Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 30, 2015


Art from the Archive: Solidarity and art on the new VAG’s opening day Politics and art came together on opening day for the Vancouver Art Gallery. The politics came in the form of a protest that had nothing to do with the VAG. As the opening was underway, hundreds of Operation Solidarity protestors marched along Robson. Supported by the province’s unions, Operation Solidarity was an organization of grass-roots opposition to the restraint budget of the Social Credit provincial government. Within a few weeks, the protests would come close to provoking a general strike in B.C. Art Seen (Kevin Griffin) Vancouver Sun Blog, April 30, 2015

Myfanwy Macleod at Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Myfanwy Macleod: TELL HER NOTHING SHE TELLS ALL,” is currently on view at Catriona Jeffries in Vancouver, BC. ARTnews, April 30, 2015

Architect Fred Hollingsworth – An icon of west coast … Fred Hollingsworth wasn’t as famous as his contemporaries Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom. But he stood with them as one of the key architects in Vancouver’s west coast modern movement. Hollingsworth died April 10 at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver at the age of 98. He had been in poor health since he suffered a stroke about a year-and-a-half ago. Vancouver Sun, April 20, 2015

What’s On Julia Dault: The Toronto-raised artist, who now lives in Brooklyn, has won wide acclaim for her abstract paintings and one-off sculptures. Her exhibition Julia Dault: Blame it on the Rain opens at the Contemporary Art Gallery, April 30. Vancouver Sun, April 29, 2015


Bright futures. The University of Manitoba’s annual BFA Graduating Exhibition is consistently one of the year’s largest and most rewarding group shows. Winnipeg Free Press, April 30, 2015


For Contact, photography with sleeves rolled up In case you’ve been busy playing Minecraft for the past decade or so, you’ll know that our ultra-digital, instant-everything world has spawned a slowed-down, tactile undercurrent in recent years. In this era of instant images and digital everything, a new show cat MOCCA contends that artists are getting their hands dirty again. Toronto Star, April 29, 2015


MBAM premier au Canada, le Louvre premier dans le monde. Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal a été le musée d’art le plus fréquenté au Canada en 2014, et ce, pour la deuxième année consécutive, selon le classement annuel du mensuel britannique. Quebec Huffington Post, April 29, 2015

New York

Director’s tour of the new Whitney Museum Adam Weinberg points out his highlights of the building and inaugural show, which opens to the public this weekend. The Art Newspaper, April 29, 2015

‘Embarrassing And Unprofessional’: Critic Says Wall Text At New Whitney Museum Willfully Misrepresents Him An angry Christopher Knight: “Being misquoted is one thing, but being completely misrepresented in an art museum wall text is quite another – especially when something I wrote more than 20 years ago is used as a slur concocted from the direct opposite of my critical opinion.” Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2015

Manipulated Self-Portraits From a Master of the Form A new exhibition of Lucas Samaras’s work comprises more than 720 images. T Magazine, April 30, 2015

At Cortlandt Street Subway Station, Art Woven From Words The station, destroyed on Sept. 11 and scheduled to reopen in 2018, will include texts from historical documents on the walls, similar to a crossword puzzle. New York Times, April 29, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Japan Makes Gift to Support Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art In a visit to Washington, the Japanese prime minister announced that his country would donate $1 million to two Washington museums that feature Asian art, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. New York Times, April 30, 2015


Does The Tate Museum Have A Structural Problem? “The relationship between Tate Britain and Modern, then, is really about what importance we give to old art and the concept of a national culture; and as it turns out, most people are more interested these days in the concept of internationalism and the culture of the contemporary, than what appears to be the stuffy, out-of-date world of narrow-minded nationalism; which is why almost 5.8 million visitors flocked to Tate Modern in 2014, and barely a quarter of that number made it to Tate Britain.” Artnet, April 29, 2015

Mexican artist wants to turn Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall into green space Abraham Cruzvillegas asks London’s parks to dig for art’s sake. The Art Newspaper, April 30, 2015

Goya’s Fantastical Drawings Of Witches And Old Women “Over thirty-five years, from around 1794, when Goya, still in Madrid, was recovering from the devastating illness that left him permanently deaf and forced him to abandon grand court painting, to his death in Bordeaux in 1828, aged 82, he put together a sequence of eight ‘albums’ of brush and ink drawings. Often he added a laconic, ironic caption in black chalk. New York Review of Books, April 27, 2015

Swiss Artist Christoph Büchel, Repping Iceland in Venice, Will Stage Artwork Called ‘The Mosque’ at Disused Church Christoph Büchel, the irrepressible, inexhaustible Swiss provocateur, whose projects have ranged from staging a sex club at Secession in Vienna to allegedly showing the belongings of homeless people at the Frieze New York fair as sculptures to turning his London gallery into a community center. ARTnews, April 30, 2015

Guildford, U.K.

Clandon Park, a historic house in south of England, suffers devastating blaze National Trust staff and firefighters salvage paintings and furniture but much is feared lost. The Art Newspaper, April 30, 2015


Pompidou responds to criticism that Le Corbusier exhibition glosses over architect’s fascist past Although show focuses on his work, a research project will be launched on his life and beliefs. The Art Newspaper, April 30, 2015


French Pavilion Artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot Teaches the World to Sing In late February, while in the throes of preparing his project for the 56th Venice Biennale, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was just as purposefully going about daily life at his home in the South of France. ARTnews, April 30, 2015


The case for physical books. “I thought about that [book] and its history while reading William Giraldi’s gracefully defiant essay, “Why we need physical books,” in the New Republic last week. In a time of vanishing bookstores, Girardi rightly considers actual books — as distinct from ebooks like Kindle — a necessity.” National Post, April 28, 2015

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