Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 26, 2015

Vancouver

Rescued from obscurity: Discover the naturalistic, quirky work of Jack Akroyd The Life and Art of Jack Akroyd, insightfully written by Peter Busby, is number eight in the series, and it’s enlivened throughout with passages from Akroyd’s own journals and quotes from his friends and admirers. We soon get a sense of the man. The Vancouver Sun, October 26, 2015.

Victoria

Around Town: All’s Fare in the love of art Organizers of last weekend’s Art + Fare celebration couldn’t have found a more suitable host for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria fundraiser than the Union Club of B.C. The historic club housed in an Edwardian building at Gordon and Humboldt streets has been a longtime supporter of Victoria’s arts community, counting architects Francis Rattenbury and Samuel Maclure among past members. The Times Colonist, October 25, 2015.

Edmonton

New exhibit examines social pressures, bullying, even violence and murder of women Not for the first time, Dana Holst raises her hand up to six menacing women she painted… Her masterfully realistic female faces are each sourced from disparate vintage photographs, often in physical originals Holst mail-orders, then stored taxonomically in drawers. Edmonton Journal, October 23, 2015.

Toronto

In Studio: Dorian Fitzgerald, a study in excess The Toronto painter’s vast, labour intense canvases serve as fitting critique of the casual opulence of the super-rich. The Toronto Star, October 24, 2015.

In Studio: Talwst’s tiny worlds Curtis Santiago crafts universes in which the broad strokes of social angst, in all their intensity, fit in the palm of your hand. The Toronto Star, October 25, 2015.

Montreal

Portrait of the Beaver Hall Group unveiled at MMFA A collection of daring local artists, known as the Beaver Hall Group, heralded Montreal’s arrival on the modern art scene in the 1920s. A new exhibition, on at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from Oct. 24 to Jan. 31, puts their canvases in the spotlight. Montreal Gazette, October 23, 2015.

Los Angeles

When Steve Met Lawren: Steve Martin champions Group of Seven icon Lawren Harris in L.A. ‘I love this work,’ says comedian about Canadian artist Lawren Harris, whose paintings Martin is introducing to America at a major display at Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum this month. The Toronto Star, October 24, 2015.

Santa Monica, California

‘Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry,’ by Paul Goldberger This biography of Frank Gehry traces his meteoric rise from modest beginnings to worldwide fame. The New York Times, October 23, 2015.

New York

Poetic and Lifelike Botanical Sculptures The artist Carmen Almon has an uncanny ability to subtly transform natural objects into art. The New York Times, October 23, 2015.

‘Not an Objective Observer’ In the ’60s and ’70s, Maximo Colón sought to capture the moment on the Lower East Side and portray his fellow Puerto Ricans as they saw themselves. The New York Times, October 23, 2015.

Rachel Rose: artist sets out on Gravity-inspired space odyssey The young artist’s new work at New York’s Whitney tries to make viewers feel as though they’re floating in the heavens – with help from Aretha Franklin. The Guardian, October 26, 2015.

Following a Musical Thread That Ties One Life Together Years after falling in love with a radio show theme song, a man befriends the composer and his wife — and sees his memories committed to canvas. The New York Times, October 25, 2015.

Washington, D.C.

For Obamas, a More Abstract Choice of Art Works by Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg and others are currently featured at the White House, among the 19th-century landscapes and portraits of past presidents. The New York Times, October 25, 2015.

Poland

Polish Op artist Wojciech Fangor dies at 92 26 October 2015 Best known for circular abstract works, he lived for many years in the West and had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim, New York. The Art Newspaper, October 26, 2015.

Greece

First museum exhibition in Greece for Italian Arte Povera artist Mario Merz Show comes as publication date for his catalogue raisonné is announced for next autumn. The Art Newspaper, October 26, 2015.

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut’s Art Scene Stirs Amid Tumult Despite a slow economy and political instability, Lebanon’s capital is welcoming new luxury towers and a waterfront art space, and planning other art sites. The New York Times, October 25, 2015.

Australia

Sculpture by the Sea: The largest outdoor sculpture exhibition in the world A sculpture titled “Picnic” by Canadian based artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, who have exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Vancouver Art Gallery, the Power Plant in Toronto and Musée d’art Contemporain in Montreal. The 19th annual “Sculpture by the Sea” exhibition runs from October 22 – November 8, along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney, Australia. The Globe and Mail, October 23, 2015.

Brick by brick: Ai Weiwei crowdsources Lego for new political work Toy maker has refused to supply materials for artist’s installation in Melbourne. The Art Newspaper, October 26, 2015.

Nicola MacNeil, Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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