Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 23 – 26, 2015

Vancouver

A history of Vancouver squats The Neil-Itter cabin has been photographed or otherwise recorded by over 20 significant visual artists, including photographer Stan Douglas, and in 2010 Ken Lum created an installation for the Vancouver Art Gallery Off Site project consisting of small wooden models of cabins belonging to Lowry, Greenpeace founder Paul Spong and artist Tom Burrows. Vancouver Sun, January 24, 2015

Is The Icepick building hideous, or really just in the wrong place in Vancouver? There has been a lot said in the last couple of days about the proposed glass office tower at 555 West Cordova. Some, like my columnist colleague Pete McMartin, think the blowback on this design from architects, developer and former planners, is overwrought and involves a fair bit of purple prose. Vancouver Sun, January 22, 2015

Six things to do in Metro Vancouver on Monday, January 26 The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Unscrolled exhibit features three generations of Chinese artists who have been trained in both Western art history and Chinese tradition. Georgia Straight, January 26, 2015

Victoria

Robert Amos: Remembering Ted Harrison Ted Harrison is gone, but in his 88 years, he gave us much to remember. In hundreds of joyful paintings in his unique style, the uninflected colours he used seemed to shimmer and glow. Times Colonist, January 25, 2015

Gallery wants volunteers to reflects its art content A new project at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria promises to see the face of the institution better reflect the diversity of its art collection. Times Colonist, January 25, 2015

Calgary

Preview: AGA’s biennial show takes inspiration from hidden LRT station 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. Calgary Herald, January 23, 2015

Oh Canada! Oh Mini Van! What happens when a mini van that has been turned into a unique art installation doesn’t fit in your freight elevator? This van, part of Optic Nerve by Canadian Artist Kim Adams, was lifted by crane. Clagary Herald, January 23, 2015

Saskatoon

Move to Remai Modern more than a year away Expect more than a year to pass between the closing of the Mendel Art Gallery and the opening of its $100-million replacement. The Mendel will close its doors on June 7, according to Gregory Burke, executive director and CEO of the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. His current expectation for the new gallery to open is “late summer or early fall 2016,” he said. Star Phoenix, January 24, 2015

War rugs spark discussion, reflection The Mendel Art Gallery used its current exhibit of Afghan war rugs to foster discussion of…continues to produce – inspired by the trip. The rugs adorning the Mendel walls provided a perfect backdrop for the talks. Star Phoenix, January 25, 2015

Kingston

Charles Stankievech and the Art of Surveillance Jill Glessing reviews Charles Stankievech’s newest exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, which continues his encyclopedic approach to military architecture, technologies and intelligence. Canadian Art, January 22, 2015

Toronto

Niall McClelland content to just see what happens When you walk into a Niall McClelland show, you expect certain things: an unabashed love of rough materiality, an embrace of contingency, a beginning with no end. Hot Sauce, his new show at Clint Roenisch, doesn’t disappoint. Toronto Star, January 22, 2015
Villa Toronto overshadowed by the Great Hall of Union Station here certainly was a lot of excitement in advance of Villa Toronto’s arrival. Billed as an alternative of sorts to the commercial fair phenomenon that’s so defined the art world in the last 10 years, Villa, in concept at least, promised to “activate,” refresh and repurpose the Great Hall at the same time as it took art out of the art fair/gallery “ghetto” and “engaged” both passersby and art aficionados with a potpourri of video, installation pieces, sculpture and performance. Globe and Mail, January 22, 2015

Canada

News in Brief: Crowdfunding CAG, Artists Face Eviction, Ted Harrison and AGO Staff Change A roundup of recent art news from across Canada, including artists facing evictions, successful fundraisers and staff changes at the AGO. Canadian Art, January 23, 2015

Must-Sees This Week: January 22 to 28, 2015 Great exhibitions open across Canada this week. Here are our best bets. Canadian Art, January 22, 2015

Los Angeles

The Fall, And Rise, Of The Art Dealer In Red Flannel Shirts “Galleries are not easy propositions. It can be a juggling act of finding artists, installing shows and alerting the public. There are critics to contend with, the public’s fickle tastes and the endless fluctuations of the market. It’s no surprise that spaces come and go like the tides.” Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2015

San Diego

In San Diego, Art Is a Laughing Matter Today, the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art opens “Laugh-in,” a show featuring artists who incorporate comedic elements into their work. T Magazine, January 24, 2015

New York

Plans For Brooklyn Libraries Look Oddly – Almost Impossibly – Charming And Reasonable “There’s reason for skepticism. In 2007, the New York Public Library sold off its Donnell site in Midtown Manhattan for what now seems like a song. Library authorities also cooked up a scheme to pool resources and cash in on the property values of the Mid-Manhattan branch and a science library at 34th Street, consolidating both in the 42nd Street building by demolishing its historic stacks.” New York Times, January 26, 2015

Charleston

As Its Economy Grows, Charleston Is Torn Over Its Architectural Future The South Carolina city is struggling with its identity as a bastion of architectural beauty and the need for new buildings that satisfy traditionalists and modernists. New York Times, January 23, 2015

Cuba

Blurring Boundaries Between Art and Activism in Cuba The arrest of an artist in Cuba is a reminder of the limits of expression there. New York Times, January 23, 2015

London

Totem-pole – this Haida totem pole has been selected as the Guardian’s Masterpiece of the week.
The British Museum’s two totem poles, towering over its Great Court cafe, are masterpieces of Pacific Northwest Native American art and the work of the Haida people. With their complex layers of animal imagery and organic feel of living spirits released by the carver from the wood, they communicate a deep sense of interconnectedness with nature. The Guardian, January 23, 2015

London’s National Gallery Is Systematically Outsourcing Its Staff “A letter to staff from the director, Nicholas Penny, says all gallery services go out to tender in April, something no other national gallery or museum has done. That includes visitor services, school bookings, public information and even complaints.” The Guardian, January 21, 2015

Cardiff

Theaster Gates, Artes Mundi Recipient, to Share Prize money The Chicago-based artist accepted the $60,000 prize in Wales, and announced that he would share the winnings with the nine other nominees. New York Times, January 23, 2015

International

New Research Profiles Art Collectors Larry’s List has produced the most expansive research project about art collectors to date. We speak to the project’s co-founder about his findings. Canadian Art, January 26, 2015

Our Hidden Museum Masterpieces (And Why You Can’t See Them) “Having 5% of your national collection on show is something people find difficult to understand,” says British curator Jasper Sharp, who was the commissioner of the Austrian pavilion at the 2013 Venice Bienniale. Many art institutions are thus coming up with ways to show their stuff, so to speak. BBC, January 23, 2015

 

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