Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 21, 2014


Janet Marie Rogers, Douglas Coupland Questions. Douglas Coupland answers the ‘Proust questionnaire’ on CBC’s The Next Chapter. The segment begins at 18:09. CBC, May 12, 2014

Family Central Vancouver #2: Art Agents at Vancouver Art Gallery The Vancouver Art Gallery’s child friendly Art Agents guide a family through their popular exhibits. Youtube, May 20, 2014

Art or eyesore? Douglas Coupland invites Vancouver to cover his face in gum Beginning May 31, a seven-foot-tall sculpture of Coupland’s head will sit outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery. CTV News, May 21, 2014


Spirit of First Nations’ history wrapped in Witness Blanket. From doorknobs to bricks to severed braids of hair, First Nations artist Carey Newman’s sculptural work, the Witness Blanket, contains more than 600 evocative pieces. But a child’s leather boot — battered, decayed and spotted with mould — collected from the remnants of an old Indian Residential School near Carcross, Yukon, seemed to demand a cultural tenderness, Newman said. Times Colonist, May 20, 2014

Robert Amos: Artist finds a focus in the abstract. Christine Reimer’s bold colours and sinuous lines capture the hills and shores of her island home in a distinctive way. But get set — her current solo exhibition at the lovely Community Arts Council gallery at Cedar Hill Arts Centre is a whole new thing. These generous canvases on show are completely abstract. Times Colonist, May 16, 2014


After $470,000 ‘Giant Blue Ring’ that Nenshi calls ‘awful,’ Calgary opts to review generous infrastructure arts funding. Calgary has commissioned a review of its public art policy — at present, it gets 1% of funding allocated for infrastructure. Toronto and Ottawa have similar policies, but as Calgary expands so quickly does the money available for art: $30-million in the last 10 years. National Post, May 20, 2014

High River, Alberta

High River artist battles to overcome Parkinson’s, flood. For Rocky Barstad and his wife, Judy, the past 11 months has felt like a never-ending bad dream, with glimmers of hope, that is impossible to wake from. First, the iconic native artist was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Business was slow at his Two Feathers Gallery in downtown High River, so he temporarily shut it down to change the focus from selling art to teaching others. Calgary Herald, May 19, 2014


Blood marks the art of Istvan Kantor. Permanent Revolution is a collection of essays and photos about the work of the artist Istvan Kantor, also known as Monty Cantsin. He is one of the founders of a movement known as Neoism. He has, in performance, splashed his own blood on the walls of museums around the world; museums routinely deny him entry, as happened during the recent Ai Weiwei exhibition in Toronto. Toronto Star, May 21, 2014

One man’s panorama of art, philosophy and the female form. Lucien Clergue, who turns a frail, cancer-stricken 80 in August, was making his first visit to Toronto, where his host, veteran gallerist Odon Wagner, is currently presenting a commercial exhibition, a first for Canada, of some 60-plus Clergue pictures as part of the CONTACT Photography Festival. Globe & Mail, May 18, 2014

Muzik nightclub fences in public art. Near the shore of Lake Ontario lies a mystery. Twenty massive limestone sculptures vanished from public view without a city noticing. The sculptures, which weigh as much as six tonnes, haven’t moved in decades but now a fence enclosing a three-acre patio at the exclusive Muzik nightclub, which has hosted the likes of Justin Bieber and Mayor Rob Ford, blocks them from view. “It’s outrageous. My dad would be turning over in his grave,” said Kathy Sutton, daughter of the late Toronto artist, E.B. Cox, who created the sculptures. Toronto Star, May 19, 2014


Beaverbrook show cancelled by National Gallery. The National Gallery of Canada, citing budgetary reasons, has cancelled the planned showing of some of the most battle-scarred paintings in Canada – an exhibition titled Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Ottawa Citizen, May 21, 2014


Montreal’s Phyllis Lambert to Receive Venice’s Golden Lion. Montreal’s Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, has been chosen as the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale for Architecture. Lambert is to receive the award in a ceremony in Venice on June 7, during the opening day of this year’s Venice Biennale for Architecture. Canadian Art, May 20, 2014


Feature Art Fair Exhibitor List Released. Feature Art Fair, a new art fair that is due to run concurrently with Art Toronto in late October, has released its exhibitor list. In all, there are 23 galleries represented from Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal—though 11, or nearly half of the exhibitors, are from the latter city. Canadian Art, May 20, 2014

Los Angeles

Art Matters | When LACMA Sings for its Supper During the museum’s Collector’s Committee events held recently, lavish dinners and curator-versus-curator face-offs encouraged patrons to fund the permanent collection. New York Times, May 21, 2014

Charleston, South Carolina

Shepard Fairey Goes Home Again; Makes First Neon The famed artist provocateur returns to his native Charleston, South Carolina, showing with Jasper Johns and creating a series of public murals. Artnews, May 21, 2014

New York

A Life Collecting Chinese Landscapes Lois Conner has devoted three decades to making landscapes of China layered with detail and history. New York Times, May 21, 2014

The Met Museum’s Renovation Plan Is Full Of Red Flags (That Are Really One Big Red Flag) Justin Davidson: “Raising the several hundred million dollars will be the easy part, compared with the battles to be waged with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Parks Department, neighbors, preservationists, and all those around the world who feel they have a stake in the Met, [Central Park], or New York.” New York Magazine, May 2014

The 911 Museum – How To Pay Respect “With more than 10,000 objects, 23,000 images and 500 hours of film and video, the 110,000-square-foot Memorial Museum opens with a collection and square footage to match many substantial museums. That’s why the museum, along with the memorial, cost a staggering $700 million, requiring a $24 adult admission and a $60 million annual budget that’s far from fully endowed. At such a scale, it cannot entirely avoid grandiosity.” The Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities, Carved on Site in Stone Chris Pellettieri is working publicly on a Janus-head sculpture at the Museum of Arts and Design that is meant to represent New York’s socioeconomic extremes. New York Times, May 21, 2014


For dust thou art Bill Viola’s commission for St Paul’s Cathedral to be unveiled in May. The Art Newspaper, May 21, 2014

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