Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 3-6, 2014


Artist & Curator Win $40K in Hnatyshyn Prizes Toronto artist Kent Monkman has won the $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist, while Vancouver Art Gallery chief curator/associate director Daina Augaitis has won the $15,000 award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art. Canadian Art, October 1, 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery’s lead designer takes in all things Vancouver Binswanger is a senior partner in Herzog & de Meuron, which has been awarded the contract to design a new Vancouver Art Gallery, to be built a few blocks from the current cramped but beloved facility – a courthouse renovated by Arthur Erickson Architects more than 30 years ago. Binswanger and her associate Simon Demeuse are now on a crash course in all things Vancouver, a city that, before this process, Binswanger had never visited. Globe and Mail, October 4, 2014

Q&A: Herzog & De Meuron on the New Vancouver Art Gallery Herzog & De Meuron wowed with the Tate Modern and other projects—so what’s on their list for the new Vancouver Art Gallery? Canadian Art, October 2, 2014

Designing new Vancouver Art Gallery The internationally-renowned architecture firm behind the new Vancouver Art Galley says it’s getting to know the city so it can design a building that will reflect the community and become a gathering space. “A museum is always a project that addresses the general community,” said Christine Binswanger, senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron based in Switzerland. CBC, October 1, 2014

New Vancouver Art Gallery will transform the city: Designers The architects that have been hired to design the new Art Gallery were at the Vogue Theater Wednesday night discussing the major project in the works to a sold out crowd. Designers are currently in the concept phase. News 1130, October 2, 2014

Architects of new Vancouver Art Gallery hope facility will be a “catalyst” The architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery planned for West Georgia and Cambie streets aim to emulate the incorporation of civic space that has made the current site an important gathering place in the city. Georgia Straight, October 2, 2014

Weekend Extra | A glimpse at Chinatown’s storied past in Vancouver t wasn’t until recently, when Jim Wong-Chu looked at his photographs for the first time in about 30 years, that he realized what they recorded. At the time, he was too caught up in what he was doing to really pay attention to what they meant. Taken between 1973 and 1981, the photographs show Chinatown through Chinese Canadian eyes. Vancouver Sun, October 3, 2014


Canadian Artists Rebel (at Last) in Instigator(s) The word “instigators” is rarely used to describe Canadians. Being brash, audacious and provocative seems alien to the Canadian psyche: we specialize in playing it safe. Can we seriously believe the title of a group show of senior and mid-career Canadian artists called “Instigator(s)”? Canadian Art, October 3, 2014

Piece by Piece: Clare Twomey conjures ghosts for Toronto’s Gardiner Museum There are ghosts on the third floor of Toronto’s Gardiner Museum of ceramic art, white, silent, frozen in mid-gesture, eerie. More than 2,000 of them, in fact, with at least another thousand to be conjured in the next three months. Globe and Mail, October 4, 2014

6 Picks for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto kicks off at 6:53 p.m. this Saturday, October 4, with more than 80 independent projects by Toronto’s art community and four curated exhibitions featuring 48 other projects. Canadian Art, October 2, 2014

Nuit Blanche 2014: Art installations light up Toronto Nuit Blanche, the annual celebration of art and public spaces, drew huge crowds into Toronto’s streets Saturday evening and well into Sunday morning. CBC, October 5, 2014


Painter Tiziana La Melia breathes new life into the craft the RBC Canadian Painting Competition which marked its 16th (!) anniversary this week by awarding Tiziana La Melia $25,000 as the 2014 laureate. La Melia was one of 600 “emerging painters” to enter this year’s joust, prevailing over 14 other finalists at an awards ceremony Wednesday evening in Montreal. Globe and Mail, October 4, 2014


How Japan influenced Inuit artists: New show at Carleton art gallery A surprising side note in the National Gallery’s Van Gogh exhibition in 2012 was the inclusion of Japanese prints, which had deeply influenced the impressionist master. Ottawa Citizen, October 2, 2014

Review: Alma Duncan was an unstoppable artist There’s a photograph of an artist’s conference held in Kingston in 1941, and it shows the Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson seated in the front row. Behind him sits Alma Duncan, still young at 24. Ottawa Citizen, October 3, 2014.

New York

So, What’s Former Art Dealer And LA MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch Up To These Days? “Now that he is back in New York, he said he has no plans to open a new gallery. Instead, he hopes to organize occasional ‘super-exciting shows’ in borrowed spaces. He is scouting for a suitably cavernous warehouse in which to install a survey of artists he plans to call ‘Overpop.’” New York Times, October 5, 2014

Rebuilding The Tapestries Of The ’60s At The Ford Foundation “It is far from common for an artist to revisit the site of a commission to recreate the work of decades past. In [Sheila] Hicks’s case, the effort is particularly unusual. She turned 80 in July. She lives in Paris. She had to finance much of the project herself. And at this stage in her career, she had nothing to prove.” New York Times, October 6, 2014


Banksy Mural Mocking Anti-Immigrant Groups Is Destroyed By Town Council “Banksy suddenly matters again. He has created a powerful image of our prejudiced times. Far from a stupid mistake by a confused council, its destruction is a real and vicious act of censorship.” The Guardian, October 2, 2014


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