Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 24, 2015


Jeremy Shaw goes backward and forward into the present at CAG Medium-Based Time, a solo exhibition by Jeremy Shaw, continues at the Contemporary Art Gallery until Sunday, April 19. Vancouver Sun, March 20, 2015


Robert Amos: Digging up roots of B.C. pottery Allan Collier is passionate about our local history, as expressed in design. Just now, he’s on a quest for the roots of B.C. pottery. Times Colonist, March 22, 2015


The human touch When Reva Stone graduated as an artist from the University of Manitoba in 1985, her tools of expression were oil paints and brushes. Three decades later, her implements are computers and drones, as she explores the impact of cutting-edge biotechnology and robotics on how we interact in the world. The pioneering Winnipeg digital artist was announced today as one of the eight winners of the 2015 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts; the awards recognize outstanding career achievement. Winnipeg Free Press, March 24, 2015


Eight Canadian visual and media artists win Governor-General Awards Eight veterans of Canada’s visual and media arts world – three women, five men – are this year’s winners of the Governor-General’s Awards for career excellence in the visual and media arts. The names of the winners, each of whom receives $25,000, were announced Tuesday morning by the Ottawa-based Canada Council for the Arts, the awards’ administrator. The Globe and Mail, March 24, 2015

Governor-General’s Award winners announced today Curator Louise Déry, media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and composer and writer Rober Racine are three Montrealers on the 2015 Governor General’s Awards for Visual Arts. CBC, March 24, 2015

7 Artists and 1 Curator Win Governor General’s Awards Robert Houle, Micah Lexier, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Louise Déry are among the winners of the 2015 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Canadian Art, March 24, 2015


Le commissaire comme créateur Marcel Duchamp nous a expliqué que c’est le spectateur qui fait l’oeuvre… Et si c’était plutôt le commissaire d’exposition qui jouait ce rôle ? Ces temps-ci, il y a en art et en muséologie une tendance fascinante qui n’a certainement pas fini de prendre de l’ampleur. Elle consiste à montrer comment le dispositif de présentation ainsi que le travail du conservateur, du commissaire ou de l’archiviste influent sur la lecture des oeuvres et des documents exhibés. Le Devoir, March 24, 2015

Bromont, Quebec

Une galerie d’art de Bromont exporte ses oeuvres aux quatre coins du globe Le marché de l’art est difficile au Québec, où les acheteurs sont peu nombreux. Une galerie d’art des Cantons-de-l’Est réussit pourtant à exporter des oeuvres d’artistes de chez nous sur cinq continents. Plus de 2000 oeuvres d’artistes québécois ont été vendues à l’étranger grâce à cette initiative. Radio-Canada, March 24, 2015

Nova Scotia

Museum Week: Nova Scotia’s experts talk about their favourite things In honour of Museum Week we posed a simple question to people working in some of the province’s museums: What’s your favourite thing in your museum’s collection? A simple question, but not an easy one to answer. In fact, many of those we asked says it felt like an impossible task. But they played along. CBC News, March 24, 2015

Los Angeles

Peter Zumthor’s Plan For LACMA Has Been Thoroughly Changed (No More Blob!) “Once a free-flowing, biomorphic design inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits and the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the design has become noticeably more angular and muscular in recent weeks.” Says LACMA director Michael Govan, “No one will call it a blob anymore. Peter hasn’t given up the curve. But he’s really, really reined it in.” Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2015


British Copyright Law Changes Are A Disaster For The Arts And Artists “The new regulation makes copyright breach in Britain a criminal, rather than a civil, offense. That is not just out of proportion but totally and utterly insane. Are we now going to start sending art publishers, authors, artists and museum curators to jail? Artnet, March 22, 2015


Rubenshuis director says Clara Serena portrait ‘is by Rubens’ Work deaccessioned by Met fetched almost 20 times its auction estimate in 2013. The Art Newspaper, March 24, 2015


After decades of being traded around the world, portrait by El Greco returned to heirs Work owned by Viennese industrialist who fled to Mexico to escape Nazis is finally recovered. The Art Newspaper, March 24, 2015


Prolific Swiss Artist Hans Erni Dies at 106 Swiss artist Hans Erni, whose prolific work ranged from tiny postage stamps to enormous frescoes, has died, his daughter said Sunday. He was 106. New York Times, March 22, 2015


Ukraine Turmoil Forces Cancellation of Kiev Art Biennale Because of security concerns and financial problems, the second Kiev art biennale has been canceled again. New York Times, March 23, 2015


Ai Weiwei, Chinese dissident artist, wins top award from Amnesty International Amnesty International awarded its top honor Tuesday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country’s restrictive political atmosphere, and U.S. folk singer Joan Baez. CBC, March 24, 2015


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