Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 23, 2015

Penticton

Art Gallery major fundraiser this Saturday The Penticton Art Gallery’s 38th annual art auction fundraiser will be held Saturday from 6 – 11 p.m. at the gallery at 199 Marina Way. A notable item in this year auction is a signed first edition printing of Emily Carr’s autobiographical book Klee Wyck. Carr was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style. First published in 1941, Klee Wyck describes, through short sketches, Carr’s experiences among First Nations people and culture on British Columbia’s west coast. The book won the 1941 Governor General’s Award and occupies an important place in Canadian literature. Penticton Herald, June 22, 2015

Toronto

Three highlights in this year’s Luminato Festival in Toronto Luminato Festival takes over the city’s downtown venues, or at least the ones not occupied by Toronto Jazz, Pride Toronto or NXNE. Here are three highlights of this year’s arts and cultural jamboree. Globe and Mail, June 19, 2015

AGO Announces Finalists for 2015 Aimia Photography Prize Four artists, including one Canadian, are finalists for the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. Canadian Art, June 22, 2015

St. John’s

The Edwin R. Procunier Collection: A Gift of Canada Edwin R. Procunier (1927-2011) began gifting art to his home province of Newfoundland & Labrador in 1985. The 372 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures he donated make up the Edwin R. Procunier Collection, and are in the care of The Rooms. They represent Procunier’s love of art, of Canada and of Newfoundland & Labrador. Canadian Art, June 2015

California

Miriam Schapiro, a Leader of the Feminist Art Movement, Dies at 91 Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Miriam Schapiro, who helped spearhead the feminist art movement in the 1970s, inspiring generations of artists, died on June 20 at age 91 after a long illness. ARTnews, June 23, 2015

Minneapolis

The Marvelous Manhole Covers Of Minneapolis “Most visitors to new cities don’t come home raving about the location’s manhole covers, but the city of Minneapolis has made its underfoot sewer covers a point of artistic pride, with designs that celebrate the area’s art, history, and wildlife.” Slate, June 22, 2015

New York

Review: Merce Cunningham’s ‘Crises’ Opens Dance at the New Whitney The newly opened museum welcomed its first dance performance with this 1960 work, which looked right at home. New York Times, June 23, 2015

Architectural Record Magazine Sold (But Will It Survive?) “Record’s influence extends well beyond its core readership of professionals. Corporate executives, facilities managers, related professionals, and others who work with architects scout talent and note trends via Record. The magazine publishes emerging talents before they become household names—a very important function, given the few paths firms have to garner attention if they aren’t supported by trust funds.” Does the fate of Record, founded 1891, matter to readers who now have so many ways to access information? James Russel, June 20, 2015

Paris

‘La Toilette’: 500 Years of Watching Women Undress in Art An exhibition in Paris brings together more than 100 works showing the bathing and grooming rituals of women, from the 16th century to the present. New York Times, June 23, 2015

New Photo Shows Van Gogh, Gauguin And Other Artists Drinking Together “The photograph was identified through discovering the names of the other figures in the picture (who include artists Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard, no small discovery in themselves), fixing it in a place and time, and analyzing the photographic process.” Hyperallergic, June 22, 2015

Basel

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 19, 2015

Helsinki

New York’s Guggenheim foundation picks design for Helsinki museum The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation says two Paris-based architects have won a design competition for a proposed museum in Helsinki. Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong says the winning design by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes fits into Finland’s “heritage of wood” and “has an intimate relation with the sea which is the other side of the Finnish nature.” Star Phoenix, June 23, 2015

Young French-Japanese architects win Guggenheim Helsinki competition Jury picks Moreau Kusunoki’s design of pavilions beneath “lighthouse” with potential to grow. The Art Newspaper, June 23, 2015

Singapore

National Gallery Singapore to open with a little help from the Pompidou Paris institution will co-organise the inaugural exhibition at the museum next year, expanding its empire in Asia. The Art Newspaper, June 23, 2015

International

7 Great Summer Art Reads Reading is a summer requirement. Here, we select some recent publications that make unlikely beach reads, but we’d recommend them all the same. Canadian Art, June 22, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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