Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 1, 2015

Vancouver

Trans Am Totem, a playful monument to motion, rises in Vancouver. Marcus Bowcott’s playful Trans Am Totem will be officially unveiled on April Fool’s Day — pure coincidence, he says — as part of the Vancouver Biennale. The colourful stack of five cars stands perched atop a trunk of old-growth cedar in the grassy median where Pacific Boulevard turns into Quebec Street at the end of False Creek. Vancouver Sun, April 1, 2015

Art this week: Colin Smith, James Nizam, Byron Dauncey and Kevin Day. Opening this week are: Colin Smith at Winsor Gallery, James Nizam at Gallery Jones and Byron Dauncey and Kevin Day at Robert Lynds Gallery.VancouverSun, April 1, 2015

Artist wants to give picture to model she painted in 1990s. Marilyn Kelm painted a picture of a model back in the 1990s and now wants to find the model so she can give her the painting the model couldn’t afford years ago. The Province, March 31, 2015

Saskatoon

First Nations artists look to future. As the Mendel Art Gallery prepares to close its doors, one local arts organization is using the space to celebrate the past and get excited about the future. Tribe, one of the first First Nations artist-run centres in Canada, is 20 years old this year. Star Phoenix, March 31, 2015

Winnipeg

Micah Lexier to Showcase New Series on Outdoor Media for Public Exhibition. Toronto-based artist, collector and curator Micah Lexier, a Winnipeg native, officially launches his Hands Holdings Things (2015) series of images in partnership with PATTISON’s Art in Transit programme. The 8 image series will be displayed on street level outdoor media products at several locations across the city, with media supplied by PATTISON Outdoor Advertising from April 1 to May 29, 2015. Market Wired, March 31, 2015

Cornwall, ON

Art gallery dismisses Lizotte, searches for economical replacement. Wyatt Walsh said Tuesday Sylvie Lizotte, TAG’s long-time leader with more than 20 years at the helm, was dismissed a few weeks ago. Cornwall Seaway, March 31, 2015

Halifax

Art Galley of Nova Scotia starts the year in Italy. John Greer: retroActive is a three-gallery, nearly 50-year retrospective by the Nova Scotia sculptor, “one of Nova Scotia’s most important artists,” curator David Diviney said at Tuesday’s 2015-16 season launch for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Chronicle Herald, March 31, 2015

Minneapolis

Walker Art Center goes green in $75 million project. Positioning itself as a neighborhood green space and cultural gateway, Walker Art Center will add a new glass-walled entrance pavilion, groves of trees and acres of new grass as part of a $75 million project to be announced Tuesday. Star Tribune, March 30, 2015

Vienna

Vienna museum director calls for time limit on Nazi-loot restitution claims. “The international community should decide on a sensible time frame of 20 or 30 years from now,” says Klaus Albrecht Schröder. Art Newspaper, March 30, 2015

Daugavpilks, (Dvinsk) Latvia

Rothko biography traces the artist’s spiritual values back to his Jewish childhood. Annie Cohen-Solal, a French-Algerian writer best known for her biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, corrects our perceptions in Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel (Yale). She traces the spiritual values of his art back to his Jewish childhood in the first years of the 20th century. National Post, March 31, 2015

Helsinki

Digital revolution brings new edge to Helsinki museum designs. The competition for the next proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, attracted 1,715 entries online, arguably the largest number ever in an architectural competition. The winners flooded social media and were picked over on design blogs within hours. If one is built, it will likely employ complex geometries rendered with the help of robots. Globe & Mail, March 27, 2015

Melbourne

Betty Churcher, as gallery director and artist, changed the way Australia saw art. When Betty Churcher explained art to you, it was impossible not to gain a richer understanding and see it a little through her eyes, recalls her final book editor. She died on Tuesday. The Guardian, April 1, 2015

International

Will Self on the meaning of skyscrapers – from the Tower of Babel to the Shard. Skyscrapers are all too evidently phallic symbols, monuments to capitalism and icons of hubris. Yet Will Self can’t help but love them. He explores their significance – from JG Ballard to Mad Men, and from London to Dubai. The Guardian, March 31, 2015

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