Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 6, 2015


Another voice on Vancouver Art Gallery design: The Emperor Has No Clothes Another view, this time from Ralph Segal, the city’s recently-retired senior architect and development planner. His letter came with its own title: New VAG Design: The Emperor Has No Clothes. Given that he was on the inside of the discussions to give the VAG a shot at Larwill Park, I find his comments informative. Vancouver Sun, October 6, 2015

Lack of legal protection keeps Asian artifacts out of Canada Metro Vancouver residents are missing out on the chance to see some of the rarest artifacts from imperial-era China in person, in part because there is no legal protection here for the artifacts. Philanthropy and heritage groups say they could be far more successful in attracting top exhibits to Vancouver and other Canadian cities if Canada had an “immunity from seizure” legal provision to prevent the artifacts from being seized by a third-party while on tour. Vancouver Sun, October 4, 2015


Barriers to First Nations artists discussed at symposium The Saskatchewan Professional Art Galleries Association wants to know why so many indigenous artists are not working with commercial galleries. On Monday, SaskGalleries hosted a one-day symposium, Articulations, at the MacKenzie Art Gallery to discuss the issue. Star Phoenix, October 6, 2015

Award-winning architect weighs in on Remai Modern Art Gallery It’s still under construction, but the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan is set to join the Bessborough as one of the city’s most distinct landmarks, says Bruce Kuwabara. The Toronto-based lead architect will be in Saskatoon to discuss the Remai and his inspiration for the project on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Star Phoenix, October 6, 2015


On the wall: What’s in the galleries this week Consider it a calm before the storm. In a couple of weeks a pair of art fairs, Art Toronto and Feature, move into town to make their multi-pronged sales pitches, so savour the peace while you can. Toronto Star, October 6, 2015


A History of Violence: John Scott’s consuming vision comes homeThe Toronto-based artist’s really big show in the US lands in Hamilton, with its 40 years of nastiness as relevant as ever. Toronto Star, October 6, 2015


Review: Nichola Feldman-Kiss, the real bone collector There is much else to see in Witness, which surveys Feldman-Kiss’s earlier work in video, photography and other materials, each one an example of her use of introspection as a window on human nature. Ottawa Citizen, October 5, 2015

Rochester, New York

George Eastman House Becomes the George Eastman Museum The George Eastman House, the Rochester, New York photography and cinema museum, announced today that it will henceforth be known as the George Eastman Museum. They have also launched a new website, ARTnews, October 6, 2015


‘God Hates Renoir’, Say Protesters Outside Boston’s Museum Of Fine Arts “Holding homemade signs reading ‘God Hates Renoir’ and ‘Treacle Harms Society,’ the protesters ate cheese pizza purchased by Geller, and chanted: ‘Put some fingers on those hands! Give us work by Paul Gauguin!’ and ‘Other art is worth your while! Renoir paints a steaming pile!’” Boston Globe, October 5, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Phillips Collection and University of Maryland Partner, Will Launch New Gallery, Research Projects Today Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland (UMD) announced a wide-ranging six-year partnership that will involve the development of new facilities, educational curricula, and curatorial programming. ARTnews, October 6, 2015


London’s National Gallery fully reopens after 111-day strike Union members reached agreement with gallery over work conditions. The Art Newspaper, October 5, 2015


Chantal Akerman, Revolutionary Feminist Filmmaker and Video Artist, Dies at 65 Chantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker who introduced a previously unseen female perspective on domesticity to cinema, died sometime during the past few days. She was 65. ARTnews, October 6, 2015


The Earliest Photos Of Ancient Palmyra, Long Before ISIS Destroyed Much Of It “The images were taken by French naval officer Louis Vignes during his journey through the area in 1864. Vignes was trained in photography by the renowned Charles Nègre, an early pioneer in the form. And it was Nègre who created the extraordinarily well-preserved prints — which capture Palmyra’s remarkable architecture.” Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2015


Ai Weiwei Returns To China And His Studio, Where He Finds ‘Listening Devices’ “In a video posted on Instagram, someone sets off firecrackers in a bin next to the device. The accompanying text reads: ‘Can you hear this?’” the Guardian, October 4, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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