Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 19, 2014

Vancouver

Colleen Heslin displays immense confidence with Outcasts and Shady Trees. Part of the pleasure of viewing Colleen Heslin’s exhibition, Outcasts and Shady Trees, is its immense confidence, both formal and intellectual. A recent winner of the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition, this genre-busting artist brings fresh energy to the project of abstraction, incorporating elements of analytical cubism, stain painting, abstract illusionism, quilting, and collage into her art. Georgia Straight, June 17, 2014

Cori Creed joins artists keeping in step at the South Granville ArtWalk. Cori Creed is sitting in a sleek, white South Granville gallery, but the West Coast wild is all around her. Twisting red arbutus limbs, criss-crossing driftwood logs, feathery lichens, and churning ocean waves reach out from her large canvases that spread across the walls of Bau-Xi Gallery. As at the other 17 galleries along the tour, which stretches from West 5th to 15th avenues and encompasses shows as diverse as contemporary Northwest Coast art at Douglas Reynolds Gallery and Tim Okamura’s New York–street-smart female portraits at Douglas Udell Gallery, there’ll be food and drink tastings from local purveyors featured at Bau-xi. Georgia Straight, June 17, 2014

Edmonton

Selection of 42 artists in Art Gallery of Alberta’s biennial exhibit includes 19 from Edmonton. The Art Gallery of Alberta has announced the names of 42 artists who will represent the province’s contemporary art scene in the gallery’s biennial exhibit, opening next January. Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art examines the creative practices at work with artists in this province and is ultimately an expression of how it feels to be an Alberta artist today. Edmonton Journal, June 18, 2014

Toronto

Landed: Together in Canada tells stories of same-sex couples who found refuge here. A new multimedia installation titled “Landed: Together in Canada” tells the stories of couples who decided to make Canada their home — though neither partner was Canadian — because there was nowhere else where they could settle legally as couples. anded, which can be seen and heard now at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, was inspired by artist Sarah Foy’s own experience as an American love exile in Canada — though in her case her partner, Luise Heyerhoff, is Canadian. Toronto Star, June 18, 2014

William Kentridge a Toronto—And Soon, Calgary—Highlight. There are moments when the stars collide and ideal artistic partnerships are forged—sometimes across the centuries, and spanning different creative media. Such was the case in 2010, when the revolutionary 1928 Vladimir Shostakovich opera The Nose was brought to new life at New York’s Metropolitan Opera thanks to the ingenious set designs of South African artist William Kentridge…. If you missed the Kentridge production in New York, though, you needn’t despair. This month at Barbara Edwards Gallery in Toronto, you can get a taste of it in 30 prints he made while working on his staging, works that reflect the artist’s intrigue with Gogol’s absurd narrative, and with the modernist musical masterpiece that Gogol inspired. Canadian Art, June 19, 2014

Ottawa

Canada Council Launches New Gallery in Ottawa. Over the past 40 years, the Canada Council Art Bank has collected more than 17,000 artworks that go on loan regularly to public and private exhibition spaces across Canada. But it hasn’t had a proper, dedicated spot to exhibit Art Bank works itself—until today. Canadian Art, June 16, 2014

City Hall exhibit to put human face on Syria’s agony for World Refugee Day. On World Refugee Day, June 20, the plight of those refugees was visible at Ottawa City Hall in a special, one-day exhibit sponsored by CARE Canada and the UN High Commission on Refugees. The Dear World exhibit features the photographs of Robert Fogarty and Benjamin Reece, who visited refugee camps in Jordan to document the struggle of some of the millions of Syrians displaced by bloodshed. Ottawa Citizen, June 10, 2014

Delaware

Delaware Art Museum Loses Accreditation For Selling Its Art. A committee of the American Alliance of Museums, a national museum advocacy organization, voted unanimously Wednesday to remove the Delaware museum’s accreditation. While the move is largely procedural with no immediate impact on patrons, it signals to the larger arts community that the museum is “an outlier and an institution that does not conform to accepted standards of the field,” The News Journal – Willmington, June 19, 2014

Miami Beach

Art Basel in Miami: business as usual? More than $5m is being set aside for art commissions in Miami Beach as part of the renovation of its convention centre, thanks to a city ordinance requiring that 1.5% of the construction costs, which the Miami Herald reports to be $500m, go towards the Art in Public Places (AIPP) fund. The Art Newspaper, June 19, 2014

London, UK

From Mercury to mauve: National Portrait Gallery showcases Ealing links. Queen singer, Victorian chemist and Steve McQueen included in project to boost young people’s engagement with portraiture. The Guardian, June 19, 2014

Somerset

Art gallery Hauser & Wirth sets up a space in a Somerset farm. For one of the art world’s most powerful figures, rural Somerset represents a surprising – and exciting – departure Financial Times, June 13, 2014

Iraq

UNESCO Issues Caution on Iraq World Heritage Sites. The United Nations issued a warning yesterday on possible danger to Iraqi cultural heritage sites as the insurgent army of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continued its southward sweep of the country towards Baghdad. Hyperallergic, June 18, 2014

Datong, China

The Strange Case of Datong, China’s Half-Finished Faux ‘Ancient’ City. Datong no longer has much of its “historic fabric,” says Han Li, director for the China program of the Global Heritage Fund, an international nonprofit focusing on historic preservation. Although the city is “trying to recreate something that was there in the historic period,” it’s not doing it with 100 percent accuracy, she says. In fact, the city is razing some of the historic housing in its center because it doesn’t date to as ancient a period as the renovators wanted. “Some criticize it as an imagined historic style,” she says. Many of the recent changes in Datong have come thanks to the city’s former mayor, Geng Yanbo, who became known as Demolition Geng (Geng Chaichai, or Geng Smash-Smash) after he took office in 2008. Citylab (The Atlantic), June 18, 2014

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