Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library October 9–13, 2015


Vancouver artist Elizabeth Fischer explains why she chose assisted suicide Elizabeth Fischer is a Vancouver artist, musician and writer, known for her paintings and drawings, and for her work with the bands Animal Slaves and DarkBlueWorld. In June, Vancouver’s UNIT/PITT Projects opened a retrospective exhibition of Fischer’s art work, and published her book Orphans and Dogs, with Publication Studio Vancouver. A few weeks later, Fischer, who is 68, felt a pain in her ribs, consulted her doctor, and learned that she has terminal lung cancer. She contacted a Swiss group, Dignitas, that offers assisted suicide – still unavailable in Canada – and booked a date with death on Oct. 15, financed largely by a “fun(d)raising wake” held last month. Robert Everett-Green spoke with the cheerful-sounding artist by telephone before she left Vancouver on Monday for Zurich. Globe and Mail, October 9, 2015

North Vancouver

North Vancouver museum fundraising effort at halfway mark as deadline looms It’s turning into a fundraising campaign for the history books. Working on a tight timeline, volunteers working to secure a new North Vancouver Museum and Archives at the Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale have now raised $2.5 million, meaning they are 50 per cent of the way to reaching their goal of raising $5 million. North Shore News, October 9, 2015

Salt Spring Island

Robert Amos: Salt Spring art show a revelation There’s a new prize for art, the Salt Spring National Art Prize. The show, on now at the Mahon Hall at Ganges on Salt Spring, presents a fine selection of work by 52 artists from six provinces. Times Colonist, October 11, 2015


Kent Monkman’s Buffalo Jump at the Gardiner Museum Kent Monkman has created a life-sized buffalo jump (with two 300-pound taxidermy bison) for an installation at the Gardiner Museum. Chris Hampton reports. Canadian Art, October 8, 2015


Human Futures engages Montreal’s urban future with ‘Common Space?’ Human Futures is an international arts and media project that is meant to engage four European cities and Montreal in the task of figuring out what our urban environments should become. “Our future is no longer a circumstantial imposition,” says the organization’s manifesto, “but a choice.” Globe and Mail, October 9, 2015


Does The New Pacific Trade Pact Endanger Canada’s Culture? “The text of the current deal has not been made public yet, but as cultural executives quietly peruse summaries or read the smoke signals emitting from the recently concluded negotiations, one big difference is readily apparent: Nobody cares enough about their issues these days to launch a national debate about them. Sure, Canadians are worried what will happen to the auto-parts and dairy industries, but how the deal might affect their access to culture is barely mentioned in polls or news reports.” Globe and Mail, October 10, 2015

Los Angeles

Steve Martin celebrates Group of Seven founder with The Idea of North exhibit Human Futures is an international arts and media project that is meant to engage four European cities and Montreal in the task of figuring out what our urban environments should become. “Our future is no longer a circumstantial imposition,” says the organization’s manifesto, “but a choice.” Globe and Mail, October 9, 2015

Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris gets an unlikely … Canadians have long been enamoured of Lawren Harris, the pioneering painter and core member of the Group of Seven. But now, Harris is being championed south of the border by an unlikely cheerleader: Steve Martin. National Post, October 9, 2015

Rochester, New York

William Kentridge Gives Major Collection to George Eastman Museum The South African artist will give the definitive collection of his archive and art — films, videos and digital works — to the museum. New York Times, October 8, 2015

New York

Museum directors release protocols for protecting artworks under threat With so many artworks and cultural sites across Syria and Iraq facing destruction and looting, international government and cultural officials are taking emergency measures. The Association of Art Museum Directors has released a set of guidelines for museums to follow when acting as “safe havens” for artworks that have been displaced, looted, or are being sent away for protection, until they can be returned. The Observer, October 8, 2015

The Boundless Artistry of Steve McQueen Over lunch in a sunny Manhattan restaurant, the British artist explains to Wyatt Mason how he finds the perfect medium for his every idea, transforming the ubiquity of violence into the viewer’s personal, revelatory shock. New York Times, October 12, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Hirshhorn Receives $2 M. Donation Toward ‘Future Fund,’ for Redesign of Public Spaces, Technology The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., has received a donation of $2 million from trustee Joleen Julius and her husband Mitch Julius. ARTnews, October 13, 2015


Preview Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2015 The 13th edition of Frieze London and the fourth edition of Frieze Masters open in the city’s Regent Park on Wednesday, October 14, with previews for invited guests on Tuesday, October 13. ARTnews, October 13, 2015

Do Ho Suh’s joined-up thinking for Cincinnati The South Korean artist Do Ho Suh has joined the London-based dealer Victoria Miro, who is presenting three of his new fabric sculptures at Frieze London. The Art Newspaper, October 13, 2015

Abraham Cruzvillegas says his Turbine Hall commission is all about hope Mexican artist living symbol of human resourcefulness opens at Tate Modern. The Art Newspaper, October 13, 2015

Christina Mackie’s Extended Range of Vision Christina Mackie has turned colour into a metaphor for knowledge at Tate Britain. Nancy Tousley reports. Canadian Art, October 12, 2015

Tania Bruguera, the Cuban artist who won’t be silenced Invited to London by Frieze, the activist-artist explains why she is determined to return to Havana—if she’s allowed. The Art Newspaper, October 13, 2015

Saudi art students break nude taboo A film that shows art students in Riyadh drawing a nude female mannequin—a milestone event in Saudi Arabia, where depictions of naked women are forbidden—forms part of a show of works by five Saudi artists that has just opened at London’s Asia House Gallery (Ricochet, until 18 October) The Art Newspaper, October 13, 2015


Private Property or Patrimony? The Fight Over a Picasso The billionaire banker Jaime Botín is pressing to retrieve a Picasso artwork seized by the Spanish government. New York Times, October 9, 2015


They’re Putting A Swimming Hole On Berlin’s Museum Island? “A proposal under consideration here called the Flussbad (‘river pool’) would clean up a filthy canal, part of the River Spree, that flows around the tourist-mobbed Museum Island. The plan would add new wetlands and some place the public can literally dive into. Despite detractors who picture Berlin’s cultural center being upstaged by the equivalent of one long, riotous water-filled bouncy castle, the idea, which has been around for a while, is gaining momentum.” New York Times, October 12, 2015

Cheryl Siegel


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

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