Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 4-8, 2015

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery to be lit up this long weekend for FacadeFest (PHOTOS) The Robson Street side of Vancouver’s old courthouse building, now home to the Vancouver Art Gallery, will be lit up with bright colours each night. Vancity Buzz, September 6, 2015

Lee Bul showcases ‘micro versions’ of her signature, gigantic works Lee Bul rose to fame in the Korean art scene with her radical performance art involving the subject of abortion in 1989She presented a huge mirror installation that filled a large exhibition room at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea last year. Following her retrospective at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo in 2012, her large installations have been showcased in Luxembourg and Spain. She is expected to hold more exhibitions at Vancouver Art Gallery and at Palais de Tokyo in Paris in October. The Korea Herald, September 6, 2015

New Westminster

An art opening like no other: B.C. care home opens gallery of work by residents with cognitive challenges According to studies cited in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, artistic creativity in patients can emerge, sometimes unexpectedly, even as their dementia increases. National Post, September 8, 2015

British Columbia

ON THE ROAD WITH DANIEL JOYCE: BRITISH COLUMBIA In the final instalment of his road-trip series, Daniel Joyce makes it to British Columbia. There, he drops by artist-run institutions, such as Heidi Nagtegaal’s Hammock Residency and Western Front, finding surprising resonance with his time in Halifax working at the Khyber Centre for the Arts. Canadian Art, September 2, 2015

Toronto

COLLECTIVE GROAN: THREE SUMMER SHOWS AT THE POWER PLANT How collective is collective artmaking, really? Three summer exhibitions at Toronto’s Power Plant by artist collectives simulate symptoms and conditions of radical art, but, when cracked open, reveal hollow cores. Caoimhe Morgan-Feir reviews. Canadian Art, September 3, 2015

Ottawa

A ‘cultural envoy’ in Canada-U.S. relations The Obama portrait is one of numerous artworks found on Lornado’s spacious ground floor, several of which were, like the Close, brought from the Heymans’ Chicago home. Most are by U.S. artists, of course, including a real Campbell’s tomato soup can label autographed by Andy Warhol hanging framed in the guest bathroom. Globe and Mail, September 4, 2015

Lessons learned: The Bad Boy of American art, Eric Fischl, comes to Ottawa Eric Fischl wrote in his biography, Bad Boy, that as a young artist in the 1970s he realized that “only through painting could I unlock my feelings. Ottawa Citizen, September 7, 2015

Montreal

Canada returns seized Phoenician artifact to Lebanon Canada has returned an ancient glass pendant to its home in the Middle East, a decade after it was seized from an antiquities dealer in Montreal. The tiny Phoenician pendant, dating from circa 600 BC, was seized by Canadian border officers in 2006, and the artifact has spent 10 years in limbo while art experts, politicians, diplomats and the courts sorted out its rightful home. CBC, September 5, 2015

Halifax

Lisa Lipton: Sobey Finalist Slideshow Get to know Lisa Lipton, an East Coast drummer and artist who is taking a turn in this year’s Sobey Art Award spotlight. Canadian Art, September 7, 2015

Detroit

For Now, Taubman Sale Means No Gift for Detroit Museum The Detroit Institute of Arts is not a named beneficiary in the will of A. Alfred Taubman, a former owner of Sotheby’s who helped shape the museum, but it may benefit from his private foundation in coming years. New York Times, September 6, 2015

Boston

Did Malcolm Rogers Save Boston’s Museum Of Fine Arts Or Wreck It? Over the years, the museum expanded several times, but the demographics of its audience remained largely white and middle- to upper-middle class. There was a long-held perception in Boston that the MFA was not welcoming to other ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Melton, the longtime archivist, remembers that as a child who grew up in a working-class family outside of Boston, she felt distanced from the museum. Boston Magazine, September 2015

New York

The Whitney Taps Frank Stella for an Inaugural Retrospective at Its New Home The artist, known for his “Black Paintings” in the late 1950s, has continued to work well into his 70s and is currently producing spindly and surprisingly lightweight sculptures. New York Times, September 7, 2015

A Feast of Egyptian Treasures, Picasso Sculptures and Eye-Catching Toys The season includes exhibitions devoted to Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, Frank Gehry’s architecture, kinetic sculptures from the Netherlands, Hellenistic bronzes and much more. New York Times, September 7, 2015

Exhibitions Where Moral Force Trumps Market Forces Coming exhibitions take on matters of gravity, but the best events might not even appear on schedules. New York Times, September 7, 2015

Miami

Miami’s Perez Museum Chooses A New Director Franklin Sirmans has been named the new director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Miami Herald, September 4, 2015

Durrington Walls, England

‘Archaeology On Steroids’: Huge Ritual Arena Discovered Near Stonehenge “Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a massive stone monument buried under a thick, grassy bank only two miles from Stonehenge. The hidden arrangement of up to 90 huge standing stones formed part of a C-shaped Neolithic arena that bordered a dry valley and faced directly towards the river Avon.” The Guardian, September 7, 2015

Weston-super-Mare

Banksy Takes Maskull Lasserre to Dismaland Maskull Lasserre is the only Canadian artist currently showing at Dismaland, Banksy’s dark Disneyland parody at the British resort town of Weston-super-Mare. Canadian Art, September 8, 2015

Paris

Anish Kapoor condemns racist attack on Versailles sculpture French culture minister voices support for artist determined to fight bigotry. The Art Newspaper, September 7, 2015

Barcelona

First House Designed By Gaudí To Become A Museum Casa Vicens in Barcelona, “which has been on UNESCO’s world heritage list since 1984, is due to open to the public for the first time in autumn 2016.” The Art Newspaper, August 28, 2015

Budapest

Halifax artist on the ground with Syrian refugees in Budapest A Halifax woman found herself in the middle of the largest refugee exodus since the Second World War this week in Budapest. Veronica Post is in Hungary working on an art project. The city has become a major transit point for Syrian refugees as they try to make their way to Germany, and other European countries. CBC, September 8, 2015

Iran

Iranian artist could see sentence extended after shaking lawyer’s hand Atena Farghadani’s gesture has led to new charges including “indecent conduct” The Art Newspaper, September 7, 2015

International

Museums Are Plunging Into Digital Enhancements (But Do They Enhance?) “Having recently explored the digital prestidigitations of several pioneering art museums, I have arrived at one firm conclusion: I have seen the future and we’re not there yet.” Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2015

Cheryl Siegel

Librarian/Archivist

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

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