Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 20, 2015


Vancouver artists fight to protect a colourful piece of the city’s art history Port Metro’s scheduled demolition of a little blue cabin, situated in a region called home by decades of artists, including Malcolm Lowry, is bringing talented philanthropists out of the woodwork. Carole Itter and Al Neil are being evicted from their cabin in North Vancouver. Globe and Mail, January 20, 2015


Citizen Mol: A century after his birth, world-renowned artist’s work accessible across Winnipeg Like no other Winnipeg painter or sculptor, Leo Mol made this city his personal art gallery. His public works, gathered most prominently at Assiniboine Park’s Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, are embedded in the fabric of his adopted hometown in a way no other artists’ works are. It’s difficult to drive anywhere inside the Perimeter without passing his monuments, signature bronze sculptures, glorious stained glass windows or murals. Winnipeg Free Press, January 17, 2015


Martin print gets New York notice As an artist, Monique Martin is used to hearing “No, thanks.” That’s why her latest “Yes, please,” is so sweet. A piece by the Saskatoon artist was chosen from 2,000 entries to be part of an exhibition in New York. Her print sculpture Never-Ending is on display at the International Print Center New York as part of the New Prints Program, an exhibition series organized several times a year. Star Phoenix, January 20, 2015


Art centre poised for name change: AGOG anyone? Ever heard of the Art Gallery of Guelph? You may soon, with the proposed name change from Macdonald Stewart Art Centre that’s coming to fruition soon. City culture and tourism general manager Colleen Clack said she supports the change to better reflect the not-for-profit gallery’s role in Guelph. “Absolutely. It will make it more clear and accessible to members of the public,” Clack said Monday. Guelph Mercury, January 19, 2015


Douglas Coupland encourages public to decorate his face with gum – for art Toronto art lovers can leave their own sticky stamp on a Douglas Coupland sculpture by applying their chewed wads of gum to an unlikely canvas: his head. Times Colonist, January 19, 2015

New York

Jane Wilson, Artist of the Ethereal, Dies at 90 Ms. Wilson, a founding member of the Hansa Gallery artists’ cooperative, turned away from pure abstraction to pursue the natural and evanescent. New York Times, January 20, 2015

Dahesh Museum of Art, Homeless for 7 Years, Has a New Residence The Dahesh Museum of Art will display its collection of academic European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries at a townhouse on the Upper East Side. New York Times, January 20, 2015


MoMA to Sell a Monet in London Monet’s “Les Peupliers à Giverny” is estimated to sell for $13.8 million to $18.4 million; the proceeds will benefit the Museum of Modern Art’s acquisition fund. New York Times, January 13, 2015

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s wish-list from the British Museum grows Loans could number several hundred and go to the Gulf for extended stays. The Art Newspaper, January 20, 2015

Guggenheim’s new curator has Abu Dhabi satellite and ‘crisis in thinking’ in mind Works acquired under Sara Raza’s residency are due to travel to the Middle East and North Africa. The Art Newspaper, January 20, 2015


Guess what? 2014 was a record year at auction Christie’s on top again as contemporary art takes the biggest share—but Asia sales fall. The Art Newspaper, January 2, 2015

If Artworks Could Watch Us Watching Them “As museumgoers, we’re used to looking at art, but a new project from filmmaker and artist Masashi Kawamura inverses the traditional relationship of viewer to artwork. For his blog What They See, Kawamura has taken photographs from the perspectives of famous artworks, inviting us into their visual fields. We see what they would see – if they could see.” Hyperallergic, January 16, 2015

You Can See The World’s Greatest Stolen Artworks In One Place – Online “The virtual museum was designed to look just like a real one. The works hang on spare white walls, surrounded by ornate frames. An audio guide walks visitors through the halls. For Schneider, recreating the traditional museum environment was a chance to restore some dignity to these stolen works, which often just exist as thumbnail images on FBI and Interpol. Hyperallergic, January 16, 2015

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