Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 20, 2014


Vancouver Art Gallery’s Unscrolled finds expression via stools, bubble wrap, and ink. This multifaceted group show, recently opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery, poses questions about the philosophical and aesthetic influences of the past upon the complex present in Chinese art practice. Georgia Straight, November 19, 2014

Vancouver gallery’s sale of paintings from Liberia will benefit Ebola-stricken countries. A selection of works from the time Edward Epp spent in Liberia are being shown at Marion Scott Gallery starting Saturday, Nov. 22. The exhibition Edward Epp: Paintings from Liberia is to raise money for medical relief in the countries of West Africa such as Liberia that are at the centre of the Ebola epidemic. Vancouver Sun, November 19, 2014

When is a table is not just a table? Balancing high design and history in native-inspired designs. The use of Native motifs in furniture is more than just a visually striking trend. These thoroughly contemporary designs are freighted with meaning, too, Marsha Lederman reports. Globe & Mail, November 19, 2014

Eastside Culture Crawl finds fresh artistic territory. East Van’s “visual arts, design and crafts festival” is going to look less like a bazaar and more like a biennale—except, of course, that it’s still going to take place every year. For more information see the Georgia Straight’s Guide Georgia Straight, November 19, 2014

Glass-blowing heats up at the Eastside Culture Crawl. Robert Geyer and Brad Turner are among the dozen Terminal City Glass Co-op members who will be on hand during the upcoming Eastside Culture Crawl, showing work and doing demonstrations. Georgia Straight, November 19, 2014

Vancouver Friends for Life Society’s Art for Life ups the intimacy. The Vancouver Friends for Life Society presents its Art for Life Art Auction and Gala fundraiser this Saturday (November 22), in support of complementary health services for those with serious illnesses. Some of Vancouver’s top artists — including Attila Richard Lukacs and Ken Wallace — as well as galleries and private collectors, contributed auction artworks for this glamorous, black- tie affair. Georgia Straight, November 19, 2014


Video art installation delivers therapy. Brian McDonald created Video Art Therapy #2: Videopsychotherapy, an interactive installation opening Friday at Open Space gallery. For no charge (well, donations are suggested) visitors can experience a personalized, computer-generated therapy session simply by sitting at a desk and following simple commands projected on a video screen. Macdonald, 43, admits Video Art Therapy #2: Videopsychotherapy is tongue-in-cheek. Times Colonist, November 19, 2014


Nadia Myre Wins $50K Sobey Art Award. Nadia Myre—a Quebec-based Algonquin artist known for using small, craft-based media to make a big aesthetic and political impact—has won the $50,000 first place prize at this year’s Sobey Art Award. Canadian Art, November 19, 2014

Montrealer Nadia Myre wins $50,000 Sobey Art Award. The multi-disciplinary artist, who is an Algonquin member of Quebec’s Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, was longlisted for the same prize for the past three years. She beat out fellow finalists Evan Lee, Chris Curreri, Graeme Patterson and joint nominees Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier for this year’s honour at a gala at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Wednesday. Montreal Gazette, November 20, 2014

They’re all winners. Selections for prizes like the Sobey tell us something about trends and institutional preferences, but it’s more rewarding to see them as snapshots of emerging Canadian art, just one of many possible perspectives. Winnipeg Free Press, November 20, 2014


Forty years strong, Art Metropole is not having a midlife crisis. AM is marking the anniversary Thursday evening with a bash expected to attract at least 300 members of Toronto’s crème de l’avant-garde to the landmark Great Hall in historic Union Station…AM was started by none other than Jorge Zontal, AA Bronson and Felix Partz, better known as General Idea, which after the Group of Seven is likely the country’s most successful and influential art collective. Globe & Mail, November 19, 2014

Video: Mohamed Bourouissa Reworks Inuit Art. For the exhibition, the Algerian-born, Paris-based Bourouissa—who is known for taking a keen look at marginalized populations in France—decided to focus on Inuit artworks from the gallery’s collection. Bourouissa also integrated photographs and drawings from his own recent trip up north. Canadian Art, November 20, 2014

