Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 24, 2015

Whistler

Audain Art Museum Hires Curator Darrin Martens The Audain Art Museum recently hired Darrin Martens as chief curator. He speaks about his plans for the museum, its unique role and his future programming. Canadian Art, February 23, 2015

Nanaimo

Dedicated artist offers retrospective on life’s work Viewing the stacks of paintings lining the floors and walls of artist Linda Neville’s house, it’s hard to believe most of her work has never been officially displayed for the public. After more than 40 years of work as a painter, that is about to change, as for the first time, Neville will host a retrospective of her more than 40 years of work in her home on Howard Avenue on March 1. Nanaimo Daily News, February 24, 2015

Victoria

Robert Amos: Humble paper, collectible art Shawn Shepherd and Mary Patterson have operated their Polychrome Fine Art for a few years. It’s not one of those upstairs out-of-the-way spaces full of esoteric installations with nothing for sale. At the moment, Polychrome is presenting Paper Trail, a dense and diverse show of works of art on paper. Small in scale, they are certainly affordable and collectable. Times Colonist, February 22, 20215

Port Alberni

Artist combines old with new to create Steampunk Nixie clocks Kyle Miller, originally from Vancouver, found Port Alberni when he was searching for a postsecondary joinery and cabinetmaking program. After an Internet search, he discovered North Island College and signed up. He has created his fantasy-style woodwork for the likes of musicians T-Pain and Snoop Dog and has had his work appear on The Today Show and The Billboard Music Awards. Alberni Valley Times, February 24, 2015

Calgary

Breakenridge: Debate over city’s public art program should endure Calgarians might in fact be well-served by an informed and thorough debate over public art, but unfortunately, that isn’t what the last week or so has brought us. Calgary Herald, February 24, 2015

Winnipeg

Art of the matter: Anti-racism photo project to deluge downtown GOVERNMENT MOOCH, LAZY INDIAN SQUAW. Those words, and their much more powerful antidotes, will be blown up and plastered around Winnipeg’s downtown next month, especially during Winnipeg Jets games, as part of a large-scale anti-racism art project that comes on the heels of a Maclean’s magazine article dubbing Winnipeg Canada’s most racist city. Winnipeg Free Press, February 21, 2015

Toronto

Scott Rogers Brings Sports Into the Gallery at YYZ Scott Rogers’s newest video project at YYZ Artists’ Outlet offers an adrenaline-raising, occasionally gruesome look into the world of backcountry skiing. Canadian Art, February 24, 2015

Silke Otto-Knapp Joins Basquiat at AGO Painting Summit At the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, two divergent yet complimentary exhibitions offer a sense of painting’s breadth. Canadian Art, February 19, 2015

Yoko Ono on John Lennon and his art Selection of former Beatle’s drawings on display at Liss Gallery in Toronto. Toronto Star, February 19, 2015

Montreal

Exhibition, silent auction to benefit art therapy program Imagine what sharing a gallery wall with Jean-Paul Riopelle would do for the esteem of any artist, let alone a person with a mental illness. And, to top it off, 450 people come to the vernissage. Montreal Gazette, February 19, 2015

Near Flagstaff, Arizona

James Turrell Allowing Limited Visitors to Roden Crater for $6,500 a Person On May 14, 15, 16, and 17 this year, the Roden Crater, artist James Turrell’s unfinished but still legendary piece of land art in the Arizona desert, will be open to a select group of people for a fundraising event. ARTnews, February 19, 2015

New York

Structure Rising: David Salle on ‘The Forever Now’ at MoMA What the flawed survey tells us about painting today. ARTnews, February 23, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Family Sues Germany Over Treasure Looted By The Nazis “Two claimants to a collection of medieval Christian treasure filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington on Monday against the German government and the government-controlled museum that owns the artifacts.” Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2015

Havana

Cuba refuses to return seized art despite thaw in relations with US Havana museum rejects exile’s claim as US shows miss out on Cuban loans. The Art Newspaper, February 23, 2015

London

Labour leader promises high-level arts committee Ed Miliband’s pre-election pledge comes with no extra cash. The Art Newspaper, February 24, 2015

Dissecting the London Postwar Sales The postwar and contemporary evening sales in London this month brought in more than £240 million (about $370 million) in total sales for Sotheby’s and Christie’s—a banner year for the annual auctions. ARTnews, February 21, 2015

René Magritte Was A Comedian “A good comic can take something mundane and familiar and make you see it an unexpected way, whether it’s Dave Chappelle talking about ‘grape drink’, or Louis CK ranting about his four-year-old daughter. Magritte will do the same by sticking a silk mask on an apple. Or having a cloud enter a room by a door. The Guardian, February 24, 2015

Madrid

Arco Madrid adds more Latin flavour to the mix Colombian galleries will make a strong showing at the Spanish fair this year. The Art Newspaper, February 23, 2015

Oslo

The War at Home: Norwegian Critics Rain Fire on Prodigal Son Bjarne Melgaard for Munch Show Bjarne Melgaard’s current show at the Munch Museum in Oslo, “The End of It Has Already Happened,” which pairs the work of Norway’s most celebrated contemporary artist with one of its national icons, has turned into “a huge national scandal. ARTnews, February 23, 2015

International

How Much Should A Funder Be Able To Dictate What The Art It Funds Should Accomplish? “It is a given now that in order to get a foundation grant, it’s often not enough to simply apply for funding of what you do day in and day out. What do funders want? Innovation! New ways of ‘engaging’ younger audiences! High-impact special projects that others will want to emulate!” Philadelphia Inquirer, February 22, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby St. Vancouver BC, V6Z 2H7 604-662-4709

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