Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 3, 2015


PAM HALL: “HouseWork(s),” Jan. 17 to March 14, 2015, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC It’s hard to call Pam Hall’s artistic practice anything but encyclopedic. Visually rich, thematically varied and intellectually dense, it includes small daily rituals, collaborations with other artists and ambitious social-engagement projects. Galleries West, January 17, 2015


Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America A remarkable thing happened in Calgary: When the four institutions involved in the Calgary iteration of Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America put in their requests, there was no overlap in their selections. ‘There was zero conflict,’ Esker Foundation director/curator Naomi Potter says. ‘Everyone came with a particular curatorial vision based on the original exhibition, which was kind of amazing.’ Globe and Mail, January 30, 2015

“Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America,” Feb. 1 to April 26, 2015 Esker Foundation, Glenbow Museum, Illingworth Kerr Gallery and Nickle Galleries Calgary, AB If you didn’t get to the vast survey of contemporary Canadian art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, organized by American curator Denise Markonish in 2012, there’s now an opportunity to see it in Western Canada. Galleries West, January 17, 2015


MARK NEUFELD: “Re-enactments,” to Feb. 14, 2015, Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB Mark Neufeld creates a rewarding parody of what he calls “curatorial care” in this exhibition, a compact total work that includes painting, photography, appropriated prints, collage, sculpture, and found objects such as trays and plastic vessels. Galleries West, January 17, 2015


TAMMI CAMPBELL and KARA UZELMAN, “concerning certain events,” Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, January 17 to March 22, 2015 Considering the starkly different practices of Kara Uzelman and Tammi Campbell in concerning certain events – Uzelman’s clustered ready-mades, Campbell’s meticulous play on absence and minimalism – their ideas overlap and mesh effectively. Galleries West, January 22, 2015


AGO exhibit reveals moments from life in a Jewish Ghetto (video) Globe and Mail, February 3, 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

London, Ontario

New prints by Bervoets benefit AIDS agency | The London Free Press London artist Henrikus Bervoets is exhibiting new work in the main lobby of One London Plac, including original machine-made prints. A native of the Netherlands, Bervoets has lived in Canada for more than 40 years and studied art at Western University. London Free Press, February 3, 2015


Reproducing a public art project from Canada’s darker days Commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada, a total of 117 silkscreen images of works from more than 50 artists, including A.J. Casson, A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr and Arthur Lismer, formed the basis of the patriotic enterprise. Globe and Mail, January 30, 2015

Los Angeles

Steve Martin poses with Lawren Harris paintings on Twitter The actor and writer is gearing up to co-curate a show by the Group of 7 painter, which will open at Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum in fall 2015. Toronto Star, February 3, 2015

A Grunge Aesthetic at the L.A. Art Book Fair A diverse mix of Angelenos browsed 40,000 square feet of affordable zines, prints and editions over the weekend. New York Times, February 2, 2015

Mexico City

Nitsch ‘deeply hurt’ over cancelled show in Mexico City Museum Jumex gives no explanation but use of animal carcasses could be a reason. The Art Newspaper, February 3, 2015

Bexleyheath, UK

Vivienne Westwood’s history-tinged designs are at home in 18th-century villa The V&A is loaning ten outfits from its collection to Danson House in Kent. The Art Newspaper, February 3, 2015


Would Having A Smithsonian In London Really Be A Good Thing? “For the new museums that have opened with an old name, it’s important to ask: what do they get for the money – and is it worth it? They don’t always get the good stuff in return. It is estimated that Boris Johnson would need to raise £33 million for the Smithsonian in East London, and experience should tell us that such estimates are usually unrealistic and low.” The Scotsman, February 2, 2015


They’ve Found Michelangelo’s Only Surviving Metal Sculptures “Two handsome, virile naked men riding triumphantly on ferocious panthers … Academics in Cambridge will suggest that [this] pair of mysterious metre-high sculptures known as the Rothschild Bronzes are by the master himself, made just after he completed David and as he was about to embark on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.” The Guardian, February 3, 2015


Huge library containing historic texts and 14 million books goes up in flames Moscow “It was founded in 1918 and holds documents from the League of Nations, UNESCO, and early parliamentary reports dating back as far as 1789.” The Independent, January 31, 2015


A Different Kind of Opening The founder of the Mr. Chow restaurants, having his first art show in China, says he likes collaging because “you can put things together that shouldn’t be together, and that’s my life.” New York Times, February 2, 2015

Mr. Chow Uncovers His Inner Artist, and Brings It Home to China Best known as the man behind Mr. Chow restaurants, Michael Chow returned to making art about three years ago after 50 years, painting under his Chinese name, Zhou Yinghua. New York Times, February 2, 2015


Art for Money’s Sake As art becomes a popular investment vehicle, the market for storage is booming. New York Times, February 3, 2015

Skymall Might Be Dead, But Its Surrealism Is Immortal “This idea of following logic till its endpoint, when it becomes a solution to a problem we never really knew existed, is clearly visible in Salvador Dalí’s melting clocks and René Magritte’s paradoxical pipe. But it’s also in SkyMall’s ridiculously haphazard utilitarian offerings. What could be more invested in breaking the reign of logic than a rappel backpack or the Siamese Slanket?” MIC, January 28, 2015


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