Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery April 28, 2015


Group of Seven oil sketches to undergo testing The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) will test a number of J.E.H. MacDonald oil sketches recently donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery. The tests will be conducted as part of a collaborative research project between the CCI and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection studying the materials and techniques used by MacDonald, who was one of the founders of the Group of Seven. Globe and Mail, April 28, 2015

Buying art? Ask the collector Diversify the portfolio, buy for the long term and cultivate connoisseurship. Bob Rennie is a buy-and-hold kind of guy. At 18, he scraped together $375 to buy his first artwork, a print by Norman Rockwell. Now 58, the Vancouver real-estate entrepreneur has a private museum that houses his collection of more than 1,400 works. He still owns the Rockwell and says he’ll never part with it.

Ron Tran Plays Shopkeeper In “The Kitchen Garden at Home/Story,” Ron Tran takes on the role of shopkeeper, amassing objects and display supports from nearby Chinatown stores. Canadian Art, April 28, 2015

The Happy Show Comes to Town An acclaimed exhibition about our universal quest for contentment hits Vancouver. “In many cases, museums and especially art museums have been about what the curators like. Sometimes people don’t really understand the content, and curators don’t care that much.” Academic hedging can overlay even a subject as basic as happiness. Vancouver Magazine, May 2015


‘Government is not the answer,’ mayor says Modern money Atchison defended the city’s $29.97-million contribution to the new Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, which is under construction at River Landing and slated to open in the fall of 2016.He said the cost of renovating the existing Mendel Art Gallery would have been $31 million. “We’re getting a worldclass gallery that is five times the size of the Mendel,” he said. The federal and provincial governments committed $29.76 million of the $81.83-million cost of the gallery and another $22.1 million is expected to come from private donors and fundraising. The city is borrowing $12 million to build the attached $19.46-million parkade, bringing the total cost of the project to $101.29 million. Star Phoenix, April 25, 2015

Paulette Phillips Interrogates the Art World: Studio Visit Artist Paulette Phillips uses a lie-detector machine to study the art world’s capacity for truth. David Balzer finds out more in this studio-visit video. Canadian Art, April 27, 2015


Art gallery exhibition incorporates technology | The Kingston Whig … When three new exhibitions open next Saturday at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, one of them. will feature an unfamiliar object to gallery-goers. Three tablets will be affixed to the walls as part of “The Artist Herself: Self-portraits by Canadian historical women artists ”The iPads will offer insight to three of the objects: Lady Belleau’s sentiment album, Pauline Johnson’s performance costume, and a button blanket once worn by Marion Wilson and Margaret Frank. Kingston Whig-Standard, April 25, 2015


Mary Pratt honoured with National Gallery solo exhibit The decades-long career of Mary Pratt, one of the country’s finest still life artists, is being celebrated by the National Gallery of Canada. CBC, April 27, 2015

San Francisco

Ai Weiwei’s In Alcatraz (Well, His Art Is, At Least) The trickster artist and Chinese dissident is actually imprisoned in his house in Beijing – so who better for a show at the island prison? “To a site often flattened into a caricature as the onetime home of mobster Al Capone, Ai has layered on a contemporary meditation on political imprisonment, freedom of speech and the power of creativity as a force that can better society.” Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2015

New York

Art, Revelers and Fabulous Shoes at the New Whitney’s Opening Party The museum’s highly anticipated Meatpacking District location opened with a massive fete on Friday. T Magazine, April 27, 2015

West Coast Art Critic: The New Whitney Shows How Parochial New York Really Is “America is a big country. Naturally, vast swaths of its often marvelous art history have always been missing in action in New York.” Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2015


Rachel Rose Wins Frieze Art Award New York-based Rachel Rose is the winner of the Frieze Art Award, which was founded last year and offers an emerging artist a site-specific installation at the London fair. ARTnews, April 28, 2015


Late Night At Rijksmuseum With Rembrandt In A Limited Paradise Once a week, during a show that attracts about 13,000 people a day, “the museum sells tickets to a late-night showing of the exhibit. A maximum of 1,100 guests are allowed into the vast museum to wander freely through uncrowded galleries. Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2015


A Feast of Architectural Styles for Expo Milano 2015 The world’s fair, which is racing to meet its opening date on Friday, will feature 54 national pavilions devoted to the theme “Feeding the Planet.” New York Times, April 27, 2015


His Future Looks Bright: Okwui Enwezor on the 2015 Venice Biennale What can you say about a Venice Biennale that features a public reading of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital? Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor, who organized the exhibition, has referred to Marx’s work as “our holy book.” ARTnews, April 28, 2015

Here’s a First Look at the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale The 2015 Venice Biennale opens next week, if you can wrap your head around such a thing. Here, we offer you a first look at the Israeli Pavilion, with work by Tel Aviv-based artist Tsibi Geva and curated by Hadas Maor. ARTnews, April 28, 2015


Shortlisted designs for Guggenheim Helsinki go on show Exhibition accompanied by app that’s “like Tinder for buildings”—but will Finnish public be seduced? The Art Newspaper, April 23, 2015


Nepali Architectural Treasures Destroyed In Earthquake Some of the country’s most important – and beloved – buildings sustained terrible damage (and a few were relatively lucky under the circumstances). Here are some of the badly-affected sites, with before and after photos. BBC, April 27, 2015

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