Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 20-23, 2014


BC couple’s art evokes time and emotion Sound in all its variations is one of the constants in the work of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Whether it’s spoken word, parts of opera arias, snippets of pop songs, water falling on window panes or a symphony of music generated by the random movement of people in a room, sound is used to create evocative narratives that can produce strong emotional responses. Vancouver Sun, June 20, 2014

vancouver art gallery appoints new board members The Vancouver Art Gallery has announced the appointment of Hank Bull, Tom Milroy, and Pamela Richardson to its twenty-four-member board of trustees. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s volunteer board includes community, cultural and business leaders from Vancouver and across Canada. Artforum, June 20, 2014

Vancouver Gallery adds three new members to board of trustees The Vancouver Art Gallery has elected three new members to its board of trustees: Hank Bull, Tom Milroy, and Pamela Richardson. Georgia Straight, June 21, 2014


Commemorating the First World War centennial with tough images You’ll find little of “the violence and savagery of the battlefield” in the 16 or so new acrylic-and-pastel canvases by Charles Pachter that make up Lest We Forget, now on display in the Lieutenant-Governor’s Suite at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto. Globe and Mail, June 22, 2014

These WorldPride exhibitions put the complex themes and shifting identities of LGBT artists in context Vancouver rockers Chilliwack always got a big cheer in concert when lead singer Bill Henderson would croon this line from the hit Raino: “If there’s no audience, there just ain’t no show.” Just so, Bill, just so! But the inverse equally pertains, as two new and related exhibitions in Toronto, at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ryerson Image Centre, demonstrate. Titled, respectively, Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography and What It Means to Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility, they’re making their bows just as the Ontario capital assumes its duties as the first North American city to host WorldPride (through June 29). Globe and Mail, June 20, 2014

WorldPride photo exhibits defy cliché, present thoughtful and political views of gay culture Two deep, intensive photographic exhibitions at the AGO and Ryerson offer a quieter counterpoint to the exuberant celebrations set to overtake Toronto during WorldPride. Toronto Star, June 20, 2014


Marnie Fleming Q&A: Fond Farewells – Canadian Art This summer marks the end of an era at Oakville Galleries with the departure of its long-time Curator of Contemporary Art, Marnie Fleming. Since the early 1990s, Fleming (who officially retires on October 31) has redefined the model for a regional public art gallery with innovative exhibition programming and an adept collection strategy that, against the usual odds, has found a permanent home for key works by some of Canada’s best known contemporary artists Canadian Art, June 20, 2014


Tris Vonna-Michell Q&A: From Montreal to the Turner Prize …Call it a case of perfect timing. When British-born, Stockholm-based artist Tris Vonna-Michell learned at the beginning of May that he had been shortlisted for the 2014 Turner Prize, he was in the middle of a six-month production residency at Darling Foundry in Montreal. Canadian Art June 19, 2014

New York

If Seeing Is Believing, a Panorama of Truth The Queens Museum uses its “Panorama” of New York as a launching point for “Bringing the World Into the World,” a playful look at ways to see reality. New York Times, June 20, 2014

In an Ironic Lens, a Latin Myth Evaporates Two shows at the International Center of Photography counter some traditional stereotypes of Latin America. New York Times, June 20, 2014

MoMA to Host Bjork Retrospective Next Year The Museum of Modern Art is planning a full-scale exhibition of Bjork’s own work and her collaborations with artists, photographers and designers. New York Times, June 18, 2014


Delaware Museum Faces Sanctions From Directors’ Group One painting from the museum’s collection was sold Tuesday at auction for $4.89 million. Others may be offered on the private market. New York Times, June 18, 2014

United States

When Museums Behave Badly, Sanctions May Not Be Enough Certainly, trying to get anything through Congress these days is a long shot. And I’m wary of anything that hamstrings cultural institutions with more rules. But with major public art collections hanging in the balance (think: Detroit Institute of Arts), it might be worth considering ideas that go beyond sanctions. Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2014

America, Online: Love for Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ Online voters chose Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” and other works to be displayed on billboards across the country. New York Times, June 20, 2014

The Hague

The Mauritshuis, the true home of Girl with a Pearl Earring, reopens this week Gallery’s director hopes people will head to The Hague to see Vermeer’s portrait and no longer look for it in Amsterdam. The Art Newspaper, June 23, 2014

Famous Girl and Bird Return to a Renovated Dutch Museum The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis reopens next week in The Hague after a subtle renovation and expansion. New York Times, June 20, 2014


At Art Basel, Works With a Museum Presence With 285 galleries from 34 countries participating, the Art Basel fair in Switzerland is still a magnet for the contemporary art world. New York Times, June 20, 2014

St. Petersburg

Manifesta: a hard act to pull off Kasper König organises the roving biennial as Russia, its host, attracts attention for all the wrong reasons. The Art Newspaper, June 20, 2014


What Do The Colorblind See When They Look At Colorful Art? “Walking around the Making Colours exhibition, I was dazzled by the ultramarine blues and daffodil yellows. But was that a big patch of green in Degas’s La Coiffure? The sign said it was red, but my eyes said something different.” BBC, June 21, 2014

Cheryl Siegel


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