Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 2, 2015


FAÇADE 2015 lights up the Vancouver Art Gallery. Pity the poor tourists—or even the unwary locals—who happen to find themselves tripping blithely down Robson Street this weekend. “What was in that triple soy mocha macchiato?” they may well ask themselves, as they see the south face of the Vancouver Art Gallery shimmering under a grid of oil-slick colours, or besieged by bruise-livid clouds, or dissolving into bright First Nations form lines. Georgia Straight, September 1, 2015

Art this week: Facade 2015, Not the Dao and more. The Vancouver Art Gallery is the canvas in this brief upcoming exhibition. The facade of the building will be lit in an “outdoor architectural intervention,” according to the gallery. Artists Sonny Assu, Ed Spence and Wallpapers will projection map the gallery for three consecutive nights then in an encore presentation on the fourth night, each of the participating artists will display their work. Other exhibitions on this week are Phantoms of a Utopian Will/Like Most Follies, More Than a Joke and More Than a Whim at the Burnaby Art Gallery and Not the Dao at Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden. Vancouver Sun, September 1, 2015

On the Road with Daniel Joyce: British Columbia. Daniel Joyce visits Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby at Emily Carr University, Heidi Nagtegaal, at Hammock Residency, Model studio collective, (a project space founded by Rebecca Brewer, Emily Hill and Laura Piasta), Tiziana La Melia and the Western Front. Canadian Art, September 2, 105

Roving salesman brings First Nations books to remote B.C. communities. Donald Ellis roams the province with his wares – an enormous collection of books and documents that he sells primarily to First Nations communities. He goes from reserve to reserve – often very remote communities – or sets up shop at a local chamber of commerce or public library, a little sandwich board outside advertising the rare First Nations books on offer. Globe & Mail, September 1, 2015


Annual art exhibit aims to ‘invigorate’ downtown streetscape. Winnipeg artist Genevie Henderson is on a roll. For the third time in a year, Henderson has had some of her art selected for a street display of works by local artists. One of them, a sculpture she created along with fellow artist Angela Lillico, is on display on Corydon Avenue as part of a streetscaping initiative launched by the Corydon Avenue Business Improvement Zone (BIZ). Winnipeg Free Press, September 1, 2015


Russell Smith: I don’t have to meditate, I have art. Art that forces you to sit and experience something, even if it makes you impatient, can be valuable in the same way that meditation and quiet spaces (churches, libraries) are valuable, in the same way that any inactivity is valuable. I believe this is what is now called mindfulness. Last week in Halifax, I had an extremely pleasant bout of mindfulness in a sweaty black-box theatre with a small crowd of very badly dressed and not-recently-bathed people, listening to some improvisational music that sounded a lot like grunts and growls and pops and whines. The music was a group creation, conceived by a sound artist of the old school called Helmut Lemke. Globe & Mail, August 30, 2015

Los Angeles

LA’s New Broad Museum – Ideas And Compromises “The result is a streamlined ratio of exhibition to ancillary space, something increasingly rare in an age of museum bloat. The Broad has 50,000 square feet of gallery space — 35,000 on the third floor and 15,000 more on the first — in a building totaling 120,000 square feet. Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum in New York has the same amount of interior exhibition space in a building covering 220,000 square feet.” Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2015

New Broad Museum’s Online Reservation System Crashes On First Day “The public’s enthusiasm was apparent – maybe a little too apparent – on Monday when the Broad Museum began booking online reservations for its Sept. 20 opening and beyond. By midafternoon, the Web page for reservations to the new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles carried an announcement in red type: ‘Due to overwhelming demand, our ticketing system is currently down.’” Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2015


Denver Art Museum Announces Major Show of Female Abstract Expressionists The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will have a major exhibition about female Abstract Expressionists in summer 2016. Titled “Women of Abstract Expressionism,” the show will feature more than 50 works by 12 artists. ARTnews, September 1, 2015


Boston’s Institute Of Contemporary Art At The Crossroads “Approaching the 10-year mark in its handsome waterfront building, will the ICA (which was founded in 1936 as the Boston Museum of Modern Art) step up to the next level? Will it galvanize both artists and the public, embarrassing older, slower museums with its fleetness of foot, its largeness of vision, its willingness to provoke, surprise, and seduce? Or will it continue to strike large slabs of its potential audience as fiddly and pinched, a place of pretension, predictability, and underwhelming exhibits?” Boston Globe, August 31, 2015

New York

Cooper Union Agrees to Deal to End Lawsuit, Could Lead to Return to Tuition-Free Status Cooper Union has struck a deal–overseen by Eric T. Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general–that could help solve the school’s fiscal crisis, and might also lead the institution to eventually return to its longstanding tuition-free model. ARTnews, September 1, 2015

United States

When Disaster Strikes, Museums Call In The A-Team Of Conservation “You’ve got a muddy 18th century chest of drawers. Who you gonna call? The American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team, also known as AIC-CERT. Okay, it’s not quite as catchy as Ghostbusters. But for workers at cultural institutions, the AIC-CERT is a disaster relief A-Team, solving problems ranging from a a burst pipe to a tsunami.” Atlas Obscura, August 26, 2015

Should Galleries Be Paying Artists Less? Five Voices From The Noisy Debate “A Twitterstorm erupted in the US last month over the findings of survey of 8,000 art galleries based in the US, UK and Germany.” Magnus Resch recommended “that most artists should be paid only 30% of sales not the traditional 50/50 split of most galleries (superstar artists aside). It probably hasn’t helped that he divides artists into some all-too-pithy categories.” The Art Newspaper, August 26, 2015


British Museum signs deal to send touring shows to Spain A €2m partnership with foundation of savings bank includes exhibitions on ancient Greece and Egypt. The Art Newspaper, September 1, 2015

Underwater sculptures emerge from Thames in climate change protest Jason deCaires Taylor’s four horsemen of the apocalypse, close to Houses of Parliament, are political comment on impact of fossil fuels. The Guardian, September 2, 2015


Le Corbusier Centre Pompidou / Paris Le Corbusier’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou would have left no traces on the art calendar had it not been accompanied by the release of three books detailing the architect’s relationship with Fascism. Flash Art International, September 1, 2015


Jeff Koons goes head-to-head with Michelangelo To coincide with Florence’s antiques biennial, US artist will unveil sculpture next to statue of David. The Art Newspaper, September 1, 2015

Book Review

Cities, Museums, and Soft Power Book Review Jasper Visser reflects on the way museums take on new responsibilities as they transform from government institutions into civic institutions. Visser reviews Cities, Museums, and Soft Power – written by Gail Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg, commenting on how cities should use museums as soft power tools and how “they should play a constructive role in the future of their communities.” The Museum of the Future, August 10, 2015 (This title available in the Vancouver Art Gallery Library)

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