Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 22, 2015


The many ghosts that haunt Geoffrey Farmer’s exhibition at the VAG. An exhibition by artist Geoffrey Farmer is one of the big summer shows at The Vancouver Art Gallery. It has an unusual title: How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth? It stands out because it’s rare for an exhibition to ask a question. Most titles are declarative statements that are cooly descriptive or verge on hype – the latter being ones produced by marketing departments to attract paying customers to blockbuster shows. Art Seen, (Vancouver Sun Blog), July 17, 2015

History of Italian paintings told by exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery. Plump putti with tiny wings, mythological characters that float in the air in apparent disregard for the laws of physics, and avenging angels with swords are among the cast of characters in a new exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Art Seen, (Vancouver Sun Blog), July 17, 2015

Art this week: Rande Cook and Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me. Opening this week: Rande Cook: Behind the Gold Veil at Inuit Gallery and Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me at Hot Art Wet City. Vancouver Sun, July 21, 2015

Painting “placed watered with the best blood of Canada” Women war artists were not permitted on the European battlefields, only men were sent to capture the bloody action first-hand during World War One. Canada sent several artists overseas to record history, talented men such as Arthur Lismer and A.Y. Jackson, who became members of the Group of Seven, and others, such as David Milne. But women? No, the war theatre was considered too dangerous. However, a woman could be sent afterward. Mary Riter Hamilton was ready for the call. Kingston Whig Standard, July 21, 2015


Rock, Paper, Scissors: “Custom Made” Review. Rock, Paper, Scissors was on my mind at the opening of the Kamloops Art Gallery’s “Custom Made/Tsitslem te stem te ck’ultens-kuc” last month. Curated by the KAG’s former Aboriginal curator-in-residence, Tania Willard, this group exhibition differed from Willard’s earlier “Beat Nation” extravaganza in its emphasis on skill-based methods of assembly (beadwork, basketry, carving and quilting); organic and manufactured materials; and how the resultant artworks “embody concepts of cultural knowledge(s), sustainability, global production and politics in experimental forms.” Canadian Art, July 21, 2015

Oak Bay

Robert Amos: Oak Bay brings art to the people. When the District of Oak Bay hired Barb Adams to be its “arts laureate” two years ago, she decided to bring art to the attention of the public and show people what it can do for a community. Times Colonist, July 19, 2015


Union Station: Water’s Edge. This summer, with renovations complete [at Union Station], Andrew Davies and arts organization No. 9 get a chance to do better, with an official Pan Am cultural project titled “Water’s Edge.” The project brings an award-winning, hemispheric A-list of six photographers—James Balog (USA), Edward Burtynsky (Canada), Gustavo Jonovich (Argentina), Cristina Mittermeier (Mexico), Sebastião Salgado (Brazil) and Jorge Uzon (Chile)—showing photographic prints that survey the use and abuse of global water resources as they stand in the 21st century. Canadian Art, July 20, 2015

Visual artist finds inspiration in the GTA’s highway system. Where most see frustration, Graham Krenz finds inspiration. The 28-year-old visual artist has discovered his muse in the straight lines and swooping curves of Toronto’s overpasses, underpasses, express and collector lanes, and he has now spent months, chisel and mallet in hand, crafting miniature highways out of wood. Toronto Star, July 22, 2015

Looking back at Mary Johns, an artists’ haven in mid-century Toronto. In the early 1950s, an artist named Albert Franck rented a cramped row house at 94 Gerrard St. W., at Elizabeth St. Born in Holland in 1899, Franck had immigrated to Canada in 1926. He cycled restlessly through a series of manufacturing jobs after the Second World War. While working in the framing department at Simpson’s, he finally decided to quit and set up a small gallery in his house. Toronto Star, July 19, 2015


Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery seeks founders from 60 years ago. The Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery is turning 60 in January and wants to throw a party for its founding members. But there’s a problem with the guest list. Executive Director Shirley Madill has pored over the early minutes and has identified 10 men and women as the gallery’s founders, but each individual is mentioned by last name only. CBC News, July 21, 2015


