Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 1, 2015


Herzog & de Meuron’s design for new Vancouver Art Gallery unveiled. The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled Herzog & de Meuron’s conceptual design for a new museum building in downtown Vancouver. Canadian Architect, September 29, 2015

Daphne Bramham: Vancouver Art Gallery is knocking on wood. Architect Christine Binswanger was dismissive and as diplomatic as you’d expect a Swiss national to be when she described Vancouver. “The buildings are very homogeneous,” she began. “They would not maybe make it into architectural books.” Vancouver Sun, October 1, 2015

The Vancouver Art Gallery response in quotes: politicians, designers herald bold new building. Here’s what some of the architects, politicians, and VAG officials had to say about the project amid the press announcement. Georgia Straight, September 29, 2015

Video: 90 seconds with Jeff Wall at the unveiling of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s conceptual design. The Straight caught up with Jeff Wall for an exclusive interview after the press conference, and he shed light on some important facets of the building. Georgia Straight, September 30, 2015

Jeff Wall singles out wood exterior for praise in new VAG design. At the news conference announcing the conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, artist Jeff Wall singled out one part of the new building: its use of wood. “When was the last time anybody saw a wooden building go up in the centre of the city of Vancouver?” said Wall, an internationally renowned artist who was not only born and raised in Vancouver but lives and works here. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, September 29, 2015

Drop by the Library to see our collection of articles about the new Vancouver Art Gallery from more news sources.

Best of Vancouver 2015: Arts. Includes: Best public art gallery or museum: Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology & Museum of Vancouver. Other bests of Vancouver: best private gallery, more best of Vancouver arts: public-art car pileup, best new arts hubs, best example of art for and by the people…. Georgia Straight, September 30, 2015

VIFF 2015: Peggy Guggenheim documentary hinged on finding lost tapes in a basement. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is a must-see for anyone interested in art. The painting-studded biography that plays as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Style in Film series tonight. Other films about art and artists at VIFF 2015 include: Painted Land (Group of Seven), Hockney, Invention (Mark Lewis) etc. Georgia Straight, September 30, 2015

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Taiwan, and New Guinea take the spotlight in new Museum of Anthropology season. The first major solo show of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s work in 20 years is one of the highlights of the just-announced Museum of Anthropology at UBC season. Georgia Straight, September 25, 2015


Paper bees intended to connect with the world outside the gallery. An art installation about bees will connect to the world outside the gallery when the individual art works are planted to encourage more bees to pollinate. The installation at the Richmond Art Gallery is made up of 10,001 laser cut paper bumble bees. Art Seen Vancouver Sun, September 30, 2015


Female artists’ ‘selfies’ through the generations. “I think now, people are more receptive to expanding the definition of self-portraiture because of the proliferation of selfies. We’re really exploding this notion of what visually can represent us,” says Alicia Boutilier. Times Colonist, October 1, 2015


Vittorio brings posters to life Montreal Through The Eyes of Vittorio celebrates Vittorio Fiorucci (1932-2008), an Italian poster artist who established himself in Canada in the early ‘50s and whose work is now internationally renowned due to its iconic artwork and designs. The exhibit opens with a statement from Vittorio dated shortly before his his death “There are those who say that a poster is not art,” the statement reads.”Personally, I’ve always felt it is the art form closest to people.” The McGill Tribune, September 30, 2015


AGNS’s Annie Leibovitz exhibition looks to 2017 for launch More than two years ago, Toronto’s Mintz family donated 2,000 works by photographer Annie Leibovitz to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. They’re not on display, and the art gallery still has no timetable for when they might be shown. The gallery says it needs Leibovitz to help, but she’s tied up with a photo shoot for the Swiss UBS bank that will make her unavailable for all of 2016. CBC, October 1, 2015

Los Angeles

A Tiny Show of Very Miniature Works by Big Artists This weekend at the Lodge in Los Angeles, small masterpieces line the walls of a little model of the gallery. New York Times, September 30, 2015


Doris Salcedo Wins Nasher Prize for Sculpture A Colombian artist who memorializes victims of political violence has won the first annual Nasher Prize. New York Times, September 30, 2015

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids’ Art Prize, In Its Seventh Year, Is Finding Its Voice The targeted investments, impressive lineup of jurors and new curatorial initiatives are attracting higher-level artists and creating more trenchant thematic exhibitions that exist like self-contained planets within the ArtPrize universe. Detroit Free Press, September 30, 2015


Celebrating the civilisations Isil seeks to destroy Detroit Institute of Arts unveils new gallery devoted to the Ancient Middle East. The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2015


Blurred lines: anything goes at this year’s Turner Prize From opera singers to homewares, works in the 2015 exhibition break out of traditional art categories. The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2015

Poissy France

Artist Haroon Mirza Manipulates Electronic Sounds, Light Effects And Readymades Like A Mad Scientist. It was an odd first encounter. Blindfolded with cotton patches covering his eyes and guided by his friend, I met Haroon Mirza at the doorway of the world-famous Villa Savoye in Poissy, France, with its easily-recognizable ground-level pilotis. Forbes, October 1, 2015

Eastern Europe

Artists protest as refugees left stranded While Europe’s politicians squabble, leading artists mobilise support for the thousands fleeing conflict and facing another winter in camps. The Art Newspaper, October 1, 2015


After 30 Years, Major Restoration Of The Acropolis Is Almost Done “The overhaul is far from merely cosmetic. An earlier restoration misguidedly used iron clamps to strengthen the marble on the edifices. These are rusting at a rate of knots and being replaced with titanium rods, all of which are removable, in case future generations want to fiddle further. Chunks of broken marble are being shored up with new stone and columns rebuilt. It is also a cataloguing project: every stone has been noted and listed.” Standpoint, October 2015

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