Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 12, 2015


Art this week: Wild electronics, the art of trespassing and revisiting the ’70s. On this week are the International Symposium on Electronic Art at SFU Woodwards and other locations, In Passing at Ground Gallery and Greg Girard: Selects at Monte Clark Gallery. Vancouver Sun, August 11, 2015


Robert Amos: Local artists share national stage. Victoria’s Shawn Shepherd has been accepted as a finalist for the Kingston Prize 2015 exhibition, the sixth biennial presentation of contemporary portraits of Canadians. Times Colonist, August 9, 2015


Artists hope to show both sides of Edmonton’s notorious York Hotel. Two local artists want Edmonton residents to remember the other side of the story about one of the city’s most notorious nightspots. Sydney Lancaster and fellow Quarters Arts group artist-in-residence Marian Switzer are creating York: Moments, an installation about the York in the atrium of the Boyle Street Plaza on 103A Avenue. Edmonton Journal, August 10, 2015


Winnipeg artist finalist for Sobey Art Award. Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson is one of five finalists for the Sobey Art Award, the richest prize for young Canadian artists. Winnipeg Free Press, August 12, 2015

Sarah Anne Johnson: Sobey Finalist Slideshow. Sarah Anne Johnson, born in Winnipeg in 1976 and based in that city, creates photographs that run counter to photojournalism. Canadian Art, August 10, 2015


Love story: The deep bond of Alex and Rhoda Colville. When I first saw the Alex Colville retrospective, at the Art Gallery of Ontario last fall, it was plain to see that the relationship between Colville and his wife Rhoda had been deep, so deep that another visitor wrote on a comment card at the end of the exhibition, “I didn’t come here expecting to be so moved by a love story.” Ottawa Citizen, August 10, 2015


Marlon Griffith Leads a Ring of Fire. As the torch passed from Toronto’s Pan Am Games to its successor, the Parapan Am Games, the Art Gallery of York University led a 300-person procession down University Avenue. The culmination of a two-year project led by Trinidadian artist Marlon Griffith, Ring of Fire draws on the Caribbean tradition of mas and featured a host of local collaborators including persons with disabilities, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, capoeira athletes and young spoken-word poets from Jane and Finch, Malvern and Regent Park. Canadian Art, August 6, 2015

Building the future: How Snohetta is rewriting the rules of global architecture and landscape. What is Craig Dykers doing in the corner? It’s a week before the opening of the new Ryerson Student Learning Centre in Toronto, and Dykers, its lead architect, is touring its most dramatic space: Nicknamed “the Beach,” it’s a cavernous, two-storey room whose floor slopes down through a zigzag of wooden terraces. It’s studded with angled columns and its glass façades are printed with a pattern of twisted polygons. Globe & Mail, August 7, 2015


Juan Ortiz-Apuy’s Top Tabs. We asked Montreal artist Juan Ortiz-Apuy to share some of his favourite online destinations for Top Tabs, a series featuring the top Internet finds and fancies from artists, curators, dealers and more. Canadian Art, August 12, 2015

San Diego

The New Life of the San Diego Art Institute. San Diego’s Balboa Park is thick with museums, but it has only one venue whose primary focus is contemporary art: the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI). It has been in Balboa Park since 1941, with a brief interlude in Mission Valley and Little Italy in the 1990s, and has occupied its current space in the House of Charm since 1996. KCET, August 6, 2015


What’s in a Museum Rebranding? On Monday, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts unveiled its new identity. In addition to a new logo designed by Pentagram, the museum announced a name change: from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (plural) to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (singular), and from MIA, an acronym, to Mia, a … nickname? Hyperallergic, August 6, 2015

New Orleans

Forget The Wreckage: Museums’ Katrina Shows Look At How City Has Moved On. Anniversaries call for exhibitions, and art museums across New Orleans felt compelled to remember Hurricane Katrina as the 10th anniversary of its landfall approaches. NPR, August 9, 2015


National Gallery staff strike shuts down most exhibitions. Striking workers have shut down most of the National Gallery in London, as a long-running dispute over the privatisation of their jobs escalated into an indefinite walkout. The Guardian, August 11, 2015

Instagram Takes on Growing Role in the Art Market. Anyone in the art market who was not already paying attention to the social media platform Instagram had to sit up and take notice in April after the actor Pierce Brosnan visited the showroom of Phillips auction house in London New York Times, August 9, 2015


Josh Thorpe’s “Bees” Infiltrate the Napoleonic Museum. “Bees,” a solo exhibition by Canadian artist, writer and musician Josh Thorpe at the Napoleonic Museum, curated by critic and curator Luca Arnaudo, inserts a selection of newly commissioned digital, graphic and conceptual works into three of the museum’s rooms, aiming to distort the visitor’s senses. Canadian Art, August 11, 2015

Karamay, China

Artist outraged at ‘blatant plagiarism’ of sculpture in China. Renowned artist Anish Kapoor has expressed outrage about the appearance of a sculpture in China that appears identical to his “Cloud Gate” in Chicago. CTV News, August 12, 2015

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