Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 11, 2014


Artful new projections boost Bah! Humbug! While some consider it an area to avoid, the Downtown Eastside has fed the work of artist Richard Tetrault for the past three decades. Tetrault’s vast body of imagery is finding vivid new use in the latest edition of SFU Woodward’s Bah! Humbug! Show. Georgia Straight, December 10, 2014

North Vancouver

Photographs fascinate in Lee Friedlander: Thick of Things. In 2005, American photographer Lee Friedlander produced a gelatin silver print titled Banff. It’s on view at Presentation House Gallery in Thick of Things, an exhibition of works selected from across five decades of Friedlander’s impressive career. Georgia Straight, December 10, 2014


Gallery finally gets name to embody its spirit. The art gallery at First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) now has a name. For four years, the gallery showed art exhibits centred on important indigenous topics. Now known as Plain Red Art Gallery at FNUniv, it reflects the work being shown through its name. Leader-Post, December 10, 2014


Paths that cross. The women who take part in MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program are all starting out in their artistic careers, but each starts from a different place and sets off down a different path. Winnipeg Free Press, December 11, 2014


Int’l Street Artist JR to Take On Toronto. New York/Paris-based artist JR—known for large-scale photo-based wheatpaste installations, most recently of a woman’s face on a European container ship—will command an entire exhibition zone at Toronto’s 2015 Nuit Blanche. Canadian Art, December 10, 2014


Sutcliffe: A chance to fix at least two of Ottawa’s mistakes. This fall the National Capital Commission has, at last, begun fielding proposals for new development on LeBreton Flats. And Wednesday the government announced plans for a dramatic modernization of the National Arts Centre. The result is an opportunity to bring more culture and activity to the city centre, and to fix two historic errors that have held back the city from its potential for years. Ottawa Citizen, December 10, 2014

Do art-auction fundraisers distort and damage the arts community? There are ideas out there for fundraisers that are based on the arts but don’t devalue the art. As Seattle artist Kate Vrijmoet suggests in a piercing blog post written earlier this year, artists could donate their time or expertise for some use, instead of donating their works of art, or they could sell a loan of their work for a specified period, for example. Ottawa Citizen, December 8, 2014


Milk-Crate Art Wins Big at Montreal Awards. For decades, Montreal students have used milk crates to furnish their apartments and studios. But, in the past few years, local artists Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau have brought that aesthetic into the big time with building-sized public installations of the colourful plastic cubes. Canadian Art, December 10, 2014

The Music Lesson as Art. It’s not often that the seriousness of formal music education blends with the pleasure of gaming. But that’s precisely what happens in The Violin Lesson, a collaborative work by artist Lorraine Oades, musician Brigitte Dajczer and programmer Patrice Coulombe Canadian Art, December 10, 2014


Must-Sees This Week: December 11 to 17, 2014. There are some great art exhibitions opening in Canada this week, and some interesting art events happening too. Here are Canadian Art’s best bets. Canadian Art, December 11, 2014


What Only Artists Can Teach Us About Technology, Data, and Surveillance. DXARTS an art school, but it’s relatively new, and it’s nothing like the UW School of Art + Art History + Design, which is located right next to DXARTS on campus, even though the two have separate faculty, leadership, facilities, and philosophies… To founder Richard Karpen’s way of thinking, artists need just as much training and research time as scientists. It’s a matter of professional pride. “The premise of DXARTS is to admit that art is hard.” The Stranger, December 9, 2014

St. Louis

St. Louis Art Museum Receives $5 Million for Sculpture Garden The gift comes from board president Barbara Taylor and her husband, Enterprise Holdings chairman Andy Taylor. Artforum, December 11, 2014


A Major New Museum In South Florida, And They’re Funding It All Themselves Norman and Irma Braman promise that, for the new Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, “not one cent of taxpayer dollars are going into the construction, or the acquisition of properties for the sculpture garden, or anything.” And they will not put their name on it, either. New York Times, December 11, 2014

Ten Important Things Happened At Art Basel Miami Beach This Year From the debut of one museum of reinvention of another, to the new prominence of certain artists and dealers, to the triumph of dance, to the night when supposedly superficial Miamians found their outrage. Vulture, December 10, 2014

New York

Balling Off Painting: MoMA Opens ‘The Forever Now’ Tuesday night, at the Museum of Modern Art’s opening for “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World,” most people had a hard time remembering when the last group show of young painters had happened at the museum. ARTnews, December 11, 2014

Jane Freilicher, 90, New York School Artist Who Dared To Paint Landscapes “She was not widely known by the general public, but her consistent, steady experimentation earned her intense acclaim throughout her life, particularly from contemporary critics and poets, many of whom were her close friends. In 1958, the poet James Schuyler termed her ‘a poet’s painter who may yet become the public’s painter” – an apt description for her entire career.” ARTnews, December 10, 2014

Sao Paulo

Jochen Volz Named Curator of 2016 São Paulo Biennial Volz is currently head of programs at the Serpentine Galleries in London. He previously spent eight years as curator and artistic director at the Instituto Inhotim in Brazil and also curated the 2009 Venice Biennale along with Daniel Birnbaum. Artforum, December 11, 2014


Sotheby’s steals a march with Churchill’s paintings Items offered are from the estate of the prime minister’s daughter Mary Soames. The Art Newspaper, December 11, 2014

The daffodil code: doubts revived over Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks in London Leonardo da Vinci always impressed on his students the importance of depicting nature accurately. He wrote: “Painter, you should know that you cannot be good if you are not a master universal enough to imitate with your art every kind of natural form.” Indeed, his own paintings and drawings of the natural world are as scientifically accurate as they are beautiful. The Guardian, December 9, 2014


Cathedral’s hunt for stolen Bible pages worth £1m Winchester Cathedral wants to track down eight Medieval illuminations that are missing from the greatest surviving 12th-century English Bible. These may have been stolen in the past 150 years, so there is a reasonable chance that they survive, probably unrecognised in a private collection. The Art Newspaper, December 11, 2014


Stalemate over Brussels answer to MoMA and Tate Modern Regional and federal divide stalls Citroën plan. The Art Newspaper, December 11, 2014


Guggenheim Bilbao acquires Yoko Ono works Museum also reveals 2015 exhibition schedule, including shows on Alex Katz and African design. The Art Newspaper, December 11, 2014


Thieves walk out of Madrid gallery with 70 paintings Theft from Puerta de Alcalá art gallery happened overnight, with perpetrators apparently propping their haul against trees before loading it into a van. The Guardian, December 11, 2014


How To Move Contemporary Art Beyond The 0.1 Percent To The “Creative Class” Sure, the market for new visual art is booming among the super-rich. Marion Maneker argues that art can become vitally important to the wider public – well, educated urbanites – the way high-quality food has, and in more or less the same way. The Atlantic, December 9, 2014

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