Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 5, 2014


Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation chairman Michael Audain leaves board. “Michael Audain, the former head of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s relocation committee and a key voice in the campaign for a new gallery, is no longer a VAG trustee, exiting as chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation. His departure comes at a crucial time for the gallery, which has recently named an architect for the project, and is moving ever closer to a city-imposed deadline to raise $150-million. Mr. Audain calls [the new gallery] “a great project” and said he will still be “a keen supporter.” Nothing should be read into his decision to leave the board, he said – other than the fact that he is very busy.” Globe & Mail, June 4, 2014

Alleged Group of Seven painting a fraud, says Vancouver Art Gallery curator. “Despite its owner’s claims, a painting that underwent laser testing in Vancouver this week was not painted by famed Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, says Ian Thom, senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.” Metro News, June 4, 2014

Best events in Vancouver this week, June 5 to June 12. The Contemporary Art Gallery turns off the lights and transforms into a cinema for an exhibition featuring films and video works by 10 international artists. Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2014


Ruth Myles: The Glenbow showcases the collecting styles of Lord Beaverbrook and Eric Harvie in two new exhibits. “At first glance, the art in the two latest exhibits at the Glenbow may seem worlds apart, but the collections they are drawn from share some common DNA. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and A Singular Vision: Eric Harvie Collects Art provide insight into how Lord Beaverbrook (Sir William Maxwell Aitken) and Harvie set about creating world-class collections that they then handed over to their communities.” Calgary Herald (Blog), June 4, 2014


Power Corp. has one of Canada’s finest art collections. “Dr. Stephen Borys, CEO of the WAG, said Power Corp. has one of the finest collections of Canadian art of all companies across the country. “The corporation’s acquisition of works by celebrated Canadian artists has aimed to trace the development and reflect the quality and diversity of Canadian art from 1800 to 1970. It’s exceptional,” he said.” Winnipeg Free Press, June 5, 2014

Creation story. In Stones of Teeth, an exhibition by Chad Connery and Anca Matyiku at the Raw Gallery of Architecture and Design, two world views are joined — the mythic and the scientific — in a slowly transforming installation fusing art, architecture, chemistry and 13th-century Icelandic folklore. Winnipeg Free Press, June 4, 2014


Eyes on His Prize. A media preview of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has just come to its end. I’ve caught up with Mark Ruwedel to congratulate him on winning the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award, a coveted prize that includes $50,000 in cash, a solo exhibition next spring, and a book deal with Steidl, the famed German art publisher. Slate Magazine, May 30, 2014

Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament comes to Luminato. “It’s almost impossible to be ambivalent about a Barney film and he wouldn’t have it another way. “My subject matter has to be something I can love and hate in equal amounts. That’s super important,” he says. “And Mailer does that for me, for sure.”” Toronto Star, June 5, 2014


National Gallery shares Canadian art highlights on new mobile app. “New technologies are helping to make the visual arts more universally accessible,” says gallery director Marc Mayer in a release. “Browsing the National Gallery’s Canadian art collection with our new mobile application offers a deepened experience for our visitors.”” Ottawa Citizen, June 5, 2014

F is for Fake at SAW Gallery. An enlightening, entertaining exhibition at SAW Gallery includes real or not-real pieces by Picasso, Modigliani, Norval Morrisseau, Chagall, and that leading trickster of contemporary art, Banksy. Ottawa Citizen, June 2, 2014

Monkey Girl found at La Petite Mort Gallery. “The American photographer Randal Levenson spent a decade touring the continent with circus sideshows, and in 1982 his photographs were published as the book In Search of the Monkey Girl. It is a panoply of “freaks,” as the performers were called back in the less-enlightened age. Levenson brings the portraits to La Petite Mort Gallery (306 Cumberland) for an exhibition from Friday, June 6 to June 29.” Ottawa Citizen, June 4, 2014


Manif d’Art Critiques Capitalism—But To What End? While Paris-based art duo Claire Fontaine doesn’t hedge words in their 2008 neon-text sculpture Capitalism kills (love), which presided over the central exhibition in the seventh edition of Quebec City’s Manif d’art biennial, the work also raises some nagging contextual questions: What does the sentiment mean parsed as it is in the high-concept neutrality of contemporary art? How is protest agitprop different from brand name sloganeering? When do words translate into action? And, most importantly, what comes next? Canadian Art, June 5, 2014


Ursula Johnson Q&A: Of Craft and Cultural Survival. “There is something otherworldly to Ursula Johnson’s baskets. Her woven forms creep arachnoidally, split in half, protrude, confine and intertwine, all the while maintaining the distinctive decorative curl, pattern and underlying structure of Mi’kmaw basketry.” Canadian Art, June 4, 2014


Must-Sees This Week: June 5 to 11, 2014. There are lots of great art shows opening this week, and other events happening too. Here are our best bets. Canadian Art, June 5, 2014

New York

How Non-Artists Can Draw: Comics Great Lynda Barry on Teaching Creativity On the occasion of her first New York solo show, Lynda Barry offers tips on keeping students engaged, tackling taboos, and learning to laugh at yourself. ARTnews, June 5, 2014


Donors To Miami MoCA: We Gave To Museum Not To City The donors filed a court motion says that the donors took advantage of tax benefits by giving art and money to the nonprofit, and that they “could face potentially significant negative tax consequences” if the art were to remain with the city. Miami Herald, June 4, 2014


There’s more to Brazil than football, says Marta Suplicy, the nation’s minister of culture Making the arts accessible to all—and showing there’s life beyond carnival and sport—is a priority. The Art Newspaper, June 5, 2014


Art Thieves Usually Steal For The Money. Here’s A Thief Who Just Loves The Art “Patrick Vialaneix is that rare being – a thief motivated by the love of art. He says he fell in love with the painting when he saw it at the age of 13 and regularly visited it from then onwards to stand rapt before the genius of Rembrandt. Finally, he worked out how he could use his skills as a security technician to steal it.” The Guardian, June 5, 2014


Tea for Two and Visible to All This week, the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto unveils a glass teahouse in Venice. New York Times, June 5, 2014


Moscow cancels YBA show over tensions in Ukraine Russian sponsor pulls out of British Council-organised show due to be highlight of UK-Russia cultural exchanges. The Art Newspaper, June 5, 2014


Show on African homosexuality shut down after fundamentalist attack An exhibition in Senegal, organised as part of the Dak’Art Biennale, has been closed because of pressure from extremist Islamic groups. The Art Newspaper, June 5, 2014


A Yelp For Arts Workers To Discuss Employers “By encouraging artists to share employment experiences, the Who pays artists? website aims to expose the companies which underpay creatives as well as draw attention to industry best practice. And already, Australian artists are sharing their stories, both good and bad.” Limelilght, June 4, 2014

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