Moon Room: Mysteries, Elucidated. Moon Room,” at Narwhal in Toronto, was like the theatrical set for a play in which nighttime is always impending. Canadian Art, November 19, 2014


Anne Collier’s MCA Chicago Retrospective Explores the Male Gaze Here is Faye Dunaway shot in black and white, holding a weighty Nikon to her eye, and adjusting the focus ring; here she is again, this time in color, the camera pulled back and uncertainty clouding her stare. Artnews, November 20, 2014


Unified Harvard Art Museums Launch with Restored Rothkos The new galleries provide 43,000 square feet—a 40 percent increase—to house the three collections and 5,000 square feet of special exhibition space. Art in America, November 19, 2014

New York

Scottish Tourists Arrive in Fine Gowns (and a Kilt, of Course) In “Masterpieces From the Scottish National Gallery,” the Frick welcomes 10 works by the likes of Sargent, Botticelli and Reynolds. New York Times, November 20, 2014

New Whitney Museum Building to Open in May The Whitney Museum of American Art will open its new home, in a building designed by Renzo Piano, on May 1. New York Times, November 20, 2014

Ithaca, NY

The art of seeing through masterpieces. Richard Johnson can see right through the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Cornell University electrical and computer engineering professor is a digital art detective, able to unlock the mysteries of a work’s age and authenticity by analyzing its underlying canvas or paper. Star Phoenix, November 20, 2014


Miami’s Getting Another Arts Center, Complete With Starchitect Design “A new Miami Beach arts center designed by Rem Koolhaas is to open in December 2015 … Called Faena Forum, the 50,000-square-foot institution … will serve as a public forum for the exploration of topics in the arts, sciences, technology, politics and urbanism. It will also encourage dialogue about Latin American cultural practices.” New York Times, November 18, 2014

United States

Are University Art Museums Doing What Mainstream U.S. Museums No Longer Do? “Counter-intuitively, university art museums are proving capable of realizing the ideals that other art museums espouse in facile mission statements polished to a gleam by publicists – primarily a ‘commitment’ to serve as cultural resources for the public and to make art education accessible.” Boston Review, November 13, 2014


First World War letters fall foul of UK copyright law Imperial War Museums among organisations to leave their display cases empty in protest. The Art Newspaper, November 20, 2014

Cumberland Art Gallery review – like looking into the Queen’s jewel box Powerful self-portraits by Rembrandt and Artemisia Gentilschi light up the Royal Collection’s new gallery at Hampton Court. The Guardian, November 19, 2014


Oslo Is Building A New National Museum. These Architects Are Fighting To Save The Old One “A group of prominent Norwegian architects who have long opposed the new building are now speaking out to save the original National Gallery, which dates to 1842.” Hyperallergic, November 18, 2014


In a City Wary of Skyscrapers, a New Tower May Rise Paris is considering a new skyscraper — a triangular, 42-story glass office tower designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron that would stand in the city’s southwest corner. New York Times, November 18, 2014


‘The Gurlitt collection should be sold to benefit Jewish organisations’ Alfred Weidinger, deputy director of the Belvedere in Vienna, is calling on the Kunstmuseum Bern to make the right choice (“The Gurlitt collection should not continue to exist, tainted as it is,” Weidinger says. The Art Newspaper, November 20, 2014


Further protests over appointment of far-right European culture commissioner Tibor Navracsics was foreign minister in controversial Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán. The Art Newspaper, November 20, 2014


Restoration under way on Qusayr ’Amra wall paintings Italian conservation institute behind work at Unesco World Heritage Site in Jordan. The Art Newspaper, November 20, 2014


Could What Almost Happened In Detroit Happen With Other Cities’ Museums? “There are other museums around the country whose objects are owned, in whole or in part, by government entities, and the DIA’s excruciating experience in defending its collection against the predations of the city’s creditors should be a wake-up call to them.” The Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2014

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