Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 4, 2015


Art This Week: Elizabeth Zvonar, Fuse and CAG Gala. Events this week: The Vancouver Art Gallery’s after-hours party Fuse [on Friday, Nov 6], features an array of talent, including a drawing performance by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, dance and costume performances by Angela Brown and David Khang, music by See Monsters, and spoken word by Sharon Shorty and Ivan Coyote”. Also on: Elizabeth Zvonar: The Experience opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s OFFSITE space at 1100 West Georgia and the Contemporary Art Gallery’s gala will be held at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia on Nov. 7. Vancouver Sun, November 3, 2015

Exhibition of paintings hints at what the permanent collection galleries in the new Vancouver Art Gallery will show. 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. While the exhibition isn’t meant to be a comprehensive history of the landscape genre in Canadian art, it does give a hint of the kinds of shows art fans can expect to see when the permanent collection galleries open in the new Vancouver Art Gallery building proposed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, November 3, 2015

New Vancouver Art Gallery Design ‘A Form that Can Be Controlled’ “When the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron unveiled the future gallery’s conceptual design late last month, it ignited debate over its form and cladding, but very little discussion about the future gallery’s public space. Perhaps because, despite the fulsome promises of “public space” there isn’t a lot of it in the Herzog & de Meuron design. What we are promised, actually, is semi-private courtyard space marketed as public space.” The Tyee, November 2, 2015

Maria Eichhorn: X-Rated Institutional Critique. Maria Eichhorn’s current exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is animated by a tense interplay between restraint and libidinal indulgence. The subject matter is almost entirely sexual—often explicitly so—and yet Eichhorn handles this “hot” material in a decidedly cold way.Canadian Art, November 3, 2015


Lake Country Art Gallery Has a New Curator. Announced on Monday, November 2nd, Wanda Lock will serve as the Gallery’s new curator. Kelowna Now, November 3, 2015


Artist emphasizes value of oft-overlooked voices in award-winning piece. Corrie Peters learned knitting like so many people do, picking up cross-stitches and crochet hooks passed down from her mother. Her knitting is the focus of her three-part artwork Building (All the rooming houses on my street have had their front door removed), which won the $10,000 Salt Spring Art Prize last week on the artistic island hideaway just off the eastern shore of Vancouver Island. Winnipeg Free Press, November 3, 2015


Meryl McMaster’s Next Chapter. Meryl McMaster’s surreal and alluring photographs read like a story about self-discovery. She unfolds an entirely personal narrative within her images, yet the ideas are communicable across culture and creed—she depicts identity as subjective and transmutable, something that should be given as much room to grow as possible. Canadian Art, November 2, 2015


Local artist wins 2015 TD Michaelle Jean Bursary. The Michaëlle Jean and TD Bank Group announce the recipients of the 2015 edition of the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries.  This year, three innovative young artists caught the attention of the jury. Working in underprivileged or marginalized communities in Canada, they combine, in their own way, arts and civic engagement. The recipents are: Rihkee Strapp, a Metis of the Wolverine clan who was born in Red Lake, Ontario, Pascale Arpin, an Ottawa native who moved to Nunavut in 2011 and Rebecca Roher, a visual artist based in Toronto and working in the area of education. Soo Today, November 3, 2015


The best worst (Canadian) museum and gallery reviews. If you can find an entry on Yelp for, well, just about anything, the law of the Internet suggests someone will review it, and no one is safe from the blight of a one-star rating. So since October, the blog Bad Art Museum Reviews has been collecting — sorry, curating — the “best worst museum and gallery reviews” you can Google. CBC Arts, November 4, 2015


Eye surgery helps blind artist to paint in a whole new light. When Selris James painted a month ago, he held his face so close to the canvas his nose nearly smeared the paint. But when he began his latest piece, James, who was born blind and deaf in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago, was able to sit a comfortable distance from the canvas. Toronto Star, November 3, 2015

New York

Influential, Late-’70s Paintings, Revisited Paintings in a new show of Troy Brauntuch’s early work come on loan from the collections of Larry Gagosian, Robert Longo and more. The painter has been producing subtle, dark canvases of mundane or even horrifying subjects, recognizable only from a step or two back. The New York Times, November 3, 2015.

