Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 12, 2015


Art from the Archive: The sleek modernism of the 1951 VAG. The second Vancouver Art Gallery literally grew around the first one. Rather than mount a fundraising campaign to build a new gallery, the VAG decided it would renovate the original 1931 building at 1145 West Georgia. Art Seen (Kevin Griffin), Vancouver Sun, March 12, 2015

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural celebrates cultural legacy. At the opening of The Box of Treasures, Kwakwaka’wakw chief Robert Joseph and Musqueam community leader Audrey Siegl welcomed the throng of visitors along with the First Nations singers and dancers who performed for us. “The important thing is that we discover truths about each other’s cultures,” Joseph said, emphasizing the “sanctity” of such gatherings. Georgia Straight, March 10, 2015

More than 80 entries vie to transform downtown block as part of Robson Redux competition. VIVA Vancouver received more than 80 entries in its Robson Redux competition to turn the block into a pedestrian plaza. “Great variety in the sense of design, look and feel. Everything from the palm trees to the pyramid blocks, and places for children.” Other proposals submitted as part of the competition include concepts for a campground in the middle of Vancouver, a bamboo grove, a kaleidoscope canopy, a chopped canoe, a “porch parade”, and an urban living room. Georgia Straight, March 7, 2015


Victoria artist leaves mark on new Canadian $10 coins. Richard Hunt’s image on Canada’s newly minted $10 silver coin shows a mother eagle giving a minnow to her eaglet, while the father flies toward them carrying a salmon. Times Colonist March 12, 2015


Museum and arena will be Edmonton’s new heart How are things with Edmonton’s other downtown megaproject? You know, the $340-million Royal Alberta Museum or RAM, the massive new building we’d all be talking about if it wasn’t going up across the street from the much-debated, highly controversial $480-million downtown arena. Edmonton Journal, March 11, 2015


MAWA’s annual art auction and cupcake party is a homecoming for the artists it’s helped create. Last weekend, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art celebrated International Women’s Day with a characteristic outpouring of education, skill-sharing, and community-building. Now, a week later, we get the chance to celebrate MAWA itself and the community of artists it’s done so much to cultivate and support. Winnipeg Free Press, March 12, 2015


Joe Fafard opens “Mes Amis” at Slate in Regina Opening March 26, 2015, this show celebrates fellow artists, past & present, who have inspired Fafard throughout his continued and successful career as one of Canada’s most well-known artists. Galleries West, March 4, 2015


Canadian Canoe Museum launches international design competition Last April, the Canadian Canoe Museum announced its plan to relocate the museum to Parks Canada property beside the Peterborough Lift Lock, pleasing some and shocking others. Now the museum has launched an international design competition for architects to design the $24 million new museum. Kawartha NOW, March 11, 2015


Bill Mason collection goes to Museum of History. A collection of gear used by famed canoeist and filmmaker Bill Mason is staying in Ottawa. The Canadian Museum of History has bought it.Ottawa Citizen, March 11, 2015

Discomfiting photographs of the human body. The rising Ottawa artist Sabrina Chamberland is skilled at simultaneously drawing in viewers while discomfiting them. Ottawa Citizen, March 11, 2015


BGL Career Highlights: Web Extra. Expect the unexpected. That’s perhaps the best way to approach the work of Quebec City art collective BGL. Canadian Art, March 10, 2015

Corning, New York

New Wing at Corning Museum of Glass Invites the Light The museum’s new 100,000-square-foot wing, which opens March 20, will finally allow the museum to properly display large-scale works. New York Times, March 12, 2015


Artist Gets Her First Gallery Show At Age 100 “Ever thought you were too old to take on a fresh challenge, learn something new, or add a few more chapters to your memoir? Please allow me to introduce Frieda Lefeber.” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11, 2015


Lost “City Of The Monkey God” Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest “An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied ‘White City,’ also referred to in legend as the ‘City of the Monkey God.’ “ National Geographic, March 2, 2015


UK Museums Struggle With What To Do With Wealth Of Archaeological Artifacts “We have archival material in museums that are becoming increasingly inaccessible because of the lack of specialist archaeoloy curators and we have museums that are ceasing to collect this material which has created a backlog that has nowhere to go.” The Art Newspaper, March 10, 2015


Hermitage to open satellite branch in former Moscow factory Russia’s largest museum signs agreement with the redeveloper of the Soviet-era ZIL automobile plant. The Art Newspaper, March 12, 2015


One Year After Being Bombed, Cairo’s Museum Of Islamic Art Is Still A Hollowed-Out Shell “Nowhere has this glacial pace of government administration been more keenly exhibited than in the authorities’ clumsy efforts to reboot the museum. From frequent delays in kick-starting construction, to the events immediately following the attack, the restoration has become mired in confusion, red tape, and allegations of corruption.” Roads and Kingdoms, March 6, 2015


In exile or amid the horror, Syrian artists carry on working While civil war tears their country apart, most artists have fled Syria and are achieving success in the Gulf and the West. But some remain in their native country, where art provides a brief escape from the conflict. The Art Newspaper, March 12, 2015


Afghan artist dons armour to counter men’s street harassment. It took a month for Kubra Khademi to get the armour made exactly to her design; hours spent with a quiet, patient metalworker who usually made stoves. Guardian, March 12, 2015


Joanna Spurling | Library | Vancouver Art Gallery |

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