Visual Arts from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 7, 2015

Vancouver

Art This Week: Janice Wu’s poignant illustrations and Northwest Coast art at VAG. Art focus this week: The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast and Christos Dikeakos: Next at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Janice Wu: Wishes at Back Gallery Project. Vancouver Sun, October 6, 2015

Kamloops

A Sign in the Northwest Passage at Kamloops Art Gallery. Kevin Schmidt has a show called The Commons on now at the KAG. CBC News, October 6, 2015

Saskatoon

Architect Bruce Kuwabara thrilled as the Remai Modern Art Gallery takes shape. Bruce Kuwabara will be holding a presentation Wednesday evening at the Farmer’s Market to talk about the new gallery and how the building may help to shape the city. The gallery, the architect said, honours the river, the parks, the markets and the bridges it shares space with. CBC News, October 6, 2015

Toronto

Bridget Moser‘s Top Tabs. We asked Toronto-based artist Bridget Moser to share some of her favourite online destinations for Top Tabs, a series featuring the top Internet finds and fancies from artists, curators, dealers and more. Canadian Art, October 6, 2015

CBC’s Crash Gallery: We Watched It and It’s Weird. It was a banner weekend for visual-arts populism in Canada: Toronto’s Nuit Blanche celebrated a decade, Marsha Lederman came out swinging against the absence of arts in the federal election campaigns and CBC premiered its new filmed-in-Vancouver reality-TV show Crash Gallery, one of four arts-focused shows in its fall programming. Each episode features three artists of varying disciplines (“varying disciplines” to be interpreted very, very loosely) who go through two timed rounds of competition. The show’s host, Art Gallery of Ontario director of adult programming and partnerships Sean O’Neill, assigns unconventional media. Canadian Art, October 5, 2015

Nuit Blanche will be fine without Scotiabank: Knelman. The timing seemed oddly dramatic, like a play that catches the audience off guard with a late surprise twist. Just hours after the upbeat announcement of the short list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize came word that, after a decade of funding, the bank is pulling out of what will no longer be called Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Toronto Star, October 7, 2015

Oshawa

Passion for art led Linda Jansma to Oshawa’s Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Linda Jansma’s “ah-ha” moment came when she was doing research for her master’s thesis in art history in England. Durham Region News, October 7, 2015

Montreal

This Instagram artist is transforming how Montreal sees its subway. Follow photographer Chris Forsyth’s #mtlmetroproject and discover how colourful life can be in the underground. CBC, Arts Beta, October 7, 2015

Cornerbrook

Tara Manuel, muse for Gerald Squires sculpture, mourns artist’s passing. The Corner Brook woman who Gerald Squires used as inspiration for his statue The Spirit of the Beothuk is adding her memories to the outpouring of tributes to the late artist. CBC News, October 6, 2015

Chicago

Four Picks From the Chicago Architecture Biennial The inaugural event includes citywide programming through Jan. 2016 on the theme “The State of the Art of Architecture.” New York Times, October 6, 2015

Detroit

New Director Of Detroit Institute Of Arts Lays Out A Vision Salvador Salort-Pons: “I really see the DIA as playing a role in the city like town squares play a role in European cities. You go to Madrid, Rome, Barcelona or Paris, there are these main squares where people come and gather to talk, to drink coffee to read a newspaper. I see the DIA as the city square of Detroit.” Detroit Free Press, October 5, 2015

New York

One Man’s Opus to New York’s Subway Art, Decades in the Making Armed with a pen and a spiral notebook, Philip Ashforth Coppola began to chronicle the artistic décor of each city station in 1978. He expects to be done by 2030. New York Times, October 6, 2015

MoMA PS1 Admission Will Be Free for New Yorkers for One Year Klaus Biesenbach announced in an email today that the museum he directs, MoMA PS1 in Queens, will be free for all New York City residents thanks to a gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. Tickets currently cost $10. ARTnews, October 7, 2015

Durham, N.C.

Duke University Gets $25 Million Donation For New Arts Center “Duke University is expanding its arts programs with a new building and a $25 million gift from David Rubenstein, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees and a nationally known arts benefactor.” The 71,000-square-foot arts center “will include a dance studio along with a dozen multi-use studios, a 200-seat performance theater, a 100-seat film theater, a garden, lounge, library, reception space, a painting studio, offices and classrooms.” The News and Observer, October 5, 2015

Naples, Florida

Olga Hirshhorn, Collector of Modern Art, Dies at 95 Mrs. Hirshhorn began buying art while married to Joseph H. Hirshhorn, the founder of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. New York Times, October 6, 2015

London

London’s Newest Unassuming Art Destination This week, Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery opens in the district of Vauxhall, soon the home of the new United States Embassy. New York Times, October 7, 2015

Damien Hirst: From Artist to Curator The Newport Street Gallery in south London will serve as a showcase for the more than 3,000 pieces in the British artist’s personal collection. New York Times, October 6, 2015

Beirut

Private fortunes drive Beirut’s museum boom Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano and David Adjaye get involved as donors step in to fill the funding gap. The Art Newspaper, October 7, 2015

Beijing

Thousands Stand In Line To See ‘China’s Mona Lisa’ “Since an exhibition celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Palace Museum [in Beijing’s Forbidden City] opened in early September, people have been waiting for up to 10 hours to see this 17-foot-long masterpiece attributed to the painter Zhang Zeduan, an intricate ink-on-silk tableau of life in the Northern Song dynasty capital, Kaifeng. The best-known painting in the museum’s vast collection, it has been shown in public only a few times.” New York Times, October 1, 2015

International

Can Artists Still Shock Or Surprise In The Age Of The Selfie? “How can performance artists possibly compete in a world where a selfie-taking Canadian can make thousands of dollars after being inadvertently kicked in the head by a Peruvian train driver and posting an 11-second video of the event on his YouTube channel?” The Atlantic, October 5, 2015

Marion True Does Not Deserve Our Sympathy, Says Archaeologist “It’s worth stating again just a few of the things True admitted doing or is alleged to have done over a nearly 20-year career as curator. … She is no innocent scapegoat, nor is she a hero for calling attention to a problem she was helping to create.” Hyperallergic, October 2, 2015

 

Joanna Spurling | Library | Vancouver Art Gallery

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