Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 27, 2015


Vancouver Maritime Museum honours “Japanese Schindler” Chiune Sugihara with exhibit and film. While many North Americans are familiar with the name Oskar Schindler, Chiune Sugihara is only recently becoming better known. Georgia Straight, May 26, 2015

Michael de Courcy: journeys through Vancouver’s urban wilderness. Why was Michael de Courcy going out late at night on the streets of Vancouver in June, 1975? De Courcy, and assistants Sheeri Waisman and Scott Plear, were painting stencilled arrows on the street for an exhibition called Urban Wilderness. Urban Wilderness consisted of three walks downtown: the West End, False Creek and Victory Square. All three started at Artist’s Gallery at 555 Hamilton (now Or Gallery). Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, May 21, 2015

Art this week: Liquidate book sale, Paul Housley paintings and Garry Kennedy drawings. Access Gallery is hosting a multi-gallery art book sale May 28 and opening are: Paul Housley: A Studio for a Mind at Monte Clark Gallery and Garry Neill Kennedy: Drawings at Charles H. Scott Gallery. Vancouver Sun, May 26, 2015

CBC considers selling Vancouver building to free up money for programming. The CBC is exploring whether to sell its $57-million downtown Vancouver broadcast centre as part of a national plan to reduce its real-estate holdings. The 2.1-acre site may have “developable density” that could make it attractive as more than just another office building for sale, said Fred Mattocks, the CBC’s manager of media operations and technology for CBC English services. Globe & Mail, May 26, 2015

Arts and real estate – a winning mix Artscape is exporting to B.C. The Toronto-based non-profit developer, which helps create spaces for artists and cultural organizations and incorporates those spaces into larger community planning, is in expansion mode. Artscape is now readying its new sister organization in Vancouver – BC Artscape – which is looking at seven or eight prospective arts development projects, according to Artscape chief executive Tim Jones. Globe & Mail, May 26, 2015


Art gallery leaves first home. With an expanded space and new staff at their downtown location, the Nanaimo Art Gallery has bid farewell to its initial home at Vancouver Island University. There has often been confusion between the two locations, and plans always existed to have all the staff under one roof, said Chris Kuderle, NAG’s administrative director. Nanaimo Daily News, May 23, 2015


Whitehorse museums to begin paying property tax to city. After over 50 years of having their property taxes forgiven, Whitehorse museums will now have to pay property tax to city government after the decision was finalized Monday night. CBC News, May 26, 2015


The Curious Case of Levine Flexhaug. “A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug,” opening at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, is lifting Levine Flexhaug out of history’s footnotes, and, in the process of fleshing out his story’s odd blend of midcentury kitsch and earnest passion, underscoring Flexhaug’s surprising legacy on the painting of the prairies. Canadian Art, Spring 2015


Dominique Rey Venerates a Disappearing Sisterhood. For 10 years, multi-disciplinary artist Dominique Rey has documented an order of Catholic nuns that’s facing the very real threat of extinction. Les Filles de la Croix was founded in early 19th-century France and spread through five continents, but today, because of its members’ advancing age and a dearth of fresh blood, the future of the organization hangs precariously. Canadian Art, May 26, 2015


Pat Martin calls out feds for ‘rewriting history’ after museum drops Winnipeg General Strike exhibit. Pat Martin is accusing the Harper government of “rewriting history,” after the Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau, decided it would no longer house an exhibit celebrating the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. MetroNews, May 27, 2015


Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf: Pop Cultist. A regular fixture on the Quebec contemporary-art circuit for the past 10 years or so, Marc-Antoine K Phaneuf has been extremely active as of late, with several projects coming to fruition in the first few months of 2015. By the time winter is over, the 34-year-old will have presented three solo exhibitions, a residency and a curatorial project in various artist-run centres in Montreal and Quebec City. Canadian Art, Spring 2015

San Francisco

A Major New Arts Center For San Francisco’s Palace Of Fine Arts? “The WAW proposal, which would give the palace the pseudonym, the Center for Global Arts and Cultures, calls for capital improvements totaling $150 million. By contrast, recent improvements to the Herbst Theater ran to $156 million.” San Francisco Classical voice, May 23, 2015

Los Angeles

Frank Gehry Wins 2015 J. Paul Getty Medal Gehry is the first designer or artist to win the prize, launched in 2013 to recognize lifetime contributions in the various art-related fields that are part of the Getty’s mission, including philanthropy, art-history research, archeology and conservation of art and architecture as well as art practice. Artforum, May 22, 2015

New York

Mary Ellen Mark’s legendary photographs – in pictures. The award-winning photographer, who has died aged 75, was famed for her documentary work and intimate portraits, always regarding herself as a street photographer. Here are some of her most famous images The Guardian, May 26, 2015

