Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery June 2, 2015

Vancouver

Geoffrey Farmer at the Vancouver Art Gallery At 47, Geoffrey Farmer has reached that heart-stopping moment of freefall in the artist’s trajectory: the midcareer survey show. The Vancouver-based artist mixes media, genres, and materials to construct tiny forest installations of magazine clippings and other ephemera, creating oddly fragile, elusive spaces that set the creator’s life into the broadest of contexts. Fifteen years’ worth form the heart of the exhibit How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth? Vancouver Magazine, May 29, 2015

Michelangelo-inspired pieces find new home Nine small, exquisite Renaissance-era sculptures, most at one time deemed to be by Michelangelo and valued as such at about $17-million, have been sold by the Museum of Vancouver to Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum for less than $200,000 (U.S.). Globe and Mail, June 1, 2015

Prince George

Yarn Bomb Squad needs recruits for community art project Guerilla knitters and crocheters are calling all like-minded crafters to join the Two Rivers Gallery Yarn Bomb Squad to help commemorate the city’s 100th anniversary by adorning 100 trees with woolen creations. Prince George Citizen, May 29, 2015

Edmonton

“The Double Bind” Review: Modernism and Postmodernism Find Camaraderie At the Art Gallery of Alberta, a show pairing Modern and postmodern works illustrated the correspondence and camaraderie that existed between the movements. Canadian Art, June 1, 2015

Calgary

Illingworth-Kerr Gallery to go curator-free The Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) wants followers of its Illingworth-Kerr Gallery to know it’s not closing. Earlier this week, rumours circulated on social media that the art and design. Calgary Herald, May 30, 2015

Toronto

Richard Prince’s use of her Instagram image angers Toronto woman A 19-year-old Toronto woman wants a cut of the profits after a controversial U.S. artist took her Instagram photo, enlarged it and reportedly sold it for $90,000. Toronto Star, June 2, 2015

Canada’s largest Warhol exhibition coming to Toronto Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror for Today opens July 1 in a former Guess store at Bloor and Bay Sts. Toronto Star, May 29, 2015

VSVSVS: At Mercer Union, it’s all for one Inside the hive with the youthful, seven-person Toronto collective’s biggest show ever. Toronto Star, June 1, 2015

Gatineau

The glories of Greece: Exhibition at Canadian Museum of History puts 5,000 years on display In 1876, Heinrich Schliemann unearthed astonishing treasures from five shaft graves in a royal cemetery at the ancient citadel of Mycenae, a powerful centre of Greek civilization in the second millennium B.C. One was a round-faced funeral mask fashioned from gold. After he found it, Schliemann, a German businessman and roguish archaeological pioneer, reputedly declared in a telegram: “I have gazed upon the face of Agamemnon.” It’s the first time the history museum in Gatineau (or its predecessor, the Canadian Museum of Civilization) has ever led an international consortium. President and CEO Mark O’Neill calls it “the most complex and complicated partnership we’ve put together.” Ottawa Citizen, May 30, 2015

Montreal

Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio shows how artist’s work changed shape Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio focuses on the sculptor’s studio practice, which was one of constant experimentation with plaster fragments. Montreal Gazette, May 29, 2015

Rodin au MBAM: dans l’atelier du maître Quelque 300 oeuvres d’Auguste Rodin, l’un des plus grands sculpteurs de l’histoire de l’art, sont exposées au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal depuis samedi. La Presse, 1 Juin 2015

Visite de l’atelier de Riopelle, demeuré intact Entrer dans l’atelier de Jean-Paul Riopelle, c’est effectuer un voyage dans le temps et découvrir les vestiges de l’artiste qui a marqué l’histoire de l’art. Radio-Canada, 1 Juin 2015

California

Silicon Valley Has Been Great For Art! (No It Hasn’t) “The global industry of technology has so many synergies with art and it’s such a creative community that it only made sense to bring a high quality fair to Silicon Valley. We believe they will be the next great caretakers of the art market. You could talk about just the wealth and you need a certain level of affluence to collect art, but we think it’s beyond that. Pacific Standard, June 1, 2015

New York

An Artist, Retire? No Way “Sometimes, I think, ‘Oh, I just want to play my banjo,’ ” said Audrey Flack, the noted painter, sculptor and amateur musician who celebrated her 84th birthday with a jam session on Saturday afternoon. Then she laughed. “But I’ve been blessed and cursed with incredible energy,” she said last week. “I’ll never stop.” New York Times, May 31, 2015

MoMA struggles to fulfil sculptor’s last wishes Scott Burton left his estate to the New York museum—but prices for his work have tumbled. The Art Newspaper, June 2, 2015

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s eye captured the world’s outcasts Mary Ellen Mark, whose unflinching yet compassionate depictions of prostitutes in Mumbai, homeless teenagers in Seattle and patients in a state mental institution in Oregon made her one of the premier documentary photographers of her generation, has died at the age of 75. Globe and Mail, June 1, 2015

London

Iconic image of French impressionism could fetch up to $38.1M at London auction One of the defining images of French impressionism is up for sale, as Sotheby’s auctions Edouard Manet’s Le Bar aux Folies-Bergere on June 24 in London with an estimated price of $28.6 to $38.1 million. CBC, June 2, 2015

Paris

Banksy artwork on trailer home sells for $848K at Paris auction Auctioneers handling the sale of an unusual early work by the elusive street artist known as Banksy say the spray-painted trailer home has sold in Paris for 620,000 euros, or the equivalent of $848,516, including fees. CBC, June 2, 2015

Paris Begins Removing Bridge’s Love Locks “Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath has become a tourist tradition in recent years. But part of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight last year.” BBC. June 1, 2015

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Is Mired In Artistic Conservatism. But Once Upon A Time, Not So Long Ago… Jeddah, the “ancient city near Mecca is home to one of the world’s most spectacular arrays of open-air modern sculpture. Perhaps aware of the kudos its neighbours are getting from their Guggenheim branches and skyscrapers, Jeddah has just restored these modernist marvels and moved a selection into a new seaside sculpture park.” The Guardian, June 1, 2015

Abu Dhabi

British Museum to send star objects to the Gulf Assyrian reliefs among the 500 loans earmarked for long stay in Abu Dhabi. The Art Newspaper, June 2, 2015

Nepal

Nepal mourns and prepares to rebuild after heritage is destroyed in deadly quake Prime minister appeals for $2bn after historic squares are reduced to rubble and ancient temples are damaged in deadly disaster. The Art Newspaper, June 2, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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