Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 21, 2014


Art competition builds bridges for Chinese artists in Canada Vancouver’s Chinese arts community is putting on a one-of-a-kind arts competition this fall. Organizers launched the inaugural Canada Chinese Art Bridge competition Wednesday at a news conference Chinatown’s International Arts Gallery. It is one of the first large-scale Chinese arts competitions featuring specifically Canadian artists. Vancouver Sun, August 20, 2014

Lincoln Clarkes: Giving Notice reveals a hybrid aesthetic Clarkes triangulates his home base between Vancouver, Toronto, and London, England, and his carefully composed street photos are largely shot in these three cities. During the course of his long career, he has won national and regional awards for his editorial photographs, and in 2002, he garnered international attention with Heroines, his black-and-white images of drug-addicted women in the DTES. He has also focused his camera lens on antiwar protesters, urban bicyclists, festival celebrants, and wealthy women shopping on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Georgia Straight, August 19, 2014

Brazil’s OSGEMEOS brings graffiti to Granville Island Celebrated artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, aka OSGEMEOS, are painting their largest-ever public mural on Granville Island. Georgia Straight, August 20, 2014

North Vancouver

NVCAC to take over Art Crawl The North Shore Art Crawl Society has decided to dissolve its non-profit society and has asked the North Vancouver Community Arts Council to take over the Art Crawl. North Shore News, August 20, 2014

New Westminster

Nearly completed Anvil Centre will bring theatre and conference facilities to New Westminster When it opens in September, it will also be home to the New Westminster New Media Gallery, New Westminster Museum and Archives, and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Georgia Straight, August 17, 2014


Calgary’s Poet Laureate sets up interactive display at the Epcor Words and images collide for Derek Beaulieu Watching a poet waiting for the muse to strike might not quite classify as a performing arts experience, but Beaulieu isn’t that kind of (dark, moody, introverted, dystopian) poet. “The walls will be filled with my visual work,” he says. “My text art. I’m setting up a series of manual typewriters that people who wander by or other writers are welcome to come in and try out.” Calgary Herald, August 20, 2014

Q&A with artist Jeff de Boer In the war between cats and mice, artist Jeff de Boer hasn’t picked a side. He’s more of a Nic Cage, Lord of War type, as he’s spent nearly 30 years designing and building armour for both species. He’ll be bringing samples of that work, answering questions and showing off his collaborations with the Calgary maker scene at “Meet an Innovator” day on Saturday at Telus Spark. Calgary Herald, August 20, 2014


Gallery encounters construction ‘challenges’ A cold winter, soil conditions and high river levels have created “schedule challenges” for the Remai Modern art gallery, but the expected move-in day has not yet changed, City council’s executive committee heard Wednesday. Star Phoenix, August 21, 2014


Anishinaabe artists rock the AGO in bold new exhibition At the portal to an Art Gallery of Ontario display of Canadian art called A National Story, a wall graphic tells us that “a common thread in our history is a willingness to engage in dialogue and negotiation.” The First Nations artists participating in a new exhibition right next door to A National Story would probably disagree. Globe and Mail, August 20, 2014

Video: The three must-see pieces at the AGO’s Alex Colville retrospective Andrew Hunter, formerly of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, shares his three favourite works. Globe and Mail, August 20, 2014

Alex Colville’s daughter a big part of AGO exhibit While curators and collectors analyze and revere the painter’s tightly wound depictions of modern life, Ann Kitz lived them. Toronto Star, August 21, 2014

Alex Colville explained, perhaps a little too much Over 70 years Colville created a dark, ambiguous world with his small paintings simmering with quiet dread. Does the AGO dispel the mystery? Toronto Star, August 21, 2014

Roula Partheniou and the Art of the Double Take … Partheniou may be something of a trickster in her work, but as a person she is generous, soft-spoken and forthright. This is reflected in the way that her sculptures, using an accessible common language of everyday objects, are considerate of a viewer’s experience. Canadian Art, August 18, 2014

The American Midwest
In Praise Of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midwestern Immoderation Justin Davidson, who recently completed a Wright tour through Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: “This processional of midwestern masterpieces reminds us that great architecture is not always the most sensible solution, or the most frugal, or the sturdiest. Sometimes it’s brilliantly insane.” The New Yorker, August 15, 2014

North Adams, Massachusetts

Big Dreams at the Art Factory Mass MoCA plans to spread out across its campus of old industrial buildings, testing its reputation as an incubator of experimental art and its goal to revive the town of North Adams. New York Times, August 20, 2014

New York

A Failed Love and a Museum’s Birth Lauren Gunderson’s play “Bauer” delves into the mostly forgotten drama revolving around two important figures in the founding of the Guggenheim Museum. New York Times, August 21, 2014

Vandalism at the Whitney Museum of Art A man who was photographed by a bystander splashed red paint on a blank gallery wall at the Whitney Museum of Art on Wednesday in an isolated act of vandalism on the third floor where the Jeff Koons retrospective is on display. New York Times, August 21, 2014

David Zwirner Will Open David Zwirner Books in Chelsea This Fall This fall David Zwirner gallery will open David Zwirner Books, a publishing house and “book showroom” based in a townhouse near the gallery on West 19th Street in New York. ARTnews, August 20, 2014

Washington, D.C.

And The Smithsonian’s Most Iconic Item Is … (It’s Not The Original “Star-Spangled Banner” Flag!) The flag that flew at Fort McHenry only came in a distant second, with Woody Guthrie’s original recording of “This Land is Your Land” placing third and the “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington in fourth.” And the winner isn’t even the Smithsonian’s property, technically. New York Times, August 20, 2014

Le Havre, France

The birth of Impressionism calculated to the nearest minute Using the position of the sun and the time of high tide, an astrophysicist pinpoints when Monet put brush to canvas. The Art Newspaper, August 21, 2014

Rochechouart, France

The Artist as Hunter: Kent Monkman in France – Canadian Art A poignant grande dame shown lost in memory in a lonely château is a fairly familiar image around Rochechouart in central France. But this fine old ennui gets a cheeky contemporary spin at the Château de Rochechouart, west of porcelain-making Limoges, when visitors are faced with the mascara-drizzled cheeks of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the grand drag-dame in Kent Monkman‘s installation The Collapsing of Time and Space in an Ever-Expanding Universe. Canadian Art, August 21, 2014


Art Basel says farewell to another senior director Second major departure this summer from Swiss art fair’s executive team. The Art Newspaper, August 21, 2014


Emperor Augustus’s Stables To Be Reburied Because There’s No Money To Restore Them “The reinterring of the stables, which once hosted horses raced at the Circus Maximus, is another blow to anniversary plans after Rome failed to find funds in time to restore Augustus’ mausoleum, a city block-sized monument which has been used as a toilet by tramps since falling into disrepair, and now stands mouldering behind fences in the centre of Rome.” The Telegraph, August 17, 2014


Annexation of Crimea Divides an Artist Colony Founded on Tolerance The light and landscape of coastal Koktebel has drawn artists for nearly a decade, but Russia’s annexation of Crimea has split the normally peaceful oasis into feuding factions. New York Times, August 21, 2014


Morocco’s national museum of Modern and contemporary art to open next month Show from the Louvre due to travel to Rabat next year. The Art Newspaper, August 21, 2014


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