Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 9, 2015


Mumbai artist maps out web of wire at VAG Offsite. A giant world map incorporating webs of coloured wire was turning heads as artist Reena Saini Kallat put the final touches on the installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite space last month. In the shadow of the Shangri-La Hotel and behind the chainlink fence encircling the public plaza on West Georgia Street, Kallat’s latest work, Woven Chronicle, is a reincarnation of her piece that had been displayed for the Goteberg International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Sweden. Curated by VAG assistant curator Diana Freundl, the public installation is the lead-off to Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival, July 9 – 19. Vancouver Observer, June 9, 2015

West Vancouver

West Vancouver Museum Receives Major Archive of Photos Documenting West Coast Modernist Architecture A massive photographic archive has been donated to the West Vancouver Museum by Selwyn Pullan and John Fulker, photographers who recorded modernist buildings on the West Coast. Artforum, June 5, 2015


The Young Romantics are well represented in SFU’s art collection This landmark exhibition of Vancouver painting was curated by Scott Watson and included Lukacs, along with Graham Gillmore, Angela Grossman, Vicky Marshall, Philippe Raphanel, Charles Rea, Derek Root, and Mina Totino. Almost all of the artists represented in Young Romantics were recent graduates of Emily Carr College of Art & Design between 1979–85, and had already participated multiple shows together in the years leading up to large exhibition at the VAG. The Peak, June 8, 2015


Philanthropist buys lot to save art gallery’s million-dollar view Philanthropist Jim Hill is very proud of the Inglewood art gallery he founded in 2012. So much so, that when a proposed development threatened the view from the gallery’s showpiece west-facing window, he bought the lot — and cancelled the development completely. Calgary Herald, June 8, 2015


The Royal Alberta Museum at its current Glenora location will The Royal Alberta Museum at its current location is preparing to become a thing of the past. RAM will be moving from its current home at 12845 102 Ave. in Glenora — where it opened in 1967 — to 9828 103A Ave. in the heart of the city’s downtown arts district. Edmonton Sun, June 8, 2015


Tribe Inc. finds art its place For the past 20 years Tribe Inc. has partnered with galleries instead of running its own space. Because of this, they have been able to infiltrate diverse gallery spaces to ensure the evolving aboriginal arts programming they are dedicated to finds a broad audience. For their anniversary show, they have taken over four different spaces. Star Phoenix, June 9, 2015

Sault Ste. Marie

Animation collection remains in storage | For years, 600 boxes of animation cels and other materials have been hidden away in boxes, and moved several times from place to place. It’s a valuable collection that has grown over the years, all with the intent of finding a permanent home to showcase somewhere in Sault Ste. Marie. Sault Star, June 5, 2015

Owen Sound

Interactive project to celebrate legacy of Thomson | Owen … A multiyear project by the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound is aimed at introducing the work and legend of the iconic Canadian painter to new audiences. Created to coincide with the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the artist’s mysterious death, Betwixt & Between: The Untold Story of Tom Thomson will use the Internet, interactive “augmented reality” mobile applications as well as a “treasure-hunt” geocaching program to engage more people, including younger generations and new Canadians, according to the TOM. Sun Times, June 5, 2015


The photographs of Lynne Cohen at OAG show emptiness, colour At the opening of the new exhibitions at the Ottawa Art Gallery last week, a patron suggested to me that Lynne Cohen was to interior spaces as Edward Burtynsky is to landscapes. Ottawa Citizen, June 9, 2015

Norfolk, Virginia

Chrysler Museum of Art’s Chief Curator Steps Down The chief curator at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Jeff Harrison, will be stepping down after thirty-three years at the museum, reports the Virginia Pilot’s Teresa Annas. Harrison was first brought on to research the organization’s European collection. He was made the museum’s research curator in 1986, its curator of European art in 1989, and chief curator in 1993. Artforum, June 9, 2015

New York

Why Would A Museum With A $1 Billion Endowment Cut Staff Health-Care Benefits? Inside The Ongoing MoMA Labor Dispute “Management is saying that health-care costs are going up in the double digits. Management also said something really crazy; they told us, ‘You really like that health care,’ like, you use it, like, are we supposed to not use it? And they want us to share the burden; however MoMA’s endowment topped a billion dollars last month … We had the Matisse cutouts show this year, which was a blockbuster. The museum is doing better than it has ever done.” The Stranger, June 5, 2015

‘A Cross Between The New Criterion And Mad Magazine’: Half Of Komar And Melamid Launches New Art Mag “As the artist-provocateur Alexander Melamid sees it, modern art is deathly ill, but he thinks he has the cure. It is Artenol, his new quarterly magazine, described on its website as ‘a purgative for an ailing art world, a palliative for afflicted aesthetes.’” New York Times, June 9, 2015

Louise Bourgeois Peels A Tangerine In this video, a stern Bourgeois demonstrates how to peel a tangerine. This was her father’s “form of entertainment.” In reenacting the memory of her father peeling the tangerine, she grabs, to our surprise, a marker. “For ‘peeling’ a tangerine isn’t the lesson at hand. ‘You have to understand that in a tangerine there are two important points,’ she says. These points guide the human figure that she proceeds to draw on the tangerine, and that brings to mind some of her drawings of bald, large-breasted figures.” Hyperallergic, June 5, 2015

Rhizome and New Museum Release Online Doc of Weiwei-Appelbaum Collaboration Today, Rhizome and the New Museum jointly released the online premiere of The Art of Dissent–a new film by Laura Poitra documenting a 72-hour collaboration in Beijing between Ai Weiwei and WikiLeaks/Tor Project activist Jacob Applebaum. ARTnews, June 9, 2015

County Durham, England

Auckland Castle shows faith in contemporary art A four-screen video work by Bill Viola to be unveiled this month is the first in a series of installations reflecting on the role of religion in Britain. The Art Newspaper, June 7, 2015

The Hague

Saul and David reattributed to Rembrandt Discovery to be revealed in CSI-style show at The Hague’s Mauritshuis. The Art Newspaper, June 9, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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