Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 29, 2015


FUSE x PuSh party at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This weekend’s FUSE x PuSh party at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers the usual cool cornucopia of artistic sights and sounds, this time with a generous dose of help from the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Among them is one of the hottest new interdisciplinary troupes in town. Georgia Straight, January 28, 2015

The Scout List: Built City lecture, The Operators concert and vintage finds Fuse: Fuse is back at the VAG. The official skinny: “Chinese contemporary art in Unscrolled and the legacy of Emily Carr in Landon Mackenzie’s Wood Chopper and the Monkey. Globe and Mail, January 28, 2015

Douglas Coupland Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibit Can Be Toured On Google Street View. Douglas Coupland’s exhibit “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” may no longer be showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), but you can now tour it on your computer. Huffington Post, January 29, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery and Google create virtual Douglas Coupland exhibit – There’s no need to worry if you missed Douglas Coupland’s wildly popular exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery this summer – all you need to do is Google it. For the first time, the Google Street View team brought its cameras to the gallery and, after months of behind-the-scenes digitizing works, has posted an online, 360-degree tour of the exhibit titled “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.” Metro, January 28, 2015

Art from the Archive: the casual gallerist with a cigarette & a Mark Tobey I love the expression on gallerist Jytte Allen’s face: doesn’t she look slightly bemused at being asked to stand next to a painting by Mark Tobey for a photograph? She’s also got her right hand touching the frame. I can imagine the photographer Dan Scott asking her to touch the edge to make a connection between herself and the painting. Maybe she found that amusing too. And then there’s the cigarette. She’s holding it between her index finger and middle finger. It makes her look like an experienced smoker. Vancouver Sun (Blog), January 28, 2015

Art this week: Chinese paintings, crochet in the abstract, Close Listening. Openings this week include: Visualizing a Culture for Strangers at Burnaby Art Gallery, Angela Teng: Gentle Groove at Wil Aballe Projects and Eli Bornowsky, Jeremy Hof, Monique Mouton, Jinny Yu: Close Listening at the Richmond Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, January 28, 2015

Wil Aballe’s new gallery reinforces eastward trend of Vancouver’s arts scene. The Vancouver art scene is shifting a further east today with the opening of Wil Aballe Art Projects. Vancouver Sun, January 29, 2015


Photographer George Webber captures remnant of Alberta’s industrial history with Turner Valley exhibit. It was built for work, not beauty. But George Webber tends to find beauty in interesting places. The Turner Valley Gas Plant, for instance, was ‘catnip’ for him, offering a fascinating glimpse of Alberta’s heady industrial past. Calgary Herald, January 28, 2015


Douglas Coupland: An author turned artist with no turning back. “Amber? Any sign of the tusk?” says Douglas Coupland hopefully, striding with clear purpose toward a packing crate stuffed with cardboard boxes of various shapes and sizes. Toronto Star, January 29, 2015

20 years since ‘Microserfs,’ Douglas Coupland sees technology as great connector. “‘Microserfs’ for me was about injecting art. I mean, there’s all these weird experimental text pages and numbers,” Coupland said during a recent interview in Toronto, where his art exhibit “everywhere is anywhere is everything is anything” opens Saturday at the Royal Ontario Museum and Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art. Times Colonist, January 29, 2015

Review: Signs of Self-Reflection. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde writes, “All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.” Wilde would be at risk in Toronto this month. During the past two weeks, in a strange moment of symbiosis, two exhibitions with nearly identical themes opened: “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign” at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre, and “Signs and Symbols” at Jessica Bradley Gallery. Canadian Art, January 28, 2015


Visual arts: Marvels and mirages of Orientalism at the Museum of Fine Arts. One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was one of the best-known artists in France. Collectors came to his studio to buy paintings of an exotic, medieval paradise where men ruled and women existed to please them. Montreal Gazette, January 29, 2015


I want to be a museum curator. What will my salary be? According to Moira McCaffrey, the executive director of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, the salary for museum curators ranges from “shockingly high” to “shockingly low,” and depends on a wide range of factors, including the location, size and financial well-being of the organization, as well as the curator’s educational background, experience and level of responsibility. Globe & Mail, January 29, 2015


Artist Shows Us All How Not To Respond To A Negative Review Loris Gréaud decided to tell everyone who’d listen that Lauren Smart, arts editor at the Dallas Observer, needs to get laid. Dallas Observer, January 25, 2015

New York

Zaha Hadid Settles Defamation Lawsuit Against NY Review Of Books “After a five-month legal battle, [the] London-based architect … has withdrawn a lawsuit regarding defamatory comments made about her attitude to migrant workers and her Qatar World Cup stadium project … and has donated the settlement money to an undisclosed charity that ‘protects and champions labour rights’.” Dezeen, January 27, 2015

15 Group Shows Not to Miss Current art-gallery group shows cover a dizzying array of subjects and styles, including judo, erotic haiku in giant letters and unusual self-portraits. New York Times, January 29, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Melissa Chiu on her new position at HIRSHHORN MUSEUM / Washington, D.C. Melissa Chiu is the new director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Previously she was Museum Director and Vice President of Global Art Programs at the Asia Society in New York. Flash Art, January 28, 2015

After 500 years, a solo show at last for the Surrealists’ favourite Old Master Piero di Cosimo’s idiosyncratic paintings are given a long-overdue major show and catalogue which belie Vasari’s claim in Lives of the Artists that he was “more animal than human” The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2015


Israeli soldier’s war memories revived at ICA London The anonymous artist who was drafted to serve in the 1973 Yom Kippur War stopped painting for 15 years because of post-traumatic stress disorder. The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2015

Japanese cannibals and German executions Luc Tuymans goes over to the dark side A new London exhibition by one of Europe’s most influential painters features a portrait of Japanese killer Issei Sagawa and The Shore, a ‘really dark’ artwork of a German submarine crew about to be shot. The Guardian, January 28, 2015

Mons, Belgium

Van Gogh And The Decision That Changed Art History The decision, believe it or not, was the young Vincent’s insistence on trying to become a preacher, even after flunking out of divinity school. BBC, January 27, 2015


French artist withdraws prayer rug installation from show after threats from Muslim group Curators ask Clichy’s mayor to support the display of Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s Silence or shut the exhibition down entirely. The Art Newspaper, January 28, 2015


Creative Bonuses Lure Top Museum Directors It’s all part of the strategy to woo and maintain top talent, trustees and board members say. Blouin Artinfo, January 27, 2015

The Problems With Obsessing About Measuring Impact Of Art “If we are constantly debating what “good” or “quality” looks like, we’re wasting time we could be using honing our work to better deliver on the social impact we’ve all agreed is important. I’d love to work for an organization that clearly knows that the impact it wants to have is X–so we can focus on doing X.” Museum 2.0, January 28, 2015

The Cobweb. “It might seem, and it often feels, as though stuff on the Web lasts forever, for better and frequently for worse: the embarrassing photograph, the regretted blog (more usually regrettable not in the way the slaughter of civilians is regrettable but in the way that bad hair is regrettable). No one believes any longer, if anyone ever did, that “if it’s on the Web it must be true,” but a lot of people do believe that if it’s on the Web it will stay on the Web.” The New Yorker, January 26, 2015

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