Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 2, 2015

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery plaza to get a makeover. The outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery is getting a bit of a facelift. The maintenance is just a temporary fix until the plaza gets redeveloped completely in 2016. That project will create a larger space for events and more landscaping. In 2013, the City of Vancouver revealed three conceptual design options for rebuilding the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza into a vibrant and welcoming public space. Vancity Buzz, July 1, 2015

North Vancouver

Dollarton squatters’ shack saved. For decades, the little blue cabin where artists Al Neil and Carole Itter drew their inspiration stood on pilings at the water’s edge, a cultural outpost nestled among the cedar trees. Al Neil, an experimental artist and freestyle jazz musician, first moved to the cabin near Cates Park almost 50 years ago, and lived there when the Dollarton waterfront was dotted with squatters’ shacks and a counterculture thrived there. This week, the cabin that represented the last of that era was moved from the waterfront to a storage site. A group of artists who rallied to save the cabin hope to find a new home for it as a working space for artists. North Shore News, June 24, 2015

Winnipeg

Exciting things are afoot at artist-run Exchange gallery. Aceartinc. occupies a unique and crucial place in this city’s artistic landscape. It’s the only jury-programmed, artist-run gallery in Winnipeg that’s open to artists of all backgrounds, all disciplines and all levels of experience. Aware of its special part to play, the gallery’s staff and board of directors have worked over recent years to expand its audience and understand its needs. Winnipeg Free Press, July 2, 2015

Abstract art: which camp are you in? On Friday at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, Art Talk/Art Walk will take a look at five abstract paintings commonly ridiculed by the public but esteemed by the art world. Ufuk Gueray, who teaches painting at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art, will speak about each painting’s historical significance and will also discuss what kind of meaning — if any — these paintings can offer contemporary audiences. Winnipeg Free Press, June 30, 2015

Lake Huron, Ont

Canadian Metis artist collaborates with fashion powerhouse Valentino for 2016 collection. Canadian Metis visual artist Christi Belcourt can now add fashion to her list of achievements. The number one thing to me is always, not only how we’re treated as Indigenous peoples, but how is the environment treated. I was really pleased and surprised that Valentino is ranked number one by Greenpeace for all top fashion designers. They have built into their company environmentally and socially conscious steps and they’ve also committed to eliminate all hazardous materials by the year 2020.” APTN News, June 30, 2015

Toronto

Ron Rivlin turns Yorkville frontage into a tribute to Warhol. Ron Rivlin is, by his own admission, something of an unconventional gallerist. “The museums don’t really like me,” says the Toronto-born Rivlin. “They work their way up the ladder, they got their PhDs, and here I am: this businessman who just came out guns blazing.” National Post, July 2, 2015

Lorna Mills and Her Subversive GIF Art. Lorna Mills’s art is exuberantly raunchy, but so is much of the Internet. Her medium—the graphic interchange format, or GIF, a lightweight digital motion-picture technology—is about as old as the World Wide Web itself. Canadian Art, July 2, 2015

Ontario

Daniel Joyce’s Cross-Canada Journal: Northern Ontario. This month I’m heading west across Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway, starting from Toronto. Although I’m tempted to call the series of dispatches I will be writing along the way a “regional survey,” the limited time I can spend in each community means that my coverage will be highly subjective—it would be unfair to consider this a comprehensive overview. Instead, these articles will offer a condensed journal of this journey, and an opportunity to recognize a few of the dedicated artists and organizers who advance the arts in these locations. Canadian Art, July 2, 2015

Montreal

Midnight thief steals $160,000 sculpture from Westmount art gallery. Police won’t divulge much else about the burglary, such as the gallery’s location or the name of the international renowned artist who made the sculpture. The stolen art is made of stainless steel and stone. It measures 64 cm (25 ¼ inches) high, 45 cm (17 ¾ inches) wide and 31 cm (12 ¼) inches deep. They are looking for a suspect caught on CCTV. Montreal Gazette, June 30, 2015

Palm Desert, California

Donald Wexler, Architect Who Gave Shape to Palm Springs, Dies at 89 Mr. Wexler’s innovative steel houses and soaring glass-fronted terminal at the Palm Springs International Airport helped make the desert city a showcase for midcentury modernism. New York Times, July 1, 2015

