Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 8, 2015


Art from the Archive: Michael Goldberg’s Room On Its Side was about more than the ridiculous. “Every time I see the photo (above), it disorients me slightly. It shows a room turned on its side so that what should be on the ground is up in the air. The photo transforms the familiar and comfortable into the strange and unusual. The photo is an installation shot of a work at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1971. The work is Room on Its Side by Michael Goldberg. It’s not apparent from the photo but there’s much more going on with the work than simply turning a room on its side.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, October 7, 2015

Changing order of names is deliberate at Griffin Art Projects. “The news release about Griffin Art Projects caught my attention not only because it was about a new gallery opening in Metro Vancouver. What I noticed was how one sentence was worded.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, October 2, 2015

Eli Bornstein: structurist reliefs that distill nature with form and colour. “Seeing Eli Bornstein’s work again reminded me of an encounter I had about eight years ago.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, October 1, 2015

Art exhibit highlights Brain Tumour Awareness Month. In light of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, the Patient and Family Advisory Council of the B.C. Cancer Agency has teamed up with a local art gallery to showcase the art of those affected by brain cancer. Co-leading the event is co-chair of the council and cancer researcher Yaron Butterfield. In addition to working at the agency and volunteering with patients as part of an art therapy program that he helped develop last year, he is also a cancer survivor. In 2004, Butterfield was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common—and most aggressive—type of malignant brain tumour. Georgia Straight, October 6, 2015

West Vancouver

What’s On: Ringo Starr, Slash, Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs, Cranberry Festival and more. “Norman Tait’s totem poles can be found all over the world as well as at University of B.C., Stanley Park and elsewhere in Metro Vancouver, and his art has been collected by major museums. Yet this is only the second time in history that an exhibition of the Nisga’a artist’s work has been mounted.” Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2015


New Okanagan Art Gallery to hold official opening. The Okanagan Art Gallery has been showcasing local artists from its Main Street location since the end of August, but now it’s inviting the public to its official opening next week. Osoyoos Times, October 7, 2015


Robert Amos: Walkabout on Victoria’s art scene. My week began at Winchester Galleries with a new exhibition of prints by modern masters. Times Colonist, October 8, 2015 (dated Sept. 25, online)


On the wall: What’s in the galleries this week. The Janet E. Hutchinson lecture at UTAC, Ray Mead at RMG, Clandestine Chemistry at Neubacher Shor, past present FUTURE at ESP Projects. Toronto Star, October 6, 2015


How a dentist’s donations bring the National Gallery’s collection full circle. Guest curator Sonia Del Re says the new exhibition, Beauty’s Awakening, at the National Gallery reflects the quest of “discerning collector” and gallery donor Dennis Lanigan. Ottawa Citizen, October 7, 2015

Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites at National Gallery of Canada It was an artistic rebellion that rocked the British art world in the Victorian era — a group of young artists rejected the way they were being taught at the influential Royal Academy and banded together to create art that is the focus of a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. CBC, October 7, 2015

Adami: Inuit artist back at women’s shelter while work displayed at gallery. Acclaimed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook doesn’t live very far from the SAW Gallery on Nicholas Street, where some of her work is on display to the public. Ottawa Citizen, October 7, 2015


Brampton artist invites visitors to journey on an unusual boat. Brampton artist Stephanie Rayner’s 30-foot hand-carved boat has been carrying visitors on a spiritual and emotional journey for some weeks now. Mississauga News, October 7, 2015

Los Angeles

Comedian Steve Martin borrows Group of Seven painting from Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery. It’s a wild and crazy connection. Steve Martin – actor, musician, comedian – is also an art lover. Specifically, the work of Lawren Harris, a member of the Canadian Group of Seven. CBC News, October 7, 2015

Madison, Wisconsin

A Lost Frank Lloyd Wright House Is Found The house Linda McQuillen bought for $100,000 was part of Wright’s effort to develop and market well-designed homes at a more affordable level — his first effort to reach a broader audience. Only 16 were ever built, and only 14 still standing. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, October 7, 2015


Chicago Art Institute Director To Step Down Douglas Druick, who first joined the Art Institute as a curator in 1984, was serving as acting president when he was appointed to succeed James Cuno as director of the institution in 2011. Artnet, October 7, 2015


Pressure’s On: Boston’s MFA Expecting Very Big Things From Its New Director The MFA expects Matthew Teitelbaum to lead the charge in ambitious programming, acquisition, preservation, scholarship, and fundraising. And, after meeting him at a community breakfast in September and listening to his list of priorities — compiled after he had spent less than 100 days on the job — it is clear that the governing MFA board also expects him to shake the place up a bit, too. ArtsFuse, October 7, 2015

New York

An Ancient Egyptian Show That’s Low on Bling but High on Beauty The elegant grace of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom is showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Times, October 8, 2015

Mapplethorpe Photograph Brings $478,000 at Auction Robert Mapplethorpe’s photograph “Man in Polyester Suit,” which helped ignite the culture wars of the 1990s, far exceeded its estimate. New York Times, October 7, 2015


Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery is a grown-up gem that shows he’s sobered with age. Caruso St John architects have conjured an immaculate new home for the art prankster’s collection in an unlikely south London setting – and there’s not a diamond skull or formaldehyde animal in sight. The Guardian, October 7, 2015

Bonhams Sale of Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art Breaks Records, With Manoucher Yektai as Top Lot Yesterday, in London, a sale of Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art at Bonhams broke records for five artists. ARTnews, October 8, 2015

Gagosian opens third, and largest, gallery in London New Mayfair space is part of cultural revival of the area. The Art Newspaper, October 8, 2015

West Yorkshire

New art prize and public garden to mark Hepworth Wakefield’s fifth birthday The collector David Roberts is backing the £30,000 biennial award for contributions to sculpture. The Art Newspaper, October 8, 2015


Legendary Lebanese Museum Reopens After Makeover During the Sursock Museum’s $15m (£9.8m) renovation, workers dug a cavernous exhibition hall four stories under the mansion, and built a 166-seat auditorium, workshops for painting restoration and a library housing books, archival photographs, and news clippings. Sursock’s original rooms have been restored with the help of an international group of artisans. The Guardian, October 6, 2015

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


Neuroscience Alone Can’t Explain What Art Is And Why Humans Make It Alva Noë: “The problem is that neuroscience has yet to frame an adequate conception of our nature. You look in vain in the writings of neuroscientists for satisfying accounts of experience or consciousness. For this reason, I believe, we can’t use neuroscience to explain art and its place in our lives. Indeed, if I am right, the order of explanation may go in the other direction: Art can help us frame a better picture of our human nature.” New York Times, October 5, 2015

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