Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 21 – 24, 2015


Look who’s not coming to Diner en Blanc Having trouble finding an affordable community event in “no fun city”? Two Vancouverites have an answer. East Vancouver artists Graeme Berglund and George Vergette are the creators of Ce Soir Noir, a fun tongue-in-cheek alternative to the exclusive Diner en Blanc, both of which take place Aug. 25. Whereas Diner en Blanc is a chic picnic that originated in Paris where attendees wear all white, Ce Soir Noir is a free public picnic at Crab Park with no waitlist and attendees are asked to dress all in black. Vancouver Courier, August 14, 2015


JOHN BROCKE: “Myth Making,” Glenbow Museum, Calgary, June 6 to Sept. 13, 2015 The exhibition is presented in a rough timeline, which also separates the works, more or less, into interior and exterior scenes. The curation by Travis Lutley and Douglas Maclean is subtle and clever. Galleries West, August 18, 2015

National Art Treasure Returns to Alberta Thanks to Anonymous Collector It has been more than 23 years, but John Brocke’s masterpiece, Epoch, has finally come home. Galleries West, August 20, 2015


IN MY OPINION: Chris Cran love-fest: Major retrospective for Calgary artist Senior Calgary artist Chris Cran has achieved a remarkable and unique career milestone. The National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta have come together to organize a 40-year survey of his art for display in Edmonton and Ottawa. Galleries West, August 20, 2015


Supporting contemporary Canadian artists The Ontario Heritage Trust – in partnership with the RBC Foundation – has converted famed artist, writer, educator and conservationist Doris McCarthy’s home, lovingly called Fool’s Paradise, into an Artist-in-Residence Centre. Galleries West, August 23, 2015


Hito Steyerl: A Primer Brush up on the internationally renowned work of German artist Hito Steyerl, who will be giving a talk for the Canadian Art Foundation later this fall. Canadian Art, August 19, 2015

Toronto plays host to great exhibits, festivals This evolving city just keeps getting more interesting. More to do. More to see. More sophistication. And with the U.S. dollar finally strong again against the Loonie ($1 buys $1.30 Canadian), Americans at last can enjoy a favorable exchange rate on their Toronto vacation. Detroit Free Press, August 23, 2015


News in Brief: Alleged Art Plagiarism, RBC Ceramics Prize Awarded, New Curator for Biennale de Montréal, Isabelle Hayeur Sues This week, two artists accuse Toronto restaurant of plagiarism, RBC awards ceramics prize, and a new curator and lawsuit for the Biennale de Montréal. Canadian Art, august 21, 20215

Must-Sees This Week: August 20 to 26, 2015 There are lots of great art exhibitions opening across the country this week. Here are our best bets. Canadian Art, August 20, 2015

Los Angeles

Play on Words: “Stopping the Sun in its Course” Review “Stopping the Sun in its Course” brings together Canadian artists in Los Angeles, continuing the West Coast interest in wordplay. Gabrielle Moser reviews. Canadian Art, August 20, 2015

Santa Fe

Native American Artists Display Works in Santa Fe The Santa Fe Indian Market and the Indigenous Fine Art Market showcase talent in New Mexico. New York Times, August 22, 2015

New York

Dissident Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera Is Free After 8 Months Of Detention, Back In The U.S. “Performance artist Tania Bruguera, who had her passport confiscated in Cuba after trying to stage a performance about freedom of expression in a public plaza in Havana, is back in the U.S., according to a statement issued by #YoTambienExijo, the art and activism program run by Bruguera and her sister Deborah.” Los Angeles Times, August 22, 2015

Nature’s Lesson on Understanding Ellsworth Kelly The best teachers for artists and those who appreciate their work might just be the birds who migrate through the area or frequent a window feeder. New York Times, August 20, 2015

New York City Museums, Ranked “11. Scandinavia House 10. Madame Tussauds 9. The Studio Museum in Harlem” No. 1? The Frick. The Awl, August 191, 2015

Sarah Sze Aims for Precise Randomness in Installing Her Gallery Show For Ms. Sze, installing an exhibition isn’t simply a matter of transporting her work from studio to gallery but an integral part of her creative process. New York Times, August 23, 2015


Niagara Falls painting prompts British brouhaha A historic painting of Niagara Falls is causing a stir in Britain. The country’s culture minister, Ed Valzey, has ordered a temporary export ban on a 1762 piece by artist Captain Thomas Davies, believed to be the first eyewitness painting of the falls. Star Phoenix, August 21, 2015

Is That Famous Painting Boring You? Try It With Chocolate, Says The Tate “‘What we are doing is testing out, with the public, a new way of experiencing art, a new way of presenting art,’ says Tony Guillan, multimedia producer for Tate Media.” The Observer, August 22, 2015


Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ in England: It’s a Strange World, After All Visitors to “Dismaland,” a theme park-style exhibition in England by Banksy and around 60 other artists, comment on what they experience. New York Times, August 23, 2015

Banksy set to debut his ‘Dismaland’ theme park Leave the kids at home if you plan to visit the artist’s “bemusement park” in English seaside town. Toronto Star, August 20, 2015


Researchers think they’ve unlocked the secret of Mona Lisa’s ‘uncatchable’ vanishing smile Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in such a way that her coy smile appears most pronounced when viewed from an angle and less so when looked at directly. Montreal Gazette, August 21, 2015


‘Very little evidence’ that Nefertiti is buried near Tutankhamun Egypt’s leading archaeologist Zahi Hawass throws cold water on the recent theory that a hidden door in the boy king’s tomb could lead to the queen’s long-lost burial chamber. The Art Newspaper, August 21, 2015


Nuclear deal paves way for cultural diplomacy with Iran Overtures include Louvre director’s planned visit to Tehran, while Italy lends classical sculpture. The Art Newspaper, August 24, 2015


And The Ancient Palmyran Temple Falls To ISIS “Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits near the modern Syrian city of the same name. Activists said the militants used explosives to blow up the Baalshamin Temple on its grounds, the blast so powerful it also damaged some of the Roman columns around it.” Al-Jazeera America, August 22, 2015

Isil bulldozes 1,500-year-old Catholic church in Syria Frescoes recently found in the church may date back to the sixth century, which would make them the oldest Christian paintings in the country. The Art Newspaper, August 21, 2015

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