Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 29 – June 1, 2015

Vancouver

The collage graduate: Geoffrey Farmer’s mixed-media masterpieces More than mere collage, Geoffrey Farmer’s odd, delightful and impossible-to-label art exhibit hits Vancouver en route to the Louvre. Macleans, May 29, 2015

Sold-out Gala to Celebrate Vancouver Art Gallery’s Major Summer Exhibition The gala features a spectacular four-course dinner envisioned and prepared by celebrity chef Umberto Menghi, perfectly paired with Col de’ Salici’s Presecco and fine wine from Mission Hill Family Estate. Wire Service Canada, May 30, 2015

Vancouver mayor ‘absolutely’ supports Terry Fox museum Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says he “absolutely” supports the idea of a Terry Fox museum in the city, but that land issues may be a challenge for advocates of the idea. Mr. Robertson said a series of Terry Fox sculptures unveiled at BC Place in 2011 was an important step in paying tribute to the iconic Canadian, but not enough. Globe and Mail, May 28, 2015

Edmonton

Art curator Sarah Stanners on the career of Canadian painter Jack Bush When a retrospective of Canadian artist Jack Bush opened in Ottawa last year, The Globe and Mail’s James Adams expressed a wish for the citizens from Halifax to Victoria to fly in to bask in the show’s glow for even an afternoon. A version of the show opens this weekend at the Art Gallery of Alberta, in a gallery – and city – that was a hotbed for abstract art in Canada and the work of Mr. Bush. Globe and Mail, May 29, 2015

Winnipeg

Less than half of visitors to Winnipeg’s human rights museum paid to get in Less than half the people flocking to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights are paying to get in. According to numbers CBC News obtained through an access to information request, since doors opened in September 2014, the museum saw 243,040 visitors. CBC News, May 29, 2015

Saskatoon

20 Years of Tribe: Milestones and Future Horizons In celebration of Tribe Inc.’s 20th anniversary, Lori Blondeau and Wanda Nanibush discuss the organization’s past, and the future for Indigenous artmaking. For the past two decades, artist-run centre Tribe Inc. has been a cornerstone of contemporary art in Saskatoon and beyond. Its itinerant, collaborative model of programming exhibitions, performances, symposia and events—always with a keen eye to critical issues and forward-looking practices—has played a key role in building local dialogues and in defining a national and international perspective on contemporary Indigenous and Canadian art. Canadian Art, May 29, 2015

Toronto

How do you get people to touch artwork? ‘Make it edible’ 2 The theme this year for the annual Powerball fundraiser for the Power Plant gallery is “appetite for excess.” We spoke to New York interactive artist Jennifer Rubell about So Sorry, her one-and-done performance piece for the event. Globe and Mail, May 29, 2015

Montreal

Marion Wagschal retrospective shows paintings saturated with time Photography presents its view of reality one split-second at a time. A painter can represent time in a much more elastic fashion, as Marion Wagschal shows in her terrific current retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Globe and Mail, May 29, 2015

Canada

News in Brief: Illingworth Kerr Gallery Restructured, Jimmy Limit Wins Gattuso Prize, Audain Family Honoured On Wednesday, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation named a contemporary exhibition space in the gallery for Vancouver collectors and philanthropists Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. Canadian Art, May 29, 2015

New York

Mmuseumm 2 to Open in TriBeCa, All 20 Square Feet of It The second Mmuseumm in New York displays what was in the closet of Sara Berman, mother to the artist Maira Kalman and grandmother to Alex Kalman. New York Times, May 29, 2015

Review: ‘Russian Modernism’ at Neue Galerie, Figurative Focus With Amorphous Results This exhibition is an indispensable first look at Russian modernism’s figurative beginnings. New York Times, May 29, 2015

Will The Protest Mattress – Remember, It Was A Senior Year Art Project – End Up In A Museum? “Whatever its fate in art or social history, Mattress Performance could well live on in objecthood. But would a museum or gallery want it? On the phone from California, where she is visiting a friend in Laguna Beach post-graduation and luxuriating in the distance from the 50-pound mattress she hauled around daily since September, Sulkowicz says no one has approached her about the prospect yet.” Vulture, May 28, 2015

London

Tate Modern secures £6m in extra government funding 01 June 2015 Promised increase to help run extension made quietly last year as public spending cuts expected elsewhere. The Art Newspaper, June 1, 2015

An Irish Art Collector, Drowned On The Lusitania, Left His Collection To Ireland – So Of Course It’s In London “I don’t think it is unreasonable for me –or for anyone who has studied the history of the Lane paintings – to feel a glow of righteous rage when we see the ownership of these paintings vested solely and simply in the National Gallery, London.” The Guardian, May 30, 2015

Paris

Richard Serra due to receive the French government’s highest honour The sculptor, who has a history of being fêted by the French, will accept the award at the French Embassy on 1 June. The Art Newspaper, May 29, 2015

Qatar

Qatar Museums to create vast Art Mill on Doha waterfront Architectural competition launched to convert flour mill and grain silos into galleries and super store. The Art Newspaper, June 1, 2015

International

The Raid To Find Long-Missing Nazi Art “Although a few museums will be pleased to be able to exhibit the original works — as reminders of the fanatic cult of heroism that led to the deaths of millions of people — the artistic value of the bombastic sculptures is debatable at the very least.” Der Spiegel, May 26, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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