Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 22, 2015


VIFF 2015: Hockney provides a visual feast One of the art world’s true originals, David Hockney provides enough eye candy to fill several films. Georgia Straight, September 16, 2015


Fellows inducted and new Chair elected at GLENBOW AGM Glenbow announced the induction of music legend Ian Tyson, Calgary philanthropist Dr. Marmie Hess and late Kainai elder Frank Weasel Head as Fellows of the Glenbow-Alberta Institute at the museum’s Annual General Assembly on September 16. Galleries West, September 17, 2015


At Oakville Galleries, a very Modern murder mystery In Derek Sullivan’s gothic country studio, old meets new with calamitous results. Toronto Star, September


The Board of The Kingston Prize Association, and the Jury, have announced the 30 finalists in the 2015 competition. The Kingston Prize of $20,000 is presented by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and there will be two Honourable Mention awards of $2000 each. At each exhibition venue, there will be a People’s Choice award of $1000. Galleries West, September 18, 2015


On the Wall: Berlin, South Africa, New York, Toronto Shannon Bool, William Kentridge and Anne Collier open intriguing new shows. Toronto Star, September 22, 2015


National Gallery of Canada to show Saskatoon collector’s Pre-Raphaelite drawings Back in Saskatoon, Lanigan soon began acquiring Pre-Raphaelite art, mainly drawings. His collection is so impressive the National Gallery of Canada is showing 100 of the works, the bulk of the collection, from Oct. 9 to Jan. 3. Galleries West, September 21, 2015

It’s Complicated: Ottawa’s uneasy relationship with visual arts While Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have faced plenty of criticism from the arts community, the complexity of various budgetary regimes can make it difficult to draw precise conclusions about overall trends in arts funding. Galleries West, September 17, 2015


CHUM unveils 10 pieces of art for new superhospital The director of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal unveiled 10 pieces of art Monday that will be displayed in and on the building as of next year. Montreal Gazette, September 21, 2015


Are Artist-Run Centres Still Relevant? Part Two Can the artist-run centre survive in a digital, thoroughly international millennial artworld? Part two of our cross-country survey. Canadian Art, September 21, 2015

Los Angeles

95-Degree Heat And Long Lines Don’t Keep Thousands Of People From The Broad’s Opening Day “The private parties have been great, but this is the real deal.” Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2015

Kansas City

Missouri Politicians Use Thomas Hart Benton Mural As Writing Surface, And It Goes Viral “The vice chairwoman of the Missouri Republican Party apologized Sunday for what she described as a ‘thoughtless act’ that involved her writing on a business card atop a Thomas Hart Benton painting in the Missouri Statehouse.” Kansas City Star, September 20, 2015

New York

Beatrix Ruf Wins ICI’s Agnes Gund Curatorial Award Beatrix Ruf, the director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of Independent Curators International’s Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, which “is presented every other year to an established curator for their outstanding contributions. ARTnews, September 22, 2015

The World’s Most Expensive Pop-Up Shop Four of Europe’s top antiquities dealers bring their treasures to America, hoping to seduce a generation of collectors raised on contemporary art. New York Times, September 22, 2015


Tate Modern Announces Opening Date for New Extension The addition is to open June 17, 2016, and a tour of the building suggested that the Tate Modern will add a new tourist attraction to the city in the form of a wide balcony running around the entire 10th level. New York Times, September 22, 2015

Tate Modern to unveil new extension in June 2016 Fundraising challenges and complexity of building design delayed completion by four years. The Art Newspaper, September 22, 2015

Proceeds From Christie’s Sale of Peter Doig’s ‘Cabin Essence’ Will Benefit World Justice Project At its October 16 contemporary evening sale, coinciding with the Frieze art fair, Christie’s London will auction Peter Doig’s Cabin Essence, which the artist completed in 1994. ARTnews, September 22, 2015

So Who *Was* John Singer Sargent, And Who Were The People He Painted? “Sargent, said one of his biographers, was ‘at home everywhere, and belonged nowhere.’ Born in Florence to American parents in 1856, he grew up in Europe yet always considered himself American.” And by the time he settled in London in his thirties, he “seems to have known everyone.” New York Review of Books, October, 2015

A steal of a deal: Banksy street art on auction CBC, September 21, 2015


‘Splendor and Misery: Images of Prostitution,’ Captures a Profession in Paris Through Artists’ Eyes The Musée d’Orsay is touting this show as the first major exhibition on the artistic representation of prostitution in Paris. New York Times, September 21, 2015


Italian Gov’t Declares Cultural Sites ‘Essential Services’ After Unions Lock Tourists Out Of Colosseum “Unionized workers at the Roman amphitheatre held a 2½ meeting in the morning, keeping the gates locked until they had finished their discussions. They said the stoppage was within their rights, but confusion reigned outside the Colosseum.” In response, the Cabinet put cultural sites alongside hospitals and transit on the list of essential services in which work stoppages are restricted. Reuters, September 20, 2015


Zaha Hadid Pulls Out Of Tokyo Olympic Stadium Project The British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has abandoned her attempt to re-enter the race to build the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, two months after her initial design was scrapped amid soaring construction costs. The Guardian, September 18, 2015

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