Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 11-14, 2014

Vancouver

New CEO appointed at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art The Bill Reid Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Alexandra Montgomery as CEO of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, effective October 1, 2014. Ms. Montgomery succeeds Mr. Michael Robinson, who has led the gallery since January 2009. Galleries West, July 13, 2014

Human Structures unveiled in False Creek Acclaimed U.S. artist and sculptor Jonathan Borofsky has officially unveiled his latest public artwork — Human Structures — created specifically for Vancouver. The work, which is comprised of 64 colourful and connected steel figures, will be displayed in Hinge Park by the seawall next to the Olympic Village until 2016. Vancouver Sun, July 11, 2014

West Vancouver

Fight on over West Vancouver gallery expansion on Ambleside Beach A battle is brewing over West Vancouver’s plans to expand its historic Ferry Building Gallery at Ambleside Beach, highlighting a trend of public pushback against waterfront development in Metro Vancouver. More than 2,000 residents have signed a petition against the West Van proposal, which calls for renovations and a 3,200-sq. ft. expansion to provide more gallery space, public washrooms, , a kitchen, and coffee shop. Vancouver Sun, July 10, 2014

North Vancouver

Installation of “Walking Figures” in North Vancouver The Vancouver Biennale and the City of North Vancouver are pleased to announce the installation of Walking Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz on July 16th and 17th. Once installed, this work will join The Meeting by Wang Shugang at Ray Sargent Park and the International Pavilion at the foot of Lonsdale to complete the Vancouver Biennale’s 2014 program in North Vancouver. Galleries West, July 14, 2014
Courtenay

Stephen Hume: Sawchuk’s stones of knowledge Grant Shilling, curating at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, invited me to a retrospective exhibition of the late George Sawchuk. Before viewing the smaller gallery pieces (what Sawchuk called his “portables), see his installations, suggested Shilling, who calls the artist who died in 2012 a national treasure. Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2014

Calgary

“Keeping Time: Ledger Drawings and the Pictographic Traditions of Native North Americans ca. 1820-1900”:  Astoundingly, this fascinating exhibition of historical First Nations art is not presented by a museum but by a commercial gallery best known for avant-garde contemporary art. It came about through the initiative and vision of Yves Trépanier, whose longstanding love of First Nations art led to friendship and collaboration with New York connoisseur Don Ellis, a highly regarded collector and dealer of native art. Galleries West, July 13, 2014

Winnipeg

WAG Announces Patricia E. Bovey as Director Emeritus The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia E. Bovey as Director Emeritus. As director from 1999 – 2004, she advanced the mandate of the WAG, presenting an exhibition program of regional, national, and international significance. Galleries West, July 13, 2014

Windsor

David Thauberger’s art: Ghost towns in-waiting “Concepts of abstractionism, realism and regionalism intersect in his art in complex ways,” said Mastin. “His facade paintings, particularly, are a response to the wide-open nature of the prairie landscape.” Windsor Star, July 12, 2014

Owen Sound

Roots to launch Tom Thomson collection | Owen Sound Sun Times A new Roots clothing collection is honouring artist Tom Thomson for his roots as one of the company’s inspirations. The iconic Canadian clothing company is launching a Tom Thomson Collection later this month, using paintings, stamps he created for Owen Sound’s children’s aid society, photographs and the influential painter’s spirit and love of the outdoors. Owen Sound Sun Times, July 11, 2014

Barrie

Alleged Rodin sculpture back in the spotlight The work is one of the last remnants of an audacious plan from more than a decade ago to loan dozens of Rodin pieces said to be worth $135-million to the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ont., a move that was supposed to turn the small gallery into an international art hot spot and create a touring Rodin exhibition. But it didn’t work out that way. Globe and Mail, July 14, 2014

Toronto

Off the wall: A guided tour of the AGO’s monumental new photography exhibit The best art collectors do a lot of looking. Hard looking. Which is just what Torontonians Ann and Harry Malcolmson did for several years before purchasing, in early 1988, the first photograph in what would eventually become a superb, centuries-spanning collection of almost 300 historic/archival photographic images of the predigital era. Globe and Mail, July 12, 2014

