Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 29 – September 2, 2014

Vancouver

Douglas Coupland’s Gumhead encourages viewer to interact – and chew Douglas Coupland is outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, watching as people interact with his playful work Gumhead – a large-scale sculptural self-portrait to which the public has been invited to contribute by sticking a piece of chewed gum onto it. Globe and Mail, August 31, 2014

Art being restored for Student Nest Perhaps the most historic piece of art in the AMS’s collection is being prepared for a place of honour in the Student Nest. It’s been a long journey, but Lionel and Patricia Thomas’s Pacific Rim, 1969, is almost ready for its new home. As the first piece of art to feature in both the old SUB and the new Student Nest, Pacific Rim has as much history with UBC as it has with Canadian art. AMS Press Release, August 28, 2014

Harsh news: popular ‘Dude Chilling Park’ sign stolen from East Vancouver Vancouver’s chillest green space lost its cool yet again this weekend when the Dude Chilling Park sign was stolen from Guelph Park. The mellowed-out guerrilla-art piece has been torn down, spray-painted and now stolen since it first appeared in the Mount Pleasant park in 2012, but it will be back, vowed Park Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth. Vancouver Sun, August 28, 2014

Portrait of an Artist: Miriam Aroeste While photography captures the external world, painting is her internal world. “It’s autobiographical. It cannot be anything else,” Aroeste says. “My art is as connected to me as I am to creation. I can’t tell you how intimate the process is,” she says, revealing that she often writes then conceals poetry within her paintings. Georgia Straight, august 29, 2014

Victoria

Cultural innovation: Languages live at Royal B.C. Museum When the Royal B.C. Museum decided to explore the First Nations languages of B.C., they did something radical, at least by museum standards, CEO Jack Lohman says. The museum teamed with the First Peoples Culture Council to create the exhibit. Vancouver Sun, August 28, 2014

Robert Amos: Salish in the spotlight Historic Salish pieces are not as grand or as plentiful as those of the Haida, the Kwakwa’wakw or the Nuu-chah-nulth people, but the young contemporaries from our southern region are creative and vital. The current show at the Legacy Gallery features some of the best: Susan Point, lessLIE, Maynard Johnny Jr., Chris Paul, Dylan Thomas and John Marston. Curated by lessLIE, the show is drawn from a remarkable, and evolving, collection called Salish Weave. Times Colonist, August 31, 2014

Toronto

Ruralism: Sunday Drive Takes Art Out of the City – Canadian … After having been moored to the concrete, construction-riddled confines of the city for an entire summer, a field trip to a rural art-destination was a welcome reprieve. So on August 23, myself and 80-plus other city-dwellers and friends took a yellow school bus to Warkworth, Ontario, for the launch of a 16-day art festival there. Canadian Art, August 28, 2014

Ottawa

David Milne and the First World War – Canadian Art When David Milne learned of the existence of the Canadian War Memorials Fund in December of 1918, he was at the end of a two-week furlough in London. He had been training for service at Kinmel Park Camp in north Wales when the armistice was declared, but was keen to stay on in Europe, to travel and paint after his nine-month hiatus from making art. Within weeks, Milne had made his case: notwithstanding that the war was over, he would record the training facilities that had served as a home away from home for Canadian soldiers stationed in England. As well, he would paint the now-stilled battlefields of France and Belgium, where his countrymen had died by the tens of thousands. Canadian Art, September 1, 2014

Lethbridge

LOOK AT THIS: Woollen Skeletons And Other Macabre Creations From Lethbridge’s Shanell Papp LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts. CBC, August 29, 2014

Montreal

Panel Video: Dissecting Jake & Dinos Chapman, Part 1 Panel Video: Dissecting Jake & Dinos Chapman, Part 2 … British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman are renowned the world over for artworks which are at once disturbing, incisive and humorous. For the first-ever Canadian Art Gallery Hop Montreal, which took place on June 14, 2014, the Canadian Art Foundation partnered with DHC/ART Foundation on a special panel that addressed the psychological, philosophical and artistic dimensions of the Chapmans’ oeuvre. Canadian Art, August 29, 2014

Visual Arts: Suzanne Spahi builds her career piece by piece “Every time I go to an exhibition, another door opens,” said Spahi, who has also shown her work in Austria, France and Argentina. Next year she will go to Australia to exhibit her work and to teach students how to make mosaics that combine direct and indirect methods; in the latter, pieces are glued face down onto a removable base that leaves a flat, smooth surface. Montreal Gazette, August 29, 2014

Los Angeles

LA’s MoCA Seems To Be Turning Itself Around Under New Director “After five years of financial and managerial turmoil, the museum finally is poised on the brink of a bright new era, and community anticipation and goodwill are high.” LAWeekly, August 29, 2014

New York

Robert Rauschenberg: The Fulton Street Studio In a seemingly ancient derelict building on Fulton Street up which one climbed through a dark, narrow, creaky wooden staircase, young Bob Rauschenberg’s collaboration with materials reached a turning point. His space had a wide board plank floor backed by a plain, whitewashed brick wall with dark beams supporting a “steeply sloped cathedral roof.” Whitehot Magazine, August 2014

David Rosand, an Art History Scholar Whose Heart Was in Venice, Dies at 75 Mr. Rosand, who began teaching at Columbia in the mid-’60s, specialized in Venetian painting but had wide art knowledge beyond his immediate field. New York Times, August 28, 2014

Paying Homage to an Illustrator From the Industry’s Golden Era McCauley Conner, 100, an artist from Madison Avenue’s golden age of illustration is being commemorated in a retrospective at the Museum of the City of New York. New York Times, August 28, 2014

Two Viewers, Two Countries, Two Points of Focus “Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland,” at the Yale Center for British Art, is a strange but memorable pairing. New York Times, August 28, 2014

Venezuela

Stolen Matisse Returned To Venezuelan Museum “The Venezuelan museum, which had bought the Henri Matisse painting for about $500,000 from a New York gallery in 1981, reported that it had been stolen in December 2002 — apparently swapped for a forgery after it was lent to an exhibit in Spain. But a Miami FBI agent who has led the investigation to recover the work confirmed Wednesday that it was actually stolen sometime before September 2000, and spotted in Paris a year later.” Miami Herald, August 29, 2014

Gibraltar

Cave art could prove Neanderthals’ intelligence: study Engravings in a Gibraltar cave are believed by some scientists to have been forms of ritual or communication. Others think modern humans could be responsible. Toronto Star, September 2, 2014

South Korea

An Artist Is Rebuked for Casting South Korea’s Leader in an Unflattering Light The artist Hong Sung-dam lashed out at an elite he considers responsible for a deadly ferry disaster, and has faced censorship he likens to his treatment during years of dictatorship. New York Times, August 31, 2014

International

The Artist Who Reinvented Blue That man was Yves Klein, whom the New Yorker’s art critic Peter Schjeldahl described in 2010 as “the last French artist of major international consequence”. In a period of prodigious creativity lasting from 1954 to his death from a third heart attack at the age of 34 in 1962, Klein altered the course of Western art. CBC, August 28, 2014

When Buildings Are Political, Should Architects Be Politicians? Many of the world’s most acclaimed architects design buildings in some of the most oppressive countries. Are they neutral artists, or should they take more ethical responsibility for their projects? New York Times, September 2, 2014

As Critics Play Favorites, Readers Line Up to Join The Imagine This series reaped comments from people who offered their own contributions or shared thoughts on how they viewed the arts. New York Times, August 31, 2014

 

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