Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 16, 2015


Mungo Thomson gives conceptualism a postmodern workout with Time, People, Money, Crickets. It’s a muggy summer evening in Yaletown’s Emery Barnes Park. Children shout and shriek as they clamber over playground equipment. Adults chat, dogs bark, fountains splash and gurgle. Slowly, we become aware of a series of unexpected sounds, insinuating themselves into the urban aural surround. Four soloists—a violinist, a clarinetist, a percussionist, and a piccolo player—each standing in a separate corner of the park, perform excerpts from the musical score of Crickets. Georgia Straight, July 14, 2015

Art from the archive: Ellen Neel and totemology in Stanley Park. “As a youngster growing up in the Kwakwaka’wakw village of Alert Bay, [Ellen Neel] carved and sold totem poles to tourists as they stopped on their way to Alaska. She spent a lot of time with her grandfather Charlie James who taught her by repetition the basics of Kwakwaka’wakw art and design.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun (Blog), July 15, 2015

Sonny Assu brings the effects of colonialism into the present. Inherent is one of the provocative and thought-provoking works in Sonny Assu’s exhibition Day School which was at Equinox Gallery until July 11. For almost four years, Assu has been living in Montreal where he was a Masters of Fine Arts student at Concordia University. He has returned to the west coast with his wife and daughter and now lives in Crescent Beach. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun (Blog), July 10, 2015

Art this week: Minigolf reimagined, South Asian influences and Chinese ink painting. Opening with week: Oasis at Field Contemporary, Goonj! Being Brown in Chinatown at Centre A and Young Buds of the Lingnan School at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum. Vancouver Sun, July 14, 2015


Victoria Paint-In a proud moment for artists Now in its 28th year, the TD Art Gallery Paint-In displays art by established and emerging artists from across Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Times Colonist, July 16, 2015


Giant tree, skater’s arch among public artworks unveiled for new Edmonton arena. Plans for the final public artworks around the new downtown arena were unveiled Tuesday, including a gigantic steel tree based on tiny architectural models, created in response to the super-sized scale of the sports complex beside it. Edmonton Journal, July 14, 2014

St. Boniface

Flight of fancy things. Both closing at the end of the month, two exhibitions in St. Boniface examine enduring — if by now somewhat tarnished and mundane — dreams of modernity: mass-production and air travel. One includes works by artist Guillaume Tardif and the other Winnipeg’s Roger LaFrenière. Winnipeg Free Press, July 15, 2015


The Particular Horrors of the AGO’s “Camera Atomica” In the Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Camera Atomica,” John O’Brian, guest curator and head of the art-history department at University of British Columbia, and Sophie Hackett, assistant curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario, have brought together images, archival materials and artworks from the past century to detail visual representations of nuclear technology and its often catastrophic effects. Canadian Art, July 16, 2015

ROM pokes fun at museum rules with light-hearted selfie guide. Next time you say cheese at the Royal Ontario Museum, do it in style, recommends a new selfie guide put out by the Toronto attraction. Toronto Star, July 15, 2015


Arts Court groundbreaking delayed. The official groundbreaking for an expanded Ottawa Art Gallery and redeveloped Arts Court — which had been scheduled for Wednesday — has been put off indefinitely so the city and its private-sector partners can finalize the deal. Ottawa Citizen, July 15, 2015


Artist turns Place des Arts construction site into a visual spectacle. Montreal’s construction sites and their inevitable noise, dust-filled air and rough plywood walls often feel like an attack on the senses. But not the site at Place des Arts, which aims to create an open-air art gallery, with work by artist Carlito Dalceggio. Montreal Gazette, July 16, 2015


Artists take a politcal standpoint at Denver’s Biennial of the Americas Robert Longo, Adam Pendleton and Kari Altmann, among others, feature in third edition of the event, which opened this week. The Art Newspaper, July 16, 2015

Muskegon, Michigan

America’s First Abstract Painter Was An Engineer Who’d Never Seen Modernist Art Manierre Dawson, “although not a household name, is increasingly recognized as the first American artist to work in a completely abstract mode. … He made his breakthrough to non-objective imagery prior to any exposure to modernist art. Instead, his innovation stemmed from his training and employment as a structural engineer.”Hyperallergic, July 9, 22015


Detroit – Art’s New Wild West Frontier “Public art has long had a home in Detroit, with its expansive vacated spaces and ambitious class of D.I.Y. makers. But lately, the back-lot murals, pop-up sculpture parks and boundary-crossing performances are increasing, as old-guard artists find new outlets and resources, and younger artists arrive overflowing with ideas.” New York Times, July 15, 2015

New York

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Is on the Hunt for Paid Volunteers to ‘Help Collect Grocery Lists’ Today Chelsea’s Tanya Bonakdar Gallery posted a job listing on the New York Foundation for the Arts’ website seeking part-time paid volunteers “to help collect grocery lists from shoppers at farmers markets around.” Intriguing! ARTnews, July 15, 2015


Yorkshire celebrates Caro with double-venue retrospective Exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hepworth Wakefield opens this weekend. The Art Newspaper, July 16, 2015


Georg Baselitz leads fight against German cultural minister’s radical proposals Monika Grütters faced by “storm of protest” as other artists vow to withdraw works on loan to German museums if export restrictions become law. The Art Newspaper, July 16, 2015

St. Petersburg

Pushing Forward an Abstract Art Drive That Began a Century Ago Russian Suprematists inspired Zaha Hadid’s work in art and architecture. New York Times, July 16, 2015


Never Forget: The Biggest Subsidisers Of The Arts Are Those Who Work In The Arts Lyn Gardner: “Very little work would ever make it to the stage if it was not for people giving their labour away for free, or being paid very poorly for what they do. … Just because you are doing a job you love, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be properly paid for it.” The Guardian, July 13, 2015

Why These Famous Artists Destroyed Their Own Work “There are countless instances of artists destroying their own work. If Louise Bourgeois disliked a small sculpture she’d been working on, she would simply shove it off the end of her kitchen table and watch it smash to smithereens.” BBC, July 15, 2015

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