Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 28, 2015

Vancouver

Geoffrey Farmer fêted in new Vancouver Art Gallery show It’s hard to wrap a category around Geoffrey Farmer, the internationally acclaimed artist who is the subject of a big solo show at the Vancouver Art Gallery. His mixed-media projects are often a mashup of found images and objects, together with elements of pop culture and high art, the historical and the contemporary, the photographic and the sculptural, the factual and the fantastical. His public persona is a bit of a mashup, too: vulnerable youth crossed with successful middle-aged man. Georgia Straight, May 27, 2015

What’s On: Walk Off The Earth, Best Coast, Geoffrey Farmer and more Geoffrey Farmer: How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth? Vancouver’s Geoffrey Farmer creates visually entrancing works of many parts. His sprawling menagerie, Leaves of Grass, featuring thousands upon thousands of Life magazine cut-outs, was the visitor favourite at dOCUMENTA 13. Vancouver Sun, May 28, 2015

Emily Carr work fetches $1.53 million at Heffel spring auction A painting by Emily Carr sold for $1.53 million at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House on Wednesday night in Vancouver. Vancouver Sun, May 28, 2015

Photos: Emily Carr painting leads…A total of six Carr works were sold for a total of $2.3 million. The auction house says it made $9.43 million on the sales of 145 Canadian works, at the upper end of the pre-sale estimate of $7 million to $10 million. Vancouver Sun, May 28, 2015
Terry Fox museum proposed for downtown Vancouver One of British Columbia’s most recognizable sons, Terry Fox, might get his own centre in downtown Vancouver. It’s been 35 years since the end of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and the research institute that bears his name is pushing for a more substantial memorial to the runner. CTV News, May 28, 2015

Toronto

Why Toronto’s Aga Khan Park risks becoming a white elephant Around five on Tuesday afternoon, the northbound traffic on the Don Valley Parkway at Eglinton Avenue was almost stationary. The southbound lanes, however, were flowing nicely, fast enough to emit a continuous roar that could be heard from the newly inaugurated Aga Khan Park. Globe and Mail, May 27, 2015

Paradise maybe: A U of T conference on Toronto art, now and then Luis Jacob and Barbara Fischer convene a four-day confab about the state of Toronto art. Toronto Star, May 28, 2015

Student design for an energy-sipping home wins big Recently, three Ryerson projects were announced as winners in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 “Race to Zero” competition. One entry in particular, “0-Zone Residence” by fourth-year students Christopher Zhu, Mark De Souza, John Sirdevan, Christopher Kayahara, Nikolai Tikhovskiy, Mark Eyk, Joshua Minkyu Jung and Dennis Han, was so good at zeros, it won twice. Globe and Mail, May 28, 2015

Ottawa

It’s Chagall season at the National Gallery For Daphnis and Chloé, it was love at first sight, and so too it may have been for Marc Chagall, when he was asked to illustrate their story. It certainly was for me when I saw the 42 lithographs that Chagall created to tell the story of the young lovers, now on display at the National Gallery. Ottawa Citizen, May 27, 2015

Barrie, Ontario

Dominique Rey Venerates a Disappearing Sisterhood In “Under the Rose Arch,” Dominique Rey documents an order of Catholic nuns facing the threat of extinction in a manner closer to veneration than elegy. Canadian Art, May 27, 2015

Montreal

Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio shows how artist’s work changed shape Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio portrays Rodin as an inventor of a new language of sculpture that is strikingly contemporary. He focused on the body in its natural poses and intensified its expressive potential by fragmenting the plaster casts of his handworked sculptures into body parts, then reassembling the pieces, sometimes on a different scale. Montreal Gazette, May 28, 2015

Los Angeles

When Mark Zuckerberg Met Frank Gehry, This Is The Building That Resulted “It is in fact an appealing throwback to the unfussy, ad hoc, quickly made experiments of Gehry’s early career. At the same time, there’s something plainly absurd about the idea that architecture could turn Facebook, whose market capitalization is now in the neighborhood of $225 billion, into a low-key outfit without airs, or even allow it to carry out a plausible impersonation of one.” Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2015

Barbra Streisand to donate a major portrait to Lacma 28 May 2015 Sony emails reveal museum’s negotiations over actor’s painting by Singer Sargent as well as Ann Ziff’s collection The Art Newspaper, May 27, 2015

New York

Why An Artist Taking Other People’s Instagram Photos, Hanging Them In A Gallery And Selling Them For Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars Is Art “Here he is delving as deep as he ever has into privacy, copyright, and appropriation, twisting images so that they actually seem to undergo some sort of sick psychic-artistic transubstantiation where they no longer belong to the original makers.” New York Magazine, May 23, 2015

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts to Move to Larger New Space in Brooklyn The museum will move from its Hanson Place home to a new mixed-use facility on the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Flatbush Avenue. New York Times, May 27, 2015

Justice? Instagram Artist Appropriates Artist Who Appropriated Her Work And Undercuts His Price By 99.9% “Selena Mooney, who founded the website SuicideGirls, which has sold online access to erotic images for more than a decade, wrote on Tuesday that she would sell nearly identical copies of one of the pictures chosen by Mr. Prince. She offered a steep discount, though. Her versions, five different inkjet prints on canvas at the same size as Mr. Prince’s, cost just $90. Proceeds will go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, she said.” New York Times, May 27, 2015

Havana

Havana Biennial Opens, But Cuba Arrests, Detains Artist For Doing Her Work Tania Bruguera was once again detained by the authorities on Sunday afternoon after staging a performance at her Havana home, in which she and others read passages from Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism.” Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2015

Athens

Museum Visitor, Falling, Grabs Ancient Greek Urn, Smashing It “A ministry statement says the prehistoric, Minoan-era vase, which had been broken in antiquity and restored after excavation, is being repaired and should be back on display on Friday.” Yahoo, May 27, 2015

China

Chinese police arrest feng shui master and 174 others for looting antiquities The Art Newspaper, May 27, 2015

International

Rethinking The Museum Building So It Protects The Art From Natural Disaster “Buildings now have to be designed like submarines. Do we have to completely rethink our infrastructure? Do we have to completely rethink everything?” The Atlantic, May 27, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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