Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library March 31, 2015


This Is Your Brain on Jeremy Shaw Jeremy Shaw gets visitors’ pulses racing at Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, where he delves into the futuristic world of Quantum Humans. Canadian Art, March 31, 2015

The first rule of art appreciation is to talk about art There’s always been a great divide between the art world and the general public. The art world considers itself to have very high-brow taste. Visual art is incredibly sophisticated, after all. But the public, with some exceptions, is skeptical. A lot of art being made today is difficult to understand, and the art world’s tendency to use obfuscating language is certainly off-putting. Winnipeg Free Press, March 30, 2015

Moose Jaw

New exhibit a rarity for Saskatchewan In an era where artists are fleeing the province for more thriving pastures, one Saskatchewan painter has returned to showcase his work. Moose Jaw Times Herald, March 26, 2015


Ontario Culture Minister believes ROM will pay off $33-million loan by 2027 Culture Minister Michael Coteau says he is confident the Royal Ontario Museum will pay the $33-million it owes provincial taxpayers – but warns he will “hold them accountable” for the money. As The Globe and Mail revealed last week, the ROM has struggled to pay off a provincial loan in recent years after some of its donors failed to fully fulfill their pledges. Since the museum is owned by the province, the government has wide-ranging power to intervene. Globe and Mail, March 31, 2015


Selma exhibit recalls the power of the endangered staff photographer 15 Fifty years later, proof that they did indeed happen are on display at Merrickville’s little Canal Gallery. “People aren’t happy when they see these pictures,” says gallery owner Ted Hitsman. “It’s upsetting.” His guest book is littered with shocked reaction. Globe and Mail, March 28, 2015

Quebec City

Le MNBAQ double ses surfaces d’exposition Branle-bas de redéploiement au Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) : le pavillon Pierre-Lassonde, actuellement en chantier, doublera presque la superficie de cet espace muséal à son ouverture dans la Grande-Allée, en 2016. Le Devoir, March 31, 2015

Los Angeles

Jeffrey Deitch Says He Was Persecuted At L.A. MOCA, Just Like Klaus Biesenbach Is Now At MOMA “‘Some of you may have read the diatribes against one of my favorite colleagues Klaus Biesenbach raging today,” he said … “[It] reminds me of the diatribes that went on against me when I was at MOCA. … So with Klaus, it’s Bjork; with me, it was James Franco, unfortunately.’ This generated much laughter from the audience.” (Deitch also says he wish he’d presented the Björk show.) Artnet, March 26, 2015

New York

Anti-Curator Hysterics And Falsehoods Won’t Fix MOMA Greg Allen: “Christian Viveros-Fauné’s artnet News column earlier this week, which purported to pull back the curtain on Klaus Biesenbach’s reign of curatorial terror at MoMA, is not going to help; it is not only poisonous and pointlessly personal, it’s inaccurate.” Hyperallergic, March 27, 2015


Model army: Ydessa Hendeles and her disturbing gang of puppets Hendeles regards herself as a storyteller. She has also been described as a kind of magic realist, but she is more artist than novelist. Collector, curator, artist? To those who worry about such things, I say get over it. “Much of my work,” she says, “is a post-Holocaust document. I was born from the Holocaust, but I don’t want to play the victim card. I try to look at my life and what it means to me.” The Guardian, March 30, 2015

Britain Acts to Block Removal of Egyptian Statue British authorities have temporarily blocked the removal from England of an ancient Egyptian statue that was sold by a museum to raise money. New York Times, March 31, 2015

Tate Britain director heads to Lisbon to run Gulbenkian Museum Penelope Curtis to put testing time in London behind her. The Art Newspaper, March 31, 2015


The Story Behind ‘Woman in Gold’: Nazi Art Thieves and One Painting’s Return Gustav Klimt’s painting “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” was returned to Maria Altmann and her family. New York Times, March 31, 2015


Renoir, Picassos, Warhols Seized In Romanian Corruption Probe “Romanian prosecutors investigating an alleged bribery scheme have questioned the former finance minister about the origins of 100 paintings,” including three Picasso sketches, several works by Andy Warhol, and an apparent Renoir that was found in a safe along with gold bricks. Yahoo News, March 27, 2015


Turkish president appeals ruling that he must pay damages to artist Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Mehmet Aksoy’s work as a “monstrosity” The Art Newspaper, March 30, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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