Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 14, 2014

Vancouver

Douglas Coupland, in his own words: A retrospective of the artist’s appearances in the Post, as he mounts a retrospective of his own. “This Friday, the Vancouver Art Gallery hosts the launch of Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, the official catalogue of the artist’s one-man retrospective. To mark the occasion in a style befitting Coupland’s art, Rebecca Tucker put together our own retrospective of the writer and artist as he’s appeared in the pages of the Post over the years.” National Post, August 13, 2014

Sci-fi effects meet landscapes in Kelly Richardson’s Legion. “Curiosity, awe, terror—Kelly Richardson’s “hyper-real” video installations stimulate a range of responses from viewers… Born in Canada and based in England, Richardson is an internationally acclaimed media artist with an extensive exhibition history. Still, the Contemporary Art Gallery is the first to mount a solo show of her work in Vancouver.” Georgia Straight, August 13, 2014

Artist Ross den Otter captures changing face of Main and Hastings streets. “Since moving here from Vancouver Island in the late 1980s, artist Ross den Otter has always lived or worked within two blocks of Hastings or Main Street. But it’s only in the last two years that he’s been meticulously documenting those historical arteries on film, capturing carefully selected locations undergoing a sea change.” Georgia Straight, August 13, 2014

Portrait of an Artist: L.J. Throstle. Mixed media and graffiti artist L.J. (Lucy) Throstle captures attention with her whole-hearted magnetism, just as her art captures the movement of birds she has photographed at local parks and beaches. Georgia Straight, August 7, 2014

Victoria

Victoria’s Integrated Arts Festival expands its reach. It’s that time of year again when Victoria is preparing to transform into a playground for the arts, as 29 art spaces around the city open their doors to the public for the eighth annual Integrate Arts Festival. Times Colonist, August 13, 2014

Winnipeg

Museum provokes mixed emotions. CMHR preview inspiring and heart-wrenching for viewers and storytellers alike. Winnipeg Free Press, August 14, 2014

Artbeat brings pop-up gallery to Portage Place. For the first time, Artbeat artists’ work will be on sale in a retail environment as a new branch of the studio, Upbeat Artworks, opens today on the second floor of Portage Place. Winnipeg Free Press, August 12, 2014

Halifax

Hannah Guinan Now Artistic Director of Khyber. Hannah Guinan has been named artistic director of the Khyber Arts Society in Halifax—a longtime artist-run centre currently facing some space challenges. Canadian Art, August 14, 2014

Canada

4 art exhibitions with that ‘sacred touch of beauty’ “One of the best places to experience beauty or to hone your notions of the beautiful is the art gallery, in either of its public or commercial incarnations. If a house is a machine for living in, a gallery’s a machine for the manufacture of beauty and meaning. Here are four exhibitions, continuing or upcoming, in locations across Canada with that “sacred touch of beauty.”” Globe & Mail, August 13, 2014

Must-Sees This Week: August 14 to 20, 2014. There are lots of great art exhibitions opening this week, and other interesting art events happening too. Here are our best bets. Canadian Art, August 14, 2014

San Francisco

This Woman Took a Self-Portrait Every Year in Just Her Birthday Suit. In 1974, Lucy Hilmer, then 29 and wearing the somewhat gaudy undergarment, took the first of what would become a life-long series of self-portraits titled “Birthday Suits.” She has since added one more image to the series every April 22, her birthday, each time wearing only the underpants, shoes, and socks. Slate, August 14, 2014

New York

Imbibing a World of Delight and Degradation. “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters,” at the Museum of Modern Art, presents approximately 100 of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s printed works, selected from the museum’s permanent collection. New York Times, August 14, 2014

A Visit with Vincent. A rare sight drew me, last week, to the Metropolitan Museum: all seventeen of the museum’s paintings by van Gogh on view at once, for the first time in more than a decade. New York Times, August 12, 2014

Washington

Defending Diplomatic Design. “Design, the hearing made clear, has become the word that dare not speak its name in an era when American diplomats fear being targets around the world.” Architect Magazine, August 12, 2014

London

Fears National Gallery will be ‘selfie central’ as photo ban is relaxed. “The gallery relaxed its strict no-photography policy last month after staff found it ‘increasingly difficult’ to distinguish between guests using free wi-fi to research paintings and those trying to take pictures with mobile phones.” London Evening Standard, August 13, 2014

Paris

How Paris changed my Instagramming ways. “What the relics, canvases, cave drawings, furnishings, curios, sarcophagi and sculptures reveal about empires, dynasties, monarchies and the details of everyday life throughout history, the museum and its contents confirm that humans have an innate desire to create – and live with – beautiful things.” Globe & Mail, August 13, 2014

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