Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 27, 2015


Taiga Chiba: The Life in Bhubaneswar is playful, curious, and unexpected Taiga Chiba’s small, mixed-media works, on view at Art Beatus, are an engaging form of travelogue. Georgia Straight, August 25, 2015

Arts supported in downtown Vancouver’s future How do you want downtown Vancouver to look, taste, and feel in 25 years? Georgia Straight, August 26, 2015

Art from the archive: When making art out of garbage was unusual In 1969, modern art was still very much of a novelty in Vancouver. That year, artist Toni Onley was teaching a course at the University of B.C. in Fine Arts. Normally, an instructor teaching art at a university wouldn’t come to the attention of the newspaper. But what made it stand out and result in a story was that Onley was teaching students how to make art with garbage. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, August 27, 2015

VIFF 2015: Arts films span the range from Argentine dance to the Group of Seven The 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival has unveiled a slew of arts-related titles, all documentaries except the biopic Anton Chekov—1890. Georgia Straight, August 24, 2015

Indigo Spirit bookstore to open on Granville after closure of Chapters on Robson Vancouver lost a popular meeting spot when the Chapters at Robson and Howe streets closed in June. The Indigo Spirit store will be located at 816 Granville Street, at Robson Street, and will be one-tenth the size of the shuttered Chapters. Georgia Straight, August 26, 2015

Former broadcaster Prem Gill becomes new CEO of Creative B.C. You don’t have to be a student of Richard Florida to recognize that the creative economy is the linchpin of Vancouver’s future. It’s obvious to anyone who sees the impact of the film industry, performing arts, design, digital media, and other creative endeavours on local employment and international perceptions about the city. Georgia Straight, August 26, 2015


Thinking inside the Box. In the low-rent, no-margin world of alternative art spaces, it can be a struggle just to keep the doors open with a roof over one’s head.David Churchill and Frank Livingston, founders of the city’s smallest and most accessible artist-run centre, learned that lesson the hard way. Winnipeg Free Press, August 27, 2015


Canadian Art Editor Richard Rhodes Announces His Departure. Richard Rhodes is a well-known figure in the Canadian art community and beyond. Before his arrival at Canadian Art, he was a regular review contributor to Artforum, a curator at Oakville Galleries and Toronto’s Power Plant, and the founding editor of C Magazine. In 2001, Rhodes published a popular, well-reviewed art-history book for young adults, A First Book of Canadian Art. Canadian Art, August 26, 2015


Karen Kraven’s Top Tabs. Canadian Art asked Montreal-based artist Karen Kraven to share some of her favourite online destinations for Top Tabs, a series featuring the top Internet finds and fancies from artists, curators, dealers and more. Canadian Art, August 25, 2015

Westmount’s West End Gallery switching to online business. Now, nearly 51 years since it opened, Michael Millman is closing West End Gallery’s doors on Monday, but plans to keep the business alive, replacing the gallery’s physical space with an online store this fall. Montreal Gazette, August 26, 2015

Los Angeles

In L.A., a Cheaply Constructed Pop-Up Bar That’s a Work of Art Four artists in residence recreated Vienna’s American Bar, an architectural gem designed in 1908 by Adolph Loos, where they serve PBR and schnapps. New York Times, August 26, 2015


Detroit Institute Of Arts Narrows Its Search For A New Director Board Chairman Gene Gargaro, who is leading the 14-member search committee, said Tuesday that the museum has completed two rounds of interviews and identified “a short list” of four possible replacements for former Director Graham Beal, whose 16-year tenure ended June 30. Detroit Free Press, August 25, 2015

Atoning for Tumultuous Times, Detroit Institute of Arts Gives Raises to Graham Beal and Colleagues The Detroit Institute of Arts, the beleaguered museum which fought off attempts by the bankrupt city to sell its collection to appease creditors, has now announced raises of around forty-nine thousand dollars for Graham Beal, Annmarie Erickson, and Robert Bowen, reports the Washington Times.  Artforum, August 26, 2015


Radical Sandcastles – Now HERE’s Some Pathbreaking Architecture For You “His creations look nothing like classical interpretations. Instead of mounds and turrets and moats, [Matt] Kaliner’s structures are drippy archways that twist, jut, climb, and at times appear suspended in midair. They are otherwordly, like something you’d find on a beach in Neverland, or what it might look like if Antoni Gaudi had designed the fictional island of Laputa in a dream.” The Atlantic, August 25, 2015


Crystal Bridges Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright House Set to Open in November The Frank Lloyd Wright house acquired by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will be making its public debut on November 11. Originally built in 1954, the house was disassembled, transported 1,200 miles across the nation, and reconstructed at the museum’s site. Artforum, August 27, 2015


First fashion museum in American South to open in October The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia to show its collection of more than 1,000 garments. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2015


A 17th-Century Female Artist You’ve Never Heard Of (No, We Don’t Mean Artemisia) Like Artemisia Gentileschi, Josefa de Óbidos (1630–1684) was the daughter of a respected painter. But she developed a successful career in her own right, painting both sacred and secular subjects, in Counter-Reformation-era Portugal. Hyperallergic, August 21, 2015


Thieves Dressed As Tourists Steal Rodin From Museum In Broad Daylight Two men walked into the Rodin Room at the Ny Carlsberg Glypoteket museum in Copenhagen, walked right up to The Man with the Broken Nose, put it in a bag, and left – apparently unnoticed by guards and other museum-goers. The Local (Copenhagen) August 20, 2015


Just what is Isil looting in Syria? Amid destruction and murder, it is difficult to know the extent of the terrorist group’s antiquities trafficking. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2015


Murakami reveals surprise debt to Anselm Kiefer 27 August 2015 Superstar artist provides exclusive insight into vast and eclectic collection before his Yokohama show—just don’t call him the Japanese Andy Warhol. The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2015

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