Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 10-13, 2015


Vancouver art spaces in contrasting stages of development Where Emily Carr has been quietly and smoothly moving toward getting shovels in the ground this summer and welcoming its first cohort in 2017, the Vancouver Art Gallery trajectory has been a messy road to maybe. Globe and Mail, April 11, 2015

Mayor tells VAG to play by the rules with new design Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has told the Vancouver Art Gallery it has to stop developing plans for a new gallery that exceeds the generous space city council had given it. He has also rejected the VAG’s request to assume ownership of the city’s vast art collection, reinforcing that it has to continue to be held in trust for the citizens of Vancouver. Vancouver Sun, March 10, 2015

Michael Morris wins Audain Prize; Elizabeth Zvonar and Cate Rimmer take other top art awards Michael Morris, Elizabeth Zvonar, and Cate Rimmer will receive B.C.’s top visual-arts awards in a ceremony presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Georgia Straight, April 10, 2015

Audain Prize winner Michael Morris honoured with exhibition On Thursday, April 16, the Vancouver Art Gallery will present Morris with the Audain Prize in a ceremony at the Great Hall of the Law Courts. Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2015


Robert Amos: Gallery exhibits a variety of delights Lured by an exhibit about the Kabuki theatre of Japan, I dropped in to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recently. It’s based on the gallery’s unparallelled collection of Japanese woodcut prints. Times Colonist, April 12, 2015


CALGARY BIENNIAL TAKES CONSERVATISM TO TASK Through billboards, bus shelters, websites and classified ads, the Calgary Biennial infiltrated the city and mounted a rejection of the status quo—disgruntling some viewers in the process. Canadian Art, April 9, 2015


Works of art: Smaller galleries enter the spotlight when Mendel Art Gallery closes The Mendel closes its doors forever on June 7. It’s an emotional event for Saskatonians. People’s connection to the gallery is about so much more than art. It will hopefully come, but we’ve yet to build a connection to the big, shiny new gallery that awaits at River Landing. Star Phoenix, April 11, 2015


Emily Carr no surprise to Canadians, but work still resonates AGO exhibit adapts show from London, where the beloved artist is a relative unknown. Globe and Mail, April 10, 2015

Emily Carr rises above the Group at AGO show British Columbia’s extraordinary painter Emily Carr was far ahead of her time and in a league apart from her famous peers. Toronto Star, April 11, 2015

MATTHEW TEITELBAUM DISCUSSES LEAVING THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO FOR THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON Matthew Teitelbaum, longtime director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, discusses leaving the institution this summer to join the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and offers advice for his successor. Canadian Art, April 9, 2015

Matthew Teitelbaum leaving AGO for Museum of Fine Arts in Boston “The AGO has to get to the point where it is seen as a truly great museum,” said the AGO director whose last day will be June 26. Toronto Star, April 9, 2015


PROBLEM CHILD: THE PROVOCATIONS OF JONATHAN HOBIN Jonathan Hobin’s newest photographs continue his controversy-courting tendencies, with children dressed as racist caricatures. Emily Falvey reviews the works, currently on view at Montreal’s Art Mûr, and argues that the works fail to challenge stereotypes. Canadian Art, April 9, 2015

MAW COLLECTIVE FORGET THE PUNCHLINE At their exhibition at CK2 in Montreal, MAW Collective use sculpture to upend humorous approaches to art, leaving viewers lingering for a punchline that never comes. Canadian Art, April 9, 2015

Virée des galeries: art gai au Musée McCord Le Musée McCord présente jusqu’au 16 août une exposition à la fois originale, coquine et irrévérencieuse. Camp Fires: le baroque queer de Léopold Foulem, Paul Mathieu et Richard Milette est l’occasion de découvrir les oeuvres de trois céramistes montréalais «d’art gai» qui ne manquent ni d’idées ni d’humour. La Presse, April 12, 2015

L’année Geneviève Cadieux Deux expos à Halifax, une à Montréal et une à Joliette. Son triptyque primé à Venise exposé en ce moment à Québec. Une expérience de commissaire au Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. De nouvelles oeuvres très lyriques présentées chez son galeriste René Blouin. La Presse, April 10, 2015

Los Angeles

At the Helm of a Philanthropist’s New Los Angeles Museum Ms. Heyler has had an essential role in planning the Broad Museum and making it happen, though perhaps not ultimate creative control. New York Times, April 13, 2015


Art Gallery of Ontario head picked to lead Boston Museum of Fine Arts Canada’s Matthew Teitelbaum — whose Art Gallery of Ontario has been dubbed Toronto’s “hippest hangout” by one publication — was named Thursday to take over as director of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Boston Globe, April 10, 2015

New York

Park Avenue Armory to Restore Tiffany-Designed Veterans Room The blue-blooded Park Avenue Armory has announced the next stage of its modernization. The architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron will restore the building’s opulent Veterans Room, which has one of the few surviving interiors designed by Louis C. Tiffany and Company, the firm identified with the American Aesthetic Movement, led by Louis Comfort Tiffany, working with Samuel Colman, Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler and Stanford White. New York Times, April 9, 2015

Sotheby’s Offering a Rothko Once Owned by Bunny Mellon Mark Rothko’s “Untitled (Yellow and Blue),” which once belonged to Bunny Mellon, is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on May 12. New York Times, April 12, 2015

Blueprint for a Bag The Whitney Museum of American Art reopens with a limited-edition design. New York Times, April 10, 2015


What’s the Gender Makeup of the 2015 Venice Biennale? Solo male artists outnumber solo female artists on the list 54 percent to 33 percent, but that’s not quite the full story: a solid 13 percent are collaborations or collectives with mixed genders. (A note on methodology: duos and collectives made up of one gender were counted as a single artist of that gender, and percentages have been rounded.) ARTnews, April 11, 2015


Construction of Pushkin Museum expansion to start next year Major building project will transform the Moscow institution into a “Museum Town” The Art Newspaper, April 9, 2015


Is One Of Egypt’s Most Celebrated Paintings A 19th-Century Italian Fake? “The plaster artifact shows three couples of geese amongst tufts of grass, and was supposedly found by Italian Egyptologist Luigi Vassalli, then a curator of the Museum Bulaq, in the Atet chapel at the Nefermaat funerary complex at Meidum. Tiradritti thinks it is highly likely that Vassalli is the real artist behind the geese.” Hyperallergic, April 10, 2015


Cultural heritage at heart of propaganda battle in Iraq Following vandalism at Mosul museum and Nergal Gate, Iraqi government says IS has destroyed ancient sites at Nimrud, Hatra and Khorsabad. The Art Newspaper, April 13, 2015


Islamic State video shows blowing up of Ashurnasirpal’s palace This would be the greatest cultural loss since the Second World War. The Art Newspaper, April 13, 2015


Yayoi Kusama named world’s most popular artist in 2014 According to a survey of museum attendance in 2014, the most popular artist in the world is a woman – Japan’s Yayoi Kusama. The Guardian, April 2, 2015

Cheryl Siegel / Librarian/Archivist / Vancouver Art Gallery

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