Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 11-17, 2015


Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels to receive award from Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Bartels cited for attracting thousands to the city’s core. Georgia Straight, June 12, 2015

Kathleen Bartels, director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, has been awarded the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s Appreciation Award for an Outstanding Individual. Bartels has worked at the VAG since 2001, and is currently spearheading the construction of a new gallery building designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog and de Meuron. Downtown Vancouver Annual Report, June 2015

‘Of Heaven and Earth’ shines light on lesser-known Italian … The Vancouver Art Gallery is joining in on Italian Heritage Month with a sweeping main floor exhibition of Italian masters. With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth covers 500 years of Italian painting, and examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art – from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century. Westender, June 11, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery hosts “500 years of Italian painting” exhibit The Vancouver Art Gallery welcomed some of the greatest names in European art with the opening of Of Heaven and Earth. Panarmenian Net, June 16, 2015

Geoffrey Farmer’s brave new world at the Vancouver Art Gallery Geoffrey Farmer’s work as a sculptor began to take a new shape after a worried walk through Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood.

Vancouver’s top 15 best restaurant patios Love this patio adjacent to the Vancouver Art Gallery and its grand neoclassical architecture with columns. Vancouver Sun, June 12, 2015

Vancouver artist’s website deactivated after being deemed pornographic A local feminist and artist has had her website taken down by her server after her artwork was deemed pornographic. Georgia Straight, June 12, 2015


Retrospective aims for deeper understanding of an abstract master Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form arrives in Victoria after a stop at the Vancouver Art Gallery last year and then at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Times Colonist, June 11, 2015


Whistler Museum reveals new director, collections manager A familiar face will be at the helm of the Whistler Museum as the search continues for the cultural facility’s new home. Former collections manager Bradley Nichols was officially named as the museum’s new executive director last week, a position he filled on an interim basis after Sarah Drewery left the job in February. Pique News Magazine, June 11, 2015


Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights surpass fundraising goal After more than a decade of fundraising the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights announced Monday it has exceeded its campaign goal and raised $151.5 million. Metro News, June 15, 2015

Pelly, Saskatchewan

Pelly museum fire looks like arson, RCMP say A devastating fire that destroyed a local museum on the weekend appears to have been deliberately set, Kamsack RCMP say. The blaze started Saturday around 3 p.m. CST and caused extensive damage to the Fort Pelly-Livingstone Museum in the village of Pelly, Sask. CBC News

Torched museum vows to start over Gathered in a circle, half a block from charred ruins, emotions got the better of several Fort Pelly-Livingstone Museum board members. “We couldn’t even get started. People were crying for the first 10 minutes,” board member David Weiman recalled Tuesday. The Star Phoenix, June 16, 2015


Toronto arts boards in dire need of diversity Two years ago this week, I had a look into the gender and racial makeup of the boards of Toronto’s Big Six arts organizations. They were overwhelmingly male and white. Since then their overall attendance has trended downwards and their funding is more challenged than ever. Since then as well, Toronto’s visible minority has become the visible majority, and the percentage of Torontonians born outside of Canada has also crossed 50 per cent. Toronto Star, June 11, 2015

TACITA DEAN TALKS SPIRAL JETTY AND CELLULOID’S ENDURING APPEAL British artist Tacita Dean speaks with Bryne McLaughlin about her 2013 film JG—an ode to the work of science-fiction writer JG Ballard and artist Robert Smithson’s iconic Spiral Jetty—which makes its Canadian debut at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto this week. Canadian Art, June 11, 2015

POWER BALL XVII: THE ROAD OF EXCESS With an octopus chandelier, a limousine engulfed in projected flames and A.A. Bronson’s umbrage, Power Ball was hardly an understated affair. Rosie Prata reports. Canadian Art, June 9, 2015


David Altmejd: la beauté du monstre David Altmejd aura 41 ans en août. Pourtant, son corpus est celui d’un sculpteur qui aurait 20 ans de plus, par son volume, son abondance, sa complexité technique et ses dimensions hallucinantes. La Presse, June 15, 2015

Birch bark canoe from 1800s fails to excite museum community The canoe is around 195 years old, and it has been stored upside down in Richard Paul’s garage. It is wrapped carefully in plastic to keep its fragile web of ribs and birch bark intact. And even though this piece of history dates back to the 1820s, confirmed by carbon dating, and is a marvel of early cultural heritage, likely built by Maliseet hands, it doesn’t appear to able to find a home in national or regional museums. CBC News, June 14, 2015

Los Angeles

Rare Bernini Sculpture Surfaces at the Getty It was Bernini’s first documented bust of a pope, but for decades it was out of view. New York Times, June 17, 2015

New York

Moving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Bookshelves The interdisciplinary artist Michael Mandiberg’s exhibition, “From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!” at the Denny Gallery, features his larger project called “Print Wikipedia.” New York Times, June 16, 2015

Review: ‘H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS,’ Out of This World, at Park Avenue Armory The French artist Philippe Parreno brings his multimedia spectacle of music, film, sculpture, lights and live performance to the armory’s cavernous drill hall. New York Times, June 13, 2015

Review: ‘Flaming June’ Arrives in New York, Preceded by Its Reputation Once hailed as “the most wonderful painting in existence” and later derided as kitsch, the Victorian masterpiece gets a solo show at the Frick. New York Times, June 11, 2015


At Art Basel, a Powerful Jury Controls the Market Six jurors decide which galleries get to show their art at this influential Swiss fair, where billions of dollars’ worth of art is for sale. New York Times, June 14, 2015

Our pick of the best shows to see during Art Basel Shows worth checking out around the Swiss city next week. The Art Newspaper, June 15, 2015


Salvador Dalí show heads to Shanghai Surrealism comes to K11 art space in move to promote understanding of intellectual property rights. The Art Newspaper, June 16, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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