Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 26, 2015


Spring arts preview: Visual arts critics’ picks: Local artists get their due amid must-see exhibitions. “ A surprising number of exhibitions this season honour local art and artists, many of whom have developed big international cred. The other side of the forthcoming visual arts story is the presentation of international artists whose work promises to stir up the local scene.” Robin Laurence’s must-see exhibitions include: Geoffrey Farmer: How Do I Fit This Ghost In My Mouth? (at the Vancouver Art Gallery), Jeremy Shaw: Medium-Based Time, (at CAG), Christos Dikeakos: Trouble In Paradise (at the West Vancouver Museum) and others. Georgia Straight, February 25, 2015

The Scout List: Crazy8s Film Festival, Warhol exhibition and all about owls. Included in the Scout List this week is Western Front’s Auction. “The online catalogue boasts interesting pieces donated by more than 30 artists, such as Winter Banana Apples by Chris Dikeakos and Pinata by Julie Morstad.” Scout Magazine via Globe & Mail, February 25, 2015


Art from the Archive: Emily Carr, Lover of Nature, buried at Ross Bay Cemetery. Monday is the 70th anniversary of Carr’s death. It’s difficult to believe but until 1963 the burial site of Emily Carr in Ross Bay Cemetery was unmarked. That year, the Victoria Historical Society installed a simple granite marker to recognize the cemetery’s most famous occupant and give visitors a focal point to remember her. Vancouver Sun (Blog) Art Seen, February 25, 2015

Marimekko exhibit celebrates iconic Finnish textiles. The unmistakable Marimekko style — typically primary colours and pop-art-style graphics — is now brightening the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Times Colonist, February 26, 2015


A vision led to 30-year career for Churchill artist. One night more than three decades ago, Métis artist Myrtle deMeulles had a dream. In it, she saw a pile of fur scraps come to life. She remembers birds, animals and people “jump” right out of the hair. CBC News, February 24, 2015


Night at the Herbarium. Artists explore botanical themes in a group show at the Edge Gallery. Winnipeg Free Press, February 26, 2015


Artists approve historic labour deal with National Gallery of Canada. It won’t make them rich, but Canada’s small cadre of visual artists should see a boost in income after reaching their first labour agreement with the National Gallery of Canada. Ottawa Citizen, February 25, 2015

Artists overwhelmingly approve Canada’s first labour agreement with the National Gallery. Artists across Canada have voted in record numbers to ratify Canada’s first scale agreement for visual artists at the National Gallery of Canada. CARFAC, February [25], 2015


Editor’s Edit: Highlights from Recent Web Stories. Editor Richard Rhodes pulls some notable quotes from the articles, reviews and interviews published recently on our website. Canadian Art, February 25, 2015

New York

A Grolier Club Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius The exhibition, “Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze,” includes nearly 150 Aldines, or books from the press that Aldus founded in Venice in 1494. New York Times, February 26, 2015


A 21st-Century “Pictures At An Exhibition” (But This Exhibition Is One Of The World’s Greatest) “Four contemporary classical composers walk into an art museum. No punch line. But after walking in, this quartet of composers eventually walked away having penned four new compositions, which Network for New Music will premiere Friday at the Barnes Foundation – amid the art and spaces that inspired them.” Philadelphia Inquirer, February 26, 2015


Review of ‘Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence’ at the National Gallery of Art. If we enter the show with preconceptions about an idiosyncratic, isolated painter of offbeat pagan subjects, we leave with increased admiration for an artist with great imaginative powers, an impressive range, and a provocative relationship to his contemporaries. Wall Street Journal, February 23,2015


Havana Biennial’s high-profile artist line-up includes Kapoor, Sehgal and Schneider Instead of a central venue, this year’s exhibition will see works installed across the city, including universities and research centres. The Art Newspaper, February 25, 2015

Mexico City

Hermann Nitsch Weighs In on Canceled Show at Museo Jumex Now, Nitsch himself has weighed in: At seventy-six, he said, he has never dealt with an institution canceling an exhibition of his, according to the New York Times’ Victoria Burnett. “This is a different kind of shocking,” Nitsch said. “They wasted a lot of money. They wasted my time.” Artforum, February 26, 2015


Alex Katz: Black Paintings review – ‘A miraculous artist’ The veteran American artist Alex Katz was inspecting the hang of his new paintings while I looked at them, but I could not ask him any questions. I was dumbstruck. The only thing I could have said to him at that moment would have been a stuttered, “How come you paint so well?” The Guardian, February 26, 2015


The Man Who Saved Impressionism The story of Paul Durand-Ruel, who repeatedly risked bankruptcy to support Monet, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, and their fellows – and created a market for their work, especially in the United States. The Guardian, February 25, 2015


Dutch Restorers Offer To Repair Roman Fountain Damaged By Soccer Hooligans “A Dutch restoration firm has offered to repair a 400-year-old fountain that was damaged last week when supporters of Rotterdam soccer team Feyenoord went on a drunken rampage in Rome’s historic center.” The Dutch government has rejected any responsibility to pay for restoration, though it says it supports private efforts. Reuters, February 25, 2015

Ancient Frescoes In Roman Catacombs May Undermine Church Teaching About Women Priests – Or May Not The wall paintings in the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla “have sparked controversy over the role of women in the Church, and helped scholars re-evaluate the importance of the Virgin Mary in early Christian history.” Some claim that one fresco even provides evidence that female priests served the Eucharist, though others are skeptical. BBC, February 24, 2015


Russian art historian on trial over forgery Andrei Vasilyev claims avant-garde expert Elena Basner and the State Historical Museum both knew the work he bought was a fake. The Art Newspaper, February 26, 2015


Cultural boycott of Israel under fire Jeremy Deller’s name withdrawn from campaign backed by more than 1,000 cultural figures. The Art Newspaper, February 26, 2015

Maharashtra, India

India’s Famous Cave Temples That Sat Unknown For More Than 1,000 Years “The Ajanta Caves, 30 spellbinding Buddhist prayer halls and monasteries carved, as if by sorcery, into a horseshoe-shaped rock face in a mountainous region of India’s Maharashtra state, … were ‘discovered’ by accident in 1819 … [after being] abandoned by those who created it as long ago as AD 500.” BBC, February 23, 2015

Banpo, China

Chinese government promises millions to protect heritage village Nearly every building in Banpo was destroyed after a mining company excavated 300 tonnes of coal, prompting the government to enforce conservation. The Art Newspaper, February 26, 2015



Joanna Spurling | Library | Vancouver Art Gallery

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