Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 20, 2015


Vancouver art fair follows a global trend. Art! Vancouver opens Thursday at the Vancouver Convention Centre with paintings, sculpture, and multimedia works by artists from around the world. The founder and director is Lisa Wolfin, whose background includes working for Christian Dior in Paris and running a gallery in the Hollyburn Country Club.  Vancouver Sun, May 18, 2015

Scout List: Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week. Included on the Scout List: “Dr. Ocean Howell speaks on The History of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Design of Urban Public Space at the Building For Change Public Symposium this week. Hit the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday afternoon to listen in and give a good think to the question: ‘Who is the Public?’” and “a handful of Main Street galleries, studios and creative spaces will open their doors for Rove on Friday night.” Scout Magazine, May 19, 2015


Robert Amos: Finding the art within the abstract. Currently, Winchester in Oak Bay has a special exhibit of more than 20 of Jean McEwen’s paintings, including six large acrylic paintings from 1965 and 1966. Since admission is free, I thought I’d drop by and give McEwen some time. His creations are beginning to grow on me. Times Colonist, May 19, 2015


Bloom artwork announced for St. Patrick’s Island. A sculpture nearly seven stories high will be placed on St. Patrick’s Island this summer, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation announced on Tuesday. The piece, titled Bloom and created by Montreal-born artist Michel de Broin, is an assembly of street lights that will be visible from the downtown. Calgary Herald, May 19, 2015

Krista Belle Stewart Weaves an Alternate History. Krista Belle Stewart probes the squishy places where collections and archives and image-making meet. It wasn’t clear when first entering her exhibition, “Rip Rap,” at Calgary’s the New Gallery, which category each of the five objects on display belonged to. Canadian Art, May 19, 2015


Time-lapse of artist Andrew Jackson Obol painting gorgeous mural shows the forest through the trees. Artist Andrew Jackson Obol paints a mural in the stairwell at International House. The project started last spring and was funded through the “Davis Projects for Peace” and the University of Alberta’s Global Education Program and Residence Services. Edmonton Journal, May 20, 2015


Completion date for Remai Modern Art Gallery in doubt. A new approach is needed to make sure the deadline and budget are met for completion of the Remai Modern art gallery megaproject, city council was warned Tuesday. Star Phoenix, May 19, 2015

Children’s Museum unveils master plan. Bridges, northern lights, subterranean spaces are just some of the highlights of the new Children’s Museum in Saskatoon, which is scheduled to open in 2017, on the site of the Mendel Art Gallery. CBC News, May 20, 2015


Open & Shut: The Chester Station newsstand. To most people, a store is a store, a gallery a gallery, a kiosk a kiosk. But artists such as Jess Dobkin rethink public space. For her, a run-of-the-mill subway newsstand can be transformed into an art venue. Toronto Star, May 17, 2015

Martha Baillie’s novel gets real-world heft at Koffler Gallery. The space in between is the meat of Toronto author Martha Baillie’s remarkable recent novel, the appropriately titled The Search for Heinrich Schlogel, but the ghosts she conjured seemed too restless to confine to the printed page. So at the Koffler Gallery, Heinrich — or rather, his absence — takes real-world form. Toronto Star, May 19, 2015

Public artwork breathes life into Toronto transit. Public art in a transit network — indeed, public art in most settings — can play many roles, from creating a sense of place, to highlighting the historical and current presence of a community, to creating an unexpected and pleasurable visual encounter,” says Will Kwan, a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough’s department of arts, culture and media. Toronto Star, May 19, 2015

Owen Sound

TOM moves on from courthouse plan. The old courthouse is no longer an option for the Tom Thomson Art Gallery’s expansion plans. Gallery board chairwoman Linda Myles-Gallinger said she was disappointed but supportive of Tuesday’s announcement that Owen Sound had reached an agreement to sell the property to Southbridge Care Homes. Sun Times, Owen Sound, May 20, 2015


David Altmejd’s Seven-Year Itch. When it opens on June 20 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the solo exhibition “Flux” will represent a major homecoming for David Altmejd, a prodigal son of this fair city. The show has already wowed audiences in Paris, at the Musée d’art moderne, and in Luxembourg, at the MUDAM—but for an artist so inspired by the concept of cycles, the final Montreal stop has got to be the most significant. We caught up with him for a bit of a preview. Canadian Art, May 20, 2015

