Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 5, 2015


Raymond Boisjoly: Sobey Finalist Slideshow. Raymond Boisjoly (b. 1981) is an Indigenous artist of Haida and Québécois descent who lives and works in Vancouver. Boisjoly is at the forefront of an emerging strain of thinking about how Indigenous artistic, cultural and political histories can inform contemporary practice. Canadian Art, August 3, 2015

North Vancouver

Building to begin on Patkau-designed Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver. Shovels will go in the ground in early 2016 for a new art gallery on Vancouver’s waterfront, after a major funding announcement Friday morning by federal, provincial and municipal governments. Canadian Architect, July 31, 2015

$4.7-million boost for North Van’s waterfront rebirth. North Vancouver’s historic waterfront, once home to some of Canada’s biggest and busiest shipyards, is on the brink of a renaissance. The transformation from abandoned, heavy industrial site to an artistic and cultural hub may be completed in time for Canada’s 150th birthday after getting a multi-million-dollar boost Friday. Construction is set to begin in early 2016 on the Polygon Gallery, so named because well-known art collector and philanthropist, Michael Audain, donated $4 million through his company Polygon Homes Ltd. and the Audain Foundation. Vancouver Sun, Aug. 1, 2015


Victoria artist creates 100 portraits in 100 days. After she painted a dozen portraits in 12 days, Betty-Ann Lampman felt justifiably proud of herself. By the time she had completed 50 in 50 days, the Victoria artist had tapped into something like a marathoner’s high. Times Colonist, Aug. 1, 2015


Winnipeg Art Gallery director named to prestigious board. Winnipeg Art Gallery executive director and CEO Dr. Stephen Borys has been named to the Association of Art Museum Directors board of trustees, and he is now the only Canadian on the board. Metro News, July 31, 2015


Into the Woods and Beyond with Gary Evans. Gary Evans has been painting up a storm since the late 1980s. A longtime denizen of Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Evans has presented himself in show after show as an inventive colourist possessed by an equally inventive take on landscape painting.Canadian Art, August 4, 2015

Dean Baldwin Bids MOCCA Adieu. Dean Baldwin was commissioned to create the final exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s Queen West location, before they begin the move to their new, permanent home in Toronto’s Lower Junction area. Canadian Art, July 30, 2015

Picton, Ont.

Métis artist Christi Belcourt inspires Valentino fashion line. Michif artist Christi Belcourt’s most recent project was a birch-bark canoe, which she helped stitch up with spruce roots this week at Chippewa of the Thames First Nation in southwestern Ontario. Spruce root is about as far as you can get from the fine threads used at the Italian fashion house of Valentino, which recently revealed a line of haute couture designs based on a Belcourt painting owned by the National Gallery of Canada. Globe & Mail, Aug. 4, 2015


A Sobering Look at How AIDS Changed Art in America. Art AIDS America, an exhibition recently opened at the Tacoma Art Museum, looks at how AIDS inserted itself into the art world’s conversation, leading to some very personal, local, and activist works. Wired, August 5, 2015


Seattle Art Fair Receives a Boost From Tech’s Big Spenders. The Seattle Art Fair was a well-funded if experimental initiative to bridge geographic and social divides. Spurred by Paul Allen’s involvement, blue-chip galleries like Pace, Gagosian and David Zwirner signed up for booths. New York Times, August 2, 2015

New York

Why Do So Many Art Galleries Lose Money? The news of Wallspace’s closing comes just weeks before the English release of Management of Art Galleries, a slim, Day-Glo orange book that caused a furor when it was published in Germany last year. Written by a 31-year-old German entrepreneur/professor/art adviser named Magnus Resch, the book argues that most galleries are undercapitalized and inefficient, and moreover, that with McKinsey-like business strategies, the entire art market could be turned into a profit-generating machine. Bloomberg Business, July 30, 2015

Looking at How Performers Are Paid for Performance Art. On the heels of protesters descending upon the Guggenheim Museum in May, calling for improved conditions for the workers who will build a future branch of the museum in Abu Dhabi, the artists Gerard & Kelly have partnered with the Guggenheim to hammer out fair labor standards for themselves and the other performers in “Timelining,” New York Times, August 4, 2015

