Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 12, 2015

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates International Museum Day during the final week of Cézanne and … Only one week remaining to see Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection, a major travelling exhibition. Canadian Wire Service, May 12, 2015

Current Connections Now, Kallat’s site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite will address the dichotomy of the fibre-optically connected world, where there is an increase in the movement of people, yet the borders are more controlled. The Mumbai-based artist shares some of her thoughts and notes before the exhibition opens on May 14. The Indian Express, May 12, 2015

Bau-Xi Gallery celebrates 50 years on Vancouver art scene “It was a big gamble,” Huang said about opening a gallery .That gamble paid off. This year, Bau-Xi Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary. In the art gallery business where many galleries last only a few years, Bau-Xi’s longevity is rare. Bau-Xi (pronounced bow-shee) Gallery has done more than just survive. It has thrived. Vancouver Sun, May 11, 2015
Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In-Between gives a close look at Portuguese folk arts The title Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between sounds more like an anthology of doom and black metal bands than an overview of North American Portuguese folk arts. But UBC Museum of Anthropology curator and director Anthony Shelton thinks it’s a fair description of the 300-plus artworks included in the exhibit, which is the largest of its kind ever mounted about North American Portuguese folk art. The Province, May 8, 2015

Port Coquitlam

Man vs. nature images in new abstract art show in Port Coquitlam Architecture is nothing new to Alice Parmalee Rich: She studied it and design at the University of Copenhagen. After completing her BFA in art history at UBC, Rich joined the Vancouver Art Gallery as an extension and education officer, a job that allowed her to travel B.C. to install art exhibitions and lecture. Rich later earned a curating diploma from Emily Carr University of Art + Design before founding a photographic greeting card company, Parmalee Publications, while acting as the assistant director/curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Tri City News, May 12, 2015

Ottawa

A satirist quietly ridicules Duffy, Harper, Trudeau and the political circus The digital age has wrought many things, and gentleness is not among them. Today we’re all critics in a web of blogs and social media, and too often our criticisms are gobs of anonymous vitriol. Allan MacKay offers something from another age, quieter and more contemplative. Amid the digital dissonance it is a balm for those who see it, those few friends or acquaintances who were in touch when MacKay launched, as a lark, his series of collage cartoons. Ottawa Citizen, May 8, 2015

Los Angeles

Chris Burden, a Conceptualist With Scars, Dies at 69 One of the foremost performance artists of the 1970s, Mr. Burden was perhaps the single best-known practitioner of the subgenre of body art. New York Times, May 12, 2015

Remembering Chris Burden, the artist who traded daredevil performances for daring engineering Lacma plans to put on show artist’s 40-ft-long airship, his last project, this week. The Art Newspaper, May 12, 2015

Detroit

Obamarama The artist Rob Pruitt has documented the presidency in a way that no one else has. T Magazine, May 11, 2015

Cleveland

Cleveland Museum Returns Ancient Statue to Cambodia The Cleveland Museum of Art has returned a statue after agreeing that there is evidence it may have been looted from a jungle temple decades ago. New York Times, May 11, 2015

New York

Picasso and Giacometti Artworks Top $120 Million Each at Christie’s Sale at auction, the company said, and was well over its estimate of $140 million. Once the bidding reached $120 million, the Picasso was pursued by five clients on telephones, often in agonizingly slow, $1 million increments. New York Times, May 12, 2015

Take a look at the world’s most expensive painting A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million US on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million US. CBC, May 12, 2015

Artist Peter Doig’s painting sets new record at auction Also Monday, an eerie 1991 painting of a moonlit white canoe with a figure slumped in its hull fetched almost $26-million (U.S.), a new world record for the artist, Peter Doig, 56, who spent most of his early years in Canada. Globe and Mail, May 12, 2015

London

Scot-free: Turner Prize shortlist announced Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel, Nicole Wermers and Assemble are contenders, but no Glaswegians this year. The Art Newspaper, May 12, 2015

Paris

French collectors hand back gold to China they had given to Musée Guimet Concerns raised after François Pinault returns looted artefacts as diplomatic gesture. The Art Newspaper, May 12, 2015

Siberia

Russian artist named a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International has been released Artyom Loskutov was jailed by Siberian police after organising a May Day counter-march

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