Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 31, 2015

The Art News will be dark until August 5th


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. Georgia Straight, July 29, 2015


Former Promise Keepers spokesperson Peter Fassbender is B.C.’s new czar of arts Yesterday, Premier Christy Clark appointed a former advertising executive and devout Christian, Peter Fassbender, as the new minister of community, sport, and cultural development, replacing Quesnel-area MLA Coralee Oakes. The last time the B.C. Liberal government appointed an ardent Christian as arts minister, it resulted in plenty of colourful stories in the media. Georgia Straight, July 31, 2015


NAG receives major donation of artworks The Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce the receipt of a major donation of artwork from local residents Frances and Charlie Christopherson. Nanaimo Daily News, July 31, 2015

Conservation a priority for Langford artist whose passion for wildlife became a calling What started out as a hobby in high school and a passion for preserving wildlife morphed into an award-winning calling for sculptor Brent Cooke. The Langford resident, who received a Canadian Wildlife Federation award in Ottawa recently, began carving driftwood in his teens, making many of his own tools. “The biggest problem with that is the pieces are one-offs and you’re never really able to recover the cost and the time for selling one piece at a time in that medium,” he says. That changed in 1999 when a friend suggested he look into bronze casting. Nanaimo Daily News, July 31, 2015


Travelling exhibition showcases Flexhaug’s pictorial landscape paintings Especially in the past 30 years, the art world has become more pluralistic, less beholden to notions of “high” and “low.” For evidence, just head to the venerable MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, first stop in a planned five-city tour of the landscape paintings of Saskatchewan-born Levine (Flexie) Flexhaug. Globe and Mail, July 30, 2015


McMichael’s Colour of the River Running Through Us is a delightful outdoor installation Colour of the River Running Through Us, a delightful outdoor installation piece conceived by the acclaimed Toronto multidisciplinary artist Thom Sokoloski in association with designer Evan Webber, glass artist Alfred Engerer and choreographer Jenny-Anne McCowan. Globe and Mail, July 31, 2015


Cohen: Canada is excellent at being mediocre In case you missed it, the federal government has chosen the winning design for the logo to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Calgary Herald, July 31, 2015

Los Angeles

The Young Curator Bringing the Lower East Side to the West Coast Hannah Hoffman’s East Hollywood space maintains a notably international program in a city that can be partial to its hometown heroes. New York Times, July 30, 2015

New York

Behind The Merger Of ArtNews and Art In America “Whatever happens with the merged magazines, it looks bad. You can read it as another chapter in the sad decline of print. But scrutinizing the tea leaves, you can also see it as another augury that the discourse of art is more and more subordinate to fashion-obsessed celebrity and short-term finance.” Artnet, July 30, 2015

A Confusing Look at Folk Art and American Modernism This exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum pairs folk art with some Modernist works, with uneven results. New York Times, July 30, 2015

Seeing the Power of Political Posters Two exhibitions explore the history of activist media, or as one show frames it, how political messages went viral before the Internet. New York Times, July 30, 2015

The Price of Thomas Heatherwick’s Imagination The architect Thomas Heatherwick’s designs dazzle, but their costs have stirred debate over the role of private financing for public spaces. New York Times, July 30, 2015


Underground art by Eduardo Paolozzi saved from destruction The late artist’s celebrated mosaics displayed at Tottenham Court Road tube will be restored at Edinburgh University. The Art Newspaper, July 31, 2015


Richard Long’s love letter to Bristol Major new exhibition draws on the sculptor’s links with the southwest, featuring works crafted from Cornish slate and River Avon mud. The Art Newspaper, July 31, 2015


Albertan artist gentrifies building with confessional project in Edinburgh Edinburgh Printmakers, a visual arts organization moving to a gentrifying neighbourhood in the Scottish capital, is putting its stamp on the place by wrapping a corner of a building with an enormous work of public art – by a Canadian artist. Globe and Mail, July 30, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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