Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 19-22, 2014



Ai Weiwei New York images echo Vancouver (with photos) Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983 — 1993, at the Belkin Gallery. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one of those rare artists who has achieved fame around the world. He’s done that with work that includes acting as artistic consultant for the distinctive Bird’s Nest Stadium for the Summer Olympics in Beijing and for mounting art exhibitions such as an installation of 100 million handmade porcelain sunflower seeds at the Turbine Hall at the Tate London. Vancouver Sun, September 19, 2014


$14-million renovation in works for Victoria art gallery A $14-million expansion and renovation of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will start in March 2016 and finish 18 months later, if all goes according to plan. Times Colonist, September 19, 2014


How do you curate a museum of human rights? The much ballyhooed Canadian one opens in Winnipeg this weekend, amid boycotts and noses out of joint across the land. Does all the protest mean it falls short in an impossible task? Or that it may actually be the brave and pioneering experiment intended? Toronto Star, September 20, 2014

Step into the new human rights museum Canada’s newest museum, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, opens Friday in Winnipeg. The late media mogul Izzy Asper spearheaded the museum, and his daughter says it is ‘incredibly satisfying’ to see the dream become a reality. Toronto Star, September 19, 2014

Inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the labyrinth of conscience Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg Manitoba. The CMHR, which opens September 20th, is the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, and the first outside the National Capital Region. Globe and Mail, September 20, 2014

A Tribe Called Red cancels performance at human rights museum A Tribe Called Red has pulled out of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ opening festivities this weekend, citing concerns about how the museum portrays aboriginal issues. CBC, September 19, 2014


Back alley celebration Wilf Perreault: In the Alley, a retrospective of Perreault’s work, will include a 150-foot wraparound panorama of back alleys, which he started taking pictures for six years ago and started drawing and painting two years ago. As he walked around the spacious gallery as his paintings sat on the floor, Perreault said he intentionally wasn’t involved in the installation. Leader Post (Regina) September 20, 2014

Reginans design library of the future “Regina has this really diverse and decades-long interest in public libraries … both from the point view of traditionally thought-out library services but also in terms of … a cultural community,” said Barber, pointing to the long-standing institutions of the Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre. “We have these pieces of a public library that in a national context are a little unusual,” said Barber, but they speak to Regina’s long support of “looking at the public library as more than just books.” Leader Post, September 19, 2014


Visionary curator Jean Sutherland Boggs framed a legacy Ms. Boggs, who died in Ottawa on Aug. 22 at the age of 92, was director of the National Gallery of Canada at a key point in its history, during the 1960s and 70s, when she brought in important works from Degas, van Gogh, Pollock and the Group of Seven. “Her eye, it was piercing. She never acquired a mediocre piece of art for the gallery,” says Gyde Shepherd, who worked as a curator with Ms. Boggs at the gallery. Globe and Mail, September 18, 2014

Julia Dault’s playful art follows her own strict rules Right now, forces in Dault’s art and life are propelling her toward a significant international career. A mere six years after she emerged from art school, her work is known, shown and bought in London and New York. Her Power Plant exhibition, the opening show of the season, is a homecoming of sorts for an artist whose current base is the launching pad for many creative careers – a studio in Brooklyn. Globe and Mail, September 20, 2014

MOCCA feels pinch as trendy restos, boutiques, move in MOCCA itself is feeling the pinch: At the tail end of a 10-year lease – it expires in August 2015– even a bona fide national institution can fall prey to the ruthlessness of the downtown Toronto property market. When its lease expires, MOCCA will move out just as the bulldozers move in to make way for – what else? – condos. Its future – location, function, you name it – is uncertain, and that’s the spirit embraced by “To Be Determined,” the museum’s current offering. Toronto Star, September 19, 2014


Gallery needs renovations or replacement: Study | Peterborough The Art Gallery of Peterborough is too small and needs a major overhaul – if not a new building altogether in some new location.That’s the recommendation of a new study released Friday from a Toronto-based architectural firm. Lundholm Architects says the gallery is too cramped to offer the kinds of programs and services the public would like. City councillors are expected to consider what to do about this at their committee of the whole meeting Monday night – their last committee meeting before the election Oct. 27. Peterborough Examiner, September 20, 2014


Close encounters of a Canadian kind on P.E.I. Experiences abound for visitors at Oh, Canada, an exhibition at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown and three other Maritime galleries. The Guardian (Charlottetown) September 20, 2014

Los Angeles

Can Getty Images Turn Free Photos Into Money? As Getty Images makes photos free via a new app,”the person who owns the copyright — the contributor, the one whose creativity made the image — is not getting anything from this.” San Francisco Chronicle, September 19, 2014


Rock Star in All His Permutations An ambitious exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art documents David Bowie as a musical and performance pioneer. New York Times, September 19, 2014

New York

In a Mattress, a Fulcrum of Art and Political Protest A Columbia University student’s performance piece is a protest against the university’s handling of her charges of sexual assault on campus. New York Times, September 22, 2014

The Climax in a Tale of Green and Gritty The third and final phase of the High Line is like a Rorschach test, signifying different things to different people. New York Times, September 20, 2014

Color, Chemistry and Creativity Color converges with art criticism to help shape the Color Field paintings in two shows, one featuring Helen Frankenthaler, the other Morris Louis. New York Times, September 19, 2014

A Concert Not Live, but Always Living a Performance That Isn’t Live, but Always Living “A Lot of Sorrow,” a video by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, shows the indie-rock band the National playing a single song, “Sorrow,” for 12 hours. New York Times, September 19, 2014

In Empires’ Remnants, Wonders of Survival “Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age,” at the Met, is a display of imperial might, and a roll call of states and kingdoms gone. New York Times, September 19, 2014


Katie Paterson A Scottish conceptual artist on the referendum, fossil hunting and bouncing Beethoven off the moon. New York Times, September 20, 2014


What Will Beijing’s New Mega-Museum Look Like? “Sunlight will be filtered through the building’s perforated façade on to a vast internal garden, while a large-scale water feature will be installed on the museum’s sprawling open-air roof terrace.” The Art Newspaper, September 221, 2014


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