Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library August 28-31, 2015


Robson Street pedestrian space loses admirers This summer’s temporary public street furniture on the 800-block Robson isn’t getting the kind of public support it’s had during the previous four summers. Vancouver Sun, August 29, 2015

Vancouver mural may make you Jump for Joy (with video) Joy. It’s all you feel when you look at the mural at 81 West Pender St. in what was once one of the city’s darkest corners. Created by First Nations artist Eyoälha Baker, it features nearly 300 people of all types jumping for joy. Vancouver Sun, August 28, 2015


Robert Amos: Fine and foul art, Banana on the side Review of exhibitions by Mark Tobey, Levine Flexhaug and a new book about Anna Banana who has an exhibition at the AGGV opening on September 19. Times Colonist, August 29, 2015


Professor, artist hopes to make city the centre for new indigenous art When Julie Nagam was recently appointed to chair a program focusing on the history of indigenous arts in North America — a joint position with the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery — APTN arrived to interview her at the museum. When taken to the WAG vault, the crew from the aboriginal television network thought it would be appropriate to talk to the 38-year-old indigenous scholar in front of a cutting-edge aboriginal piece of art, but none could be found. Winnipeg Free Press, August 29, 2015

Los Angeles

Fast-Rising Artist Noah Davis Dies (Far Too Young) The Same Day His MOCA Installation Opens MOCA chief curator: “Noah is an important artist because he occupies the term ‘artist’ in the largest possible way: an incredibly accomplished painter, he is also a profound visionary — dreaming up the idea of the Underground Museum and then physically enacting that dream against all odds.” Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2015


Target Shooters Are Destroying Ancient Petroglyphs In Utah Parks “Spattered paint and bullet holes are erasing an archaeological record dating back thousands of years on public lands south of this growing enclave of subdivisions in Utah County.” Salt Lake Tribune, August 24, 2015

Andalusia, Pennsylvania

Painter Shanks dead at 77 Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died. He was 77. Star Phoenix, August 31, 2015


The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Puts Final Touches on a Comeback On Sept. 19, this Hartford institution will present the results of its five-year, $33 million renovation. New York times, August 30, 2015

New Canaan

Review: Elaine Lustig Cohen’s Paintings Move Into Philip Johnson’s Glass House An exhibition at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., includes paintings by Ms. Lustig Cohen as well as examples of her collaboration with Johnson. New York Times, August 27, 2015

Bentonville, Arkansas

Frank Lloyd Wright House Picked Up And Moved To Arkansas “The Bachman-Wilson House, a New Jersey home originally designed in 1954 by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Abraham Wilson and Gloria Bachman, was being threatened by repeated flooding at its original location along the Millstone River.” So the Crystal Bridges Museum bought it and moved it, and “the house is scheduled to open to the public on November 11, 2015, the museum’s four-year anniversary.” The Observer, August 28, 2015

New York

Review: ‘Grand Illusions’ Showcases Deceptive Photography This exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents 40 works that form a freewheeling introduction to staged photography. New York Times, August 27, 2015

Met Announces Extended Hours for Chinese Fashion Show With the popularity of its Costume Institute show, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art extends its hours for the exhibition’s final weekend. New York Times, August 27, 2015

The Complete MoMA Art Collection – All Of It – Available To See Right Now “For each piece, the database tells us the work’s title, some brief biographical information about the artist, the year of creation, the medium and dimensions, and how and when MoMA acquired it. These aren’t exactly trade secrets: It’s basically the data printed on the placards posted next to each painting. But, in MoMA’s case, it’s assembled in one place, comprehensive, easy to use, and recent. The museum made the database freely available online last month.” FiveThirtyEight, August 28, 2015

Review: ‘Endless House’ Expands the Definition of Home Through drawings, photographs, video, installations and architectural models, this exhibition at MoMA highlights variations on the single-family home. New York Times, August 27, 2015


Why Churchill missed the cut in Thatcher’s No. 10 rehang Archives reveal the Iron Lady’s decisive views on the portraits of Great Britons that she wanted for Downing Street. The Art Newspaper, August 31, 2015

National Gallery’s new management instantly embroiled in strike crisis Finaldi and Rothschild take over as outsourcing deal for warding services triggers indefinite walkout. The Art Newspaper, August 29, 2015


REMBRANDT AND THE BUTTOCKS-BARING DRESS: THE RIJKSMUSEUM’S RISK-TAKING DIRECTOR “To pull people into the museum, you need tricks,” said Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. “If you feel the need for contemplation, you buy a Rembrandt.” ARTnews, August 29, 2015


Zaha Hadid buries new museum beneath Italian Alpine peak Museum dedicated to the art of climbing offers sweeping views. The Art Newspaer, August 29, 2015

Phnom Penh

What Happened To Phnom Penh’s Historic Artists’ Building? “With poor sanitation, a decaying structure and no ventilation, this once-historic building is facing demolition – yet grocery shops, hair salons, cafés and even a school have sprung up to cater for the thousands of residents in this sprawling community.” The Independent, August 30, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s