Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 26-29, 2015


Renaissance paintings, multi-media installations, and photography at the Vancouver Art Gallery The three current exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, How Do I Fit This Ghost In My Mouth? An Exhibition by Geoffrey Farmer, and Residue: Persistence of the Real represent a tour de force of both traditional and contemporary art forms. The Peak, June 29, 2015

Art from the Archive: First it happened to Glenn Lewis, then Damien Hirst Lewis spent hours at the Vancouver Art Gallery carefully arranging bits of porcelain and pieces of Japanese pottery for an exhibition. Vancouver Sun (blog) June 25, 2015

Hinda Avery’s The Resisterrrz takes on the Holocaust with humour Some people have balked – and Avery, 75, understands this is a sensitive topic. “I use humour as a weapon because what else do I have? Globe and mail, June 27, 2015

Under construction: Vancouver closes block of Robson Street for summer The City of Vancouver is blocking traffic in the heart of downtown to make way for wood-framed houses in front of the art gallery. Don’t fret – the city isn’t building micro housing units on the 800 block of Robson. Metro Vancouver, June 25, 2015


Lack of parking questioned in art gallery’s $21 million plan While it would have the same footprint and trapezoid form as the existing addition, the proposed new addition would be three storeys in height — constructed using a mix of exterior materials including concrete, metal cladding, copper or stainless-steel mesh, with extensive use of glass, especially on the lower levels. A glass connector would link it to the heritage-registered mansion. Times Colonist, June 26, 2015


Most Mendel workers move to new gallery Gregory Burke, director and CEO of the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, said Thursday that Mendel staff who were required to apply for a redefined position at the Remai Modern were almost all successful. Star Phoenix, June 26, 2015


How a conservator spent eight months fixing a 545-year-old book 1 Schell is a book and paper conservator in the research collection at McMaster’s Mills Memorial Library, and she recently spent eight months restoring this manuscript page by page, putting a stop to just that kind of flaking. Globe and Mail, June 28, 2015


Outgoing AGO head Teitelbaum reflects on museums’ role in the 21st century The Globe and Mail recently met Teitelbaum in his office where he was cleaning house and eagerly anticipating a fishing trip with his son, Max, to Ontario’s Baptiste Lake, former stomping grounds of a Teitelbaum art hero, David Milne. Globe and Mail, June 25, 2015

Iris Häussler at Daniel Faria Gallery: Revealing by Concealing Iris Häussler has produced some of the most innovative installation works of the past decade in Toronto. The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach (2006) became something of a city event as viewers bought into the fiction of an immigrant loner artist leaving behind an abandoned house filled with suggestive figurative art. Canadian Art, June 25, 2015

Pan Am Games hit The Power Plant in four shows The Pan Am Games sponsor four shows at Toronto’s The Power Plant. Toronto Star, June 25, 2015

Bon voyage, MOCCA: Queen West gallery set adrift in high style Walk into the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art this summer, and you’ll notice a little something has changed. All right, a big something: In the foyer where the reception desk once stood, a freight train-sized hole has been carved in the gallery wall, into which has been wedged a makeshift beach hut/ski lodge outfitted with all the rustic comforts of home: a wood stove, some deck chairs, blankets, Trivial Pursuit. Toronto Star, June 26, 2015


Visual arts: David Altmejd and Jon Rafman’s universes collide Jon Rafman’s universe of the Internet is messier than David Altmejd’s Internet of the universe, but both Montreal-born artists deal with the issues that connect people to the world around them. Montreal Gazette, June 25, 2015

New York

The Art of Doing Time: Prisoner, Painter, Escapee Richard Matt’s portraits at the Clinton prison were part of a commonplace ritual of life behind bars, experts and former inmates say. New York Times, June 26, 2015

As The Recent Met Show Proves, Museums Need To Step It Up Around Native Art “That a show of that size and scope wouldn’t include Native American curatorial partners is indicative of a museum system that has for centuries seen Indigenous people as subjects. In the United States, where most of the large encyclopedic art museums were formed in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, legacies of putting Native cultures on display are deep-rooted and not so easily given up.” Hyperallergic, June 26, 2015

A Global Look at Family and Life Sixty years after “The Family of Man,” a group of students around the world chronicled the realities and varieties of today’s family. New York Times, June 29, 2015

Review: ‘Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld’ Studies Perceptions Shaped by Photography This exhibition at the New Museum traces a transformative exploration of the medium, covering 10 series of images made between 1978 and 2012. New York Times, June 25, 22015

Recalling Sarah Charlesworth’s Photographs Laurie Simmons and Cindy Sherman discuss their friend’s art. New York Times, June 26, 2015

United States

Docents Gone Wild Arts-loving retired baby boomers are hustling to volunteer as museum tour guides—but they sometimes go rogue, touching the art, misstating facts and committing other infractions. The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2015


Dreams in Plastic and Canvas at the Serpentine Gallery in London The Serpentine Gallery unveils its latest pavilion, and looks to the future. New York Times, June 26, 2015

Ed Ruscha’s Recipe for a Cactus Omelet The artist shares how to make one of his favorite breakfast staples, which he’ll be serving at Doug Aiken’s “Station to Station” in London beginning this weekend. New York Times, June 24, 2015


Guggenheim Helsinki Lacking spark The competition was won by an indistinct jumble of pavilions faced in charred wood that reflects all too well the ambiguities of the Guggenheim’s intentions. The design, announced on June 23rd, is as quietly deferential as Frank Gehry’s Bilbao design is self-consciously flamboyant. Along a quay now devoted to parking and a port warehouse, the Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki Architectes have proposed nine loosely arranged pavilions, six of which house gallery suites. Glassed-in passages and gathering spaces among the pavilions glue them into an ensemble. The Economist, June 27, 2015


Rebels in Ukraine Cleansing Donetsk of ‘Perverted’ Art Russian-backed separatists who seized control of an art space in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk last year apparently don’t like what they found there. New York Times, June 26, 2015


Making Waves: Tony Salamé’s Aïshti Goes Big in Beirut Salamé spends much of his time traveling, but when he’s in Beirut he’s on the building site seven days a week. The complex has come together in just two and a half years, at what has been reported by The Art Newspaper as a personal cost to him of $100 million. ARTnews, June 28, 2015


‘You must guard your own henhouse and often from your own foxes’ Book trade calls for self-policing as library thefts are growing problem. The Art Newspaper, June 29, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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