Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 10, 2014


JAMIE EVRARD Jamie Evrard is out in her garden in Vancouver picking raspberries. She should be in her studio preparing for her upcoming show, Al Fresco, she says, but one gets the sense that sunshine and fresh air have conspired to lure her from her work. Galleries West, September 2, 2014

AMELIA ALCOCK-WHITE Amelia Alcock-White has a thing about water. Her work is awash in its myriad swirls and waves, from earlier paintings of people swimming in aqueous surrounds to her current, more serene, work. Galleries West, September 2, 2014


SAMANTHA WALROD Walrod, whose show, Majestic Wanderer, runs this fall at Newzones in Calgary, recently completed a Master’s degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She likes to blend media, and her paintings often include drawing. She also uses collage – everything from tissue paper to digital imagery – to enhance her work’s gestural quality. Galleries West, September 2, 2014


Portraits capture human, animal relationship The exhibition of portraits by Ania Slusarczyk digs deep into the relationship between humans and animals, and represents Slusarczyk’s inspired investigation into philosophy, literature, and history. Star Phoenix, September 10, 2014


MARC COURTEMANCHE You might be able to tap in a finishing nail with one of Marc Courtemanche’s hammers, but it would be risky to pound anything much larger. While Courtemanche’s sculptures may look at first glance like ordinary hand tools, they actually are partially made from clay. Galleries West, September 2, 2014


Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America Luis Monreal is a ball of energy who speaks quickly and wields a large vocabulary. Born in Spain to a Catalan mother and a Basque father, he is fluent in French, Spanish, English, German, and (he smiles) “some Arabic.” The man who runs the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva is in Toronto, preparing for the opening of the new Aga Khan Museum. National Post, September 9, 2014

Aga Khan’s gift to Canada Riches of Islamic art and science to be unveiled in Toronto’s new cultural complex (Eight years in the making, the 113,000 sq. ft Aga Khan Museum seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of Muslim civilisations through the arts of the Islamic world) The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2014

Bringer of hope and fine architecture In a rare interview, His Highness the Aga Khan describes his global approach to helping Islamic communities help themselves, while also restoring their past heritage. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2014

Maxing out Minimal art’s funny bone ‘Why Can’t Minimal’ at U of T’s Justina M. Barnicke Gallery is a warm hug to the cool esthetic of Minimal art. Toronto Star, September 10, 2014

Queen Street West garners international praise as one of the world’s ‘hallmarks of hipness’ Just inside the main gallery doors, at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art on Toronto’s West Queen West strip, a black microphone hangs from the ceiling. Underneath it, on a white pad, visitors stand, listening to the work of the artist Steven Chodoriwsky. “Always format. Always orient. Always square,” Mr. Chodoriwsky’s tape recites in a woman’s English-accented voice. “Always a title,” it continues, without explanation. “Always a describe. Always the maximum. Always words.” National Post, September 10, 2014


St-Laurent twins take over key art centres in Ottawa-Gatineau It all started with the meat dress. In 1991, Stefan and Jason St-Laurent were 16-year-old identical twins from Moncton, N.B. and on their first trip to Ottawa, when a visit to the National Gallery literally changed their lives. Ottawa Citizen, September 9, 2014


Halifax Council Removes Khyber Building From Sale List … Following several weeks of campaigning by those who wished to keep Halifax’s Khyber Building as a publicly owned arts facility, Halifax City Council voted unanimously today to remove the building from a possible list of surplus properties. Canadian Art, September 10, 2014


Mildred Friedman, Design Curator, Dies at 85 As a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Ms. Friedman elevated design even as she made it more accessible. New York Times, September 10, 2014


Brooklyn Museum’s Longtime Director Plans to Retire Arnold L. Lehman, the director of the Brooklyn Museum since 1997, has announced that he plans to leave the post next year. New York Times, September 10, 2014

The Met’s new-look plaza opens today The $65m upgrade, funded by museum trustee David H. Koch, includes high-tech fountains and more than 100 trees. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2014

Rockville, Maryland

Lida Moser captured life’s reality through her lens Lida Moser, whose genre-spanning photographs appeared in magazines such as Look, Esquire and Vogue during their heyday in the 1950s and ’60s and who went on to write about photography for The New York Times, died on Aug. 11 near her home in Rockville, Md. She was 93. Among other assignments, Vogue sent her to rural Quebec in 1950; those photos were exhibited in Montreal and collected in a book. Her Quebec photos were later exhibited at the McCord Museum in Montreal and collected in a book, Québec à l’été 1950 (Quebec in the Summer of 1950). Globe and Mail, September 10, 2014


Controversial Builder Chosen For New V&A Museum In Dundee “Steve Murphy, general secretary of the Ucatt building workers’ union, said blacklisting firms should be banned from public contracts until they had ‘fairly compensated the workers whose lives they ruined.’” BBC, September 9, 2014

Mougins, France

One Of France’s Best Little Museums Was Founded (Surprise, Surprise) By A Hedge Fund Manager “Mr. Levett became a voracious buyer, assembling one of the world’s largest private collections of ancient arms and armor. Today, his scores of Greek hoplite helmets, Roman greaves and shields, along with Egyptian sarcophagi, Greek statues and ancient glass, are the crown jewels of his Musée d’art classique de Mougins.” New York Times, September 2, 2014


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