Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 2, 2015

The Arts News is taking a short spring break. We’ll be back on April 8, 2015. Until then, we hope the sun shines wherever you are.


Vancouver’s Capture festival features the new faces of photography. The upcoming edition of Capture, running throughout April (with postfestival dates continuing into May), is only the second in the event’s history, yet it encompasses more than 100 exhibitions of work by such artists as Angela Grossmann, Karin Bubaš, Henri Robideau, and Greg Girard, at galleries and venues around town and from North Vancouver to Burnaby and Richmond. Georgia Straight, April 1, 2015

Capture festival’s Jessica Eaton gives Dal Grauer Substation abstract pop. In January last year, England’s Guardian newspaper made a dramatic declaration. “Jessica Eaton,” Sean O’Hagan wrote, “is the hottest photographic artist to come out of Canada since Jeff Wall.” Georgia Straight, April 1, 2015

Art from the Archive: Art and dissent at Artropolis. The October Show in 1983 originated in dissent but it didn’t amount to full-scale Salon des Refusés. The reluctance to classify The October Show as a west coast version of the famous Parisian exhibition of the 19th century came from Eve Johnson, the art critic for The Vancouver Sun. She pointed out that it wasn’t a show of only artists excluded from the inaugural exhibition Art and Artists: 1931 to 1983 at the new Vancouver Art Gallery. Art Seen (Kevin Griffin), Vancouver Sun, April 1, 2015


Show celebrates Victoria’s 1960s visual-arts scene. Victoria was a sleepy seaside town in the 1960s. Yet our visual-arts scene, caught up in the spirit of a boundary-pushing decade, showed signs of big-city excitement. Times Colonist, April 2, 2015


Material Girls” Takes up Space at the Dunlop. ““Material Girls,” at the Dunlop Art Gallery, featured work by 24 women artists from Canada and abroad working in practices ranging from new media to craft. These artists transformed the gallery from its usual white cube into something unapologetically colourful and productively cacophonous, striking a balance between clean conceptual sophistication and the messiness of a teenage girl’s bedroom.” Canadian Art, April 2, 2015


Photo exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario to explore atomic energy, weapons. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition “Camera Atomica” will explore the role that photography has played in shaping the public’s perspective of atomic energy and weapons. Windsor Star, April 1, 2015

Would you like a work of art with that doggie bag? The triptych – a bear, a moose and a deer, antlers and all – is the first Canadian commission for emerging English artist Debbie Lawson. Showing in a dining room is savvy, though. Galleries tend to be transient, with patrons fluttering among the items on display. Restaurants have a captive audience: The diners are seated for an hour or two. Globe & Mail, April 1, 2015

Walter Scott on Life in the Wendy-verse. Who is Wendy? Kahnawake-born, Montreal-/Toronto-based Walter Scott’s comic character is only a few years old, but she’s widely loved and discussed.Canadian Art, April 1, 2015


History museum, National Gallery acquire historical gems at London auction. The National Gallery spent $324,026 at a Christie’s Auction House online auction to purchase an 1880 painting of a Montreal street, William Raphael’s Bonsecours Market. “This was a real opportunity for us to acquire items that help us tell the story of Canada,” Alan Elder, the museum curator responsible for the acquisition, said Wednesday. Ottawa Citizen, April 1, 2015

Terry Fox exhibit marks Marathon of Hope’s 35th anniversary. The saying goes: Gone, but never forgotten. Nothing could be more true when it comes to the Canadian legacy of Terry Fox. Ottawa Citizen, April 1, 2015


New season brings ‘flavour of Nova Scotia’ to art gallery. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is digging into its roots and examining whether our art is earthy and full-bodied, or has more of a crisp finish. Metro News, April 1, 2015

Los Angeles

If You Go to Only One Gallery in L.A., Go Here. The 12,000-square-foot warehouse at 356 S. Mission Road is the art community’s clubhouse du jour. Bloomberg News, April 1, 2015

New York

Whitney Museum Contemplates a Bigger Future, With Bigger Expenses. As it prepares to open its new $422 million Lower Manhattan home on May 1, the Whitney Museum of American Art is pulsing with anticipation as it plans the inaugural events, including a neighborhood block party. But behind the scenes the museum is also preparing for the challenge of paying to operate a building that is three times as large as the old one. Museum officials project a close to 50 percent increase in the operating budget — to $49 million a year up from $33 million — for the new building, as compared to its former home on the Upper East Side. New York Times, April 1, 2015

United States

One Third Of Solo US Museum Shows Go To Artists Of Just Five Galleries. Our visitor figures survey reveals prevalence of Pace, Gagosian, David Zwirner, Marian Goodman and Hauser & Wirth in exhibition programming. The Art Newspaper, April 1, 2015


Simon Schama announces new portrait gallery displays with attack on selfies. Simon Schama said society would be a better place if people, perhaps on their daily commute, actually looked at the faces of strangers. The historian will help to create displays exploring portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in London in the autumn. The Guardian, April 1, 2015


The Salt of the Earth exposes photojournalist Salgado’s world view. In the mid-1960s, when Sebastiao Salgado was an economics undergraduate in Vitoria, Brazil, he was encouraged by a kindly old gentleman to join his amateur photography club. Salgado, an enthusiastic neophyte, happily agreed to meet him at 10 a.m. the next day to go over some camera basics. He waited until noon. The man never showed up. If you care about photography at all, you know how this story ends: Salgado, now 71, stands as one of the world’s most accomplished photojournalists, with hundreds of exhibitions, a dozen books and a thriving, ongoing practice that takes him to every extremity of the planet on a regular basis in pursuit of his passionately humanistic world view. Toronto Star, April 1, 2015


Naked art lovers attend after-hours tour of Australia’s national gallery. Australia’s national art gallery has begun hosting nude-only after-hours viewings of an exhibition by James Turrell, who wanted people to see his work without clothing. The Independent, April 2, 2015


Visitor figures 2014: the world goes dotty over Yayoi Kusama. The National Palace Museum in Taipei organised the top three best-attended exhibitions in 2014. The Art Newspaper, April 1, 2015


Mass tourism forces mobbed museums to rethink welcome. Nearly 10 million people a year pass through the Louvre, 7 million visit the British Museum, and 6 million go to the Met in New York. “The Louvre was conceived for 5 million people,” noted the president of the sprawling Paris museum, Jean-Luc Martinez. “For the past three years straight we’ve had more than 9 million.” The Daily Star (Lebanon), March 20, 2015

An Illustrated Guide to Arthur Danto’s “The End of Art” Arthur Danto’s best-known essay, “The End of Art,” continues to be cited more than it is understood. What was Danto’s argument? Is art really over? And if so, what are the implications for art history and art-making? Hyperallergic, March 31, 2015

Joanna Spurling | Library | Vancouver Art Gallery

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