Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 22, 2015

Vancouver

Art from the Archive: The first Vancouver Art Gallery. The first Vancouver Art Gallery was a gem of building. Made out of poured concrete in an art deco style, it was a modest two storeys in height with a basement. Vancouver Sun, Art Seen (This is the first blog post in a series Kevin Griffin calls Art from the Archive. It will be based on historic photographs from the archive of The Vancouver Sun or The Province), January 21, 2014

Vancouver artists selected for field house residencies. Artists starting studio residencies this year in nine cottages formerly occupied by park caretakers include Iris Film Collective, Vancouver Society of Storytelling, and Mr. Fire-Man (David Gorman), Publik Secrets, a group of musicians, fabricators and visual artists, will take up residence in Hadden Park, the Vancouver B Movie Factory will be in Moberly Park, and the Oak Park field house will host chART: Public Art Marpole, a research partnership between the Marpole community and Cameron Cartiere of Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Georgia Straight, January 19, 2015

The Georgia Straight guide to PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2015. In our preview of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, dance meets home science experiments, circus takes a new twist, and a stage turns split-screen. Georgia Straight, January 21, 2015

Penticton

Art gallery calls for steamy submissions. The Penticton Art Gallery is looking for artists interested in submitting pieces for two upcoming exhibits revolving around the role of steam in Penticton’s history. The exhibitions will coincide with Steamfest, a project spearheaded by the Penticton Museum and Archives in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Kettle Valley Railway. Penticton Western News, January 21, 2015

Edmonton

Preview: AGA’s biennial show takes inspiration from hidden LRT station. [with video]. The distance we’ve come is just the beginning, according to the magnificent, sometimes unnerving and political collection in the Art Gallery of Alberta’s 2015 contemporary art biennial. Edmonton Journal, January 22, 2015

Winnipeg

Art gallery on frozen Red River targeted by vandals. The show must go on, say a group of artists whose art gallery on The Fork’s Red River ice trail was vandalized overnight. The Chris and Kine Artist Collective’s solar-powered, York boat-shaped gallery will feature works by Sarah Neville, Chris Fredrickson, Anna Frances Robinson and Christopher Janes. Winnipeg Free Press, January 21, 2015

Toronto

Douglas Coupland is about to be everywhere. Before his Toronto residency begins with the opening of his first major retrospective everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art on January 31, there are several opportunities to see the Canadian provocateur’s work in some alternative places. NowToronto, January 21, 2014

Vivian Maier Negatives Come to Canada. The US-Canada border is the newest player in the ongoing story of Vivian Maier. On December 17, 2014, Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto acquired approximately 17,500 black-and-white negatives taken by the posthumously discovered street photographer from collector Jeffrey Goldstein. Canadian Art, January 22, 2015

Art happens beyond downtown, North York gallery shows. The folks at North York Arts (NYA) are reminding residents that culture happens beyond downtown and are inviting everyone to a new exhibit at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The Default Programming art exhibit, on now, features the works of 11 artists from a Toronto-based arts collective called YYZ. Inside Toronto, January 21, 2015

Local artist Daniel Rotsztain draws all 99 Toronto libraries. From the end of August to October, 25-year-old artist and geographer Daniel Rotsztain boarded buses, trains, streetcars and his bike with an inky pen in hand and plenty of paper. His goal was to capture the city’s bastions of books by drawing each one of them in a “homey, but blue print style… “It’s a love letter to the library,” he told the Star. Toronto Star, January 22, 2015

Canada

Two Things The Canada Council Needs To Do To Make Its Arts Funding More Relevant “One is to start devoting as much energy to engaging Canadians in the arts as it does to helping art get made, a direction that is becoming politically important in a democratic culture where the barriers (and even the distinction) between consumer and producer are breaking down. The other is figuring out how to channel funding to younger artists without destroying the achievements of the previous generation. Globe and Mail, January 21, 2015

