Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 18, 2015


Of Heaven and Earth at the Vancouver Art Gallery So why not take a staycation and get your fill of Renaissance painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Of Heaven and Earth exhibition. Georgia Straight, June 18, 2015

Art from the archive: When Dutch kitsch was linked to Dutch fine art In the year before Expo 86, paintings by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh became pawns in political fight that led to front page headlines from Vancouver to Amsterdam. It happened when a group of Dutch Canadian businessmen proposed to erect a model Dutch Village on the West Georgia plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Support the village, they said to civic politicians, or the VAG won’t get a collection of 60 paintings by Dutch masters. Vancouver Sun, June 18, 2015

Art from the Archive: Toni Onley versus Revenue Canada Toni Onley knew how to get media attention.He was known as the millionaire artist who drove a Rolls Royce and owned and piloted several planes. He did not fit the conventional, romantic image of the poor, struggling artist. Onley was successful and let everyone know it. In 1983, he took on Revenue Canada over a tax ruling he said would unfairly affect his income. He always made it clear that he was out to get a ruling changed to benefit himself in taking on the tax department. But he pointed out that what he was doing could help other artists across the country in similar positions. Vancouver Sun, June 10, 2015

Vancouver’s Arts Factory set to open August 2015 City of Vancouver, Great Northern Way Scene Shop and Arts Factory Society are pleased to announce that The Arts Factory, a new cultural hub at 281 Industrial Avenue, will open its doors in August 2015. Galleries West, June 10, 2015


Three receive $30,000 Distinguished Artist Award Puppeteer extraordinaire, Ronnie Burkett of Toronto, renowned soprano, Frances Ginzer, Calgary, and internationally acclaimed artist Peter von Tiesenhausen of Demmitt, Alberta, have received Alberta’s highest arts recognition, the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. Galleries West, June 10, 2015


Banff Center Shelves Ambitious Expansion Plans To Build On Strengths “The Banff Centre is an internationally renowned arts incubator – and that is a reputation Price, on the job for about three months now, wants to cultivate and own. The centre also presents artistic programming, operates a conference centre and offers leadership-development programs. Globe and Mail, June 15, 2015

Mountain Galleries Art Room at the Castle Mountain Galleries at the Banff Springs location has extended their artist in Residence program in partnership with the Fairmont into a private studio space “The Art Room At the Castle.” Galleries West, June 10, 2015


Remai Modern appoints Director of Programs / Chief Curator Portugese curator Sandra Guimarães has been appointed Director Programs/Chief Curator for Remai Modern. Galleries West, June 10, 2015


Picturing the Americas at the AGO The press kit for Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic is filled with numbers. In the 118 works on display, created by 85 artists and collected from 51 institutions in 11 countries, sharp-eyed viewers will note 116 birds and 105 horses lurking within the frames. Torontoist, June 17, 2015

Luminato Festival 2015: The Visual-Art Edit Luminato Festival is just around the corner, this year with an emphasis on homegrown talent. Here is our visual-art edit of the festival’s offerings. Canadian Art, June 17, 2015

Celebrating the Life of Former Canadian Art Editor Jocelyn Laurence A celebration of Jocelyn Laurence, the second editor of Canadian Art, who died last week in Toronto. Canadian Art, June 16, 2016

R.M. Vaughan is Bright Eyed: Insomnia and Art R.M. Vaughan discusses his new book, which traces the increasing prevalence of insomnia and argues that it is affecting our health and our art. Canadian Art, June 11, 2015


Theatre of glamour: Montreal hosts a brilliant exhibit of Horst’s photography Horst said his real subject was elegance, which he defined as “a form of physical and mental grace that has nothing to do with pretension or overrefinement or an excess of money to spend.” Globe and Mail, June


How libraries are getting bright, loud and friendly What makes this space hum isn’t one particular type of programming. It’s the atmosphere that this is, as Levitt says, an open “third place” between work and home – not a Starbucks, but a true agora with Wi-Fi, somewhere to meet your fellow citizens. “In spite of their heavy use of technology,” Lewis says, “people still need to be around other people.” Globe and Mail, June 12, 2015

New York

MoMA Employees Hand-Deliver Letter of Protest To Glenn Lowry’s Office Days Before Union Negotiation Deadline Wednesday morning, approximately 100 staff members at the Museum of Modern Art belonging to the local 2110 union–who previously staged a protest at the institution’s “Party in the Garden” gala over cuts to its benefits during contract negotiations. ARTnews, June 17, 2015

MoMA Acquires The Rainbow Flag MoMA announced today via blog post that the museum has acquired the Rainbow Flag, the symbol of gay pride, as part of its design collection, which already houses the @ symbol, the Creative Commons logo, and the recycling symbol. ARTnews, June 17, 2015

India’s Earliest Photographers India’s early embrace of photography is the theme of an exhibit that examines the country’s traditions of modern art. New York Times, June 18, 2015


Ydessa Hendeles and the Articulate Manikin In her recent show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Ydessa Hendeles used manikins, dolls and other figures to open up ways of looking. Canadian Art, June 15, 2015


Kader Attia lends gravitas to Art Basel’s Unlimited Artist’s response to looting of Egyptian Museum puts widespread cultural destruction and political violence into sharp focus. The Art Newspaper, June 18, 2015

African-American artists respond to racial injustice in the US 18 June 2015 Works dealing with race relations are hard to miss at this year’s fair. The Art Newspaper, June 18, 2015


Curators Straddle the Museum-Gallery Divide As hard and fast boundaries between galleries and museums fade, museum alumni are increasingly in demand to bring luster to commercial enterprises. New York Times, June 18, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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