Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 10, 2015

The Arts News is taking a short break, June 12-16. We’ll be back June 17, 2015. See you then!


Art this week: Jean-Paul Kelly, Winsor Gallery’s Concurrent show and a VAG gala. Art events this week include: the Vancouver Art Gallery’s gala in celebration of Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums at the Four Seasons Hotel, Jean-Paul Kelly: The Full Catastrophe at Cinematheque, and Concurrent at Winsor Gallery. Vancouver Sun, June 9, 2015


Nanaimo Art Gallery’s newest exhibit examines human performance. “Spirit Gum at the Nanaimo Art Gallery is about performance and the performance of identity through the practices of contemporary artists,” said Jesse Birch, Nanaimo Art Gallery artistic director and exhibit co-curator. “In the show there are a range of approaches to the way that identity is performed.” Nanaimo Bulletin, June 9, 2015.


Review: “Séance Fiction” Show at the Walter Phillips Gallery Unfurls Time. I have been in Banff for two weeks now and the days have slithered mysteriously out from under me. “Séance Fiction,” currently on view at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre, harnesses this sense of temporal discord. Canadian Art, June 8, 2015


Visual art preview: Edmonton exhibit immortalizes time and place in woodcuts. When Gabriela Jolowicz wants to immortalize time and place, she carves striking woodcuts into plywood with sharp surgical knives, applying ink to the surface, finally printing the negative images onto giant sheets of paper. Edmonton Journal, June 9, 2015


Power Ball XVII: The Road of Excess. Power Ball’s press release promised to “expose a multitude of thought-provoking excesses” and investigate “the fine line between decadence and debauchery through visual art, music, fashion and food.” Canadian Art, June 9, 2015

Artist Mahmood Popal will lead community to create Weston GO station mural. Afghani-born artist and interior designer Mahmood Popal has been selected for the Weston GO Transit station mural project, through which he will decorate a noise wall at the new station. Inside Toronto, June 9, 2015

CBC fires Evan Solomon for allegedly brokering lucrative art deals. The CBC has abruptly dismissed a high-profile personality, ousting political host Evan Solomon over allegations he used his journalistic contacts to broker art deals and collect lucrative fees. Globe & Mail, June 9, 2015


Simon Brault Q&A: Rebranding the Canada Council. Big changes are afoot at the Canada Council for the Arts. Yesterday, the core of what promises to be a leaner and meaner organization was outlined in a new funding model that, as of April 2017, will take the country’s most significant support system for the arts from the current 147 discipline-centred funding categories down to a streamlined, six-part, non-disciplinary superstructure. Canadian Art, June 4, 2015


Ray Cronin departure from Art Gallery of Nova Scotia surprises artists. Ray Cronin, the well-known director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, is stepping down from the job effective today, according to the gallery’s board of governors. On his Facebook page, Ray Cronin writes “the Board has decided that the gallery needs to move in a new direction and will seek new leadership to undertake that course.” CBC News, June 5, 2015

New York

Can’t Go to Art Basel? NYC Gallery Shows Offer Sneak Peek. Collectors looking forward to Art Basel next week can get a feel for what may be on offer — at Manhattan’s art galleries. Many of the artists who will be included in the world’s biggest modern and contemporary art fair that opens to invited guests on June 16 are currently on display in New York. For some, the local gallery may be an alternative to the booths and expensive hotels in the Swiss city. Bloomberg News, June 9, 2015

Multi-Media Artist Rachel Libeskind Reveals the Art of Packing in ‘The Traveling Bag’ Rachel Libeskind will be performing her new piece, The Traveling Bag, from June 10 to 20 at the Hotel Chelsea. Libeskind was raised by parents who “traveled more than they ever stayed in one place,” according to her. Thus, her fascination with the rituals of the mundane manifests here in the form of the suitcase, and its packing and unpacking. Forbes, June 10, 2015

Man who bought the world’s most expensive sculpture revealed. Hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen is the secret buyer of the world’s most expensive sculpture, Alberto Giacometti’s “Man Pointing,” for $141.3 million at Christie’s. Page Six, New York Post, June 8, 2015

The Hague

Disputed Painting Is Declared an Authentic Rembrandt After Decades. After eight years of examination and restoration by the museum’s own conservators —— the Mauritshuis has reclaimed Rembrant’s Saul and David as authentic, saying it was painted in two stages by the master’s own hand, one of hundreds of surviving Rembrandt paintings. New York Times, June 9, 2015

Star City, Russia

Training to Become the First Civilian Artist in Space. Many people dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but few have worked quite so hard as artist, Michael Najjar, to make it happen. Wired, June 8, 2015


A Clickhole into Conceptual Video Art. Clickhole, the Onion‘s clickbait-parodying spin-off, is producing some of the best video art on the internet. The site’s administrators seem to have integrated the tricks and aesthetics of conceptual and video art. Hyperallergic, June 8, 2015

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