Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 28, 2014

Vancouver

Realism meets folk art in Sola Fiedler’s Vancouver Tapestry. “Sola Fiedler’s East Vancouver loft is more dedicated to fibre art than to interior décor. Furniture is secondhand and mismatched: a sofa bed, a couple of chairs, a small side table. On and under all the worktables and benches are bins and boxes stuffed with thrift-shop sweaters and vests, yarn unravelled from them, and newly upcycled objects, such as hats, knitted by Fiedler.” Georgia Straight, August 27, 2014

Calgary

Gallery builds tribute to forward-looking painter John Clark. John Clark may have died 25 years ago, but his paintings feel as contemporary as if they were created yesterday. Calgary Herald, August 24, 2014

Winnipeg

Inventiveness & integrity. “Dubbed “the Indian Group of Seven” (a moniker that stuck), PNIAI members would eventually join the Order of Canada and win Governor General’s Awards, but 40 years ago, their accomplishments were more often met with indifference or worse. Closing at the WAG Monday after a four-month run, 7 assembles 84 works from the 1970s, a vital early period when ideas and styles were still in flux and many members were at their creative peak.” Winnipeg Free Press, August 28, 2014

Métis Federation accuses human rights museum of censorship. The Manitoba Métis Federation is accusing the Canadian Museum for Human Rights of censorship and is threatening to boycott the institution because it is excluding a decorated Métis musician from its grand opening. Globe & Mail, August 28, 2014

Toronto

Taking (A) Part at Mercer Union. “For the past month or so, Mercer Union has been engaged in a clever bit of temporality in its Bloor West space, holding weekly mini-shows in its back gallery and then migrating them, like clockwork, to the front. The result is an evolving group exhibition that started off a little lonely on week one, with works by Shane Krepakevich , Sarah Nasby and VSVSVS set adrift in the big room while Sylvie Belanger, Nicole Jolicoeur and Ginette Legare cozied into the little back gallery. But like those that went before, it was only a week before they surrendered their intimate space to make room for the next.” Toronto Star, August 25, 2014

Ottawa

Songwriters, bullets, and Tanzanian schoolgirls: new photography shows in Ottawa. Three photography exhibitions open in Ottawa over the next couple of weeks. Ottawa Citizen, August 28, 2014

Consortium chosen to redevelop Ottawa’s Arts Court. A consortium of developers has been chosen to complete the $100-million Ottawa Art Gallery expansion and Arts Court redevelopment. Ottawa Citizen, August 26, 2014

Halifax

Robert Frank Show a First for New NSCAD Gallery Leader. “Melanie Colosimo, an artist who has worked as exhibitions coordinator at NSCAD University since 2011, has been named director of its Anna Leonowens Gallery as of September 1. Though the Anna Leonowens Gallery usually focuses on student exhibitions, the first show to take place under Colosimo’s directorship features a world-renowned photographer and publisher.” Canadian Art, August 27, 2014

Detroit

A biennial for the people The Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit pairs established artists with individuals outside the mainstream art world. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2014

New York

Former Assistant to Jasper Johns Pleads Guilty in Thefts of Artworks The assistant, James Meyer, was indicted in 2013 on charges involving the theft of at least 22 artworks over about six years. New York Times, August 28, 2014

Lygia Clark at Museum of Modern Art Surveying the work of Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (1920–88) across MoMA’s open spaces and freestanding walls, one might think the Russian Constructivists were smiling down from heaven, approving of the way their modernist enterprise was picked up and advanced by Clark and other Latin American artists. ARTnews, August 27, 2014

Alex Katz on Old NFL Films, Matisse and Levi’s 501s The iconic New York figurative artist, whose is creating a mural on the High Line opposite the new site of the Whitney Museum of American Art, also reflects on Fassbinder and jazz. New York Times, August 28, 2014

James Lee Byars at MoMA PS1 and Michael Werner The extraordinary retrospective at PS1, titled “James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography,” barely goes halfway toward unraveling the enigma that was Byars. ARTnews, August 28, 2014

Cory Arcangel on Andy Warhol’s long-lost computer graphics “Just as Warhol mined the medium of silk screen for its inherent flaws, he intuitively understood the computer with a similar sense of sloppily aloof mastery.”Artforum, August 27, 2014

Haunting Photographs of Artifacts From the Hiroshima Atomic Blast An upcoming exhibit at Andrew Roth gallery presents “Here and Now: Atomic Bomb Artifacts, ひろしま/Hiroshima 1945/2007—,” Ishiuchi Miyako’s photos of objects in the archive of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Slate, August 27, 2014

Philadelphia

Museum Show for David Lynch, Who Began as a Visual Artist The filmmaker David Lynch, who was first a painter, has his first United States retrospective, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. New York Times, August 28, 2014

Santander, Spain

A Banker’s Bold Vision Inspires an Arts Center, and Neighbors’ Doubts The Centro Botín, designed by Renzo Piano, is rising in the northern ci ty of Santander, along with complaints that public space is being exploited. New York Times, August 28, 2014

Corsica

People Are Demonstrating Over Serrano’s “Piss Christ” Again “Around 50 protesters gathered [Tuesday] outside the Musée Fesch in Ajaccio, Corsica, to demand the immediate removal of the photograph from an exhibition of 120 works by the artist.” Said one spokesman, “[Corsica] is soiled by the presence of this picture. It’s an insult to every Corsican.” The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2014

Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat super tunnel will link Abu Dhabi’s big three museums Safety first as Guggenheim and Louvre satellites to share secure underground link for moving objects with National Zayed Museum. The Art Newspaper, August 28, 2014

Mes Aynak, Afghanistan

Archaeologists Race To Excavate 2,600-Year-Old City Before It Becomes Copper Mine “At the end of the year, state-owned Chinese mining company China Metallurgical Group will take control of an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan, Mes Aynak. Southeast of Kabul, the ancient, abandoned city is home to sculptures, art, and jewelry dating back to the time of Alexander the Great – as well as 5.5 million tonnes of copper ore, one of the world’s largest deposits. Quartz, August 26, 2014

Yokohama

Together Alone: The Yokohama Triennale’s Everyday Oblivions. “Across from the Yokohama Museum of Art is a picture-perfect neighbourhood where no one lives. Filled with stuccoed two-storey houses, faux Italian villas and sprawling bungalows, the block occupies the centre of the second largest city in Japan, but it is empty.” Canadian Art, August 28, 2014

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