Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Library, October 19, 2015



Barbara Yaffe: Time for a new art gallery The distinctive wood and glass structure would raise Vancouver’s culture quotient and contribute to an urban brand that, to this point at least, is lacking in the sophistication that characterizes the best North American cities… A new art gallery would declare that the arts are important around here. And, importantly, the Herzog & de Meuron design is unique enough to get noticed. The Vancouver Sun, October 15, 2015.

North Vancouver

Photography project captured times as they were changing Hippies in headbands, the sexual revolution, unabashed nudity and anti-war movements all come to life in a remounted photography exhibition -a nostalgic rewind for B.C. folks that came of age in the 1970s. B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, on display from now until Nov. 29 at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery, brings to light a little-known chapter in Vancouver’s relatively recent art history. North Shore News, October 16, 2015.


Rest easy, the giant sleeping Moss Lady is almost complete The Mud Maid from Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan has a new cousin in Victoria. The Moss Lady is an almost completed 36-foot-long sculpture in Beacon Hill Park. Conceived and created by gardener Dale Doebert with help from other city employees, it portrays a sleeping, moss-covered woman who appears partly submerged in the earth. The Times Columnist, October 18, 2015.


On Sterling Rd., farewell to a museum of the street Artist Kwest pays tribute to graffiti inside Tower Automotive, future home of Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. It was some of the biggest news the local art scene had heard: the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, a decade-long fixture of Queen St. W., would be moving into a historic building in a fringey pocket of the city. The Star, October 19, 2015.

Weegee exhibit features photographer who turned murder into art One of the most cherished romantic myths is that of the artist, neglected during his or her lifetime, who earns recognition posthumously. On first inspection you’d think the photographer Arthur Fellig, better known by his nom de lentille Weegee, should have filled that bill. The Globe and Mail, October 15, 2015


Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain shines a light on the work of Dana Schutz in a new exhibition Through most of these images, dark as they may be, Schutz projects a resilient sense of innocence and wonder. Landscape settings, which appear in so many of her paintings, appeal to her as a kind of “clean slate,” she told me, where her figures can recombine and reinvent themselves. The Globe and Mail, October 18, 2015.

United States

The First Black Artist To Represent The U.S. At The Venice Biennale Finally Get What He Wants: Context Maybe you’ve heard of Sam Gilliam. Maybe you’ve seen his work, but it’s been a while. Right now, the art world is rediscovering the painter for the first or second or maybe third time. Arts Journal, October 19, 2015.

New York

Time on Their Hands: Scott Burton on Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman’s Durational Art, in 1968 Scott Burton is best known for his minimalist furniture, which usually involves granite and bronze and is currently being shown as part of MoMA’s PS1’s “Greater New York.” ARTnews, October 16, 2015.

Joe Sheftel Will Close New York Gallery, Join Hammer as Director of Donor Relations After nearly four years in business, dealer Joe Sheftel announced today that he will close his Lower East Side gallery to join the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles with the title Director, Donor Relations. ARTnews, October 19, 2015.

British artist bags $50,000 Calder Prize The British artist Haroon Mirza has been awarded the prestigious $50,000 Calder Prize, which honours contemporary artists influenced by the eponymous late sculptor. The prize is backed by the Calder Foundation in New York. Mirza is honoured for his audio compositions that fuse sound and light. The Art Newspaper, October 19, 2015.

Rachel Rose, Driven by Distraction, Heads to the Whitney The art world is always looking for the Next Big Thing, and right now, the video installations of Rachel Rose look set to be It. This October alone, her work has been featured in London at the Frieze art fair and in a solo show at the Serpentine Gallery, and it is likely to make a splash at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The New York Times, October 16, 2015.

Washington, D.C.

Here Are 1,541 More Works That the National Gallery of Art Is Acquiring From the Corcoran The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., announced a second acquisition of pieces—mainly works on paper—from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which decided to disband last year for financial reasons. ARTNews, October 16, 2015.

Panel to Discuss Art-World Gender Parity at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C., will host a panel titled “Righting the Balance—Can there be gender parity in the art world?” ARTnews. October 16, 2015.

Chiapas, Mexico

Thanks, Drought: A 16th Century Church Rises From A Reservoir In Mexico A mid-16th century church’s remains have emerged from the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in Chiapas state. The church in the Quechula locality was built by a group of monks… who arrived in the region inhabited by the Zoque people in the mid-16th century. Arts Journal, October 18, 2015.


Evening Contemporary Sales End in London With $121.5 M. Haul at Christie’s A slew of auction records for artists with serious Frieze week buzz, plus a Peter Doig that went for £9.6 million ($14.8 million), helped Christie’s climb to a total haul of £35.5 million ($54.8 million) during its Contemporary Art Evening Sale. ARTnews, October 16, 2015.

Polly wants a Rembrandt The UK culture minister has delayed issuing an export licence on Rembrandt’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet (1657), which has been in the UK for over 250 years but was recently sold to a foreign buyer for £35m. The Art Newspaper, October 16, 2015.


Photography’s female pioneers given Paris exposure Images attributed to Constance Talbot, the wife of the English photography pioneer, William Henry Fox Talbot, are on display in Paris in a large-scale, two-venue exhibition on female photographers, along with images by Christina Broom, who documented the Suffragette movement, and Calcutta-born Julia Margaret Cameron, who was known for her experimental portraits of family and friends. The Art Newspaper, October 19, 2015.

Three years late but with the entire human story in its sights France’s leading museum of anthropology, the Musée de l’Homme, has reopened after a tumultuous six-year renovation. Part of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, it is housed in Paris’s Palais de Chaillot, overlooking the river Seine. Revamp of Musée de l’Homme will chart humanity’s story from prehistory to the present—and future. The Art Newspaper, October 19, 2015.

Moscow, Russia

An Abbreviated Moscow Biennale Unites Scrappy Performances, Bourgeois Spiders, and One Former Greek Finance Minister Weaving between the legs of a colossal metal spider, a crowd descended on the Garage Center for Contemporary Art. A private opening for “Structures of Existence: The Cells,” a stunning Louise Bourgeois survey, was unfolding inside. ARTnews, October 16, 2015.

Nicola MacNeil Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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