Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 6, 2015

North Vancouver

Rogers Communications donates $125000 to Presentation … Rogers Communications is donating $125,000 to Presentation House Gallery to create the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Commission. Presentation House Gallery is the only gallery in Western Canada dedicated to photography with an emphasis on contemporary Canadian work. The donation will allow the Gallery to select an artist from the graduating class of post-secondary institutions in Vancouver to produce a significant piece to be featured in a Presentation House Gallery exhibition. CNW Newswire, December 22, 2014

Calgary

Airports as art galleries – YYC and ANC Richard White takes his Everyday Tourist on a public art exploration through airports in Calgary and Anchorage. Galleries West, January 2, 2015

Winnipeg

Seema Hollenberg from NGC appointed Head of Curatorial at WAG After a national search, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has announced the appointment of Seema Hollenberg as Head of Curatorial. Galleries West, December 21, 2014

Toronto

Private Collections Made Public: An Interview with Rui Amaral Rui Amaral, program director of Scrap Metal, talks about privately funded, non-commercial art spaces, curating collections and the gallery’s future. Canadian Art, January 6, 2015

A sculpture exhibit with legs: thousands of them Claire Twomey has been building an installation of 3,000 miniature porcelain figurines at the Gardiner Museum since October. On Jan. 4, she’ll give them all away. Toronto Star, December 19, 2014

Art Spiegelman at the AGO, and the weighty shadow of Maus Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective is an exhibition of gripping work, but comic books don’t necessarily translate to galleries. Globe and Mail, December 19, 2014

Cape Breton

Painter Jacques Hurtubise remembered as inspiration – CBC Nova Scotia-based painter Jacques Hurtubise died on Saturday at age 75 at his home near Inverness, in Cape Breton. Hurtubise was born in Montreal, but lived and worked in Nova Scotia for more than 30 years. CBC, December 30, 2014

Canada

Great Jobs for Art-School Graduates Art-school graduates are finding great careers in a variety of fields, and creating their own jobs. We profile the paths of seven recent graduates. Canadian Art, January 5, 2015

Seattle

Seattle Art Museum Will Receive Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection The Seattle Art Museum announced in a release today that it will soon receive the collection of Virginia and Bagley Wright, which contains over 200 works by artists like “Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, and sculptures by David Smith. ARTnews, January 5, 2015

Detroit

Detroit Institute Of Art Hits Its “Grand Bargain” Number “DIA board chair Gene Gargaro said Monday that he reported to Gov. Rick Snyder at the end of December that the museum had reached the present-value equivalent of its pledge to raise $100 million over 20 years.” Detroit Free Press, January 5, 2015

Pittsburgh

Andy Warhol Foundation Finishes Spree Of Art Giveaways “The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts said it has finished one of the biggest art giveaways of all time, sending the remaining contents of what rocker Lou Reed once dubbed ‘Andy’s Chest’ to museums and colleges and universities in 48 states and 10 foreign countries.” Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2015

Arkansas

Christo May Get His Arkansas River Project After All “Members of Rags Over the Arkansas River, also known as Roar, filed the lawsuit, contending the project threatens bighorn sheep, public safety, traffic on US 50 and businesses that depend on the scenic river.” The Guardian, January 4, 2015

New York

Former director of Barnes Foundation heads to Christie’s Impressionist and Modern art department Derek Gillman’s appointment comes in the midst of a management shake-up at the auction house. The Art Newspaper, January 6, 2015

Is This Man The Satan Of The Art World? “In exchange for extraordinary support, Stefan Simchowitz asked not for his artists’ souls but for their art, a deal that many of his protégés lived to regret.” New York Times Magazine, January 4, 2015

London

National Portrait Gallery lures Met curator back to London Nicholas Cullinan to become second youngest director of one of Britain’s most prestigious institutions. The Art Newspaper, January 6, 2015

Paris

What Have the French Thought of the Jeff Koons Retrospective? At the end of November, Jeff Koons’s impressive Whitney Museum retrospective travelled to Paris’s Centre Pompidou, and the reviews are in! American reviewers were not across-the-board positive, for sure, but it seems the often-fussy French are put off. ARTnews, January 5, 2015

Vienna

Archival Anomaly: An Interview with Gareth Long Canadian artist Gareth Long talks with David Balzer about his Vienna exhibition “Kidnappers Foil,” and the strange case of filmmaker/huckster Melton Barker. Canadian Art, January 2, 2015

Athens

Greece balks on art loan after Parthenon Marbles row British Museum still waiting to hear on its request for a sculpture from Athens (Antonis Samaras, the Greek prime minister, described the loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the Hermitage in St Petersburg as “an affront to the Greek people”. Photo: AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) The Art Newspaper, January 6, 2015

International

For Andy Warhol, 2015 brings more fame Get ready for a Warhol wave in 2015, and not just at auction. About 40 exhibitions of that artist’s work – much of it previously unseen by the public – will be flooding university art museums and institutions. Globe and Mail, January 5, 2015

Skate’s Reports: 2014 Was the Worst Year for Global Art Industry Stocks 2014 was the worst year for the global art industry companies tracked by Skate’s Art Stock Index (SASI) since 2005. SASI tracks 16 listed companies that derive most of their business from servicing the art market, collectors and/or artists. ARTnews, January 5, 2015

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