Catskill, New York

Unknown Thomas Cole Paintings Found at His Home An expert looked beneath a coat of red paint at the Cole homestead, and found a decorative pattern that the artist had painted. New York Times, July 1, 2015

Havana

A Havana Biennial Of Change And What Art Can Still Do “There is much we can learn from the 12th Havana Biennial — a performed, dematerialized show — about what art can be, where it can exist and who it is for. From Tania Bruguera’s performance, we are learning what art can do — risky, truth-revealing things — for artist and audience alike. It may well be that her performance, end not in sight, is the one for which this biennial will be remembered. New York Times, July 1, 2015

Manchester

Whitworth named UK museum of the year Transformation of Manchester University’s art gallery earns it £100,000 Art Fund prize. The Art Newspaper, July 2, 2015

Manchester show is a taster of what’s to come at Hong Kong’s vast M+ museum The selection of 80 works is a peek at the Swiss collector Uli Sigg’s comprehensive collection of contemporary Chinese art. The Art Newspaper, July 1, 2015

London

The Rolling Stones and Saatchi Gallery Team Up For All-Time Biggest Touring Rock Exhibition, Entry Prices Begin At £15 The Independent reports today that The Rolling Stones have teamed up with Saatchi Gallery to stage “Exhibitionism,” which has already been described as “the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the world’s Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band,” ARTnews, July 1, 2015

Sotheby’s Just Had Its Biggest Ever Sale Of Contemporary Art “Warhol’s ‘One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate)’ fetched £20.9m, smashing its pre-sale estimate of £13-18m. This was Warhol’s first such work of a dollar, painted by hand in 1962. A bidding frenzy powered Lucien Freud’s 2002 work ‘Four Eggs on a Plate’, which was originally a gift to the late Duchess of Devonshire, to sell for £989,000, nearly ten times the pre-sale estimate of £100-£150,000.” The Guardian, July 1, 2015

Union Workers Protest at Sotheby’s $203.6 Million Contemporary Art Auction Members of the union representing the contracted cleaning service that Sotheby’s had previously employed, they’d congregated because Sotheby’s had dropped the service after employees had won a long campaign to earn a wage of $14.40 per hour. Artforum, July 1, 2015

British Museum’s ivory icons denied US entry for loan show The US Fish and Wildlife Service blocked the importation of the Byzantine objects before they ever left the UK. The Art Newspaper, July 2, 2015

Paris

Paris Okays Its First Skyscraper In 40 Years – A Giant Pyramid “A common sight in most major capitals, skyscrapers have faced deep opposition in Paris ever since the 300-metre high Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Universal Exposition. Paris’s socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, diluted opposition to the new Tour Triangle last November after some of its planned office space was sacrificed for childcare and cultural centres.” The Guardian, July 1, 2015

Amsterdam

An Artist Sculpted Everything He Ate in a Year. In the Food Chain Project artist, Itamar Gilboa, made a pristine white replica of all the food and drink he consumed in that year. It’s like a quantified-self dataset brought to life. Wired, July 2, 2015

Zurich

Robert Frank’s America Sixty years ago, the Swiss-born photographer captured hard truths about the United States before many Americans were willing to see them. New York Times, July 2, 2015

Greece

Greece Needs Money. Britain Wants The Parthenon Marbles. A Deal To Be Made? “For the last few years, amidst her financial crisis, Greece has flirted with the idea of selling off state historical assets. Since Greek independence, Graeco-British relations have been shadowed by the Elgin marbles: relief panels from the Parthenon, along with major pediment sculptures, which were purchased by the 7th Earl of Elgin in 1798.” Standpoint, July, 2015

Syria

Isil holds heritage to ransom to fund fighters, US expert warns 02 July 2015 Terrorist group functions as a modern racketeering operation through sale of plundered cultural objects. The Art Newspaper, July 2, 2015

International

What Tech Startups Can Learn From The Art Market “The art of the startup and the business of art are flip sides of the same creative process. The Gagosian Gallery and Kleiner Perkins use the same method to spin creativity and value out of manmade volatility. The goals of this volatility are twofold: primarily to create disruptive innovation that generates the unique, the original, and the most valuable; and next to raise the price paid for the new value, whether it is a Monet or an Airbnb IPO.” Fast Company, June 30, 2015

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