Remembering Spadina – Canadian Art Current enthusiasm for the 1960s and contiguous years, while not confined to art institutions—witness today’s pop naifs channelling much-diluted James Brown played by the likes of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings—has nevertheless been reflected in exhibitions to mixed critical response. “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967” at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2008–09, organized by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, was applauded in some quarters for its willingness to dig for meaning beneath pop’s famously resilient surface. “David Bowie is,” the popular Victoria and Albert Museum show exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2013, while questioned for having little meaning beyond its multiple surfaces, was nevertheless a huge hit. An exhibition of Amy Winehouse memorabilia has been shopped around in recent months. What’s next? Bieber instead of Biedermeier? Canadian Art, July 11, 2014

Congratulations Amy Luo, 2014 winner of the Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize We are pleased to announce that Amy Luo is the winner of our Writing Prize, and the two runners-up for this year’s prize are Noa Bronstein and Daniella E. Sanadar. The annual prize was created in 2009 to encourage young writers with an interest in contemporary art, and submissions are reviewed by a national jury of art professionals. The winner will have the opportunity to have a feature story in Canadian Art and will receive a $3,000 prize. The runners-up will each receive a $1,000 and recognition in Canadian Art. Canadian Art, July 11, 2014

Critical Craft at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Artists introduced conceptual, playful or deconstructed elements to traditional artisanal wares at the 53rd edition of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE). The exhibition gathered more than 300 artists and an additional exhibition, “Art Now.” Natasha Chaykowski reviews. Canadian Art, July 9, 2014

Montreal

MAW’s Memento Mori: Aliens, Fried Chicken & The Ruin A mix of archaeological find and archly framed art joke, artist collective MAW’s recent Parisian Laundry show married funny with fatal. Adam Gill reviews. Canadian Art, July 8, 2014

Building a mystery at the Canadian Centre for Architecture The Canadian Centre for Architecture began a series of exhibitions about digital technology last year with a look at how architects first used computers to design buildings from plans that were already sketched out. The Gazette, July 13, 2014

Los Angeles

When Google Gives Bad Information About A Los Angeles Museum, Things Go Wrong Quickly ‘Fink trusted what he saw and arrived downtown to find locked doors. MOCA, he learned, is in fact closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, not open seven days a week as his Google search suggested. Traffic hadn’t been too bad, so the futile round trip had cost him only about 75 minutes.’ Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2014

Williamstown, Mass.

A Place of Serene Excitement, Inside and Out The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., has fashioned an expanded and renovated campus into a welcoming, comfortable place for looking at art. New York Times, July 11, 2014

New York

Fleeting Artworks, Melting Like Sugar Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” which has been cut up and cleaned and taken away for recycling, is a contribution to the grand tradition of ephemeral art. New York Times, July 11, 2014

Form, Function and Beauty Span Eons in Met Acquisitions The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired an ancient Roman urn and a group of 44 20th-century glass works by Carlo Scarpa. New York Times, July 11, 2014

The Calculus Behind Imagery Charles Gaines’s early work is the focus of a show at the Studio Museum in Harlem. New York Times, July 11, 2014

London

So When Cardinal Wolsey And Henry VIII Fell Out, These Angels Got Lost – And Now The V&A Really Wants Them For Britain A national fundraising campaign has been launched to buy four bronze angels that shine a light on the tempestuous relationship between Henry VIII and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. The Victoria and Albert Museum needs £5m to buy the sculptures that, for centuries, were thought lost. The museum already has half the money, thanks to £2m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and £500,000 from the Art Fund. The Guardian, July 10, 2014

Northampton

Sale of Egyptian Statue By English Museum Draws Criticism An English museum has sold off an ancient Egyptian statue, drawing criticism from some who said it should have been returned to Egypt. New York Times, July 11, 2014

Moscow

Once Again, Art in Russia Carries Moral and Political Overtones Exhibits provide a counterpoint to President Vladimir Putin’s agenda. New York Times, July 11, 2014

Johannesburg

Seeing Johannesburg Through Artists’ Eyes Public art is helping to revive urban Johannesburg, Africa’s most visited city. New York Times, July 11, 2014

Japan

Japanese artist On Kawara dies aged 81 Conceptual artist is best known for making date paintings for the past 48 years. The Art Newspaper, July 10, 2014

International

Keeping Beaux Arts Museums In Shape Is Super Hard, And Here’s Why “Every time a fluted column or pedimented doorway gets in the way of a future gallery, the same problem crops up: how to make a grand old building more rational and efficient without neutralizing its ­idiosyncrasies—how, in other words, to make it better without ruining it completely.” Vulture, July 13, 2014

Cheryl Siegel

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Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby St. Vancouver BC, V6Z 2H7 604-662-4709

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