story at Fazakas Gallery A brand-new gallery is opening this week with an exhibit that brings the Northwest First Nations world and the contemporary-art scene together. Georgia Straight, September 26, 2013

New Vancouver gallery focuses on Northwest Coast contemporary art Beau Dick’s ‘monster’ masks among the pieces. Besides Dick’s mask, the gallery walls will also hold Carlos Colin’s triptych, a series of three bathroom-mirror-size portraits of the artist with woven belts wrapped around his head. Vancouver Sun, September 26, 2013
Swarm Celebrates Vancouver’s Artist-Run Autumn – Canadian Art Now in its 14th year, Swarm continues to mark time, though any suggestion that summer was a low season for artist-run initiatives was challenged by Dan Starling’s long-running The Part of No Part at 221A, Arvo Leo’s informal plein air residency near the Burrard Street Bridge (from where the Kitsilano were “relocated” in 1913), and the “Crystal Tongue” group exhibition at Exercise. Also worth noting is that Swarm mainstays grunt and Or had already opened their exhibitions a week earlier, making Swarm less about the specificity of the mark than the duration of the gesture. Canadian Art, September 25, 2013

Artists for Conservation festival on Grouse Mountain to include symposium focused on oil transport The contentious topic of oil transport will be the focus of a symposium set to take place on Grouse Mountain next week. Eight conservation organizations will be represented at the event, which is taking place as part of the third annual Artists for Conservation festival. Georgia Straight, September 26, 2013


Residential school artwork ‘raw, visceral, troubling’ THE University of Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery has purchased a series of paintings by prominent First Nations artist Robert Houle documenting his time in a residential school in the 1950s. The 24 works have been put on display until Oct. 11 and will be available for loan to other galleries. Winnipeg Free Press, September 25, 2013


Edward Burtynsky’s Clarion ‘Watermark’ The Canadian artist on his new subject, H20, humanity’s ‘rogue moment’ and whether we’re damned. The Tyee, September 26, 2013

Uncovered: Travelling exhibition offers retrospective look at French lingerie The Design Exchange in Toronto is the latest venue to play host to Lingerie Francaise, which will be open free to the public until Oct. 13. Vancouver Sun, September 26, 2013

At the Power Plant, All Together Now Micah Lexier takes over the Power Plant with a showcase of 100-plus artists working right here, in Toronto, right now. Toronto Star, September 24, 2013


Blobs and Slashes, Interrupted by Forms Amy Sillman, who will have her first big museum retrospective, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, next month, says that she thrives on doubt about the whole tradition of painting. New York Times, September 26, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Looming government shutdown could close Washington’s museums If Congress does not reach an agreement on next year’s budget, staff including curators, administrators and conservators at federal institutions would be affected. The Art Newspaper, September 26, 2013

New York

Penone’s trees grow in Midtown The artist’s installation of branching bronze sculptures in Madison Square Park has even fooled the birds. The Art Newspaper, September 26, 2013

United States

A New Survey Finds a Drop in Arts Attendance A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts finds that the number of Americans visiting an art exhibition or attending a performing arts event fell from 2008 to 2012. New York Times, September 26, 2013


Images of South Africans living in poverty win ‘conflict art’ prize Alexia Webster’s portraits were selected from 300 entries for the first-ever Artraker award. The Art Newspaper, September 26, 2013


Pinpricks, but No Dagger in Putinland The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art steers cautiously between its ambition to promote that city as a cutting-edge art center and a concern about drawing the wrath of officialdom. New York Times, September 26, 2013

St. Petersburg

Art scene in St Petersburg hits an all-time low Head of the Hermitage’s contemporary art department offers a bleak assessment of the city’s stagnation. The Art Newspaper, September 26, 2013

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