Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 16, 2015

There will be no Arts News on Monday, April 20 as the Gallery will be closed.  We will be back on Tuesday, April 21.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Art from the Archive: It was a long road to a new gallery in 1983. Finding a home has never been easy for the Vancouver Art Gallery. Whether it’s the current move into a brand new building or the first gallery, it’s always been a challenge finding the money and the will to build a public art gallery for Vancouver. Art Seen (Kevin Griffin), Vancouver Sun Blog, April 15, 2015

Henri Robideau’s Eraser Street tackles displacement. Humour, compassion, and social criticism braid together in Henri Robideau’s engaging photo-narratives. In his own words (posted on the website of Emily Carr University, where he is a sessional instructor), his overarching interest is in “the ironic tragedy of human existence”. Georgia Straight, April 15, 2015

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors FUSE: The Noise of Silence. On April 24, 8 pm, FUSE: The Noise of Silence takes place at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The event, guest curated by Music on Main artistic director David Pay, features cutting-edge art, music, and performance. Georgia Straight, April 16, 2015

The Scout List: Vancouver Opera, At the Surface and BC Distilled. Artist Jorge Manes Rubio is in town from the Netherlands with a fascinating collection of photographs at Initial Gallery… At the Surface opens at the Bau-Xi Gallery on Thursday night. Comprised of new oil paintings by Vancouver artist Cori Creed, this show is all about the wild West Coast. Globe & Mail, April 15, 2015


In Focus | Joshua Desnoyers of the Kelowna Art Gallery. Kelowna Now interviews Joshua Desnoyers, the Marketing and Events Coordinator at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Kelowna Now, April 15, 2015


Student teachers. It’s refreshing to engage with artists who are, themselves, still works in progress. With classes over, the School of Art’s annual BFA Graduating Exhibition just around the corner, and recent graduates regularly killing it at Ross Avenue’s C Space and elsewhere, a trio of current and upcoming shows put the spotlight on artwork by students at all levels. Winnipeg Free Press, April 16, 2015


Fiona Annis Intertwines Photography and Death. Though Gallery 44 is a venue devoted to photography, Fiona Annis’s work is more about the idea of photography than photographs themselves, meditating on two qualities the medium is uniquely capable of registering: light and time. Canadian Art, April 16, 2015

Simon Brault on the Canada Council for the Arts’ 21st-century overhaul: ‘We want to be able to have more impact’. Simon Brault is trying to bring the Canada Council for the Arts into the 21st century. Brault, who joined the CCA as CEO in 2014, gave a powerful keynote speech at the Canadian Arts Summit in Toronto over the weekend detailing a massive slate of changes upcoming to the organization. National Post, April 15, 2015

Cash-strapped DX has designs on city funding. The fate of Toronto’s 21-year-old Design Exchange — and Canada’s sole design museum — lies in the hands of the city. On Thursday, Toronto’s Economic Development Committee will decide whether or not to sign off on a $200,000 funding boost the museum is desperate for. Toronto Star, April 15, 2015


Calgary arts leader Spalding joins New Brunswick’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Calgary’s art community is losing one of its leaders. New Brunswick’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery announced Tuesday the hiring of former Glenbow president Jeffrey Spalding as a senior curator. Calgary Herald, April 15, 2015

New York

Artists To NYC: We Want Our Bust Of Edward Snowden Back The 4-foot-high, 100-pound, fiberglass-reinforced cement bust of Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia after divulging secret U.S. government collection of phone records, turned up on a monument that honors American captives who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. The three artists say they considered the bust “a gift to the city” that could spur discussion about American ideals, values and heroes. Parks officials and police didn’t see it that way. Yahoo, April 15, 2015

Susan Henshaw Jones to Leave Museum of the City of New York Ms. Jones’s tenure as director will end in December, with much accomplished and much that still needs to be done. New York Times, April 16, 2015

Colin Bailey Is Named the New Director of Morgan Library Mr. Bailey, a former chief curator at the Frick Collection, will lead the Morgan Library & Museum, which has been without a leader since last summer. New York Times, April 16, 2015


Barnes Foundation To Merge With Erstwhile Rival “Ending an often testy and sometimes distant 25-year coexistence, the Barnes Foundation will merge with the foundation established by the estate of Violette de Mazia, Albert C. Barnes’ longtime colleague.” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 16, 2015

Mexico City

Pablo Vargas Lugo Museo Tamayo / Mexico City The work of Pablo Vargas Lugo is unapologetically intellectual yet imaginatively playful. His latest solo exhibition, “Micromegas,” is no departure from the artist’s methodology, which constructs inventive narratives through illusion and perception. Flash Art, April 16, 2015


Sweet smell of success for reborn Art Cologne German galleries, especially those from Berlin, are flocking to the revitalised fair this week. The Art Newspaper, pril 16, 2015


Documenta director wants to show all the works Gurlitt hoarded Adam Szymczyk in talks with Kunstmuseum Bern and German authorities. The Art Newspaper, April 15, 2015

Lecce, Italy

Man Buys Building In Town Of Lecce. Man Digs To Fix Toilet. Man Discovers 2000-Year-Old City “His search for a sewage pipe, which began in 2000, became one family’s tale of obsession and discovery. He found a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus: a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. His trattoria instead became a museum, where relics still turn up today.” New York Times, April 15, 2015


ISIS Destruction Of Artifacts Has Museum World Rethinking Repatriation Of Artifacts “The minute that these events in Iraq started, voices came about again saying that we should open up acquisition policies of museums, making it easier to purchase artifacts, just to get them out of the area of conflict. But what these people do not discuss is that these artifacts that you can buy on the market now … they have been looted.” CBC, April 15, 2015

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