Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 3, 2015


Here are 7 Spring date ideas for under $20 in Vancouver Grazing and gazing at the Gallery Café Enjoy a coffee and dessert at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s excellent café. Afterward, take a seat on the gallery steps for the city’s best people-watching perch. Georgia Straight (blog) March 3, 2015

Ken Lum’s new art installation tackles Vancouver’s real estate crisis A man who appeared to be homeless offered to sell me a tiny house – actually a new art installation by Ken Lum, which I was looking at – for “a good price:” less than $1-million (which would be a good price, considering the tiny plot of land, on the edge of Vancouver’s Chinatown, is alone assessed at more than $1.7-million). Globe and Mail, March 3, 2015

Lionel and Patricia Thomas’ famed works on display in the SUB This month, the AMS Art Gallery is featuring a few works of visual art by architect and painter Lionel Thomas and designer and painter Patricia Thomas. The Ubyssey, March 2, 2015

West Vancouver

Gordon Smith gives back to ‘incredible’ place to live Gordon Smith, one of the country’s most respected artists, has donated a significant amount of his personal art collection to West Vancouver Museum. Vancouver Sun, March 3, 2015

Gordon Smith to donate personal collection to West Vancouver Museum Gordon Smith, the legendary Canadian painter, has an extensive personal art collection and a dream: He wants it to stay in West Vancouver, where he has lived for more than 60 years. In his Arthur Erickson-designed house by the ocean, he explained his decision to donate the collection – which includes works by other renowned Canadian artists including Jeff Wall, Douglas Coupland and Bill Reid – to the West Vancouver Museum. The tiny museum also has a dream: expansion. Globe and Mail, March 3, 2015


cheyanne turions Wins 2014 Award for Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art he Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Group announced today that cheyanne turions is the recipient of the Award for Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art. The award is presented to a Canadian curator, under the age of 35, whose body of work has achieved a public presence and peer recognition. The recipient of this award is eligible for a $10,000 grant to help pursue his or her professional development. The award was presented during a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. Marketwired, March 2, 2014

Does possible Maple Leaf Forever link make these historical art? In Ottawa, two national museums turned down a gift of bowls made from the tree that some have contended inspired The Maple Leaf Forever. But a Toronto museum accepted them. Ottawa Citizen, March 3, 2015


In Canada, no nudes is good nudes A new exhibit exposes our squeamishness about nakedness in art. Macleans, March 1, 2015


Marie Watt Returns to the National Gallery of Canada Portland-based Seneca artist Marie Watt discusses her multidisciplinary way of working, and using objects that evoke different connotations across borders. Canadian Art, March 3, 2015


Devrait-on boycotter Art souterrain? L’expo Art souterrain, qui comprend en tout 65 artistes, sera visible jusqu’au 15 mars, dans le Montréal souterrain. Le Devoir, March 2, 2015


Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist: 25 Years of Theories In 1990, 13 art works — including Rembrandts, a Vermeer and a Manet — were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. A quarter-century later, the hunt continues. New York Times, February 26, 2015

New York

Björk Is on Display, Up Close and in 3-D at MoMA The exhibition, which opens to the public on Sunday, is an immersive sonic and visual landscape, covering more than 20 years of her career. New York Times, March 2, 2015

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Koons at cutting edge with giant stone mills Artist ramps up production at Pennsylvania workshop where monumental works are carved. The Art Newspaper, March 3, 2015


Mass Exodus? Why Nearly Half Of Miami’s Art Museums Don’t Have Directors “Four museums in Miami are currently searching for new directors. In a city that has transformed itself into one of the top destinations for contemporary art in the US over the past decade and boasts perhaps ten significant art institutions, nearly half are now leaderless. The Art Newspaper, March 3, 2015


New Leader Nominated for Pompidou Center in Paris Serge Lasvignes, who has little profile in the art world, is a surprise choice to succeed Alain Seban, who has led the modern art museum for eight years. New York Times, March 3, 2015

Kyiv, Ukraine

Taras Polataiko on Conflict and Art in Eastern Ukraine Ukrainian-Canadian artist Taras Polataiko speaks about the current cultural climate in Eastern Ukraine, where conflict largely overshadows art-making. Canadian Art, March 2, 2015


Iraq’s National Museum Reopens, In Gesture Of Defiance To ISIS “In response to the destruction of antiquities in Mosul last week by Islamic State militants, the Iraqi government reopened the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad this weekend, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaking out against the terrorist group at the ribbon cutting.” The Art Newspaper, March 2, 2015


Was ISIS’s Attack On Mosul Museum Staged? Just Another Of Its “Cinema Of Terror” Pieces? Christopher Knight, observing that several of the statues destroyed were obviously modern copies: “Earlier snuff videos … show the beheading of soldiers, journalists and humanitarian aid workers. The new video purports to show nothing less than the beheading of an entire civilization. The question is: Does it really? Or is the video, instead, a grotesque perversion of performance art, cynically designed to inflate the image of Islamic State power?” Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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