Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 18, 2015


Herzog & de Meuron focus of exhibition launching at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Opening on March 27, 2015, Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery will provide an in-depth look at this Pritzker Prize-winning firm’s design philosophy through a selection of their projects, including significant and inspirational museums and galleries from around the world. Canadian Architect, March 21, 2015 (issue).

Art this week: David Ostrem, Myfanway MacLeod and Geometry of Knowing. Openings this week include: David Ostrem at Chernoff Fine Art, Myfanwy MacLeod at Catriona Jeffries, and Geometry of Knowing with work by artists: Josef Albers, Carole Itter, Evan Lee, Bruce Nauman, and Kika Thorne at SFU Gallery, Burnaby. Vancouver Sun, March 18, 2015


Robert Amos: Plenty around town to Look at. Lots to look at in Victoria, including Jim McFarland’s paintings, works by Adam Noonan, Avis Rasmussen, Fred Dobbs, Victoria Edgar and others. Times Colonist, March 13, 2015


Winnipeg Art Gallery displays new Arctic-themed exhibition. Intended to coincide with Nunavut’s 15th anniversary as a territory, Arctic Adaptations surveys a century of Arctic architecture and looks at the future of architecture in Nunavut. Nunatiaq, March 17, 2015


The Power Plant Revisits Documentary Forms. The Power Plant’s current exhibition, “The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding,” offers a fertile opportunity on home turf to reflect on documentary’s incursion into recent art. Canadian Art, March 17, 2015


If the WFCU Centre needed a new scoreboard…The original budget for the museum, being built now on the main floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor, was $6.1 million. That was to include $2.4 million from the federal government. If the city didn’t get that $2.4 million, it would pay the shortfall, the previous council decided. We didn’t get the $2.4 million. So the previous council, the one that agreed to pay the difference, instead decided to cut the $400,000. Windsor Star, March 17, 2015

Windsor artist launches Walkerville print studio and art gallery. “What I want this to be is a community of people coming in and learning amazing things and being creative,” said Jodi Green, 43, operator and owner of the new Levigator Press at 1984 Wyandotte St. E. Windsor Star, March 18, 2015


Montreal murals now featured in Google street art gallery. More than 150 murals across Montreal will be reaching international audiences through Google’s street art gallery. The initiative began four years ago but this is the first time a Canadian city is being featured. CBC News, March 17, 2015


Museums unite in campaign to save massive land art project Nevada Desert site around Michael Heizer’s City is under threat. The Art Newspaper, March 18, 2015

New York

MoMA Lands a Prized Work by Johns It’s a small work of art — precisely the size of an old Savarin coffee can jammed with artist’s paintbrushes — but in the history of postwar art and in the career of Jasper Johns, one of the most important artists of the last half century, it looms large. New York Times, March 17, 2015

The Man Who Will Design The Metropolitan Museum’s New Galleries “In David Chipperfield, the Met has found an architect of personal reticence and sober intellect whose work can be bold and simultaneously deferential.” The Economist, March 16, 2015

Jerry Saltz, The Art Internet Critic “In the hallowed halls of art criticism long dominated by self-serious arbiters of taste, Saltz will sometimes say he prefers to play the role of the hapless naïf. Saltz can look the part when he wants: he’s a petite man, with a receding hairline, bookish plastic frames, and a face that resembles a hybrid of J.K. Simmons and Larry David’s. But his boundary-pushing antics are serious business, a persona built over 25 years of hard work and self-questioning, and they’ve put him in a uniquely influential position in the New York art scene.” Capital New York, March 17, 2015

Coming of Age as a Guide at Ground Zero In a new initiative at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, students from local high schools summon the emotional maturity to serve as guides. New York Times, March 17, 2015

United States

As Chinese Tourism Increases, American Museums Adapt Museums across the United States are adding audio tours in Mandarin, accepting a Chinese credit card and promoting their exhibits on Weibo. New York Times, March 18, 2015


Canada House Reopening Foregrounds Art. While art is a feature of diplomatic buildings, none rival the collection on view in Canada House, which is the largest and most public. A day after the opening events, Canada House Gallery had its inaugural exhibition reception for “Jeff Wall: Five Pictures in a Gallery.”Canadian Art, March 18, 2015

Grayson Perry works attract record crowds to National Portrait Gallery Fourteen portraits by Grayson Perry dotted around the National Portrait Gallery’s 19th- and 20th-century rooms have attracted a record number of visitors, the gallery said on Monday. The works, made during production of his Channel 4 series Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, are the most viewed temporary display in the gallery’s history. The Guardian, March 15, 2015

Spanish and Italian Old Master scholar to take over National Gallery London UK prime minister approves Gabriele Finaldi to replace Nicholas Penny. The Art Newspaper, March 18, 2015

London National Gallery staff in fresh strike action over privatisation row A fresh wave of strikes is to be launched by staff at the National Gallery in London in a row over privatisation of services. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union will walk out this weekend and from Tuesday 24 March to Saturday 28 March, following two periods of industrial action last month. The Guardian,, March 13, 2015

Gyorgy Kepes, Wizard of Light and Motion, Comes Back Into Focus An exhibition about Kepes’s experiments with light, photography and graphics from 1937 to 1947 underlines a surge of interest in his work. New York Times, March 18, 2015


Islamic State and political instability at the centre of Venice Biennale’s Iraq pavilion Five artists respond to the country’s conflicts and Ai Weiwei selects works by refugees. The Art Newspaper, March 18, 2015


Tunis Museum Attack Said to Kill 8; Hostages Are Held Gunmen in military uniforms attacked an art museum in downtown Tunis on Wednesday, killing eight people and taking several others hostage, a spokesman for the interior ministry said. New York Times, March 18, 2015

Middle East

Islamist Extremists And The Destruction Of History “All around the Middle East, archeological treasures of the ancient world have been stripped of their original glory – often, of what some call graven images. ISIS’s fanatics do so hatefully, as if to spite all others, but they are not the only perpetrators. Muslim extremists have long sought to destroy the physical evidence that any other faith worth valuing existed before their own.” The New Yorker, March 18, 2015

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