Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 26, 2014


Professor Elspeth Pratt wins Mayor of Vancouver’s Visual Arts Award. Visual artist and professor Elspeth Pratt, director of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, has been recognized with the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s 2014 Visual Arts award for her sculptural work exploring the built environment and public spaces. In 2011, she produced “Second Date,” a large-scale, site-specific installation commissioned for Offsite, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s outdoor public art program. SFU News Release, November 26, 2014

Art this week: Aspen Magazine revisited, condo rhetoric and reality, models reimagined. Exhibitions opening this week include: Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971 at Charles H. Scott Gallery, Catherine Pulkinghorn: Home Sweet Home at Access Gallery, and Vikky Alexander: The Temptation of St Anthony at The Apartment. Vancouver Sun, November 25, 2014

North Vancouver

Michael Audain donates $4 million to North Vancouver art gallery. – Philanthropist Michael Audain and Polygon Homes have given a massive boost to Presentation House Gallery’s multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign with a donation of $4 million. Vancouver Sun, November 25, 2014

With $4-million gift, North Vancouver art gallery ‘well on track’. Presentation House Gallery has an international reputation for exhibiting important, exciting photography and other media art – work by local luminaries such as Stan Douglas and Rodney Graham and international superstars such as Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams. Globe & Mail, November 25, 2014

Presentation House Announces Name Change and Major Gift. Long-established North Vancouver photography and media-arts centre Presentation House Gallery announced a lead gift today of $4 million, provided by Polygon Homes Ltd. and the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts. The substantial gift also shepherds in a new identity for the gallery, to be renamed the Polygon Gallery when its new facility on North Vancouver’s waterfront opens in 2017. Canadian Art, November 25, 2014


Robert Amos: Artists’ papers saved in UVic archives. The art history of Victoria is not really taught at UVic, and the materials for its study have rarely been saved, much less made available. But at the moment, the papers of many other artists are being located and considered, especially those who were staff or graduates of the university and whose careers will make good subjects for research by students. These collections are all based in the newly expanded McPherson Library, located in the Mearns Centre for Learning, where they are looked after by the Special Collections and University Archives. Director Lara Wilson presides over an elegantly appointed reading room, spacious offices and workspaces, state-of-the-art storage and plenty of undeveloped space. Times Colonist, November 25, 2014


Kim Dorland comes home to Alberta an art star. Take the Group of Seven. Mix in a childhood spent killing time in the woods around Red Deer, in parking lots of the local 7-11, or at the mall, and what have you got? How about Canada’s next great art star, Kim Dorland? Calgary Herald, November 25, 2014


Will Kwan Tours Multiculturalism’s Flaws in Toronto. The “model minority” stereotype serves as the point of departure for Will Kwan’s new three-channel video work If All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail (2014), part of this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival. The work is currently showing at Trinity Square Video in Toronto Canadian Art, November 24, 2014

Parkdale artist Mary Dyja curates ‘wild side’ of textile and fibre art. Parkdale resident Mary Dyja will be co-curating the On The Wild Side exhibit with Jennifer Tsuchida. The group show will have 25 artists showcase fibre and textile art that intends to turns the perception of the genre of art on its head. Inside Toronto, November 26, 2014

AGO curator Georgiana Uhlyarik on Tavi Gevinson and introducing artist Suzy Lake to a new generation. AGO associate curator of Canadian art and Introducing Suzy Lake co-curator Georgiana Uhlyarik spoke to Q&Q about the publication, and introducing an important artist to a new generation.Quill & Quire, November 24, 2014


Artists Reach Trial Agreement with Nat’l Gallery. Today, the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Artists’ Representation CARFAC) and the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV) announced that they have reached an historic agreement. The agreement covers terms and conditions for the exhibition and the reproduction of works of art at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as the provision of professional services by living Canadian artists at the gallery. Canadian Art, November 24, 2014

National Gallery of Canada reaches agreement with artists’ union. The gallery and Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes Canadien (CARFAC) have tentatively agreed to a contract that will standardize rates and rules as to how artists showing their work at the gallery will be compensated. Toronto Star, November 25, 2014

Afghan artist denied entry for violence against women symposium. A prominent Afghan artist celebrated in several countries for her dramatic photos illustrating the silencing of women is being denied the opportunity to speak in Ottawa by the Canadian government. Ottawa Citizen, November 25, 2014

Royal Canadian Mint’s $5 coin features work of Cree artist Tim Whiskeychan. The Royal Canadian Mint will officially launch a new $5 silver coin Tuesday night in Ottawa featuring a design by Cree artist Tim Whiskeychan of Waskaganish in northern Quebec. CBC News, November 25, 2014

Ottawa artist Ciara Phillips is a finalist for the Turner Prize in Britain. The 2014 shortlist for the Turner Prize, given annually to a visual artist in Britain younger than 50, includes Ciara Phillips, who was born in Ottawa, studied at Lisgar Collegiate, and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston. Ottawa Citizen, November 26, 2014


