Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 14, 2015

Vancouver

Rub shoulders with aboriginal artists at this unique Vancouver hotel Skwachays, owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society, is a boutique hotel with themed rooms created by aboriginal artists. It’s also part of a social enterprise in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, existing side by side (or, more to the point, top to bottom) with social housing. The building encompasses three operations: The hotel and Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery are meant to subsidize long-term transitional housing for aboriginal artists-in-residence, who can stay up to three years. Globe and Mail, April 14, 2015

London, Ontario

Stuffed rabbits pulled from Fanshawe art show | The London … The artist called the works a celebration of life.Critics called them animal cruelty.The art that drew controversy to a downtown London gallery? Five stuffed rabbits with turkey feathers mounted on their backs. It was the work of Kery Maddison, a third-year fine art student at Fanshawe College. Her class is staging an exhibition at the Arts Project on Dundas St. for a year-end project. London Free Press, April 13, 2015

Waterloo, Ontario

Laurier library rescues Robert Langen Art Gallery The Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University has found new life. Waterloo Regional Record, April 13, 2015

Ottawa

Big statements and tiny provocations, in Governor General’s Awards for visual arts at National Gallery Another year, another set of winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, and in the annual exhibition that sense of time passing is eloquently marked by a brown paper bag. Ottawa Citizen, April 9, 2015

London

Sonia Delaunay’s Fashionable Legacy, at the Tate Modern (and on the Runway) The artist’s first British retrospective opens this week at the London art gallery, and calls to mind the spring/summer 2015 collections of DSquared2 and Junya Watanabe. T Magazine, April 14, 2015

Francis Bacon and the Masters review A cruel exposure of a con artist Francis Bacon was the divine devil of modern British art, a demon of dark ecstasy. His pummelling of human flesh has a monstrous sensuality, a massive power. Usually, seeing a Bacon, I drink in its perverse colours like blood or wine. At least, I used to. After this exhibition, I don’t know if I can ever take Francis Bacon seriously again. The Guardian, April 14, 2015

Stuttgart

Turns Out That LACMA Sculpture No Longer Belongs To LACMA, Or Any U.S. Museum Norbert Kricke’s “Space Sculpture” is now (probably) installed at a Mercedes-Benz factory near Stuttgart, Germany. Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2015

Honolulu

Return of smuggled antiquities wins museum praise Customs enforcement agents are not the kind of visitor museums typically want to attract. Customs enforcement agents are not the kind of visitor museums typically want to attract. Nine months ago, the Honolulu Museum of Art experienced just that: a visit from a unit of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations that deals with looted cultural heritage. Agents said a 2,000-year-old terracotta rattle in their collection was likely stolen from India by Subhash Kapoor, a now-notorious Manhattan art dealer accused of widespread antiquities smuggling. But the museum’s response surprised them. Toronto Star, April 13, 2015

International

The Monster Wave That Changed Art History (It Came From Japan) Hokusai “is, after all, not only one of the great figures of Japanese art, but a father figure of much of Western modernism. Without Hokusai, there might have been no Impressionism – and the global art world we today take for granted might look very different indeed.” The Guardian, April 9, 2015

Cheryl Siegel / Librarian/Archivist / Vancouver Art Gallery

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