New York

Big Pictures With Little People Works by the German photographer Thomas Struth at the Metropolitan Museum of Art look at the interplay of people, place and art. The New York Times, January 22, 2015

Met’s $250m bond offering to fund expansion Moody’s gives museum’s debt a AAA rating due to “favorable cash flow” The Art Newspaper, January 21, 2015

Bronx Museum Plans Ambitious Art Exchange With Cuba The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana plan a major exchange of art that reflects a running conversation about their overlapping interests. The New York Times, January 21, 2015

Rancagua, Chile

Chile To (Finally) Build Gaudí’s Only Project Outside Of Spain “The project originated in 1922 through a series of letters exchanged between Gaudí and Chilean Franciscan Friar Angélico Aranda, who asked Gaudí to design a chapel for Chile.” The actual design, it turns out, is sort of an outtake from the plans for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. ArchDaily, January 20, 2015

London

Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas accepts Turbine Hall commission. The Mexican conceptual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas is to follow in the footsteps of Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei by taking on one of the most prestigious contemporary art commissions – filling Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The Guardian, January 22, 2015

The Tate should take BP’s money—and ask for more Protests about the gallery’s lack of transparency over its sponsorship miss the point. The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2015

Stratford-upon-Avon

Archaeologists shake off their shovels at Bard’s last home Public invited to watch as dig resumes in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2015

Mons, Belgium

Van Gogh the preacher? New show to explore artist’s life before painting. This summer the Grand-Place in the Belgian city of Mons will be transformed into a blaze of yellow, a field of 7,500 sunflowers celebrating the city’s turn as European capital of culture, and the peculiar man who spent 18 months living in the area and failing at yet another chosen career. The Guardian, January 22, 2015

Van Gogh’s Belgian beginnings Mons’s year as a European Capital of Culture opens with the first of many shows marking the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death. The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2015

Paris

Click here to enlarge: Paris’s Modern art museum to grow its photo holdings The Musée d’art moderne is the first in France to establish a patrons group for the medium. The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2015

Barcelona

Battle Over Artworks Pits a City Against Disinherited Daughters Barcelona officials claim the daughters of an industrialist who bequeathed his mansion to his native city covertly removed much of their father’s art collection from the property. The New York Times, January 21, 2015

Madrid

Trial Begins Over Theft Of Priceless Santiago De Compostela Manuscript A laid-off electrician at the Spanish city’s cathedral is accused of having stolen the 12th-century Codex Calixtinus, considered the world’s first tourist guide (for pilgrims to Compostela) and one of the most important surviving sources for medieval music. The manuscript was stolen in 2011 and was found (along with other manuscripts and €1.2 million in cash) in the electrician’s garage the following year. The Guardian, January 19, 2015

Athens

Robert Fulford: The marble mouth debate over who really owns ancient Athens’ classics. In Greece, the marbles never cease to make news. Recently the British Museum lent a magnificent Parthenon sculpture, the one depicting the river-god Ilissos, to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Greek politicians, who believe it’s bad enough that the marbles have been in London for more than two centuries, made it clear that lending one of them was going too far. National Post, January 20, 2015

Berlin

David Chipperfield promises to keep ‘as much Mies as possible’ at Neue Nationalgalerie Cost of Berlin project estimated at €101m, while proposed museum of Modern art will be double (Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie is being refurbished) The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2015

Pompeii

Here Are The Artifacts Tourists Have Stolen From Pompeii In recent years hundreds of objects have been sent back to Pompeii in envelopes and packages, often accompanied by letters of apology. “There is a colourful legend that says that those who steal from Pompeii will be persecuted by bad luck.” The Art Newspaper, January 21, 2015

Singapore

Cleopatra show to open Pinacothèque de Paris’s new Singapore outpost For-profit museum to put on populist ticketed exhibitions, as well as free heritage displays, in redeveloped Fort Canning building. The Art Newspaper, January 22, 2015

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