Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 4, 2014


Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Douglas Coupland is an artist based in Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. Canadian Architect, June 2, 2014

Art This Week: Pastel bricks, painting reimagined, photos that explore shelters. New exhibitions by Ben Skinner, Colleen Heslin, and Liz Magor are opening this week. Sold-out but worth a mention: Michael Stipe, lead singer of REM (Losing My Religion) and Vancouver “cyberspace” star William Gibson, are among those sharing an art talk, hosted by Douglas Coupland, in conjunction with Coupland’s Vancouver Art Gallery solo exhibition at The Future of the Future: An Evening of Ideas. Vancouver Sun, June 3, 2014


Our Community: Exhibit celebrates how far we’ve come. Members of the India Canada Cultural Association of Victoria unveiled an exhibit on Thursday to help people understand intolerance the past so that they can be vigilant to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The Echoes of Courage: Komagata Maru exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of Canada turning away a ship carrying 376 hopeful migrants from India. Times Colonist, June 1, 2014


Artist market on way to Main. The Compendium Artist Market is a new venture by Ryan Poworoznik, a local graphic designer/artist/photographer who is converting a 2,400-square-foot building at 5641/2 Main St. into an arts-themed, mixed-use space that will include an art gallery, a craft market, a photography studio and an organic coffee/juice bar. Winnipeg Free Press, June 4, 2014


Palestinian artist Rehab Nazzal talks to crowd about controversial exhibit, artistic freedom. Emotions ran high during a Q&A with Palestinian Canadian artist Rehab Nazzal concerning her controversial city hall exhibit. Ottawa Citizen, June 1, 2014


Storefront Poetics: 3 Recent Works by Owen Kydd. In a recent Contact Photography Festival exhibition, Los Angeles–based Canadian artist Owen Kydd filled Toronto’s Brookfield Place with something of a perceptual dilemma Canadian Art, June 3, 2014

Luminato and Los Carpinteros transform Pecaut Square into a beach. Los Carpinteros deliberately chose cardboard for their material as the entire installation will be recycled after the festival. All the cardboard elements, loungers, umbrellas etc. are being built in Toronto by ” Our Paper Life “, which specializes in environmental cardboard furniture. Using the drawings provided by Los Carpinteros, designer Geoff Christou was able to tweak the designs to work within the unique properties of cardboard. Toronto Star, June 3, 2014


“Porcelain: Breaking Tradition” Showed Medium’s Strength. The idea of the exhibition “Porcelain: Breaking Tradition” was to surprise with the variability and applicability of ceramics and porcelain in the production of contemporary art, and that it did—as well as amaze. Canadian Art, May 30, 2014


Newcomers and familiar names top Sobey short list. A mix of familiar and new names makes up the five finalists for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, announced Wednesday in Halifax by the Sobey Art Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The prize, which provides the winner with both $50,000 and a significant career boost, is awarded annually to a Canadian contemporary artist age 40 or under who’s had his or her work exhibited in a public or commercial gallery prior to being named to the 25-name long list announced each April. Globe & Mail, June 4, 2014

Sobey Art Award Shortlist Released. Graeme Patterson (Atlantic), Nadia Myre (Quebec), Chris Curreri (Ontario), Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier (Prairies and the North) and Evan Lee (West Coast and Yukon) will vie for the $50,000 top prize, to be awarded on November 19 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where an exhibition of nomination-garnering works by the five finalists is set to open on November 1. Canadian Art, June 4, 2014


Millions Spent at Canada’s Spring Auctions. At Heffel’s auction on May 28 in Vancouver, there were seven record-breaking sales, including new artist records for Lise Gervais, Ken Danby, David Blackwood, Mary Pratt and Joyce Wieland. Heffel’s sold eight Emily Carr lots—including rare early illustrations obtained from the family of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Clarke, Emily Carr’s publishers—for a total of $1.5 million… Canadian Art, June 3, 2014

Los Angeles

Eli Broad’s Los Angeles Art Showcase, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays A museum that the financier Eli Broad is building in Los Angeles is suing a German company over delays in constructing parts of its unusual facade. New York Times, June 4, 2014

Eli Broad says patience is not his strong point The Los Angeles-based collector has been busy buying art while his museum is delayed. The Art Newspaper, June 4, 2014

Lansing, Michigan

Michigan Legislature Approves ‘Grand Bargain’ That Will Save Detroit Institute Of Arts Collection The nine-bill package, passed with large bipartisan majorities, “makes pensioners as whole as possible and protects the Detroit Institute of Arts from having its artwork seized and sold off,” said one state senator during debate. Detroit News, June 4, 2014

United States

The Changing Complex Profile of Black Abstract Painters Long marginalized by their community and overlooked by the art market, African American abstractionists are finally coming into the spotlight. ARTnews, June 4, 2014

Public Monuments Are Sprawling Like Weeds “Memorials are now sprawling both physically and conceptually—and becoming unnecessarily expensive in the bargain.” The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2014


Pompidou-Metz director to head Musée Picasso Laurent Le Bon replaces Anne Baldassari, whose directorship of the Paris institution was mired in controversy. The Art Newspaper, June 4, 2014

Karlsruhe, Germany

German Museum Exhibits Ear Grown From Van Gogh’s DNA “A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh’s ear that was grown using some of the Dutch artist’s genetic material. The 19-century painter is said to have cut off his own left ear during a psychotic episode in 1888.” The Guardian, June 3, 2014


Mayor of Venice and 34 others arrested over flood barriers corruption Investigations dating back to 2013 show links with Milan EXPO 2015 corruption. The Art Newspaper, June 4, 2014


Taiwan town to lock up its treasures The city of Tainan plans to build a fine arts museum at the site of a former police station. The Art Newspaper, June 4, 2014

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, remembering China’s ‘open wound’ of Tiananmen Square The elevator doors are covered in a mirrored paint, with a sepia-toned 1989 photo of Tiananmen Square protesters etched on top. The effect is deliberately eerie, as your own reflection merges with an image of the past. It is, at the entry to a tiny Chinese memorial, an unmistakable way to emphasize that the memory of the Tiananmen killings 25 years ago is not dead. Globe & Mail, June 4, 2014


Two Chinese Artists Detained Over Tiananmen-Themed Works “Guo Jian, who lives in Bejiing, was taken into custody earlier this week by Chinese authorities after giving interviews with the Financial Times and other foreign media outlets in which he discussed a Tiananmen-themed sculpture that he was creating. Separately, artist Chen Guang was reportedly detained by authorities after presenting a performance-art piece about the 1989 Tiananmen protests.” Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2014

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