Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 22-15, 2015

Vancouver

Backroom boys: two of the most influential guys in Vancouver that most folks have never heard of If the Vancouver Art Gallery isn’t getting federal funding for a new building, it’s probably because Metcalfe has briefed Moore on the issue and let him know that there are more important priorities for the Conservatives. Georgia Straight, May 23, 2015

Forest Light shines in Heffel auction The “little old canvas” was Skidegate, a 1928 painting now in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The “brand new” painting was Forest Light. Vancouver Sun, May 23, 2015

Book review: West Coast artist Roy Henry Vickers’ vibrant art brings legend to life in Orca Chief West Coast artist Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd have created a third children’s book that combines Vickers’ vibrant and beautiful art and an ancient but timeless First Nations legend. Vancouver Sun, May 23, 2015
Bau-Xi: How an immigrant’s labour of love became an art institution In 1965, Bau-Xi Huang started a small art gallery in Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhod to have a space to show his ow paintings. Fifty years later, the Chinese immigrant and his eponymous gallery are a pillar of the Canadian contemporary art scene, having given space to everyone from painter Joseph Plaskett to photographer Barbara Cole and sculptor Paul Vexler. Globe and Mail, May 21, 2015

Architect Oberlander watches as Marine Gardens gently fades away “I am passionate about this place, and my heart hurts,” says Ms. Oberlander, who, at 94, has no plans to retire. “Just imagine, those pine trees are going to be knocked down,” she says, pointing to two huge trees. “They make the space. What do trees do? They give you shade, they give you belonging to nature and the feeling that everything is alive. Otherwise, it’s sterile. To not be with nature makes people very sick. Globe and Mail, May 23, 2015

Kelowna

Kelowna Museums highlighting area history with cemetery tours Kelowna’s past might appear to be monochromatic, but tucked into the hillside behind a local golf course, a different story can be found. Kelowna Capital News, May 22, 2015

Calgary

Glenbow Museum celebrates century of Alberta editorial cartoonists A new exhibit opening at the Glenbow Museum this weekend looks back at some of the best editorial cartoons to come out of Alberta in the last century. CBC, May 21, 2015

Calgary’s Esker Foundation offers a chance to skate on art So when was the last time you laced up and went for a skate inside an art gallery? On an actual work of art? The correct answer should probably be “never” – unless you experienced artist Mia Feuer’s An Unkindness when it was installed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. The Winnipeg-born artist made headlines with her black synthetic ice-skating rink, installed under an ominous mobile constructed from materials such as tar and raven’s wings. Globe and Mail, May 22, 2015

KRISTA BELLE STEWART WEAVES AN ALTERNATE HISTORY “Krista Belle Stewart probes the squishy places where collections and archives and image-making meet,” writes Alison Cooley in this review of Stewart’s show at the New Gallery in Calgary, where she troubles established presentation methods, destabilizing colonial images in the process. Canadian Art, May 19, 2015

Saskatoon

Mendel Art Gallery history chronicled in new book A new book has been written about Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery. Dreaming a Gallery, by arts advocate Helen “Bubs” Coleman, is an extensive record covering five decades of history of the Mendel. “This building has been wonderful and people love it,” Coleman said. “It’s been iconic and we’re all going to miss it.” CBC, May 21, 2015

Toronto

Renowned photographer hopes to take more snapshots for betterment Literary affairs have put Sally Mann on the road, namely the publication of Hold Still, a handsome 500-page hardcover “memoir with pictures” of dogs and death, in-laws and outlaws, corpses and copses, that’s already being hailed as “an instant classic.” Mann, in fact, is in Toronto Friday evening at Ryerson University where she’s being interviewed by Paul Roth, director of the Ryerson Image Centre, as part of the city’s month-long Contact photography festival. Globe and Mail, May 21, 2015

Sally Mann on the photos that made her infamous A new memoir finally gives personal context to the work of the celebrated American photographer. Toronto Star, May 23, 2015

Montreal

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts director wants to make art accessible to all The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has never been more in tune with its community than it is now under Nathalie Bondil, if a membership list approaching 100,000 names is any evidence. And it topped one million visitors in 2014, the most of any art museum in Canada. Montreal Gazette, May 21, 2015

DAVID ALTMEJD’S SEVEN-YEAR ITCH David Altmejd speaks with Isa Tousignant about the inspiration behind “Flux,” his upcoming solo show at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and his plans for the future. Canadian Art, May 21, 2015

Chicago

‘Charles Ray: Sculpture 1997-2014’ Is at the Art Institute of Chicago The sculptor’s works, which look at reality and illusion, will occupy 18,000 square feet at the museum. New York Times, May 22, 2015

New York

FRIEZE AND THE NEW WHITNEY LIGHT UP NEW YORK Peter Goddard reports from New York, where the Frieze art fair and the new Whitney building offer a rare, luminescent moment of celebration in Manhattan. Canadian Art, May 21, 2015

Review: ‘Van Gogh: Irises and Roses,’ Sheds Light on a Disappearing Red Hue Technology helps curators and conservators understand a synthetic red pigment and how it changed in paintings we thought we knew, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, May 22, 2015

Review: ‘Please Touch the Art’ and ‘Drifting in Daylight,’ Outdoor Art at the Parks “Drifting in Daylight” presents mostly ephemeral projects in Central Park, while “Please Touch the Art” displays interactive sculptures by Jeppe Hein in Brooklyn Bridge Park. New York Times, May 22, 2015

At Frieze Art Fair, Figures at an Exhibition On display almost as much as the art itself on Randalls Island, female gallerists use their clothes as the medium. New York Times, Ma 22, 2015

Review: Wael Shawky, ‘Cabaret Crusades’ at MoMA PS1 Mr. Shawky tells the story of the Crusades through Arab eyes, with marionettes. New York Times, May 22, 2015

Cuba

Cuba’s Open – For A Cultural Feeding Frenzy At The Havana Biennial “The artists there are very excited and they’re going all out. They’re looking at cultivating a better connection to the art world.” Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2015

Paris

Plot thickens in alleged Picasso theft case In addition to two portraits of Jacqueline Picasso, more than 60 other works are believed to have gone missing from a storage facility in Paris suburb. The Art Newspaper, May 23, 2015

Scandinavia

Scandinavia gets spotted fever with Yayoi Kusama tour Show includes fashion designs as well as early drawings and pastels found in a sealed package during a recent studio visit. The Art Newspaper, May 23, 2015

Venice

Artist Christoph Büchel’s ‘Mosque’ played frivolously with fire Far from furthering tolerance, this biennale project has irritated intercultural relations. The Art Newspaper, May 23, 2015

It’s official: Christoph Büchel’s Venice Biennale mosque is closed to the public Venetian authorities say the number of visitors is a safety risk. The Art Newspaper, May 22, 2015

Palmyra

ISIS Militants Have Entered The Palmyra Museum “Antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said they had destroyed some modern plaster statues and also raised their flag on the ancient castle overlooking the Roman ruins. Most of the museum’s antiquities had been transferred to Damascus, he said.” BBC, May 23, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby St. Vancouver BC, V6Z 2H7 604-662-4709

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