Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 23, 2015

Vancouver

Fuse at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The city’s most popular art party is guest-curated this time out by Music on Main’s David Pay, with the subtitle “The Noise of Silence” referring to the way the evening will play with ideas of listening and looking. Georgia Straight, April 22, 2015

Art from the Archive: In 1983, Vancouver celebrated the new VAG. When the Vancouver Art Gallery moved into its new home on in 1983, The Vancouver Sun considered it such a big occasion that it devoted six pages to the event in a special section. The headline on the first page summed up the tone of the coverage: “A Celebration of Art and Elegance.” Art Seen (Kevin Griffin), Vancouver Sun Blog, April 22, 2015

Angela Grossmann’s Models of Resistance upends erotica. Angela Grossmann’s recent works continue her creative practice of improvising new imagery out of found photographs. In the past, she has employed collage and photo-transfer techniques, along with expressive gestures in paint or charcoal, to explore a range of themes. Many of these involve the social construction of identity and the exercise of power. Georgia Straight, April 22, 2015

Angela Grossmann Collages Female Empowerment. In many ways, Grossmann’s Models of Resistance is an Alpha Girls (her 2006 series examining teenage tribalism) for grown-ups. “There’s no way I could have done an exhibition like this in my 20s,” says Grossmann, “I would have found these images repellent, grotesque.” Canadian Art, April 23, 2015

Coast Salish artist Luke Marston prepares to unveil Shore to Shore sculpture in Stanley Park. Vancouver will soon catch its first glimpse of the project that artist Luke Marston has been dedicated to for the last five years. On April 25, the Shore to Shore sculpture will be unveiled at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, which was once home to both First Nations and Portuguese families. Georgia Straight, April 16, 2015

Whistler

Jeff Wall show to open Whistler’s Audain Art Museum in November. “It’s exciting that we can present Jeff Wall: North & West as our inaugural exhibition because he is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of the late twentieth century for his contribution to helping photography gain acceptance as fine art.” Georgia Straight, April 21, 2015

Penticton

Clark named artist of the year. On March 26, Glenn Clark was named the Okanagan Visual Artist of the Year by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, the first Penticton artist to win in the visual arts category. Penticton Western News, April 22, 2015

Winnipeg

Why I chose Winnipeg over Vancouver. “I moved to Winnipeg only five months ago… I was hired. I resigned from my position as curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver to become the director of artistic programs at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. I had only been to Winnipeg once before, but I had known of Plug In for years and was drawn here because of its reputation and the incredible artists that surround it.”  — Jennifer Papararo. Winnipeg Free Press, April 23, 2015

Ottawa

Visual Art Review: Alex Colville’s tremendous, dark vision (with video). Alex Colville draws us in to ponder a reflection of something dark and vaguely intrinsic in our selves. He found a disquieting stillness in the soul and brought it to the surface — or to just below the surface — for us to contemplate, with both wonder and dread. The new exhibition at the National Gallery, to Sept. 7, shows how that disquieting stillness, while initially Canadian, is universal. Ottawa Citizen, April 23, 2015

Alex Colville exhibit comes to National Gallery in Ottawa. An exhibit of famed Canadian painter Alex Colville that drew record crowds in Toronto last summer opens at the National Gallery of Canada on Thursday. CBC News, April 22, 2015

Canadian Arts Coalition disappointed with federal budget. “We felt like our sector, over the years of austerity, has taken cut after cut, and we were hopeful that this year, we might have a different result. [With this budget] we’re just in general disappointed.” — Kate Cornell, Canadian Arts Coalition. Georgia Straight, April 22, 2015

Toronto

Black Canadian artist dresses up like white ancestors to explore racial identity. Stacey Tyrell, a Canadian artist who grew up in the Toronto area, identifies herself as a black Canadian, but her family lineage can be traced back to Scotland, England, Ireland and the Caribbean. In her latest project, titled “Backra Bluid,” she transforms herself into a series of white characters — from a tennis player and a nurse to a school girl and a bride — to portray her own perception of “whiteness.” CBC News, April 22, 2015

Developers put art on the box itself. Cast in the pinkish light of the Concord Adex Tango complex windows, Gabriel Leung and James Lahey seem an unlikely pair. The former is in a trim suit with pink tie, not a hair out of place; the latter sports a leather jacket, paint-splashed boots and a David Lynch mop. Globe & Mail, April 20, 2015

Montreal

Papier15 Braces for Change. Change is on the horizon at Montreal’s Papier, the Association des galeries d’art contemporain’s lynchpin art fair, which focuses on paper-based artworks. Canadian Art, April 23, 2015

