Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery, July 30, 2015

Vancouver

Geoffrey Farmer’s Top Tabs. We asked Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer to share some of his favourite online destinations for the first instalment of Top Tabs, a new series featuring the top Internet finds and fancies from artists, curators, dealers and more. Canadian Art, July 29, 2015

Queer Arts Festival asks where do you draw the line in 2015? Where would you draw the line? That’s what this year’s visual art exhibition at the Queer Arts Festival asks viewers to consider. Georgia Straight, July 28, 2015

Sculptors’ Society of British Columbia’s Summer Exhibition at VanDusen Botanical Garden. There’s perhaps no more picturesque place to expand your notions of what sculpture is than the annual Sculptors’ Society of British Columbia’s Summer Exhibition, on from Thursday to Monday (July 30 to August 3) at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Georgia Straight, July 29, 2015

West Vancouver

Harmony Arts Festival amps up art projects for its 25th anniversary. For its 25th anniversary, West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival is upping its visual-art ante, both indoors and out. The Ferry Building Gallery will host 25 Years, 25 Artists, a collaboration between 25 artists who are creating one continuous painting. They’re each submitting 24-inch-by-24-inch panels that will join, “exquisite corpse”–style. Georgia Straight, July 29, 2015

Harmony Arts Festival celebrates 25 years. Marie Khouri’s latest public art piece is titled You and I, is interactive. Like Banc, it invites people to sit, if not use as a launching pad for their skateboards. Vancouver Sun, July 29, 2015

Surrey

New art gallery brings life to Newton street. Dirt-stained passports, rusted tools, a battered real estate sign, an embalmed deer head – all there for the viewing as part of “Gross Density Parcel,” an exhibit pulled together with great speed for the opening of AgentC Gallery on July 23. The exhibition features works by artists Carlyn Yandle, Roxanne Charles, Cora Li-Leger, Don Li-Leger, Aaron S. Moran, Helma Sawatzky, Paul Bucci, Andrew Keech and Rosemary Burden. Surrey Now, July 29, 2015

Winnipeg

Prime ‘Locating’ Locating, which opened at Platform Centre last Friday, highlights five new works underwritten by Video Pool’s New Artist in Media Arts and Media Production Funds. As in previous years, it’s a chance to see what artists at different stages in their careers can accomplish given the resources to experiment and see their ideas through. Winnipeg Free Press, July 30, 2015

Toronto

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 The research foundation established in his name is hoping for a clue that might reveal how the trio of sketches, apparently painted by the famous scientist in 1930-1931, showed up in its mailbox, without explanation, from a U.K. address.. Globe & Mail, July 26, 2015

Canada

Must See This Week: July 30 to August 5, 2015. Canadian Art’s lists of exhibitions to see. Canadian Art, July 30, 2015

Seattle

An Artist Has to Reinvent Themselves Each Day: The Creative Life of John Andro Avendańo. Seattle-based, contemporary artist, John Andro Avendańo is continually working on making art, and showing his work in art festivals and galleries in Miami, Los Angeles, Paris, Seattle, New York City, and selling to collectors around the world who have connected with his unique vision. He constantly challenges himself, and strives to create artwork that will awaken memories or unconscious emotions within the viewer. Huffington Post, July 29, 2015

Seattle Art Fair Is Giving $30,000 to Artist Trust. Art Market, the Brooklyn-based company administering this weekend’s inaugural Seattle Art Fair, promised to give the proceeds of its VIP Patron reception to Seattle nonprofit Artist Trust—even if nobody showed up. Artist Trust is getting $30,000 this weekend, guaranteed. The Stranger, July 29, 2015

Billionaire Starts International Art Fair In Seattle, Gets Top Galleries To Come “I’ve been going to the Venice Biennale for at least a decade and always enjoy the stimulation of seeing the work of new and up-and-coming artists,” Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp. with Bill Gates, said in a telephone interview. “In 2013 I started thinking, ‘what’s keeping us from doing this in Seattle?’” Bloomberg, July 29, 2015

Los Angeles

How A Stolen Rodin Was Tracked Down And Recovered After 24 Years The bronze cast of Young Girl with Serpent was taken from a Beverly Hills home in 1991. The story of its discovery and restitution features an ace investigator, a sharp-eyed Rodin scholar, a recalcitrant dealer, and a filing mistake. Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2015

Convicted Art Criminal Claims He Was Sold Fake de Kooning Paintings, Picasso Etchings After being convicted on counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, false declarations in court, escape, and contempt earlier this year in an art-fraud court case, Californian real estate developer Luke Brugnara is claiming that he was sold fakes. ARTnews, July 29, 2015

In ‘Power and Pathos,’ Faces Frozen in Time and Bronze at the Getty Museum More than 50 ancient masterpieces of bronze human sculpture from the Hellenistic world will be shown together. New York Times, July 29, 2015

New York

ARTnews and Art in America Merge to Form World’s Largest Art-Media Company Founded in 1902—as Hyde’s Weekly Art News—ARTnews today entered a new phase, in a merger with Brant Publications, the publisher of Art in America. ARTnews, July 29, 2015

Art In America Magazine Sold To ARTnews Peter Brant has sold his 100% ownership interest in Art in America magazine, founded in 1913, to the company that publishes rival Artnews, and he will in turn become the majority shareholder in that company. Observer, July 29, 2015

London

V&A’s new Europe 1600-1815 galleries to open this winter with contemporary commission Los Carpinteros installation to be shown alongside objects made for Marie Antoinette and Napoleon. The Art Newspaper, July 30, 2015

Why Charging Admission Might Be A Good Idea For UK Museums “Sometimes you have to think the unthinkable. If we want museums to prosper and thrive in a harsh economic climate with central government talking about 40% cuts, an entrance fee may be the best way forward. And it may have a good side.” The Guardian, July 23, 2015

Beijing

Visa Restrictions Prevent Ai Weiwei from Six-Month Stay in England Despite having finally gotten his passport back after Chinese authorities held it for four years, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is still facing travel restrictions. ARTnews, July 30, 2015

Book Review

In China, the Photobook as Art and History An ambitious survey of China’s rich and diverse history of photobooks represents a turning point in narrowing the comprehension gap between East and West. New York Times, July 30, 2015

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