Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 20, 2014

Vancouver

Myfanwy MacLeod’s cultural provocation on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “Myfanwy MacLeod’s critique is especially focused on the 1970s, when she was coming of age in London, Ontario. (She moved to Vancouver in the mid 1990s.) With both humour and seriousness, she examines a range of masculine tropes: muscle-car macho, mythic-heroic questing, centrefold lustful, and cock-rock loud, lewd, and debauched.” Georgia Straight, March 19, 2014

Historic photographic exhibition coming up at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Vancouver Art Gallery has received a significant donation of photographs, and many of these historic works will be on display in an upcoming exhibition. Harold Edgerton (1903-1990) and Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) are regarded as pioneers in the history of modern and contemporary photography. Recently, a group of Toronto-based art collectors donated a collection of 80 photos by Edgerton to the VAG. A local gallerist also donated 27 photos by Muybridge. Inside Vancouver, March 19, 2014

Hot Ticket: Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures. Hogan’s Alley is long gone, cleared away for the building of the Georgia Viaduct, which now, ironically, faces its own demise. But internationally renowned Vancouver photographic artist Stan Douglas is bringing it back to life through an immersive app called Circa 1948 to be released later this spring – and as part of an exhibition of new work at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery. Globe & Mail, March 20, 2014

Photos: Janet Echelman’s Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks floats over Vancouver. Janet Echelman’s Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is a 745-foot sculpture hovering between the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and the Vancouver Convention Centre, where this year’s TED Conference opened on March 17. The soft-fibre multimedia work was created in collaboration with artist Aaron Koblin, creative director at Google’s Creative Lab, who met Echelman at TED2011. Georgia Straight, March 17, 2014

Saskatoon

Is What You See Really What You See? Tammi Campbell’s dialogue with Modernism. Tammi Campbell’s work turns on improbable dualities that she articulates in a description of her own production: “The finished works are at once complete and incomplete, abstract and real, referential and self-referential.” They simultaneously present a painting and demonstrate how a painting is or can be made. Their images point to a future when the tape is pulled and the finished painting it implies is revealed. Canadian Art, March 19, 2014

Toronto

Striking sculptures crowned diverse work. Artist Sorel Etrog’s life and work embraced the complexities and contradictions that make us human. The eminent Canadian philosopher and educator Marshall McLuhan, one of Mr. Etrog’s many notable collaborators, wrote of the artist, “His work is always multi-levelled and multi-sensuous in ways that are not easily described in conventional literary terminology.” Globe & Mail, March 16, 2014

As the ROM celebrates its centenary, 100 things to know about the museum, from mummy cats to penis worms. The Royal Ontario Museum celebrates its 100th birthday on Wednesday, a century devoted to educating visitors through culture and history. With that in mind, the National Post’s Kelsey Rolfe provides 100 things you should know about the ROM. National Post, March 18, 2014

Ottawa

Big Beat: Outsiders featured in delightful SAW showcase. The annual New Ottawa Artist Showcase at SAW Gallery is a delightful surprise, featuring four “outsider” artists who are freed from the stifling expectations of the art establishment — a world that, say the exhibition notes, is “increasingly defined by market forces, academic validation and state funding.” Ottawa Citizen, March 17, 2014

Video: Ottawa Art Gallery opens new annex at City Hall. The Ottawa Art Gallery held an opening Wednesday night for a new annex at City Hall, in the space that was formerly reserved for the city’s exhibitions. (Another space, just down the hall, has opened as Karsh-Masson Gallery, a city-run space that was until recent in the ByWard Market.) Ottawa Citizen, March 20, 2014

Hamilton

Graeme Patterson Journeys to a Secret Citadel of the Mind. It’s almost too easy to get swept up by the inventiveness of Graeme Patterson. Moments of scaled-down architecture overtake pieces of furniture, which then become the settings for tiny films, which in turn are carefully reinstalled back into the architecture. The intricacy of this, laid out with a good dose of Wes Anderson–like nostalgic whimsy, makes it difficult not to want to instantly hand over your approval. Canadian Art, March 19, 2014

