Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 23, 2015


c̓əsnaʔəm: the Musqueam city that existed long before Vancouver. In the 1920s and 1930s, sharp-edged arrowheads and blades were taken without permission from the remains of an ancient Musqueam city in south Vancouver. Since then, they have pretty well been kept out of the public eye at the Museum of Vancouver. In collaboration with the Musqueam, the best of them have been selected and put on display as part of a ground-breaking exhibition at the museum. What’s being shown at MOV is part of a larger exhibition taking place at three sites: the arrowheads, harpoons and tools are at MOV while different elements of the Musqueam story are being told at Musqueam Cultural Centre Gallery on the reserve and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C.  Art Seen, (Vancouver Sun Blog), July 17 2015


West End artist’s kooky creatures illustrate our struggles to adapt to a changing world. In Adaptations & Afterthoughts, his wide-ranging, jam-packed exhibition at Flatlanders Studio, Kevin Friedrich plays a role that’s part backyard tinkerer, part Dr. Frankenstein. Across dozens of accomplished, approachable paintings and sculptures (nearly all of them made in the past two years), the prolific West Ender shows a knack for taking things apart and reassembling them in unexpected ways. Winnipeg Free Press, July 23, 2015


The Body’s Freedom in Restriction. The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery’s exhibition “The Flesh of the World” (also on view at the Doris McCarthy Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre), examines the body as machine and in relation to machines. It considered the body in terms of its available and unavailable functions, amassing work that seems both troubled by the entrapment of our physical form and curious about its potential. Canadian Art, July 23, 2015

Contemporary Arab Art Comes to the Aga Khan. This week, Toronto will host a significant showing of Arab art at the Aga Khan Museum. Bringing together 24 works by 12 artists, “Home Ground” marks the first major exhibition of work from the Barjeel Art Foundation, one of the most significant art collections in the Middle East based in the United Arab Emirates. Canadian Art, July 23, 2015

Handwriting revivalist trying to save the art form. Filmmaker Ryan Couldrey follows Toronto artist, Tanja Tiziana’s, growing handwriting obsession as she practices the pleasure of putting ink and nib pen to paper. Via the Globe & Mail, July 20, 2015


Must-Sees This Week: July 23 to 30, 2015. There are lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are Canadian Art’s recommendations: Canadian Art, July 23, 2015

Los Angeles

California Arts Council Bumps Up Community Grants By $1 Million “The round of grants issued this week … gives boosts to ‘Local Impact’ projects that are aimed at helping small arts organizations work in poor and rural communities that lack cultural resources. Another category is Creative California Communities, in which nonprofit arts organizations use grant money to connect with neighborhoods in ways aimed at helping economic development or community cohesiveness. The third is an Artists in Schools program.” Los Angeles times, July 17, 2015


Paul Durand-Ruel, the Paris Dealer Who Put Impressionism on the Map A gorgeous exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art examines the career of the 19th-century Paris mega-dealer. New York Times, July 22, 2015

Ten Impressionist Masterpieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art A number of standouts demand a closer look in “Discovering the Impressionists,” a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. New York Times, July 22, 2015

New York

In Flux. David Altmejd is looking for just the right hairpiece—and he needs six of them. His go-to wig emporium is Kikko USA Import, up a narrow staircase off Sixth Avenue, south of Manhattan’s Garment District. The sculptor, who turns forty-one in July, is perhaps Canada’s most important mid-career artist. After growing up in Montreal and finishing art school at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1998… Even though he’s lived in New York for fifteen years, his Québécois accent still turns a word such as metamorphosis into a song. The sculpture he’s shopping for today, he says, will animate one such metamorphosis—that of a man turning into a werewolf. The Walrus, July / August 2015

Bjarke Ingels Is Reshaping the Architecture of New York City Since he opened a branch of his Copenhagen firm, BIG, in Manhattan in 2011, Mr. Ingels has received some of the city’s most prominent commissions. New York Times, July 22, 2015

Artists add their voices to US resale royalties debate New York panel pits lawyers against practitioners. The Art Newspaper, July 23, 2015

Kitchen Bulletin Board Turns Out to Be a $1.5 M Work of Art With Links To Mandela It was recently brought to the attention of a lucky, unnamed Sotheby’s client that what they thought was just their kitchen bulletin board is actually a painting by South African artist Irma Stern called Arab in Black. ARTnews, July 22, 2015

United Kingdom

UK Museums Consider Scrapping Free Admissions As Government Threatens Major Funding Cuts Museums Association president David Fleming said charging for entry was now on the agenda at many other venues that face local council funding cuts. BBC, July 23, 2015

The 16-year-old who infiltrated the art world – in pictures | Art and design When he was 16, Josh C Wright went on a mission to photograph all of Britain’s art stars in their studios – and they welcomed him with open arms. The Guardian, July 23, 2015


National Library Of France Employee Arrested For Thefts Of Engravings “The French police have detained a low-level employee of the National Library of France in connection with the disappearance of a collection of 43 engravings by 16th-century artists valued at up to $4.4 million. It was the second theft uncovered at the library this year.” New York Times, July 22, 2015


Artists install in Fukushima’s radioactive zone Exhibition may not be accessible for decades. The Art Newspaper, July 23, 2015

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