Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 6-9, 2014



Douglas Coupland makes sense of it all Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything at the Vancouver Art Gallery until Sept. 1. North Shore News, June 6, 2014

Douglas Coupland exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery explores contemporary society and technology Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is a culmination of millings within these themes, and is presented through a stunning array of media including installation, photography, painting, lego, quilts, plastic containers, and nick-nacks he has collected over the years. The Peak, June 9, 2014

Exposing the many sides of Rodney Graham The Rennie Gallery is a dramatic space, with a four-storey-high main room. But it’s rarely been used to as great effect as in the new show by local hero Rodney Graham. Forty paintings have been hung on one wall, salon-style, with a big ladder in the middle. You walk into the room and pow!, the wall of paintings takes your breath away. Even Graham was surprised at how well the wall of abstract paintings works. Vancouver Sun, June 6, 2014

Vancouver invests in stable space for arts groups City hall is bringing some relief to Vancouver’s embattled arts community, which has for years complained about a lack of stable accommodation, with a $5-million commitment to help groups find, buy or rent their own space. Most of the money — $4.5 million — is coming from community amenity contributions the city collected from a developer in return for approving the controversial Rize Alliance tower in Mount Pleasant. Vancouver Sun, June 6, 2014

Correction: “A headline that appeared in a June 5 story about an alleged Group of Seven painting incorrectly stated that Vancouver Art Gallery senior curator Ian Thom called the piece a fraud. In fact, the curator said he did not believe the art was an authentic Lawren Harris painting.” Metro Vancouver, June 6, 2014

Correction: “A Globe B.C. headline on Thursday incorrectly said Michael Audain “abruptly” resigned as chair and board member of the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation. In fact, as the story made clear, Mr. Audain is leaving at the end of his term because of his commitment to many other projects.” Globe and Mail, June 6, 2014


Robert Genn (1936 – 2014) We are saddened to learn that Robert Genn succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 27. He died peacefully at home with his family around him. Galleries West, May 28, 2014


Oak Bay-raised artist pays tribute to father’s work A chain-link fence cordons off a plume of cotton-candy-coloured smoke. A shuttered office floats in negative space, supporting three hammocks where its basement would be. Times Colonist, June 6, 2014


Luminato 2014’s crown jewel: Behind the scatological six-hour filmed opera based on a 700-page novel by a sexist has-been It was Norman Mailer himself who suggested that New York artist Matthew Barney read Ancient Evenings, the profligate writer’s sprawling Egyptian saga published in 1983. How was Mailer to know that, in Barney’s hands, his novel would become his own wake – if not his resurrection? Globe and Mail, June 6, 2014

Terence Koh: A former bad boy finds his way home Canadian-raised Terence Koh built a reputation as an artist out to shock. He brings his first show on home turf to the McMichael Collection for Luminato and it’s a quiet, gentle thing. Toronto Star, June 9, 2014

Storefront Poetics: 3 Recent Works by Owen Kydd From defunct Los Angeles storefronts to Toronto’s Brookfield Place, Canadian artist Owen Kydd reinvents the way we see and think about moving images. Canadian Art, June 5, 2014

Slideshow: The Lost Scrapbooks of Gordon Rayner Sometimes Canadian-art artifacts show up in the most interesting places—like the lost scrapbooks of Gordon Rayner that our editors came across when doing research for our Summer issue. Together, these collectively produced books—dubbed Charlie’s Books by Rayner—shed light on the 1960s/1970s Toronto art scene. Canadian Art, June 5, 2014


National Gallery shares Canadian art on new mobile app National Gallery shares Canadian art highlights on new mobile app. Ottawa Citizen, June 6, 2014


“Porcelain: Breaking Tradition” Showed Medium’s Strength Porcelain took many forms in the compelling mini-survey exhibition “Porcelain: Breaking Tradition” at Montreal’s Art Mûr. Isa Tousignant reviews, noting the expected, like broken plates, white vases, decorative figurines, as well as the unexpected, like a full-size ceramic reproduction of a Chevy rear axle. Canadian Art, June 5, 2014

Salvage, Newfoundland

Edythe Goodridge, maven of NL arts and heritage, dead at 77 Edythe Goodridge, who dedicated much of her life to promote and celebrate the heritage, arts and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, has died. CBC, June 6, 2014


Sobey Art Award Shortlist Released

On Tuesday, the shortlist was released for one of Canada’s most significant contemporary art prizes. One finalist from each of five regions is now in the running for the Sobey’s $50,000 first prize. Get the roundup and see images of the shortlisted artists’ works—which are quite divergent—in this post. Canadian Art, June 5, 2014


Automakers pledge $26M to help save Detroit Institute of Art  General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are stepping into Detroit’s bankruptcy picture by pledging $26 million US to help support retiree pensions while keeping the city’s art treasures off the auction block. CBC, June 9, 2014

New York

At Museum Born of Politics, New Chief Faces Economics After losing a director and then dismissing another, El Museo del Barrio is hatching ambitious plans to widen its focus to all of Latin America under its new director, Jorge Daniel Veneciano. New York Times, June 6, 2014

Texts and Context, at the Modern An exhibition opening on Wednesday at the Museum of Modern Art has adapted its titled from a phrase in Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons.” New York Times, June 6, 2014

Eviction Battles Imperil a Queens Art Haven A conflict at a building housing studios in Ridgewood, Queens, has many worried that artists may be pushed out of the area. New York Times, June 6, 2014

Heaven and Earth, Sized to Grasp The Morgan Library & Museum offers exhibitions of Renaissance manuscript illuminations by the Claude Master and Romantic landscapes from Britain and Germany. New York Times, June 6, 2014


Spain’s new King could mean good things for the country’s arts Prince Felipe has shown his commitment to culture with an award-giving foundation started when he was 12 years old. The Art Newspaper, June 7, 2014


The woman behind New York’s Seagram Building honoured in Venice The Canadian philanthropist Phyllis Lambert has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Architecture Biennale. The Art Newspaper, June 7, 2014

Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Plans a Preview Show The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi isn’t going to open for a couple of years, but a fall exhibition will offer a small preview of its collection. New York Times, June 6, 2014

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