Fredericton

Salvador Dali, other paintings return to Beaverbrook gallery. New Brunswick’s most valuable art collection is back home after three years travelling around North America. Many of the paintings were at the centre of the dispute over ownership between the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Beaverbrook U.K. and Canadian foundations. CBC News, April 23, 2015

Canada

10 Shows We Want to See This Spring. Canadian Art’s list of upcoming exhibitions include: Geoffrey Farmer’s “How Do I Fit This Ghost in my Mouth?” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Raymond Boisjoly at VOX, Stephen Andrews at the AGO, Wanda Koop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, James Nizam at Gallery Jones, Bridget Jones at MSVU, Chris Cran at McMaster Museum of Art, and other “must see” shows. Canadian Art, April 22, 2015

Canada’s Galleries Fall Short: The Not-So Great White North. Taking a cue from the recent circulation of gallery breakdowns—including revisitations of the Guerilla Girls’ original gallery report card and the Art Newspaper’s findings that one-third of solo shows in the US go to artists represented by five galleries—we began to look into the demographics of solo exhibitions at Canadian public institutions. Canadian Art, April 21, 2015

San Francisco

How Did San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums Lose Their Director After Just Two Years? And What Do They Do Now? “The departure of Colin Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since June 2013, to become director of the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. throws FAMSF back into a quandary, if not a crisis, of leadership. … Most museum directors who change jobs in less than two years’ time leave under a cloud of dissension or discontent, but Bailey told The Chronicle by phone that he had not been looking for a job elsewhere.” San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 2015

Cambridge

MIT’s Center for Art, Science, & Technology Receives $1.5 M. Gift From Mellon Foundation MIT’s Center for Art, Science, & Technology (CAST) has been given $1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the purpose of supporting the center’s “multidisciplinary creative experimentation and integration of the arts across all areas of MIT.” ARTnews, April 23, 2015

New York

A New Exhibition Examines Alexander Calder in Miniature, With an Assist from Santiago Calatrava Some of the sculptor’s works in the show, at Dominique Lévy Gallery, are only as tall as postage stamps. T Magazine, April 22, 2015

Excitement builds as public opening of new Whitney approaches Leading artists among the guests at preview parties at New York museum. The Art Newspaper, April 22, 2015

Glasgow

Things we found in the fire: Glasgow School of Art’s restoration brings surprises From weird relics to oak columns made of cheap pine, the rebuilding of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s library has unearthed some secrets. But will the replica leave it looking like a cheap kitchen? The Guardian, April 20, 2015

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, Loving Rembrandt Again Two exhibitions prove the enduring popularity of Rembrandt, who lived and worked in Amsterdam starting in late 1631 and died there in 1669. New York Times, April 23, 2015

Copenhagen

Danish art space dedicated to refugees opens amid recent migrant tragedy Center for Art on Migration Politics in Copenhagen is the first of its kind in Europe. The Art Newspaper, April 23, 2015

Milan

Prada Foundation Opens Contemporary Art Museum in Milan “For more than 20 years, the Prada Foundation has been staging contemporary art exhibitions in abandoned warehouses and disused churches” in Milan. “Recently, however, the Prada Foundation has set its sights on establishing permanent homes to present exhibitions and to show its vast holdings of art, mostly works from the 1950s to the present.” New York Times, April 22, 2015

Lake Iseo, Italy

New Christo Work to Temporarily Bridge Italy’s Lake Iseo The project, called “The Floating Piers,” will stretch across the lake for almost two miles. New York Times, April 23, 2015

Venice

Venice Biennale Awards Golden Lions to El Anatsui, Susanne Ghez, Names Jury The Venice Biennale, which opens to the public in a little more than three weeks, announced today that it has awarded its highest honor, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, to artist El Anatsui. ARTnews, April 23, 2015

El Anatsui wins Golden Lion for lifetime achievement Ghanaian artist will receive award at the Venice Biennale in May. The Art Newspaper, April 23, 2015

International

Post-Apocalyptic Art – It WAS Fantasy (Now Prediction?) “There is, of course, one great difference between earlier artistic impressions of the end of civilisation and these contemporary cataclysms. Today, the end of the world as we know is not a romantic fantasy, but a potential reality. Overwhelming scientific evidence minutely charts human-caused climate change. Sombre analyses carefully map the likely consequences of melting ice caps and rising sea levels on a precise timeline. We can’t look at these surreal images as playful acts of imagination; they are reasonable predictions.” The Guardian, April 23, 2015

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