Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 17, 2015


Visual art: Shore to Shore celebrates diversity This book details Coast Salish artist’s statuary in Stanley Park honouring his mixed ancestry. Veteran Vancouver journalist and author Suzanne Fournier’s book, Shore to Shore is a powerful and richly informative account of the creation of Luke Marston’s masterpiece. Vancouver Sun, March 14, 2015

This Week In History: 1905 Charles H. Rawson was visited in his studio at 165 West Cordova and found at work on multiple portraits of kids, wives and businessmen. Whatever the subject, the writer noted, Rawson “depicted the note of underlying character so difficult to portray” and “gave an idea of the real nature of the person presented.” Alas, being “a proficient portrait artist” wasn’t his pathway to fame and fortune. A 1937 catalogue in the Vancouver archives lists two Rawson works for sale for $2.50 each. Vancouver Sun, March 12, 2015

Blind Vancouver artist swaps white cane for marching band Blind artist Carmen Papalia has never liked using a white cane, so one day he decided to ditch it— for a marching band. Since his vision became impaired, the Vancouver-based artist has enjoyed swapping his cane in favour of new and novel ways of getting around. Metronews Vancouver, March 16, 2015


Will Millar’s Ireland featured in art exhibition The Ireland in Will Millar’s paintings doesn’t exist anymore, except in Millar’s imagination — which is what makes them that much more poignant. “That’s exactly why I call the show Ireland in the Rare Oul Times,” says Millar. Calgary Herald, March 17, 2015


Reduced gallery hours questioned Saskatoon city councillors want to make sure taxpayers get value for their money in the Remai Modern art gallery, which is slated to open next year. On Monday, councillors questioned the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan’s executive director, Gregory Burke, on a range of topics, from the gallery’s hours of operation to how its municipal funding compares to that of other galleries. Star Phoenix, March 17, 2015

Idea of Remai fees angers some Stu Hampton is “really bitter” about the Mendel Art Gallery being shut down and relocated to River Landing. The 63-year-old Saskatoon native, who was walking through the gallery with friends Sunday afternoon, said he visits the Mendel at least every month. He said he won’t visit nearly as often when the gallery reopens as the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan in mid-2016 and starts charging up to $16 for people to see exhibits. Star Phoenix, March 16, 2015


L’art de rue de Montréal immortalisé par Google Montréal deviendra la première ville canadienne, et la seule, à voir ses murales présentées dans la collection virtuelle de l’Institut culturel de Google. Le Devoir. 17 Mars, 2015

Opinion: Montreal’s emerging artists deserve support As one of the nation’s major metropolitan centres, our city has made the arts a priority, as the 2007-2017 Montréal métropole culturelle action plan and the related development of the Quartier des spectacles demonstrate. Montreal Gazette, March 15, 2015


‘Everybody Gets a Porcelain Vase!’: Oprah to Auction Private Collection It was announced yesterday that the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago will conduct a single-owner auction of over 500 lots belonging to the media legend Oprah Winfrey. ARTnews, March 17, 2015


For the Walker Art Center, a Shop That Peddles Evanescence In a conceptual online pop-up store called Intangibles, the museum will enlist artists as shrewd marketers of their own ideas. New York Times, March 17, 2015

New York

Sotheby’s Finds Its New CEO At Madison Square Garden “The art auction behemoth announced Monday that it has tapped Tad Smith, who has served as president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Co. since 2014. Smith will officially assume his post at Sotheby’s on March 31.” Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2015


French police widen net in manuscripts investigation In case against dealer charged with fraud, authorities are now looking at suppliers and other booksellers. The Art Newspaper, March 17, 2015


Rotterdam museum wants to rent out storage space to private collectors Without an endowment, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen says it is finding “creative” ways to support itself. The Art Newspaper, March 13, 2015


In Geneva, Art Thrives Where Watches Were Made A city known for timepieces, banks and global institutions now has its own little SoHo. New York Times, March 17, 2015


U.S. To Return Assyrian Artifacts To Iraq “American officials on Monday are expected to repatriate about 65 objects to the Iraqi government, among them the head of a massive statue that was stolen in 2007 or 2008 from the same ancient Assyrian archaeological site where Islamic State. New York Times, March 15, 2015


Did An Australian Conservator Forge Two (Or More) Paintings That Sold For Millions? “Police say the paintings, which sold for $2.5m and $1.1m respectively, were created in 2007 and 2008. [Brett] Whiteley died from a drug overdose in 1992.” The Guardian, March 16, 2015


Quirky $200 Million Art Venture Proves Just the Ticket for Tasmania David Walsh, owner and creator of the Museum of Old and New Art, describes his showplace as a “subversive adult Disneyland.” New York Times, March 17, 2015


Labels, Digital Included, Assume New Importance at Museums Museums are paying more attention to labels, emphasizing clarity, concision, cleverness and even digital interactivity to engage and educate visitors. New York Times, March 17, 2015

Museums Turn to Technology to Boost Attendance by Millennials How do static galleries of canvas and artifact engage a generation raised on the reactive pleasures of right swipes and hyperlinks? New York Times, March 17, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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