Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 6, 2015


FUSE Muses: A sensory experience at Vancouver Art Gallery (PHOTOS). Recently, I attended my first FUSE event at the Vancouver Art Gallery – and if you’ve never gone, I urge you to go! On select Fridays, the (mostly) adult event features live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs and eclectic tours. Vancouver Buzz, May 5, 2015

Museum of Anthropology presenting Portuguese folk art exhibit The Museum of Anthropology (MOA), located in Vancouver, Canada, is organizing the exhibit ‘Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between’ a display of a collection of 300 items of Portuguese folk and popular artwork. Beginning May 12, the exhibit will stay open to the public until October 12. Portuguese American Journal, May 5, 2015

Art this week: Popular Portuguese, Jasmine Wallace and Takao Tanabe. Upcoming exhibitions include: Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art at the Museum of Anthropology, Jasmine Wallace at Robert Lynd Gallery and Takao Tanabe at Equinox Gallery. Vancouver Sun, May 5, 2015


Art gallery playing all the hits. The blockbuster exhibitions have been coming to Kelowna Art Gallery back-to-back-to-back. “We are so fortunate to be opening A Story of Canadian Art, featuring works from all of the Group of Seven, on Friday,” said gallery executive director Nataley Nagy. From January through March this year Terrible Beauty was on loan from the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring landscapes by Emily Carr juxtaposed to the photography of Edward Burtynsky. Daily Courier (Kelowna), May 6, 2015


Robert Amos: Life as seen through the lens. John Taylor first came to my attention when his outstanding exhibition of photographs, Great Domes of Italy, was shown at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria about 15 years ago. With a large-format camera, Taylor placed himself directly under the exact centre of many of the most remarkable Renaissance buildings and photographed upward, revealing them as mandalas. Times Colonist, May 4, 2015


Corinne Thiessen’s Collapsing Trees Mount a Warning. Days after seeing Corinne Thiessen’s project Chronic, at the Project Space of the Esker Foundation, I was reminded of it while driving through the Alberta prairie lands.


Museum wins top international awards for innovation “The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) won four awards last night, including two gold prizes, in one of the world’s most prestigious competitions for innovation in digital media. The Museum was recognized at the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in Atlanta, Georgia for outstanding achievement in three categories: for its mobile app, for two interactive games in the Canadian Journeys and Actions Count galleries, and for its overall digital infrastructure (Enterprise Content Management System or ECMS). Human Rights Museum Press Release, April 27, 2015


Berenice Abbott, Writing Her Own History The expanded archives of the pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott detail not just the range of her eye, but also the obstacles she confronted and overcame. Although her work was celebrated in a 2012 retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, much has yet to come to light because for nearly three decades a significant portion of her archive belonged to a private collector, Ronald Kurtz. But now that this trove is part of the Ryerson Image Center’s collection, its riches will offer invaluable insights into the life and work of a pioneering, intriguing and tireless artist. New York Times, May 6, 2015

Video Preview: “Part Picture” at MOCCA. How are contemporary photographers responding to the ubiquity of digital photography? “Part Picture,” set to open tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, takes up this question, arguing that young photographers are increasingly turning towards a sense of materiality. By pulling from other media, they create works that are part photograph, part other—only part picture. Canadian Art, May 1, 2015

The Path to TCAF: Nina Bunjevac. Nina Bunjeva was nominated for a 2015 Doug Wright Award for her graphic novel memoir Fatherland, which examines her complicated feelings about her father’s involvement with a plot to overthrow Yugoslavia’s communist government in the 1970s. She will be presenting that book and other works at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and currently has an exhibition devoted to her work, Out of the Fatherland, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. National Post, May 4, 2015


National Gallery gets $2-million donation for Venice Biennale. Canada’s presence at the world’s most prestigious art exhibition got a big boost Tuesday with a $2-million donation to the National Gallery of Canada. The Koerner Foundation of Toronto made the donation to the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment Fund, which supports the National Gallery’s program to send Canadian artists to the Venice Biennale. Ottawa Citizen, May 5, 2015

Second suspect arrested in connection with slaying of Aylmer couple. A second suspect has been arrested in a gruesome double homicide committed in an Aylmer townhouse in 2014, one day after a 39-year-old Gatineau artist was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the case. In 1999, Sonja Vilon attended the Ottawa School of Art. She continued to paint until 2005, she wrote, when she became partially paralyzed due to illness. Eventually, she resumed painting part-time. Ottawa Citizen, May 6, 2015

Carp, Ontario

Unique underground tourist attraction: Of spies and espionage “In a small town, approximately twenty-five minutes outside Ottawa, below a non-descriptive steel structure, lies an incredible piece of history. Seventy-five feet below ground, in Carp, Ontario, is the story of espionage, spies, and a country’s survival plan during the height of the Cold War. This is Canada’s Cold War Museum: The Diefenbunker. Eturbo News, May 5, 2015


Le MCH déballe ses premiers trésors de la Grèce antique Le Musée canadien de l’histoire (MCH) a commencé à réceptionner les caisses renfermant les quelque 500 « trésors » que lui a prêtés le gouvernement grec à la faveur de Les Grecs : d’Agamemnon à Alexandre le grand, laquelle constitue probablement la plus importante exposition sur l’antiquité grecque jamais présentée en Amérique du Nord, selon le conservateur de cette exposition itinérante, l’archéologue du MCH Terence Clark. Le Droit, May 6, 2015


