Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 15-18, 2014


That art gallery in Vancouver where the accidental peep show almost happened There are certain places where an incident so unusual happens that it forever becomes known as “the place where that thing happened” in your mind. That would be how I view the Vancouver Art Gallery — or as I like to call it, “That place where the barefoot, gold-painted girl’s breasts almost fell out of her bridesmaid dress.” Henry Herald (Georgia) August 14, 2014

Campbell River

Campbell River Art Gallery welcomes new curator Julia Prudhomme is the new curator at the Campbell River Art Gallery. Originally from Ontario, Julia has recently been studying and working in the BC interior. Galleries West, August 14, 2014


Emerging artists’ show somehow succeeds in spite of itself THERE’S no “right” way to make a painting, but Jessica Evans and Patrick Klassen do their best to do it wrong. Piss Performance, their exhibition at Prespace Gallery, challenges some of our most basic, most reasonable assumptions about how paintings should be made and shown. Winnipeg Free Press, August 14, 2014

Plug In appoints new Director, Administration and Development Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila Spence as Director, Administration and Development. Spence fills one of two new director positions: one in Programming; and a Director, Administration and Development. These two individuals will work as a team to maintain Plug In ICA’s vision and to guide its upcoming initiatives. Galleries West, August 14, 2014


Supersizing Prairie Gothic: The Art of Heather Benning Most art activity is centred in cities. But Regina artist Heather Benning subverts that by creating large-scale installations in rural areas. Whether turning a farmhouse into a life-sized dollhouse or, most recently, converting a tobacco kiln into a meditation on the loss of the family farm. Canadian Art, August 14, 2014


Video Report: Rebecca Belmore’s Bodies of Survival … The bodies of women, Aboriginals and artists are often disappeared. Rebecca Belmore’s art both records and resists this—powerfully so. Find out how in Natasha Chaykowski’s video report on Belmore’s recent exhibition “Kwe” at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto. Canadian Art, August 14, 2014

Gravity’s Rainbow: A Visit With Libby Hague – Canadian Art Libby Hague may well be the Queen of Serendipity. Combining found materials from Goodwill with extensive expertise in printmaking and installation, Hague’s work is at once playful and potent. Find out more in this in-depth essay by Gary Michael Dault. Canadian Art, August 14, 2014

Lynne Cohen’s Influence Felt in Aimia Prize Shortlist … Chicago-based artist David Hartt, the sole Canadian shortlisted for the $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize this week, has won praise in the States but exhibited little north of the border—until now. Here, he talks about the lasting influence of the late Lynne Cohen, who taught him at the University of Ottawa. Canadian Art, August 14, 2014

The Pug Awards were tough love for TO architecture Earlier this summer, the creative people who thought up and then spearheaded the Pug Awards for Toronto architecture almost a decade ago – notably, interior designer Anna Simone and financier Gary Berman – passed out prizes for the last time. Globe and Mail, August 14, 2014


Visual Arts: A matter of perspectiveDora Garcia takes ideas from other artists and uses them to explore perception. The power of art to change society is at the core of a challenging exhibition of videos — and wallpaper — by Spanish artist Dora Garcia at the Darling Foundry. Montreal Gazette, August 15, 2014

Montreal museum to highlight avant-garde, Warhol and war Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky and Andy Warhol will be among the artistic legends under the spotlight in shows at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this fall. “From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Impressionism to Expressionism 1900-1914” begins on Oct. 11 and will run until Jan. 25, 2015. Calgary Herald, August 15, 2014


Dartmouth art gallery celebrates The Simpsons The iconic world of the Simpsons has become iconoclastic art at the Dart Gallery in Dartmouth. CBC, August 15, 2014


Taking Wing in a Time of Extremis The artist Jim Hodges is the subject of a career retrospective, “Give More Than You Take,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. New York Times, August 15, 2014

New York

Hybrids From a Fervid Iconoclast A Lucas Samaras show at the Metropolitan Museum emphasizes the diversity of his artistic output, from Happenings to works in which he tinkered with his own image. New York Times, August 15, 2014

Cathedral of St. John the Divine Is a Gallery, Too The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, doubling as an arts space, is home to exhibitions like “Phoenix,”winged beasts from the artist Xu Bing. New York Times, August 15, 2014

An Eclectic Lineup for the Queer New York International Arts Festival The festival, now in its third year, will run from Sept. 17 to 28. New York Times, August 15, 2014


London’s National Gallery (FINALLY) Allows Photography – Yes, Including Selfies With Self-Portraits “What’s this going to do to art? What’s it going to do to a generation? … Once you stick your big face in the foreground, the experience is different again, less like art and more like going to the seaside and putting your head above the body of a wrestler in a swimming costume. The Guardian, August 15, 2014

Revisiting the Nightmares of World War I The remodeled First World War galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London prefer to convey the experience of the conflict rather than explain the forces behind it. New York Times, August 15, 2014


Museo Reina Sofía plans another expansion The director of Madrid’s Modern and contemporary art museum wants to add 3,000 sq. ft of additional exhibition space. The Art Newspaper, August 15, 2014


Portraits of Loved Ones, in Three Galleries on Three Continents Curated by the photographer Lindley Warren, the exhibition of candid images opens concurrently in Brisbane, Vienna and Des Moines. New York Times, August 15, 2014

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