Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 27, 2015


PuSh Festival Vancouver Brings The Performing Arts To Life The Experience Spheres will be installed at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE party on January 30, as well as a variety of outdoor locations. Huffington Post Canada, January 27, 2015


Questionnaire: Chris Cran Calgary-based artist Chris Cran selected works for “It’s My Vault,” the current exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art. Canadian Art, January 27, 2015


Future Station: Art awaiting recognition at the Alberta Biennial Underneath downtown Edmonton, just northeast of the Art Gallery of Alberta, a roughed-in transit stop sits, unfinished – but not forgotten. Future Station, as it’s called, attracted the attention of Kristy Trinier, a curator at the gallery, as she was planning the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. Globe and Mail, January 23, 2015

Bird sculptures from unwanted material take flight Allison Service is working on an art installation she hopes will attract flocks of visitors this week to the Shaw Conference Centre. Service is hanging sculptures of all 112 Edmonton winter bird species during the Winter Cities Shake-Up conference. Edmonton Journal, January 25, 2015

Edmonton architect elected to lead Royal Institute Sam Oboh was elected president for a one-year term and formally invested Friday. He worked for IBI Group and Kasian Architecture before becoming regional manager with the federal department of public works. In private practice, he worked on the southeast police station and the Alberta legislature redevelopment master plan. Edmonton Journal, January 25, 2015


Concerns raised over year with no gallery Saskatoon city councillors expressed concerns on Monday about the plan to have no art gallery in the city for a year. The Mendel Art Gallery, located on the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River since 1964, is slated to close a year before the new $99.7-million Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan opens its doors. Star Phoenix, January 27, 2015


A DIY Printing Studio, Two Exhibitions for Douglas Coupland and More from the Art Calendar Douglas Coupland’s “Harris No. 11, Green Mountain” (2011), on view at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto through April 19. New York Times, January 27, 2015

Genizot: This tiny ROM show packs the punch of an exhibition 10 times its size It takes a bit of effort to locate Genizot: Repositories of Memory at the Royal Ontario Museum. It’s a small, temporary show by Toronto illustrator/painter/writer Bernice Eisenstein, tucked into a third-floor roomette just across from a display of medieval armour and hockey gear, near the entrance to the Weinberg Judaica Collection and Bernard and Sylvia Ostry’s collection of art-deco masterpieces. Globe and Mail, January 25, 2015

Glamour (and Marilyn) as its own best critique at Ryerson’s new photo exhibit 0 Burn with Desire: Photography and Glamour and Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women is at the Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., Toronto, through Apr. 5. Admission is free. Globe and Mail, January 23, 2015


Big Beat: Andrew Wright’s mind-messing photographs What: Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once, new works by Andrew Wright When & where: to May 10 at the Ottawa Art Gallery So, now I know what it’s like to be on the set of Breaking Bad. Ottawa Citizen, January 23, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Considers Opening A London Outpost “The institution announced today that it is considering opening an exhibition space in east London’s planned cultural quarter in Olympic Park. The 40,000-sq.-foot gallery would feature rotating and permanent exhibitions drawn from across the Smithsonian’s collection of 138 million objects, which range from Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz to the space shuttle Discovery.” The Art Newspaper, January 27, 2015

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Toller Cranston , Canadian figure skating legend, dead at 65 Toller Cranston, a larger-than-life star on and off the ice who helped revolutionized the sport, died at his home in Mexico from an apparent heart attack, a Skate Canada spokesperson said Saturday. National Post, January 25, 2015


UK Museums Are Hiding Away Artworks Depicting Muhammad “The Victoria and Albert museum has attempted to conceal its ownership of a devotional image of the prophet Muhammad, citing security concerns, in what is part of a wider pattern of apparent self-censorship by British institutions that scholars fear could undermine public understanding of Islamic art and the diversity of Muslim traditions.” The Guardian, January 24, 2015


Dozens Of Artworks Missing From Irish Parliament Feared Stolen “There are concerns that some may have been stolen. It is feared that others may have been moved amid the upheaval within Leinster House following the largest ever changeover of TDs following the 2011 General Election.” Independent on Sunday, January 25, 2015


Henri Matisse – The Lost Interview “On August 5th 1946, two years after Paris was liberated from the Germans, a young American soldier named Jerome Seckler visited Henri Matisse. … Until now this interview has never been published. Design Observer, January 22, 2015


Singapore Art Week stresses the Southeast Asian hub’s cultural and artistic diversity Multi-media and multi-culturalism is the norm in a country known for its ethnic mix. The Art Newspaper, January 27, 2015


Old Master Paintings Are Almost Cheap These Days “That $3 million Caravaggio is looking like a bargain compared to an $81.9 million Andy Warhol.” Bloomberg, January 26, 2015


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