Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 21, 2015


Architect Jacques Herzog shapes city culture with building design. Some bold designs for what that humble parking lot is set to become are being scratched out on blueprints by one of the world’s leading architectural firms. We’re talking about the future home to the new Vancouver Art Gallery. (With Audio) CBC News, May 20, 2015

What’s On: Little Dragon, War On Drugs, Tame Impala and more. With the goal of making Art! Vancouver the next Art Basel, founder Lisa Wolfin has invited artists and galleries from B.C. and around the world to show and sell one-of-a-kind artworks during a four-day affair at the waterfront venue. Vancouver Sun, May 20, 2015


Greg Girard captures dramatic transformations with Richmond/Kowloon. “It is dusk and the stucco façade of a small, postwar bungalow is fading into the shadows. Behind and above it looms a huge, brightly lit building topped with a glowing, disk-shaped roof. From this vantage point—the bungalow’s tidy front yard—the structure resembles an alien spacecraft, making a landing in suburban Richmond.” Georgia Straight, May 11, 2015 (print, May 21, 2015)


Innovation is key to Surrey’s success, mayor says. Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner told a packed crowd of 450 people Wednesday that her dreams for the sprawling municipality centre on one word: innovation.” Hepner pointed to many projects in the works including: a contemporary arts space and gallery in South Surrey and a cultural corridor stretching from city centre along King George Boulevard that will create a hub for cultural and arts facilities and a close-quarter relationship with businesses. Vancouver Sun, May 20, 2015


Maritime Museum move in downtown Victoria hits snag. Talks to relocate the Maritime Museum of B.C. to the CPR Steamship Terminal have stalled, and landlord Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has decided it must seek another tenant to protect its finances. Times Colonist, May 14, 2015 (print, May 21, 2015)


Rashaad Newsome Goes for Baroque. In 1990, the release of Madonna’s hit single “Vogue” and Jennie Livingston’s acclaimed documentary Paris is Burning catapulted the dance form of voguing into the mainstream. But before popular culture turned its eye on voguers and drag balls, it was a one-way fixation. Balls took shape within the black and latino LGBT communities in 1960s Harlem, offering a stage for the marginalized to respond to the fashion and celebrity of mainstream white culture. Canadian Art, May 20, 2015

Art Gallery of Ontario director preps artist enclave home for sale. Matthew Teitelbaum, who is departing his post as director of the Art Gallery of Ontario to become director of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, put the “for sale” sign in front of their family home at 31 Summerhill Gardens this week. Globe & Mail, May 21, 2015

SpaceFinder site — called Airbnb for artists — comes to Toronto. The “game changer” site gives Toronto artists online access to 400 venues for rehearsals, performances and special events. Toronto Star, May 21, 2015

Toronto’s Luminato Festival Gets Anthony Sargent As New CEO Sargent, 65, recently stepped down after his latest triumph: leading the team of Sage Gateshead in creating an internationally acclaimed new venue for music in northeast England. Previously Sargent worked for the BBC as concerts planning manager, including the work of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and helped create the BBC Millennium Music Live project. Toronto Star, May 20, 2015


Michael Harrington’s paintings find the dark highlands. Michael Harrington’s paintings are imbued with a cinematic austerity, with a slight darkening – as if at the day’s gloaming – and simply wrought characters that give the scenes a sense of narrative and foreboding. Harrington, who is one of those Ottawa painters that shows much of his work outside the capital, has a new show at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill. Ottawa Citizen, May 19, 2015

New temporary street art coming to Ottawa this summer. By June, Zoom!, by Montreal artist Randall Anderson, and Il/Elle n’a pas de nom, by Quebec City sculptor Marc-Antoine Coté, will be installed on two plazas adjacent to the south side of the Alexandra Bridge, opposite the National Gallery of Canada. Ottawa Citizen, May 18, 2015


Canadian Canoe Museum names architectural finalists for design of new facility at Lift Lock, including a local firm. The Canadian Canoe Museum has chosen the architectural firms that will compete for the contract to design its new facility on the Lift Lock. Peterborough Examiner, May 21, 2015


