Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 4, 2015


B.C. art exhibition pays homage to victims of 1984 Bhopal, India disaster.  In 1969 Tom Burrows moved to the Maplewood Mudflats in North Vancouver, constructing a cabin where he lived and worked before the place was torched. With his firsthand experience, Burrows was commissioned in 1975 by the United Nations to document international squatters’ communities.  Selected pages and photographs from this project are among the works featured in the Tom Burrows exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia (on until April 12). Globe & Mail, February 3, 2015

Art this week: George Vergette, Capture photo fest, Douglas Coupland.  Noteworthy events this week include: George Vergette: Mysterious Mountain at Jones Gallery, Capture Fundraiser at Mini Yaletown, Michael Soltis: Refinement at Kimoto Gallery and VAG’s first Google Art Project with Douglas Coupland. Vancouver Sun, February 3, 2015

West Vancouver

Kim Kennedy Austin in West Vancouver.  The Museum of West Vancouver has recently launched an exhibition by Kim Kennedy Austin featuring work that was made from 2002 up until the present. Entitled Industry, Charity, Faith, Hope, Austin’s exhibition turns the unsuspecting viewer into an ouroboros exploring the aforementioned themes on an endless repeat. It is incredibly hypnotic Vancouver is Awesome, January 24, 2015


Robert Amos: Abstraction, skill and craftsmanship.  Anita Rydygier is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and worked as a textile designer, creating printed textile collections sold around the world. Coming to Victoria in 2001, she opened her own store and gallery, WestCoast Eco Home, in Fan Tan Alley. Throughout it all, privately and patiently, she has been making small paintings. Times Colonist, February 3, 2015


Gallery gleans artwork. Currently on display at the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s downtown location is Gleaners, an exhibit that features the reuse of discarded items. Nanaimo News Bulletin, February 3, 2014


A look inside a renowned Saskatoon artist’s home.  Their home doubles as a studio space and art gallery for Hugo Alvarado and Juli Kosteniuk. Alvarado and Kosteniuk have a large art collection that once graced the walls of the home. However, every time a customer would come by, he had to take it all down and replace it with his work that was for sale. Now, it’s just his paintings on the walls. Star Phoenix, February 4, 2015


Art Finds Temporary Shelter on a Frozen Winnipeg River.  Installed on a frozen Winnipeg river, the exhibition “50 x 97” gives art lovers the unusual opportunity to skate through a gallery. Housed within a small wooden structure with a floor of ice, the river setting offers rich local historical context. Canadian Art, February 2, 2015


Order of Ontario recipients include astronaut, artist, economist and judge.  The artist is Charles Pachter, a nationally recognized artist whose contemporary Canadian art has been exhibited globally and at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum and the McMichael Gallery. Toronto Star, February 3, 2015

Why arts funding is good for business.  Simon Haupt interviews Janice Price, previously director of Luminato, now heading to the Banff Centre.  Globe & Mail, February 3, 2015

Scotiabank Announces Longlist for $50,000 Photography Award.  The nominees on the 2015 longlist are: Benoit Aquin of Montreal, Quebec; Dianne Bos of Calgary, Alberta; Jim Breukelman of Vancouver, British Columbia; Rafael Goldchain of Toronto, Ontario; Angela Grauerholz of Montreal, Quebec; Isabelle Hayeur of Rawdon, Quebec; Emmanuelle Léonard of Montreal, Quebec; Laura Letinsky of Chicago, Illinois; Graeme Patterson of Sackville, New Brunswick; Gabor Szilasi of Montreal, Quebec; and Robert Walker of Montreal, Quebec. Canadian Art, February 4, 2015

Video: The Thinking Glamour of RIC’s “Burn With Desire”  Two concurrent exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, “Burn With Desire: Photography and Glamour” and “Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women,” examine photography’s role in producing notions of glamour, and dissect early Hollywood studio portraits, paparazzi snaps and pin-ups. Canadian Art, February 3, 2015


Goodbye concrete shroud – hello dazzle fit for a capital.  In December 2014, the National Arts Centre and the federal government announced a $110-million retrofit of the arts centre that will crack open the north-facing facade and encase it in sparkling glass by 2017, in time for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Globe & Mail, February 3, 2015


‘All art is essentially the result of research’   “At its heart, the gallery is also a research centre dedicated to expanding knowledge.” Concordia Bulletin, January 31, 2015


Building a home art gallery simplified with online sales.  The Internet has changed the way people buy art. Various art dealers and curators have put up websites and e-commerce solutions to showcase artists and photographers from around the world to a global audience. Calgary Herald, February 1, 2015

New York

British Invasion (NY’s Three Biggest Arts Projects Led By Brits) “New York City has three arts centers under development and the artistic leadership at each one is coming from across the pond.”  Wall Street Journal, February 4, 2015

Albers Foundation to sell work to raise money for Senegal art centre Christie’s New York auction to support work of local charity. Last May, the foundation consigned Josef Albers’s Homage to the Square: Calmness, 1970, to Christie’s New York where it made $533,000 for the “Thread” space.  The Art Newspaper, February 4, 2015

The Kids Are All Right: What to Expect at the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial A different approach to a contemporary-art survey.  ARTnews, February 4, 2015

Springtown, New York

The Breath of Life by Carolee Schneemann Long an icon of feminism and sexual liberation, the artist now finds artistic counsel, erotic pleasure and spiritual sustenance in her many kissing cats.  Art in America, February 2, 2015


Philadelphia Museum Of Art Receives Five Major French Impressionist Paintings “A late Cézanne view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, a Manet still life of fruit, a landscape and a cityscape by Pissarro, and a portrait of a young girl by Berthe Morisot – all [are from] a bequest from longtime museum supporter Helen Tyson Madeira, who died last year.  Philadelphia Inquirer, February 3, 2015


London’s National Gallery Workers Go On Strike “Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union mounted a picket line outside the gallery in protest at plans to switch visitor services to a commercial provider.”  BBC, February 3, 2015

UK’s National Gallery Director Heckled by Staff in Private Meeting The Independent’s Nick Clark reports that Nicholas Penny, the outgoing National Gallery director in London, has drawn such ire over his plans to privatize visitor services that he was recently booed and heckled during a meeting to discuss transferring visitor services roles to a private firms.  Artforum, February 4, 2015


Marlene Dumas: Queen Of The Canvas.  “At some point in my career I thought, I must only make faces. In the face you can have all kinds of political landscapes.” – Marlene Dumas. Vogue UK, February 4, 2015


Sinai antiquities museum damaged in terrorist attack Collection, moved into basement and offsite storage since 2013, survives destruction.  The Art Newspaper, February 4, 2015


Islamic State burns libraries in Iraq Historic collections on science, culture, poetry and even children’s books are destroyed in Mosul.  The Art Newspaper, February 4, 2015


When Arts Organizations Get Distracted By Fundraising “The constant pressure to increase support often generates an impulse to create something new in order to drive funding and public interest — a new fundraising event, a new educational program, a new artistic offering. This is entirely justifiable; funders tend to respond to new opportunities that broaden or deepen their philanthropic impacts. However, the impulse to create new fundraising “hooks” can also be a trap.”  Dance USA, February 2, 2015


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