Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 26, 2015


Vancouver Art Gallery never intended to meet city’s deadline. “With just a month to go before a city deadline to raise $150 million in government funding for a new home, the Vancouver Art Gallery acknowledged it has never formally applied for the funding and never intended to meet the deadline.” Vancouver Sun, March 26, 2015

Art from the Archive: An era ended at the VAG when Tony Emery resigned. “During his seven years as director, Emery said the VAG had become the city’s “only undeniable first-class institution. “We had pioneered North America’s first truly open public gallery, open to artists and all the arts and open to the public, free of charge.”” Art Seen (Kevin Griffin), Vancouver Sun, March 25, 2015

Herzog & de Meuron focus of exhibition launching at the Vancouver Art Gallery “The Vancouver Art Gallery is launching an exhibition featuring the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building. 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 20, 2015

Art this Week: Works by Patryk Stasieczek, Marten Elder. Opening this week: Patryk Stasieczek at Field Contemporary and Marten Elder: Perceptual Renderings & Pictured Windows at Equinox Gallery. Vancouver Sun, March 25, 2016

From Kandahar to Canada: Vancouver tribute pole shines a light on the journey of veterans. “At Foster Eastman’s studio in Coal Harbour, a group of veterans are huddled around the early stages of a tribute pole. Squamish master carver Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) advises 29-year-old Dale Hamilton on the best way to chisel the letters as Eastman looks on.” Georgia Straight, March 25, 2015


Burnaby Art Gallery opens new library exhibits. Burnaby Art Gallery is offering two new off-site exhibitions at Burnaby Public Library branches. At the McGill library branch (visitors can check out Laura Widmer’s Face to Face. Widmer is an award-winning Canadian printmaker based in Kelowna, who has earned recognition from the Open Studio National Printmaking Awards. The second exhibition is People With Cameras, an exhibition of photographs from the City of Burnaby Archives at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch. Burnaby Now, March 25, 2015


Taras Polataiko: Reflecting or Endorsing War? “Ukrainian-Canadian artist Taras Polataiko has never backed away from contentious subjects or challenging presentations that threaten to place viewers ill at ease. His perennially engaging works demand our active participation.” Canadian Art, March 26, 2015

Artist Kristopher Karklin manipulates his memories of oilsands. “Inspired by people like German photographer Thomas Demand, and painter Eric Fischl, Kristopher Karklin constructs environments in his studio in a way that’s a kind of manipulated memory of his life story.” Calgary Herald, March 22, 2015


Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard launches Mes Amis with his ‘friends’ One of Canada’s best-known artists is paying tribute to his friends with his latest show, opening tonight at Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina. CBC News, March 26, 2015


WAG to announce plans for huge collection of Inuit art. “The public will learn this morning how the Winnipeg Art Gallery is working towards getting a new home for its collection of Inuit art, the world’s largest.” Winnipeg Free Press, March 27, 2015

Outside the gallery, artists need to watch where they’re going. “Putting work in the real world lets artists reach wider audiences and make bolder statements, but it also provides highly visible opportunities to get things wrong. If you’re reading this, you’ve almost certainly encountered the Perception series by local artist KC Adams, either in this paper, online, on radio, TV, or (ideally) in person.” Winnipeg Art Gallery, March 27, 2015


Tepperman’s donates 45,000 to Gallery Dozens of works in the Art Gallery of Windsor’s permanent collection which have been languishing in vaults are being dusted off and put on display thanks to a $45,000 donation from furniture and appliance retailer Tepperman’s. Windsor Star, March 26, 2015


Visual Arts: Two artists go out after dark. Montreal-based Aude Moreau lights the darkness with symbols of impending doom; Vladimir Velickovic, a French artist born in Serbia in 1935 projects his dark vision into an airy, light-filled gallery. Montreal Gazette, March 26, 2015

New York

Review: A Strange and Wonderful View of Outsider Art “When the Curtain Never Comes Down,” at the American Fok Art Museum, art is fresh, innovative and view-altering. New York Times, March 26, 2015

New York State Attorney General to Investigate Cooper Union New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is launching an investigation into the Cooper Union’s financial practices. Artforoum, March 25, 2015


How Mark Leckey became the artist of the YouTube generation. Six years after he won the Turner prize, Leckey remains little known outside the art world – but he has quietly become one of the most influential artists in Britain. The Guardian, March 26, 2015

Serpentine Gallery’s 2015 Pavilion Will Be a Psychedelic Cocoon Designed by Selgas Cano The Serpentine Gallery announced their commission for its 15th annual Serpentine pavilion today. This summer, Spanish architect duo Selgas Cano—composed of young couple Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano—will create a psychedelic cocoon in the middle of Kensington Gardens. ARTnews, March 25, 3015


Why Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton Building Is a Masterpiece (And Why Photographs Can’t Communicate Its Genius) Justin Davidson: “With its white body encased in a cloud of pearl-grey glass, it borrows the muted palette of the 16th Arrondissement, but its cornucopia of forms expresses an alien exuberance. … If you’re going to make an architectural argument for excess, this is the way to do it.” New York Magazine, March 25, 2015


Now That The Met Has Sold This Painting, Turns Out It’s Really A Rubens “A portrait of Rubens’ young daughter Clara Serena, recently deaccessioned by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is going on display at the Rubenshuis in Antwerp. In 2013, it was auctioned as by a ‘follower of Rubens’, with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. … Ben van Beneden, the director of the Rubenshuis, has accepted the former Met painting – now cleaned – as authentic.” The Art Newspaper, March 24, 2015


Here’s the Artist List for the First Vienna Biennale Another biennale is officially hitting the crowded art calendar. The Vienna Biennale has announced that its first edition, which runs from June 11 to October 4 this year, will be titled “Ideas for Change,” ARTnews, March 25, 2015


Málaga’s mayor wins race to open Russian museum and pop-up Pompidou Politician was determined to launch satellite of Paris and St Petersburg museums by end of month. The Art Newspaper, March 16, 2015

Gaeta, Italy

Cultivating Genius Cy Twombly painted some of the 20th century’s great works in the hilly Italian coastal town of Gaeta. All the while, Nicola Del Roscio, who watched over him, quietly created his own Eden. T Magazine, March 26, 2015

Joanna Spurling | Library | Vancouver Art Gallery

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