Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 10, 2015


SWARM gets Mount Pleasant buzzing. The city’s thriving contingent of artist-run centres gets the spotlight this weekend as the annual SWARM event of gallery openings takes place in the Mount Pleasant area Thursday night (September 10) and in the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown on Friday night (September 11). Georgia Straight, September 9, 2015

Toni Onley’s ‘Mystery Mural’ confounded Vancouver in 1962. In 1962, The Vancouver Sun didn’t know what to make of Toni Onley‘s collaged painting in The Playhouse.  In the headline of a story in February of that year, the newspaper called it a ‘Mystery Mural’ when it wasn’t a mural at all. Maybe the newspaper was confused because it was something new and didn’t fit into any neat category. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun, September 9, 2015

Jeff Wall: in order to make a picture. An intimate insider’s look at the work and process of world renowned Vancouver photographer Jeff Wall. CBC, September 4, 2015

The Builders at SFU Woodward’s at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Part stage work, part installation, The Builders is a mind-blowing environment constructed by seven unlikely architects—theatre artists, dancers, and a musician. Georgia Straight, September 9, 2015


Best of the Fest: 5 Art Picks for TIFF 2015. TIFF is a cultural feast suited to all manner of tastes, with the well-established Wavelengths program, curated by Andréa Picard, delivering fresh and intriguing takes on what constitutes art-house cinema today. Canadian Art, September 10, 2015

Art in the Time of Recession. In the years leading up to 2008, the Toronto International Art Fair (now Art Toronto) seemed, like all art fairs at the time, to be doing very well. There was a strong mix of international galleries, including a notable number from China. But with the opening shot of the Great Recession landing right in its lap, things, at Art Toronto and elsewhere, were about to change. Canadian Art, September 9, 2015


Oakland Zoo auctions paintings by its animals Elephants, giraffes, lemurs, and even a cockroach at the Oakland Zoo have been exploring their creative sides to produce colourful paintings that will be auctioned for charity. CBC, September 10, 2015

Los Angeles

Eli Broad Hopes His Museum Helps an Arts District Grow The financier and philanthropist behind the Broad museum believes it can encourage downtown Los Angeles’s development as an arts center. New York Times, September 9, 2015

Remembering ‘underground’ artist Noah Davis. Noah Davis, an artist and a champion of making art accessible to the poor, died this past weekend. He was just 32.  He started young. By his early twenties, his paintings were already renowned and accomplished. But his vision went beyond the canvas: in 2012, Mr. Davis founded The Underground Museum in the Arlington Heights neighbourhood of Los Angeles. His idea was to bring art to a place that was sorely lacking it. CBC News, September 4, 2015

New York

Met Appoints Stephen C. Pinson Curator of Photography Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has named Stephen C. Pinson curator of the museum’s photography department, effective November 2. ARTnews, September 9, 2015

Here’s the Exhibitor List for the 2015 Editions/Artists’ Books Fair The Editions/Artists’ Books Fair has announced that, for its 2015 edition, it will move from the former Dia Chelsea building in Manhattan to the Tunnel building, a few blocks away along the Hudson River. ARTnews, September 9, 2015

Jerry Saltz On How Picasso the Sculptor Ruptured Art History “We don’t think of Picasso as a sculptor, but we should. He was a great one. In the years after that summer with Braque, Picasso performed a vivisection of 500 years of Western spatial perspective.” New York Magazine, September 9, 2015

Puerto Rico

Dan Flavin light piece to be installed deep inside a Puerto Rican cave Dia Art Foundation heads overseas with a major—and potentially controversial installation. The high-profile artist duo Allora and Calzadilla, who represented the US at the 2011 Venice Biennale, will unveil later this month one of their most ambitious and audacious works off Puerto Rico’s southwest coast. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2015


Tate should return looted Constable painting, new report recommends The Tate is expected to hand over a Constable seascape to the heirs of a Hungarian aristocrat, after a new recommendation by the UK’s Spoliation Advisory Panel. Beaching a Boat, Brighton (1824) had been looted after the Nazi invasion of Hungary in 1944. The painting later came to the UK, with its pre-war provenance unknown, and it was donated to Tate in good faith in 1986. Case reopened after new information provided by Hungary. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2015

Drawings revealed for first Harry Potter illustrated edition Check out new drawings for the first illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! CBC, September 10, 2015


Anish Kapoor Sued for Leaving Anti-Semitic Text on Sculpture In the latest chapter to the ongoing controversy around the anti-Semitic text that vandals wrote on British artist Anish Kapoor’s Versailles sculpture, the artist revealed at a press conference yesterday that a Versailles politician is suing him for opting to leave the offensive message on his work. Artforum, September 10, 2015


Unofficial Iranian art ‘embassy’ to open in Jerusalem Launch of the performance and exhibition space pushed back to October as more artists joined the project. The Art Newspaper, September 10, 2015

Hobart, Tasmania

We are Gilbert & George’: artist duo to visit Mona for first Australian show. Gilbert & George, partners in art, life, fine tailoring and Turkish cuisine, will visit Australia in November for a major retrospective of their work at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania.  The Guardian, September 9, 2015

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