Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 16-19, 2015


Seven things to do in Metro Vancouver on Monday, January 19 – The Vancouver Art Gallery hosts an exhibition that explores the works of Canadian artists Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie. Georgia Straight, January 18, 2015

Algoma works part of Group of Seven donation. Rare oil sketches done in Algoma District by a Group of Seven member will finally be publicly displayed this fall. Toronto-based collectors Ephry and Melvin Merkur donated 10 oil works by J.E.H. MacDonald to Vancouver Art Gallery. They were unveiled last week. Sault Star, January 18, 2015

Group of Seven works buried in Thornhill for 30 years The Vancouver Art Gallery on Thursday unveiled a major donation of newly discovered oil paintings by James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald (1873 – 1932)—modernist painter and founding member of the iconic Group of Seven. Buried in a Thornhill backyard for over three decades—and unseen by the public for another 40 years — the rare collection of 10 oil sketches has been donated to the gallery by Toronto collectors Ephry and Melvin Merkur. Waterloo Record, January 17, 2015

On Robson St., never mind pedestrian friendly – let’s really get creative The portion of perfectly fine navigable roadway between the Vancouver Art Gallery and Arthur Erickson’s famous Law Courts will be closed for yet another summer to accommodate a pedestrian-friendly and no-doubt whimsical expression of our collective hatred of the automobile and our commitment to sitting around drinking coffee and checking our phones. Globe and Mail, January 16, 2015

Vancouver Island

Ted Harrison, famous for paintings of Canadian North, dies at 88 conic Canadian artist Ted Harrison, famous for his brightly coloured and whimsical depictions of Yukon and the B.C. coast, died Friday morning in Victoria at 88. A resident since 1993, his health had been failing for some time, friends said. Vancouver Sun, January 16, 2015

Island printmakers’ work stands test of time In the mid-1970s, Victoria’s Nicholas Tuele visited artist Sybil Andrews at her Campbell River home. Tuele says he was “blown over” by the English-born printmaker’s work, which lined the studio of the seaside cottage. During their conversation, Andrews surprised Tuele by offering him the entire room of artworks at a rock-bottom price. “She just said, maybe facetiously: ‘Nick, you should buy all of this and all I want is $5,000,’ ” he said this week. It would have the bargain of the century. Times Colonist, January 16, 2015

Robert Amos: Readers respond on Island artists Recently, I wrote about my work in search of the local artists of the past. The resulting column brought more than the usual array of responses, and I will share some of them with you. Times Colonist, January 16, 2015

Lake Louise

The magic of ice comes to Lake Louise The Wonders of the World have come to the frozen shores of Lake Louise. The annual Ice Magic Festival came to the lake for the 21st time, opening with the three-day International Ice Carving Competition at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Calgary Herald, January 17, 2015


Alex Colville tops as AGO’s best-attended Canadian exhibition As one of North America’s largest cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of Ontario has had some extremely well-attended exhibitions over its 115-year history. The blockbuster Treasures of Tutankhamun in 1979, for instance, drew an astonishing 750,000 visitors during a two-month run, still the Toronto gallery’s all-time top draw. Globe and Mail, January 17, 2015

Villa Toronto brings art to the heart of Union Station The dividing line between art and life always has been more wavering and smudged than firm and fixed. The past 100 years, especially, are strewn with projects that have striven to make art a part of life and not just commentary on it, or an interpretation or an enhancement or a consolation. Globe and Mail, January 15, 2015


Haggo: When artists look at themselves A selfie is a self-portrait. And it’s more than 4,000 years old. This is Me, This is Also Me, an exhibition at McMaster Museum of Art, invites us to come face to face with self-portraits from about a dozen artists working mostly in the 20th century. Hamilton Spectator, January 17, 2015

Los Angeles

Milton Hebald, 97, Little-Known But Ubiquitous Sculptor Most art lovers won’t recognize the name Milton Hebald. But it’s safe to assume that tens of millions of people have seen his work: sculptures, installed in prominent public places in Los Angeles and New York City, that include a monumental display of the 12 signs of the Zodiac that stood for decades at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2015

Museums in Los Angeles find expert partners across South America Pacific Standard Time’s second edition is a catalyst for ambitious international collaboration. The Art Newspaper, January 19, 2015


Houston’s Museum Of Fine Arts Plans $450M Expansion Steven Holl Architects “has re-imagined the campus’ north side as a pedestrian-friendly cultural hub with a lively landscape, two distinctive new buildings, ample underground parking and smooth circulation patterns for vehicles and people.” Houston Chronicle, January 13, 2015

Corning, New York

Corning’s glass museum acquires contemporary works for new wing Fred Wilson’s Othello-inspired chandelier among pieces to go on show. The Art Newspaper, January 19, 2015

New York

Neue Galerie Extends Schiele Exhibition It was to have closed on Jan. 19 but has now been extended three months, to be on view through April 20. New York Times, January 15, 2015

‘David Weiss: Works, 1968-1979’ This exhibition focuses on the solo efforts of David Weiss, half of the Swiss art duo Fischli/Weiss. New York Times, January 15, 2015

Coming to the Met’s Rooftop: A Pierre Huyghe Installation The French conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe has been asked to create an installation for the roof of the Met. New York Times, January 15, 2015

1974 | After Showing an Image of the Prophet, The Times Apologized David W. Dunlap looks back at a note from Times editors that apologized for printing an image of the Prophet Muhammad. New York Times, January 15, 2015

54 Miles And 5 Cameras The New-York Historical Society is about to present images of the civil rights march to Montgomery captured by someone who was actually there. New York Times, January 17, 2015

A Win for Sotheby’s in Dispute Over Painting A British judge ruled last week that Sotheby’s had not been negligent in the case of a painting that the auction house sold for much less than it was worth. New York Times, January 18, 2015


Olafur Eliasson Tries To Capture In Pigments Every Point On The Light Spectrum And he’s named the project after J.M.W. Turner, whom he sees as a forerunner in the endeavor. Hyperallergic, January 15, 2015


Trial of Medieval manuscript theft due to start next week More than 60 witnesses, including senior clergy, are schedule to testify in the case of the Codex Calixtinus. The Art Newspaper, January 16, 2015


The other Gurlitt: the dealer cherished by ‘degenerate’ artists and Nazis alike Discovery of Hildebrand Gurlitt’s Nazi-confiscated art hoard caused a scandal. His cousin Wolfgang’s story is less well known, but asks troubling questions of collections across the world. The Art Newspaper, January 16, 2015

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