Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 17-20, 2015


Geoffrey Farmer on art, photography, and growing up gay Geoffrey Farmer spoke about his work and evolution as an artist at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, June 13 at 2 pm. Geoffrey Farmer spoke about his work and evolution as an artist at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, June 13 at 2 pm. The edited comments below are from his talk. The images are from his ongoing exhibition How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth? which continues at the VAG to Monday, Sept. 7. Vancouver Sun (blog) July 17, 2015


SFU to host International Symposium on Electronic Arts in August – SFU News – Simon Fraser … the Program will include: Beyond the Trees: WALLPAPERS in dialogue with Emily Carr is an exhibition by the WALLPAPERS collective that will run at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Simon Fraser University News, July 19, 2015


Weekend Extra: Surrey, city of arts and culture Longer term plans include a performing arts centre with seating for up to 1,600 — and possibly a museum and art gallery — at City Centre. A public art work Villeneuve describes as “monumental” is also planned for the plaza at City Hall. Vancouver Sun, July 17, 2015


Union Station: Water’s Edge Richard Rhodes reflects on the history of Union Station, where an official Pan Am cultural project, “Water’s Edge,” is on view this summer. Canadian Art, July 20, 2015

Nunavut teens unveil massive Church St. mural The project was originally planned for another site at King and Jarvis Sts. before the building owner changed her mind. Toronto Star, July 17, 2015

Sexually explicit art at provincial government building … A gallery board statement said Maheux’s exhibit was chosen by ‎Canadian art critic Gary Michael Dault for its inventive, thoughtful and searching nature. Toronto Star, July 17, 2015

AGO’s Picturing the Americas offers expansive views of a new frontier Picturing the Americas, a truly epic, mostly engaging exhibition, five years in the making, now running at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Subtitled Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, its 100-plus oils, drawings and prints are being billed as “the first exhibition to examine the evolution of the genre from the early 19th century to the early decades of the 20th century in an inclusive, hemispheric context.” Globe and Mail, July 16, 2015


Art Gallery of Peterborough returns home They replaced their original boilers with a new state of the art HVAC system which allowed them to maintain the environmental standards required by a collecting institution. Both the staff and permanent collection had to move offsite for the duration. Peterborough Examiner, July 19, 2015


Commerce Design Montreal awards celebrate the thoughtful design of restaurants and retail spaces Revived this year after a decade-long absence, Commerce Design Montreal (CDM) is a way for Montreal to spur work by local designers and architects, and also to celebrate the thoughtful design of small private projects. Globe and Mail, July 15, 2015


News in Brief: Curatorial Hires At Belkin and Banff, Salt Spring Prize Finalists, John B. Aird Controversy This week, curators were hired at both UBC and the Walter Phillips Gallery, and finalists were announced for the Salt Spring Island National Art Prize. Canadian Art, July 17, 2015

Los Angeles

The Sneaky Deals Going Down At LACMA “The email leaks, the Perenchio deal, and other questionable machinations — just how was Zumthor chosen anyway? — should give Angelenos pause. They don’t point to the high road that citizens expect their principal museum to take.” Los Angeles Review of Boos, July 19, 2015

Kanye West-Steve McQueen Video to Have American Premiere in Los Angeles The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will show “All Day/I Feel Like That,” a collaboration between Kanye West and Steve McQueen. New York Times, July 19, 2015


Arlene Shechet Has a First Museum Retrospective in Boston “Arlene Shechet: All at Once” traces the artist’s career from her seated Buddhas to the traditional and the abstract. New York Times, July 17, 2015

Beacon, New York

Robert Ryman’s Work Will Travel to Dia The Dia Art Foundation plans to mount the first American survey of Mr. Ryman’s work in more than 20 years. New York Times, July 16, 2015

New York

Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince and More Rally in Support of 826NYC The artist Marcel Dzama launches an auction at the David Zwirner Gallery to support Dave Eggers’s nonprofit organization. New York Times, July 16, 2015

The Whitney Embraces Dancenoise, a Brash ’80s Performance Duo The museum will showcase the work of Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton, who brought an intense, highly choreographed whirlwind of unison dancing and brutal slapstick to the East Village. New York Times, July 16, 2015

And The ‘Cats On The Internet’ Phenomenon Gets Another Museum Show What is it about our fuzzy feline friends that makes them such click bait? We all know that cats move web traffic (indeed, the above .gif is there for a reason). Well, now, we can find out. A new exhibition goes up next month entitled “How Cats Took Over the Internet,” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY. The Observer, July 19, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Review: Joachim Wtewael’s Provocative and Puzzling Paintings at the National Gallery This lesser-known 16th-century Dutch artist could think like a devil and paint like an angel. New York Times, July 16, 2015


Taking Manchester to the Global Stage By dedicating the English arts festival to the incubation of new work, its director, Alex Poots, has given the event a distinctive identity. New York Times, July 17, 2015


Alberta artist Derek Michael Besant’s public art on display in Edinburgh Edinburgh Printmakers, a visual arts organization moving to a gentrifying neighbourhood in the Scottish capital, is putting its stamp on the place by wrapping a corner of the building with an enormous work of public art – by a Canadian artist. Globe and Mail, July 17, 2015


Brussels, European Art’s New Hot Spot “Brussels has become one of the most dynamic art cities in Europe — an unpredictable and energizing mix of the local and the global in the shadow of the glass towers of the European Union superstructure.” New York Times, July 18, 2015


As Germany Tries to Hold On to Its Art, Some Works Drop From View The government is proposing legislation that would limit the export of valuable artwork for sale, prompting protests by artists and dealers. New York Times, July 18, 2015


Hermitage Museum to Open a Contemporary Outpost in Moscow Moscow is signaling an ambition to become a New York-style art powerhouse. New York Times, July 16, 2015


Mali Rebuilds Timbuktu Mausoleums Smashed By Islamic Extremists “The entire city of Timbuktu is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The city was considered the centre of Islamic learning from the 13th to the 17th Centuries. At one time it counted nearly 200 schools and universities that attracted thousands of students from across the Muslim world.” BBC, July 19, 2015

Japan Cancels Zaha Hadid’s Olympic Stadium “For many, the project’s cancellation is almost two years overdue.” The Guardian, July 17, 2015


Australian Artists Outraged Over Government’s Massive Arts Budget Cuts “‘We do not know which arts leaders we are cutting out of this nation’s future,’ writes celebrated Australian composer Liza Lim. ‘We damage the vibrancy, the diversity and inclusiveness of this nation’s art making … by attacking the seed-beds of arts endeavour through cuts of this scale.’” Crikey, July 19, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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