Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 11-14, 2015


Fall art preview: Unveiling of concept design for new VAG is much anticipated All eyes will be on the Vancouver Art Gallery later this month when it makes one of the biggest announcements in its 84-year-history: the concept design for a brand new gallery. Exhibitions noted include:

Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie Oct. 24 to Jan. 17 | Vancouver Art GalleryThis exhibition includes works that explore Pethick’s interest in perception and optics as well as those focusing on key moments in the history of modernism. A resident of Hornby Island, he gathered material for many of his works close to home from the Hornby Island Recycling Depot.

Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven Oct. 30 to Jan. 17 | Vancouver Art Gallery  Embracing Canada brings together works from the VAG’s collection and from a private collection to look at the evolution of the country’s landscape in paintings from 1840 to 1940. It features works by Cornelius Krieghoff, Charlotte Schreiber, Emily Carr and Jock Macdonald. Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2015

Cameron Cartiere and the chART Collective: For All Is For Yourself Academic and Public Art Facilitator Cameron Cartiere’s exhibition will highlight the decreasing bee populations which are being threatened by factors such as disease and parasites, pesticide use and loss of habitat. Galleries West, September 12, 2015


Look Again: Chris Cran plays with perception, but he labours under no illusions Chris Cran is alive and well. This, according to the curator of National Gallery of Canada, makes the 66-year-old artist ineligible for a retrospective. Rather, Sincerely Yours, the exhibition opening tomorrow at the Art Gallery of Alberta before moving to the National Gallery in the spring, is a survey of the artist’s still flourishing career. “I’ll go along with that,” says Cran, adding that he is, indeed, not dead. When you see him, he will be wearing a black T-shirt and black jeans. This is exactly the same thing he has worn since he was 16 years old. A time when, bottled up in Salmon Arm, B.C., he was called by outside forces: the pull of the Beat poets Burroughs and Ginsberg, and the rock poets like Bob Dylan. Now over 60 years of age, Cran still wears this “uniform.” Calgary Herald, September 11, 2015


Art starts now for Remai Modern The Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan doesn’t open until 2016, but that isn’t stopping staff from engaging the public with art – particularly students. Star Phoenix, September 14, 2015

Behind the scenes at the Remai gallery A year away from opening, the Remai Modern Art Gallery at River Landing is still a skeletal structure. Rows of steel beams mark where walls will eventually be constructed, some nails stick from floor boards on the third floor and orange tarps – temporary window coverings – flap angrily in the wind. Star Phoenix, September 11, 2015


Best of the Fest: 5 Art Picks for TIFF 2015 There are 54 films, videos and installations this year in TIFF’s art-focused Wavelengths program, curated by Andréa Picard. Rosie Prata provides a preview of the top five things to see at TIFF 2015. Canadian Art, September 10, 2015

Corrie Jackson’s Top Pick from the Canadian Art Foundation Auction Corrie Jackson, assistant curator at RBC, picks her favourite work from the Canadian Art Foundation’s upcoming auction. Canadian Art, September 14, 2015


Montreal festival mines for art in the visual heap of online databases Some artists who work with photography see no reason to add to the glut of images created by phone cameras and photo-sharing websites. They prefer to find new meaning in the chaos through the kinds of works that dominate Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the biennial festival which opened its 14th edition on Thursday at 16 venues across the city. Globe and Mail, September 11, 2015


News in Brief: New OAC Chair, Aimia Vote Opens and Alex Colville’s Summer Blockbuster This week, finalists for a major monument competition were announced, the OAC appointed a new chair and the Alex Colville retrospective proved a success. Canadian Art, September 11, 2015

Los Angeles

LA’s Newest Museum Thinks Traditionally About Museums “The very definition of collecting, in a time of speculative buying, is now up for grabs. Shouldn’t these changes radically alter the old museum model, loosen it up, make it more experimental, shift its identity from locked treasure house to clearinghouse for fresh ideas?” New York Times, September 13. 2015

How Curators Are Learning How To Show LA’s New Broad Museum “Any curator will tell you that it takes time to learn a new building’s personality quirks — to figure out how best to configure temporary walls, take advantage of sight lines that let art pull a visitor through the galleries and calibrate an installation so that objects visually speak to one another. The Broad’s inaugural installation began only in June. That’s quick. Three visits over that relatively brief period revealed a work in evolutionary progress, with many changes along the way. Some may yet come before doors open to a curious public next week.” Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2015

As the Broad prepares to open, a look behind Los Angeles’s most anticipated private museum For 35 years, the new museum’s multibillionaire benefactors have been key to the city’s cultural life. The Art Newspaper, September 14, 2015

How Frank Gehry Came To Design In Watts (And For Free Too) “At a time when he can cherry-pick his projects, Gehry has chosen Watts. And in Children’s Institute Inc. he has found an interesting client. Founded in 1906 by a female probation officer, the organization began life in Los Angeles as the Big Sister League to help young women in crisis (namely, those who were unmarried and pregnant).” Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2015

New York

MoMA’s Picasso sculptures show is 1st major US display in 50 years From his earliest piece, a tiny terra cotta of a seated woman created in 1902, to a head of a woman made in 1964, Picasso Sculpture features more than 140 works on loan from private and public collections that showcase the scope, range and variety of his sculptures. CBC, September 11, 2015

A Look at the Met’s Top 10 Most Visited Exhibitions of All Time ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ comes in at number five. ARTnews, September 12, 2015

‘Gordon Matta-Clark: Energy & Abstraction’ at David Zwirner Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. ARTnews, September 14, 2015


Comfort blankets: White Cube show examines the politics of quilts and tapestries New works by contemporary artists will hang alongside textiles by Gees Bend and Amish women. The Art Newspaper, September 14, 2015


When The Art Is Sarcastic… “If you love art, you must be glad that thousands of people are supporting it by going to “Dismaland.” If you love cultural expression generally, you must be glad millions of people are participating in it on the Internet. But when you see bad expression praised as good — when your Facebook friends share a sarcastic news report, or a millionaire street artist puts mouse ears on an actress and tells her to frown — you must also feel some injustice has been done.” New York Times, September 10, 2015


Shanghai Art Week events find strength in numbers Standout works include an installation by Ai Weiwei, one of the first at a Chinese fair since the government lifted a ban on his art. The Art Newspaper, September 14, 2015


Artist Steve McDonald finds new fans with adult colouring book When Canadian artist Steve McDonald decided to move his family to the island paradise of Bali, Indonesia, two years ago, he never fully considered the implications of leaving a traditional art gallery and a dedicated client list behind. Even more surprising, he had no idea it would lead him to start creating art for other people to colour-in. CBC, September 12, 2015


Here’s A Map Of The History And Spread Of World Culture Can you track how culture and ideas spread around the globe? One way to try is to map the birth- and death-places of significant thinkers throughout history. Where did the big brains migrate and interact? This short visualization maps them. Aeon, September 11, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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