Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 29, 2014


Art this week: Attila Richard Lukacs, Gabryel Harrison and Rebecca Chaperon. Openings this week include Attila Richard Lukacs at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Gabryel Harrison at Winsor Gallery, and Rebecca Chaperon at Initial Gallery. Vancouver Sun, October 28, 2014


Robert Amos: Two artists with wildly different visions. Robert Amos looks at the work of Godfrey Stephens and Caleb Speller. Times colonist, October 28, 2014


WWI propaganda posters on display at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Almost a century ago, WWI posters plastered the bricks of nearby buildings, or hung in the halls of movie theatres, factories or businesses in the city and beyond. Today, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia curator Dianne O’Neill also sees them as works of art. Chronicle Herald, October 27, 2014


Fine art becoming more consumer-friendly. The average consumer who wants to explore the rarefied, exclusive world of fine art may find that arcane market a bit more open and welcoming these days. CBC, October 28, 2014

Artist Retreats: Making Space for Artist Projects at Art Toronto. Each year, Art Toronto presents select artist projects to complement the commercial booths. These projects often critique or converse with the art fair itself. This year’s fair featured six artist projects. Canadian Art, October 26, 2014

3 Insights on the Curated Market. “The Curated Market” panel at the Toronto Art Fair with artist Thrush Holmes, collector and curator Stefan Hancherow and specialist at Artsy Elena Soboleva—considered curatorial trends in art fairs and the art world in general. Canadian Art, October 25, 2014

Images from the annual Flash Forward competition. To celebrate the Flash Forward competition’s tenth anniversary, the Magenta Foundation is publishing Flash Forward 10, a collection of work by some of the most successful emerging artists to be part of this program in its first decade. Globe & Mail, October 28, 2014

Rebecca Belmore The 54-year-old Belmore, who represented Canada at the 2005 Venice Biennale, is best known for her interventions at sites where colonial power structures still operate. Co-organized by Toronto’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, “KWE” consisted of 12 works—comprising sculpture, photography, performance and video—made between 1991 and 2013. Art in America, October 29, 2014


Canadian Artist Shortlisted for $100K Int’l Prize. Montreal-based Jon Rafman is one of 20 artists internationally to have been shortlisted for the next Future Generation Art Prize. The main prize winner, to be announced December 6 in Kyiv, Ukraine, will receive a prize valued at $100,000 US. Canadian Art, October 29, 2014

Cape Dorset

On Bridging Canada’s North-South Art Divide. The TD North/South Exchange, a Canadian Art Foundation program which provides opportunities for northern artists to do residencies in the southern part of Canada, and vice-versa. Toronto artist Ed Pien, corresponded with Sackville artist Graeme Patterson, who went north last month, to discuss the rich creative environment of Cape Dorset’s famed Kinngait Studios, the unexpected discoveries made while teaching at local schools, and the opportunity to see our national art scene in a different kind of north light. Canadian Art, October 27, 2014


Frye Art Museum: Seattle gallery lets the public curate an exhibition. Can you imagine a figurative painting of a peacock being given a prominent position in a contemporary art gallery? And I mean a straight forward, un-ironic painting of the bird. The one I’m referring to is below. It’s pretty and decently painted. But the blue could have been much more iridescent. He’s also not a very cocky peacock: his feathers aren’t fully displayed in the kind of dramatic plumage I would have expected. Vancouver Sun (blog), October 28, 2014

Los Angeles

The Broad Museum Is Really Going To Open, After A Dispute And Delay “The museum is claiming that the problems have driven up costs by at least $19.8 million and caused the museum to delay its opening by at least 15 months.” Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2014


Confrontation at Harvard Art Museums Harvard’s new Piano plays off the Le Corbusier next door, and not everyone is happy with the tune. ARTnews, October 29, 2014

New York

Contemporary artists flock to the opera The Metropolitan Opera has commissioned TJ Wilcox, George Condo and others to create trailers for its production. The Art Newspaper, October 27, 2014

Picasso Selfies, Home Movies and More at Gagosian The fifth installment of a series of exhibitions organized by Picasso biographer John Richardson focuses on the Cubist’s use of the camera. Art in America, October 29, 2014


A two-headed lamb and ancient dildos: the UK’s strangest new museum Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities has pickled genitals, giant eggs and McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. The Guardian (UK) September 28, 2014

The Nakeds: artists get turned on by the body laid bare Nudes by everyone from Warhol to Emin are enticing, disturbing, distorting, masturbatory but ultimately most revealing of us as viewers. The Guardian (UK) September 29, 2014


Bagpipes, Popcorn: Here Are Photos of Darren Bader’s One-Night Show With the Calder Foundation in Paris During FIAC last week, New York artist Darren Bader, who is perhaps best known for sculptures that consist of live cats and pairs of burritos, staged a one-night-only exhibition that was hosted by the Calder Foundation. ARTnews, October 29, 2014


Sistine Chapel revived by cutting-edge lighting and air-conditioning New systems aim to limit number of tourist visits, while providing better illumination and helping to preserve artworks. The Guardian (UK) September 29, 2014


Christie’s appeals to Chinese sensibilities in first-year anniversary sales The auction house also opened a new exhibition and office space in the Rockbund’s Ampire Building. The Art Newspaper, October 28, 2014

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