Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library February 27 – March 2, 2015


Jeremy Shaw takes a transcendental trip to the past and future in Vancouver show 0 The eight illuminated brain scans glowing outside Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery speak to Jeremy Shaw’s fascination with the organ and its altered states. Globe and Mail, March 1, 2015

Brian Jackson’s Vancouver The city’s planning chief talks about the good and bad of downtown architecture and his sense of ‘Vancouverism’. Vancouver Sun, February 28, 2015

Robson Redux: Ideas for a car-free space A platform of log ends, a forest of four-by-fours and a word sculpture you can sit on are among the 81 proposals to transform the 800-block of Robson Street in downtown Vancouver this summer. Vancouver Sun, February 28, 2015

Selfie sticks not welcome at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has banned the use of selfie sticks.The expandable rods that allow users to hold their cellphones a few feet away, making it easy to take wide-angled self-portraits or group shots, are prohibited out of fears they might damage exhibits or disrupt visitors. CBC, March 2, 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. But in the exhibition itself, Robbins and Becher’s work acquired an instantaneous conceptual sharpness by doing the inverse: bringing locations to viewers from the outside world and into the gallery. Canadian Art, February 26, 2015


Silke Otto-Knapp’s visual alchemy at the AGO The muted beauty of a German painter’s dark visions, on land and at sea, is a stark contrast to the bombastic Basquiat blockbuster show upstairs. Toronto Star, March 1, 2015

Combing the archives for Toronto’s modernist heritage Drivers slicing through the slush along Eglinton Avenue West between Oriole Parkway and Lascelles Boulevard – and the huddled pedestrians avoiding the spray – don’t look up as they pass Unity Church of Truth at No. 173. Six decades ago, however, stalwart Globe and Mail Art and Artists columnist Pearl McCarthy built a persuasive case for modernist architecture around the then-new, striking building. Globe and Mail, February 26, 2015


Getting Naked exhibit is no peep show Display of works from Ottawa’s Art Bank in Kitchener’s The Museum challenges viewers to look at bodies differently. Toronto Star, February 27, 2015


Mathieu Beauséjour Discusses his Canadian Career Although he has garnered international success, Montreal-based multimedia artist Mathieu Beauséjour remains virtually unknown in English Canada—for now. Canadian Art, February 26, 2015

Photographer John Taylor to be inducted into RCA Canadian photographer John Taylor, is selected as one of 12 artists across Canada to be inducted this year into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, May 16th in Montreal. Galleries West, February 26, 2015


Home is where their art is: Inside the creative spaces of Canadian architects For many architects, a career in building often begins with the personal, their own residences providing an opportunity to test out new ideas and techniques and serving as calling cards to prospective clients. Globe and Mail, February 27, 2015

VICTORIAN CHARM AND COLONIAL RIGOR: SCHREIBER, HOPKINS AND EARLY FEMALE CANADIAN ARTISTS Jill Turner of Masters Gallery – Vancouver blogs about the artwork of early Canadian female artists. Galleries West, March 1, 2015

San Miguel Allende

SAN MIGUEL: Western Canada’s connection to Mexico Hundreds of leftist bohemians from Canada and the United States came to San Miguel after the Second World War to study art at the Escuela, founded with the help of U.S. painter Stirling Dickinson in 1938, and later, the Instituto Allende, when it became the favoured art school. Galleries West, February 27, 2015

New York

Documenting Selma, From the Inside A timely new show at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, “Selma March 1965,” reminds us that not all civil rights photographs were created equal. Commemorating the 50th anniversary this month of the historic Selma-to-Montgomery marches, the exhibition features the work of three documentarians of the protests: James Barker, Spider Martin and Charles Moore. New York Times, March 2, 2015

Marina Abramovic to Publish a Memoir in 2016 The book, to be published by Crown Archetype, will coincide with the artist’s 70th birthday. New York Times, March 2, 2015

Exploring Art, on and Off the Clock Jessica Morgan, the director of Dia Art Foundation, packs her Sundays with museum visits, with the occasional book or email break. New York Times, March 1, 2015

Ryder Ripps on Putting Virtual Reality Into a Box Ryder Ripps, the 28-year-old conceptual artist, has created a site-specific Internet-related exhibition, “Alone Together,” for Red Bull Studios New York. New York Times, February 28, 2015

Review: The Artist’s Studio, From Refuge to Gallery, in Shows at the Gagosian The Gagosian Gallery has mounted not one but two museum-quality exhibitions in its space on West 21st Street in Chelsea and at its flagship gallery on the Upper East Side. New York Times, February 27, 2015

Review: New Museum Triennial Casts a Wary Eye on the Future “Surround Audience,” organized by Ryan Trecartin and Lauren Cornell, features artists crossing borders and worried about what’s to come. New York Times, February 27, 2015

New Orleans

Why we love the art we love: Novelist Joseph Boyden on our pursuit of beautiful things The Globe and Wondereur will approach radically different minds engaged in culture across the country and around the world. Each month, we will ask them to share with us the work of a contemporary Canadian artist who deeply touches them. To launch the series, we visit novelist Joseph Boyden at home in New Orleans for a discussion of how his taste has evolved, and to learn which artist he has chosen to highlight. Globe and Mail, February 28, 2015


London’s Post-War Paintings And Murals Are At Risk – Can They Be Saved? “Following the removal of mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi from a London tube station earlier this month to a storage facility in Norfolk, the Twentieth Century Society conservation group has called for a ‘Domesday Book’ survey of post-war public art.” The Art Newspaper, February 27, 2015


Long-missing Picasso painting, found in US, to go back on display in Paris’ Pompidou Centre The Pompidou Centre in Paris hopes to display a long-vanished Picasso painting in May, now that it has been recovered by U.S. customs authorities. Star-Phoenix, March 2, 2015


Siamese crown stolen from Château de Fontainebleau Smash and grab raid of around 15 historic Asian artefacts happened on Sunday morning. The Art Newspaper, March 2, 2015


Art gets rough justice in South African court Foreign donors will pay for bird droppings to be removed from Nelson Mandela portrait along with other restoration and conservation projects. The Art Newspaper, March 2, 2015

Add Many Countries In Africa To Your List Of Places To See Great Works Of Modernist Architecture “There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities. … But we simply don’t know about it.” The Guardian, March 2, 2015

Abu Dhabi

Artists’ subtle critique of power opens at New York University’s Abu Dhabi outpost The collective Slavs and Tatars ends a three-month residency at Saadiyat Island with an exhibition on princely grooming. The Art Newspaper, March 2, 2015


In The Age Of Digital Photography, Why Are Printed Art Books Of Photos Booming? “The audience has grown, she says, and ‘it’s definitely more obsessive. They come straight to the section and know what they’re purchasing. It’s a herd thing as well: you see certain bloggers who are followed, you go on to YouTube and project by word of mouth.’” Financial Times, February 27, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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