Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 22, 2015


Art this week: Malcolm Levy, Tris Vonna-Michell and Fuse at the VAG. Guest programmer David Pay, artistic director of the adventurous Music on Main series, has curated a marvellously unusual FUSE party at VAG this Friday. Also on are Malcolm Levy at Wil Aballe Art Projects, Tris Vonna-Michell atPresentation House Gallery Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2015

The Vancouver Model. Los Angeles and Paris-based curator and writer, Martha Kirszenbaum, visits Vancouver galleries and artists’ studios, including Geoffrey Farmer’s… “An apocalyptic silver sunset greets us in the parking lot of Geoffrey Farmer’s studio. The magic man of “the couve” serves us tea and cakes and shares his enthusiasm about Merce Cunningham’s performance staged in 1972 at the Shiraz Festival of Arts in Iran. He talks about Los Angeles a lot, and I can’t stop thinking how opposite the two jewels of the west seem to me: sparkle vs. shadow; loud vs. hidden; gold vs. emerald.” Flash Art, April 17, 2015


Jeff Wall exhibit to open Whistler’s Audain Art Museum this fall. The Audain Art Museum in Whistler will be opening later this year with an exhibition by artist Jeff Wall. Wall, who lives in Vancouver, is one of the country’s leading artists, known for large-format photographic works displayed in backlit lightboxes. He’s also considered a major international artist for turning photography into a fine art. Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2015


Robert Amos: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria a reflection of its community. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria began as a volunteer organization in the late 1940s. When Colin Graham came as the first professional staff member in 1953, “he coaxed if from being a volunteer to a professional organization,” Tupper told me. “That can be a difficult situation, when the volunteers feel they are no longer needed. It can create bad feelings, but Colin brought them along.” Times Colonist, April 19, 2015


Sask. artists showcase work, engage and educate public. Traditional art is becoming a lost art. And that doesn’t sit well with a small group of internationally acclaimed Saskatchewan artists. Leader Post, April 21, 2015


Stephen Andrews: Far away, up close. The celebrated Toronto painter opens a survey show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he brings faraway disasters up close and very personal. Toronto Star, April 22, 2015

Stephen Andrews POV exhibit a dream come true for artist. As a kid, local artist Stephen Andrews knew having your work displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) was the seal of approval he thought all established artists should have. This spring Andrews will be displaying his largest solo exhibit to date – Stephen Andrews POV at the AGO. Inside Toronto, April 21, 2015


When it comes to the arts, the federal budget is short on vision, direction and ambition. As has largely been the Harper Conservatives wont since first being elected in 2006, budgets with respect to arts and culture have been short on vision, direction and ambition, heavy on the “this’s” and “that’s.” Globe & Mail, April 22, 2015

High-tech mogul Jozef Straus unveiled as lender of Monet to National Gallery. An exhibition of Claude Monet paintings at the National Gallery of Canada is being held this fall largely thanks to the generosity of a previously anonymous benefactor who has just been unmasked as Jozef Straus, former CEO of the once booming Ottawa high-tech company JDS Uniphase. Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2015

The boisterous buildings of Megan D’Arcy. There’s something boisterous about Megan D’Arcy’s mixed-media panels. Paint and photography come together in urban scenes of New York City, St. John’s, Nfld. and Paris, etc., where houses and buildings of diverse and bright colours seem to shoulder each other for space… Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2015

NAC’s Herrndorf becomes top spender for travel and hospitality. There is a new top spender when it comes to travel and hospitality among the heads of national museums and cultural institutions in the nation’s capital. Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2015


Artist Linda Covit on her MUHC-commissioned work, Havre. The Glen campus of the MUHC now houses one of the largest collections of public art in Quebec. The centre piece of the collection is Havre by Linda Covit. It’s a 13-metre-high, 16-metre-wide grey, aluminum tube structure that looks like a flower open to the sky. CBC News, April 20, 2015

Fort Worth, Texas

2015 Melva Dwyer Award. The 2015 Melva J. Dwyer Award winner is Landscape Architecture in Canada, written by Ron Williams, published in 2014, in English by the McGill-Queens University Press. The award committee recognized another strong submission with an honourable mention: Charles Edenshaw, co-published in 2013 by Black Dog and the Vancouver Art Gallery in conjunction with a survey exhibition that assembled more than 200 pieces from public and private collections around the world. ARLISNA, April 16, 2015


Art Institute of Chicago Gets a $400 Million Collection, the Largest Gift In Its History Philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson have donated a major private contemporary art collection with a value estimated at $400 million to the Art Institute of Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson. With works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, the forty-two-piece collection is the largest gift of art in the museum’s history, it says. Artforum, April 21, 2015

New York

She’s ‘The World’s Most Popular Artist’—But Can Sotheby’s Get $7M for This? The rare work by female painter Yayoi Kusama, who has inspired something of a cult following around the world, finally arrives on the auction block late this spring after a decade of schmoozing the private seller. He picked the right time to finally part with it: Ms. Kusama was the most popular artist in the world last year, as ranked by attendance at her traveling retrospectives. New York Observer, April 21, 2015

The Whitney Moves Downtown: Artists and Curators on the Museum’s History and Future It’s not every day that an institution the size of the Whitney Museum moves to a different building. The Whitney began in 1914 as an informal salon founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. ARTnews, April 21, 2015

Renzo Piano as Light and Space Artist With his new building for the Whitney Museum opening May 1, the architect’s 2013 expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum offers insights into his approach. ARTnews, April 21, 2015

What The New Yorker’s Comics Editor Looks For In Great Work “Often, we separate intellectual discourse from emotional reaction. But I take such genuine pleasure in things that are intellectually well architected. It’s definitely an integrated experience for me. Much more than any kind of cheap, emotional pulls that you get in popular culture, when I read a sentence and it’s beautifully written, it can bring me to tears.” Guernica, April 15, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Saved by Jackie O in the 1960s, a restored Renwick Gallery to reopen this autumn America’s first purpose-built art gallery, located just across from the White House, has undergone a $30m renovation. The Art Newspaper, April 22, 2015


Strikes resume at London’s National Gallery Artist Ryan Gander was among supporters of union protesting against museum’s plans to outsource visitor-facing and security jobs. The Art Newspaper, April 22, 2015


The Prada Foundation’s New Arts Complex in Milan The Prada Foundation’s sprawling new complex in Milan, which opens May 9, will offer a permanent public home for its vast holdings of art. New York Times, April 22, 2015


Centenary of Armenian massacre to be marked at the Venice Biennale The Armenian pavilion will include two works by Sarkis, who is also representing Turkey at the event. The Art Newspaper, April 22, 2015

Joan Jonas discusses her life, art, and work for the US pavilion “While working on my new piece for Venice I suddenly saw that I’ve made visual references to ghostlike images for years without thinking of them as ghosts.” Artforum, April 21, 2015


Online Art Buying Increased Dramatically In 2014 “The majority of online transactions — 84 percent — were below $15,000, the report stated. It also found that social media were influential in the online market, with 24 percent of respondents saying that posts by museums, galleries and artist studios had a direct influence on their art-buying decisions. New York Times, April 21, 2015

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