Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 2-5, 2014

Vancouver
Herzog & de Meuron’s Vancouver Art Gallery will shake up the city Two things to bet on: What they come up with will be surprising, and it will help shape Vancouver’s cityscape – still in its formative years – for a long time to come. Globe and Mail, May 3, 2014

Vancouver developer donates $7 million to new Emily Carr University Vancouver real estate developer Reliance Properties is donating $7 million to Emily Carr University of Art and Design, to launch the school’s capital campaign for its new campus. Vancouver Sun, May 3, 2014

Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art unmasks complexities of racism and religion in Cuba (with Video) The exhibition’s organization at the Museum of Anthropology relates directly to how contemporary Afro-Cuban artists have made work inspired by their own religious beliefs. Vancouver Sun, May 3, 2014

Edmonton

Illustrating germs and cooties for kids’ book a dream job for Edmonton’s Josh Holinaty (with video) For the past year, the Edmonton artist and musician has been charmingly personifying flus, bacteria, foot fungus, malaria and even a “mould baby” for Vancouver microbiologist Jennifer Gardy’s terrific new book, It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes. Edmonton Journal, May 4, 2014

Toronto

Strike looms at Art Gallery of Ontario 4 The Art Gallery of Ontario faces a potential strike by its employees on Friday in a dispute over job stability and outsourcing. Globe and Mail, May 1, 2014

Art Gallery of Ontario staff reach tentative deal, averting strike OPSEU workers will vote to ratify deal on Wednesday, spokeswoman says. Globe and Mail, May 2, 2014

AGO show offers art as the drug we need: Mallick The Art Gallery of Ontario’s new show offers art as mental health therapy, sorely needed. Toronto Star, May 3, 2014

For Stan Douglas, still photos run deep Douglas is mostly known as a video artist, but his photos, on display at the Ryerson Image Centre, have the same subtle social content as his videos. Toronto Star, May 1, 2014

Stan Douglas on Why Photography Still Matters

In the past four months, internationally renowned Vancouver artist Stan Douglas launched an app, premiered a stage production, and debuted his biggest collaboration yet with musicians. But he still loves what he calls the “buzz” of still photography. Here, at his latest Canadian solo show, Douglas tells us why. Canadian Art, May 1, 2014

Riopelle art theft ‘a complete con job,’ dealer says The untitled Riopelle from the 1950s, valued at about $225,000, was stolen from a Toronto gallery in a cleverly orchestrated stunt. Globe and Mail, May 3, 2014

London, Ontario

Estate battle freezes out London artist’s family | The London Free … Nearly five years after he died, famed London artist Philip Aziz is coming home. An Ontario Court has upheld his will that family members contested after they were excluded, with his ashes caught in the legal cross-fire at a London funeral home. London Free Press, May 4, 2014

Montreal

Decoding the meaning of computer-based art Digital Spring has arrived in Montreal, and there are many opportunities to discover what is meant by digital art and to judge for oneself whether computer-based art can shed its qualifiers. Alain Thibault, artistic director of the International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN), which continues to June 19, described a goal that has been achieved in the past half-century by photography and the craft arts — glass, ceramics, wood and fibre. The Gazette, May 4, 2014

New York

Nan Rosenthal, Curator Who Championed Modern Art, Dies at 76 Ms. Rosenthal helped bring the 20th century to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. New York Times, May 1, 2014

Google Glass Sponsorship Bodes Ill for New Museum The future of art has arrived, and it looks … not like James Franco dressed in drag, but like a software developer wearing a silly-looking pair of futuristic glasses. Yes, the future of art is a Glasshole, coming to a museum near you. Hyperallergic, May 2, 2014

Whitney Edits a Tale of a Nation The Whitney Museum has mapped out a series of exhibitions for its new building, including an ambitious American art narrative based on its permanent collection. New York Times, May 2, 2014

Secret Power Of Synonyms “Mel Bochner: Strong Language,” an exhibition at the Jewish Museum, spotlights word paintings that feature lists of synonyms, many gleaned from Roget’s Thesaurus. New York Times, May 2, 2014

Robert Longo: ‘Gang of Cosmos’ Mr. Longo’s art is typically as subtle as a head butt. New York Times, May 2, 2014

London

The ‘Bumpy’ Whistler That Hides A Portrait Of His Mistress They noticed bumps on the surface of The Last of Old Westminster, 1862, so MacDonald asked for an X-ray. What she found was ‘staggering’ — an entirely different composition, flipped sideways, of a young woman reading. ‘I immediately said, “It is Joanna. It is Joanna Hiffernan.”‘” The Art Newspaper, May 2, 2014

Paris

Buying A Cézanne On The Cheap In Paris As Germans Bombarded The City “As the auction began, Paris was rocked by the sound of shells from a German super-gun, firing from a railway line 80 miles away. Some bidders fled, prices tumbled, and Holmes and Keynes were able to secure some real bargains.” BBC, May 2, 2014

A Mother on Her Deathbed, Tape On When Monique Sindler was dying in her bed in Paris in 2006, Sophie Calle, her daughter and the renowned French conceptual artist, set up a video camera and began taping. New York Times, May 1, 2014

Beijing

How Ai Weiwei Attempts To Overcome The Chinese Surveillance State “He tethered a bicycle outside his studio last November. Every day, he places fresh flowers in its basket, takes a photograph, and posts the image online. This gentle protest, which offers a palate of bright relief against the polluted skies, will continue until his passport is returned.” Aeon Magazine, May 2, 2014

International

Our museums are broken — These 5 fixes can make them fun again Museums are depositories of history’s treasures, a key indicator of how a culture defines itself and a much-appreciated field trip for kids in school. They also tend to be woefully outdated in how they appeal to young people. With so much cool stuff at their disposal, our great museums feel like they can and should be far more fun than they are — attractions that appeal to locals as much as tourists. Forbes, May 2014

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