Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 17, 2015


Fall arts preview 2015 visual arts critics’ picks: Beeswax to light bulbs, media mixes freely. “Not surprisingly, more and more artists are investigating the interface between the digital realm and the material world, some fully embracing the new technology and others opposing it. Online exhibitions and residencies proliferate, shaping and informing shows in physical galleries and museums.” Robin Laurence’s arts preview includes Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Georgia Straight, September 16, 2015

Fall arts preview 2015: Fiona Ackerman’s paintings mash forms. “In 2009, Fiona Ackerman created a painting titled Distraction. In it, a man and a baby sit at either end of a brown sofa, staring accusingly at the woman who is depicting them. The man is Ackerman’s husband and the baby is her son, then six months old, and together they embody the challenges that still face women when they take on the triumvirate of marriage, motherhood, and career.” Georgia Straight, September 16, 2015

Fall arts preview 2015: Artist Steven Brekelmans draws from hobbyists. “Severed hands, grinning skulls, dripping guts—it’s difficult to reconcile these grisly, death-metal-style images with their seemingly cheerful maker, Steven Brekelmans.” Georgia Straight, September 16, 2015

Circa 1948 summons Vancouver’s past in intense detail. In Vancouver, the standard ghost story—in which places are haunted by vanished people—is turned inside out. Here, people are haunted by vanished places, half-remembered streetscapes, erased patterns of light and shade. This is what makes the stunning digital re-creations of Circa 1948 so uncanny. Devised by internationally renowned local artist Stan Douglas in collaboration with the National Film Board Digital Studio, the immersive piece is a hyper-detailed, interactive simulation of two long-gone Vancouver locales as they appeared just after the Second World War. Georgia Straight, September 16, 2015

Technology at SFU Woodward’s immerses viewers in Hidden Pasts. Assembled by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Vancouver International Film Festival to celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary, Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures: A Festival of Immersive Arts is sure to astonish and provoke even the most tech-savvy viewer. Georgia Straight, September 16, 2015

Vancouver lacks dynamic public spaces: architect. “We need a variety of spaces for the way Vancouver is growing: spaces that aren’t muddy and soaked in the winter that are suitable for people with different levels of accessibility”… One of the significant redesigns of an urban public space in this city, he said, is the plaza on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Nik Milkovich, principal of Milkovich Architects Inc., is leading the plaza redesign team, which includes Berelowitz. Vancouver Sun, September 16, 2015

Marcus Bowcott: Trans Am Totem puts cars on a pedestal. “One of the first sculptural pieces by Marcus Bowcott that I saw made me laugh. It was a small ceramic sculpture – about the size of maquette – of several squashed cars and a Humvee all in a pale shade of green in an exhibition at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. As I described it in a review five years ago, I associated the colour more with “Martha Stewart than with a tough-looking civilian vehicle modeled after a military vehicle.”” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, September 11, 2015

Nordstrom gala in Vancouver raises $420,000. More than 2,000 people attended a sold-out opening gala and fashion show Wednesday night. The event raised $420,000 to benefit the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Province, September 17, 2015


On the Street: New director for museum. The Royal British Columbia Museum has added Peeter Wesik to its board of directors. He is the president of Wesgroup Properties. Wesik previously practiced law as a partner at Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) and is involved in numerous industry associations, including the Urban Development Institute, where he served as a director and chairman. He is also a past trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Times Colonist, September 17, 2015


Saskatchewan artist makes colouring book for grown-ups. As adult colouring books continue to grow in popularity, Saskatoon artist Jeanne Burbage has jumped on the trend by publishing her own. CBC News, September 16, 2015


Lossy and found. With a bio forthrightly identifying him as a “recovered drug-addict living with schizophrenia” and a practice that spans painting, street art, music and graphic design, Winnipeg artist Benj Funk brings something of an outsider’s perspective. Winnipeg Free Press, September 16, 2015


Robyn McCallum’s Top Pick from the Canadian Art Foundation Auction. Robyn McCallum top pick is Knicks and Rangers by Karen Kraven. Canadian Art, September 16, 2015


