Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 1-4, 2015


Story of Chinese Canadian soldiers of Second World War comes to life at museum in Vancouver Seventy years ago Canadian Army gunner George Chow broke through the German lines and helped liberate Holland. Chow’s efforts, as well as those of other Allied soldiers, are being recognized this week in Europe by a grateful nation where children still tend to soldiers’ graves. The Province, May 3, 2015


Museum board has no choice but to adopt 20-20 vision Yelling and screaming won’t accomplish much, so the members of the Osoyoos Museum Society have decided to adopt a sense of humour to mask their disappointment over not being able to move into their new home next fall. Osoyoos Times, April 29, 2015


Sculptor Abraham Ruben comes home with Yellowknife exhibit Abraham Ruben’s elaborate soapstone carvings and bronze sculptures have graced galleries and museums across Canada and around the world — including the Smithsonian in Washington. Now the artist and his work have returned to the Northwest Territories. His new exhibit, Aurora Borealis, opened April 30 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. CBC, May 2, 2015


DIVYA MEHRA AND TALK IS CHEAP: OUR BROKEN TONGUES In “Between Us” in Banff, Divya Mehra and Talk is Cheap evoke language’s in-betweens, and the impossibilities of translation. Steven Cottingham reviews. Canadian Art, April 30, 2015


AGW’s Border Culture Exhibit comes to an end The second floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor has passports hanging from the ceiling, a wall covered in more than 400 military code names and another covered in plastic cockroaches. It is the last instalment of the award-wining Border Cultures exhibit, which looks at different aspects of border life. Windsor Star, May 3, 2015


Time to wake Toronto’s cultural ‘sleeping giants’ Museum-planning guru Gail Dexter Lord has a wake-up call for Toronto. “Our large cultural institutions are sleeping giants,” Lord says. “They’re punching below their weight.” Toronto Star, May 3, 2015

A photography show that rewards the act of slow looking As the RIC exhibition makes abundantly clear, Ruwedel’s great theme, his epic thrust, has been the depiction of the imprint of human activity, both modest and outrageous, cultural and industrial, on the landscape, particularly the landscape of the American and Canadian West, from pre-history to the present. Yet as we all know, “Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right,” and this exhibition perfectly illustrates that wisdom. It’s a quiet incitement to the art of slow looking, an affirmation of the pleasures gained through heightening one’s powers of discrimination. Globe and Mail, May 4, 2015

Graffiti walk exposes street artists’ work Some of the city’s best graffiti is splashed along the infrequently travelled laneway, far from prying eyes. It’s here that Toronto’s most prolific graffiti artists, who go by names like Mozy, Uber 5000 and Elicsir, practise their skills, often under cover of darkness. Toronto Star, May 3, 2015

5 SHOWS TO SEE AT THE SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL The 2015 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival launches across Toronto today. Here are five projects that the Canadian Art team will be visiting. Canadian Art, April 30, 2015

Chris Curreri practises his hand-eye coordination Gardiner exhibit highlights his hobby of making pottery, which he finds more like picture-making than he might have imagined. For the past few years, Curreri, a finalist for the Sobey Art Award last year, has been taking pottery classes with fellow artist and friend Stephen Andrews, and a synergy between his image-making and clay-moulding emerged in his mind early on. Toronto Star, May 2, 2015

You could find the next Shary Boyle at OCAD’s grad exhibition With 900 students showing their work, a similar treasure could await this weekend. Globe and Mail, May 1, 2015


6 PARTING THOUGHTS ON PAPIER15 With numerous changes this year, Papier15, Montreal’s popular art fair devoted to works on paper, was navigating plenty of new territory. How did the event measure up? Caoimhe Morgan-Feir and Amy Luo report. Canadian Art, April 30, 2015

Kansas City

‘I, Too, Am America’ Shares Snapshots From Workers Living on the Edge An exhibition in Kansas City, Mo., shows photos by fast-food and low-wage workers, whose cellphone cameras bared many revealing details about their daily lives. New York Times, May 2, 2015

Garland, Texas

Two Gunmen Killed Trying To Storm Muhammad Cartooning Event In Texas “The event, led by prominent conservatives who are critical of Islam, was ending when two males drove up in a car and began shooting at a police officer outside, according to a statement posted on Facebook by the city of Garland, a suburb about 20 from Dallas.” Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2015

New York

The new Whitney Museum of American Art: Odd amalgam of art, money, steel and style Goodbye, meatpackers; hello, museum-goers. The Whitney Museum of American Art opened its new home in New York this week, in what’s still known as the Meatpacking District; and the building, by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, offers some nods to the blue-collar businesses that lie in its shadow. Globe and Mail, May 1, 2015

New Whitney Museum Signifies a Changing New York Art Scene The Whitney accommodates art and people with equal finesse, emerging bigger and better from the process of building a new home. New York Times, May 1, 2015

Review: ‘Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980’ at MoMA The exhibition recalls a not-so-distant time when architects and governments in the region dreamed big about changing the world for the better. New York Times, April 30, 2015

Protesters Shut Down NY’s Guggenheim Museum Over Labor Practices “At noon today, a group of artists and activists including members of the Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (known as G.U.L.F.) unfurled a large parachute in the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum, demanding to meet with a member of the institution’s board of trustees to discuss the labor conditions at its Abu Dhabi site.” Hyperallergic, May 1, 2015

Japanese American Museum Acquires Internee Artifacts An auction of the collection had been set for last month, but was canceled after protests on social media. New York Times, May 3, 2015

Tony Oursler Maps the Interior Life of the Face Mr. Oursler’s new exhibition features aluminum-panel sculptures that comment on facial-recognition technology. . New York Times, May 3, 2015

Chuck Close and Cindy Sherman Donate Works for Met Opera Benefit They are among 14 major visual artists whose works will be on display and for sale at the opera house’s Gallery Met. New York Times, May 1, 2015

MoMA to Offer Free Events for Seniors A new program at the Museum of Modern Art will include free screenings, online courses and other events for New York City residents 65 and older. New York times, April 30, 2015


The Prado and a New Royal Museum Duel Over Paintings In advance of its opening, the Museum of Royal Collections is insisting that the Prado surrender four paintings, including its top two attractions. New York Times, May 1, 2015


Miuccia’s Museum Opens The Fondazione Prada opens the doors to its first permanent exhibition space on May 9th. New York Times, May 1, 2015


From Canada to the Venice Biennale with laughs Over the years, Canada’s homely little pavilion in the Giardini Publicci, home of the Venice Biennale, has been subject to many a makeover: into a theatre in 2001 by Janet Cardiff; an aviary in 2007 by David Altmejd; and most recently, a mermaid’s grotto in 2013 by Shary Boyle. And this year? A depanneur, courtesy of BGL, the trio of merry pranksters chosen to represent us this go-round, which opens for previews on Wednesday. Toronto Star, May 3, 2015

New Zealand’s Contribution to the Venice Biennale: A Library and an Airport, Transposed The artist Simon Denny has repurposed imagery from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Marco Polo International’s arrivals hall, and vice versa. New York Times, May 1, 2015


Art Museums: Intimidating To Racial Minorities? Literal ‘White Spaces’? First Lady Michelle Obama at the opening of the new Whitney Museum: “There are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood.” WNYC, May 4, 2015

Curators Are Cool Now, But How The Heck Did *That* Happen? [VIDEO] “It’s a very important and defining aspect of who we are now,” says the author of a book on how everyone is now a (cool) curator. BBC, May 1, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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