Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 12, 2015


What’s On: Cezanne at VAG, Lucinda Williams, Billy Idol and more. Collector “Henry Pearlman soon realized that in exploring modernism, all roads lead to Cézanne…All of Pearlman’s pictures make crucial viewing, but the Cézannes are a must: It is the finest collection of his watercolours in the world.” Vancouver Sun, February 11, 2015

Cezanne exhibition to open at The Vancouver Art Gallery. More than 50 works from the great Impressionist masters will be put on display by the prestigious Perlman collection, this February 14th at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Digital Journal, February 11, 2015

Profound meets the banal in Kim Kennedy Austin’s Industry, Charity, Faith, Hope. “Kim Kennedy Austin’s drawings, whether executed in ink, watercolour, or cross-stitch, are compellingly and profoundly labour-intensive. They also bring together the extraordinary and the mundane in curious ways….Guest-curated by Patrik Andersson and subtitled Industry, Charity, Faith, Hope, the show surveys work Austin has produced since 2002, and also includes new watercolours created specifically for this site.” Georgia Straight, February 11, 2015

Westbank and Telus seek city’s approval to highlight artists’ work on large sign on downtown building. Henriquez Partners Architects is seeing an amendment to the city’s sign bylaw on behalf of the developer, Westbank Corp., and Telus to permit a retractable 7.5 metre by 11 metre “media sign”. It would be on the west side of 520 West Georgia Street facing Seymour Street…the intention is to provide a vehicle for local artists—be they professional, emerging, or school groups—to display their work on a large screen. Georgia Straight, February 11, 2015


Meet the Audain Art Museum’s new curator. With only months to go before the expected completion of the Audain Art Museum (AAM), anticipation in Whistler’s cultural community has been building to an epic crescendo. But there is perhaps nobody more excited for the ribbon to be cut at the state-of-the-art facility than Darrin Martens, the museum’s first chief curator. Pique News Magazine, February 12, 2014


International Women’s Day exhibit opens at Art Gallery of Alberta. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and during International Women’s Day, portraits will speak for hundreds of Canadian women. Edmonton Examiner, February 11, 2015


Arts community mourns four Western Canadian artists killed in highway crash. Michael Green of the Calgary theatre company One Yellow Rabbit (OYR), Kainai First Nation elder and educator Narcisse Blood, who worked with Mr. Green on Making Treaty 7, Michele Sereda, artistic director of Regina’s Curtain Razors theatre, and Regina-based multidisciplinary artist Lacy Morin-Desjarlais were killed. Globe & Mail, February 11, 2015

Morin-Desjarlais created legacy. Lacy Morin-Desjarlais was a motivational speaker, dance instructor, writer, artist, actress and advocate with a big heart and contagious energy. Star Phoenix, February 11, 2015


Must-Sees This Week: February 12 to February 18, 2015. Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations (including Andrew Dadson’s new exhibition, “Over the Sun,” opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 14). Canadian Art, February 12, 2015


Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art’s Director Steps Down Shauta Marsh has stepped down from her position as executive director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art after almost six years with the organization. Artforum, February 12, 2015


Anne Hawley, Director of Boston’s Gardner Museum, Will Step Down Anne Hawley is stepping down as director of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Hawley has been at the helm of the museum for 25 years, and she will leave at the end of the year. ARTnews, February 12, 2015

New York

New York Museums Have Started Officially Banning Selfie Sticks “The reason for the restriction is the threat of accidental damage to museum exhibits and art work, like potentially tearing through a rare Picasso painting at the Met. Stopping to position for a selfie can also lead to congestion in already crowded museums.” New York Observer, February 6, 2015

The Guggenheim Mounts an On Kawara Anti-Retrospective On Kawara was born on December 24, 1932, and died last summer just as curators were putting the finishing touches on his show at the Guggenheim in New York, “Silence,” which opened February 6 and represents the first major museum retrospective. ARTnews, February 12, 2015

Advice for Art Writers: Keep Your Standard of Living Extremely Low It’s a coincidence, but a rather piquant one, that yesterday, just a few hours after a blackboard work by Cy Twombly sold for $30 million in a Christie’s salesroom in London, Lucy Lippard took the stage in a Hilton in Midtown Manhattan and spoke about living modestly in the service of producing ideas. Nearly every line of Lippard’s acceptance speech for the College Art Association’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art was a gem; below are a few choice passages for your reading pleasure this morning. ARTnews, February 12, 2015


$30 Million Cy Twombly Painting Tops Christie’s Contemporary Art Auction in London Cy Twombly’s 1970 piece Untitled (New York) topped last night’s postwar and contemporary art auction at Christie’s in London, selling at $30 million. The auction reached $181 million, coming in within its presale target, but also 6 percent short of last year’s equivalent evening sale, according to Bloomberg’s Katya Kazakina. Artforum February 12, 2015


Mindbombs and meteor shows: Cornelia Parker at the Whitworth Art Gallery. There is something very British about getting the army to blow up a garden shed and then displaying the arrested, flying debris as a work of art, and as a model of the Big Bang at the beginning of the universe. The Guardian, February 11, 2015

Art and science collide to reopen Whitworth gallery. One of Britain’s leading artists has teamed up with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist to turn fragments of drawings by William Blake, JMW Turner and Pablo Picasso into the so-called “wonder material” graphene. BBC News, February 12, 2015


Terry Richardson Has a New Gallery Exhibition in Paris, Claims America Has a ‘Hysterical Fear of Sexuality’ Terry Richardson’s forthcoming show at Galerie Perrotin in Paris is his first at the gallery since 1999. It is also the photographer’s first real public exposure since the accusations of sexual assault directed at Richardson. ARTnews, February 11, 2015

Pompidou to pop up all over France Paris museum plans to open temporary branches across the country. The Art Newspaper, February 12, 2015


Art world connections begin to emerge from HSBC leaks Worldwide investigation into Swiss bank accounts looks into wrongdoing and lax controls (HSBC says it has reduced the client base of its secretive Swiss banking arm bank by almost 70% since 2007. The Art Newspaper, February 11, 2015


It’s All In The Framing (In Art And Politics) “Frames are used as a metaphor in normal life. But it does make a huge difference to how a work of art is perceived.”

Copyright And Copywrong: A New Fair Use Guide Helps You Find The Line Between Them “Hoping to remedy pervasive and often crippling uncertainty among artists and art professionals over how and when to invoke fair use when dealing with copyrighted materials, the College Art Association (CAA) has released a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use … [which] offers very clear and concise guidelines for artists, scholars, instructors, curators, and editors whose work may involve using others’ artworks.” Hyperallergic, February 12, 2015

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