Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 15, 2015

As some of you may know, this is the last Arts News co-authored by Cheryl Siegel, my dear colleague and co-creator of the Arts News.  Cheryl is retiring after an amazing 30 years at the Vancouver Art Gallery Library.  We’ll miss her enormously here at the Gallery.  The Library’s new Arts News collaborator, Nicola MacNeil, will help us keep you current over the next few weeks.



Donation transforms First Nations art collection at VAG. A donation of First Nations artworks will dramatically transform the significance of Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection of Northwest Coast art, director Kathleen Bartels said Wednesday. The collection of 37 works dating as early as 700 A.D. is from late San Francisco collector George Gund III. Vancouver Sun, October 14, 2015

Vancouver Art Gallery collection of First Nations art gets a boost. The Vancouver Art Gallery now has the most significant collection in the world of works by famed First Nations artist Robert Davidson. Georgia Straight, October 14, 2015

No need for library-quiet at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair. Too many flimsy paperbacks—not to mention too many tablet and phone screens—can make you forget the simple yet infinite powers of the physical book. So if you need a reminder, there’s an excellent one available this weekend (October 17 and 18) at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where the fourth annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair is taking place. The event also includes the Vancouver Art Gallery Library’s popular book sale. Georgia Straight, October 14, 2015

What’s On: Vancouver Writers Fest, Roam Winter Expo, Taste of Yaletown, and more. Events Pecha Kucha in celebration of Emily Carr University’s 90th anniversary, a collection of 20 influential and emerging artists and designers and Vancouver Art Gallery curator, Bruce Grenville, and the Vancouver Art / Book Fair 2015,.Vancouver Sun, October 14, 2015


Arts advocates up to bat again for new Burnaby art gallery. The Burnaby Arts Council is hoping to resurrect the issue of a new art gallery one more time in hopes of finally getting a new home for art in the city. The council is hosting a public forum to discuss a new public art gallery for Burnaby. Burnaby Now, October 13, 2015


Saskatoon’s Remai Modern Art Gallery behind schedule and over budget. The Remai Modern Art Gallery is behind schedule and over budget. A report going to Saskatoon city council’s executive committee on Monday details what’s happening at the showcase riverbank project. According to the four-page update, corrections and clarifications to the internal drawings are to blame. The projected cost is now between $87.2 million and $88.4 million. That is $3.5 to $4.5 million higher than expected. CBC News, October 15, 2015


WAG’s Inuit Art Centre project gets almost $1M from Winnipeg Foundation. The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s planned new Inuit Art Centre got a gift Wednesday as the Winnipeg Foundation prepares to celebrate its 95th year, a cheque for $950,000, one of the foundation’s largest donations ever. CBC News, October 14, 2015

In their own right. Three years ago last week, the first Survivability exhibition opened at the Main Street offices of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art. Survivance III, which closes next week at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain, is both a welcome second chance to catch up and a rewarding exhibition in its own right. Winnipeg Free Press, October 15, 2015

Winnipeg designs earn top marks. Premier Greg Selinger said Manitoba is undergoing a “renaissance of innovative architecture and design” as he presented awards for 15 projects at a ceremony at the Legislative Building on Wednesday. Winnipeg Free Press, October 15, 2015


Canada’s Federal Election: Who Should Get the Art Vote? While cultural policy won’t polarize the public in the same way as the coldly calculated niqab debate, elections are ultimately about what kind of country we want to be, and the arts are a critical ingredient. So before we cast our ballots, let’s take a moment to review where our four major national federal parties stand on issues of arts and culture. Canadian Art, October 15, 2015

New York

Cornelia Parker to create roof-top commission for the Met British artist will have to overcome vertigo for first major museum project in New York. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2015

Richard Prince Instagram portrait leaps in value at Phillips Appropriated selfie part of white-glove sale, which saw new record for Mark Bradford. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2015

MoMA Restaurant to Adopt No-Tipping Policy Next Month If you tip poorly after eating a meal in New York, you might get a dirty look (or worse) from your server, but, starting next month, that will no longer be the case at the Modern, MoMA’s tony ground-floor restaurant. ARTnews, October 14, 2015

At ‘Greater New York,’ Rising Art Stars Meet the Old School This show at MoMA P.S. 1 is not a sentimental journey but rather a reality check. New York Times, October 15, 2015

New York and London

Yes The Art Market Has Become More Globalized. But It Consolidates In London And New York “Putting down roots in tried-and-tested cities is partly a reflection of the fragile economic and political environment elsewhere. Trading is already a challenge in many developing countries, and recent economic turmoil has increased the risks for overseas businesses.” The Art Newspaper, October 14, 2015


Iran’s artists begin to shine on London stage Country’s artists are reaping the benefits of a diplomatic thaw between Iran and the West. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2015

Works of art to be tagged with DNA in bid to fight forgeries Eric Fischl among the artists to support authentication system launched in London this week. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2015

As Frieze Kicks Off, Everything New Is Old Again Prominent projects on view at the 13th edition of the art fair nod to the cyclical nature of the art market. New York Times, October 14, 2015

Three of the best works at Frieze Masters # 1. Yup’ik mask (late 19th century) Donald Ellis Gallery (F18) A strong provenance is crucial when it comes to historical North American art, and this Yup’ik ceremonial mask from Alaska’s Kuskokwim River area has it. The collector and trader Adams Hollis Twitchell acquired the piece in the early 20th century and it eventually entered the collection of the Surrealist artist Enrico Donati. The gallery is asking $450,000 for the work. “If it was an African piece, that figure would be closer to $6m or $7m,” says the dealer Donald Ellis. The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2015


The Pomp – And Mockery – Of Louis XIV’s Propaganda Medals “Throughout his over 70-year reign, the French king directed a self-portrait campaign in medals – the petite propaganda that spread his image and victories across the continent. However, that didn’t stop his enemies from mocking his grandeur in the same medium.” Hyperallergic, October 5, 2015


The secret to creativity, according to boundary-breaking artist Olafur Eliasson. Artists used to portray themselves as solitary creative geniuses. Cooped up in a studio or painting alone en plein air, the lingering image of the artist is one without assistants, apprentices or collaborators. But for Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, collaboration is daily practice, and the recipe to creativity is no secret. Quartz, October 15, 2015


Did Instagram Kill Photography’s Stars?: ICP Confronts Today’s Image Revolution In an age when more than 880 billion photographs are taken each year—with more than 1.8 billion uploaded to the Internet every day—how can museums keep up? ARTnews, October 15, 2015

Why The Art World Hates Renoir The has a decent moral reason to do so. For the rest of us, his insipid, chintzy, gauzy paintings will simply have to do.” The Atlantic, October 13, 2015

Was Steve Jobs an Artist? “Art” is a capacious term. We typically imagine artists to be solitary people creating art by hand. But many artists work in more expansive, disembodied ways…. Clearly, a vast distance separates Koons’s studio from the world of high-tech device manufacturing, but—at least in theory—the difference could be one of scale rather than kind. If a giant sculpture built to order by a team of employees can be a work of art, it’s at least possible that mass-produced computers could be art works, too. The New Yorker, October 14, 2015

Price Ranges And Studio Images Of 14 Contemporary Artists. The art world is comprised of millions of artists. Over the past six months, we’ve explored the studios and price ranges of sixty creatives from across the globe. Today, we will join fourteen more, with stops along the way in Los Angeles, Addis Ababa, Jackson, Des Moines and more. Forbes, October 14, 2015


Joanna Spurling | Library | Vancouver Art Gallery

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