Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 24, 2015


Art from the Archive: The woman with the umbrella in the Vancouver Art Gallery. In all the photos of the Vancouver Art Gallery in its big manila file folder in the archive of The Vancouver Sun, there wasn’t another like the one [here]. “Paintings aren’t dripping,” the caption reads on the photograph that ran by itself on Sept. 5, 1978, “but ceiling is, so Lyse Lemieux keeps umbrella up to admire works at the Vancouver Art Gallery which needs money for repairs.”The photograph shows Lemieux in the original art gallery at 1145 West Georgia [before the move to the Gallery’s current location in 1983]. After having little to do with the gallery as an artist since she left in 1980, she appreciated being asked by director Kathleen Bartels to be part of the committee of artists supporting the move to a new gallery. The VAG will be unveiling the new gallery design on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. “The design is fantastic,” Lemieux said. “Those of us on the committee have seen it. It’s going to be wonderful.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, September 23, 2015

Must-Sees This Week: September 24 to October 1, 2015. Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are Canadian Art’s recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Included in the list is the much-anticipated public unveiling of the design concept for the new Vancouver Art Gallery building by architects Herzog & de Meuron taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on September 29 at 5:30 p.m. At the VAG’s current location, veteran photographer Christos Dikeakos debuts a series of new works based on the transactional value of Northwest Coast artworks alongside “The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast. See Canadian Art, September 24, 2015 for more “must-see” exhibitions and events across Canada.

Ryan Gander’s Make every show like it’s your last explores parapossibilities. “Parapossibility” is a word British artist Ryan Gander uses while discussing the nature of his art-making. In a recent public conversation with Contemporary Art Gallery director Nigel Prince, Gander said that “parapossibility” was a kind of creative proposition, an imaginary condition of being able to do anything and be anywhere. Georgia Straight, September 22, 2015

Lao Tzu mural second Chinatown painting vandalized in two weeks. For the second time in two weeks, a mural in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood has been badly vandalized with graffiti. Georgia Straight, September 22, 2015

What’s On | Paul Weller, Mid-Autumn Moon Fest, and more. B.C. Culture Days’ at various venues and Circa 1948 Tribeca Installation from National Film Board of Canada at SFU Woodward’s Atrium. Vancouver Sun, September 23, 2015

B.C. Culture Days opens up a world of art and music in Vancouver. As you’ll see from the roster at the Culture Days website, there are a plethora of hands-on events throughout the weekend—with materials that could not be more diverse. Georgia Straight, September 23, 2015


Calgary exhibit shows how public art project of the 1940s helped form Canada’s identity. It’s one of the most iconic images in Canadian art, forever imprinted on our collective consciousness. So the inclusion of A.J. Casson’s oil painting of a windswept white pine is certainly reason enough to make the trip down to The Founders’ Gallery of The Military Museums for Barracks to Banks: Canadian Silkscreens for War and Peace. On loan from the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, it’s the first time the painting has ever been on display in Alberta. Calgary Herald, September 23, 2015


Sweet, satisfying and surreal. Past Conduits, Dany Reede’s show at Graffiti Gallery, is just the sweetest thing. It’s sad, sometimes, but not self-serious. It’s lovely, and it’s likable in a way that makes me wonder why I keep going back to shows that aren’t. Winnipeg Free Press, September 23, 2015


Toronto artist creates ethereal mirror art. Toronto artist Jade Rude’s limited-edition Colour Wheel was the result of happenstance: Shortly after coming across a trove of coloured acrylic mirrors in New York (a near- impossible find in Canada, due to the recession and subsequent lack of demand), Rude was perusing Theory of Colours, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s exploration of human colour perception, and something clicked. Globe & Mail, September 23, 2015

Backgrounds and Foregrounds: William Kentridge. If they awarded Nobel Prizes for the visual arts, William Kentridge would be at the top of the short list. Canadian Art, September 24, 2015


The 150 charitable faces of Philip Craig. Philip Craig can’t help himself. The Ottawa artist has painted more than 150 portraits of friends, neighbours, politicians, other artists, and even near strangers for a fundraising project, but as we walk out the back door of a restaurant after lunch he says to a busy cook, “So, you still won’t let me do your portrait?” Ottawa Citizen, September 23, 2015

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promises to spend millions on CBC and the arts. The Liberals have joined the NDP and Greens in pledging to reverse the $115 million in cuts made by the Conservative government to the CBC. Trudeau also promised to double funding for the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million per year. Georgia Straight, September 23, 2015


