Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 2–6, 2015

Vancouver

Canadian modernist Emily Carr finally gets her due Thanks to a well-received exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London last November, now on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and not to mention the seven works presented in a group show at Documenta 13 in 2012, Carr’s work is increasingly being shown in international exhibitions. What took so long? Hyperallergic, July 1, 2015

Victoria

Victoria art gallery director defends proposed design: ‘A gem of a building’ Art Gallery of Greater Victoria director Jon Tupper politely disagrees with Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps’s characterization of the gallery’s proposed addition as “startling.”“It’s more astonishing than startling, in my humble opinion,” Tupper said of the proposed design. “It’s going to be like an art cloud. That’s what we’ve been calling it,” Tupper said of the proposed three-storey glass and concrete building that will be linked to the historic Spencer Mansion by a glass atrium. Times Colonist, July 5, 2015

Banff

Séance Fiction, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alta., May 2 to July 26, 2015 An empty bar. A collection of rocks and other found objects. Books stuffed with dried wild flowers. A visual cacophony of flashing images. These scenes, objects and installations help dislodge a linear understanding of time. Galleries West, July 3, 2015

Edmonton

Edmonton artist Julian Forrest nabs $10K Foote Visual Arts Prize Edmonton artist Julian Forrest has won the fourth annual Eldon + Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize, the biggest local visual arts award, with a $10,000 purse. Forrest, 42, was honoured for his diptych Perceptual Disorders (After Keret), hung at Strathcona Art Gallery@501 last September. The shortlisted competition included two other memorable local artworks. Edmonton Journal, July 3, 2015

Toronto

Pearl Van Geest Wins 2015 Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize Pearl Van Geest has won the 2015 Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize, an annual juried prize designed to encourage new writers on contemporary art. Canadian Art, July 6, 2015

The rebel spirit who inspired Canada’s best dancers At 95, the artist was not only at the show, she was as much the attraction as the art. Patricia Goss walked with a cane through the exhibition of 29 stone carvings she created over the past two years, but, wearing a splash of pink lipstick and an animal-print shirt, she was admitting no weakness. “I’ve always been a rebel,” declared the amazingly vital sculptor at the end-of-May opening at her Trinity Bellwoods home. “I refuse to give up.” Globe and Mail, July 3, 2015

Guelph

What’s the proper etiquette around Guelph’s new John McCrae statue? As the Royal City’s newest piece of public art starts to draw visitors, it’s also raising questions about what exactly the tone should be and how people should interact with it. Globe and Mail, July 2, 2015

Northern Ontario

On the Road with Daniel Joyce: Northern Ontario In the first dispatch from his cross-Canada road trip, Daniel Joyce reports from galleries in North Bay, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Canadian Art, July 2, 2015

Charlottetown, PE

Map comes home to Confederation Centre art gallery in capital In the fall of 1765, working under canvas at his base camp at Observation Cove, P.E.I., on orders from the British Crown, Samuel Holland, the surveyor-general of North America, finished the map he’d been working on for over a year and shipped it to London, England. Co-curated by Island historians, Boyde Beck and Dr. Edward MacDonald, a major exhibition explores how this map was a product of imperial rivalries and strategies for the British Empire and the critical role it played as a template for the settlement and development of P.E.I. Journal Pioneer, July 2, 2015

Seattle

New exhibit at Seattle Art Museum focuses on race, identity and the masks people wear Race, identity and the masks people wear are the themes explored in a new exhibit of contemporary, multimedia art at the Seattle Art Museum. Vancouver Sun, July 4, 2015

Boston

Gardner artist-in-residence Kher explores home, identity | Boston The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has a new summer look. The exterior was recently adorned with a grand piece created by artist-in-residence Bharti Kher. “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” made its debut this week, offering an inspirational ­visual treat for museumgoers and passersby for months to come. Kher has a museum show coming soon to Vancouver, is working on a solo project in a Paris gallery, a new project at the Freud Museum in London and her work will appear in the Biennale of Sydney in Australia next year. Boston Herald, July 4, 2015
New York

‘Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars’ Arriving at Morgan Library On display are letters, photographs, dog tags and first editions that reflect the celebrated author’s creative process. New York Times, July 3, 2015

Review: Sargent’s Intimate Portraits of Friends at the Metropolitan Museum This high-society portrait painter put something extra into the work when his sitters were his companions and peers. New York Times, July 3, 2015

Studio Museum in Harlem Unveils Design for Expansion The museum, which displays the work of artists of African descent, will construct a new $122 million home designed by the architect David Adjaye at the site of its current location. New York Times, July 6, 2015

London

How A Photographer Who Escaped The Nazis As A Girl Manages To Portray The World With Hope Dorothy Bohm: “After what happened in my lifetime, and to me and my family, I just hoped that the world would be a better place, I think we all hoped.” The Independent, July 6, 2015

London’s Antiquities Buyers Are Making ISIS A Cash-Rich Terror Group “Buyers are not getting the message that the purchase of such antiquities is enabling war and terror in the Middle East. ‘These are blood antiquities,’ says Altaweel, adding that attempts to make the cultural-heritage case for more action to stop trade in looted goods have not yielded results. ‘What might work more is to say that this is funding death.’” The Guardian, July 2, 2015

Paris

Head of France’s most prestigious art school abruptly dismissed 03 July 2015 French culture minister decides its time to replace Nicolas Bourriaud who was caught by “surprise” The Art Newspaper, July 3, 2015

Rome

Italian ministry of culture announces shortlist of directors for Italy’s top state museums Many prominent foreign museum professionals have made the cut. The Art Newspaper, July 3, 2015

China

China relaxes de facto ban on showing Ai Weiwei’s art 02 July 2015 Artist surprised after four exhibitions are allowed to open in Beijing—but international travel is still off-limits. The Art Newspaper, July 2, 2015

China’s Great Wall Endangered “Citing a recent report from the Great Wall of China Society, the newspaper claims that more than 30% of the original structure has disappeared. Approximately 74.1% is poorly preserved, and only 8.2% is in good condition. While concerns about the wall’s condition have deepened in recent years, the study appears to be the first to actually quantify the problem.” Hyperallergic, July 2, 2015

Australia

Australia’s Arts Groups Are In The Depths Of A Sudden, Terrifying Funding Crisis “After more than 400 organisations spent months developing their applications, the entire round was cancelled after Brandis ripped $104.7m from the Australia Council’s funding in the May budget, in order to create his new national program for excellence in the arts.” The Guardian, July 4, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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