Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library June 30, 2015

We’re away tomorrow, Happy Canada Day to all!

Haida Gwaii
Why this is artist Sid Dickens’s favourite room After devoting himself to becoming an artist, he designed a 15,000-square-foot building on the Haida Gwaii archipelago that contains both a one-bedroom home and a studio. Globe and Mail, June 29, 2015


The ROM’s new Pompeii exhibit offers much to see but falters in presentation This often beautifully preserved stuff offers a condensed but nevertheless revelatory picture of life’s rich pageant in what most archeologists agree was “a relatively minor Roman city” made remarkable by the extraordinary circumstances of its demise. Globe and Mail, June 30, 2015


When our country was built: An exhibit at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre will showcase centennial architecture projects Roughly 50 years ago, a crop of 900-odd performance art spaces, science museums and rec centres was established coast to coast explicitly to encourage Canada’s development. The intention of giving each young province a few public institutions was to spur homegrown culture, with the governments of the time believing the buildings themselves had a key role to play in cultivating our national identity. Globe and Mail, June 30, 2015


Rodin Revisited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts provides an interior look into the studio of Modernism’s sculptural bellwether, Auguste Rodin. Rosie Prata reviews. Canadian Art, June 30, 2015


A Portrait of a Pope, Using 17,000 Condoms The unusual medium used to create a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI — 17,000 stretched-out condoms in a variety of colors — has upset Roman Catholic leaders in Milwaukee, where the piece is housed. New York Times, June 29, 2015

Merrimac, Maine

Harold Feinstein, whose celebrated series of black-and-white photographs of Coney Island in the 1950s established him as one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience, and who went on to experiment with color and new digital techniques, died on June 20 at his home in Merrimac, Mass. He was 84.

Wilmington, Delaware

Delaware Art Museum Deaccessions Two Paintings to Pay Off Debt Andrew Wyeth’s Arthur Cleveland, 1965, and Winslow Homer’s Milking Time, 1875, were both sold at undisclosed prices. Artforum, June 30, 2015

New York

Whitney Museum Board Elects New President, Co-Chairs The Whitney Museum’s board of trustees has elected Laurie M. Tisch and Neil G. Bluhm as co-chairs and Richard M. DeMartini as president. All three will begin their new positions this week on July 1. ARTnews, June 30, 2015


Damien Hirst, Curator? (Shudder) “Now Hirst, too, has reached an uncomfortable stage in his career, embedded in the establishment he once goaded. On past performance, he might be expected to try even harder to shock, to prove his relevance. Instead, by founding Newport Street, he is doing something far more likely to shore up his status and secure his legacy. In promoting his own view of contemporary art through the medium of a big, public gallery, he is testing his power to shape tastes and markets, and his ability to exert control.” The Guardian, June 30, 2015

Damien Hirst to open London space in October Inaugural exhibition at Newport Street Gallery will be solo show for British artist John Hoyland. The Art Newspaper, June 30, 2015

Six sculptures for site near London’s new US embassy British artists to produce works for development south of the Thames. The Art Newspaper, June 30, 2015


Menil Collection Director Leaving for Kunstmuseum Basel After 12 years, Josef Helfenstein will step down at the end of this year. New York Times, June 20, 2015


Charting the Museum Boom A look at the new buildings that have opened this season—and those that are still on the way. ARTnews, June 28, 2015

The Hunt For The Last Few Missing Faberge Eggs “Today seven imperial eggs are still missing, along with many of their “surprises”, but an impassioned group of experts and enthusiasts from Russia, the UK, the US, Switzerland and Finland are on their trail. Géza von Habsburg, one of the world’s leading Fabergé experts, has been on the egg hunt for more than 40 years.” The Telegraph, June 29, 2015

Museum Quandry: In A World Of 3D Printers, What Happens To Originals? The proliferation of replicas does stand to diminish the value of the real thing. Susan Ades, who is in charge of the exhibit’s 3‑D-printing operation, told me that she believes the technology ought to be carefully deployed and fully disclosed in galleries. “For museums,” she said, “the real thing is what we have going. Authenticity.” The Atlantic, June 2015

Book Review

Canada and the birth of a thousand beer commercials … It was the biggest art project ever in Canadian history – and it helped define the way we look at ourselves even now. Art for War and Peace by Ian Sigvaldason and Scott Steedman chronicles poster campaign that turned the Canadian landscape into a national identity Toronto Star, June 28, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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