How an Architect Designs a Blockbuster Art Show In collaborating with Gagosian Gallery on an upcoming exhibition of Francis Bacon’s late paintings, Annabelle Selldorf made unconventional choices. This exhibition centers on the last two decades of Bacon’s life, featuring a collection of more than 25 pieces, including loans from institutions like MoMA and the Tate. The New York Times, November 3, 2015.

Guggenheim gets digital with first online show A futuristic stock market governed by online users is the basis of the Guggenheim Museum’s first online exhibition. Participants, including Douglas Coupland, invest in a simulated stock market shaped by technological developments. The Art Newspaper, November 4, 2015.


‘Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis’ Is a Full Retrospective of This Artist’s Career Last year, the art of Norman Lewis (1909-79) shared an exhibition at the Jewish Museum with that of another marginalized Abstract Expressionist, Lee Krasner (1908-84). Now the first full retrospective of Lewis’s art since his death opens on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The New York Times, November 4, 2015.


Turner Prize-nominated collective, Assemble, plans to help convert Peckham car park into artists’ studios A former adviser to the British prime minister David Cameron plans to partner with Assemble, the Turner Prize-nominated art collective, to convert a car park in Peckham, south London, into 800 “ultra-affordable” artists’ studios… The proposal is one of three being considered by Southwark Council in south London next week. The Art Newspaper, November 4, 2015.

‘Bob Law: Field Works 1959-1999’ at Thomas Dane Gallery in London. The show, a concise overview of paintings and drawings from his four-decade career is on view until November 7. ARTnews, November 4, 2015.


Spirit of Zero Group rekindled in Duesseldorf The Zero Foundation is taking over the former factory in Düsseldorf where artists including Heinz Mack, Gunther Uecker, Christo and Nam June Paik made works of art—and threw “many parties”, says Mattijs Visser, the foundation’s director. The building was “the zero centre” for all the artists related to the group’s co-founder Otto Piene, Visser says. It houses Piene’s former fire studio, which the foundation will preserve behind glass. The Art Newspaper, November 4, 2015.


How Joshua Schwebel Paid Interns with His Berlin Residency. The 2015 exhibition, running until November 1, features Subsidy, an unusual work by Joshua Schwebel. It’s comprised of an office space containing a desk, mail slots, and an intern—paid by Schwebel’s exhibition budget. Canadian Art, October 30, 2015

Berlin’s most-visited museum gets a makeover The ambitious renovation of the Pergamon Museum, the most visited museum in Berlin, is kicking into high gear. The main building is expected to be complete by 2019, while a newly constructed wing dedicated to the art of Egypt is due to open in 2025-26. The Art Newspaper, November 4, 2015.


Reopened Duomo’s original façade reconstructed in Florence The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence reopened on 29 October after a renovation that took two and a half years and includes a full-scale re-creation of the original façade of the Duomo, the city’s cathedral. The €45m-€50m project, which increases gallery space from 2,000 sq. m to 6,000 sq. m, allows the museum to mount an ambitious new display… The Art Newspaper, November 3, 2015.


Antony Gormley to confront Hong Kong’s raw nerves by placing sculptures on its rooftops This month, 31 life-sized naked bodies made by Antony Gormley from cast iron and fibreglass will infiltrate the skyline… The arrival of the British artist’s Event Horizon, which is due to be unveiled on 19 November (until 18 May 2016), was delayed by more than a year after a banker jumped from a high-rise building owned by the project’s original sponsor, Hongkong Land. The Art Newspaper, November 4, 2015.


Judy Cassab, Australian artist and Holocaust survivor, dies aged 95 … In 1967 with her portrait of artist Margo Lewers, she became the first woman to win the Archibald prize twice, having already won in 1960 for her portrait of another artist, Stanislav Rapotec. The Guardian, November 3, 2015.


The Ins and Outs of Art Gallery Waiting Lists. Galleries and dealers increasingly offer waiting lists to would-be purchasers of some of the most-sought-after works in the art market. No doubt, many collectors assume that such a list represents a kind of agreement, that those on the list are part of an orderly process that gives them a much better chance of obtaining a highly desired artwork the next time it comes on the market. Wall Street Journal, November 1, 2015


Joanna Spurling, Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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