Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 5, 2014

Vancouver

Sugar and Grit: Sonny Assu Mixes Cultures. Sonny Assu focuses on the contrast of First Nations and Western European worldviews. His art is shaped by his experience within the interstices of Aboriginal and popular Western cultures. Assu is a Status Card–carrying Northwest Coast Indian and his perspectives are strongly informed by his family history and his identity. Canadian Art, October 30, 2014

Artist studios in Vancouver’s parks seen as way to engage with community. Sharon Kallis has been transforming invasive plants such as English ivy, red osier dogwood clippings, Himalayan blackberry bushes and yellow flag iris, into functional fences and nettings. She and fellow artist Todd DeVries, a Haida cedar weaver, have been working out of the MacLean Park fieldhouse at 710 Keefer St. for almost three years. The Province, November 3, 2014

Art this week: Nirdvandva, Dream Homes and an auction gala. Scott Lewis & Kuh Del Rosario: Nirdvandva at Field Satellite, Nicolas Sassoon: Dream Homes at Wil Aballe Art Projects and the Contemporary Art Gallery’s Gala are events and openings this week. Vancouver Sun, November 4, 2014

Victoria

A poster boy for distinctive design. This is one of those stories: Famous artist living quietly in our midst decides, for fun and friendship, to have an art show locally. He’s Andrew Lewis, and though you might not know his name, he is one of the foremost poster designers in the world. Times Colonist, November 3, 2014

Regina

Sask. artist gets noticed on Reddit after son’s post goes viral. Saskatchewan artist Rich Loffler has become a cyberspace sensation after his son Michael posted a photo gallery outlining how his father creates his impressive bronze sculptures to the website Reddit. CBC News, November 4, 2014

Winnipeg

Lost treasures in your attic? Winnipeg Art Gallery can help you find out. Think grandma’s old vase might be worth something? Or maybe that oil painting under a tarp in the attic? The Winnipeg Art Gallery is giving you the chance to find out. The WAG opens its doors for an appraisal weekend with Bonhams auction house on Nov. 15 and 16. CBC News, November 4, 2014

Oakville

Shary Boyle & Emily Vey Duke’s Amazing Story. The Illuminations Project is the result of a call-and-response exchange between Shary Boyle and Emily Vey Duke that lasted for over a decade. Canadian Art, November 3, 2014

Los Angeles

Lacma Gala Honors Quentin Tarantino and Barbara Kruger The Los Angeles County Museum of Art draws the A-listers, including Kim Kardashian and Amy Adams. New York Times, November 5, 2014

City, Nevada

Move to protect Heizer’s City from development Nevada Senator has introduced a bill to preserve the land surrounding the mile-and-a-half-long land art project. The Art Newspaper, November 3, 2014

Saint Louis

Couple Donates Collection Valued at $50 Million to St. Louis Art Museum Among the works are Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth paintings, as well as a number of Asian jade and bronze artifacts, some worth up to $5 million. According to Willis Ryder Arnold at the St. Louis Public Radio, the Spinks built their collection specifically thinking about gaps in the museum. Artforum, November 5, 2014

New York

Sotheby’s Brings in $422 M., Its Highest Total Ever, at Impressionist and Modern Sale Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern auction kicked off the fall auction season last night with a $422 million opener that represented the house’s highest-ever total for a single auction. ARTnews, November 5, 2014

At the Guggenheim, An Orb by Otto Piene Ascends The artist installed “White Balloon,” which will be on display for just three days, to coincide with this year’s International Gala. New York Times, November 5, 2014

Wayne Thiebaud Visited the Lady M Cake Shop in New York This feels like a pretty momentous occasion: America’s greatest painter of cakes, Wayne Thiebaud, visiting New York’s greatest cake shop, Lady M. The action is documented in a Talk of the Town article by Ian Parker in this week’s New Yorker. ARTnews, November 4, 2014

A Documentary Follows the Curious Career of Maurizio Cattelan The artist, who plays the jester in public but fiercely guards his privacy, is the subject of “Maurizio Cattelan: The Movie.” New York Times, November 5, 2014

Please Enjoy This Trailer For ‘Maurizio Cattelan: The Movie’ Whether you love him or hate him, implies the trailer for a new documentary about Maurizio Cattelan, you’re probably going to want to watch a movie about him. ARTnews, November 4, 2014

London

Framing the Viewers, and the Viewed. The explicit subject of Frederick Wiseman’s magnificent documentary “National Gallery” is the stately museum that rises at the northern end of Trafalgar Square in London. New York Times, November 4, 2014

Paris

Centre Pompidou president wants new architecture and design gallery ‘as soon as possible’ As Photo Gallery opens this week in former staff offices, Alain Seban pledges to show more of the collection in Paris. The Art Newspaper, November 5, 2014

Curator removes intimate images from Paris gallery after threats received Exhibition featuring Diane Ducruet’s work part of month-long photography festival. The Art Newspaper, November 5, 2014

Budapest

New competition launched for National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest Jury invites star architects including Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield and Renzo Piano after first competition disappoints. The Art Newspaper, November 5, 2014

Abu Dhabi

Sneak a peek at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s collection Exhibition opening this week sheds light on the museum’s acquisitions and curatorial framework. The Art Newspaper, November 5, 2014

Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong Reveals 2015 Exhibitor List The organizers have shifted the event two months earlier from its customary slot in May to Mar. 15-17, but as usual the fair takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Art in America, November 5, 2014

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