Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 25, 2015


Italian paintings compel both mind and eye at the Vancouver Art Gallery Outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, on the Robson Street stage, Latin jazz is playing. On a nearby patio, diners are sipping, supping, and chatting. And inside the VAG, on the ground floor, a tourist-friendly exhibition of historic Italian art pretty much confirms that summer is upon us. Visitors to Of Heaven and Earth crowd around images of saints and angels and lambs and mermaids, around pastoral landscapes, mythical seascapes, and charming views of Venice and Ariccia. Georgia Straight, June 24, 2015

Arts Choice – Of Heaven and Earth at the Vancouver Art Gallery If Botticelli, Bellini, and Titian sound familiar, you now know where to go. Georgia Straight, June 17, 2015


2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalists Announced Here are the 15 finalists in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, an annual prize supporting promising new artists in the early stages of their careers. Canadian Art, June 25, 2015

Jessica Bradley Discusses Closing Her Gallery This week, Jessica Bradley Gallery announced it would be closing, to the surprise of many. Jessica Bradley speaks about this decision and her future plans. Canadian Art, June 25, 2015

Wall wanted: Mural dreams crumble for Nunavut and Toronto teens Seven youths desperate to find a new wall to paint in downtown Toronto after building owner pulls out, putting art project in jeopardy. CBC, June 25, 2015


Quebec’s $2.5M arts funding cuts could hurt creative community <href=”#commentwrapper”>rArtists in Quebec are furious after hearing the news on Tuesday that the province intends to make a substantial cut in arts funding. CBC, June 25, 2015


Detroit Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Shepard Fairey “Fairey is charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property after an arrest warrant was filed in Detroit’s 36th District Court on Friday. The crime carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.” Artnet, June 24, 2015

Hampton Bays, N.Y.

Miriam Schapiro, 91, a Feminist Artist Who Harnessed Craft and Pattern, Dies When one of her works was criticized as sentimental, Ms. Schapiro said in an interview that sentiment was powerful to her although it was devalued by men. New York Times, June 25, 2015

New York

A ‘Constellation’ of Light Above the Ruins of Bannerman Castle An installation by the artist Melissa McGill on a tiny island in the Hudson River puts twinkling lights atop 17 tall poles. New York Times, June 25, 2015


Rare Klimt Portrait Brings $39 Million at Auction The full-length “Portrait of Gertrud Loew,” painted in 1902, exceeded its high estimate at a Sotheby’s auction in London. New York Times, June 25, 2015

Restituted works help Sotheby’s lead the way in London sales Impressionist and Modern art auctions were in line with expectations. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2015

What Makes A Museum Great? “The redesigned atrium of South London’s Imperial War Museum tells the story of 20th Century war through objects such as guns, vehicles and clothing. Permanent World War One galleries have opened as a reminder of the conflict’s size and devastation, including interactive displays on life in the trenches. The museum employs advisers on how to attract a young audience.” BBC, June 20, 2015

Chinese billionaire collector partners with Institute of Contemporary Arts in London Adrian Cheng will support exhibitions by emerging Chinese artists at the institution. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2015


French museum directors ordered to keep their expenses in check Culture ministry cracks down after media reports that the Centre Pompidou’s former general director spent tens of thousands of euros on taxis. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2015


Danh Vo to appeal court order to make ‘large and impressive’ new work for collector Danish-Vietnamese artist says his “artistic integrity has been violated” by Rotterdam judge’s ruling in Bert Kreuk case. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2015


Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis to speak at sixth Moscow Biennale Ten-day event at historic Soviet-era site will include public forums, daily keynote speeches and performances. The Art Newspaper, June 25, 2015

Book Reviews

‘Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi’ A biography of the great border-crossing sculptor. New York Times, June 25, 2015

‘New Objectivity’ and ‘Max Beckmann: The Still Lifes’ With Germany in political turmoil at the end of the Great War, a group of hard-edge, realistic painters merged with a band of uninhibited Post-Expressionists in order to do nothing less than put an end to the old social order. New York Times, June 25, 2015

‘Cy Twombly: Late Paintings 2003-2011,’ by Nela Pavlouskova Cy Twombly’s last paintings celebrate his lifelong interest in flowers, Greek mythology, ships and the sea, and lines of enigmatic writing. New York Times, June 25, 2015

‘Playing to the Gallery,’ by Grayson Perry In the 1990s, Britain suddenly developed a hugely popular appreciation for contemporary art, and the potter Grayson Perry has been one of its beneficiaries. Known for making vessels covered with erotic imagery and texts that address subjects like sex, war and child abuse, he’s the master of what the British magazine Ceramic Review once termed “shock art on a pot.” New York Times, June 25, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

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