Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 13, 2015


FUSE and ISEA disrupt Vancouver Art Gallery with multimedia marvels. If the term electronic art brings to mind video projections on walls, the next FUSE event at the Vancouver Art Gallery has quite a surprise in store. For the art party’s 10th anniversary, the gallery is hooking up with the International Symposium on Electronic Art to present the largest happening in its history, FUSE: Disruption, on Saturday night (August 15). Georgia Straight, August 12, 2015

International Symposium on Electronic Art synthesizes art and technology around Vancouver. Vancouver is getting super-wired this week: from Friday to Wednesday (August 14 to 19) it’s hosting one of the world’s most prestigious festivals of art and technology, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. Georgia Straight, August 12, 2015


The great risk of losing our Maritime Museum. As we step further into a world that is increasingly virtual and commercial, we need physical museums even more. It turns out that museums are really good for us — for our economy, for our quality of life and for our humanity. Times Colonist, August 12, 2015


On the Road with Daniel Joyce: Alberta. Daniel Joyce visits galleries and exhibitions in Edmonton and Calgary. Canadian Art, August 13, 2015


Riverhouse Art Gallery a colourful landmark in revitalized Riversdale. Saskatoon is filled with diverse neighbourhoods but Riversdale takes the cake for character homes. One home in particular that may catch your eye as you walk along Spadina Crescent West is the Riverhouse Art Gallery, a house that has evolved over the years along with the city blocks around it. Global News, August 12, 2015


Peter Harris is an artist. Capturing the eerie stillness of an urban street in Toronto in the dead of night is artist Peter Harris’s specialty. Toronto Star, August 12, 2015


Must-Sees This Week: August 13 to 19, 2015. There are lots great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are Canadian Art’s recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Canadian Art, August 13, 2015

Los Angeles

Frank Gehry agreed to make over the L.A. River — with one big condition. Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles River: It’s a combination that makes zero sense (if you’re looking strictly at Gehry’s resume) and follows a natural logic (if you think about the interest the architect’s work has long shown in L.A.’s linear infrastructure and its overlooked, harder-to-love corners). Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2015

San Francisco

A Ghost in the Family. Among the artists associated with the Mission School—a loose group working in San Francisco in the nineties who shared an affinity for old wood, streetscapes, and anything raw or unschooled—Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee were the most visible and the most admired. (Margaret Kilgallen’s piece “Main Drag” was included in For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2003). The New Yorker, August 10, 2015


Billionaire Must Pay Sculptor for Unauthorized Copies, but He Gets to Keep Them Last week a federal judge ordered Russian-born, Florida-based billionaire Igor Olenicoff to pay sculptor John Raimondi $640,000 for having unauthorized copies of his work made in China and installed at his development sites. However, US District Judge Andrew Guilford denied the artist’s request that the fakes be scrapped; instead, the stainless steel sculptures will be given new plaques attributing them to Raimondi. Hyperallergic, August 11, 2015

Curitiba, Brazil

Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal Yields Surprise Bounty: a Much-Buzzed-About Art Exhibit. The biggest corporate fraud case in Brazil’s history has cost its most important company billions of dollars, heaped disgrace on the nation’s political elites and helped slow its economy to a crawl. But there is an upside to the bribery-and-kickback affair centered on oil giant Petróleo Brasileiro SA : cheap art for the public. For a $3 entry fee, patrons of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in this provincial state capital in southern Brazil are being treated to a show of 48 world-class artworks by several of the country’s most renowned modern artists—courtesy of some unlikely donors. Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2015


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