Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 9, 2015


Art from the Archive: The day West Georgia closed for the BC Open Art Race. It was the first race of its kind ever seen in Vancouver – and never since then. It was unique because all the participants were artists who dressed in costume. The lead organizer was Glenn Lewis. West Georgia was closed off between Thurlow the Vancouver Art Gallery at 1145 West Georgia – its previous home before 750 Hornby. The race took place on Friday, May 24, 1974. The winner? Anna Banana. She won in a walk which was easy since that’s what all participants did. Second was an artist with the unusual pseudonym Notary Sojac. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun (Blog), July 8 2015

What’s On: Indian Summer Fest, Calexico, Journey and more. Six Flats district galleries host artist talks and openings during the third annual block party. Vancouver Sun, July 8, 2015

Artist Mungo Thomson explores the nonsound of Crickets. Crickets, which Vancouver New Music and the Contemporary Art Gallery will present in downtown’s Emery Barnes Park this weekend, is one of a series of works that the Los Angeles–based Mungo Thomson has based on aspects of the natural world. Georgia Straight, July 8, 2015

North Vancouver

At Presentation House Gallery, portrait series opens up poignant ways of looking. In Eye to Eye, we encounter a wondrous array of portrait photographs—and a broad spectrum of approaches to the idea of portraiture. The work on view, curated by Helga Pakasaar from the stellar collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, ranges from the historic to the contemporary and from the local to the international. Georgia Straight, July 8, 2015


Vernon Public Art Gallery is back for another Midsummer’s of fun. It’s Vernon’s own cattle call for artists and art lovers. The open audition, however, is not so ominous… It’s not even an audition, but the 29th annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts, a live auction and garden party benefitting the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Vernon Morningstar, July 8, 2015


Western Showcase: Stampede’s oasis for artists shows the lucrative evolution of western art. Thanks to artist Andrew Kiss’ annual showing at the Calgary Stampede’s Western Showcase, there are scenes of Alberta’s mountainous landscapes hanging on walls throughout the world. Calgary Herald, July 6, 2015


Art Gallery of Alberta welcomes Italian masters. The Art Gallery of Alberta has brought in the best of Canada’s Baroque Italian paintings. The exhibit is called Illuminations, which plays on the style’s use of light and shadow, but also alludes to the illumination of the quality of work available in Canada. Edmonton Examiner, July 8, 2015


How Canada’s top architects designed a Pan Am district from scratch. Take a crowd of Canada’s top architects, put them in a room and ask them to design a dense city neighbourhood – working with a 1,000-page book of rules and requirements. This was how the Canary District in Toronto, which will be the athletes’ village for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer, was created. Surprisingly, this city-by-committee is coming out well. The $514-million, 14-hectare complex is walkable, sustainable, contemporary but respectful of history, and economically diverse. It will efficiently house 10,000 people for Pan Am and then serve different users, in about 1,650 units, over the long term. Globe & Mail, July 9, 2015

We’re All Part of the Cake. Mary Newman speaks with Ju Row Farr, co-founder of UK collective Blast Theory, about their interactive-filmed performance piece My One Demand, which showcased at the Toronto Luminato festival in June. Walrus, July 8, 2015

‘Road to Ruin’ at Cooper Cole, Toronto Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Road to Ruin” is now on view at Cooper Cole in Toronto. The group exhibition, named after a Ramones album, features work from 12 artists in the gallery’s new location. ARTnews, July 8, 2015

Horned dinosaur ‘Wendiceratops’ on display at Royal Ontario Museum. “The rate of horned dinosaur discoveries in the last 10 years has probably gone up faster than any other group of dinosaurs,” said David Evans, a paleontologist with the Royal Ontario Museum who describes the new creature in a paper published Wednesday.” Globe & Mail, July 8, 2015


Review: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Comes to Montreal. The Vatican is now closer to home with the arrival of “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” to the Montreal convention centre, where it kicks off a three-month run this week. Vancouver and Toronto are next on the list of cities in what is planned as a 10-year tour around the world. Canadian Art, July 9, 2015

Los Angeles

Getty Museum Acquires Rare Collection of 19th-Century Photographs The J. Paul Getty Museum announced the acquisition of 39 early French and British architecture and landscape photographs dating between the 1840s through the 1860s, some of the most impressive prints and negatives of their time. ARTnews, July 8, 2015


The Original Mega-Dealer Arrives in Philly: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Impressionists The marketplace for late 19th-century Impressionist art was rife with investment, speculation and sharp-elbowed business tactics. An exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art examines the strategies employed by French Impressionist mega-dealer. Art in America, July 8, 2015

New York

Dana Miller Named Director of the Collection at the Whitney The Whitney Museum announced a number of staff promotions today, including Dana Miller, who was appointed as the Richard DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection, a newly endowed position named for the president of the Whitney’s board of trustees. ARTnews, July 8, 2015


Artist Olafur Eliasson On How Urban Design Impacts Our Psyche. From a distance Cirkelbroen (circle bridge) on Christianshavns canal in Copenhagen, Denmark, takes on the guise of illuminated ships. Created by artist Olafur Eliasson and set to open on August 22, the bridge is the last link needed to make the entire perimeter of the city’s harbor accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. The artist talks to Fastco Design about channeling Copenhagen’s maritime history; why art should be hard work; and why public spaces designed with pragmatism in mind are overrated. FastcoDesign, July 7, 2015


Why Italy’s museums need this shake-up. “In January this year, the ministry of culture announced an international competition to find energetic new manager-directors for 20 of the country’s most important state museums … For the first time ever, foreign candidates have been invited to apply, and fluency in business management, rather than Italian, is the main requirement.” The Artnewspaper, July 8, 2015

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