VAG appoints advisers to focus on Asian art The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled a new, seven-member Asian Art Council, and announced two new appointments to its fledgling Institute of Asian Art, in a bid to further advance the city’s reputation as a leader in promoting Asian art and culture. The Vancouver Sun, November 2, 2015.
Opinion: Creative cities drive urban growth When I was growing up in Vancouver, the big debate was whether we would build a freeway through our city — we ended up with the Dunsmuir Viaduct, but that is another column. Today, we are talking about a new art gallery, and how we can create neighbourhoods where we want to live, work and play. The Vancouver Sun, November 2, 2015.
Robert Amos: Sculptor found spiritual nirvana In my imagination, Katharine Maltwood sits in a 16th-century English oak chair, looking out over Victoria from her home at Royal Oak… the Maltwoods left Katharine’s art works and all their treasures, numbering many thousands of pieces, to the University of Victoria. She died in 1961, and with the Maltwood collection came the Thatch, the obvious place to house this focused group of artifacts, and an endowment to the university. Times Colonist, November 1, 2015.
Beat-up vans inspire photo-realist painting series Beaten-up old vans are great for moving stuff. But for Sean Yelland, they’re also the stuff of art. The Toronto artist’s new exhibition, Homeless Romantic, has just opened at the downtown Madrona Gallery. Times Colonist, November 3, 2015.
Robert Fulford: Why J .M .W . Turner ’s work needs to be seen in person The paintings and watercolours that fill the show [at the Art Gallery of Ontario] are mainly from his last 15 years, when he was establishing his legacy with a stream of pictures that were more audacious, more ambitious and more Turneresque than anything he produced earlier. The National Post, November 3, 2015.
Andy Warhol exhibit mines celebrity fascination At the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the title of a series of Warhol’s films says as much. It’s called Nothing Special: Andy Warhol’s Star System, and it speaks of the isolated anti-fandom that fuelled Warhol’s earliest interface with celebrity skin. The Toronto Star, November 3, 2015.
Sandra Meigs wins 2015 Gershon Iskowitz Prize Sandra Meigs, a Victoria, B.C.-based artist whose infectious, multi-disciplinary output defies easy description, is the 2015 winner of the $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize. The annual prize, which is administered by the Art Gallery of Ontario on behalf of the Iskowitz Foundation, also includes a solo survey show of the winning artist’s work at the AGO. The Toronto Star, November 2, 2015.
Canadian Prime Minister pledges to boost cultural investment Artists and arts administrators are optimistic about Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Canada’s Liberal party who was elected Prime Minster in October. Trudeau, the son of the celebrated former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has pledged to invest an additional $380m into arts and culture. Arts professionals are generally optimistic about the country’s new leadership—although some worry promised changes could be too little too late. The Art Newspaper, November 2, 2015.
‘I Don’t Know Half as Much as There Is to Know, But at Least I Know Half’: A Talk with Richard Prince Richard Prince lives and works in New York City. His solo show at Barbara Gladstone, “Cowboy,” closed last month. ARTnews, November 2, 2015.
Ye Olde Performace Art Biennial: Renaissance-Themed Performa Opens In New York The biennial Performa’s opening-night gala for its tenth-anniversary edition happened to fall on All Saints’ Day, and so it’s appropriate that the chosen setting was a church. ARTnews, November 2, 2015.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Abstraction: Frank Stella Stuns at the Whitney Get ready to be dazzled by Stellaworld. The dozens of eye-popping paintings and massive sculptures executed by Frank Stella, beginning in 1958, that fill the Whitney Museum’s capacious fifth floor and outdoor terrace are going to envelop you. ARTnews, November 2, 2015.
‘Desire, Drive, and Delirium’: Maggie Lee and Asher Penn on Lee’s New Film, ‘Mommy’ This Thursday marks the Los Angeles premiere of Mommy, the debut film from the New York–based artist and photographer Maggie Lee, at Ooga Twooga, the Boyle Heights space located at 356 Mission. ARTnews, November 3, 2015.
Iron Lady’s handbags go under the hammer Around 350 items that belonged to the Iron Lady, including several of her famous handbags, are due to be auctioned at Christie’s next month after the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London turned down the chance to exhibit her clothes. The Art Newspaper, November 3, 2015.
Looted marble bust returned to Poland The 18th-century sculpture by Jean-Antoine Houdon, which was part of the collection of King Stansilaw August, was taken from the Royal Lazienki Palace by the Nazis in 1940. It was listed on Interpol’s database of stolen works of art. The Art Newspaper, November 2, 2015.
African Biennale of Photography Returns to Mali Amid Unrest After four years of waiting, hundreds of photography devotees, including journalists, artists and students, gathered here last weekend in Bamako, the Malian capital, to welcome back one of their key cultural gatherings. This event, which was canceled in 2013, has welcomed scores of photographers to display their work until the end of the year. The New York Times, November 2, 2015.
Tehran’s Modern art could travel to the US Hirshhorn holds preliminary talks but Berlin first in queue to borrow works by artists such as Gauguin, Pollock, Rothko, Picasso and Bacon. The Art Newspaper, November 3, 2015.
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