Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 13 – 16, 2015


Party photos of the week: High art and wine drive a pair of West Coast fêtes. A major travelling exhibition of work by a who’s who of European masters has landed at Vancouver Art Gallery. Globe and Mail, March 14, 2015

The controversy surrounding the Vancouver Art Gallery’s JEH MacDonald donation A number of Canadian art veterans, including influential dealers and collectors, wonder if the story is incredible, literally, and are eager to see further testing to verify the authenticity of the artwork. Globe and Mail, March 14, 2015

9 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Monday, March 16 The Unscrolled exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery spotlights works by three generations of Chinese artists. Georgia Straight, March 16, 2015

Understanding Canada’s art market: a Q&A with David Heffel One of Canada’s leading fine art auctioneers on the secret of a successful sale, and where the art market is going. BC Business, March 8, 2015

West Vancouver

Gordon Smith donates personal art collection to West Vancouver Museum. The donation is a significant one for the museum, which only started a permanent collection in 2007. Morrison said its collection of 300 works focuses on artists such as Smith and B.C. Binning, who lived and worked in the community. Vancouver Sun, March 13, 2015


Then & Now: Six generations tied to home at Burnaby Village Museum Whenever seven-year-old Taylen Ritchie visits the Burnaby Village Museum, he runs off to find a volunteer and proudly announces his family’s connection to a central home onsite. The 1920s homestead, known simply as Elworth, used to belong to his great, great, great grandfather Edwin Bateman. Burnaby Now, March 15, 2015


Baring it all: Canada Council Art Bank’s collection of nudes on display Since its founding in Ottawa in 1972, the bank has bought and stored more than 17,000 contemporary creations by professional Canadian artists as diverse as Norval Morrisseau, Diana Thorneycroft, Evan Penny and Suzy Lake. Each purchase is chosen by a peer jury, then offered for rent, sometimes for as little as $120 a year. Out of 17,000, an estimated 500 are nudes. Yet be damned if the Art Bank can get anyone in the public and private sector to take them off its hands. They’re called, in fact, “the unrentables.” Globe and Mail, March 15, 2015


Silke Otto-Knapp’s portraits leave room for viewers to project their own thoughts Work by Silke Otto-Knapp is currently on view in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario in an exhibition curated by contemporary and modern-art curator Kitty Scott. Standing in the gallery spaces, surveying Otto-Knapp’s landscapes, portraits and theatrical tableaux, you feel a kind of calm, and a sense of sinking into a dream world, a space of contemplation and deep solitude. Globe and Mail, March 13, 2015

Douglas Coupland Doesn’t Care About You

Douglas Coupland’s new touring survey, currently on view at three locations in Toronto, promises an interactive experience that is deeply contemporary. But how social is the art, really? Canadian Art, March 12, 2015

Art Jobs: Georgia Guenther, Exhibit Artist at the ROM To explore unconventional career paths in the arts, we speak to Georgia Guenther, the senior exhibit artist at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Canadian Art, March 12, 2015


Must-Sees This Week: March 12 to 18, 2015 Great exhibitions are opening across Canada this week. Here are our best bets. Canadian Art, March 12, 2015

Los Angeles

William Pope.L wants to bring down the house The artist’s exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles could blow away the building. The Art Newspaper, March 16, 2015


Metropolitan Museum and Minneapolis Institute to Share Large Collection of Asian Art The museums will share a gift from the estate of Mary Griggs Burke, whose collection of Japanese and other East Asian art ranked among the finest in the world. New York Times, March 15, 2015


The Planned Lucas Museum In Chicago Gets Hit With Another Setback “A Chicago judge ruled Thursday that local conservation group Friends of the Parks could move forward with a suit to block construction of George Lucas’ radical new museum on the city’s lakefront. The lawsuit, filed in November, claims the planned site for the institution is part of a protected waterway belonging to the state and cannot legally be privately developed.” The Observer, March 13, 2015


OK, This Is Just Odd: The Boston Globe Pens An Open Letter To The Thieves Who Stole Art From The Gardner Museum In 1990 “You can bask in a certain solidarity with the rest of humanity, for starters. And then, better still, you can wise up. You can recognize your mistakes. You can shake your head and rub your eyes in disbelief that you were ever so dumb as to break into a museum, or to receive a stolen Vermeer, and you can marvel at the fact that back then you really didn’t know what the hell you were doing.” The Boston Globe, March 14, 2015

New York

Canadian Highlights at New York’s Art Fairs Bill Clarke reports from the recent flurry of art fairs in New York, where the CanCon was strong. Canadian Art, March 12, 2015

Asia Week Is Highlighted by Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Sale This nine-day event, which draws dealers, curators, scholars and collectors from around the world, includes a five-day auction at Christie’s of the Ellsworth collection of Chinese art. New York Times, March 15, 2015

Looks Real, but Look Closer “Richard Estes: Painting New York City” offers more than 40 paintings and works on paper dating from the mid-1960s to the present. New York Times, March 13, 2015


The Most Visited Attraction In The UK Is …The British Museum. “But it was London’s Imperial War Museum which saw the most significant increase in visitor numbers across the year.”


France and China reap rewards of cultural exchange President Hollande’s state visit led to a year of prestigious loans—and long-term benefits. The Art Newspaper, March 15, 2015


Venice Biennale Shows its Political Stripes The art fair will offer an epic reading of the volumes of Marx’s “Das Kapital” New York Times, March 12, 2015

Hong Kong

Asia Gears Up for Art Basel Hong Kong With a new start date, the Hong Kong fair is trying to separate itself from the pack. New York Times, March 13, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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