Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 29, 2015


Art this week: Michelangelo in Yaletown, Emily Carr in digital and darkness on the Prairies. Opening this week are: Beyond the Trees: Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Shannon Bool: Michelangelo’s Place at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station and Kevin Boyle: DaySleeper at Kimoto Gallery. Vancouver Sun, April 28, 2015

Emily Carr’s British Columbia. I first encountered the photographs on this screen while researching From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia, an exhibition I organized with Ian Dejardin, director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, in London. The Walrus, May 2015 issue.


Royal BC Museum in Victoria honoured for First Nations languages . A three-year exhibit on B.C.’s First Nations languages has earned the Royal BC Museum an excellence in exhibition award from the American Alliance of Museums. Times Colonist, April 28, 2015

Robert Amos: Art is in full bloom around us. Pat Tennant is showing her photos of Victoria corner stores at the Bruce Hutchison Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library (until July 3). It is one of the art shows that appear in each library, a series curated by the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. This is a brilliant and very democratic outreach program, just the sort of thing that, in tiny increments, binds our community together. Times Colonist, April 28, 2015


Divya Mehra and Talk Is Cheap: Our Broken Tongues. “Between Us” was an exhibition of wordplay. More than that, it was an exhibition of in-betweens: the mediation of language and the transience of its own context. Situated in the Eric Harvie Theatre lobby at the Banff Centre, the show was already positioned at the crux of impermanence: it was about temporary destinations in a temporary destination in a temporary destination—semantic experiments in a foyer within an artist-residency within a tourist town. Canadian Art, April 29, 2015


AGO’S Matthew Teitelbaum: ‘Believe in your audiences’. “Believe in your audiences,” he said. “Create your museums for your public, because that’s what you do — you create narratives, you create meaning, you create collections, in the service of the public. Figure out how to do that in a way that has integrity and sustainability, and all those things, but never forget it. …An institution is never better than its community. Its community is its source of energy and support, and eyeballs and attention, and we should all be deepening those connections whenever we can.” Ottawa Citizen, April 28, 2015

Canadian-Trinidadian Mixed-Media Artist Talwst Explores Art History in a Fresh Context. Talwst utilizes painting, sculpture, performance, and off-kilter found objects to create an engaging visual world. Always fond of playing with new materials, Talwst sometimes uses jewelry boxes and creates scenes of life within them. He is as interested in the new as he is exploring art history, and education never finds itself alien to his work. Forbes, April 29 2015

Photography exhibit features Women in Rock. A style primer of sorts opens up this week at the Analogue gallery in connection with this month’s Contact photography festival. Called Women in Rock, and curated by Analogue’s Lucia Graca, it features some 50 rarely seen images of the iconic women whose personal style continues to be as singular, memorable and influential as their music. Toronto Star, April 28, 2015


Ontario Scene: Five cool things to see on the Art Gallery crawl. There’s a free art gallery crawl on Sunday, May 3. It’s a great chance to see the visual art on display as part of the Ontario Scene Festival. Free shuttle buses will leave every 20 minutes from each of 13 locations, traveling around loop. Ottawa Citizen, April 27, 2015


Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok launches book in Yellowknife. A book about the life and career of Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok will be launched in Yellowknife tonight. One of her designs, The Drummer, graced the back of Canada’s 1999 toonie to celebrate the creation of Nunavut. CBC News, April 29, 2015

New York

How One Photographer Captured a Changing New York City Over 50 Years. When Jerome Liebling passed away in 2011, the prolific photographer left behind boxes of never-before-seen work. Some of those images are included in “Jerome Liebling: Brooklyn and Other Boroughs, 1946–1996,” on view at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City through June 6. Slate, April 29, 2015

Art Critics Association Gives 2014 Awards to Kara Walker, Ragnar Kjartansson, More The American section of the International Association of Art Critics—AICA, as it’s more popularly known—has released the winners of its 2014 awards, which were selected by a popular vote of its 400 members from a roster of nominees that was released in February. ARTnews, April 28, 2015

Michelle Obama Will Take Part In Whitney Museum Dedication First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to New York this Thursday, April 30, for the dedication of the new Whitney Museum on Gansevoort Street. ARTnews, April 28, 2015

MoMA Director Glenn Lowry Responds To Criticism Of Museum’s Pop-Culture Focus “I was actually happy that nobody challenged us on doing Björk – that artists like her, who cross disciplines, have a place in a museum like ours … We just didn’t do the show we should have done. Fair enough. We just need to find a way to do those shows better.” The Art Newspaper, April 25, 2015

The End Times Are At Hand For New York’s Museum Of Biblical Art “The small, secular museum, which is dedicated to exploring the Bible’s influence on Western art, is a casualty of Manhattan’s astronomical rents. For the past decade, the museum had been renting space inside the American Bible Society (ABS) building near Lincoln Center for $1 a year. In February, ARS announced it had sold the building and planned to move to Philadelphia.” The Art Newspaper, April 29, 2015

Washington, D.C.

The Director Of The National Museum of African American History Decides How To Curate #BlackLivesMatter “‘It’s our job to give people voice that have been voiceless and make visible those that have been invisible,’ said [Lonnie] Bunch, addressing why the NMAAHC decided to host a symposium on such a controversial topic. ‘This must be a museum that helps America remember its past to better understand its present.’” The Root, April 28, 2015

Buenos Aires

Eugenio Cuttica at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Eugenio Cuttica: La mirada interior” is currently on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires until Sunday, May 31. ARTnews, April 28, 2015


Picabia Alert #8: A Blazing Sun Visits Madrid “Picabia Alert” takes note of shows that feature work by the wily French artist Francis Picabia (1879–1953), aiming to sate Picabia appetites until the Picabia retrospective arrives at the Kunsthaus Zurich and New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2016. ARTnews, April 28, 2015


Dulwich gallery reveals fake painting among collection of old masters After a three-month challenge to the public to spot the replica, Dulwich picture gallery reveals the work that was ordered for £70 over the internet. The Guardian, April 29, 2015

BP portrait award: artists from UK, Israel and Spain shortlisted for portrait prize Total of 2,748 portraits from record 92 countries submitted – the highest number of entries in the prize’s 36-year history. The Guardian, April 29, 2015


Poland’s Venice Pavilion Explores Haiti’s Polish Connection C. T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska create a cross-cultural universe inspired by ‘Fitzcarraldo.’ ARTnews, April 29, 2015


Myuran Sukumaran’s death-row paintings cry out against a monstrous inhumanity The prison paintings signed by Sukumaran and fellow inmates facing death by firing squad in Indonesia, show the moral evil of the death penalty. The Guardian, April 29, 2015

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