Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 22, 2014

Vancouver

Stick gum on Doug Coupland sculpture at Vancouver Art Gallery. Rather than dropping their gum on the pavement, passersby are invited to stick their gum on Doug Coupland’s sculpture of his own head at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Coupland describes the project as a “a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait.” The sculpture is still fenced in, but will be waiting for your chewed gum between May 31 and Sept. 1. MetroNews, May 20, 2014

Art Seen: The origins of the Q and A with Noah Becker. I was at an exhibition last October at Back Gallery Project when Monica Reyes, the director, said she was doing a Noah Becker exhibition in 2014. To be honest, I didn’t recognize the name. I purposely didn’t do a Google search on him. I usually wait to do that after I’ve seen the work. It was only later, after I’d seen the paintings that I remembered seeing his work in 2009 at How Soon is Now at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, May 21, 2014

ArtsScene Vancouver’s boardLink Live connects local arts organizations with young professionals. When a call for young professionals interested in volunteering with local arts organizations was placed in November 2013, more than 100 people answered by attending Vancouver’s first boardLink Live event. Georgia Straight, May 21, 2014

Winnipeg

Montreal artist merges art and alchemy in darkly fanciful exhibition. Modern disciplines like chemistry, astronomy and medicine all have roots in more shadowy endeavours of alchemy, astrology, folk healing and witchcraft. In La Clinique Alchimique, her exhibition at the Maison des artistes, Montreal-based artist Véronique La Perrière M. reflects on these intertwining histories, looking to the past in order to imagine a contemporary situation where they might come together once again. Winnipeg Free Press, May 22, 2014

Toronto

Natasha Chaykowski Awarded Canadian Art Editorial Residency. The Canadian Art Foundation Editorial Residency for 2014 has been awarded to Toronto-based emerging writer and curator Natasha Chaykowski. Canadian Art, May 22, 2014

Open Studio National Printmaking Awards Announced. The top rankings all went to artists with connections to Atlantic Canada. First prize of $3,000 went to Dan Steeves of Sackville, New Brunswick. Second prize of $1,500 went to Doug Guildford of Toronto, Ontario, and Voglers Cove, Nova Scotia. And third prize of $500 went to Dan O’Neill of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Artists Elizabeth D’Agostino, Kurt Pammer and Laura Widmer were also recognized with honourable mentions. Canadian Art, May 22, 2014

Ottawa

Five things about Vera Frenkel’s . . . From the Transit Bar, at the National Gallery of Canada. From the Transit Bar is “a seminal work of Canadian art” first built by Toronto artist Vera Frenkel in 1992, to represent Canada at the Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany. Frenkel is a leading figure in contemporary art. The installation toured Europe throughout the 1990s, and was first installed at the National Gallery in 1996. She gave it to the gallery as a gift in 1997, and now it up again for the first time in Canada in almost 20 years. It continues to Aug. 17. Ottawa Citizen, May 21, 2014

Museum mixup? History museum plans raise concern about focus on military In question period, MP Stéphane Dion wanted to know why the Canadian Museum of History (once known as the Museum of Civilization) was spending most of its $8.8 million budget on the 150th anniversary of Confederation on military events such as the War of 1812, and the two world wars. Dion said in an interview that he respects the country’s impressive military history, but there must be other things to celebrate. Ottawa Citizen, May 20, 2014

Newport Beach, California

Orange County Museum Of Art Gets A New Director “The Newport Beach museum announced that it has named Todd DeShields Smith as its new chief executive and director. Smith has served as executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida for the last six years.” Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2014

Chicago

Chicago Show Highlights Canadian Artist’s Cross-Border Trek. As costs mounted exponentially for an exhibit they were collaborating on, Chicago curator and professor Rhoda Rosen and University of Illinois at Chicago museum and exhibition studies master’s students Nancy Harmon and Jamie Luensman discussed ways to stretch their budget. They joked, Harmon recalls, that it would be cheaper to go to Montreal and pick up Andreas Rutkauskas’s photographs themselves than to hire shippers. “Jamie and I started looking at each other, and we were like, ‘We’d love to go and get it. Is that really an option?’” Canadian Art, May 22, 2014

New York

Art School Creates a New Reality The New York Academy of Art, long an organizational mess, torn by internal dissent, has been slowly digging its reputation out of the ditch. New York Times, May 22, 2014

Art Market | Possibly the Coolest Art and Design Auction Ever The Van Alen Institute, the architecture think tank, is inviting bids on one-of-a-kind experiences with design world personages like Iwan Baan, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Richard Meier. T Magazine, May 21, 2014

London

Hallelujah! Bill Viola’s Martyrs altarpiece at St Paul’s is to die for Forget the hot pincers … Viola’s new video installation is a hi-tech Caravaggio that redefines religious art. The Guardian, May 22, 2014

The Photoshop-Loving Artist Who Embroiders Vintage Photographs Julie Cockburn transforms portraits from garage-sale finds into radiant and slightly bizarre icons. Artnews, May 22, 2014

Glasgow

Gareth Moore Goes Local in Glasgow. In “Blocked Arch, Deferred Ceremony, Dawn Chorus. Tra-diddle-da. Like a Fly in Slow Suspense.” at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Vancouver’s Gareth Moore showcases the results of a three-month residency as part of this year’s Glasgow International. Canadian Art, May 22, 2014

Yorkshire

Ai Weiwei fills Yorkshire chapel with symbols of his persecution Chinese dissident artist mounts poignant Yorkshire Sculpture Park show ‘by email’ after passport confiscated. The Guardian, May 22, 2014

Spain

Prehistoric hunting scenes unearthed in Spanish cave Threat of vandalism puts ancient paintings at risk . The Art Newspaper, May 22, 2014

Cannes

Cannes 2014: The Salt of the Earth review – photographer Sebastião Salgado is a magnetic subject A documentary portrait of the renowned Brazilian photographer by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado manages to be both illuminating and uplifting

Venice

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to represent France at Venice Biennale The experimental artist and musician beat out Tatiana Trouvé for the pavilion commission. The Art Newspaper, May 22, 2014

Cairo

Egyptian artefacts recovered after looting, now on show in Cairo But the country’s heritage remains at risk. The Art Newspaper, May 22, 2014

Yokohama

Art with a conscience Yokohama Triennale announces its artist line-up. The Art Newspaper, May 21, 2014

International

Alain de Botton Is Everywhere In The Art World “Working at what he describes as “the interaction between culture and life”, he has sold 6m books. He was in Amsterdam to give a talk for the opening of his Art is Therapy show at the Rijksmuseum. Concurrent shows are under way at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.” Financial Times, May 17, 2014

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