Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library January 30 – February 2, 2015


Mystery photo weaves a tale of history and time What helps give the photo presence is the bold red painted onto the wall that surrounds it at the Contemporary Art Gallery. It’s a colour that’s meant to be a close match to the colour on the inside of the Nisga’a Museum in Laxgalts’ap (Greenville) in northwestern B.C.As artist Krista Belle Stewart discovered, very little is known about the photograph. Vancouver Sun, January 31, 2015

Ted Harrison saw Canada’s North in gorgeous colour Though grateful for his income, he wanted his work to be on public display, saying once, ‘Art has to be shared to be useful’ Globe and Mail, January 31, 2015


Wylie: Compelling message in Kelowna Art Gallery exhibit This show has been organized and circulated to us from the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of their Across the Province touring exhibition program. Kelowna Capital News, January 31, 2015


Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America The Calgary show, opening Jan. 31 and closing April 26, marks the first time the exhibition has been installed in four venues in the same city. Globe and Mail, January 30, 2015

Oh, Canada exhibits our national artistic identity It’s opening day of Oh, Canada, an exhibition — 62 artists — so large they’re dividing it up and putting it on at four different venues around the city. Calgary Herald, January 31, 2015


Move over, Madonna Regina’s art scene is welcoming an all-female, in-your-face art exhibit. Material Girls, now open to the public at the Dunlop Art Gallery, is a fierce and loud expression of female artists. Leader-Post, January 31, 2015


Basquiat at the AGO: Separating the art from the art star The question remains, does the legendary, tragic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat fascinate because of what he made or how he stopped making it? Toronto Star, February 1, 2015

Douglas Coupland’s art virtually everywhere as exhibition goes online f you missed the Lego towers and Andy Warhol wigs in Douglas Coupland’s exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery last summer, don’t worry. You can now virtually travel the exhibition online. Vancouver Sun, January 30, 3015

Douglas Coupland: An author turned artist with no turning back With his zeitgeist-defining Generation X in the rearview, the cultural dynamo looks to the future with a giant survey of his work as an artist, opening Jan. 31. Toronto Star, January 30, 2015

Everywhere and anywhere, Douglas Coupland takes over Toronto It’s a Coupland Coupland Coupland Coupland World, more omnipresent now than ever. And, really, wasn’t the fix in at that moment in 2000 when the then-38-year-old Vancouverite decided to return in earnest to the design- and art-making activities for which he’d been trained at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in the early 1980s? Globe and Mail, January 31, 2015

Could Google make art galleries obsolete? Douglas Coupland’s recent exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery has been fully digitized by Google. Is this the end of art galleries?, January 29, 2015


Big Beat: Daphne Odjig continues to impress, now at Cube Gallery What: New works by Daphne Odjig When & where: Feb. 3 to March 29 at Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington W. Daphne Odjig once said that if her art has opened doors between Native and non-Native Canadians. Ottawa Citizen, January 30, 2015


Why this new Orientalism art show is a spectacular must-see 1 Uncovering a forgotten master may be every art historian’s dream. It can be fun for the rest of us, too, though seldom such conflicted fun as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is offering in the first big Canadian exhibition devoted to Orientalism. Globe and Mail, February 1, 2015

Hartford, Connecticut

Wadsworth Atheneum’s New Spaces for Contemporary Art The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford, is opening two permanent galleries dedicated to contemporary art, and the galleries have been refurbished and reinstalled with significant objects from the museum’s collection. New York Times, January 30, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts

When an Abstract Artist Falls in Love With Monet Ellsworth Kelly, chose and installed every work in the exhibit “Monet/Kelly” at Clark Art Institute. The abstractionist and the impressionist unexpectedly make a logical match. New York Times, February 2, 2015

New York

Exalting Tunes on a Big Canvas Jazz & Colors, an event previously in Central Park, has bands playing the same set across a broad location. On Friday, it hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, February 2, 2015

United States

Is There a Formula for Free Admission? “There are plenty of great arguments out there for WHY to make museums free. But HOW do you do it? It’s much easier for art and history museums than for those museums that rely on admissions for a majority of their income (science, children’s). Nationally, admissions income generates only 1-4% of most art museums’ annual revenue. Max Anderson, currently director of the Dallas Museum of Art, is a fervent champion for art museums being free. As Anderson put it, “At what point are you going to allow something like 2.5 percent of your revenue to get in the way of mission fulfillment, of serving the fullest potential audience?” Indeed. I’ve been curious about free admission for a long time. It’s one of the things I’d like to do at our museum in Santa Cruz but haven’t made happen yet. The philosophical rationale is simple: if we are really a community institution, an institution for and with the public, we should be free. Museum 2.0, January 14, 2015


Art Museums Dares Visitors To Play ‘Spot The Forgery’ “Made in China” runs from February 6 until April 28 at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. On April 28, the replica will be revealed and hung alongside the original for viewers to compare. For more exhibitions grappling with the ramifications of Chinese copies in the digital age, check out this show of Frida Kahlo replicas and this painting series recreating cheesy stock photos. Huffington Post, January 28, 2015


Bold Addition to Paris Skyline Gets Art to Match The new Louis Vuitton Foundation museum in Paris, designed by Frank Gehry, will feature an exhibition of modern masterpieces with loans from institutions around the world. New York Times, February 2, 2015


No Detail Goes Unnoticed When Art Is a Click Away Art museum websites have become more useful, with entire collections online, some accompanied by essays and videos. New York Times, January 30, 2015

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