Visual Arts News form the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 2, 2015.

Vancouver

VAG explores Canada’s changing vistas with new exhibition A new exhibition of paintings at the Vancouver Art Gallery tells several different stories about how the Canadian landscape was depicted from the 19th century into the 20th century. The Vancouver Sun, October 30, 2015.

Looking at Canada through a painterly lens A new show opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) this weekend examines this country through a painterly lens, exploring the history of artistic engagement with the Canadian landscape. Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven focuses on the period between 1840 and 1940, with 150 works by 60 artists – including Paul Kane, Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and David Milne. The Globe and Mail, October 30, 2015.

Calgary

Art show focuses on intense repetition of ‘Flexies’ Over 400 of Flexhaug’s paintings have been assembled in an unusual, somewhat obsessive exhibition that opened Thursday at the Illingworth-Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art and Design. It’s the first museum exhibit of Flexhaug’s work, which he created using oil-based house paint on beaver board at lightning speeds, often for people traveling back and forth on the Trans-Canada Highway. The Calgary Herald, October 31, 2015.

Toronto

Turner’s colourful paradox Turner makes a triumphant return to the AGO this weekend, in a (largely) solo showcase titled J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free. The exhibition features 65-plus oil paintings, watercolours and etchings by the British master (1775-1851), most drawn from the permanent collection of Tate Britain, the single largest repository of the artist’s work in the world. The Globe and Mail, October 30, 2015.

Toronto set to house Canada’s first collection point for Lego for Ai Weiwei ’s art after company refuses order The Art Gallery of Ontario announced Friday it will join a global movement to collect Lego for dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s next project. Ai planned another of his massive, trademark installation pieces for an Australian gallery, but the Danish company that makes the tiny plastic bricks refused the order over concerns the piece would further a “political agenda.” The National Post, November 1, 2015.

Photographer David Drebin clicks ‘don’t like’ on the selfie epidemic ‘I’m embarrassed to be a photographer now,’ says the in-demand photographer, who splits his time between Toronto and Manhattan. With an estimated 250 photographs on the market at galleries worldwide, Drebin regularly shows Paris, Miami, Istanbul and Amsterdam, and has just released a new book of images, titled Chasing Paradise, via the prestigious Berlin-based publisher teNeues. The Toronto Star, November 1, 2015.

Ottawa

Seeing bridges through Monet’s eyes the National Gallery of Canada, which has just opened a compact show of 12 bridge paintings by Claude Monet, leveraged with a good idea and just one canvas in the NGC collection. The Globe and Mail, October 30, 2015.

Montreal

A look at artist A.Y. Jackson’s childhood in Montreal The co-founder of Toronto’s Group of Seven was born on Mackay St. The family moved to St-Henri after his debt-ridden father abandoned them. The Montreal Gazette, October 30, 2015.

New York

Tracking Frank Stella’s Restless Migrations (From Painting and Beyond) Frank Stella is back. His grand, high-spirited, slightly overstuffed retrospective has taken over the fifth and largest exhibition floor of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. The New York Times, October 29, 2015.

75 Years With a Manhattan Gallery and No Sign of Stopping Hildegard Bachert has worked 75 years at the Galerie St. Etienne in Midtown Manhattan, helping bring renown to artists like Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Grandma Moses. The New York Times, October 30, 2015.

In Lee Mingwei’s ‘Sonic Blossom’ at the Met, Schubert Is Intimate Installation Art Mr. Lee’s installation presents singers performing Schubert lieder at face-to-face proximity to visitors in a contemporary gallery. The New York Times, November 1, 2015.

MoMA to Offer Timed Entrance Tickets for ‘Picasso Sculpture’ Anticipating what it believes will be a holiday bump for an already packed exhibition, the Museum of Modern Art will soon begin a timed-ticket program for “Picasso Sculpture,” its survey of more than 60 years of Picasso’s work in three dimensions. The New York Times, November 2, 2015.

An Illustrated Guide to the 613 Jewish Commandments No gallery has shown all 613 paintings by Archie Rand, an artist whose career has turned from abstract to religious subjects, so he put them in a book. The New York Times, October 30, 2015.

Connecticut

Playful Animal Sculptures, Inspired by Art History Bjørn Okholm Skaarup describes his work as an “imaginary collaboration between the old Cellini and a young Disney.” Skaarup’s first-ever American museum retrospective opens at the Bruce Museum, the picturesque private-home institution in Greenwich, Conn. The New York Times, October 30, 2015.

Mexico

Building – And Sustaining – A Tijuana Art Scene “La Caja is part of an intriguing wave of independent Tijuana arts organizations — both small and large, established and homegrown — trying to build an artistic legacy in this city just 126 years old. These are galleries and institutions that don’t just show art but are also actively working to educate and help shape a generation of artists and designers.” Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2015.

London

‘Kara Walker: Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First’ at Victoria Miro, London The show is on view through November 7. ARTnews, Ocober 30, 2015.

Paris

Recasting Rodin’s Life and Work At the end of his life, the sculptor Auguste Rodin ceded his valuable art collection and plaster molds to the French state, part of a deal he negotiated to save the palatial 18th-century mansion that housed his studio and create his own museum on the Left Bank. Sales of newly cast Rodin bronzes are helping to finance a $17.7 million restoration of the Rodin Museum, with a reopening scheduled for Nov. 12. The New York Times, October 30, 2015.

China

Chinese travel back in time at Royal B.C. Museum display A photography exhibition from the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria has opened in a subway in Guangzhou, China. The exhibition — Guangzhou to British Columbia: The Chinese Canadian Experience, 1858 to 1958 — is at Yuexiu Park station, a busy hub that is used by more than one million people each month. Times Colonist, October 31, 2015.

Nicola MacNeil / Vancouver Art Gallery

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