Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 17-20, 2014

Vancouver

Cane from Port Townsend collection is part of Vancouver, BC … A crabapple wood and walrus ivory cane from the Jefferson County Historical Society collection is among more than 200 pieces featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibit on Haida artist Charles Edenshaw Peninsula Daily News, January 16, 2014

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors FUSE: The PuSh Festival … The Vancouver Art Gallery and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present FUSE: The PuSh Festival Edition on January 24 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street). Georgia Straight (blog) January 17, 2014

Nanaimo

Show offers rare glimpse into artist’s practice Nanaimo Art Gallery presents a major retrospective on Jan. 24 with Takao Tanabe: Chronicles of Form and Place.A collection of drawings, prints, and watercolours by famed B.C. artist Takao Tanabe. Nanaimo Daily News, January 17, 2014

Calgary

Q&A: Cedric Bomford on Buildings, Bechers & More Whether building a checkpoint tower in an office lobby or a scrap-lumber bridge in a white-cube gallery, Bomford is drawing notice. This week, photographs forming a foundation of his sculpture practice go on view at Calgary’s Esker Foundation. Canadian Art, January 16, 2014

Saskatoon

They Made A Day Be A Day Here: Prairie Positive The past few years have seen a number of major regional art surveys, from “My Winnipeg” to “We: Vancouver.” Such shows often act as representatives for their areas, but run the risk of oversimplfying. “They Made A Day Be A Day Here” has all the trappings of a regional survey show, with none of the pretense of cataloguing the prairie art scene. The exhibition first opened at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in June, recently wrapped up a run at the Mendel (where I saw it), and it is touring next to the University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery. Canadian Art, January 16, 2014

Montreal

With big Montreal show, artist Peter Doig makes a homecoming Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands runs from Jan. 25 to May 4 at the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1379 Sherbrooke St. West. Globe and Mail, January 20, 2014

The Arctic

A new generation of Arctic artists push the boundaries of Northern art In recent years, Northern creators have edged more closely to the artistic mainstream, both in terms of content (expanding beyond mythological, folkloric and natural themes into grittier contemporary territory) and media (video, film, music, dance and theatre). Globe and Mail, January 17, 2014

Canada

Artists fight stigma with creativity “It’s hard to be valued in our culture when it is so stigmatized,” says Bart. But that’s where art comes in. “We’ve found that people come to us and they look at our artists as just artists – not artists with mental health issues. They’re artists first.” Montreal Gazette, January 20, 2014

San Francisco

The Company They Kept “An Opening of the Field” focuses on the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan and his life partner, the artist Jess, and the assorted band of offbeat artists and writers who found a common link in their friendship. New York Times, January 17, 2014

Los Angeles

Let Curators Be Curators, Los Angeles Museum’s New Chief Says Philippe Vergne said his first priority in rebuilding the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is to find a chief curator. New York Times, January 17, 2014

Austin

New life for an ancient practice Bart Willis, an Alberta-born tattoo artist now based in Austin, Tex. — is at the centre of this cultural reawakening. “It’s like an invisible hand has been guiding me,” the 47-year-old owner of Southside Tattoo said in an interview during a visit to Vancouver. “ I never saw any of this coming.” Vancouver Sun, January 18, 2014

Chicago

Slow down, you’re goin’ too fast The staff of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum are questioning the notion that museums need to keep up with our fast-paced world. Is there is a niche for the “Slow Museum,” consciously designed to be places of respite from the busyness of life? They aim to explore that notion in their Innovation Lab for Museums project. Center for the Future of Museums, January 16, 2014

New York

Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples’ Friendship. Since the architects Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabeth Diller recommended razing the site of the former American Folk Art Museum designed by another well-known pair, the friendship of the two couples has come under stress. New York Times, January 18, 2014

New Foundation to Focus on Publishing Art Books Art books, monographs and catalogs are essential for historians, collectors and artists, but they rarely make money. Often oversized and lavishly illustrated on high-quality glossy paper, they are expensive to produce for the relatively tiny number of institutions and individuals who buy them. Enter the Artist Book Foundation, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing fine-art references that otherwise would not be seen. New York Times, January 16, 2014

A Few Pearls of the Grisly and the Mundane The Morgan Library & Museum’s first show of Spanish drawings covers four centuries with just 25 objects. New York Times, January 17, 2014

A Dealer’s Eye, and Life “Hooray for Hollywood!” celebrates the life and artistic eye of Holly Solomon, an art dealer with an outsize personality who often became the subject of artists’ portraits. New York Times, January 17, 2014

Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Buys Frank Lloyd Wright House to Move to Arkansas As the flood plain in New Jersey seems to rise year after year, the existing owners of the house decided they had no more hope of saving the structure from water damage than King Canute. Kansas City Star, January 17, 2014

London

Victoria and Albert Museum to Publish Nazi-Era ‘Degenerate Art’ Inventory Online Victoria & Albert Museum will make a copy of a list of “degenerate art” seized by the Nazis available online to the public starting at the end of January. New York Times, January 17, 2014

Greece

Chryssa, Artist Who Saw Neon’s Potential as a Medium, Dies at 79 Chryssa, a Greek-born sculptor, began incorporating neon into her constructions in America in the 1960s, in time mastering the technical difficulties of the medium. New York Times, January 18, 2014

International

Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex Most every aspect of the art world has been affected by high-priced galleries and collectors with deep pockets. New York Times, January 17, 2014

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