Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 4, 2014


Morgan Green combines combines indigenous and western approaches in Ts’msyen Transforming. Morgan “Green’s art and design education is impressive—and reflective again of her wide interests and her versatility. Growing up in Prince Rupert, she designed and made clothing for herself, then formally studied fashion design in Vancouver. She was also mentored by her father, Tsimshian master carver Henry Green, who taught her how to work with alder and cedar, and she studied engraving and Northwest Coast design principles with Haida artist Richard Adkins.” Georgia Straight, September 3, 2014

Lorna Brown captures a dying language with Carets, strike-outs, underlines, circles and dots. “Lorna Brown’s solo show, called Carets, strike-outs, underlines, circles and dots, makes a great fit with its gallery space.” Georgia Straight, September 2, 2014

Show of Ai Weiwei’s Early NYC Photos Gets Canadian Debut. It is this first visit to the US that provides the basis for “Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983–1993,” an exhibition of 227 black-and-white pictures selected by the artist from amongst the 10,000 he took (some of which were only recently developed, and some of which were enlarged in sequences from contact sheets) while living in the City That Never Sleeps. Canadian Art, September 3, 2014

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller launches the 2014 PuSh Festival early. It’s a three-way made in arts heaven: beloved indie icons Yo La Tengo, Academy Award–nominated documentary director Sam Green, and inventor extraordinaire R. Buckminster Fuller, all joining forces for an early launch of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Tickets go on sale September 15. Georgia Straight, September 4, 2014


Home tour features artists at work. Watch artists Bev Petow, Robert Amos, Richard Hunt, Brian Simons and Debora Tilby at work in the garden of five of Victoria’s most beautiful homes at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria House Tour on Sunday. “This is one of the most important annual fundraisers benefiting the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,” said event co-chair Pieta VanDyke of the Gallery Associates. Times Colonist, September 3, 2014


5 Artists Nominated for $10K Ceramic Art Prize. Five up-and-coming Canadian artists who work with clay have been nominated for the $10,000 RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award. The five artists are Zimra Beiner (born in Toronto, lives in Pennsylvania); Jess Riva Cooper (born and based in Toronto); David R. Harper (born in Toronto; based in Wisconsin); Robin Lambert (born in Powell River, lives in Red Deer); and Jordan McDonald (born in Milton, based in Pennsylvania). Canadian Art, September 4, 2014


Karsh photography award goes to Chantal Gervais. Chantal Gervais is the winner of the 2014 Karsh Award for photography in Ottawa. The biennial award, created by the city to honour the late brothers and photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh, earns Gervais a $7,500 prize. Citizen, September 4, 2014

Los Angeles

Conceptual Anarchy When Pierre Huyghe’s art heads to Los Angeles for his highly anticipated American retrospective, it’s not clear which of his works-in-progress will be fully incubated. New York Times, September 4, 2014

New York

Arts Center at Ground Zero Shelves Gehry Design The board of the performing arts center planned for the World Trade Center scuttled Frank Gehry’s plan and will select a new design. New York Times, September 4, 2014

Justine Kurland’s Vivid, Haunting Photographs of Men and Cars The photographer’s first New York solo show in five years captures the dark side of the American dream. T Magazine, September 7, 2014

App Attack! The Met Presents New Mobile App to Curiously Cranky Group of Journalists The art world press conference has very low stakes. Lives are not changed at these events. News of any great importance to public policy, foreign relations, or any general understanding of how life works is never broken. ARTnews, September 3, 2014

United States

Prehistoric Tools to Matisse Cut-Outs The array of museum shows opening across the country this fall feels promising, almost an embarrassment of riches. New York Times, September 5, 2014

In Museums, Masters Old and New A busy and well-balanced art season lies ahead, offering museumgoers Cubists, European and Latin American modernism, textile sculpture and Renaissance pagans. New York Times, September 4, 2014


Spain Returns Colombian Antiquities Seized From Drug Gangs “Most of the ceramic items are of huge cultural and archaeological value, and date back to 1400BC. They had been smuggled out of South America … by a man who specialised in laundering money for the drug cartels. BBC, September 1, 2014


National Portrait Gallery reveals shortlist for photography prize. Pictures by Birgit Püve, Jessica Fulford-Dobson, Blerim Racaj and David Titlow are in the running for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing prize. The Guardian, September 4, 2014


Oldest-Known Neanderthal Art Discovered (But Is It Really Art?) “The engraved lines found on Gibraltar are said to be 40,000 years old, making them older than the the oldest-known cave paintings by Homo sapiens,which can be seen in the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France. It certainly seems that the capacity for symbolic thought is not unique to Homo sapiens, but do the incised lines of Gibraltar really prove a capacity for advanced thought? Can we call them “art” at all?” The Guardian, September 3, 2014

Genalguacil, Spain

To Lure Tourists, a Remote Village in Spain Turns Its Eye to the Arts An art festival has sprouted up to support Spanish artists in hopes of also drawing tourists to the remote village of Genalguacil. New York Times, September 4, 2014


Louvre director plans its grand revamp Jean-Luc Martinez initiates “silent revolution” to modernise museum, starting at the entrance. The Art Newspaper, September 4, 2014

Picasso Museum to Reopen at Last, With New Leader The Picasso Museum in Paris, under a new director, Laurent Le Bon, is to reopen after five years of renovation, a staff revolt and other drama. New York Times, September 4, 2014


A Rebellion At The Venice Architecture Biennale “As a result of this unanticipated and welcome rebellion, this year’s Biennale offers an unforgettably wide-ranging, if scattershot, survey of modern and contemporary architectural history that will forever demolish the popular notion of what modernism in architecture was.” The New Republic, August 29, 2014


Art Moscow’s future is in limbo Organisers are unsure whether the fair will take place. The Art Newspaper, September 4, 2014


Artists play with fire at the Gwangju Biennale Curator confronts South Korea’s turbulent past. The Art Newspaper, September 4, 2014


The top 10 self-portraits in art. “From an anxious Lucian Freud to an enigmatic Rembrandt and a noirish Cindy Sherman, these self-portraits take the selfie to a new artistic level.” The Guardian, September 4, 2014

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