Artist Wins $25K Prize, Uses It To Buy Other Artists’ Work For Seattle Art Museum “We don’t like it at all when people say, ‘You’re so generous. The intention of it wasn’t to be generous, really… I’d like it to be understood as an art project that was trying to start conversations and have symbolic value in the community around how artists and artworks are valued, how museums make value.” The Stranger, May 6, 2015

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum To Close In June; Searching For New Home After Rent Increase“San Francisco’s only museum devoted to comics, cartoons and animation is closing its doors at the end of June, but not forever. The Cartoon Art Museum has occupied its 655 Mission St. location in the city’s South of Market neighborhood since 2001 but the property owner is demanding more than double the current rent — an untenable increase for the largely donation-reliant museum, curator Andrew Farago said on Monday. San Francisco CBS local, April 20, 2015


Art Museum to Add Preschool “Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will expand its academic programming by offering a preschool for 3-to 5-year-olds. The program will be the first encyclopedic art museum preschool in the country. Inside Indiana Business, April 28, 2015

New York

Van Gogh Painting Is Star During Sotheby’s Auction The auction took in a total of $368 million, the second-highest sale of Impressionist and modern art in Sotheby’s history. New York Times, May 6, 2015

Yoko Ono’s 1971 MoMA Show Finally Opens A retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art could build new appreciation for Yoko Ono’s career as an artist. New York Times, May 5, 2015

The New Whitney: Thinking About The Future “Finances permitting, the Whitney should one day revert to its original intention to operate in both its old and new buildings. This could occur after the Metropolitan Museum’s eight-year lease on the Whitney’s former home runs out. Historic art was seen to better advantage in architect Marcel Breuer’s more structured confines.” Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2015

The Met launches China show, using a Western lens After the gala and serious fundraising, Costume Institute and Asian art department join forces to celebrate real and imaginary China. The Art Newspaper, May 5, 2015

How The Hell Do You Install A 40-Ton Richard Serra Sculpture? “The artist’s latest work, Equal, a series of paired 40-ton stacked steel cubes now on display at David Zwirner’s West 20th Street gallery, required master riggers, hydraulic gantries, and a custom runway just to be installed in a building itself expressly designed to accommodate artists’ big ideas. Now, if you were to buy one, just imagine trying to get installing it [past] your co-op board.” Vulture, May 5, 2015

United States

Tax Break On Selling And Then Buying Land Is Being (Ab)Used By Art Collectors Flipping Paintings “Now, this little-known provision in the tax code, known as a like-kind exchange, has become a popular tactic for a new niche of investors: buyers of high-end art who want to put off – and sometimes completely avoid – federal taxes when upgrading their Diebenkorns for Rothkos.” New York Times, May 5, 2015


Rem Koolhaas: Why Do We Destroy Buildings We Could Still Use? “It would be madness for an entire period of architectural history — that had a major influence on cities around the world — to disappear simply because we suddenly find the style ugly. This brings up a fundamental question: Are we preserving architecture or history?” Der Spiegel, May 5, 2015


First Look: BGL at the 2015 Venice Biennale. BGL have outdone themselves with the Canada Pavilion this year. It stands completely transformed as a neighbourhood dépanneur with Loto-Québec signage, Molson beer signs and off-the-shelf spaghetti sauce. Canadian Art, May 6, 2015

In the Giardini: five to see in Okwui Enwezor’s All the World’s Futures The Biennale director’s critique of capitalism is elegant and sleek. The Art Newspaper, May 5, 2015

The 2015 Venice Biennale’s Central Show, Focused on Strife, Is Uneasy, Uneven Okwui Enwezor’s ‘All the World’s Futures,’ May 9–November 22. ARTnews, May 6, 2015

Kenyan Artists Disavow 2015 Venice Biennale Pavilion Over Foreign Art. Kenya, whose artists have only recently begun to make a name for themselves internationally, mounted its third pavilion this year. But when Kenyan artist Wambui Kamiru saw the 2015 pavilion lineup, she was furious to find only one artist was actually Kenyan. Voice of America, May 5, 2015


Chipperfield’s Nobel Centre plans come under fire “Stockholm’s City Museum has written to the local planning department calling on them to throw out plans for the David Chipperfield Architects-designed Nobel Centre. The museum said the centre, which is planned for the Swedish capital’s historic Blasieholmshamnen area, would have a ‘particularly large impact on heritage values and the local environment’ and should be built elsewhere. Architects Journal, April 9, 2015


Snøhetta and SANAA share first place in Budapest museum contest “Norwegian firm Snøhetta and Japanese studio SANAA have been awarded joint first place in a competition to design one of the five new museums planned for Budapest’s City Park (+ slideshow). The two firms were both named winners of the contest to design the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, although only one will be built. The winning structure will form part of the new cultural complex outside Budapest’s city centre that will also include the Sou Fujimoto-designed House of Hungarian Music. Dezeen, April 15, 2015

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