Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 22-25, 2014


Vancouver Secedes! The Saga Wraps up The story that begins today was written as part of the Oct. 1997 edition of Vancouver magazine guest edited by Douglas Coupland, the prolific author of Generation X and conceptual artist whose major exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery runs until Sept. 1. The Tyee, August 22, 2014

Urban Reef transforms downtown Vancouver The winning entry of this inaugural design-build competition was created by a team of designers from Vancouver: Kaz Bremner and Jeremiah Deustcher in conjunction with Higher Works (a local furniture collective headed by Kenn Navarra and Mike Siy). Canadian Architect, August 23, 2014

Brazilian artists transform Granville Island silos The concrete-grey silos that once dominated the Granville Island skyline are being turned into a multi-coloured display for the Vancouver Biennale art exhibition. Brazilian artists Os Gemeos — Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo — are adding tropical colour to the Ocean Cement yard, east of Granville Island Public Market. It’s the latest large-scale work of the painters in their multi-city Giants series, following creations in their native Brazil, Greece, the U.S., Poland, Portugal, England and the Netherlands. Times Colonist, August 23, 2014


Robert Amos: Artist treads path paved in paper The paper sculptures of Morgana Wallace evoke realms of mystery and myth. At a glance, I assumed that an artist capable of this work must have a brilliant career in New York or Tokyo; a top-flight graphic artist, maybe, employed at a big publishing house. In fact, Morgana Wallace is not from New York. She’s a rather quiet young woman living with her cat in Esquimalt and she hasn’t yet been discovered by the wider world. This is a good time to take notice. Times Colonist, August 24, 2014


Gallery builds tribute to forward-looking painter John Clark The British-born Clark, whose path crossed with Calgary curator and artist Jeffrey Spalding in different stints the duo spent together at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the late 1970s and again at the University of Lethbridge in the mid-1980s, is the subject of an exhibition of his work at C2, part of Contemporary Calgary. Calgary Herald, August 22, 2014

Union says Glenbow security will worsen if positions outsourced The union that represents Glenbow Museum employees says the museum’s art collection is about to get a little less secure. Calgary Herald, August 22, 2014


Trench art: relics from a grim reality Milarm Military Museum owner Allan Kerr is surrounded by trench art from the First World War. Soldiers made these works of art from what they could find in the field, including spent shell casings, shrapnel and pieces of wood. Edmonton Journal, august 22, 2014


AGO’s Alex Colville exhibit aims to enlighten but manages to exhaust It’s usually a huge disappointment when a survey of a major artist fails to include a work or works that a viewer believes should be there. No one is going to complain about such absences in Alex Colville, an exhibition of paintings and studies by the man who, before his death last summer at 92, was Canada’s most famous living artist. Globe and Mail, August 23, 2014

Transient Spaces: Empathy in Vera Frenkel’s Transit Bar … …from the Transit Bar is an immersive installation including a six-channel video on variously situated television screens, a player piano, lights, newspapers, fixtures—all banal furnishings—as well as a fully functioning tended bar. Made for and first shown at Documenta IX in 1992, the installation is not just a riff on well-established cultural institutions of drinking. Rather, it uses the format of the bar as a rumination on migration, alienation, unfamiliarity and shared experiences of transience. Canadian Art, August 22, 2014

Rafael Ochoa, an artist in love with the past, embracing the future His artworks evoke the paintings of the 18th century, but they were all rendered by computer. Toronto Star, August 24, 2014

Penelope Stewart’s beeswax art is worth the buzz There’s still a week to see (and smell) Penelope Stewart’s stunning installation Vanitas at Koffler Gallery. Toronto Star, August 23, 2014

Toronto performance artist Istvan Kantor targets Jeff Koons exhibit Kantor is shown celebrating near a chrome bunny sculpture by the famous American artist Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum in New York. Toronto Star, August 22, 2014


Notorious Hamilton murderer gets second life as culture icon Evelyn Dick, who killed her child and was acquitted of her husband’s grisly murder, is the subject of a Hamilton artist’s controversial new project. Now Hamilton artist and designer Chris Farias is completing a series of commemorative items for sale during this fall’s Supercrawl culture fest, printed with lines like “The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his torso” and “Love you to pieces.” Toronto Star, August 24, 2014

New York

Gay History, on Display The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo, established in 2011, exhibits and preserves gay and lesbian art, and fosters those who create it. New York Times, August 22, 2014

Washingotn, D.C.

Corcoran Gallery exhibits now free to public; now part of National Gallery of Art Admission to the Corcoran Gallery of Art is now free following culmination of court-approved deal that ends the Corcoran’s life as an independent institution. Free admission at the Flagg building on 17th Street in Northwest Washington begins Friday. Financial problems at the Corcoran led to an agreement for the National Gallery of Art to take over the Corcoran’s collection and the Corcoran College of Art and Design to become part of George Washington University. Times Colonist, August 22, 2014


When Egypt was a land of three faiths and one god British Museum and Berlin museums co-organise exhibition about Jewish and early Christian and Muslim communities on the Nile. The Art Newspaper, August 25, 2014


Rethinking the Guggenheim Helsinki An open design competition for a new museum in the Finnish capital reflects a change in the foundation‘s global strategy. ARTnews, August 25, 2014


Iraqi National Museum Partly Reopens For First Time Since 2003 Looting “The newly renovated halls feature more than 500 artifacts that mainly date back to the Hellenistic period (312-139 B.C.), some of which were retrieved and renovated after the looting of the museum following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.” AP. August 22, 2014


Video: Indian artist sculpts sand art decrying killing of U.S. journalist Noted Indian sand artist makes sculpture condemning the assassination of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militant in Iraq. Globe and Mail, August 22, 2014


art A 21-year-old Chinese national living in Japan has attracted widespread interest with provocative paintings displayed on human bodies. Jeanne Yurman reports. Globe and Mail. August 21, 2014


Deaccessioning: The Ethics For Art Dealers “If someone helps another person commit a crime, he’s an accessory to the illegal act and probably guilty of an infraction.” But if an art museum commits the ethics violation of selling off art for operating money, is the dealer who handles the sale doing anything wrong? Art Antiques Design, August 20, 2014

Loving The 100-Year-Old Leica “Suddenly it was possible to be unobtrusive. The camera fitted in a coat pocket. It didn’t need a tripod and was quick and quiet to operate. So photography became fluid, informal, intimate: the technology no longer got in the way of telling the story.” The Observer, August 23, 2014

Alone In Public At The Museum (If It Gets Built That Way) “Museums are very public buildings that offer the promise, or at least the hope, of this intimate experience, the moment of seduction and insight. A museum master plan probably needs to be most concerned with organizing the traipsing around, but not at the expense of silencing that voice from the alley.” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 17, 2014

Cheryl Siegel


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

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