Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 9 – 12, 2015


The Mainstreeters brought a DIY ethic to Vancouver’s art sceneThey called themselves the Mainstreeters. They were Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt and Paul Wong. In the story that’s been told about Vancouver’s art scene, they’ve been largely overlooked. But now the working class art outsiders are being recognized in a new documentary and exhibition about the group’s development and evolution called Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 at Satellite Gallery. Vancouver sun, January 10, 2015

99 Problems with Vancouver Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Street Plaza. The defacto gathering place is fully of wood chips. Pave the damn thing already. Vancity Buzz, January 11, 2015


The Winnipeg Art Gallery designs a new showcase for Inuit art Architect Michael Maltzan’s new vision for the Winnipeg Art Gallery focuses on making Inuit culture. Globe and Mail, January 10, 2015


Appraising Picasso A deeper look at Saskatoon’s world class collection. Star Phoenix, January 10, 2015


Toronto commuters become gallery-goers for one week Villa Toronto, part of an international art roadshow, will fill the Great Hall of Union Station with great art. Toronto Star, January 9, 2015

Equal Parts: Melanie Gilligan’s People’s Art Melanie Gilligan continues her humorous, unsettling investigations into capitalism and its effects, turning her focus to technology and social ties. Canadian Art, January 9, 2015

Private Made Public: Rui Amaral Interview 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 8, 2015

Gordon Parks’ stunning portraits of racial segregation on view for first time Nicholas Metivier Gallery presents “Segregation Story,” never-before-seen photos from his groundbreaking 1956 photo essay. Toronto Star, January 9, 2015


World’s oldest known hockey stick tells a very Canadian tale the world’s oldest-known hockey stick isn’t much to look at – scarred, paint-flecked, just 105 centimetres tall with a long, curved blade, hewn about 180 years ago from a single piece of Nova Scotia sugar maple – but its significance is immense. Which is why the Gatineau-based museum announced with great fanfare Friday that it had acquired the artifact for its permanent collection for a heady $300,000. Globe and Mail, January 9, 2015


Show of the Week: Jack Bush

Jack Bush was a late-blooming artist. Though his retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada has plenty of mediocre work, it offers a generous, rounded portrait of the artist. Canadian Art, January 8, 2015

San Francisco

As San Francisco Booms, So Does its Gallery Scene As members of the newly well-heeled tech elite look to invest their money, the city’s small but thriving gallery scene is finding itself the recipient of their attention. T Magazine, January 8, 2015

New York

Tracing a World Awash in Lies The Chinese artist Sun Xun’s exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery reflects his simultaneous fascination with and distrust of history. New York Times, January 8, 2015

A Trans-Atlantic View of Modernism “Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950,” an ambitious reinstallation of art from the Met’s permanent collection, offers a view of modernism that is rare for New York museums. New York Times, January 8, 2015

Is MoMA’s Director Leaving For An Art Auction House? “Let’s face it, despite the perceived divide between working for ‘non-profit’ and ‘for-profit’ institutions, there are more similarities — perhaps especially in the art world — than most might want to admit.” Artnet, January 9, 2015

Black and White and Accessible All Over The Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition of 20th-century photography from the Walther Collection is enhanced by information tools that give it scope and depth. New York Times, January 8, 2015

Deaths of East Harlem’s Cultural Leaders Put a Legacy in Flux Fernando Salicrup is the fifth member of New York’s Puerto Rican artist-activist community to die in just over a year, raising questions about who will carry the mantle. New York Times, January 11, 2015

Going Mainstream on Their Own Terms Horace Poolaw’s photographs at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan show Native Americans inventively fusing past and present. New York Times, January 8, 2015

North America

What Keeps Art Museums Going? Private Money, Hands Down “The average museumgoer in the US, Canada, and Mexico spends $7.93 during her visit (the average museumgoer must not be in New York City), while the museum spends $53.17 on her, according to the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).” Hyperallergic, January 9, 2015


What’s Next For Thrice-Detained Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera? “For me, this is ‘Arte de Conducta’ — Behavior Art — and it’s a piece that is decided not by the artist but by a political condition. It was like a test to see how ready everyone was to create a new behavioral dynamic. Right now, people have an on/off button that they turn on and off when something like this happens. I wanted to change that reaction.” Los Angeles Times, January 10, 2015


How Bogota’s street artists became an international must-see scene 1 Street art is perhaps the dominant artistic medium in Colombia today. It lines underpasses and is splashed on big infrastructure projects around the capital. The artists operate in a twilight between illegal and tolerated; much of their work, like Vogel’s, is overtly political, an ever-shifting critique of a society that is changing almost as fast as the graffiti. Globe and Mail, January 9, 2015


The Cartoons Of Charlie Hebdo Were Firmly In The Long French Tradition Of Lampooning Religion “Anticlerical French thought traces its origins to rambunctious early Catholic practices such as Carnival, in which Christian morality was temporarily and gleefully suspended, as well as to Renaissance literary representations of priests as importunate louts.” The Wall Street Journal, January 9, 2015


Universities Own A Lot Of Art, And Students Need To Know More About It At Columbia, “the collection was established in the 1750s, when King George II donated silver to what was then called King’s College. Alumni, faculty and other benefactors have added to the troves, but there have been no major campaigns to solicit, research and repair art.” New York Times, January 8, 2015

The Art World Has To Ditch The Rich Russians “The great myth about the art world is that it is loaded with money. It is, of course, but only at the top end. Collectors, successful dealers and some artists are rich. Yet around this elite, and servicing it, is a constellation of magazines, books, critics and websites, curators and exhibitions that is not so profitable.” The Guardian, January 11, 2015

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