Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 3, 2015


What’s on: Vancouver’s best events this week — Sept. 2 to Sept. 8. As hard as it is to bid farewell to the long, warm days of summer, a communal slide show hosted by photographer and former CBC radio personality David Wisdom is not a bad way to say goodbye. This time around, Wisdom’s slide show features images set to music by Sophia Burke, Aaron Carpenter, Adad Hannah, Doug Lander, Alex Morrison and others, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Sept. 8 at 7 pm (tickets through the Gallery’s website). Vancouver Sun, September 2, 2015

News in Brief: Richard Rhodes Departs, Access Gallery Heads to Sea, NEXT2015 Recipients Announced. After a successful fundraising campaign, Access Gallery’s travelling artist residency, which will send artists cross the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to Shanghai aboard cargo ships, is officially a go. The gallery raised more than $11,000 for the project, which saw its first participant, Elisa Ferrari, embark on her trip to Shanghai in June. The project will stretch over the next three years, culminating in a travelling exhibition and publication. Other news: Contemporary Calgary announced this year’s participants in NEXT2015. Jake Klein-Waller, Dana Buzzee, Tia HallidayandQuartet in Transit will all be participating, with the inaugural residency beginning in late August. Canadian Art, August 28, 2015

To Ellen Neel, indigenous art was a living symbol of the Kwakwaka’wakw. In April, 1948, Kwakwaka’wakw artist Ellen Neel gave a speech at the University of B.C. She was asked to talk about what was then called Indian art and the potential for a commercial market at the Conference on Native Indian Affairs. It was one of the first forums in the country to address issues affecting indigenous people in B.C. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, September 2, 2015

TAIWANfest artist CHiA shines new light on sun-dried goods. Chia Hui Chien’s serene photograph series “The Gifts of the Sun” challenges any preconceptions you may have about Taiwan. Beyond the high-rises of the high-tech hub Taipei, rural people have been sun-drying food, fabrics, and incense for centuries. And even to the young Taiwanese artist known simply as CHiA, it was a revelation. Georgia Straight, September 2, 2015

Memorial for disability arts icon Geoff McMurchy set for September 8. A memorial for the late disability arts activist and artist Geoff McMurchy will be held Tuesday (September 8) from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser Street). The founding artistic director of Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, a position he held till 2013, was born in Edmonton on September 19, 1955. An accomplished dancer and visual artist, he suffered an accident in 1977 that left him quadriplegic. McMurchy’s dream was that disability art be considered on the same level as all art. “My interest is that the art that is presented should not be through the filter of ‘disability’; I would like it to be appreciated as art, and you don’t have to like it,” he once said. Georgia Straight, September 2, 2015


BAG and SFU team up for art exhibition. The Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG), in collaboration with SFU Art Gallery, presents Alex Morrison: Phantoms of a Utopian Will / Like Most Follies, More Than a Joke and More Than a Whim. Burnaby News Leader, September 2, 2015

Sava Lake, Saskatchewan

Artist drives and paints his way through barren northern Saskatchewan. Artist Eric Jurewich travels through Saskatchewan: “The perception of Saskatchewan’s geography may be one of sprawling wheat fields on flat plains, but the northern part of the province is actually comprised mostly of water. The only road in, one of the last barren roads in Canada, starts in La Ronge.” Globe & Mail, September 3, 2015


Surrender: Liz Magor AGO exhibit a sincere art of juxtapositions. “Stuffy” is what you could call Surrender, the Liz Magor exhibition that opened on the weekend at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Stuffy not in the sense of being straitlaced, but in the sense of being full of stuff – boxes, blankets, garments, coverings, containers, materials “real” and “synthetic.” Globe & Mail, August 31, 2015

Fighting Harper’s Conservative government with art. Allan Harding MacKay has done two stints as a war artist for the Department of National Defence, travelling to Somalia in 1993 and Afghanistan in 2002. But these days he is waging his own battle – against the current federal government. Globe & Mail, September 3, 2015

Los Angeles

Mesmerizing Photos That Capture the Thrill of Reading. Ellen Cantor and her husband have amassed an untold number of books in their many years together. But, as is the case for many book owners, she hasn’t exactly read them all. Among the ones she has, there are 12 that hold a special meaning for her—some that she had read as a child and others that were childhood favorites of her mother. With that in mind, Cantor created the series “Prior Pleasures,” for which she has now photographed 25 classic childhood books. Slate Magazine, September 2, 2015


Wadsworth Atheneum In Hartford Puts Final Touches On A Comeback “On Sept. 19, after a five-year, relatively humble $33 million renovation, the Wadsworth is finally reopening the Morgan Memorial Building … and its European galleries, which have been mostly closed since 2009. … For the first time in 50 years all the Wadsworth’s galleries will be open at once.” New York Times, August 31, 2015

Cambridge, MA

Putting an artist in her place. “Corita Kent and the Language of Pop Art,” an exhibit opening this week at the Harvard Art Museums positions Corita Kent and her work as central to an art movement famous for celebrating kitsch and consumer culture.. Harvard Gazette, September 1, 2015

New York

Cooper Union Reaches Settlement With NYS Attorney General And Alumni The agreement doesn’t provide for the return of free tuition – yet – but it does end the current litigation over that issue and provide for outside financial oversight. New York Times, September 2, 2015

$100 M. Modigliani Will Lead ‘Artist’s Muse’ Sale at Christie’s Christie’s auction house in New York will be selling Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché (Reclining Nude) at a special evening sale of 20th century art on Monday, November 9, organized around the theme of “The Artist’s Muse.” ARTnews, September 3, 2015


Carbuncle Cup 2015: The Worst Building Of The Year In Britain Is – – just awful. “It has singed shopfronts, melted cars and caused great gusts of wind to sweep pedestrians off their feet. … Responsible for a catalogue of catastrophes, it is hard to imagine a building causing more damage if it tried.” The Guardian, September 2, 2015


Artist to lead France’s most prestigious art school after summer of discontent 03 September 2015 Culture minister’s appointment of Jean-Marc Bustamante follows controversial removal of leading curator ‎at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The Art Newspaper, September 3, 2015


Art, With Stunning Water Views in Sweden The cultural center Artipelag speaks to the founders’ deep ties to the area as well as their focus on the arts. New York Times, September 2, 2015


Where Did Soviet Architects Get To Have Fun With Their Designs? Bus Stops “Just as 18th-century English follies were often try-outs for new architectural styles, some of these roadside pavilions may have been experiments for bigger things. As such, they were opportunities for local sculptors, architects and builders to flex their creative muscles – and boy did they let rip.” The Guardian, September 2, 2015


Technologists Race To Save 3D Images Of Ancient Historical Sites Before ISIS Smashes Them “As ancient sites across Syria and Iraq crumble under bombs and mortar from the region’s battles, archaeologists and technologists are racing to be able to one day reproduce them. In the coming months, they will be distributing thousands of low-cost, high-quality 3D cameras across the Middle East that will hopefully capture these ancient sites before they disappear.” The Daily Beast, September 1, 2015


Shanghai welcomes largest Rain Room so far Installation is a hit at Yuz Museum but Random International surprised to discover imitation already open. The Art Newspaper, September 3, 2015

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