Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 17, 2014


Art this week: Presentation House Gallery Fundraiser, Landon Mackenzie and Gordon Smith. Events to see in Vancouver galleries this week include the Vancouver Art Gallery’s In Dialogue with Carr exhibition series, this time finding relationships between Emily Carr’s paintings and the work of artist and longtime Emily Carr University teacher Landon Mackenzie. Vancouver Sun, Sept. 16, 2014

Join Herzog & de Meuron in Vancouver Join the Vancouver Art Gallery at the Vogue Theatre for a presentation by key figures from Herzog & de Meuron: Christine Binswanger, Senior Partner and Simon Demeuse, Associate and Project Architect. The architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery will present the vision of their architecture firm and highlights of their previous projects. Canadian Architect, September 16, 2014

Artists open their homes to photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward for Fall Arts Preview Straight photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward has shot his fall arts season preview portraits everywhere from the rooftop of the Scotiabank Dance Centre to an interior-design studio. His much-anticipated concept this year turned out to be a little more intimate: he shot pairs of up-and-comers from each art form in (or outside) their own homes-as in, in their bathrooms, on their beds, and at their vanities. Georgia Straight, September 11, 2014


Art Gallery of Alberta opens exhibit rooms to yoga classes (with video). It’s time to do the wild thing in the art gallery. And the downward dog in front of oil paintings. And the back-bending bridge pose next to some line drawings (if you’re bendy enough) as part of a new yoga program at the Art Gallery of Alberta Edmonton Journal, Sept. 14, 2014

Staples: Artists to occupy Edmonton parking stalls in gentle protest. Park(ing) Day is a worldwide event where activists and artists try to make their cities a bit more difficult for cars to park, but a bit more interesting to live in. On Friday, about 30 people will take over parking stalls between 97th and 96th streets on 101A Avenue. Edmonton Journal, Sept. 16, 2014


Islamic Treasure House: The Aga Khan Museum. Among the treasures of Islamic art in the collection of Toronto’s new Aga Khan Museum is a gloriously illuminated folio salvaged from a famous, now-dispersed 16th-century manuscript of the Persian national epic the Shah-Nameh, or Book of Kings. Canadian Art, Sept. 15, 2014

Toronto and Madrid

Nicholas Pye and Sheila Pye: Artists Together, and Apart. Nicholas Pye and Sheila Pye, long-time multi-media collaborators and former life partners, would like you to know something, one very simple something: not everything Nicholas Pye and Sheila Pye make is about Nicholas Pye and Sheila Pye—not their relationship, their marriage, their divorce, their ongoing friendship or any of that “behind closed doors” stickiness you may think you are seeing displayed before you. There are, as both of them put it, other narratives. Canadian Art, Sept. 15, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial May Lose Most Of Its Gehry-Ness (Including Gehry Himself) “The project faces a major crossroad this week over its controversial Frank Gehry design, which uses woven steel tapestries strung on 80-foot columns to depict the modest Kansas roots of the decorated soldier and statesman. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Wednesday will review two approaches, including one that removes most of these elements. If that plan is selected, Gehry informed the commission, he will ask for his name to removed.” The Washington Post, September 16, 2014

United States

US groups urge fast broadband for all as online plans threaten access to art Proposed “two-tier” internet could leave artists with inadequate technology, while wealthy content providers get super-fast connections. The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2014


Last Summer’s Matisse Show Was The Tate’s Most Popular Show Of All Time. So What Makes A Popular Show? “This summer 562,622 people visited the exhibition (exact figures of how many suggested that their children could have been responsible for them remain unclear, although it appeared to be a common enough observation).” The Independent, September 17, 2014

Matisse Show At Tate Modern Breaks Attendance Records “Newly published figures showed that Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs received 562,622 visitors, surpassing the Matisse Picasso exhibition of 2002, the previous record holder at 467,166, and the Damien Hirst exhibition of 2012, with 463,087.” (The show opens at MoMA in New York next month.) The Guardian, September 16, 2014


Arrest warrant issued for Ukrainian daredevil who painted Moscow skyscraper Mustang Wanted says the stunt was a piece of performance art dedicated to his country’s independence. Mustang Wanted splashed the blue and yellow colors of Ukraine’s flag across the Soviet star of a Stalin-era skyscraper last month in a “fit of genuine patriotic feelings” he posted on Facebook. The Art Newspaper, September 17, 2014

Long-Running Art Moscow Fair Canceled Art Moscow, Russia’s longest-running contemporary art fair, has been canceled this year because of international tensions and a virtually nonexistent local market, its founder and organizer, Vasily Bychkov, has announced in an interview with The Art Newspaper Russia. New York Times, September 16, 2014


Auto Companies Deliver Sponsorship for Contemporary Art Looking to align themselves with creativity, innovation, and globalism, auto companies are becoming major sponsors at contemporary-art museums . ARTnews, September 17, 2014

The World’s Art Online (And So The Museums…) “The 15 newcomers will be joining more than 500 partners from over 60 countries who already have put online more than 6.2 million objects and artifacts. Art lovers around the world are clicking to show their appreciation. The Google Cultural Institute had more than 19 million unique visitors from June 2013 to June 2014, and they generated 200 million page views in just one year.” The Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2014

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