Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 11, 2014

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery gets 556-photo donation. The Vancouver Art Gallery has received a donation of 556 photographs by acclaimed American photographer Harry Callahan. The gift, given by the Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, marks the largest photography donation in the gallery’s history. Georgia Straight, June 10, 2014

More Than 550 Harry Callahan Photos Donated to Vancouver Art Gallery. Callahan was known for his street photography, portraits of his wife, and nature and light studies, and he had shows at major museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. (Includes brief slideshow). Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2014

Haven for hundreds with mental illness at risk of closing without secure funding (with video). 300 members of the Vancouver Coastal Health’s Art Studios got a big shock last August when the Vancouver Coastal Health authority announced it would no longer fund the painting, drawing and ceramics classes for people with mental illnesses and addictions as it had for the past 20 years. Staff were stunned. Vancouver Sun, June 8, 2014

Victoria

Robert Amos: Artist embraced darkness and light. A star blinked out — the artist known as Rachel Berman (and previously, as Susan King) is no longer with us. Born in Victoria in 1946, Rachel Berman’s paintings were exhibited at North Park, Fran Willis and Winchester Galleries — old, new and Modern — and in Toronto by the Ingram Gallery. But her artistry made its most intimate impact on those to whom she delivered — usually by bicycle, in the early hours of morning — envelopes stuffed with drawings, philosophy, calligraphy, rambling love letters and apt poetry that would burst open in a shower of rose petals on the breakfast table. Times Colonist, June 11, 2014

Kleinburg

Terence Koh Plants Poignant Gestures at the McMichael. Coverage of Terence Koh‘s recent performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection have tended to focus on the theme of “bad-boy-makes-good,” describing the Beijing-born, Mississauga-raised artist’s former persona as an all-white-clad enfant terrible of the New York art world (purveyor of gold-plated excrement and whitened sex toys), and his dramatic transition to the very un-dramatic, soft-spoken, contemplative person who came to Toronto last week to create two new works as part of the Luminato festival. Canadian Art, June 10, 2014

Toronto

CBC producer Vincent Massey Tovell spent his life steeped in the arts. Few Canadians were as steeped in the brew of their country’s culture and arts as Vincent Massey Tovell. Throughout his long life, he was a presence in the nation’s music, its visual arts, theatre, dance and, above all, broadcasting. Mr. Tovell carried the reputation as the CBC’s “most consciously intellectual producer.” Globe & Mail, June 10, 2014

Peter Doig’s DVP rainbow painting could go for millions. An oil landscape painting by Scottish artist Peter Doig depicting one of the few bright spots along the Don Valley Parkway, one of Toronto’s busiest commuter roads, could sell at auction for as much as $16 million ($U.S.). Toronto Star, June 11, 2014

Hamilton

Artists Take a Bite Out of Cézanne’s Apples A show featuring the artist’s adventures with still life reveals why they have inspired successors over multiple generations. 21 of those paintings will be in “The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne,” an exhibition running from June 22 to September 22 at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and then traveling to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. ARTnews, June 11, 2014

Potomac, Maryland

Glenstone, in the suburbs of D.C., is an art museum like no other. In the lush Washington suburb of Potomac, Maryland, where the median income is America’s highest and the roads have names like River Oaks Lane or Partridge Run, you turn into the driveway of Glenstone, a place that lacks even a sign to disclose its purpose. National Post, June 10, 2014

Wilmington, Delaware

Will This Calder Be The Next Work The Delaware Art Museum Sells, Er, Deaccessions?“Alexander Calder’s prominent Black Crescent mobile has been removed from the Delaware Art Museum’s East Court and its collections database, making it potentially the third work the museum will sell by October.” The News-Journal (Wilmington, DE) June 10, 2014

London

National Gallery slims down its displays Contrary to popular belief, not all of the museum’s 2,000-plus paintings are on public view. The Art Newspaper, June 11, 2014

Frieze London Gives Artist Award to Mélanie Matranga Three months before its 12th edition takes place in Regent’s Park (Oct. 15-18), Frieze London will announce today the recipient of its inaugural Artist Award. Art In America, June 11, 2014

Six degrees from Sir Francis Drake Newly authenticated self-portrait by Rembrandt took a strange route to Devonshire abbey. The Art Newspaper, June 11, 2014

Paris

Armenian museum fights for its Paris home Director goes to court to regain access to the collection, after locks were changed on shared building. The Art Newspaper, June 10, 2014

Pisa

Better late than never Pisa museum recovers works it didn’t know were missing for more than a decade. The Art Newspaper, June 11, 2014

Istanbul

Coming soon to Istanbul, 40 international artists’ residencies The Moving Museum organises ambitious project starting this summer. The Art Newspaper, June 9, 2014

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