Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 28, 2015

Vancouver

Public-art installation to dress lower part of Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge in orange Orange is the new black as it concerns a public-art installation ready to be installed temporarily under the Burrard Bridge on August 1. Architect Matthew Soules told the Straight he’s preparing to unveil his collaboration with artist and architectural designer Rebecca Bayer that day: 10 pieces of fabric stretched between the concrete structure of the structure, right above the seawall pathway. The Georgia Straight, July 24, 2015

Calgary

Calgary-raised artist Owen Kydd shortlisted for $50,000 Aimia/AGO Prize Owen Kydd doesn’t live in (Calgary’s) Brentwood neighbourhood anymore. He lives just down the road from South Central, in the heart of Los Angeles. Calgary Herald, July 28, 2015

A.C. Leighton’s spirit beats in the heart of suburbia At night it seemed a desolate spot, although the daylight views of the far off Rockies were magnificent. Calgary Herald, July 28, 2015

Toronto

The Vice Grip on Photojournalism Vice Media and the Magnum Foundation’s “The New Photojournalism” included powerful work, but the busy installation left some pieces lost in the shuffle. Canadian Art, July 28, 2015

Contemporary Arab art exhibit at Toronto’s Aga Khan isn’t afraid to provoke Curating and mounting an exhibition of Arab contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa has to be a fraught affair. After all, the region – if one can even deign to use such an encompassing term to describe what clearly are diverse societies – has long been a geopolitical and religious hot spot. The Globe and Mail, July 27, 2015

Seattle

Microsoft Mogul Paul Allen Hires Minneapolis Curator to Run New Seattle-Based Art Center The curator Ben Heywood will be leading Pivot Art + Culture, a new Seattle-based nonprofit announced Friday by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen. Artforum, July 27, 2015

New York

Metropolitan Museum Breaks Attendance Record “Buoyed by strong international tourism, a spate of well-attended shows and a seven-day-a-week schedule, the Metropolitan Museum of Art drew 6.3 million visitors in the last year, the most since it began tracking these statistics more than 40 years ago.” New York Times, July 28, 2015

When Conceptual Artists Become Aerobics Instructors “The class, ‘Sappho and Sweat,’ was the second offering from ‘Heavy Breathing,’ which its co-founders describe as ‘a summer series of free critical theory seminars in the form of absurd, artist-led conceptual fitness experiences.’ The idea came to Lisa Rybovich Crallé, a multimedia artist, last year. She and Sophia Wang, a dancer who recently completed her Ph.D. in literature, were collaborating on a sculptural installation when they took a long walk up a hill and discovered that discussing Aristotle’s conception of topos while huffing could be uniquely stimulating.” The New Yorker, July 23, 2015

Shigeko Kubota, a Creator of Video Sculptures, Dies at 77 A central figure in the anti-art Fluxus movement, Ms. Kubota integrated her videos physically and conceptually into works of sculpture. New York Times, July 27, 2015

Non-profit converts public buildings across New York into affordable studio spaces Spaceworks’ initiatives span Brooklyn and the Bronx, but concerns are raised about their long-term impact. The Art Newspaper, July 28, 2015

London

Rauschenberg and O’Keeffe lead Tate’s 2016 programme: but who is Bhupen Khakhar? The late Indian artist’s vibrant homoerotic canvases will hang in Tate Modern next summer. The Art Newspaper, July 28, 2015

Glasgow

A Year After Fire, Glasgow School of Art Students Present New Work Art students at the Glasgow School of Art who were affected by the devastating fire which blazed through the Mackintosh building last year are now presenting new work in the school’s Reid Building. ARTnews, July 27, 2015

Paris

Rousseau’s Wide Circle of Devotees A Venice exhibition sets out to demonstrate the extent of the French artist’s appeal and influence in avant-garde circles. New York Times, July 28, 2015

France

Watch Picasso’s 80th Birthday Party A clip titled “Still Young at Eighty” – part of the enormous trove of historical video that AP is posting on YouTube – “shows the fresh octogenarian in 1961 at his French Riviera home surrounded by a swarm of guests … [and later] enjoying himself at a bullfight. … Fast-forward to 1973, and one can witness the funerary procession following the artist’s death at the age of 91.” Hyperallergic, July 24, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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