Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 14, 2015


Lost Group of Seven collection finds new home at Vancouver gallery. Buried for more than four decades in a backyard in Thornhill, Ont., then kept for another 40 years or so in the home of Toronto art collectors, a cache of 10 works by Group of Seven founding member J.E.H. MacDonald has been rediscovered and donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Globe & Mail, January 14, 2015

Paintings by Group of Seven founder were buried in backyard for 30 years. Ten oil sketches by James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald, the founder of the iconic Group of Seven, will go on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery after being buried for more than 30 years. “We extend our sincere gratitude to the Merkur Family for this remarkable gesture of generosity.” Global News, January 14, 2015

Buried Group of Seven Paintings Brought to Light in Major Donation. Buried for more than 30 years, a group of oil sketches by Group of Seven painter J.E.H. MacDonald has resurfaced in a major donation to the Vancouver Art Gallery. In the 1930s the 10 paintings went, quite literally, underground: MacDonald and his son, Thoreau MacDonald, wrapped the paintings in layers of cellophane and tar paper, placed them in boxes and buried them in the backyard of their Toronto home. Canadian Art, January 14, 2015


Ruby Creek Art Gallery hopes surveillance footage will help recover carvings. The Ruby Creek Art Gallery in Aggasiz, B.C. is hoping surveillance footage will help recover two large salmon carvings stolen early Tuesday morning. CBC News, January 13, 2015


Artist’s Apperception opens at Vernon art gallery. The Vernon Public Art Gallery is about to open an exhibition of mixed media paintings produced by Victoria-based artist and educator Neil McClelland. The conceptual focus of the exhibition, Apperception, is centered on the notions of appropriation and reinterpretation of works of art and how they are presented in museum spaces.  Vernon Morning Star, January 14, 2015


City seeking public art for new downtown arena. The Edmonton Arts Council has issued its first calls for art for the new arena, with plans for works on three levels around the much-debated NHL rink. Edmonton Journal, January 13, 2015

Brandon, Manitoba

It took 15 years to solve the mystery of a dusty painting. Born in 1900 in Wales and trained at the Liverpool Art Institute, Norman Davies Williams moved to Canada in 1948. Quite why he picked Brandon, an isolated Manitoba outpost of fewer than 20,000 people, to pursue an artistic career was not explained. Nevertheless, for the next 14 years that was what he did. Toronto Star, January 14, 2015


Around Town: Cube Gallery hits 10 years. This year marks the 10th anniversary for Cube Gallery. Over the course of its history, the gallery has mounted 150 shows and hosted music and theatre events. Ottawa Citizen, January 13, 2015


‘I’ve got to get the head exactly right’: An interactive guide to Debbie Lawson’s beastly tapestries. The Scottish-born multimedia artist creates a variety of work — from a set of chairs dancing the can-can to wood panelling imbued with scenes of intimacy — but perhaps none quite so striking as her tapestries, full-size wall hangings to which Lawson has affixed the heads and sometimes full bodies of various fauna. National Post, January 15, 2014


ABOUT ART: By Janice Guinan – Mary Pratt’s work being featured at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. This March, Mary Pratt will celebrate her 80th birthday, shortly after a tour of her works representing the past 50 years ends. This retrospective exhibition simply titled “Mary Pratt” will finish its two-year tour in Halifax at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Feb. 25, 2015. Truro News, January 13, 2015

New York

MoMA Is Selling One Of Its Monets Sotheby’s will auction Les Peupliers à Giverny on Feb. 3; it’s currently expected to fetch between $13.8 million and $18.4 million. The auction house’s catalog says the painting is being sold to “benefit the acquisitions fund.” New York Times, January 13, 2015

Kehinde Wiley to Receive the US Department of State Medal of Arts New York-based portraitist Kehinde Wiley will be awarded the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts. Known for his flashy paintings that depict black men and women in the style of Old Master portraiture, Wiley is being honored for using his art to promote cultural diplomacy. ARTnews, January 13, 2015

Here Is the 2015 AIPAD Photography Show New York Exhibitor List From April 16 to April 19, the AIPAD Photography Show New York, the annual fair dedicated to photography and held by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, will return to the Park Avenue Armory for its 35th edition. ARTnews, January 14, 2015

United States

Statistical Shenanigans: AAMD Plays the Numbers on Admission Fees (so does Indianapolis Museum) In 2006, I complained that the “State of North America’s Art Museums” survey, which the Association of Art Museum Directors released annually from 2002 to 2011, was “frustratingly incomplete.” Fast-forward to Art Museums by the Numbers, a six-page infographic released by AAMD last week, which makes earlier AAMD surveys seem like a mathematical PhD theses. (You can see the 2011 survey here.) Culture Grrl (blog) January 12, 2015

Data: Number Of Arts Jobs Declining (But Americans Spending More On Culture) “In 2012, creative industries generated $698.7 billion in added value (total sales minus the cost of production), making up 3.8% of the US national GDP (more than the industries of construction, transportation, travel, tourism, or agriculture). The total US output for that year was $1.1 trillion.” Hyperallergic, January 12, 2015

Bristol, U.K.

Artist Richard Long to stage first show in his native Bristol in 15 years The silty water of the river Avon flowing a few yards from the front door of Bristol’s Arnolfini gallery is supplying some of the materials for works of art by Richard Long, the seminal land artist staging the first show in his native city in 15 years. The Guardian, January 14, 2015


Dulwich picture gallery challenges art lovers to spot the fake. The Dulwich picture gallery is to set the public, and any art critics with the nerve, a potentially mortifying challenge. The Guardian, January 12, 2015


Meet the ‘sleepwalking artist’ who can’t draw when he’s awake. Welsh artist Lee Hadwin has baffled sleep experts and can’t draw when he’s awake. Now a major exhibition of his work is opening in Croydon. The Independent, January 14, 2015


Appeal seeks to halt changes to gardens at Albert-Kahn Museum near Paris Campaigners claim Japanese style will dominate after construction of new building. The Art Newspaper, January 14, 2015


St Petersburg’s treasures travel to Spain Opening of State Russian Museum outpost in Malaga and Diaghilev show depends on the schedules of visiting dignitaries. The Art Newspaper, January 14, 2015


Just what do these art machines do? There are a few ways of defining an art machine: a machine that makes art (a kind of robot); a machine that enables you to make art (a kind of instrument); a machine that is itself art. Globe & Mail, January 11, 2015

The Arts Are An Impressive Economic Driver. Should We Be Worried That Demand For The Arts Is Falling? “For every dollar of increased spending on artworks, $1.98 of total economic output is created. In the case of museums, every new dollar of demand creates $1.76 of gains. On the jobs side, every new publishing job created (which includes arts management software) produces a whopping 3.5 additional jobs throughout the economy, while each additional professional artist produces an average 2.9 jobs.” Artnet, January 13, 2015

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