Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 25, 2015


Art this week: Iceberg paintings, Western Front Gala and a special house. Arts events and openings this week include 60 Seconds in Canadian Arctic by K.A. Colorado at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Western Front Gala and the installation of Vancouver Especially, the newest public artwork by Ken Lum. Vancouver Sun, February 24, 2015


Art Belongs in the Community program puts spotlight on Richmond Art Gallery exhibit. As part of the Art Belongs in the Community (ABC) program, the Richmond Art Gallery is displaying images from the exhibition on digital screens at the Richmond shopping centre. Georgia Straight, February 23, 2015


Totem poles, murals, carvings: you’ve likely admired Victoria artist Butch Dick’s work. Songhees artist and educator Butch Dick was honoured this week with a lifetime achievement award from Leadership Victoria — the first aboriginal elder to receive the award. Vancouver Sun, February 23, 2015


Dali delights, drawing 40,000 visitors to Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating the close of one of its most successful exhibitions, the dual display of Dalí Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The WAG set an attendance record in September at the debut, drawing 4,000 visitors — the most ever for the opening day of an exhibition. CBC News, February 24, 2015

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 to launch Canadian tour at Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has announced the Canadian launch of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, the award-winning exhibition that represented Canada at the 14th International Venice Biennale in Architecture. Canadian Architect, February 24, 2015

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher Document Overlaps Between Church and State. American-based photographers Andrea Robbins and Max Becher presented a talk titled “Transportation of Place” ahead of their most recent show, “Following the Ten Commandments,” at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery. Canadian Art, February 25, 2015


Sobey Foundation establishes $2-million endowment for Canada’s Venice Biennale entries. For Canada, mounting an entry to the Venice Biennale, still seen as the most important international art event in the world, has always been something of a financial jigsaw puzzle with a few pieces missing. Toronto Star, February 25, 2015

Sobey Family Gifts $2 Million to Venice Artists. Today, the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation announced a $2 million donation to the National Gallery of Canada Foundation in support of artists representing Canada at the Venice Biennale. Canadian Art, February 24, 2015


National Gallery plans major market research to deal with attendance woes. Beset by a long-term decline in attendance, the National Gallery of Canada is set to embark on its largest market research project in 15 years to help it better understand its audience. Ottawa Citizen, February 24, 2015

Review: Two exhibitions about light, and one shines. There are two exhibitions that are made of, or about, light at the Maison de la Culture in Gatineau, and one of them is illuminating. Luminère tactile, in the Art-image gallery, impresses at every step. The Montreal artists Dimo Ivanov and Sonia Stoeva created light boxes and interactive videos that stir up a soup of emotive responses, from serenity to angst. Ottawa Citizen, February 24, 2015


Councillors consider money for Sudbury art gallery. Sudbury Councillor Landry-Altmann asked during Tuesday’s budget meeting that $200,000 in permanent funding be allocated to the Art Gallery of Sudbury, without cutting into the monies other city-funded projects receive, currently pegged at about $577,000. Sudbury Star, February 24, 2015

San Francisco

Thousands write to prison pen pals through Alcatraz art installation Ai Weiwei’s project on the former penal island in San Francisco Bay has resulted in 50,000 postcards to political prisoners. The Art Newspaper, February 24, 2015

New York

At the 2015 New Museum Triennial, A High-Tech Take on Nude Sculpture The Brooklyn-based artist Frank Benson’s piece in the show is a hyper-realistic, life-size 3D print of the downtown transgender figure Juliana Huxtable. T Magazine, February 24, 2015

Granddaughter of French dealer whose collection was confiscated by Nazis opens New York gallery Marianne Rosenberg says she plans to continue the family legacy of working with contemporary artists, as well as show the Modern art her ancestor promoted. The Art Newspaper, February 24, 2015

Mexico City

Mexico City Museum Cancels Exhibition Because Artist’s Work Is Too Bloody “Anticipating that [Hermann] Nitsch’s disturbing oeuvre might upset Mexicans already alarmed by the bloodshed ravaging their country, the Museo Jumex … abruptly canceled an exhibition that was scheduled to open this week. The pre-emptive decision by the Jumex Foundation, which runs the museum, has been denounced by collectors, curators and art critics as an embarrassing act of censorship by a group striving to establish itself in the international art circuit.” New York Times, February 25, 2015

Deal, U.K.

The Baroque Anachronisms of Mr. Bronstein In the English seaside town of Deal, Pablo Bronstein has created a home that revels in the artist’s favorite things: opulent furnishings, striking juxtapositions and fine examples of historical confusion. T Magazine, February 25, 2015


Con Men Try To Sell Fake Goya, Get Paid In Counterfeit Money, Then Get The Book Thrown At Them “The con artists realized they had been tricked when they tried to deposit 1.7 million Swiss francs (€1.5 million) in a Geneva bank and were told that the banknotes were mere photocopies.” Artnet, February 23, 2015


Waqas Khan: the Pakistani artist who makes you want to say yes. Waqas Khan is talking to me in paradise. Or at least, his art makes me feel as if I’ve been transported there. The Guardian, February 25, 2015


Dutch Soccer Hooligans Damage Historic Bernini Fountain In Rome “One of the central victims of the clash was the Berninis’ Fontana della Barcaccia, a fountain of a half-sunken ship that sits at the foot of the famous steps in piazza di Spagna. In addition to being left looking like it had a hangover, filled with beer bottles, balloons, and trash, at least 100 scratches were made to the travertine sculpture, damage that one Italian official called ‘permanent and irreparable’.” Hyperallergic, February 20, 2015

Federal Officials Return Tiepolo Painting and Etruscan Bronze to Italy A Tiepolo painting and an Etruscan bronze, stolen decades ago in Italy, were returned to that country on Tuesday by United States officials who seized them before they could be sold at auction. New York Times, February 25, 2015


ISIS Burns 8,000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul’s Library “Among its lost collections were manuscripts from the eighteenth century, Syriac books printed in Iraq’s first printing house in the nineteenth century, books from the Ottoman era, Iraqi newspapers from the early twentieth century and some old antiques like an astrolabe and sand glass used by ancient Arabs. The library had hosted the personal libraries of more than 100 notable families from Mosul over the last century.” Fiscal Times, February 23, 2015


Joanna Spurling /  Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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