Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 16, 2015


Architecture by Herzog & de Meuron on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The concept design of the new Vancouver Art Gallery designed by Herzog & de Meuron will be revealed only at the end of September, in the meantime and until 4th October the Canadian Gallery is hosting the exhibition Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery, dedicated to architecture and to the work of the Herzog & de Meuron studio. Floornature, September 16, 2015

DTES art gallery losing funding after more than 2 decades. An art gallery in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside faces an uncertain future with half of its funding being cut off in the coming months. After 21 years Vancouver Coastal Health has decided to stop funding Gallery Gachet, a gallery and art space which offers art and vocational workshops and primarily serves those with mental health issues. CBC News, September 12, 2015

In Galleries This Week: Alex Morrison, Cameron Cartiere and Jasna Guy, and Bradley Harms. Opening this week are exhibitions by Alex Morrison at Burnaby Art Gallery and SFU Gallery, Cameron Cartiere and Jasna Guy at the Richmond Art Gallery and Bradly Harms at Winsor Gallery. Vancouver Sun, September 15, 2015


Royal B.C. Museum voted best in Canada The Royal B.C. Museum has captured TripAdvisor’s award as the best museum in Canada for the second consecutive year. “I’m happy to see them get well-deserved recognition.” said Paul Nursey, Tourism Victoria’s chief executive. “The Royal B.C. Museum reliably puts on great events year after year, which is an anchor to tourism in Victoria.” Times Colonist, September 2015


Look inside Chris Cran’s retrospective at the Art Gallery of Alberta. With a body of work that’s over 40 years deep, Alberta painter Chris Cran is a towering figure in Canadian art. His paintings are thought provoking, challenging and decidedly oddball, rife with visual trickery and wry pop-culture references (his Self-Portrait With the Combat Nymphos of Saigon looks like a scene from a wacky ’70s B movie). Now, the Art Gallery of Alberta is exhibiting the most thorough examination of his work yet in a sprawling retrospective. CBC News, September 15, 2015

Leaksdale, Ontario

Lucy Maud Montgomery photos on permanent exhibit A collection of photographs taken by Lucy Maud Montgomery has found a permanent home where the public can see them at one of her homes in Ontario. CBC, September 15, 2015


Get to Know Your AIMIA Finalists. The 2015 edition AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize features some major figures in contemporary art. Dave Jordano, Annette Kelm, Owen Kydd and Hito Steyerl are all in the running for the $50,000 prize, but, in order to win, their work will need to resonate with audiences, as the prize is determined by a public vote. The voting period runs until 11:59 p.m. on November 29, 2015. Canadian Art, September 15, 2015


Fall Arts: Paul Allen Plans an Art Gallery for SLU. With Paul Allen as your patron, like a Medici or Carnegie, running Seattle’s newest planned art venue ought to be an exercise in blue-sky spending, right? Seattle Weekly, September 14, 2015

Los Angeles

Problem With LA’s New Broad Museum – Too Much Art? “The volume of work chosen for the inaugural exhibition, on both the third floor and a smaller first-floor gallery that will eventually be used for temporary shows, is overwhelming. Partition walls clutter the third floor, and obliterate its spatial drama. And too many of the works are so large, and importune the visitor so aggressively, that one feels hectored by hectares of art.” Washington Post, September 14, 2015

Proceeds From Sale of $60 M. Cy Twombly Will Benefit Wilshire Boulevard Temple On November 11, Sotheby’s in New York will sell Cy Twombly’s Untitled, 1968 (New York City), with estimated price exceeding $60 million, according to the auction house. ARTnews, September 16, 2015


Turning Combines Into Sculptures And Printmaking With Rhubarb Stalks: Minnesota Leads The Way In Rural Arts “While some of the initiatives currently underway may benefit cultural tourism, most of the efforts seem to be based on an understanding of the intrinsic value of the arts in the life of any community and the sense of belonging that anchors people to a place.” Nonprofit Quarterly, September 10, 2015


Andy Warhol Really Did Like Campbell’s Soup “Host Alec Baldwin talks to Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum, about the hyper-inventive multimedia star, and learns about the surprisingly deep emotional basis for Warhol’s obsession with Campbell’s Soup.” (podcast) Here’s the Thing, September 15, 2015


Wadsworth relives Gilded Age glory days in grand reopening Every gallery will be open to the public for the first time in 50 years. The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2015

New York

Old is new again: Phillips expands focus to include Modern art New department to hold its first sale during November New York auction season. The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2015

Dufftown, Scotland

Watch artist Jon Sasaki build a plane, and crash it. Jon Sasaki recently moved to Scotland, where he built an airplane and made it fly. He had never piloted an aircraft before, let alone built one. He’s neither an engineer nor even a hobbyist — he’s an artist — so it’s an understatement to say success was a long shot. But Sasaki’s plane is consistent with the rest of his art practice: he often sets tasks for himself that are difficult if not impossible and, ultimately, tragicomic. CBC News September 16, 2015


Restitution claim rejected for Bristol Museum’s Renoir Painting’s sale was forced but not by Nazis, report concludes. The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2015


Review: Making Connections at Istanbul’s Biennial “The Most Beautiful of All Mothers,” by Adrián Villar Rojas, is part of the Istanbul Biennial. Organized by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, this sprawling international exhibition in Turkey blurs the borders among art, history and science. The New York Times, September 16, 2015

Shikoku, Japan

Isamu Noguchi Left A Lot Of Work Behind In Japan – What’s Going To Happen To It? Making a museum of the Japanese sculptor’s old studio on the island of Shikoku has proven to be a long, complicated matter, with challenging issues concerning the ownership of the artwork, the buildings and the land on which they sit. Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2015


Study: Participation In The Arts Driven By Education, Not Class “Sociologist Aaron Reeves of the University of Oxford reports most forms of arts participation are strongly correlated not with class, but rather with education. To his surprise, he found that in a large sample of the English population, those with higher incomes were actually less likely to be active participants in the arts.” Pacific Standard, September 15, 2015

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