Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 9 – 13, 2015

Vancouver

Fun thing to do: The Happy Show in Vancouver This Saturday afternoon, I found myself staring at a wall that showed what were the happiest nations across the globe. This was all part of Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, created by Stefan Sagmeister, an Austrian graphic designer based in New York City. It’s on display at the Museum of Vancouver, a wonderful place with a lots to see. Georgia Straight, July 11, 2015

Art blogger Jeff Hamada modernizes art classics with a contemporary twist Emily Carr grad, artist and popular art blogger Jeff Hamada knows the art world experience can feel exclusionary. “If you go to the art gallery, it’s kind of a place where people who haven’t studied art don’t feel comfortable to even like art or enjoy it,” he says. “So my goal with the site has really been to make art fun.” Globe and Mail, July 12, 2015

Richmond

Richmond park to get $250000 ‘mirror ball’ tower Bruce Grenville, senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, was part of the panel that initially approved the art, which was then endorsed on Monday. Councilwoman Day voted against it, indicating the report failed to have enough information for her to make a judgment on it. Vancouver Sun, July 9, 2015

Victoria

Robert Amos: Museum highlights Canadian art The Moss Street Paint-In is next Saturday, July 18. And while you are there, don’t forget to see the extensive shows of paintings by J.W.G. Macdonald, David Milne and Emily Carr — all on now at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Times Colonist, July 11, 2015

Toronto

New AGO exhibit Camera Atomica surveys the nuclear age Camera Atomica, the cleverly titled and excellent survey of atomic-age imagery and artifacts, roughly 200 in total, is now on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto through mid-November. Curated by distinguished University of British Columbia professor and cultural historian John O’Brian in association with Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s associate curator of photography, the exhibition presents work – artistic, scientific, journalistic, documentary, quirky, satiric – from pretty much the entire post-Second World War period up to the present day. Globe and Mail, July 10, 2015

Definitely maybe:Toronto art biennial inches closer to reality As proposal passes a hurdle at city council, its champions, Melony Ward and Patrizia Libralato, talk about their effort behind the scenes. Toronto Star, July 9, 2015

The artist and the ballet star: Knelman Vanessa Harwood recalls meeting Andre Kertesz in 1981, and the stunning photos that ensued, now on display at Corkin Gallery. Toronto Star, July 11, 2015

Cornwall

Former prezzes responsible for woes: TAG | Cornwall Standard … As The Art Gallery of Cornwall (TAG) fights for its survival, two of its directors are trying to lay some of the blame for its recent troubles at the feet of two city councillors who were former gallery presidents. Standard-Freehold (Cornwall) July 10, 2015

Montreal

Review: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Comes to Montreal Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes have been installed at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in a series of life-sized photos. Richard Rhodes reviews. Canadian Art, July 9, 2015

Cape Dorset

Kenojuak Cultural Centre Gains Momentum The Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop is slated to open in 2017, revitalizing the Cape Dorset region’s renowned artistic production. Canadian Art, July 13, 2015

Los Angeles

After 40 Years Of Fame, An Artist Finally Gets A Solo Show At Home Marcia Hafif, now 86, “speaks softly and moves gracefully. But the unassuming manner belies a bold adventurousness. A discussion about painting might segue nonchalantly to talk about ‘a little affair’ in Mexico, her journeys through Iran or her larger-than-life Circassian great-grandfather, who fought against the French in Mexico in the late 19th century.” Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2015

Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum to Open a Survey of the Designer Peter Muller-Munk The show, opening in November, will be the first survey of the designer, who died in 1967. New York Times, July 9, 2015

New York

New Museum Names Triennial Curators Gary Carrion-Murayari and Alex Gartenfeld will share responsibility for the 2018 show. New York Times, July 9, 2015

A Shattered Adam Statue Comes to Life at the Met The 15th-century statue, which fell and broke into pieces in 2002, is back, along with a video installation of a walking, talking version. New York Times, July 10, 2015

Review: Art Carved From Inequality by James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas An inspirational exhibition, with animal sculptures, tiny open coffins and tableaus of everyday life, brings an underappreciated artist to light. New York Times, July 9, 2015

Petra Cortright’s Desktop Dolls In a new exhibition, the artist manipulates software that provides the user with a customizable array of digital strippers. New York Times, July 9, 2015

An Art Collection Gathered From the Street and the Laundry Odile Stern, 85, has endured tragedy but continues to bring an ebullient, artistic approach to life, making art out of everything, including her family’s lint. New York Times, July 10, 2015

Washington D.C.

Review: Paris Is Reborn in ‘Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye’ This show at the National Gallery of Art features realistic paintings of 19th-century Paris being reconstructed. New York Times, July 9, 2015

London

Whitechapel to host UK’s most comprehensive exhibition of Arab art Series of shows will include more than 100 works drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation. The Art Newspaper, July 9, 2015

Paris

Louvre’s superstore to go ahead despite protests 13 July 2015 Architects founded by Richard Rogers picked for long-planned project to move collections from Paris to site near Louvre-Lens. The Art Newspaper, July 13, 2015

Le Corbusier’s Architecture and His Politics Are Revisited Three new books and an exhibition at the Pompidou Center about Le Corbusier put new focus on his work and politics. New York Times, July 12, 2015

Arles

Reinventing A Tradition Of African Portraiture Omar Victor Diop: “I wanted to bring these rich historical characters into the current conversation about the African diaspora and contemporary issues around immigration, integration and acceptance. The Observer (UK) July 11, 2015

Bonn

Unesco world heritage list grows along with cultural sites on ‘danger list’ Experts meet in Bonn as news breaks of further destruction in conflict zones. The Art Newspaper, July 12, 2015

Tunisia

Culture fights back in Tunisia Sufi-inspired exhibition aims to rescue Islam from the extremists. The Art Newspaper, July 11, 2015

International

The ‘energy debate’ is really a revolution in what we think about everything Barry Lord explains why he believes that the current debate is in fact the birth pang of a new culture. Newsweek (Europe Edition) July 17, 2015

All Of Our Digital Photos Are Going To (Bit) Rot, And We Should Print Them All “Millions of people could lose their entire photo collections. This may sound trite until you consider that many people even have critical image like the birth of a child stored in the cloud. Not wise. Our entire photographic history from the past decade is literally at risk.” Huffington Post, July 10, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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