Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 29, 2015

Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery show gives Hornby Island artist Jerry Pethick his due. Spectra foil, Styrofoam, sulphur, hay bales, wine bottles, a wasp nest—Pethick was adept at repurposing the homely, the unlikely, and the inexpensive into sculptures, pictures, and installations. By these means, he explored the vagaries of representation and the histories of art, optics, and photography. Georgia Straight, October 28, 2015

What’s On: Parade of Lost Souls, Diwali Fest, and more. Discover the way Canadian landscape art evolved over a century at this exhibition spanning 1840 to 1940 in Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, October 28, 2015

Gallery Jones moving east to be part of contemporary art scene in The Flats. Gallery Jones which is located in Kitsilano on West 3rd is moving east into part of the space occupied by Winsor Gallery. The new Gallery Jones and the smaller Winsor Gallery are having a joint opening Saturday, Nov. 21 at their renovated space on East 1st. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, October 28, 2015

Art from the Archive: the Neel family photographed as a totem pole. [This] image is one of my favorites in the archive of The Vancouver Sun. It shows Ellen Neel, her husband Edward and five of their children on top of one another. Almost everyone is smiling. They look like they’re having a great time. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, October 28, 2015

Bodies and food get through art world defences at Live! Performance Art Biennale. Is she walking on broken glass in her bare feet? Yes, she is. Oh, I thought to myself, that’s extreme. I was at a performance art event where, I knew, all sorts of unusual behaviour could take place. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, October 23, 2015

Burnaby

Black Eagle canoe of legendary artist Bill Reid marks end of its journey at SFU. From a single cedar log, Reid carved a 50-foot war canoe, the Loo Taas or Wave Eater. It was first of its kind in the northwest coast in about a century, sparking a renaissance of the canoe culture of indigenous people that continues to this day. On Wednesday (October 21), a fibre glass replica, which Reid fashioned and named the Black Eagle, was installed in solemn ceremonies at the Burnaby Mountain campus of SFU. Georgia Straight, October 22, 2015

Does Burnaby need a new art gallery? There’s no question that the existing Burnaby Art Gallery, housed in the heritage Ceperley House at Deer Lake, is a beautiful facility. But it’s far from large, and it’s far from modern – and it seems to us the city would be well-served by a facility with the size and technological capabilities to meet the needs of the 21st century. Burnaby Now, October 27, 2015

Winnipeg

Form, function, fire. Alongside an extensively researched and richly illustrated catalogue, the show offers a rare art-historical perspective on several transformative decades in Canadian ceramics. More than anything, though, it’s a boisterous, multi-sensory celebration of material, form and process, of beauty and workmanship, and of 34 potters spanning several generations of artisans and teachers. Winnipeg Free Press, October 28, 2015

Toronto

Victoria artist Sandra Meigs wins $50,000 prize. Sandra Meigs is the winner of the 2015 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO, announced Wednesday night at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. In addition to the $50,000, the award includes a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2017. Times Colonist, October 29, 2015

Sandra Meigs Wins 2015 Gershon Iskowitz Prize. Celebrated Victoria artist Sandra Meigs has been awarded the 2015 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The win includes a $50,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the AGO (which will be held in 2017); it is presented annually to an artist for outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Canadian Art, October 29, 2015

Andy Warhol TIFF show explores artist’s obsession with stars, fame. Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen, premiering at TIFF Bell Lightbox Friday, delves into the Pittsburgh-born pop art pioneer’s life and artistic career. CBC News, October 28, 2015

Montreal

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibit unravels mystery of Beaver Hall Group. A very simple group of a few people with no means and big ideas.” That modest yet romantic summation was made in 1966 by Montreal painter Anne Savage, about a group of young women and men who shared studio space on Beaver Hall Hill in the early 1920s and showed work together as the Beaver Hall Group. Globe & Mail, October 27, 2015

Halifax

Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan awarded 2015 Sobey Art Award. Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan has won the 2015 Sobey Art Award, at $50,000 one of the richest purses in the Canadian art world. The Tehran-born Akhavan, 38, prevailed over four other finalists to take the juried prize at a ceremony on Wednesday evening at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. Globe & Mail, October 29, 2015

Abbas Akhavan Wins $50K Sobey Award. Toronto-based, Tehran-born artist Abbas Akhavan, known for his thoughtful, occasionally mournful, interrogation of our habits of perception, has won the $50,000 first-place prize at this year’s Sobey Art Award. Canadian Art, October 29, 2015

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia signs new lease, but wants to move. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has signed a 20-year lease to keep it in the government-owned Provincial Building on Hollis Street in Halifax, but the gallery hasn’t given up its dreams of moving. CBC News, October 29, 2015

Canada

Must-Sees This Week: October 22 to 28, 2015. Canadian Art’s list includes Jerry Pethick at the Vancouver Art Gallery and other great exhibitions. Canadian Art, October 22, 2015

Los Angeles

A Mayor Seeks Artist to Help Reduce Traffic Fatalities. As part of a new initiative called the Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence program, LA mayor Eric Garcetti wants to hire artists to save bike riders and pedestrians from traffic accidents, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Boehm. ArtForum, October 29, 2015

Inside Gagosian Gallery’s Talent Factory: How Gogo Directors Go on to Rule the Art World. The sun never sets on art dealer Larry Gagosian’s empire, which includes no fewer than 15 galleries from New York to Hong Kong. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his Beverly Hills outpost, and if you’re in London, Paris, Athens or Rome, you won’t be far from one of his venues. Artnet, October 28, 2015

London

Still courting controversy: Gilbert and George show Banners defies the norm. here are plenty of extraordinary things to look at in the Spitalfields studio of Gilbert and George, but the first thing that catches the eye is the vast poster of David Cameron in pride of place on the back wall. It turns out contemporary art’s most famous double act are big fans. The Guardian, October 29, 2015

Beijing

Ai Weiwei’s Clever, Baffling Protest Against Lego. Ai Weiwei counts among the most prominent multimedia artists, having worked with materials ranging from backpacks to bronze casts. Now, however, he’s run into a snag, after the Denmark-based Lego Group refused to honor a bulk order of bricks that he had planned to use in a coming exhibition. Though the company had provided him with pieces in the past, it declined to sell components to him for his new endeavor, citing political concerns. Slate, October 27, 2015

After Lego Spurns Ai Weiwei, National Gallery of Victoria Will Collect Bricks for the Artist. Today Ai Weiwei announced that the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, will serve as the first in a series of international Lego collection points for his latest art project. Ai’s announcement comes following Lego’s refusal to supply him with their product on the grounds that his work contained “political” statements. ARTnews, October 27, 2015

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