Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 26, 2015

Vancouver

Emily Carr is having a moment On heels of Dulwich and AGO exhibits, seven of Canadian painter’s canvasses being auctioned by Heffel Brothers. Toronto Star, May 25, 2015

Heffel art auction caters to collectors’ cultural values This spring’s Heffel live auction of Canadian art is has drawn works from one of the greatest institutions in the world, and from a garage. The Province, May 26, 2015

Victoria

Robert Amos: Victoria has artist On Top of the World Blythe Scott. Rarely was a person so well-named. You can tell by her accent she’s a Scot. From Glasgow, in fact. And blithe? My dictionary offers “cheerful, friendly, jocund, sprightly, merry. There are other wonderful artists on show — sculptor Heather Jansch and abstract painter Michelle Miller among them — but for me Scott is the signature artist of this gallery. So I took the opportunity to ask her about her work and herself. Victoria Times Colonist, May 24, 2015

Winnipeg

Artist’s use of scale ‘exciting’ THE Winnipeg Art Gallery will unveil today an exhibition of sculptures and figures created by Australian artist Ron Mueck. Winnipeg Free Press, May 23, 2015

Regina

The Curious Case of Levine Flexhaug In mid-century Canada, Levine Flexhaug created hundreds of versions of the same painting. A new exhibition sheds light on his unusual story. Canadian Art, May 25, 2015

Saskatoon

City backs more work on gallery The estimate for extra work on the Remai Modern art gallery has come in above the $2 million approved, but gallery officials vow to stay within budget. Saskatoon city council voted at last week’s executive committee meeting to allow up to $2 million worth of extra work on the megaproject that would be covered by an additional donation from lead donor Ellen Remai’s foundation. Star Phoenix, May 26, 2015

Toronto

Toronto receives new addition to cultural mosaic: The Aga Khan Park Toronto has a new addition to its cultural landscape. The new Aga Khan Park, on Wynford Drive near Don Mills Road, was inaugurated Monday in the presence of Premier Kathleen Wynne and His Highness The Aga Khan.The 6.8 hecatare urban park is the newest part of a complex that also hosts The Aga Khan Museum and The Ismaili Centre. Both of those buildings were opened to much fanfare eight months ago. Together they complete a project that broke ground five years ago on the site of the former Bata Shoe headquarters. Global News, May 26, 2015

Montreal

Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf: Pop Cultist Montreal-based artist Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf turns his passion for the objects of popular culture into works that help us see our culture more clearly. Canadian Art, May 26, 2015

New York

Björk at MoMA: Big time art fiasco “An abomination!” “Fiasco.” “State of emergency.” The shock horror served steaming hot by headline writers here and worldwide in recent weeks suggest the bad old days of pulse-pounding sexual profligacy are back on 42nd St., hustling the entire city down the tubes. Wrong. It’s not the city this time. It’s the Museum of Modern Art, the world’s leading contemporary art space.And it’s all because of a show given over to Björk, Iceland’s pixie queen of perkily conceptual pop video and tulle fantasia costumes. Toronto Star, May 25, 2015

Vallon Pont d’Arc, France

Faux real? France spent $75-million rebuilding its prehistoric past The facsimile Caverne du Pont d’Arc condenses some 8,000 square metres of the ancient Grotte Chauvet site into 3,000 square metres, displaying faithful reproductions of the original paintings and engravings now closed from public view. Caverne du Pont d’Arc lacks the emotion of the real thing, but this much-hyped faux-cave tourist. Globe and Mail, May 23, 2015

Moscow

Solo Calder show is a first for Russia Artist’s grandson welcomes ‘long overdue’ retrospective at the Pushkin featuring more than 50 works. The Art Newspaper, May 26, 3015

International

Our Relationship To Depictions Of Death, From Painting To Instantly Released Video “When you see death mediated in this way, pinned down with such dramatic flair, the star is likely to be death itself and not the human who dies. The fact that a photograph exists of a man being shot in the head in Vietnam is easier to remember than Lem’s biography or even his name.” New York Times, May 21, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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