Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 30, 2014

Vancouver

Rodney Graham’s prop paintings keep viewers guessing Rodney Graham’s playful and ingenious practice spans photography, video, film, sculpture, performance, installation, music, and, in recent years, painting. His cultural, historical, and psychoanalytical references have ranged from Sigmund Freud to Donald Judd, and from Richard Wagner to Alfred Hitchcock. He’s also examined the tropes of modernist art, posing notions of amateurism and failure against those of mastery and success. Mastery, it seems, is a vexed and mysterious business. Georgia Straight, September 26, 2014

35 hot Vancouver artists to look out for Anyone who knows Vancouver’s art scene knows it’s bursting with talent. Check out the 35 artists (in no particular order) who are the pioneers launching ArtsALLY.com, a new hyper-local art community where anyone can discover, buy or rent, original art. Vancity buzz, September 29, 2014

Interview with Adrienne Webb on The Commentary The latest from the Unheralded Artists of BC series, The Life and Art of Harry and Jessie Webb (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2014), is discussed by its author Adrienne Brown, the daughter of Harry and Jessie Webb, with Joseph Planta. Thecommentary.ca, September 17, 2014

Calgary

Abstract painter Ashleigh Bartlett catches the eye of Canadian art world Calgary artist Ashleigh Bartlett is a finalist for the 2014 RBC Painting Competition, for her painting Ballet Duo. The winner of the $25,000 first prize, which helps nurture early career artists, will be announced Wednesday night in Montreal. Calgary Herald, September 30, 2014

Winnipeg

Exit through the gift shop: Lessons from the 9/11 cheese plate At the CMHR boutique, which opens September 27th, visitors will find items such as messenger bags made by survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia, and a U.S. line of jewellery and accessories called From War to Peace which uses copper recycled from disarmed nuclear-weapons systems (they call it “peace bronze”). There is also standard gift-shop fare: maple syrup, travel mugs, fair-trade chocolate. Books make up about 20 per cent of the store’s stock. A hoodie embroidered with the museum’s icon was a hot seller at kiosks set up last weekend ahead of the boutique’s official opening. Globe and Mail, September 26, 2014

Toronto

Olivia Chow gets creative in Toronto mayoral debate on arts Tory calls third-place candidate’s napkin drawing a stunt in a subdued affair unlike last week, when Doug Ford participated in his first debate. Globe and Mail, September 30, 2014

Mick Fleetwood to launch photography exhibit in Toronto The founding member of Fleetwood Mac will see over 30 of his works at Liss Gallery from this Wednesday through Oct. 31. Toronto Star, September 27, 2014

Painting Canadian history Painter Charles Pachter’s take on our past is now on display at three public venues around the city. Toronto Star, September 26, 2014

Quebec

Quebec investing $110 million to help cultural organizations digitize their material As Quebec is tightening its belt in health care and education, the government launched a $110-million plan on Monday to invest in cultural institutions to bring local art and artifacts to touchscreen-swiping fingertips around the world. Montreal Gazette, September 30, 2014

New York

Guggenheim plans New York expansion… again The Collection Center will have a “dynamic public-programming component” (The expansion plan comes just over 60 years after the Guggenheim commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design its original space) The Art Newspaper, September 30, 2014

A chip off the old auction block Ordinarily, an auction of 548 Edward Weston photographs would be deemed a major event. However, at Sotheby’s 30 September photography sale, the collection is being offered as one single lot (est $2m-$3m), because Weston’s youngest son, Cole, printed each of the works posthumously. The Art Newspaper, September 29, 2014

7 Things to Get Very Excited About at the 2014 NY Art Book Fair I know I’m sounding like a broken record these days, but I’ll say it again: the NY Art Book Fair, which opened last night and runs through Sunday at MoMA PS1 in Queens, is just the best. ARTnews, September 26, 2014

London

Leonardo’s “Lady With An Ermine” – Turns Out There Were Three Of Them “Engineer Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to analyse The Lady with an Ermine … [and] has shown the artist painted one portrait without the ermine and two with different versions of the fur. BBC, September 29, 2014

Barcelona

Catalan museum shifts focus from Medieval to Modern art In a major shift, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), known mostly for its Medieval art, has completely transformed the ground floor of the Palau Nacional in Barcelona to display its Modern art collection. Among the highlights are works related to the Spanish Civil War, including many that were shown alongside Picasso’s Guernica at the Paris International Exposition in 1937. The Art Newspaper, September 26, 2014

Krefeld

Camille Henrot Won the Nam June Paik Award Camille Henrot has won the 2014 Nam June Paik Award and Manuel Graf has won the Nam June Paik Newcomer Award, both of which were chosen this year by jurists Thomas Y. Levin and Dirk Snauwaert. The award was based on work installed by the shortlisted artists in an exhibition at Kunstmuseen Krefeld. ARTnews, September 29, 2014

Rome

You’ll Finally Be Able To See All Of Michelangelo’s Work At The Sistine Chapel “Michelangelo was said to have mixed the pigments for his work and painted the frescos using natural light, and for centuries, the only illumination came through the few windows in the chapel or from candlelight. In modern times, Vatican officials blocked off the windows for fear the sunlight would damage the frescos. In the 1980s, the museum installed a halogen system that emitted low-level lighting to protect the artworks.” Now, things are changing. The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2014

 

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