Los Angeles

The Danger Artist. It’s not true that Chris Burden, the profoundly satirical Los Angeles artist who died last week, of cancer, at sixty-nine, had himself shot in the arm for the performance work “Shoot,” in 1971. Rather, he was shot by a friend whose claim to be a marksman proved an overstatement. New Yorker, May 19, 2015

New York

Brooklyn Museum Appoints Anne Pasternak As New Director “The choice of Ms. Pasternak is unusual because she has never held a job in a museum. After a brief period working for a commercial art gallery, her career has unfolded entirely within the nonprofit world of up-by-your-bootstraps alternative spaces and nomadic arts groups. But at Creative Time, where she assumed the directorship in 1994, she had become well known for both her socially engaged programming and her skills in negotiating the shoals of New York City government, real estate and fund-raising, where she made artistic events accessible partly by removing them from museums. New York Times, May 20, 2015

Surprise: Whitney Museum Announces A New Chief Curator “At a meeting with the board of trustees on May 19, director Adam Weinberg announced that Scott Rothkopf, 38, is getting a promotion to chief curator. Currently the Nancy and Steve Crown family curator and associate director of programs, his new title will be deputy director for programs and Nancy and Steve Crown family chief curator. The current chief curator, Donna De Salvo, will be moving into a newly created position: deputy director for international initiatives and senior curator.” Vulture, May 19, 2015

John Luther Adams Is Crowdsourcing A Sound Installation For the Met Museum’s New Building (The Old Whitney) “Soundwalk 9:09 … will ask NYC wanderers to email field recordings from the blocks separating what Adams calls the ‘Big Met’ and the new building. When the collection period ends on July 31, Adams will begin molding the recordings into a piece that will last exactly as long as its title, nine minutes and nine seconds. ‘I find the breath of the city itself, that roar, really beautiful, like the roar of the sea,’ Adams says.” Vulture, May 19, 2015

Performance Artist Marina Abramović Says Jay Z ‘Used’ Her for Picasso Baby. Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović has slammed a collaboration she did with Jay Z two years ago, saying the rapper “used” her. For his music video Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film, Jay Z rapped the song for six hours at New York’s Pace Gallery in front of celebrities and fans. Time Magazine, May 19, 2015


Cuban artist to stage new political project in Havana following arrest 19 May 2015 Tania Bruguera, who has had her passport confiscated after planning a free-speech performance in Revolution Square, is due to host a 100-hour reading of the book The Origins of Totalitarianism ahead of the city’s biennial. The Art Newspaper, May 19, 2015


A First: Artist To Be Depicted On English Currency (And Public Will Vote On Who) “Speaking at the Victoria and Albert museum here on Tuesday, Mark Carney, the governor of the bank, said that artists, sculptors, ceramicists, craftsmen, designers, architects and filmmakers are eligible as long as they are not alive or fictional.” New York Times, May 19, 2015

V&A conservators race to preserve art and design classics in plastic There is a widespread assumption that plastic is among the hardiest of materials, but that is far from true, as conservators in museums and galleries know only too well. The Guardian, May 19, 2015

Finally – A Picture Of Shakespeare? (Experts Are “Deeply Unconvinced”) “I can’t imagine any reason why Shakespeare would be in a botany textbook,’ he said, adding: “I don’t think very many people are going to take this seriously.” The Independent, May 19, 2015


Rijksmuseum crowned European Museum of the Year Dutch national museum of art and history sets new record as more than half a million people visit Late Rembrandt exhibition. The Art Newspaper, May 20, 2015


Shigeru Ban Will Build Housing for Nepal’s Earthquake Survivors Shigeru Ban, the Japanese Pritzker Prize-winning architect, has announced that he will deploy emergency shelters for victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal, according to Artnet’s Christie Chu. Ban’s relief organization, Voluntary Architects’ Network, will begin by giving out donated tents and plastic sheets. Then, as the situation grows more stable, it’ll work with regional architects to construct less temporary living spaces. Artforum, May 20, 2015


Where Artists Live Versus Where Scientists Live “Basically, the science-based firms and industries are out in the suburbs, along highway interchanges, and in newer, low density suburban campuses. The creative industry locations are much more urban, dense, closer to the core of the city, walkable, mixed-use and often served by public transit.” Citylab, May 19, 2015

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