Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 7, 2015


Daphne Bramham: Susan Point an artist for the ages (with video). Susan Point is one of Vancouver’s highest profile and most prolific artists. Although she is primarily a carver with house posts in Stanley Park and a huge owl at the Vancouver International Airport, her Coast-Salish-inspired designs are also found on five stained glass windows in the Anglican cathedral, Vancouver police cars and even manhole covers. Vancouver Sun, January 5, 2015

Art this week: Architecture of the Ruin, Shadow Puppet and Eros and Thanatos. Exhibitions to see include: William Steinberg: Architecture of the Ruin at the Ferry Building Gallery, Carol Sawyer: Shadow Puppet at Republic Gallery, and Nomi Chi & Pandora Young: Eros and Thanatos at Hot Art Wet City.Vancouver Sun, January 7, 2015

Vancouver artist iHeart’s street mural ranked second most popular in world. Vancouver street artist iHeart’s mural has been rated the second most popular piece in the world. The British website Street Art News rated iHeart’s work titled Nobody likes me as its runner-up piece of street art for 2014. The Province, January 6, 2015


Saltspring offers $25,000 in national art prizes. The Salt Spring National Art Prize will provide $25,000 in awards every two years to artists who demonstrate originality, quality, integrity and creativity. Times Colonist, January 6, 2015


Robert Amos: Sleuthing paints picture of artists. I got my start as an art historian when Don Newell-Smith, then volunteer registrar of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria asked if I had seen a painting titled L’étoile, by Mary Riter Hamilton (1873-1954). Times Colonist, January 4, 2015


WAG lending Inuit art to Journey to Churchill exhibit. Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit will get some artistic flair, thanks to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg Free Press, January 7, 2015


Tiziana La Melia’s Winking References. Vancouver-based La Melia was the winner of the 2014 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, but painting is just one of the mediums she employs. First and foremost, she is a poet. At Mercer Union, she has created a stanzaic space, with artworks functioning as lines that can be ordered in different ways to create a haptic poem with many possible readings. Canadian Art, January 7, 2015


Glebe parking garage art to be made by Griffin, city says. Christopher Griffin has won a competition to create the public-art component of a new parking garage in the Glebe. It’s the second major public-art installation awarded by the City of Ottawa to Griffin in the past few months. The two projects echo one another in their natural themes and choice of materials. Ottawa Citizen, January 7, 2015

Los Angeles

Here Is the Exhibitor List for Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2015 The Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair, which runs January 29 through February 1, 2015, has announced the exhibitors for its sixth edition, and also which artists those galleries will be bringing. ARTnews, January 7, 2015

New York

Half a Million People Have Seen MoMA’s Matisse Cut-Outs Show The Museum of Modern Art in New York announced today that it would be extending its “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” exhibition to February 10 (that’s two days later than originally planned). The museum will also stay open until 8 p.m. ARTnews, January 7, 2015

Whatever Happened To Helmut Lang? Sculpture Happened “In 2005, the innovative designer walked away from fashion. Now, after quietly working for years on highly personal sculptures in the studio of his Long Island estate, he is making his debut at New York’s Sperone Westwater Gallery.” The Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2015


Smithsonian galleries release massive Asian art collection online for non-commercial use. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s national museums of Asian art in the US, have released their entire collections online. All art works are now available to anyone and everyone for both viewing and download for the foreseeable future. The Next Web, January 4, 2015


House Of The Artist Now Known As ‘Mr. Turner’ Saved For Restoration By A Last-Minute Grant “Turner, one of Britain’s greatest painters, designed the building as a retreat from his central London studio and as a permanent home for his elderly father, a retired wigmaker and barber, who looked after the house and garden.” BBC, January 7, 2015

Robert Fulford: Thanks to Mike Leigh’s film, master painter J.M.W. Turner is having a moment. Aside from being a film about art, Mr. Turner is a character study of a man who rarely speaks more than a sentence or two and does little to help us understand him. In a film of two and half hours Spall says nothing that could be classified as articulate. He plays the artist as an old grump but he’s a fascinating grump and not all that different from many artists, now or then. National Post, January 6, 2015

Sleeper Constable sketch back on the auction block with $2m-$3m estimate Recently sold for £3,500, the work has been authenticated as a study for the Tate’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows. The Art Newspaper, January 7, 2015

National Gallery: a crushingly dull documentary that lacks an eye for art. Rather than letting the paintings speak for themselves, Frederick Wiseman’s insipid and elitist documentary just gets in the way of the National Gallery’s treasures. The Guardian, January 6, 2015


Gunmen Storm Satirical French Newspaper And Kill 12 People, Including Cartoonists “A number of prominent editors and cartoonists [were] killed on Wednesday, including the cartoonists Stéphane Charbonnier, known as ‘Charb,’ and Jean Cabut, who signs his work ‘Cabu.’ He said that the cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac were also among the victims.” New York Times, January 7, 2015


Gay Tours Of The Vatican’s Museums (Yes, They’re Real) “Among the many ways that Pope Francis has changed the tone of the Vatican is with his seeming openness to groups that have long been shunned, from divorced Catholics to children of gay couples. His approach has inspire one Italian gay travel company, Quiiky, to look at the Vatican Museums’ vast art collections from a gay perspective.” New York Times, January 4, 2015

Hong Kong

The State of Hong Kong’s Art Scene With the Occupy movement, ‘the entire city is a work of art, and everyone is an artist’. ARTnews, January 6, 2015


Thirty Art-Writing Clichés To Ditch In The New Year Ben Davis: “It’s a new year, which is a fine excuse as any to ditch old bad habits. Here below, I have assembled a not-at-all exhaustive list of art-writing words that I could do without in 2015. I admit, I’ve been guilty myself of abusing some or all of them – but of course that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for.” Artnet, January 5, 2015

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