Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 28, 2015


SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week. “Fuse is back at the VAG… There’s something sort of magical about wandering an art gallery after hours, particularly when one is permitted to enjoy a glass of adult refreshment!” Other events include tours at Audain Gallery, the Satellite Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery. Scout Magazine, January 27, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery launches its first Google Art Project with Douglas Coupland. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s critically acclaimed and enormously popular exhibition Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is now available for the first time to audience from around the world through Google Art Project. Wire Service, January 28, 2015

Ahmad Tabrizi’s Crossed digs into loss and expression. The language of exile, the condition of loss, and the adaptive nature of creative expression are themes that suffuse Ahmad Tabrizi’s mixed-media exhibition Crossed (at grunt gallery). Georgia Straight, January 23, 2015


Langley artist’s work to hang in Manhattan’s Limner Gallery. Gina Kling’s artwork has been displayed in some of B.C.’s most prestigious galleries — from Granville Island to White Rock to Fort Langley. But on Jan. 29, the Langley painter’s curriculum vitae will be taken to a whole other level, when her work is fixed to a wall in New York City’s Limner Gallery. Langley Times, January 27, 2015


Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time debuts at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Opening February 7, 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time is the first-ever retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada and will feature over 80 major paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America. Canadian Architect, January 26, 2015

Funny business happening at Ontario’s art gallery. The “What’s So Funny?” exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario lacked many things, including art pieces. The AGO’s website claims to feature over 1,100 works donated to them by the Trier-Fodor Foundation, but apparently only had six of them on display. The Medium, January 26, 2015


Canadians Value Companies that Support the Arts Results of Business for the Arts’ 2014 Research Initiative. As the report’s title indicates, one of the key findings of this presentation of ongoing research is that many Canadians look favourably on companies that support the arts. A public survey found that 52% of respondents “feel more favourably towards businesses that support arts and culture”. Hill Strategies Research, January 28, 2015

New York

Kehinde Wiley Puts a Classical Spin on His Contemporary Subjects The painter Kehinde Wiley, the subject of a coming Brooklyn Museum retrospective, puts a classical spin on his contemporary subjects. New York Times, January 28, 2015

Sotheby’s to Raise Buyer’s Premiums On February 1, Sotheby’s will raise its buyer’s premiums, according to an 8-K Securities and Exchange Commission form filed yesterday. The form reads: Effective February 1, 2015, Sotheby’s (the “Company”) will enact a new buyer’s premium rate structure. ARTnews, January 27, 2015

United States

Wanted: a new generation of Monuments Men for US army Curators, art historians and museum directors sought to provide expert advice in combat zones. The Art Newspaper, January 28, 2015


Looks Like The Tate Gave Itself To BP For Cheap The (40% state-funded) group of museums, having lost its years-long battle against environmental activists demanding disclosure, revealed how much it has been receiving in sponsorship money from the petroleum giant over the past 17 years. The amount has been described in press headlines as “surprisingly low”, “embarrassingly small”, and “laughably small”. The Guardian, January 26, 2015


Thirty years on, the great film that liberated artists to explore the Holocaust On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish artists share how Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour epic has inspired them to create new narratives of the terrible events. The Art Newspaper, January 27, 2015


Can Pamplona’s New Museum Make It A Destination For More Than The Running Of The Bulls? “If the architecture of the new gallery is not as eye-catching as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim, the collection is more impressive, in particular the photographic archive that goes back to the dawn of photography as an art form. It also features works by Rothko, Tàpies, Picasso and Kandinsky.” The Guardian, January 24, 2015


Newfoundland Officially Accepted into Venice Biennale. Organizers of the 2015 Venice Biennale have officially accepted Newfoundland and Labrador’s proposed exhibition for the event, developed by the Terra Nova Art Foundation. The show, “Under the Surface,” will go on view in Venice as a collateral exhibition to the Biennale’s main programming from May 9 to November 22, 201 Canadian Art, January 28, 2015

Middle East

‘No one group has done more to put our heritage at risk than Islamic State’ International cooperation is key to shrinking the market for looted art from the Middle East. The Art Newspaper, January 28, 2015


King Tut’s Beard Disaster: Conservation Chief Demoted To The Royal Stables “Last week, her duties included the conservation of one of the world’s most important collection of artefacts, including Tutankhamun’s fabled death mask and jewellery, as well as hundreds of ancient mummies, tombs and statues. From now on her role will be limited to overseeing the contents of Egypt’s royal stables.” The Guardian, January 27, 2015


UAE announces group show with 14 artists for its Venice pavilion Some will also be participating in the Sharjah Biennial . The Art Newspaper, January 27, 2015

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