Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 14-18, 2015

West Vancouver

Santa Monica future awaits in West Van Any need for two spankin’ new art galleries a few kilometres from each other? It’s a wry argument for amalgamation of the North Shore’s three political fiefdoms that North Van City is also steaming ahead with an art gallery, the Polygon, with art collector Audain and his company contributing $4 million of the $15 million tab. North Shore News, August 14, 2015


Arts council makes move into new digs The Nanaimo Arts Council has shut down its longtime gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre.Executive director Sarah Schmidt said there was an “overwhelming consensus” among members of the council. Nanaimo Daily News, August 18, 2015


Abbas Akhavan: Sobey Finalist Slideshow Sobey Art Award finalist Abbas Akhavan’s installation art offers a thoughtful, occasionally mournful, interrogation of our habits of perception. Canadian Art, August 17, 2015

Sex, corpses and Roman ruins For its current big-ticket offering, the ROM has chosen to bypass Games-related content for this show of 200 artworks and artifacts lent by archaeological heritage agencies in Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum. NOW Toronto, August 10, 2015


Veronika Horlik wins 2015 prize for ceramic artists Montreal-based artist Veronika Horlik is the 2015 winner of the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award, which gives $10,000 to one of five finalists, all of whom work in ceramics. Toronto Star, August 17, 2015

David Altmejd et Jon Rafman au Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Avec l’exposition Flux , le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal présente une rétrospective de l’œuvre de David Altmejd en 30 œuvres marquantes mettant en évidence les phases importantes de sa production artistique des quinze dernières années. La Bible Urbaine, August 15, 2015

Los Angeles

The Tiny, Magical Los Angeles Museum That’s Only Open Four Hours A Month “On the northern edge of L.A.’s vast Griffith Park, tucked inside a bend of the 1/8th scale railroad track that carries visitors around a bucolic stretch of Southern California chaparral, stands a humble, saggy-roofed barn that contains a multitude of treasures.” Forbes, August 17, 2015


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s infamous art theft shows us why collectors shouldn’t control art in perpetuity When Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum sought to recognize the 25th anniversary of the infamous theft in which it lost art estimated to be worth $500-million (U.S.), it went online and created a virtual tour of the 13 missing works. Globe and Mail, August 14, 2015

New York

Priced Out of Brooklyn, a Sculptor Seeks a New Studio to Rent Gabriel Koren, who creates bronze sculptures of prominent African-Americans, can no longer afford the Dumbo neighborhood she has worked in for 28 years. New York, Times, August 15, 2015

Review: In ‘A Rare Earth Magnet’ at Derek Eller, a Focus on Repurposed Materials The exhibition concentrates on artists drawn to found materials, recycled objects and strong color, with robust, often tactile results. New York Times, August 13, 2015

New Orleans

New Orleans, ten years after Katrina: Mary Ellen Mark’s last assignment 17 August 2015 The photographer’s final series commissioned by CNN is on display on Governors Island and online. The Art Newspaper, August 17, 2015


Italy appoints 20 new museum directors Major institutions including the Uffizi will be led by foreigners for the first time in country’s history. The Art Newspaper, August 18, 2015


The Vatican’s Crowdsourcing Art Restoration: Is It About The Art Or About The Money? “The Museum itself is the main generator of income to support the Vatican City State itself. How did art become the funder for a government? How has this altered how the art is treated, if the Vatican is only able to run based on how many visitors they can get to walk through the doors? Ticket sales for 2014 totaled around $87 million, from which the State took half for its operations.” Artwatch International, August 17, 2015


Of Camera Work and Fine Art “The hand camera has come to stay — its importance is acknowledged,” Alfred Stieglitz begrudgingly declared at the end of an 1897 essay about Eastman Kodak’s campaign “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest.” For Stieglitz, this meant that “Every Tom, Dick and Harry could, without trouble, learn how to get something or other on a sensitive plate, and this is what the public wanted — no work and lots of fun.” New York Times, August 18, 2015

Are Big Arts Events More About The Audience Than The Art? “A great deal of event art is more about the event and the audience than it is about the art. The throng – the sight of people congregating – is being used to prove relevance, to demonstrate that cultural institutions are hip and popular. But in chasing the buzz and pursuing the people, the art – a poem, exhibition, orchestral work or a play – can get lost. The danger is once the novelty wears off there is little to show for it. The crowds will vacate.” Apollo, August 17, 2015

Has Art Become Irrelevant To Museums? “The art world can survive anything from the public — hostility, ignorance, even fanatical prudishness — but the art world cannot survive an indifferent public.” NPR, August 15, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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