Mary Ellen Mark, Photographer Who Documented Difficult Subjects, Dies at 75. Mary Ellen Mark, whose unflinching yet compassionate depictions of prostitutes in Mumbai, homeless teenagers in Seattle and mental patients in a state institution in Oregon made her one of the premier documentary photographers of her generation, died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 75. New York Times, May 26, 2015

Canines to Cannabis in Artist Huma Bhabha’s New Show. “Both in Bhabha’s exhibition and in her studio practice, you could sense a slippage, an easy transference, between popular culture and the visual language of mythologies past. “I like dogs, and wolves, and animals, and werewolves,” she stated. Vulture, May 26, 2015


More Strikes at National Gallery in London Some 200 employees are participating in the strike, expected to last until June 4, which could block visitors’ access to some works and events. New York Times, May 26, 2015

London’s National Gallery Suggests Priceless Paintings Might Belong To Ireland “The 39 paintings, including some of the most celebrated works of the French artists Renoir, Monet and Manet, were left to the gallery by the art collector Sir Hugh Lane, who was killed on the Lusitania when it was hit by a German torpedo 100 years ago this month. In a codicil to his will, Lane made it clear that he wanted the paintings to go to Dublin, but because the amendment was unwitnessed the collection stayed in London.” The Guardian, May 26, 20215


Zaha Hadid’s Library Design For Oxford Shocks Planners “Hadid’s building is the most radically designed modern college building in Oxford since the love-it-or-hate-it cliff face of James Stirling’s Florey building at Queen’s College. This is undoubtedly Hadid’s most intriguing small building, one that she originally described as “a soft bridge”. The Independent, May 26, 2015


Nitsch’s cancelled Mexico show to open in Sicily 27 May 2015 Controversial artist’s canvases, photos and videos to be displayed at Palermo’s Museo Zac after Museo Jumex exhibition pulled The Art Newspaper, May 26, 2015


25 Looted Artifacts Return to Italy Italy’s art theft squad worked with American investigators to return items recovered from museums, auction houses and private collections. New York Times, May 26, 20215


This Is Why Palmyra Is Important To World History “It would be folly to believe that the survival of archaeological reports and photographs could in any way compensate for the destruction or looting of the ancient remains. The preservation of buildings and objects that managed to survive for two thousand years of Palmyra’s history has to be a priority wherever civilization is cherished.” New York Review of Books, May 24, 2015


SANAA Wins Competition to Design Sydney Modern Project The $450 million upgrade will create a public space that connects the gallery to its surroundings, and will include “platforms of sandstone and glass” that “cascade downhill from the existing gallery site north towards the harbor, blending indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces,” Artforum, May 26, 2015


Librarian: Here’s Why Libraries Will Outlive The Internet “Our commercial partners in the information delivery space do wonderful things and we couldn’t live our lives without them. But the time frame we think on, centuries back and centuries into the future, allows us to think about trust in its highest sense, and authentication and provenance of information, and digital information in particular. Those are hard-won privileges and values and they’re worth defending.” The Telegraph, May 26, 2015

Sexism In The Art World: Here Are The Numbers “The more closely one examines art-world statistics, the more glaringly obvious it becomes that, despite decades of postcolonial, feminist, anti-racist, and queer activism and theorizing, the majority continues to be defined as white, Euro-American, heterosexual, privileged, and, above all, male. Sexism is still so insidiously woven into the institutional fabric, language, and logic of the mainstream art world that it often goes undetected.” ARTnews, May 26, 2015

Feminism In Art – We Were Making Progress And Then… “We are now once again hard put to find at the big institutions feminist shows or exhibitions of works addressing gender, sexual, and other interrelated social inequities.” ARTnews, May 26, 2015

Listing And Ranking Women Artists Doesn’t Help The Cause Of Women Artists “Where notions of gender and success are concerned, the list, by virtue of its very format, embodies the crux of the problem: a litany of names and capsule bios, peppered with personal anecdotes and external endorsements, in lieu of analysis of enduring inequities and systemic biases.” ARTnews, May 26, 2015

Art or theft? Famous artist sells Instagram shots for $100K. Richard Prince is at it again: The controversial appropriation artist, whose fans include celebrities like Jay-Z, is selling blow-up shots of other people’s Instagram pictures in a posh Manhattan gallery. And he didn’t even ask permission. Richard Prince is at it again: The controversial appropriation artist, whose fans include celebrities like Jay-Z, is selling blow-up shots of other people’s Instagram pictures in a posh Manhattan gallery. And he didn’t even ask permission. The case has led to outrage from photographers, but also raises novel questions about how far the licenses granted by sites like Instagram and Snapchat carry in the real world. Fortune, May 26, 2015

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