Ursula Johnson: Traditions and Transformations. Traditions were challenged and myths created in Ursula Johnson’s exhibition “Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)” at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. Johnson, an artist residing in Eskasoni First Nation, Cape Breton, descends from a long line of Mi’kmaq artists. Her late great-grandmother, Caroline Gould, taught her the distinct art of Mi’kmaq basket weaving. Canadian Art, November 25, 2014


Visual Arts and Museums Hilll’s Strategies Research has just released the latest Arts Research Monitor. In this issue: A focus on the visual arts and museums, including a report on the situation of art galleries in Ontario, a statistical summary of museum attendance in Quebec, and two papers on the state of the visual arts in Canada. Hills Strategies Research, November 26, 2014


Giant Public Art Commission Collapses In Charges, Resignation “An irregularity in the awarding of one of the most significant local art commissions in years has resulted in the resignation of a Houston Arts Alliance executive and stunned a sculptor who was preparing to create the biggest project of his career.” Houston Chronicle, November 23, 2014

New York

David Hockney On What Artists Do “When I’m actually painting, I feel like I’m 30 again. It’s only when I stop painting that I realize I’m not anymore.” The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2014

How New York’s Iconic Strand Bookstore Survives In The Internet Age “Though there are signs of life in the independent-bookseller business — consider the success of McNally-Jackson — few secondhand-book stores are left in Manhattan. Only two survive in midtown, and the necrology is long. Skyline on West 18th Street, New York Bound Bookshop in Rockefeller Center, the Gotham Book Mart on West 47th — closed. Academy Books is now Academy Records & CDs. So, then: Why is there still a Strand Book Store?” New York Magazine, November 29, 2014

Chris Ofili’s “Holy Virgin Mary” Doesn’t Seem So Shocking Anymore – Why? You may remember that when the Nigerian-British artist’s rendition of the Madonna was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999, following uneventful showings in Europe, all hell broke loose (as it were). Now the piece is back in New York, attracting no particular controversy. Alastair Sooke considers what’s changed over the past 15 years. BBC, November 25, 2014

‘Sheer Pandemonium Broke Out’: Please Enjoy The Story of the First Painting to Sell For Over £1 M. At Auction At The Spectator, Richard Cork tells when he was in the room for the first ever painting to sell for £1 million at auction. Velázquez’s Portrait of Juan de Pareja. It started at £315,000, and took just 130 seconds. ARTnews, November 26, 2014


Barnes Foundation Thriving In Philadelphia, Despite Empty Leadership Posts “As 2014 winds down, the Barnes has no permanent director. There’s no permanent chief curator. The spotlight is hot and unblinking. So how’s it going after 2½ years?” Rather well, it seems – for several reasons. Philadelphia Inquirer, November 25, 2014

Washington, D. C.

Outsider artists go to Washington National Gallery of Art planning exhibition on the significance of America’s self-taught artists for the nation’s mainstream Modern art. The Art Newspaper, November 26, 2014

London, England

Post Pop: East Meets West review – an exhibition beyond taste. Post Pop: East Meets West, in which McCarthy’s grotesque character finds a natural home, is an exhibition beyond taste. It is full of trash, kitsch, commercialism and cynicism – and that’s just the good stuff. The Guardian, November 25, 2014


Swiss museum accepts part of recluse’s Nazi-era art trove. A Swiss museum has reluctantly agreed to accept part of a billion-euro art bequest from the late Cornelius Gurlitt, a German recluse whose secret collection included masterpieces looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis. Globe & Mail, November 25, 2014


Alberto Burri sculpture to be rebuilt in Milan Reconstruction of Teatro Continuo, dismantled in 1989, will mark centenary of artist’s birth. The Art Newspaper, November 26, 2014


Ed Ruscha says artists should ‘put the pedal to the metal’ As solo show opens in Rome, the Los Angeles-based artist reflects on his adopted city’s population surge. The Art Newspaper, November 26, 2014


‘Alfred Barr made us pull out all the old junk’ Rodchenko and Stepanova’s grandson gives an insider’s insight into the lives of the Russian avant-garde artists. The Art Newspaper, November 25, 2014


New evidence of art theft in Cairo Photographs show Mausoleum of Salar and Sanjar stripped of wooden frieze. The Art Newspaper, November 26, 2014


The Greatest Painting in the World: 10 Luminaries Cast Their Ballots The greatest picture in the world…you smile,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1925. Although the claim sounded ludicrous to him, he went on to make a passionate and cogent argument for his choice: Piero della Francesca’s Resurrection. ARTnews wondered which paintings would be chosen by artists, museum directors, curators, and art historians today as the “greatest.” To find out, we queried a number of them. ARTnews, November 26, 2014

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