Métamorphose muséale. Fermé depuis 2013, le Musée d’art de Joliette (MAJ) s’apprête à rouvrir, tout beau, tout neuf. Mais est-ce vraiment la même institution ? Deux ans de chantier et 14 millions plus tard, c’est une véritable métamorphose qui a pris forme à l’entrée de la capitale lanaudoise. Même les plus fidèles visiteurs ne s’y reconnaîtront pas. Le Devoir, May 21, 2015


Beaverbrook Art Gallery expansion plans unveiled. Plans for a renovation and expansion of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, including new gallery spaces, a terrace, and a street-side café, were unveiled Wednesday at the gallery. The federal government’s commitment of $1.5 million for the expansion was made possible through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s innovative communities fund. The provincial government is contributing $5 million in matching funds for the gallery’s growing endowment and the City of Fredericton is providing $500,000. CBC News, May 20, 2015

$10 million donated to expand Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery. More than $10 million has been donated to help expand Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Two of New Brunswick’s wealthiest families – the Irvings and the McCains – donated most of the money, while the federal government is providing $1.5 million. CTV News, May 20, 2015


Q&A with renowned artist Alan Syliboy. Nationally renowned Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy is hosting an exhibit called Thundermaker at libraries throughout the province until June. Truro Daily News, May 21, 2015


Eccentric Frank Gehry Guesthouse Once Valued At $4.5M Sells At Auction For $750K “Once valued at $4.5 million, the house had been estimated to sell for up to $1.5 million. But after less than five minutes of lackluster bidding, auctioneer Richard Wright declared it “Sold” to a telephone bidder for $750,000, plus auction house fees.” Star Tribune, May 19, 2015

New York

In ‘Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,’ Nature Melds With the Artist Herself. The first Frida moment occurs right off the bat in “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” at the New York Botanical Garden. New York Times, May 21, 2015

Landmarks Commission Rules Against Altering Modernist NYC Classic “The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided on Tuesday.” New York Times, May 20, 2015

The New York Times Releases a Short Documentary On The Man Who Shot Chris Burden The New York Times released a four-and-a-half minute documentary on the late Chris Burden’s famous 1971 performance piece, Shoot, in which his friend and fellow art student Bruce Dunlap shot Burden in the left arm with a .22 long rifle. Artnews, May 20, 2015

Rosemarie Castoro (1939–2015) According to her gallery Broadway 1602 in New York, the artist Rosemarie Castoro has died. Castoro was a central figure among New York Minimalist artists and one of the few highly recognized women working in this milieu. Artforum, May 20, 2015

Buyer of the $179.4 Million Picasso Revealed Unnamed art world sources have told the New York Post that the mystery buyer of Pablo Picasso’s Les Femme d’Algers (Version “O”) is the former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. Al Thani bought the piece for $179.4 million on May 11. ARTnews, May 21, 2015

Maria Abramovic Complains Jay Z Took Advantage Of Her. But Who Took Advantage Of Whom? Maria Abramović has crossed a line that even Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst are wary of. Someone was bound to do it eventually. She has not just taken art out of the gallery but into a realm of rock concert hysteria and teen adulation. To put it kindly, you can say her fans resemble the star-struck kids in old films of the Beatles. But what is the cultural price of mass intoxication? Is it a good thing? The Guardian, May 20, 2015


Private museums band together at London’s Art15 fair International collectors plan to share exhibitions and co-commission works of art. The Art Newspaper, May 21, 2015


UNESCO Warns That Antiquities In Palmyra World Heritage Site Are Threatened By ISIS “Palmyra is home to a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins, including a Roman aqueduct and necropolises. Syria’s antiquities chief said on Saturday that the militants would destroy the ancient ruins if they took control of the city.” NBC News, May 21, 2015

Islamic State seizes control of Palmyra Syrian government forces withdraw leaving archaeological site under serious threat. The Art Newspaper, May 21, 2015


Pompidou outposts to pop-up across China? The new president of the Paris museum was in China last week to discuss joint projects with Chinese officials. The Art Newspaper, May 20, 2015

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