Frederick Law Olmsted and Robert Moses’s Priceless Riverside Park. “A masterpiece is usually thought the work of a single artistic or design intelligence. But Riverside Park (including Riverside Drive, for they are inseparable as experienced) is the work not only of Moses, but of Frederick Law Olmsted, the great landscape genius behind Central Park, and the almost unknown Clifton Lloyd, the architectural engineer whom Moses picked to realize his vision.” Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2015

The Price of Thomas Heatherwick’s Imagination. As Thomas Heatherwick’s projects have grown larger, and entangle private wealth with government financing, they present the public with a quandary: Should communities accept the unasked-for gift of a design perhaps more ambitious than what might result from limited public funds, developed in a public process?” He was interviewed in New York for the opening of his first major American exhibition, “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” (through Jan. 3). It fills the third-floor gallery of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum with models and photographs of some projects that have confounded expectations. New York Times, July 30, 2015

Artist Scooter LaForge Has Found a New Art Medium in Clothing, Taking His Career to New Heights. There are examples throughout history of established artists, in various mediums, getting involved with projects that propel their careers to new heights. A few years ago, LaForge found himself working in a new medium: clothing. He started creating one of a kind, made-to-order garments for boutique owner and Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field. Forbes, August 4, 2015

COOL THING WE WANT #470 | This Awesome “Wave Cabinet” By Artist Sebastian Errazuriz. New York-basd artist Sebastian Errazuriz created this delightfully functional piece of sculpture/furniture using pieces of slatted Baltic birch wood, glass, and steel. He calls it the “Wave Cabinet”, and you can see why. The slats can be pushed and pulled in connected sections, rolling up or down with natural grace, just like a wave. Though currently a proof of concept one-off, we hope it goes into production somewhere, somehow. Scout Magazine, August 4, 2015

United States

17 Disruptors Who Have Completely Changed the Art World. “We at artnet News put our heads together, polled some art-world veterans for suggestions, and assembled this admittedly subjective, non-comprehensive list of colleagues who have changed the shape of the American art world.” Artnet, August 2, 2015


Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art. A pioneering new exhibition at Tate Britain is bringing in a master chocolatier, a scent expert and an audio specialist to change the way people interact with the paintings. The Independent, August 5, 2015

Gateshead, UK

An artist’s reflection on a long-dead whale. Fiona Tan, an Indonesian artist and film-maker whose installations appeared at the Venice Biennale in 2009, has reimagined the attraction for her new exhibition, “DEPOT”, at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Britain The Economist, August 3, 2015


Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst dealers investigated as buyers left with nothing. Police are investigating claims of fraud and theft involving a business run by a pair of prominent British art dealers who are believed to have sold up and moved to France. The Independent, August 3, 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 Canadian artist, Derek Michael Besant. Globe & Mail, July 31, 2015

Dufftown, Scotland

Jon Sasaki’s Glenfiddich Gamble Begins. I arrived in Dufftown, Scotland, at the beginning of June, one of eight artists participating in this year’s Glenfiddich artist residency. My plan was straightforward: build a working airplane in the kitchen, dining room, hallway and backyard of the house I would be occupying. Canadian Art, August 5, 2015


Picasso ‘national treasure’ seized by French customs. Picasso’s Head of a Young Woman (1906) is worth more than £17m is the property of Jaime Botin, a Spanish banking tycoon. It was declared a “historical heritage asset of exceptional importance” by the Spanish National Court and refused an export permit. An attempt to export the painting to Switzerland on Thursday “drew the attention of French officials” who have intercepted it. BBC, August 4, 2015

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi museums face further scrutiny by Gulf Labor. Migrant workers building branches of the Guggenheim Museum, the Louvre and the Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi continue to face crushing debt, substandard wages and harsh working conditions despite recent efforts to improve treatment, according to a report published this week by Gulf Labor, a coalition of artists and activists. Art Newspaper, August 1, 2015

Aleppo, Syria

The Bizarre Tale of ‘ISIS Book Club’ “Forging strategic partnerships with the Syrian state is nearly impossible, so the protection of the sites is often left to local activists, local NGOs, local archaeologists and museum curators, who are trying to do what they can, for the most part pretty much unsupported,” says Amr Al-Azm, a professor of Middle East history at Shawnee State University, and former head of the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Damascus. Atlas Obscura, August 4, 2015

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