Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 21, 2015


Digital model of historic Canadian ship to be available online When visitors enter the Vancouver Maritime Museum, they are immediately greeted by the historic St. Roch, an imposing 32-metre schooner that once served as an RCMP detachment in the Arctic and became the first vessel to circumnavigate North America. The Globe and Mail, July 20, 2015


Rock, Paper, Scissors: “Custom Made” Review Wrapping, with beadwork and basketry, recurs throughout the Kamloops Art Gallery’s “Custom Made/Tsitslem te stem te ck’ultens-kuc.” Michael Turner reviews. Canadian Art, July 21, 2015

Yukon Territory

Kluane National Park art installation startles camper An art installation in Kluane National Park and Reserve is taking hikers and campers by surprise and being hailed as a “perfect symbolism of the Yukon irony.” In an old miner’s cabin near the Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre, a mannequin dressed as an elder is propped in front of a computer. On the computer, a Windows message reads “Error: Cultural identity not found.” CBC News, July 20, 2015

Chester, Nova Scotia

Chester exhibit looks at undergarments: bloomers to thongs There is a good chance you’re wearing underwear today. Unless you work in the fashion world, or a lingerie department, you probably don’t talk too much about your undergarments. But you might be surprised how much you can learn about a society from underwear. CBC News, July 20,2015

Los Angeles

Soviet Hippies And The Test To Become A Berlin-Wall Border Guard: A Museum To Cold War-Era East Germany – In Los Angeles “The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War was founded by Justinian Jampol, an Oxford-educated scholar from Los Angeles who channeled his youthful obsession with Cold War iconography into a DIY passion project that now holds over 100,000 items in its collection.” (audio) Studio 360, July 16, 2015


The Confused Thinking Behind the Kimono Protests at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts “There is a great deal to unpack here, so let’s begin with the claims. These are principally that at worst the museum produced a racist event, or at the least one that was culturally insensitive and exploitive.” (Don’t miss the reader comments, more thoughtful than usual.) Hyperallergic, July 20, 2015

New York

Dustin Yellin’s Modern Community-Building A New York artist draws together artists, physicists and others into a uniquely modern collective of creativity. New York Times, July 21, 2015

Brooklyn, in Space and Under the Sea: Ian Gerson’s ‘Future Floor’ Inhabits Tomato House One recent Friday in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Tomato House opened “Future Floor,” an immersive installation made specifically for the space by Far Rockaway–based artist Ian Gerson. ARTnews, July 21, 2015

Christie’s Reports $4.5 Billion in Half-Year Sales Christie’s released its half-year sales report Monday afternoon, recording £2.9 billion ($4.5 billion) in sales so far in 2015. This, according to Christie’s, is a new record for half-year sales for the auction house. ARTnews, July 20, 2015

Triple Canopy Archive Will Go to NYU’s Fales Library On Monday, NYU’s Fales and Special Collection Library announced that it will acquire the archives of the young literary and art publication Triple Canopy. Birthed in 2007, the nonprofit magazine maintains an entirely online existence, with the exception of a handful of printed anthologies. ARTnews, July 20, 2015

Santander, Spain

Sol LeWitt’s conceptual works installed for first time since the 1970s Drawings defy time as they go on show in Santander’s Botín Foundation. The Art Newspaper, July 20, 2015


Fiona Tan: Depot review – mementoes from the deep Two kinds of memory are preserved. Tan’s film circles the exhibits as if they were still alive, so animate do they appear in their shining fluid, not so much dead as sleeping, while the narrator’s words turn them back into a shoal of myths. Here is the narwhal, the true unicorn of the waves; here is the swordfish, a samurai reincarnated in Japanese folklore; here is the sea urchin, an old blind warrior roaming the ocean’s floor. The Guardian, July


Gauguin, Degas, Man Ray: Danish gallery finds alternative to blockbusters Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek puts curiosity before crowd pleasing spectacles. The Art Newspaper, July 17, 2015


The Cutting Edge in Provence The new director of the Arles photo festival said he had built adaptability into his approach, aiming to react to the rapid growth of digital photography. New York times, July 21, 2015


Morning Links: Thieving Librarian Edition At the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, in China, a librarian admitted to stealing 140 paintings and replacing them with his own fakes. ARTnews, July 21, 2015


Jeff Koons’s Suggestions for What to See, Read and Do This Summer The artist shares what he’s up to this season — and what, in a perfect world, he’d like to be doing. T Magazine, July 21, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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