Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 1-2, 2014


Art This Week: Robert Linsley and more On Stage: Vancouver Art Gallery Recent Acquisitions. This exhibition of works acquired by the gallery within the past four years presents ways artists stage people within a composition. The theatrically minded artists include Ken Lum, Scott McFarland, Sam Durant, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and others. Vancouver Sun, July 1, 2014


Robert Amos: First Nation art, meet squirrels Alcheringa Gallery encourages cultural evolution. In addition to fine traditional Northwest Coast art and indigenous carvings from the South Pacific, owner Elaine Monds has helped West Coast artists to collaborate with their peers in Papua New Guinea, Japan and Australia. Currently Rande Cooke, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist, has been working with Carollyne Yardley. And what is Yardley’s tradition? “Pop culture,” she replies, with no hesitation and a peel of laughter. Times Colonist, June 29, 2014


Bridging digital and material environments at the MacKenzie Art Gallery It’s a fascinating time to be at the helm of one of Canada’s top 10 art galleries, says the new executive director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery – Saskatchewan’s largest public art gallery.

“Art is an essential component of people’s everyday lives,” Anthony Kiendl explained. “Every aspect of life. whether it’s thinking creatively in business, or sharing information much like the media, or getting in touch with our history, or spirituality, or health. the gallery is uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in all those aspects of life.” Leader-Post, June 30, 2014

MARY PRATT: MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, May 17 to August 24, 2014 Mary Pratt occupies a unique and agitating position within the still-forming canon of Canadian contemporary art. Her 50-year career as a photorealist painter is widely celebrated, and her achievements as a postwar, East Coast, female artist are all the more distinguished for the various “unlikelihoods” she’s overcome. She’ll tell you these very distinctions have provided her the “stuff of life,” in fact. But because categorical imperatives continue to circle the artist, and fail to land, the nagging issue of how to position Pratt persists. She remains invitingly implacable. Galleries West, June 28, 2014


Homecoming for Bierk brothers | Peterborough Examiner It was a bit of a family reunion at the Art Gallery of Peterborough on Saturdayas four brothers got together to launch their exhibition. Alex, Charlie, Jeff and Nick, along with work from their late father, David Bierk, are presenting their creations in a show titled After. Nick, Charlie and Alex are showcasing paintings, while Jeff is exhibiting photographs. The Bierk brothers were raised in Peterborough by their father, David, and mother Liz, who have both passed on. David, an internationally renowned artist, was the founder of Artspace gallery and is fondly remembered for his help in saving Market Hall. Peterborough Examiner, June 28, 2014


At Oakville Galleries, a who’s who of Canadian artists Longtime curator Marnie Fleming says farewell with a final show of works from the collection she worked more than two decades to build. Toronto Star, June 30, 2014


When it comes to the arts, here’s what Toronto needs in a mayor The heads of eight big performing-arts companies and museums in the city have banded together to issue a manifesto calling for a visionary leader who will help build a creative economy and livable neighbourhoods, and who will champion investments in transit, social services and the cultural sector. Globe and Mail, June 30, 2014

Maura Doyle’s Pots Recast Perception – Canadian Art Maura Doyle’s “Who the Pot?” is funny, instructive, strange, and totally beautiful. The show is made up of 19 clay sculptures, hand-built and fired in a drum of naked flame. The works are shown on very slightly off-white plinths (warmer than the gallery walls), and some are propped up with brightly coloured de Stijl– or Memphis-style metal supports. Canadian Art, June 29, 2014


How painter Mark Tobey changed the course of modern art in the Pacific Northwest Hardly a household name in this country, the U.S. painter Mark Tobey did his part for Canada. His connection with Emily Carr in the 1920s helped shape her career at a crucial point in her development. With this intersection, Tobey has become part of the story of Canadian art. Tobey’s art – like Carr’s, tied very much to the Pacific Northwest and the region’s First Nations – is explored in a new show at the Seattle Art Museum. Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical examines the careers of Tobey and his contemporaries Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson. Globe and Mail, July 1, 2014

New York

Sotheby’s to Auction Items From Paul and Bunny Mellon Estate On Tuesday, Sotheby’s announced that it would auction contents from the estate of Rachel Lambert Mellon, known as Bunny, who died in March. New York Times, July 2, 2014


$4.5 Million Worth Of Brazilian Art Discovered In Shipping Container “The works, valued at $4.5m, were hidden among the belongings of a 75-year-old Brazilian woman and authorities suspect a company used her move to evade taxes. The Brazilian Ministry of Finance, Guido Mantega, said the art is believed to have been acquired at auctions abroad.” The Art Newspaper, July 1, 2014


Peter Doig painting of DVP rainbow tunnel sets auction record for the A painting of a site familiar for decades to millions of commuters in the Toronto region has sold for almost $15.5-million at auction in London – a world record for the artist, Peter Doig, 55, who spent most of his early years in Canada. Globe and Mail, June 30, 2014

Bacon, and a Bed, Sell Well at Christie’s London Auction Results of the Christie’s auction Tuesday in London echoed Sotheby’s of the day before. New York Times, July 1, 2014

How Tracey Emin Feels About Her 16-Year-Old Dirty Bed “It is strange because it still has that same smell that it had 16 years ago. Obviously the stains and everything else are touching me, and it’s like being touched by a ghost of yourself.” BBC, June 30, 2014


After Almost 1,000 Years, The Bayeux Tapestry Is Completed “The tapestry, chronicling the Norman conquest of England and that battle in 1066, is regarded as a marvel of medieval Europe. However, since it was ‘rediscovered’ by scholars in the 18th Century, its original final scene has been missing. … Now, a team of embroiderers on Alderney, a small island just off the coast of William’s native Normandy, have ‘finished’ the job.” BBC, June 30, 2014


Uh Oh. Sistine Chapel Is About To Get Three Times More Crowded A new climate control system makes it possible. “Though it may get more crowded, the Sistine Chapel will also be much brighter from October. A new lighting system incorporating 7,000 LEDs aims to increase the illumination of the ceiling and wall decorations tenfold (from 5-10 to 50-100 lux).” The Art Newspaper, July 1, 2014


Fresh Ink for the Human Canvas Ink options may have multiplied since the last time you visited your tattoo parlor. New York Times, July 1, 2014


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