Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 19-22, 2015

Vancouver

Of Heaven and Earth: a rare exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery “Exhibitions such as this are rare and the fact that this is drawn from a single public collection makes it all the more remarkable,” said Ian Thom, a curator with the Vancouver Art Gallery. Global News, June 18, 2015

Fred Lee’s Social Network: June 21 Vancouver Art Gallery senior brass Kathleen Bartels, Paul Larocque and Bruce Wright fronted the institution’s signature soiree in support of exhibitions and its rapidly growing school and family programs. The Province, June 21, 2015

Town Talk: Face the World gala raises $1.5 million ALSO: VIVA L’ITALIA: The Vancouver Art Gallery was jammed recently for the opening of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums. Most of the 40 works featured sacred or liturgical themes, so the few postcard scenes like Francesco Guardi’s portrayal of Venice’s San Giorgio Maggiore and the busy marine traffic stood out. Vincenzo Camuccini’s Roman Women Offering Their Jewelry in Defence of the State absorbed two young fashionables. An old master in the pedagogical sense, Emily Carr University president Ron Burnett would line up himself the following day to have an Order of B.C. jewelry pin join the Order of Canada equivalent in his lapel. He seemed happier, though, that four Emily Carr grads — Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Babak Golkar and Brian Jungen — were featured in two VAG exhibitions upstairs. Vancouver Sun, June 20, 2015

The Home Front: Design collaborations on the rise Stop, collaborate and listen, isn’t just smart advice from American rapper Vanilla Ice, but also the way local designers are getting it done in terms of building their brands and getting noticed. Vancouver Sun, June 18, 2015

Penticton

Emily Carr printing block makes a new mark – PressReader The block for the cover of Emily Carr’s Klee Wyck and a signed first edition of the book will be auctioned at the Penticton Art Gallery on June 27. Globe and Mail, June 20, 2015

Victoria

Obituary: Victoria ceramics artist Walter Dexter a Canadian giant Victoria’s Walter Dexter — described as a gentle giant and an “almost unsung hero” of Canadian art — achieved national renown as a ceramics artist before his death this month. He was the first Canadian ceramics artist to achieve wide recognition as an abstract expressionist, said Jonathan Bancroft-Snell, a London, Ont., art dealer. Times Colonist, June 20, 2015

Winnipeg

Multimillion-dollar expansion coming to Canadian Museum for Human Rights Less than a year after opening its doors, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is already undergoing a multimillion-dollar expansion. Metro has learned more than $2.7 million is being spent to create a new Temporary Gallery on the museum’s main floor. Metro News, June 19, 2015

Toronto

Art Gallery of Ontario’s Matthew Teitelbaum: master of masterpieces After 22 years, Matthew Teitelbaum leaves the AGO for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts with an enviable stream of accomplishments. Toronto Star, June 22, 2015

Toronto’s MoCCA gets a new home, in an old space Over the years, while pedalling his bicycle southeast toward his job at a repurposed textile factory near the intersection of Toronto’s Queen Street West and Shaw Street, David Liss occasionally would glance at the 10-storey former factory just north of the giant Nestlé Canada chocolate plant on Sterling Road. “Hey,” he’d think as he whizzed by, “that’d be a cool place for a gallery.” Globe and Mail, June 19, 2015 

Evan Solomon’s art-dealing scandal: Who’s accused of doing what Evan Solomon’s art-dealing scandal: Who’s accused of doing what CBC television host Evan Solomon is out of a job amid allegations that he brokered lucrative art deals in ways “inconsistent” with the broadcaster’s code of ethics. Globe and Mail, June 10, 2015

Geoffrey Farmer’s fountain of ideas at Luminato Artist Geoffrey Farmer’s latest installation, part of Luminato Festival, is a collage of sights and sounds emanating from Trinity Bellwoods Park. Toronto Star, June 21, 2015

The most famous performance artist in the world – Laurie Anderson – teams up with Luminato It should be noted that Anderson won’t be onstage during Apocalypsis’s Luminato run. Globe and Mail, June 20, 2015

Luminato Festival 2015: The Visual-Art Edit In past iterations, the Luminato Festival has been fairly spectacle-heavy. With a screening of Matthew Barney’s Rivers of Fundament in 2014 and a preview of Marina Abramović’s eponymous institute in 2013, the festival tends to attract art stars, who occasionally come to town with their vanity projects in tow. But this year looks understated in comparison; there are no blockbuster, international names in the visual-art lineup. Instead, the programming is devoted to local and national figures: Geoffrey Farmer, Shary Boyle and David Cronenberg among them. Canadian Art, June 17, 2015

Ottawa

Ottawa’s Arts Court redevelopment already months behind schedule The long-awaited plan to expand the Ottawa Art Gallery and redevelop the Arts Court — the $100-million jewel in the city’s 2017 celebrations crown — is already months behind schedule. Ottawa Citizen, June 18, 2015

Montreal

“Playlist” Review: Online but Unavailable at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran “Playlist” at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran in Montreal offers a notably, thought not unexpectedly, indifferent group exhibition. Nancy Webb reviews. Canadian Art, June 18, 2015

David Altmejd: A force to be reckoned with Montreal gets its first big opportunity to see why its native son David Altmejd is celebrated by the contemporary art world, with the opening of a survey of his career on June 20 at the Musée d’art contemporain. Montreal Gazette, June 19, 2015

California

California Museums Have To Get Creative With Water As Drought Enters Its Fourth Year “Turning off the fountains alone saves nearly 2,500 gallons a day. The Getty said it has reduced the amount of water it uses by 55% since the Getty Center opened in 1997. Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2015

Boston

Review: Japanese Photographers Reflect on the Fukushima Catastrophe The disaster of March 11, 2011 is the ostensible subject of the images on display, but their deeper subject is fear and anxiety. New York Times, June 19, 2015

New Windsor, New York

Review: Lynda Benglis Celebrates the Fluidity of Nature at Storm King The main attraction of Ms. Benglis’s exhibition is a quartet of gorgeous fountains. New York Times, June 18, 2015

London

The UK Is About To Commit To Protecting Cultural Artefacts During Wars “The 1954 Hague Convention was set up after World War Two but has never been adopted into law by the government. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale says destruction and looting in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants shows it is now essential. The UK is the only major nation not to have endorsed the convention.” BBC, June 21, 2015

Athens

In Athens, Austerity Makes Contemporary Art Palatable Amid political and economic turmoil, Greek artists find inspiration, opportunity and a growing audience. New York Times, June 18, 2015

Mumbai

Charles Correa, Architect Who Fused India’s History With Modernism, Dies at 84 Mr. Correa, whose works were notable for their imagination and breadth, created striking museums and university buildings in India and abroad and was deeply invested in India’s urban future. One of his jewels was the Ismaili Centre in Toronto, which opened in a park space with the Aga Khan Museum last September. New York Times, June 21, 2015

China

The Chinese Want Their Art Back The government, state-run companies, private collectors and even some criminals are all trying to return antiquities to China. New York Times, June 20, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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