Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 23, 2015

Vancouver

Art this week: Concept Design Presentation, Rove and more. The Vancouver Art Gallery is moving forward with its vision to create an new art museum. See Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron’ design, which more than doubles the current space, at this public unveiling. Other events include: Rove, the semi-annual Mount Pleasant art crawl and LIVE International Performance Art Biennale (a massive event by Vietnam’s Le Bros, deliciousness by Italy’s Fausto Gross, a dab of time travel with Vancouver’s Hank Bull and performances by 17 other global artists). Vancouver Sun, September 22, 2015

New Telus Garden office features large public art projects. Wright Cheney’s work is one of several wall and sculptural pieces at Telus Garden that are open to public viewing during business hours, said Cathy Wardlaw, director of strategic projects for Telus. The company is also working on programming video art projects at night on the skybox projected over Seymour Street. “We worked with the design team to let the art be part of the design (of the building), and not an afterthought,” Wardlaw said. Vancouver Sun, September 22, 2015

Victoria

Robert Amos: Literati ceramics a window into the past. Ink and brush are at the centre of Chinese culture, and fine handwriting was key to advancement in the emperor’s civil service. Many of the scholars who held important places in the Ming dynasty were dispossessed when the Manchurian Qing dynasty took over from the native Chinese after 1644.  Times colonist, September 20, 2015

Edmonton

Edmonton’s Nuit Blanche a gigantic art party — and more. Art party does not begin to describe Edmonton’s first Nuit Blanche. From twirling industrial cranes to a real bulldozer flattening a series of doomed objects in a hockey rink, Nuit Blanche will be a sprawling one-night art happening the likes of which Edmonton has never seen. And it’s free and kid-friendly. Edmonton Journal, September 21, 2015

Regina

MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Love at First Sight exhibit is now open to the public. The MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Love at First Sight exhibit  features approximately 180 works from the private art collection of Morris and Jacqui Schumiatcher. Leader Post, September 22, 2015

Saskatoon

Unseen artist: Coyote Walk sheds light on urban wildlife in Saskatoon. Jay White allows himself to be stalked. He lurks in the shadows, trying to avoid the human gaze, but a GPS app gives away his location. The Vancouver artist aims to spark a conversation about ecological issues and unseen urban spaces with his project Coyote Walk, which took place in Saskatoon from Sunday to Tuesday. Star Phoenix, September 22, 2015

Ottawa

Ottawa Art Gallery launches fundraising campaign. The Ottawa Art Gallery is looking to raise $3.5 million for its expansion project. Ottawa Community News, September 22, 2015

Montreal

Oscar Cahén: A fine artist, finally getting his due. Oscar Cahén should have been famous. But illustrators like him weren’t afforded much respect, and his work was buried for 60 years. That’s set to change. Maclean’s, September 20, 2015

Quebec City

Samuel Roy-Bois Spreads the Love for Œil de Poisson’s 30th Anniversary. I’ve known many artists, and I can’t say the compunction to share the spotlight is a very common trait among the breed. That alone made Samuel Roy-Bois’s project in celebration of Quebec City artist-run centre Œil de Poisson’s 30th anniversary a cool and unusual accomplishment. Canadian Art, September 22, 2015

Los Angeles

Going Downtown. “The Broad, it’s called: a snazzy new museum of excellent contemporary art, which just opened in downtown Los Angeles, right across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art. If that sounds redundant, consider that, a few miles away, on Wilshire Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art also features a contemporary collection, as does, a bit farther west, the Hammer Museum.” New Yorker, September 28, 2015 Issue

Los Angeles

Frank Gehry Draws Ire for Joining Los Angeles River Restoration Project Mr. Gehry’s involvement has prompted stinging criticism from advocates wary of gentrification and skeptical of the architect’s ability to create an appealing outdoor space. New York Times, September 21, 2015

New York

The Architect Who Is Changing Manhattan’s Skyline In Manhattan alone, Bjarke Ingels is simultaneously designing four major additions to the Hudson River skyline and a $335 million hybrid park and flood defense system known as the Dryline along the East River, offering a collective opportunity to leave an enormous personal imprint. Wired, September 21, 2015

Now *That’s* Surreal: How A Huge Man Ray Collection Ended Up In A Long Island Auto Body Shop “A cardboard box labeled, ‘Slinky, Wrench, Razorblade, Bullet, Comb, Can Opener, Many Metal Pieces’ rests open on a workbench. Meanwhile, Roger Browner, Man Ray’s nephew, sits in front of a decade-old iMac looking for an object, per my request.” Vantage, September 8, 2015

London

Tate Modern’s $400 Million Expansion To Open Next June The new building by architects Herzog & de Meuron — linked to the existing structure by the vast Turbine Hall — will add 60 percent more display space for the gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art. Yahoo, September 22, 2015

Gainsborough’s House launches fundraising campaign Planned extension will put Grade-I listed townhouse on the international art map. The Art Newspaper, September 23, 2015

Paris

Musée d’Orsay’s New Show On Prostitution Shut Down Due To Strike “[The Paris museum] was unable to open on Tuesday for the first day of its much-discussed exhibition, Splendour and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850-1910 … The institution’s labour union voted to strike this morning at a general meeting, in protest against a plan to keep the Orsay open to the public seven days a week, starting in November.” The Art Newspaper, September 22, 2015

Has the Louvre pulled out of €160m Rembrandt deal? Now that Dutch government has pledged funds, joint acquisition with French museum seems unlikely. The Art Newspaper, September 23, 2015

Versailles

Versailles Ordered To Cover Over Vandalism On Anish Kapoor’s Sculpture “A French court ordered the Palace of Versailles to cover anti-Semitic graffiti from the artist Anish Kapoor’s installation there this weekend, after a local politician, Fabien Bouglé, filed a complaint that Mr. Kapoor and the palace were inciting racial hatred by leaving the vandalism intact.” Kapoor is not happy: “I feel like a girl who was raped and who is told to go get dressed in a corner.” New York Times, September 21, 2015

International

Surprise: E-Book Sales Slow And Print Sales Pick Up E-books’ declining popularity may signal that publishing, while not immune to technological upheaval, will weather the tidal wave of digital technology better than other forms of media, like music and television.  New York Times, September 23, 2015

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