Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 18, 2015

Vancouver

Art this week: Allen Ginsberg’s photos and two Andrew Dadson shows. Opening this week are: Andrew Dadson: Ultraviolet and Over the Sun at the Vancouver Art Gallery and “We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death:” The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996) at Presentation House Gallery. Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2015

Art+Feminism Group Announces Second Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Following last year’s massively successful edition, the Art+Feminism group has announced a second Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, designed to start closing Wikipedia’s gender gap, for March 7. Last year, the Edit-a-Thon brought together 600 volunteers at Eyebeam and 30 satellite locations across the world to create Wikipedia pages for women artists. In Vancouver, UBC and Emily Carr University will be hosting editing sessions, and orientation and training will happen on March 2 at UBC and March 3 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Check out the website for details. Wikipedia:Meetup/Vancouver, B.C./ArtAndFeminism 2015 … ARTnews, February 18, 2015

Warhol collection coming to Vancouver. More than 80 works by Andy Warhol are coming to Vancouver next month. All the works will be exhibited in a 5,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Yaletown at 1280 Homer during the month of March. The exhibition is open from Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2015

Stop the Dubai-zation of Vancouver. “Vancouver has become rightly famous not for its individual buildings, as elegant as they are, but for the way they work together to create a shared public realm. And for how the public and its elected and appointed officials have worked transparently to achieve this end… Increasingly, new “signature” buildings are promoted and built in various cities, often in an attempt to increase their stature, or to help brand themselves in a certain way. While I don’t want to call into question this value, I suggest that this enthusiasm often shields the parasitic nature of this process from public view… The occasional signature building can also stand out in contrast to this fabric. The courthouse (currently the VAG) comes to mind.” The Tyee, February 10, 2015

Burnaby

Deer Lake Gallery explores the art of drawing. The Burnaby Arts Council is celebrating the art of drawing in its next exhibition, Drawn: Exploring the Line. The exhibition runs March 7 to 28 at the Deer Lake Gallery, with an opening reception set for Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Burnaby Now, February 16, 2015

Ottawa

Chagall, Monet, Colville: Big names should make it a big year at National Gallery (with video). “A boffo lineup of exhibitions with broad public appeal — from Colville to Chagall to Monet — could make 2015 a big year at the box office for the National Gallery of Canada.” Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2015

Canada Council for the Arts says more about big changes. The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced that it’s making big changes in how it spreads arts funding across the country. Though the details on how the new system will work have yet to be shared with the public, council director Simon Brault spoke with the Vancouver Province’s Peter Darbyshire and expanded on the general thrust of the changes — principally, streamlining the bureaucratic glut of programs into a smaller and more manageable number. Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2015

Toronto

Canadian Art Foundation Competes for $25,000 Funding Increase for RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The Canadian Art Foundation could win $25,000 for programming in a new social-media initiative organized by RBC, which allows art lovers to vote for their favourite arts organization. The Canadian Art Foundation is the only visual arts organization in the running. Voting ends on February 27 at 5 p.m. EST. Canadian Art, February 17, 2015

Quebec

Québec City’s Giant Lampshades Make For An ‘Art Gallery Floating In Space’ Lightemotion, a Montreal-based lighting firm that illuminates interiors and exteriors around the world, has installed a series of giant lampshades in the provincial capital’s Montcalm area. The spectacular fixtures display images by Québecois artists Fernand Leduc and Alfred Pellan. Huffington Post, February 16, 2015

Halifax

Cliff Eyland Returns to the Library in Halifax Project. Having patiently watched its construction evolve and take shape over the course of a few years now, the new Halifax Central Library opened its doors this past December to much anticipation. Adding to the excitement and positive buzz is, arguably, one of the city’s most significant public-art commissions to date: an equally well-received and thought-out installation by Cliff Eyland. Canadian Art, February 18, 2015

New York

Here Is the Lineup of Special Projects for the 2015 Armory Show The Armory Show at Piers 94 and 92 in New York has announced the full line-up of special projects for its 2015 edition, which are part of the fair’s Focus section, centering this year around the Middle East. ARTnews, February 18, 2015

Martha Wilson discusses upcoming retrospectives of her work and Franklin Furnace “My goal for the next ten years is to try to figure out how we can capture the stories that relate to these historically neglected practices of the 1970s through the 2000s.” Artforum, February 15, 2015

Princeton

Princeton Gets a $300 Million Trove of Rare Books Princeton University has announced the largest gift in its history: a trove of rare books valued at nearly $300 million, including a Gutenberg Bible, an original printing of the Declaration of Independence, all four of Shakespeare’s Folios and significant musical manuscripts written by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Wagner. New York Times, February 18, 2015

London

Turning Its Focus to Russian Art, Tate Appoints Two New Curators The Tate in London announced today the appointment of Natalia Sidlina as adjunct research curator for Russian art and Julia Tatiana Bailey as assistant curator of collections in international art. Their posts will be supported by the V-A-C Foundation for three years as part of a commitment to develop the Tate’s knowledge of and expertise in Russian contemporary art. Artforum, February 18, 2015

Manchester

Expansion opens at Manchester gallery, ‘a place where good, odd things happen’ The Whitworth Art Gallery unveils a £15m redevelopment this weekend with works by Nathan Coley, Cai Guo-Qiang and Cornelia Parker. The Art Newspaper, February 13, 2015

Oslo

Edvard Munch Award set to return Revamped biennial award includes prize money and exhibition. The Art Newspaper, February 18, 2015

Paris

Musée Maillol shuts its doors as management company files for bankruptcy The Paris museum’s abrupt closure this weekend comes after falling attendance and rising debts. The Art Newspaper, February 18, 2015

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