Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 24-27, 2015

West Vancouver

Uncertain future for West Vancouver ‘work of art’ Of course oral history is important: Without it, much of what we know about ourselves would vanish. But when considering the history of the last century, say, where artifacts still exist – three-dimensional pieces of a puzzle that can help broaden our understanding – we owe it to our grandchildren to fight to preserve them. However, when architecture is that puzzle piece, things get complicated. The West Vancouver home designed by artist/educator Bertram Charles Binning in 1939-40, and built in 1941. Not only is it considered the first truly Modern house on the West Coast, but using merely a humble living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom and a painting studio, it has been host to a who’s who of architecture and art-world luminaries. Globe and Mail, July 23, 2015


Emerging Royal Alberta Museum will redefine our city and our story On this sunny July morning, the Royal Alberta Museum construction site is buzzing. There are 353 workers on-site today, hanging drywall, pouring concrete, driving pallets of construction material from one end of the sprawling metal and glass structure to the other. Edmonton Journal, July 25, 2015


The Power Plant’s White-Cube Subversion Falls Short Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Herterich and Laurie Kang’s installation at the Power Plant has a playful air, but fails to fully alter art-space hierarchies.

Rising rents, noise and health issues: Is Artscape failing its tenants who seek affordable live-work studios? the non-profit that operates the facility, have been hit with bracing property tax bills for thousands of dollars. As a result, one tenant says, the rent on a 316-square-foot studio will rise from $740 a month to more than $1,000. Globe and Mail, July 27, 2015

Dean Baldwin’s Q.W.Y.C. installation marks the end of an era for MoCCA Baldwin’s other installations for his land-locked yacht club speak to the changing function of art museums in the past 30 years as they’ve sought to engage a bigger, more broad-based audience. Globe and Mail, July 24, 2015

Unraveling the obscure origins behind a trio of Banting paintings The three paintings capture Canada at its most tranquil and soul-restoring: A brilliant fall day in the Ontario wilderness; two wintry village scenes from rural Quebec. Yet, beneath the brushstrokes, lies the story of a troubled period in the life of this country’s celebrated Nobel laureate Sir Frederick Banting and the elusive woman who may have been his servant and possibly a friend. Globe and Mail, July 27, 2015

Contemporary Arab Art Comes to the Aga Khan Museum The Barjeel Art Foundation’s first North American exhibition opens at the Aga Khan Museum, offering a significant showing of contemporary Arab art. Canadian Art, July 23, 2015

Art on the move, this time to Dupont St. Five galleries are fleeing high rents of Dundas and Queen, setting up shop near the unlikely intersection of Dupont and Dufferin. Toronto Star, July 25, 2015


La Biennale de Montréal menée en cour L’oeuvre Murs aveugles de l’artiste Isabelle Hayeur hante la Biennale de Montréal. La décision de l’organisme de retirer cette projection vidéo le jour même de l’inauguration de l’exposition, le 22 octobre 2014, le mènera devant la justice. L’artiste, figure réputée de la photographie actuelle au Québec, s’est adressée à la Cour des petites créances. Le Devoir, July 24, 2015


News in Brief: Nova Scotia Masterworks Finalists, Coupland’s Cross-Country Scan, Heffel Expands This week, Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award finalists were announced, Heffel expanded their auctions and Douglas Coupland began 3-D scanning volunteers. Canadian Art, July 24, 2015

Kansas City

A Museum Gets A Major Donor’s Works Early – By Creating Replicas For His House “These great names are now in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins. And the replicas are carefully hung, in their original decorative frames, on the walls in Henry Bloch’s home. ‘They’re just wonderful. They are absolutely identical,’ Bloch says. ‘I often say, are you sure you gave me the copies?’” Kansas City Star, July 24, 2015

New York

Foes Of Frick Extension Have An Alternate Plan To Offer “Instead of building up and out, the alternative plan, developed by New York architect David Helpern, would largely reconfigure the museum’s existing space. Much of the expansion would take place below grade, an approach employed at London’s British Museum, the Morgan Library & Museum and others.” Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2015

Ingrid Sischy, Doyenne of Art and Fashion, Dies at 63 In a career spanning 40 years, she brought artists like Joseph Beuys and designers like Miuccia Prada to the pages of Artforum, Interview magazine, Vanity Fair and others. New York Times, July 24, 2015

Yasuo Minagawa, Framer Who Gave Art a Concrete Context, Dies at 69 Mr. Minagawa, born in Tokyo, left Japan for Paris in pursuit of new developments in art and music and eventually settled in New York. New York Times, July 24, 2015

Ground Zero Arts Center to Shrink Further Officials insisted that the proposed arts center should cost no more than $200 million — about half its original estimated cost. New York Times, July 24, 2015

Focusing on Women in Surrealism Sotheby’s is organizing a selling exhibition, “Cherchez la Femme: Women and Surrealism,” opening in September. New York Times, July 24, 2015

How Joseph Cornell Changed The Art World – From His Mother’s Basement “A pioneer of assemblage art, collector, autodidact, Christian Scientist, pastry-lover, experimental film-maker, balletomane and self-declared white magician, he roved freely through the fields of the mind while inhabiting a personal life of extraordinarily narrow limits. He never married or moved out of his mother’s house in Queens and rarely voyaged further than a subway ride into Manhattan, despite being besotted with the idea of foreign travel and particularly with France.” The Guardian, July 25, 2015

Tom of Finland’s Hypermasculine Gay Images in ‘The Pleasure of Play’ Looking at the work of Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, who created a visual world of pneumatically buff, well-endowed men. New York Times, July 23, 2015

Cooper Hewitt to Host Pixar Exhibition “Pixar: The Design Story” opens on Oct. 8. New York Times, July 26, 2015


Princeton Shows a Rediscovered Guercino Painting A portrait of St. Sebastian purchased by the “Sopranos” actor Federico Castelluccio turned out to be the work of an Italian master. New York Times, July 23, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, a Modernist Often Overlooked, Gets a Smithsonian Retrospective This superb retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will, unfortunately, be seen nowhere else. New York Times, July 24, 2015


Australian gambling millionaire acquires acclaimed oil installation 27 July 2015 Richard Wilson’s 20:50 work will leave the Saatchi Gallery in London, and head for David Walsh’s museum in Tasmania—but may go on a world tour first. The Art Newspaper, July 27, 2015


Google Is Saving An Architecturally Daring Library In The UK But “the extended hours will involve self-service for book lending from a limited stock, and the core library service will continue to open for just 40 hours a week. The building will remain closed on Sundays.” When Birmingham’s multimillion-pound new library announced it was being forced to slash its opening hours due to budget cuts less than two years after opening, the humiliation looked like it might turn the architectural landmark into an expensive white elephant. The Independent, July 27, 2015


Exploring a Century of Art From Congo The Cartier Foundation in Paris is the home of the exhibition “Beauté Congo” until November. New York Times, July 24, 2015


Venice court to decide fate of Biennale “mosque” Art world figures rally for Christoph Büchel’s Icelandic Pavilion project which closed after only two weeks The Art Newspaper, July 27, 2015


How Are Art-Business Stocks Doing This Year? The short answer to that question in the headline: not so well. The Skate’s Art Market Index (SASI), which tracks 16 publicly listed art companies (including Sotheby’s, Poly, and MCH Group, the owner of Art Basel), is off almost 15 percent. ARTnews, July 25, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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