Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library September 18-21, 2015


10 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Monday, September 21 An exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery features the Pritzker Prize–winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. Georgia Straight, September 21, 2015

Condo tower ‘proposal’ at Vancouver Art Gallery a head scratcher Is there really a proposal to build a 32-storey mixed-use residential and commercial tower on the site of the Vancouver Art Gallery? These farcical plans even sparked a petition to stop the development in its tracks. Launched just yesterday, the petition has already received 85 signatures. Vancity Buzz, September 17, 2015

Technology illuminates the past in immersive Vancouver art exhibit Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures: A Festival of Immersive Arts has just opened in Vancouver, where a futuristic, high-tech window is opening to the past. A series of immersive art installations, including four by Shaw, will take viewers (a word that doesn’t seem to quite cover it) to ancient Chinese caves, an Indian pilgrimage site, a historical (mostly destroyed) Vancouver neighbourhood – and beyond. Globe and Mail, September 18, 2015

Alex Morrison’s Phantoms of a Utopian Will a complex undertaking. Whether through drawing, painting, sculpture, video, or photography, Alex Morrison has created a compelling body of work that employs architectural forms and references as a way of investigating a number of social issues and ideas. Georgia Straight, September 15, 2015

A photograph that deliberately misinterpreted indigenous art. The image at the top of this blog is a good example of the kind of deliberate misinterpretation that occurs when someone of one culture is confronted with scary images from another. It was taken by a photographer for The Vancouver Sun. He staged a photograph of one of the sculptures: Shaman/Muskox Transforming by Judas Ooloolah. A more documentary photograph of the sculpture appeared on the front cover of the catalogue (below). Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, September 17, 2015

Vancouver artists spent 23 days crossing the Pacific on a container vessel Nearly 900 people from around the world applied to be holed up in a container vessel on the Pacific Ocean for more than three weeks as it sails across to Shanghai. Two artists recently returned from this voyage of creative discovery launched as Access Gallery’s revolutionary residency, Twenty-Three Days at Sea. Vancouver Sun, September 18, 2015


Group of Seven war art on display at Calgary gallery Silkscreen images of Canadian landscapes, intended to remind Second World War troops of home, are now central to an exhibit at the University of Calgary’s Founders’ Gallery at the Military Museums. “It’s not what you expect of war art, those depictions of the front line, but something very different,” Lindsey Sharman, curator of the Founders’ Gallery, said in an interview. Globe and Mail, September 18, 2015


Video: The Canadian Art Foundation Can’t Do Without You On September 17, 2015, Canadian Art welcomed more than 650 guests to the Carlu for the 20th anniversary of our annual Gala. Canadian Art, September 18, 2015

AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize nominees show the form’s wide range Originally called the Grange Prize, the annual award has become famous for its international reach, the size of its purse (the winner gets $50,000, each of three runners-up $5,000, plus there are residency and scholarship programs) and its reliance on public vote to determine the winner. Globe and Mail, September 18, 2015


Nuclear technology reveals hidden secrets of great artworks A researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton is using nuclear technology to show what the eye cannot see in great artworks. Brandi Lee MacDonald, a research associate at the university, and an international team of scientists, engineers, conservators and art historians are going below the surface of paintings using new technologies. CBC News, September 18, 2015


Ottawa Art Gallery raises money for new building The Ottawa Art Gallery has launched its first capital fundraising campaign and is looking for $1.5 million in donations from the public for the new municipal art gallery building, slated to open in 2017. “We’ll be five times the size we are now, so that means we’re really moving in quantum leaps here,” said Lawson Hunter, chair of the fundraising campaign and chair of the gallery’s board of directors. CBC, September 18, 2015


Art in abundance during Journées de la culture There aren’t enough days in a month, let alone in Journées de la culture’s three-day run, to experience all the free visual-arts events on the weekend of Sept. 25 to 27. Montreal Gazette, September 18, 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? Canadian Art, September 17, 2015

News in Brief: York Wilson Endowment Award, MAC Shatters Records, Toronto’s Photo Laureate This week, the York Wilson Endowment Award was announced, Montreal’s MAC broke records and more information about Toronto’s Photo Laureate was released. Canadian Art, September 18, 2015

Los Angeles

As The Broad Museum Opens, Teachers Gather To Protest Eli Broad “Protesters are expected to gather outside Eli Broad’s new $140 million museum that houses his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection Sunday, to call on the billionaire to halt plans to back a charter school plan that could enroll half of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.” Los Angeles Daily News, September 20, 2015

U,S, Mexican Border

Native Artists From The U.S. And Mexico To Create A Border Fence – Made Of Air “Titled ‘Repellent Fence,’ the piece will run for four days and will consist of 28 balloons — each 10 feet in diameter — flying at a height of 75 feet at staggered points in Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Sonora, in Mexico.” Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2015


A Major Exhibition for an Architect on the Rise “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye” will open at the Art Institute of Chicago on Saturday. New York Times, September 17, 2015

New York

The Rise And Fall, And Potential Rise Again ,Of Damien Hirst “His star fell sharply after he committed an art-world taboo by bypassing conventional sales channels—selling works slowly through galleries—and auctioned off nearly $200 million of his work directly at Sotheby’s in 2008. While the sale was successful and proved his popularity, it became his undoing.” The Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2015

An Aboriginal Artist’s Dizzying New York Moment Traveling from the remote Australian desert to the United States for his first solo show here, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri has had much to adjust to. New York Times, September 18, 2015


Court ruling over vandalised Versailles sculpture angers Anish Kapoor The artist will reconfigure Dirty Corner but judge says that anti-Semitic slogans painted on the work must be removed immediately. The Art Newspaper, September 21, 2015


Cult all-female show revisited after 30 years Sprüth Magers looks back at Eau de Cologne exhibitions, as “question of power has not really changed” The Art Newspaper, September 17, 2015


Prague’s Titian loan show delayed after insurers refuse to ship works Concerns about the venue’s roof and paperwork delays have postponed the exhibition—insured for €160m—for six weeks. The Art Newspaper, September 18, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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