Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 1, 2014

Vancouver

Design architects of the new VAG presenting at Vogue Theatre Driven by five talented design partners at the prestigious architecture studio, Herzog & de Meuron, have created an array of projects, from famous civic centres, museums and stadiums to distinctive private works. Stationed in Basel, Switzerland, the firm has garnered numerous prizes, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001, the Praemium Imperiale and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, consecutively in 2007. Vancity Buzz, September 29, 2014

Local architect floats idea to expand Vancouver Art Gallery at existing location The process to design the new and expanded Vancouver Art Gallery at Larwill Park site is well underway, but one local architectural firm wants project proponents to halt the project and consider a cheaper alternative at the existing location. Vancity Buzz, September 29, 2014

Art this week: Rodney Graham artist talk, Herzog & de Meuron Public Talk and the Vancouver Art/Book Fair. Arts events this week include Herzog & de Meuron Public Talk at the Vogue Theatre, the Vancouver Art/Book Fair at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Rodney Graham artist talk at the Emily Carr University Theatre. Vancouver Sun, September 30, 2014

Vancouver announces winners of Mayor’s Arts Awards. Award recipients in the category of studio arts are Mary Lou Trinkwon for craft and design, John van der Lieck for culinary arts, Karin Lee for film and new media, Daniel Francis for literary arts, Elspeth Pratt for visual arts, Al McWilliams for public art, and Paula Jardine for community engaged art. Vancouver Sun, September 30, 2014

Victoria

A toast to 20 years of Winchester Galleries. As Winchester Galleries celebrate 20 years of unparalleled success in the art business in Victoria, it’s a good time to look back at the history of this business. Times Colonist, September 30, 2014

First World War sketchbook artist remains a mystery. J.M.’s First World War sketch books, bought by the University of Victoria from a private seller, are a puzzle. The artwork is the main content in a two-volume leather diary that will be a key item in an upcoming exhibit called Arts of World War 1. Times Colonist, September 30, 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

Toronto

For Jason de Haan, timing is everything. Jason De Haan, a 33-year-old artist most recently from Calgary has centred much of his work around time and its passing. The results are cosmic, wry, heady, poetic and disarmingly beautiful. Toronto Star, September 27, 2014

Changing What Video Art Can Be. All of the works in “Sculptural Video” seem to fall into this intriguing-yet-experimental range, which makes sense, in a way, as the exhibition is the latest in TSV’s ongoing series of themed artist commissions and residencies “exploring the multiple dimensions of video in contemporary artistic practices.” Canadian Art, September 30, 2014

Julia Dault Clashes Decor & Depth in Toronto. Surfaces steal the first impression stepping into Julia Dault’s current exhibition at the Power Plant. Panels of mirror cover one entire wall, while a grid of colourful visual motifs adorns another. Canadian Art, September 29, 2014

Ottawa

3 Emerging Canadian Artists Win Pachter Prizes. Three emerging Canadian artists have won Charles Pachter Prizes. Brooklyn-based photographer Sara Cwynar, Montreal-based installation artist Mathieu Grenier, and Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist Erdem Tasdelen each receive $5,000. The prizes were announced by the Hnatyshyn Foundation on September 23. Canadian Art, September 30, 2014

New York

Among the Zines at the NY Art Book Fair The New York Art Book Fair is an open terrain, an annual zone that allows for a wide degree of experimentation. Hyperallergic, September 29, 2014

Is Norway an Artist Book Paradise? Norway, the enigmatic teardrop of a nation that crowns the Scandinavian peninsula, could be considered heaven or hell depending on whom you ask. (at the NY Art Book Fair) Hyperallergic, September 26, 2014

Omar Kholeif Will Curate Armory Focus 2015 The Armory Show announced today that Omar Kholeif, curator at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, will organize the sixth edition of Armory Focus–a section of the fair focusing on a specific region of the world. ARTnews, October 1, 2014

MoMA’s New Curatorial Guard A new generation of curators at New York’s Museum of Modern Art aims to present a more nuanced and inclusive view of modern-art history. ARTnews, October 1, 2014

SculptureCenter in Queens Is Ready for Its Latest Act Founded 86 years ago in Brooklyn as the Clay Club, a little-visited European-style kunsthalle that’s now in Long Island City has undergone a renovation that will make it more of a museum. New York Times, October 1, 2014

London

Why The Artworld Is So Fascinated By Outsider Art With the growing interest in outsider art comes the seeming contradiction of “mainstream” outsider artists, especially in the US, where monographs and high prices have created cults among collectors. The Guardian, October 1, 2014

Leicester

Leicester creates new gallery for its German Expressionist art Remarkable collection born of wartime friendship between director and German-Jewish refugees (On his mother’s behalf, Hans negotiated the Leicester museum’s purchase of three works from the show, including Franz Marc’s Rote Frau (red woman), 1912, and Emil Nolde’s Kopf mit rot-schwarzem Haar, (head with red-black hair), 1910) The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2014

Turin

Not about faeces and death As exhibition titles go, “Shit and Die” is up there with the raciest of monikers. The exhibition, held in parallel with the Artissima fair in Turin in November, is organised by the mischief-making Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben-Salah of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and the independent curator Marta Papini. The Art Newspaper, September 30, 2014

Mecca

The Destruction Of Mecca “The dominant architectural site in the city is [no longer] the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel … The city is now surrounded by the brutalism of rectangular steel and concrete structures – an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.” New York Times, October 1, 2014

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