Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 5, 2015


Photos: Veterans showcase tribute pole as part of Granville Island theatre production The result of a public art project involving veterans culminated this week at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. Vancouver artist Foster Eastman and the group of Afghanistan veterans who carved the tribute have been raising the totem at the beginning of each night’s production. Georgia Straight, May 4, 2015

Canada’s answer to Frank Lloyd Wright – The Globe and Mail West Coast architect created his own aesthetic, designing homes rooted in the earth and greenery. Fred Hollingsworth, one of the Canadian architectural greats renowned for his wariness of commercial architecture, started his career as an aviation expert with a curious wariness of commercial aviation. Mr. Hollingsworth had his pilot’s licence by age 19 and went on to fly across North America in the cockpit of his own Cessna to visit architectural clients. Globe and Mail, May 4, 2014

Oliver, B.C.

Henry Yorke Mann: An early proponent of ‘extreme wood’ design Henry Yorke Mann figured among British Columbia’s pioneer organic architects, but of a markedly different strand from his more famous peers such as Fred Hollingsworth. Not content to merely avoid crass commercial work, Mr. Mann embraced what might be called “extreme wood” in his architecture and was an active proponent of a back-to-the-land architectural counterculture. Globe and Mail, May 4, 2015


Is that Picasso you’re wearing? Where fabric meets fine art In a market awash with Marimekko tablecloths and runway collections flaunting street-artist-designed fabrics (not to mention Impressionist umbrellas, Mona Lisa shower curtains and Basquiat tees), it’s hard to believe that until the early 20th century, fine art and fabric were entirely separate entities. The merging of the two – and the products of the early fertile collaborations between artists and manufacturers – is the subject of the Textile Museum of Canada’s upcoming exhibition Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol. The Globe and Mail, May 1, 2015


Mariette Rousseau-Vermette et Claude Vermette à l’honneurDeux grandes figures de la modernité québécoise seront à l’honneur durant la période estivale au Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, avec la plus grande rétrospective jamais consacrée aux artistes laurentiens, le couple mythique de Sainte-Adèle, Mariette Rousseau-Vermette et Claude Vermette. Le Nord, 2 Mai, 2015


Kate Taylor: We need to speak up about sexism in the arts A recent survey by Canadian Art magazine of solo shows by living artists at public galleries across Canada since the start of 2013 found 64 per cent featured men. Globe and Mail, May 1, 2015

New York

In photos: See the looks everyone’s talking about from last night’s MET Gala Globe and Mail, May 5, 2015

Did Modernism Ever Even Happen In American Art? (Jerry Saltz And His Editor At The New Whitney) “The real revelation in ‘America Is Hard to See’ comes in the works from before World War II – how not-European, not-modernism modern, not-programmatic, not-pure it looks. … At the same moment in the early 20th century when Europe and Russia, especially, were trying to make art dealing with the modern condition, Americans were actually just being modern, living it.” Vulture, May 4, 2015

Nepal’s cultural heritage celebrated in New York The Rubin Museum of Art is showing art, organising tours and hosting events to help support the earthquake ravaged country. The Art Newspaper, May 4, 2015

United States

A New Documentary Sheds Light on the ‘Troublemakers’ of Land Art James Crump’s film reveals the renegade spirit behind the work of literal groundbreakers including Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria and Robert Smithson. New York Times, May 4, 2015


The Weird, Great Story Of The Penny Black Stamp And The Beginning Of Mail “Along with the fine border work and stars in the corners, the Penny Black didn’t feature the name of the country: Victoria was synonymous with the nation at this point. Instead, the word ‘Postage’ differentiated it from the revenue stamps that had been used for decades. Both that and the price, One Penny, were printed on the stamp.” The Telegraph, May 1, 2015

Aristocrats seek buyers to take Old Masters off their hands Bellotto paintings worth more than £23m to leave family collections after more than 200 years. The Art Newspaper, May 1, 2015


A Video Primer for the Venice Biennale Artsy and UBS teamed up with the director Oscar Boyson on “A Short History of the World’s Most Important Art Exhibition.” New York Times, May 4, 2015

Venice Biennale 2015 Our guide to the world’s biggest international contemporary art exhibition, including guides to the national pavilions, interviews with artists and curators, and live reporting from the event. The Art Newspaper, May 5, 2015

Kenya and Costa Rica pull out of Venice Biennale Two national pavilions have been withdrawn from the international exhibition, which is due to open to VIPs in less than a week


Museums in Europe and US draw up rescue plans for ravaged sites in Iraq France takes the lead as calls grow for co-ordinated response after attacks by fanatics on Assyrian. The Art Newspaper, May 1, 2015 royal cities. The Art Newspaper, May 1, 2015

The Cat-Painting Renaissance Of The 19th Century “Bourgeois collectors, interested in enhancing plush domestic interiors, bought the cat canvases. It became a good market for artists, some of whom became well known in the genre.” (slideshow) Vulture, May 4, 2015

The Urban Planner Artist Who Wants To Revitalize Without Gentrifying “Artists have long been a useful tool for developers; since the 80s the conventional way of ‘waking up’ destitute urban areas has been to rent out cheap studio space to art students and watch the creativity and the café culture follow, before the loft apartments are sold on to the bonus-rich with authentic artisanal grit priced in. Gates wanted to change that cynical paradigm.” The Observer, May 2, 2015

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