BGL’s Million-Dollar Ferris Wheel. It’s been a large-scale year in every way for Quebec City artist trio BGL. As they opened their depanneur installation at the Canada Pavilion in Venice in May, they were already anticipating completion of two major public-art projects back home: Water Velocity, a twisted aluminum sculpture resembling a pool lane, for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto, and the just-opened La Velocité des lieux in Montréal-Nord. Canadian Art, September 23, 2015

Montreal Diary: ‘I’m trying to change what I’m known for,’ artist Roadsworth says. Small Talks is a portrait of Montreal drawn through conversations with fellow Montrealers. This is for those of you who believe that it is our differences that make Montreal the irreverent city we love. This week it’s with Peter Gibson. Montreal Gazette, September 24, 2014

New York

November shapes up to be a New York art marathon Buyers won’t even get a day of rest on Sunday this year as the autumn auction season spreads. The Art Newspaper, September 24, 2015

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Kara Walker Named Tepper Chair of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts announced today that Kara Walker has been appointed as the school’s Tepper Chair. Under her new title, Walker will create a positive research environment for the school’s students. ARTnews, September 24, 2015

Washington, D.C.

The Hirshhorn’s New Director Isn’t Snubbing DC, She’s Trying To Save The Museum “Few of her critics could possibly know the depths of the crisis at D.C.’s favorite bunker. She arrived at a museum in much worse shape than people on the outside knew. The staff was depleted, a result of natural attrition but also chaos over the last few years.” Washington City Paper, September 18, 2015


Gasworks re-opens in south London in face of stratospheric rent hikes across the capital Artist residency space secured the building freehold and embarked on an ambitious redevelopment programme. The Art Newspaper, September 24, 2015

Hampshire, UK

‘We Go to the Gallery,’ Art World Satire Picture Book, to Be Released Stateside. Miriam Elia’s We Go to the Gallery is a viral, hilarious take off on the classic Peter and Jane Ladybird learning books. The Observer, September 23, 2015

The Hague

The Power of Kreuk Compels You! The Trials Of Danh Vo A rich collector, a beloved artist, and the case of the missing $350,000 installation. ARTnews, September 24, 2015


Peggy Guggenheim’s Relatives Lose Challenge To How Her Collection In Venice Is Displayed “A French appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the descendants of the art collector Peggy Guggenheim, who had sought to gain more control over how her Venice museum is managed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York. It was the third attempt by relatives of the philanthropist to challenge the display of the collection amassed by Ms. Guggenheim who died 36 years ago at the age of 81.” New York Times, September 23, 2015

Rare 1915 Films Show Rodin, Monet, Renoir, and Degas in Their Twilight Years “In 1915, with the newly innovated film camera, a young Russian-born, French actor named Sacha Guitry captured some of France’s greatest artists and authors. His footage of Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Edgar Dégas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other luminaries in their twilight years appeared in his first cinematic work, a 22-minute silent film called Ceux de Chez Nous (Those of Our Land).” Hyperallergic, September 23, 2015


Candida Höfer Wins the Cologne Fine Art Prize Cologne Fine Art announced that photographer Candida Höfer has won this year’s Cologne Fine Art Prize, entitling her to €10,000, or about $11,250. Previous winners of the prize, which is awarded yearly to a Cologne-based artist, include Georg Baselitz. ARTnews, September 24, 2015


Made in Italy but open to the world: Florence antiques biennial’s new director aims to draw an international crowd More foreign dealers could help the fair attract a wider audience—with a little help from Jeff Koons. The Art Newspaper, September 24, 2015


Tutankhamun’s mask and tomb off view to tourists from October for cleaning Conservators to sweep the floors of the boy pharaoh’s burial chamber and remove epoxy applied to golden mask’s loose beard. The Art Newspaper, September 24, 2015


The Context of Content: Notes on the 14th Istanbul Biennial. To begin, a disclaimer: the Istanbul Biennial comes at a time when it is very hard to focus on artwork. In Istanbul, one is relatively safe, away from the violent turmoil that has overtaken southeastern Turkey (except for the occasional tear gas and the ominous presence of police in city arteries). And of course, anything that is seen or interpreted in this time of unrest—to put it mildly—is refracted through the fog of reality of the place. Thus, “Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms“—this year’s Istanbul Biennial, “drafted” by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev—sits on ever-sliding ground. Canadian Art, September 24, 2015

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