Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 6 – 9, 2015


Got $300 million? The Vancouver Art Gallery would like to talk A city-owned parking lot known as Larwill Park in downtown Vancouver—the proposed home for one of the most ambitious cultural building projects B.C. has ever seen—is likely to house cars, not Carrs, for a good while longer. Just one month before a council-imposed deadline to raise $150 million in government funding for the project’s estimated $350 million in construction costs, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s plan for a landmark campus kitty corner to BC Place appears fated to be postponed, perhaps indefinitely. By most accounts, the gallery is nowhere near to meeting that fundraising deadline, and it’s likely to miss another city condition for the nominal 99-year lease on the site: to raise 75 per cent of its construction costs by December. BCBusiness, March 5, 2015

Spring Arts Preview: Capturing the mood in visual art In late spring, after years of planning, the Vancouver Art Gallery is expected to make a big announcement: the design for the new downtown gallery by Herzog & de Meuron. The VAG will also feature exhibitions on the outstanding designs of the Swiss architectural company, as well as on Vancouver-based artist Geoffrey Farmer. Vancouver Sun, March 6, 2015

Landon Mackenzie Brings New Life to Emily Carr Paintings At the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr’s works gain renewed relevancy thanks to a careful, nuanced pairing with contemporary painter Landon Mackenzie. Canadian Art, March 9, 2015

North Vancouver

Lego artistry is awesome Hetherington, 44, is a real life Master Builder – or Lego artist, as he prefers to refer to himself. Each intricate creation can take between 20,000 and 30,000 pieces to create and two months to build

Lego has “come full circle,” said Hetherington. “If Doug (Coupland) can convince the Vancouver Art Gallery they want Lego to fill up an entire room. .. now it’s considered art. North Shore News, March 8, 2015


Touchstones hosting all aboriginal showcase in Nelson The exhibition features 15 artists, including Neel, Bill Reid, Kenojuak Ashevak, Daphne Odig and Carl Beam.Unlimited Edition is Touchstones Nelson’s first all-aboriginal showcase, something curator Tania Willard is proud of. Nelson Star, March 5, 2015

Check out Revelstoke’s impressive new Land of Thundering Snow historical website Revelstoke residents were the driving force behind a new national virtual museum exhibit unveiled here on Mar. 4 that explores the history of avalanches, avalanche science and avalanche safety. Revelstoke Mountaineer, March 9, 2015


‘Nikkei Tapestry’ a virtual exhibit for Galt Museum Japanese heritage is of tremendous historical significance in southern Alberta, and now the stories and history are available for a wide audience. After several years and hundreds of hours of dedication, “Nikkei Tapestry: Japanese Canadians in Southern Alberta” a Virtual Museums of Canada exhibit, is now online. Lethbridge Herald, March 6, 2015


Berenice Abbott Archive Acquired by RIC

A major donation gives American photographer Berenice Abbott’s archive—a treasure trove of over 13,000 photographs, negatives and pieces of documentation—to the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. Canadian Art, March 5, 2015

At A Space, drawing the line on immigrant detention A show at A Space by two artists quietly posits a view on Canada’s practice of immigrant detention. Toronto Star, March 5, 2015


War museum exhibit looks at the folks back home during the First World War As Canada marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, we’ve been awash in stories about the soldiers who fought overseas. Now The Canadian War Museum has opened an exhibit that looks at what was going on back home during the war. Ottawa Citizen, March 6, 2015

North Bay

Quilts highlight museum display Doris Sanderson wanted to create a quilt that represents North Bay, and she wanted to raise money. She did both in a big way. Her quilt is on display at the “A Scottish Kist: The Story of Immigration to Canada” which focuses on Scottish Canadian culture and the stories of local immigrants., March 7, 2015


Touching sculptures at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Alan Dean is NLP: that means he has no light perception. He wears a protective pair of sunglasses with an extra edge on them to protect his eyes from dust particles. As a younger man he visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts regularly. CBC News, March 9, 2015

Santa Fe

SITElines: Curator Candice Hopkins and SITE Santa Fe’s “Unsettled Landscapes” Sarah Milroy reports from latest SITE Santa Fe biennial, which was co-curated by Canadian Candice Hopkins and offered a grounded approach to place. Canadian Art, March 5, 2015


A Wink at the Quirks of a Famed Collector The Barnes Foundation is asking three installation artists to play off Albert Barnes’s idiosyncratic method of installing art. New York Times, March 5, 2015

New York

Ravishing Works Too Rarely Seen “The Plains Indians: Artists of the Earth and Sky,” one of the greatest exhibitions of American Indian art you may ever see, opens Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, March 7, 2015

Thomas Struth’s Entanglement On the operating table and what comes after. New York Times, March 5, 2015

Review: Björk Unfurled in Many Guises at MoMA The music videos of this Icelandic musician are the heart of the MoMA retrospective, compared to which everything else seems slightly undeveloped. New York Times, March 5, 2015

Rare Mark Rothko Painting Leads Christie’s New York Auction “No. 36 (Black Stripe),” which was painted in 1958, a banner year for the artist, could exceed the artist’s auction record of $87 million. New York Times, March 6, 2015

‘Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight’ Alights at the New-York Historical Society This is the final annual installment of the New-York Historical Society’s exploration of the 435 watercolors that Audubon executed for “The Birds of America.” New York Times, March 5, 2015


$5,200 or $5.2 Million? It’s All in How It’s Framed A painting by John Constable, which sold in 2013 for about $5,200 at Christie’s, was put on the block at Sotheby’s in January and fetched $5.2 million, a demonstration of what an expert’s opinion can do. New York Times, March 7, 2015


At Museo del Prado, Blind Visitors Can Touch Masterpieces An exhibition at the Madrid museum includes three-dimensional copies of works for visually impaired patrons to touch. New York Times, March 6, 2015


Klimt Work Should Remain in Austria, Panel Says Austria’s Art Restitution Advisory Board recommended that “Beethoven Frieze” should remain the property of the government despite claims by heirs of Erich Lederer, who had sold the work in 1972. New York Times, March 6, 2015


The Brands in Art Basel’s Orbit Luxury companies want to be part of the global fair not only because it draws the 1 percent, but also because visual artists “represent the intersection of intellectual activity and money,” one expert says. New York Times, March 7, 2015

Iraq and Syria

Race in Iraq and Syria to Shield Art From Islamic State Archaeologists and preservationists, used to battling enemies like the weather, lament that in areas held by the Islamic State there is little they can do but document the destruction. New York Times, March 9, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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