Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 15, 2015


Art this week: Three photo exhibits that span the globe. Photography exhibitions opening this week include Scott Massey at Burnaby Art Gallery, Greg Girard at Richmond Art Gallery and Jorge Manes Rubio at Initial Gallery. Vancouver Sun, April 14, 2015


Maritime Museum lease talks ongoing as latest deadline arrives. Negotiations for a lease in the historic CPR Terminal Build are “still ongoing,” said museum chairman Clay Evans on Tuesday. The museum has been homeless since the province asked it to vacate its longtime quarters in Bastion Square on Oct. 21. Times Colonist, April 15, 2015

Fort McKay, ALTA

Fort McKay sculptor carves a career as an artist. Antlers are stacked atop a table and chunks of Brazilian soapstone lie on the floor of Shawn McClure’s workshop on the Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta. Edmonton Journal, April 12, 2015


Brooklyn bound: Sask. artist heads to New York as ambassador for creative industries. Zachari Logan is the first Saskatchewan artist to participate in a pilot project with Creative Saskatchewan, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and the International Studio and Curatorial Program. Star Phoenix, April 13, 2015


Will Ramsay Discusses the Future of Art Fairs. Caoimhe Morgan-Feir spoke with Will Ramsay ahead of the opening of the second edition of Love Art, the Affordable Art Fair’s Toronto equivalent, about claims that “the heyday of art fairs seems to be over,” the proliferation of niche fairs and measuring success within a continually shifting landscape. Canadian Art, April 12, 2015

London, ON

Parker Branch’s Artful Arrangements. A surprising elegance and curious succinctness pervaded the recent Parker Branch exhibition, “Has Things In Common,” at DNA Artspace in London, Ontario. Canadian Art, April 14, 2015

Pottery artist David Moynihan keen to share his craft. The London-based potter, known for his talent working with clay as an artist and teacher, is opening up his studio to the public for the first time as part of the London Artists’ Studio Tour Friday through Sunday. London Free Press, April 14, 2015


Artist pays tribute to Holocaust survivors’ resilience. The painting by Abe Pinchuk, an 8-foot by 4-foot triptych in oil, is having its first public exhibition in the Federation CJA Cummings House lobby, sponsored by the Jewish Public Library and Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. The exhibition is part of the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration. Canadian Jewish News, April 15, 2015


Sobey Art Award 2015 Longlist Revealed. This morning, the longlist was released for the 2015 Sobey Art Award, which will award $100,000 in prize monies to Canadian artists under the age of 40 in November. Canadian Art, April 15, 2015

Santa Monica

Santa Monica Museum Of Art Is Suspending Operations Not that it’s shutting down, mind you: it’s simply leaving its longtime venue at the seaside city’s Bergamot Station. “The museum, which typically spends about $2 million a year, has the flexibility to consider a variety of new locations because it has no art collection tethering it to a permanent spot that is specially equipped to store and preserve art.” Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2015


The Andy Warhol Museum Announces New Milton Fine Curator of Art Bartholomew Ryan, currently a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, will be the new Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum. Artforum, April 14, 2015

New York

Before Its Opening, the Whitney Museum Faces a Protest On Tuesday night, activists staged a performance art-style demonstration about a natural gas pipeline located adjacent to the Whitney’s new building. New York Times, April 15, 2015

Giacometti’s ‘L’homme Au Doigt,’ Coming to Auction for the First Time, Could Become Most Expensive Sculpture Ever At Christie’s evening sale in New York on May 11, Alberto Giacometti’s life-size sculpture L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) will be for sale for the first time at auction. ARTnews, April 15, 2015

Here Are the 2015 Winners of Guggenheim Fellowships The Guggenheim Foundation announced its 2015 fellowships today. There were 175 recipients across categories ranging from choreography to linguistics. Diane Landry, Quebec City, QC is among them. ARTnews, April 15, 2015


‘No lawyer will represent me’ Tania Bruguera speaks to The Art Newspaper about her life in Cuba after her arrest and the calls for a boycott of the Havana biennial in May. The Art Newspaper, April 14, 2015


Happy birthday Leonardo! Milan celebrates with Italy’s biggest show on da Vinci since 1939 1Not since 1939 has Leonardo da Vinci been the subject of such an ambitious exhibition in Italy. That year, as Europe stood on the brink of war, the Italian public was treated to a large exhibition of his work during the Triennale di Milano, which included everything from his oil paintings to functioning designs he developed for machines. The Art Newspaper, April 15, 2015


Five galleries to close in Singapore’s Gillman Barracks Low footfall and lack of infrastructure blamed for departures in May. The Art Newspaper, April 14, 2015


Armenian churches in Turkey and Cyprus win awards for conservation and community reconciliation Winners of Europa Nostra prize include Stonehenge visitor centre and virtual museum of St Mark’s in Venice. The Art Newspaper, April 14, 2015

Disaster Writing: New Book By Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist Wreaks Havoc on Original Thought The critic Shumon Basar, the artist and novelist Douglas Coupland, and the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist have together written a self-proclaimed update to McLuhan’s The Medium Is the Massage for a generation reared online. It is called The Age of Earthquakes (Blue Rider Press). ARTnews, April 15, 2015

Data Says: Blue Is Increasing In Art “How blue is the visual art of our era? Interpreting the data of 94,526 paintings created between 1800 CE and 2000 CE, Martin Bellander, a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, discovered that blue has increased in art while orange has become less common.” Hyperallergic, April 12, 2015

Hot Right Now: Twitter Accounts Of Medieval Images (But There’s A Problem) “Unfortunately, their wild popularity means these accounts have no reason to change. Yet that very popularity also shows that people are curious about historic images.” Hyperallergic, April 13, 2015

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