Kim Adams: One for the Road. The new survey show from freshly-minted Governor General’s Award winner Kim Adams at the Art Gallery of Hamilton is called One For The Road, and it’s as good a place as any to start in trying to lay the foundation for the jocund artist’s goofily cheeky worldview. Toronto Star, March 20, 2014

Halifax

Fire at Sea: Charles Codman’s The Burning of the Royal Tar. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia houses one of the more unique permanent collections in the country. Aside from representing works by major figures in Canadian art history and the contemporary Canadian scene, the gallery also hosts a stand-out folk-art collection that is as good as any folk-art collection anywhere. Canadian Art, March 19, 2014

New York

Laure Prouvost, Spam Aesthetics and Landscapes of Desire. For her first solo presentation at a North American museum, the France-born, UK-based 2013 Turner Prize recipient (who showed at Toronto artist-run centre Gallery TPW less than 12 months ago) has put together a most fitting offering for the Big Apple and the land of plenty. Canadian Art, March 20, 2014

New Kyle Abraham Works Inspired by Fights for Freedom New York Live Arts will present two weeks of world premieres by Kyle Abraham inspired by the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and by the civil rights movements in South Africa and the United States. New York Times, March 20, 2014

MoMA dips into Matisse’s Swimming Pool Artist’s largest cut paper work is due to return to view in New York this autumn. The Art Newspaper, March 20, 2014

An Exhibition of Forward Thinking and Backward Mentality Robert Heinecken: Object Matter” displays both this photographer’s technically experimental, media-savvy work and his obliviousness to the advent of feminism. New York Times, March 20, 2014

Philadelphia

An Austere Aesthetic, Cool Yet Glowering Treasures From Korea,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, shows how Neo-Confucianism dictated an austere, highly disciplined aesthetic. New York Times, March 20, 2014

Germany

The secret recipe behind Beuys’s brown paint A German student has used x-ray flourescence to analyse the artist’s Braunkreuz. The Art Newspaper, March 20, 2014

Ukraine

Ukraine recovers works appropriated by ousted president Some pieces still missing as concerns turn to Crimean heritage sites. The Art Newspaper, March 20, 2014

Hong Kong

Bringing a Flagship of Contemporary Art to Hong Kong M+, a $2.8-billion new museum being established in Hong Kong, will bring a premiere venue for Asian contemporary works to the city. New York Times, March 20, 2014

International

The New York Times Special Section on museums has something for everyone!

Museums Special Section: Wooing a New Generation of Museum Patrons

Museums Special Section: Door to Art of the World, Barely Ajar

Museums Special Section: New Insights Into History May Skew the Big Picture

Museums Special Section: Golden Age of Discovery … Down in the Basements

Museums Special Section: At Play in Skies of Cretaceous Era

Museums Special Section: Start-Up Success Isn’t Enough to Found a Museum

Museums Special Section: After the Exhibition, Finding New Uses for Displays

Museums Special Section: Soliciting Funds From the Crowd? Results Will Vary

Museums Special Section: Motown’s Link to Civil Rights Movement on Display

Museums Special Section: Remembering the ‘Black Fives’ of Pro Basketball

Museums Special Section: Is There a Doctor in the Exhibition?

Museums Special Section: Shedding a Light on Islamic Art’s Great Treasure

Museums Special Section: What Comes Next, After the Troops Are Dismissed

Museums Special Section: Monuments Man in War, Conservationist in Peace

Museums Special Section: Minnesota Makes Do Without a Civil War Battlefield

Museums Special Section: Entering World of Literature’s Great Sleuth

Museums Special Section: In Washington, 100 Examples of the Epitome of Cool

Museums Special Section: In Boston, Altering the Artist-in-Residence Concept

Museums Special Section: If You Can’t Make It to the Lecture

Museums Special Section: The Met’s Director Looks Ahead

Museums Special Section: Exhibition Traces a Career Dedicated to Mutability

Museums Special Section: Warming Up to the Culture of Wikipedia

Museums Special Section: Breaking From Donor Dependence

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