Seen but unseen: Photographer Tony Fouhse finds the grey palette of Official Ottawa. Tony Fouhse’ latest project, titled Official Ottawa, shows downtown streets dominated by federal structures and often are empty of any people at all, and when people do show up they are not addicts but tourists, or federal employees, or military or security personnel. Ottawa Citizen, July 21, 2015


MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects unveil plans for Beaverbrook Art Gallery expansion. Talbot Sweetapple, partner in Halifax-based MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects was in Fredericton recently to unveil plans for a major expansion of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The Gallery’s Phase 2 expansion will create a landmark example of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada. The award-winning firm of MLSA has designed a powerfully elegant addition worthy of the quality of the collection. With an area around 14,000 square feet, it is designed to engage the public, capture the unparalleled beauty of its environment and provide stellar exhibition, education and public areas. Canadian Architect, July 21, 2015


Explosion Of Street Art In Detroit Sparks Debate “The rush of news and the controversy surrounding Fairey’s arrest have re-ignited a debate over the value of street art, its connection to unauthorized graffiti and vandalism and the increasing role that public art is playing in revitalizing and beautifying the city in myriad neighborhoods, from southwest Detroit to Eastern Market, downtown, the Grand River corridor and elsewhere.” Detroit Free Press, July 20, 2015

New York

Jewish Museum’s ‘Television Project’ Series to Showcase the Largest Archive of Jewish Media Culture in the U.S.The Jewish Museum will kick off a new exhibition series, “The Television Project,” with a show featuring works from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB), the country’s largest and most extensive collection of broadcast materials from 20th-century Jewish media culture. ARTnews, July 21, 2015

Here’s an Interview With the Person Who Takes Care of the Bees in Pierre Huyghe’s ‘Untilled’ at MoMA Pierre Huyghe’s Untitled (Liegender Frauenakt) [Reclining female nude] (2012), which was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is now on view in its sculpture garden, is a concrete female nude with a beehive for a head. ARTnews, July 22, 2015


London welcomes Ai Weiwei Tim Marlow, the RA’s artistic director says: “We are delighted to announce that he will be joining us as we finalise the installation of his exhibition.” The Art Newspaper, July 22, 2015

A Sleek Home at British Museum for Ferdinand’s Gift Using a donation from the Rothschild Foundation, the British Museum has at last found a permanent room for a large number of treasures. New York Times, July 22, 2015


Louis Vuitton Ends Its 13-Year Relationship With Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton has announced that the company will be ending its 13-year relationship with Takashi Murakami—signifying either a final farewell to the Marc Jacobs era (1997–2013) or a fresh start for former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. ARTnews, July 21, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Will Be Publishing No More Cartoons Of Muhammad Editor Laurent Sourisseau: “We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever one wants, … [but] the mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions. … We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature.” Deutsche Welle, July 16, 2015

Paris dealer opens sculpture park on Côte d’Azur More than 30 works feature on trail of valleys and lakes. The Art Newspaper, July 22, 2015


Fragments Of Beautiful Roman Frescoes Uncovered In The South Of France “In the Bouches-du Rhône in Arles, archaeologists have uncovered a sumptuous ancient treasure in what remains of a Roman villa dating from the 1st century BCE … After spending more than 2,000 years largely underground, the colors are still shimmering.” Hyperallergic, July 17, 2015


2015 Adorno Prize Goes to Georges Didi-Huberman Germany’s city of Frankfurt has given French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman the 2015 Theodor W. Adorno Prize. Art in America, July 22, 2015


Artist explains images of Indigenous children in ‘fast-food suicide vests’ Film-maker Warwick Thornton’s exhibition in Australia carries a blunt message about health issues facing next generation The Guardian, July 22, 2015


Ai Weiwei, Chinese Artist and Provocateur, Is Given Back His Passport. The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said he was given back his passport on Wednesday after being barred from traveling abroad since he was detained in 2011 in Beijing. New York Times, July 22, 2015

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