Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 24, 2014


FUSE: A Terrible Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The hugely popular art party FUSE has a theme of terrible beauty this Friday night (April 25), and we can’t think of two better words to describe at least one of the live performances taking place. Georgia Straight, April 23, 2014

Post Rem at Burrard Arts Foundation focuses on emerging Canadian artists. “Pencil shavings, obscured graffiti, a movie poster floating in a swimming pool—the element of chance stands behind much of the work in Post Rem, an inaugural exhibition at the Burrard Arts Foundation. So does formalism—a focus on qualities such as shape, line, colour, and composition rather than on content—which is enjoying a post-postmodern resurgence in Vancouver and elsewhere.” Georgia Straight, April 22, 2014

A game noir from the mind of Stan Douglas. The Vancouver of 1948 could have fallen out of the pages of Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled fiction. Prostitutes, gamblers and corrupt cops worked Hogan’s Alley, a racially mixed eastside area of mean clapboard houses, booze cans and jazz joints…For Vancouver’s Stan Douglas, an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist, it is an era with parallels to the economic meltdown of 2008-09: “transitional moments” of financial hardship, institutional collapse and uncertainty. Maclean’s, April 21, 2014

Year of Reconciliation brings public art to bus stops and downtown core. Two new public art pieces have been unveiled this month as part of the City of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation. The artwork of Alexa Hatanaka is being featured at bus stops around the city, and Emilie Crewe’s video Making Circles: The Dancing Chilkat Blanket is being screened at the corner of Robson and Granville. Georgia Straight, April 22, 2014

Top 10 best events in Vancouver this week April 24 to May 1. Events include the North Shore Art Crawl Evan Lee: Elders and Roots at the Richmond Art Gallery and the Vancouver Special Tour (which takes in 5 impressively renovated Vancouver ‘special’ homes).Vancouver Sun, April 24, 2014

The Scout List: Sofa Sessions, affordable art and a bike swap. Phantoms in the Front Yard is an eight-person artists’ collective comprising established local artists who use the human figure as their muse. Phantoms will do a one-night-only show at the Burrard Hotel on Friday night. The crew will take over three hotel rooms to exhibit hundreds of miniature paintings and drawings. The art will be in the $200-$500 range, and there will be music, a cash bar, and a free after-party. Globe & Mail, April 24, 2013


Saskatoon man angrily throws tarp over public art that consists of two large bundles of garbage. After months of simmering tension over a $4,300 piece of public art that is literally two bales of shrink-wrapped household waste, the residents of Northwest Saskatoon awoke this week to find that it had been wrapped in black plastic and affixed with a sign reading “our tax dollars are for keeping garbage OFF the streets. The piece is the first-ever commission for Saskatoon artist Keeley Haftner, who was paid with a $4,300 grant via the Placemaker Program, a City of Saskatoon plan to “enhance civic spaces” with temporary public art.” National Post, April 23, 2014


Notes on a Toronto/Berlin State of Mind. “In 2010, three years before I left Toronto for Berlin, my neighbourhood of Queen West was suddenly overtaken with rows and rows of the same poster, stark white save for a hastily sketched line drawing of a face, and the word “Andrew” scrawled underneath it. The posters—more than 1,000 in total—were part of the project by artist Shaan Syed. The eponymous Andrew (last name Hull) was a partner of Syed’s who died in a bicycle accident in 2010, and The Andrew Project was his commemoration, which spanned three cities.” Canadian Art, April 23, 2014


A Primer on AGAC, the Papier14 Powerhouse. Montreal’s Association des galeries d’art contemporain appears to be having a moment. Papier14, the latest edition of its annual works-on-paper fair, kicks off today in the city’s Quartier des Spectacles, and it continues to grow, with more dealers attending from across Canada. In a few weeks, AGAC also announces the cherry-picked lineup for its new Feature Art Fair in Toronto, which ambitiously coincides with Canada’s stalwart fair, Art Toronto. Canadian Art, April 24, 2014


Police working with thief to recover thousands of stolen artifacts. “John Mark Tillmann once disguised himself as a maintenance man to steal a treasured painting from Nova Scotia’s legislature. He would use female decoys – his elderly mother, who faked chest pains, and later his beautiful Russian girlfriend, Katya – to distract antique dealers while he helped himself to their artifacts. So excited were he and Katya after sneaking into the Dalhousie University library archives and finding a valuable old letter, he says, they had sex right there and then.” Globe & Mail, April 23, 2014

Los Angeles

Art Matters | An L.A. Fair Explores the Possibilities of Photography In only its second year, Paris Photo Los Angeles, opening this weekend, has become a must-see for its extensive array of photographic work — and has already inspired an alternative fair, Photo Independent. New York Times, April 24, 2014


Christopher Wool: The nihilist’s artist A phrase looms large midway through the Art Institute’s Christopher Wool retrospective: The harder you look the harder you look. Chicago Tribune, April 23, 2014

New York

Most Wanted and Most Haunted Two New York exhibitions focus on Andy Warhol, one on his little-known work for the 1964 World’s Fair and the other on his images of Jacqueline Kennedy. New York Times, April 24, 2014

MoMA Curators Ponder Polke Potato Problem MoMA’s Polke retrospective is up through August, but the potatoes in his works won’t last that long. Will they rot? Will they sprout? Stay tuned ARTnews, April 24, 2014

“Crossing Brooklyn” Highlights Borough’s Artists, from Bushwick to Bay Ridge These days, you don’t necessarily have to live in America—or be an artist—to be included in the Whitney Biennial. But you’d better live and/or work in Brooklyn if you want to be on the roster of a show coming this fall to the Brooklyn Museum. Art in America, April 24, 2014


For dust thou art Bill Viola’s commission for St Paul’s Cathedral to be unveiled in May. Martyrs, which is due to be unveiled on 21 May, is a four-screen video installation—the first of two works to be installed behind the cathedral’s high altar. The work refers to the Classical elements; the panel for “Earth”, for example, shows a man buried under a cascade of dust. The Art Newspaper, April 24, 2014

Peter Blake creates digital mural for London’s Royal Albert Hall Huge work will be a montage of performers who have appeared at the famous venue. The Art Newspaper, April 24, 2014

This Will Be Britain’s Most Viewed Piece Of Public Art “Artist Richard Wilson jammed a cardboard plane into a plastic hamster ball and bowled it along the floor, saying to engineers: ‘This is what I want! The result? An enormous 77-tonne aluminium artwork” called Slipstream that will be a centrepiece of Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. The Guardian, April 24, 2014


Well, Here’s One Good Thing Coming Out Of Russia’s Annexation Of Crimea: Antiquities Looting Is Being Addressed “Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a region rich in archaeological sites that are routinely targeted by looters, has thrust illegal excavations around the shore of the Black Sea onto the political agenda. Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, which has run archaeological digs in Crimea for decades, addressed the topic in a presentation to the Russian parliament in March, shortly after the peninsula voted to join Russia.” The Art Newspaper, April 24, 2014

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