Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 6, 2014


Downtown Eastside artist Jayce Salloum wins Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. “Jayce Salloum has made a career of bringing forward voices of some of the world’s most dispossessed peoples. It hasn’t always been a smooth ride for the Kelowna-born installation artist of Middle Eastern descent, whose works have occasionally been censored by Canadian authorities.” Georgia Straight, March 4, 2014

Glenn Lewis Crashes Art-Craft Divide at Trench Gallery. “For his most recent exhibition at Vancouver’s Trench Gallery, Glenn Lewis presents ceramic vessels he made during a 2013 residency at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall, paired with pictures he captured of the surrounding town. Some of these pictures are from his recent residency, while others are from 1962, when he was apprenticing under master potter Bernard Leach.” Canadian Art, March 6, 2014

Spinning 18th century chandelier proposed for underneath the Granville Street Bridge. “Vancouver could soon have a permanent public art work unlike anything ever seen in the city. The developer of Vancouver House, the 52-storey twisting tower by the Granville Street Bridge, is proposing to hang a spinning, 18th-century-style chandelier from underneath the bridge. Created by artist Rodney Graham, the sculpture would be about five metres in size.” Vancouver Sun, March 5, 2014


Winnipeg artist finds a world of possibility in painting’s raw materials. “It’s fair to say that painters have had plenty of time to explore their options: there’s probably no way to put pigment on a surface that somebody, somewhere hasn’t already tried. The idea that it’s all been done might discourage some artists, but for Winnipeg’s Robert Taite, it’s a provocation. To judge from There Is Here, his giddy, freewheeling installation of “sculptural paintings,” in fact, he takes it as a carte blanche.” Winnipeg Free Press, March 6, 2014


The Forbidden City at the ROM a show of cultural diplomacy: review. “When is an exhibition not an exhibition? That’s the question that seemed to hang in the air Wednesday morning as the Royal Ontario Museum launched, with great ceremony, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors in its central hall. The parade of politicians and dignitaries — Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Culture Michael Chan, China’s ambassador to Canada, among others — took more than an hour to run through, waxing at length on the importance of exchange, both cultural and economic.” Toronto Star, March 6, 2014

Home Lands. The Road to Nowhere is an exhibition of twenty-five photographs by Ian Willms currently showing at Toronto’s Contact Gallery. Willms’ work required two trips over two years, totalling a great deal more than 1,000 miles. These photographs help us to understand—viscerally—the grisly truths in the historical record. The exhibition continues through March 7, 2014. The Walrus, February 20, 2013

Los Angeles

Stunning Move: Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free On The Web “Getty’s not doing this out of the good of its heart. It recognizes that images on the Internet are treated as de facto public domain by many people on social networks, blogs, and the scummier parts of the content web. It knows it’s highly unlikely to ever get significant money out of any of those people.” NiemanLab, March 5, 2014


Denver’s New Cultural Plan: Lots More Art In The City “The plan calls for more art in just about every venue within city reach, from its buildings and theaters to its parks and even the streets themselves. In addition, it lays the groundwork for more funding of art projects, as well as incentives for planners and developers who make art a priority.” Denver Post, March 5, 2014

New York

Photography at the Whitney Biennial: Hidden in Plain Sight Photo-spotting at the museum turns up photo-sculpture, photo-performance, and a view of Madison Avenue like you’ve never seen it. ARTnews, March 6, 2014

Here We Go Again: This Year’s Whitney Biennial – A Lot Of Dead Art Jerry Saltz: “I kept hearing myself think, I see dead art: Work that looks and behaves like it is supposed to look and behave but that doesn’t make us see differently, that doesn’t rethink form, reimage structure, or explore material, color, or new orders.” New York Magazine, March 2014

Lorna Mills on GIF Art, Internet Aesthetics & NYC Fairs. “The New York fairs are a focus for many in the art world this week, and the brash, yet formally inventive, GIF artworks of Toronto artist Lorna Mills are gaining steam there and beyond. Today, Mills’s newest GIF artworks debut at Transfer Gallery‘s booth at the New York’s Moving Image fair, where they are pegged as a highlight by program director Zoe Salditch. Mills answers some questions via email about the origins of her practice, her favourite new-media artists and more.” Canadian Art, March 6, 2014

‘The Man I Am, the Man I’m Not, the Man I Want To Be’ David Hilliard’s multipanel images are “visual possibilities of what could be,” while exploring his masculinity through his subjects. New York Times, March 6, 2014

Even More Trafficked Art Seized In Queens “The hunt for Indian antiquities allegedly smuggled into New York by Subhash Kapoor, a former Manhattan gallery owner accused of overseeing a $100 million art trafficking ring, led to a Queens warehouse Tuesday where federal officials seized hundreds of Southeast Asian and Indian items that they valued at $8 million.” New York Times, March 6, 2014


Royal Academy recruits White Cube’s director of exhibitions Tim Marlow to be in charge of artistic programmes at prestigious London institution. The Art Newspaper, March 6, 2014


Kandinsky Prize winner to represent Russia at Venice Biennale Irina Nakhova is credited with creating the first conceptual “total installations” The Art Newspaper, March 6, 2014


Qatar fire station to be transformed into art centre Space will house residencies, studios and a gallery for international and Gulf artists. The Art Newspaper, March 6, 2014

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