Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 5, 2015


Top five things to do in Metro Vancouver on Monday, January 5 The Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibits explore the art of Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie, the role of tradition in contemporary Chinese art, and the world of China’s Forbidden City. (blog) January 5, 2015

Top 10 standout (somewhat random) arts events of 2014 VANCOUVER ART GALLERY’S ARCHITECT SELECTION In 2014, we learned the much-debated new VAG site will be designed by Herzog & de Meuron—the wildly creative Swiss architecture firm behind the Tate Modern in London and the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium in Beijing Straight,com (blog) January 2, 2014

48 things Globe Arts is most excited about to start 2015 Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron (March 27, 2015, to Jan. 24 2016) Sure, it’s a shameless plug for the architects chosen to design the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building, but it’s also a chance for locals to see what all the (deserved) fuss is about – presenting the firm’s projects and philosophy, which have transformed the cultural landscapes of cities such as Miami and Beijing. The New Vancouver Art Gallery at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Globe and Mail, January 2, 2015

Ones to Watch in 2015: Artist Joseph Staples Joseph Staples had an outstanding year in 2014. He was chosen by a jury as the recipient of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver’s Emerging Artist Award. He also made new work for five solo shows and three group shows. Vancouver Sun, December 31, 2014
A passion for planning Vancouver’s public spaces Andrew Pask, founder of Vancouver Public Space Network, a non-profit group that wants to maintain, build and enhance public spaces in the city. Vancouver Sun, December 31, 2014


15 Art Shows We Want to See in 2015 It’s a new year, with lots of terrific new art exhibitions on the horizon. Here are 15 shows we’re looking forward to, from British Columbia to Newfoundland. 6. Geoffrey Farmer at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 22 to September 7, 2015. Vancouver sculptor Geoffrey Farmer’s smart, odd, elliptical and increasingly spectacular work requires appropriate context and space to be appreciated, something promised by “how do I fit this ghost in my mouth…,” his biggest mid-career survey to date, which spans the last 15 years and stresses Farmer’s interest in theatricality and the image archive. Canadian Art, December 31, 2014

Bryne McLaughlin’s Top 3 of 2014: Data-ism – Canadian Art Bryne McLaughlin’s top three picks of 2014 loom large: artists delving into big data and big science, all under the watchful eye of Big Brother. Canadian Art, December 30, 2014

Rosie Prata’s Top 3 of 2013 – Canadian Art Exhibitions that stood out for our copy editor engaged ideas of people, place and community from Palestine to Parkdale. Canadian Art, December 24, 2014

Leah Sandals’s Top 3 of 2013: Great on Paper – Canadian Art Stepping into the pages of a storybook was our online editor’s childhood fantasy—and it came to life in three exhibitions this year. Canadian Art, December 24, 2014

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir’s Top 3 of 2014: Time Travels .Caoimhe Morgan-Feir’s top picks of 2014 look to the past to bring the present into focus. Canadian Art, January 1, 2015

Top 2014 Things of 2014: Some art that hit its mark, and a Toronto theatre that didn’t Before we ring out this year of Gone Girl, Groot and Grumpy Cat, we present a special series dedicated to the list to end all lists. Art Spiegelman and Douglas Coupland make the list. National Post, December 29, 2014

Los Angeles

Broad Museum Shows Its Face Scaffolding around the exterior of the Broad in Los Angeles has been removed, though the museum’s opening date remains somewhat nebulous. New York Times, December 31, 2014


Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe After two years serving as the Logan Center’s inaugural visual arts program curator, Monika Szewczyk is leaving the University of Chicago for Athens, Greece. Hyde Park Herald, December 25, 2014

New York

More Than 60 Years Later, a New Edition of Cartier-Bresson Classic “The Decisive Moment,” a book of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, has been republished in a new edition. New York Times, December 31, 2014

Plotlines? Brush Strokes Are Enough The art critic Roberta Smith watched 2014’s films about art — “Mr. Turner,” “Big Eyes” and others — with much emotional investment. New York Times, January 1, 2015

A Creative Vision, So Down to Earth “Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground,” at the Museum of Modern Art, presents works made with sand, dirt and gravel from this Art Brut founder. New York Times, January 1, 2015


Cuba’s Art Scene Awaits a Travel Boom In Cuba, artists are cut off from supplies and the Internet yet celebrated by a coterie of international buyers, a pipeline that is likely to grow. New York Times, December 29, 2014

Artist Who Was Arrested Three Times Last Week In Havana Warned To Stay Away From Biennial “‘This served to unmask everyone,’ Bruguera told the journalist Adriel Reyes of Radio Martí.” The Art Newspaper, January 5, 2015


New Tomb Of Previously Unknown Pharaonic Queen Discovered In Egypt “This discovery will help us shed light on certain unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty, which along with the Fourth Dynasty, witnessed the construction of the first pyramids.” Al-Jazeera English, January 5, 2015


China’s design culture to benefit from the Bauhaus Leading university builds museum and institute aiming to inspire innovation. The Art Newspaper, January 4, 2015


There’s A Brouhaha In Tokyo Over Zaha Hadid’s Stadium Design “The debate illustrates how Olympic stadiums engender more passion than almost any other buildings, and how the massive, expensive public projects become potent symbols of architectural prowess and economic pride — structures in which countries invest nothing less than their national identities.” New York Times, January 4, 2015


Australia Returns Yet Another Stolen Statue To India “The NGA said a preliminary assessment had earmarked 54 ‘significant south Asian works’ for further investigation into how they ended up in the collection. It expected this work might take several years.” The Guardian, January 5, 2015

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