Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 17, 2014


Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything. “Douglas Coupland’s exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery took up the museum’s first floor. If you entered and went to the right, you were in a room stuffed with Canadian kitsch: old beer bottles, hockey masks and furniture that referenced the FLQ crisis and the suburban “905” area around Toronto. If you went to the left, you were in, apparently, Coupland’s brain: fabricated highway signs from West Germany… But if you made your way past these unpromising entryways, you could find some art.” Canadian Art, December 15, 2014

Iconic Chinese artist Ai Weiwei Gives Vancouver Grass that Will Grow Conversations. The City of Vancouver is getting a great early Christmas present as renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei leaves his distinct and thought-provoking mark on a downtown green space on Dec. 16 (after 12 p.m.). The Province, December 16, 2014

Art this Week; Social Circles, abstract landscapes and dynamic text. Art events this week include Social Circles featuring works by 28 artists, including Mark Delong at Unit/Pitt Projects, Mira Song: Moon Viewing Platform at Robert Lynds Gallery and Donato Mancini: Bythelightofthe at CSA Space Vancouver Sun, December 16, 2014

12 days of giving: East Van artist/entrepreneur glad to give back to food bank. William Galvan is a partner with his brother Luis Galvan and high school friend Rob Geary in a company called The East Van, a bustling business that runs a moving operation, a T-shirt shop and a funky storefront art collective known as Shop Wrong. The Province, December 17, 2014


On Art: First Nations artist a rising star. Gus Cook is articulate in his words and works. Born in Alert Bay, he came to Victoria after high school to earn a degree in psychology from the University of Victoria. He then worked for six years in construction, leading crews of men making concrete driveways, and on his own time he focused on martial arts. When the recession hit, he joined the studio of his cousin, artist Rande Cook. Times Colonist, December 16, 2014


Art & Tech Takeaways from Banff’s Convergence Summit. Art and technology: It’s a pairing that tends to raise as many quandaries as it does possibilities. Many artists have embraced the brave new digital world, producing works that bend real-virtual world boundaries of materiality, interactivity and community. Canadian Art, December 17, 2014


World reknowned artist has impressive body of work. Zachari Logan has a CV like an atlas. New York, Vienna, Paris, Athens, Monterrey, Miami. The Saskatoon artist’s work, which tackles masculinity, gender and sexuality through a highly personal lens, has taken him around the world. He’s not slowing down, with residencies in Vienna and Bucharest planned for the next year. Star Phoenix, December 17, 2014


Figurines Find New Life in Clare Twomey Piece. Tucked away on the third floor of the Gardiner Museum, British ceramic artist Clare Twomey‘s installation Piece by Piece is a startling world unto itself. Canadian Art, December 16, 2014


Bizarre ingredients and odd utensils: Is this a dinner party or is it art? This fall, large posters across Montreal announced a series of food nights providing “Improbable Gastronomic Experiences.” These nine experimental dinners, called In The Mouth, were to be held at Phi Centre, a swish new contemporary art space in Old Montreal.Globe & Mail, December 17, 2014

Los Angeles

Hammer Museum Partners With New Arts Center Cofounded by Mark Bradford Big moves on the museum front in Los Angeles! The Hammer Museum revealed today that it has entered into what it terms a Public Engagement Partnership with a new nonprofit called Art + Practice. ARTnews, December 17, 2014

New York

Bringing MoMA’s Matisse Show to Movie Theaters A documentary film based on “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” which began at the Tate Modern and is still on view at the Museum of Modern Art, will open in theaters in January. New York Times, December 16, 2014

Photographs Auction Record Set at Sotheby’s Sotheby’s 175 Photographs to Celebrate 175 Years of Photography sale last week set the record for a photographs auction, totaling $21,325,063 with 90 percent lots sold. The sale exceeded its high estimate of $20 million. ARTnews, December 16, 2014

The Frick Museum Has Been Evolving Since It Was Created (So Maybe A Little Historical Perspective Is In Order?) “Past behaviors offer little guidance when deciding what and what not to keep. Change is messy; preservation must be balanced against needs, but also against quality of experience.” The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2014

Reassembling a History Told in Paint Jacob Lawrence’s 60 panels portraying the Great Migration of blacks from the South will be brought together in a show at MoMA next year. New York Times, December 17, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Freer And Sackler Galleries Put Images Of All Their Art Online (Here’s Why) “The technology pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a museum because it allows for unrestricted study and enjoyment of the collection. Next month’s release will include at least one image of each work — the majority in high-resolution — and the collection will be searchable and largely downloadable for non-commercial use.” Washington Post, December 14, 2014


Panel that advises UK museums on Nazi-era claims faces government review Since it was created in 2000, the independent body has issued reports on 18 cases involving art lost during the Second World War. The Art Newspaper, December 17, 2014

Great Britain

In pictures: art masterpieces passed on to the nation. The cultural gift scheme, administered by Arts Council England, enables UK taxpayers to donate important objects to the nation during their lifetime, which are allocated to public collections. In return, donors – corporate or individual – receive a reduction in their taxes. Telegraph (UK), December 17, 2014


“Scandalous Desecration”: Restorers Paint Walls Of Chartres Cathedral; Architecture Critic Flips Out “Looking upward we then saw panels of blue faux marbre, high above them gilded column capitals and bosses (the ornamental knobs where vault ribs intersect), and, nearby, floor-to-ceiling piers covered in glossy yellow trompe l’oeil marbling, like some funeral parlor in Little Italy. How could this be happening, and why had we heard nothing about it before?” The New York Review of Books, December 14, 2014

Paris Photo Director Julien Frydman Quits Artnet news reports that the director of Paris Photo, which stages art fairs in both France and Los Angeles, will step down in January. ARTnews, December 16, 2014


Barcelona elevates design to a new level Museu del Disseny brings together city’s historic collections. The Art Newspaper, December 17, 2014


Overcoming conflict, India and Pakistan to share pavilion at Venice Biennale Artists from the countries will show in historic joint presentation next year. The Art Newspaper, December 17, 2014


A Proposition: I’ll Pay You What You Paid For Your African Art (And Nothing More) To encourage private collectors in the West to repatriate such pieces, Shindika Dokolo hopes to set up a war chest funded by Angolan businesses, including the State oil firm Sonangol, to reimburse buyers who purchased such items in good faith. “I want to organise a business club around the idea of heritage and start buying it back. I want to create an instrument that is effective,” Dokolo says. The Art Newsppaer, December 17, 2014


Artist James Turrell: I can make the sky any colour you choose. Part of his Perceptual Cells series, Bindu Shards is one of the major works that make up the James Turrell retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. While intense, the cell is designed to induce the state of mind that occurs in the early stages of meditation – the sort of drifting off sensation that happens when you gaze into a fireplace. The Guardian, December 16, 2014


How Online Is Powering The Art Market “Far from competing with physical fairs such as Art Basel, digital and social media have become an integral part of the event. In addition to 73,000 visitors, Art Basel Miami has 300,000 Facebook followers, 150,000 Twitter followers and 100,000 on Instagram.” BBC, December 16, 2014

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