Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 2-5, 2015


Soul amidst the silos: Herzog & de Meuron’s Vancouver Art Gallery design Herzog and de Meuron’s long awaited conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery reads like a device for contemplating not only contemporary art but also the city’s built and natural landscapes. Wallpaper, October 1, 2015

Vancouver mayor talks infrastructure, housing at federal election forum On another note, Robertson says he likes the proposed design of the new Vancouver Art Gallery at Cambie and Georgia streets. CKNW, October 1, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery’s new design fills public space void, says architect The public got its first look at the new conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery today. That’s $73 million of a required $350 million raised to date, with construction costs sure to mount over time. The Weather Space, October 3, 2015

New Vancouver Art Gallery design strikingly similar to Russian museum proposal Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati participated in a 2008 architectural competition to design a new riverfront art museum in the city of Perm, Russia. According to a proposal document provided to Vancity Buzz, the museum’s built form is described as “a design that stacks different functions on a series of differently sized floors.” Vancity Buzz, October 2, 2015

Homeless in Vancouver: Butterflies, art galleries, and the young are not… If the overall shape creates the optimum interiors for showcasing the art gallery’s collection, then I can certainly accept the ungainly exterior. Georgia Straight, October 2, 2015

Michael Audain calls VAG design concept ‘basic’ Michael Audain, one of Canada’s most influential art philanthropists, on Friday called the Vancouver Art Gallery’s concept for a new $350-million home “basic” and said his foundation needs more information before deciding how much to support it. Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2015

UBC, VAG propose tall wood towers: a sign of buildings to come? Where once only cement could go, a handful of high-profile building projects are opting to use a slightly more traditional material: timber. On Tuesday, it was plans for the new, wooden Vancouver Art Gallery. Then on Thursday, news came that construction on an 18-storey, 174-foot structure at UBC, to house around four hundred students, would begin later this fall. BC Business, October 2, 2015

Art by Architects (AxA) winners announced This past week, the Metro Vancouver Chapter of the RAIC held its inaugural Art by Architects/arch-kid-ecture fundraiser, an art exhibition and silent auction held at the Architecture Gallery of the AIBC. The exhibition fundraiser included a juried component. The jury consisted of Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Mauro Vescera, Board Chair of the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation and Pierre Gallant, RAIC regional director for BC and the Yukon. Canadian Architect, October 2, 2015

North Vancouver

Exhibit explores impact of drug culture Students will be exposed, through art, to the whole spectrum of drug use and its impact on society. Over the Counter Culture, an exhibit opening Saturday at The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, aims to drive these drug discussions among youth. Bronze sculptures, multimedia, oil and acrylic on canvas, drawings and prints depicting each artist’s interpretation of drug culture will be on display. The featured artists belong to Vancouver-based figurative collective Phantoms in the Front Yard which came up with the drug exploration theme. North Shore News, October 2, 2015


Comedian Steve Martin wants America to meet Lawren Harris One of the jewels of the painting exhibition is Ice House from the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Hamilton Spectator, October 5, 2015


Photographing photographs, to impart new meaning Anne Collier, in an AGO retrospective, artfully blurs the line between photo subject, photographer and the viewer. Photography is no truth-teller, and Anne Collier’s not the first artist to explore its slippery subjective-objective bait and switch. She has emerged, though, as one of its most attuned critics. At the Art Gallery of Ontario, which is hosting the first career retrospective of the 45-year-old Los Angeles-based artist, 22 of Collier’s coolly heady images line the walls of the fourth floor galleries. Toronto Star, October 5, 2015


Un musée d’art ultra-moderne rouvre ses portes à Joliette Le Musée d’art de Joliette, le plus important établissement du genre à l’extérieur des grands centres urbains au Québec, a rouvert officiellement ses portes vendredi. L’exposition de Geneviève Cadieux, Passages vers l’abstraction, une rétrospective des 27 ans de création de l’artiste, souligne la réouverture du musée qui était fermé depuis septembre 2013. Radio-Canada, October 2, 2015


Marcel Barbeau à Québec: balades spontanées À 90 ans, le peintre automatiste Marcel Barbeau peint et expose toujours ses oeuvres. Avant de présenter une exposition à caractère rétrospectif à la galerie Michel-Ange, à Montréal, il présente jusqu’au 11 octobre quelques jalons de ses périodes de création à la galerie Michel-Guimont, à Québec. La Presse, October 4, 2015

St John’s

One of NL’s most celebrated artists passes away Gerald Squires passed away Saturday at the age of 77. The Western Star, October 4, 2015


Bringing beauty to Canada Post mailboxes Who says Canada Post mailboxes have to be dull and utilitarian? Toronto Star, October 4, 2015

Artists speak out about politics. Why don’t politicians discuss the arts? The issue that has dominated the city this week has not been pipelines, pot or even politics, but a conceptual design for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. During a heated federal election campaign, wouldn’t you think the arts might capture at least a tiny bit of that heat? Globe and Mail, October 2, 2015

The Canadian Museums Association tells about the political parties positions on museums:- Conservatives Pledge Endowment Fund to Support Local Museums NDP Outlines Commitments to Canadian Museums Liberal Party Unveils Full Cultural Platform Green Party To Ensure Sustainability of Museums CMA, October 1, 2015


Paul Reed, of the Washington Color School, Dies at 96 Mr. Reed, a painter and the last surviving member of the group, was known for his technique of staining the canvas and for hard-edge form. New York Times, October 1, 2015


Worcester Art Museum Receives $4 Million Gift The Myles and C. Jean McDonough Foundation contributed the sum as part of seven gifts totaling $15.25 million for cultural institutions in and around Worcester, Mass. New York Times, October 4, 2015

New York

Jim Shaw, From Trash Bins and Swap Meets, a Prodigious Body of Work A retrospective of the Los Angeles artist at the New Museum will include his thrift store paintings, which made an impact in a 1991 New York exhibit. New York Times, October 4, 2015


Isil extremists blow up Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph Syrian antiquities head confirms destruction of ancient Roman archway. The Art Newspaper, October 5, 2015


A Painting of China’s First Lady, Before a Rise to Stardom A portrait of Peng Liyuan occupies a central position in “The Temperature of History,” the first major exhibition of figurative art from the collection of China’s leading art school. New York Times, October 5, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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