Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 29, 2015


Q & A: Arts Patron Michael Audain By day, he’s chairman of Vancouver-based Polygon Homes, but Michael Audain’s real passion is the visual arts. Galleries West, July 15, 2015

Art this week: Marie Khouri and Keg de Souza. At Harmony Arts Festival, Vancouver-based sculptor Marie Khouri’s sleek, white, outdoor installation, called You and I, spells its namesake in Arabic script and Keg de Souza, artist in residence at the Contemporary Art Gallery, leads an urban foraging expedition by Burrard Marina Field House (1655 Whyte Ave.) Vancouver Sun, July 28, 2015

Artful Shopping: Nordstrom and Simons stores support art and culture. Artist Bobbie Burgers is is one of the artists commissioned by the new Simons store in West Vancouver as is Douglas Coupland and Coast Salish artist, Jody Broomfield. George Vergette’s four-piece work will be displayed prominently in the Nordstrom Vancouver store when it opens in September. Other B.C. artists represented at the Vancouver store are Phillip Buller, Jeff Depner, Steve Goring and Bryan Ryley. Vancouver Sun, July 26, 2015


Robert Amos: Changing times in our art world. Things aren’t what they used to be. This week, I went for a walk around downtown to visit the galleries and was surprised to find that Winchester Modern, the satellite of the flagship gallery in Oak Bay, had taken down its sign and gone. Times Colonist, July 26, 2015


Travelling exhibition showcases Flexhaug’s pictorial landscape paintings. The venerable MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina is first stop in a planned five-city tour of the landscape paintings of Saskatchewan-born Levine (Flexie) Flexhaug. Don’t fret if you’ve never heard of the self-taught Flexhaug, who died at the age of 56 in the summer of 1974. He wasn’t famous even in his heyday. Globe & Mail, July 28, 2015

On the Road with Daniel Joyce: Saskatchewan. Daniel Joyce visits galleries in Regina and Saskatoon. Canadian Art, July 29, 2015


He brought us the Arab Spring, live. Now he’s bringing art. Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi arrived at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto one morning this week — slim build, in black jeans, open-necked shirt, neat beard, glasses — looking every bit the hipster Manhattan art maven. What brought Qassemi to international celebrity was his live-tweeting during the Arab Spring of 2011, which made him a major explainer of the Arab world to the West, a role that remains a point of considerable pride. Toronto Star, July 26, 2015

Los Angeles

Xu Bing: Erasure and Impermanence Chanda Laine Carey’s review of Xu Bing’s retrospective exhibition titled, The Language of Xu Bing, presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from December 20, 2014 to July 26, 2015. The small, tightly focused exhibition highlights the continuity of Xu Bing’s diverse concerns with the printed word and calligraphy, and the works included bring to the forefront the values of teaching and learning that inform his oeuvre. Yishu, July/August, 2015


High Museum of Art Appoints Randall Suffolk Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director The High Museum of Art has announced that Randall Suffolk will succeed Michael E. Shapiro as Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director, effective November 2 this year. ARTnews, July 29, 2015


New Seurat book leaves artist a larger figure than it found him. For many years La Grande Jatte-1884 has been the crown jewel of the Chicago Institute of Art, the favourite of visitors, rather like the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. It came to Chicago through Frederic Clay Bartlett and his second wife, Helen Birch Bartlett, part of the city’s cultural elite National Post, July 28, 2015


Edinburgh Art Festival: exploding meteors, Greek drama and dolphin dialogues Twelfth edition launches this week with more than 40 shows across the city’s galleries and museums. The Art Newspaper, July 29, 2015


Tate Britain Names New Director Alex Farquharson, the founding director of the Notthingham Contemporary museum, will take on his new role in the fall. New York Times, July 29, 2015

National Gallery In London Faces All-Out Strike “[The museum] has already been disrupted by more than 50 days of walkouts by staff since plans to [privatise] visitor services and security were first revealed. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said it had served notice of four more separate days of industrial action, with a continuous, all-out strike starting on Aug. 17.” Reuters, July 28, 2015

Two Chinese Artists at Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society, 1915–2015 Voon Pow Bartlett looks at history from a different perspective in her discussion of an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery that examined the evolution of the “black square” in abstract art; she explores the perplexing inclusion of two artists from mainland China, Zhao Yao and Liu Wei, relative to the larger premise of the exhibition. Yishu, July/August, 2015


York Art Gallery expansion reveals collection’s quality and building’s long-hidden spaces Outgoing head takes tough decision to introduce charging after funding cut. The Art Newspaper, July 29, 2015

Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Visit to van Gogh’s Grave Part of Events for 125th Anniversary of His Death A ceremony will take place in Auvers-sur-Oise, where van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life and killed himself. New York Times, July 28, 2015

Biel, Switzerland

First-Ever Nude Public Performance Art Festival Is Coming (In Switzerland, No Less) Founder Thomas Zollinger: “The Body and Freedom Festival … aims to explore the possibilities of the naked body in urban space and everyday situational life, thereby contributing to its establishment in this context as an instrument of art expression.” Hyperallergic, July 27, 2015


Abdelmonem Alserkal on the Alserkal Avenue / Dubai Mr. Abdelmonem bin Eisa Alserkal gets edgy when he’s called a patron of the arts. Unassuming by nature, discreet by upbringing, he has nonetheless masterminded one of Dubai’s most dynamic cultural assets — the eponymous gallery “neighborhood” set in the grimy underbelly of the city’s industrial zone like some cool art oasis. Flash Art, July 27, 2015

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