Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 22, 2015


Musqueam exhibit Cesna?em wins Governor General’s History Award. Cesna?em, a collaboration between the Museum of Vancouver, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Musqueam First Nation, and Susan Roy from the University of Waterloo, has just nabbed the 2015 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums. Georgia Straight, October 16, 2015

Art from the Archive: Mungo Martin lying in state in Wa’waditla. [This Vancouver Sun photo] records a moment during a solemn occasion. A couple of women and a man are paying their last respects as they stand beside a carved box holding the remains of Mungo Martin, one of the great Northwest Coast artists. Martin died in Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital at 7 am on August 16,1962. He was 83. The photo was published five days later. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, October 14, 2015

Pop-up art shows here to stay in Vancouver. A Vancouver pilot program that makes it easier for artists to hold pop-up shows indoors without having to rent or buy retail space will become permanent. Vancouver Sun, October 21, 2015

Worms inspire Mount Pleasant art exhibition. Worms are the ultimate transformers: they take waste and turn it into something valuable, says Vancouver artist Al McWilliams. Vancouver Courier, October 21, 2015


Contemporary Calgary Begins Constructing Gallery in Old Planetarium. Plans are forging ahead for Contemporary Calgary to move into the city’s old planetarium. Contemporary Calgary, built from a merger between MOCA Calgary, the Art Gallery of Calgary and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art, was announced as the lead proponent for use of the planetarium (opened in 1967 before being replaced by a new science centre in 2011) back in spring 2014. Canadian Art, October 21, 2015


Nina Haggerty releases prisoner creativity with exhibit by incarcerated individuals. The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts latest show, The Artist Inside, shows art made by prisoners currently serving terms inside Alberta Correctional Services. Mostly drawings — but also poetry, carvings and even a pair of beautiful model boats made of cardboard, paper and stained with coffee — the show includes works from around 30 artists. Edmonton Journal, October 21, 2015


Words to grow on. Earlier this year, Kegan McFadden considered the legacies of five short-lived, artist-run magazines from the 1990s in Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow, an exhibition he curated for Plug In ICA. Six months later, and just across the street at Gallery 1C03, the Winnipegger turns his attention to another, more enduring publication. On view until Nov. 14, A Putting Down of Roots marks the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg-based poetry journal Contemporary Verse 2. Winnipeg Free Press, October 22, 2015


Toronto welcoming simultaneous art fairs as popularity and profits soar. It’s safe to say it’s only in the past 15 years that the annual art fair has come into its own as arguably the dominant, or, perhaps more accurately, the most efficient medium for the presentation and disposal of modern and contemporary art. Toronto art maven W. Bruce C. Bailey drew audible gasps earlier this week when, during a speech on the art of collecting to about 200 attendees gathered at the city’s Harbourfront Centre, he suggested dealers today generate two-thirds of their annual sales via art fairs. Globe & Mail, October 22, 2015

Chantal Pontbriand Appointed CEO of MOCCA. Montreal curator and writer Chantal Pontbriand has been appointed to the position of CEO at Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Canadian Art, October 21, 2015


The Liberals Won the Election—Now What? Now that the dust has settled, what should citizens interested in the arts keep their eyes on during Justin Trudeau’s first year as prime minister? Here are five things to watch: Canadian Art, October 22, 2015

Arts and culture a big winner in federal election if Justin Trudeau keeps his promises. In real numbers, per capita funding fell from $5.54 to $5.08 while Stephen Harper was prime minister. That’s about to change significantly if the Liberals keep their promises after forming a majority government. A week after the arts groups’ report was released, then candidate and now incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau pledged major investments in this area. Georgia Straight, October 22, 2015

Why Canada’s New Prime Minister Might Be Good for the Arts Over the past nine years, throughout Conservative Stephen Harper’s prime ministership, the Canadian government has been slashing arts and culture budgets. According to the Canadian Conference for the Arts, between April 1 and August 20, 2008, Stephen Harper’s administration cut more than $60 million in arts funding Hyperallergic, October 22, 2015

San Francisco

De Young’s Dede Wilsey under fire for payout to ex-museum worker. There’s a fly in the punch bowl at all those parties for the 10th anniversary of the new de Young Museum’s opening: a whistle-blower complaint accusing museum board president and socialite philanthropist Dede Wilsey of financial misconduct. San Francisco Chronicle, October 19, 2015

New York

Statue May Be a Lost Work by Donatello. Andrew Butterfield, an art dealer and Renaissance scholar, had seen the two-and-a-half-foot tall wooden sculpture several years before, in a photograph, and thought it was “really fantastic.” New York Times, October 21, 2015


Brooklyn Museum Has a Pristine Postmodernist Apartment Tucked Away in Storage. Oh, the treasures that can be found in museum storage! Word trickled out recently that the Brooklyn Museum has been hiding something very special: a rare example of Postmodernist residential architecture has been tucked away in a warehouse for nearly three decades. New York Observer, October 21, 2015


Evelyn Dunbar: the genius in the attic. One Sunday night two years ago, Ro Dunbar was watching Antiques Roadshow when she noticed something shocking. One of the people queuing in the rain to have their antiques valued had just produced a painting by her long-dead relative Evelyn Dunbar. The Guardian, October 19, 2015


French Tadpoles and Persian Pickles. A pattern of exclusive royal privilege in the East becomes the pattern of Western capitalist longing. It trickles down on humbler fabrics to working men, gay men, gang members, and Boy Scouts. It signifies free love and forbidden love, belonging and exclusion – a seemingly impossible range of human experience.” Slate, October 20, 2015

The Future of Doodling. Doodlers have various tendencies and preferences and motivations, but all doodlers know the marvellous, mind-dusting reverie of doodling, which also happens to offer a respite from other trending modes of content creation. If posting is like paddling, doodling is floating out into the water. New Yorker, October 19, 2015


Joanna Spurling | Library | Vancouver Art Gallery

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