Are Artist-Run Centres Still Relevant? In the 45 years since Canada’s first artist-run centres (ARCs) were established, they have grown into a network of institutions unto themselves. Over 30 years ago, A.A. Bronson published The Humiliation of the Bureaucrat: Artist-run Centres as Museums by Artists, which delineates the intentions, processes and forms of ARCs across Canada. But how would this article read if it were written today? It’s time to take stock of ARCs in our present moment, questioning their function within an increasingly connected, digital era. Canadian Art, September 16, 2015

Los Angeles

The Broad: a first look Highly anticipated LA museum opens this weekend with star works from its collection, including Kusama’s Infinity Room and ten pieces by Jeff Koons. The Art Newspaper, September 17, 2015

The Broad Museum – A History Of Collecting, Not Art “There’s no artist or movement here that hasn’t already had abundant exposure in museums and galleries over the years, if not the decades. As a result, whatever the Broad collection may say about the art of the recent past, the real story it tells is about art collecting in our time.” Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2015

The Broad Museum’s Big LA Statement “When it opens on September 20, the Broad will become the city’s second richest museum behind the Getty—its endowment of $200 million is more than the endowments of the neighboring Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—as well as the latest edition to the developing downtown arts district. Commissioned by the billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, the $140 million museum will showcase and store the couple’s more than 2,000-piece collection.” The Atlantic, September 15, 2015

New Art Galleries Enjoy a Los Angeles Advantage: Space Artists and collectors are excited about the energetic studios and galleries springing up in Boyle Heights, a formerly industrial part of the city. New York Times, September 16, 2015

Matthew Barney’s Most Punishing Tour: ‘River of Fundament’ A new film, almost six hours long, and a body of sculpture inspired by the film are being exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. New York Times, September 15, 2015


Detroit Institute Of Arts Picks A New Director “Salvador Salort-Pons, 45, who is the DIA’s executive director of collection strategies and information and an authority on European art, will take the post effective Oct. 15.” Detroit Free Press, September 16, 2015

New York

Let’s talk literature at the New York Art Book Fair Along with 370 publishers, artists, institutions and dealers in antique and rare books, the event offers a rich programme of discussions. The Art Newspaper, September 17, 2015

‘If You Can’t Find Something Good Enough, You Have to Make It Yourself’: Flavin Judd On Curating His Father’s Work at 101 Spring Street and Beyond Donald Judd, the key figure of Minimalism, even though he hated that term, purchased the five-story building at 101 Spring Street in New York in 1968, where he lived and worked until his death. ARTnews, September 17, 2015

Season Three of the Met’s ‘Artist Project’ Series Is Now Online Earlier today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art posted the third season of its acclaimed online video series The Artist Project, in which artists from around the world are asked to pick an object from the Met’s collection and talk about it. ARTnews, September 17, 2015


Shortlist announced for UK’s biggest contemporary art prize Artes Mundi, the UK’s biggest prize for contemporary art, has announced the shortlist for its seventh edition. The seven artists nominated for the £40,000 award, which is presented every two years in Cardiff, Wales, are: John Akomfrah (UK), Neïl Beloufa (France/Algeria), Amy Franceschini with the Futurefarmers collective (USA/Belgium), Lamia Joreige (Lebanon), Nástio Mosquito (Angola), Hito Steyerl (Germany/Japan) and Bedwyr Williams (UK). The Art Newspaper, September 17, 2015

Ai and Kapoor complete walk for refugees Blankets carried by participants, as symbol of concern, will go to charity. The Art Newspaper, September 17, 2015

A Departure for Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy in London A large exhibition highlights his Chinese work but ushers in a new phase. New York times, September 16, 2015

Surrey, England

British photographer creates ‘Wonderland’ photographs in memory of late mother. Photographer Kirsty Mitchell speaks about her deeply personal journey creating magnificent ‘Wonderland’ photos in memory of her late mother. Globe & Mail, September 16, 2015


Great art takeaway opens in Paris Hans-Peter Feldmann, Christian Boltanski and Wolfgang Tillmans among those happy to see works picked up for free in interactive exhibition. The Art Newspaper, September 17, 2015


Our Relationship With Libraries Is Changing (Fast) Overall, perhaps people aren’t visiting libraries as much because their relationship to the printed word, still a library’s core offering, is dramatically changing. The Atlantic, September 15, 2015

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