Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 9, 2015


Town Talk: From budding to benefactors It was 1985 when then-Vancouver Art Gallery curator Scott Watson named 11 young artists the Young Romantics. Four from the group — Graham Gillmore, Angela Grossmann, Attila Richard Lukacs and Derek Root — now benefit others as young as they were then. With fellow artist Douglas Coupland they formed the Portfolio Prize Foundation, which will grant $15,000 to emerging artists in 2016. The Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2015.


Wartime art project inspired by A.Y. Jackson on display in Calgary A wartime art project that was inspired by Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson and was meant to bolster the morale of Canadian troops in the Second World War is on display at The Military Museums in Calgary. The Winnipeg Free Press, November 8, 2015.


Edmonton community installs murals to fight graffiti On an overcast Saturday morning, about 30 volunteers are adding 1,900 square feet of colour to a grey Kinnaird Ravine. The Edmonton Journal, November 7, 2015.


TIFF exhibition puts Andy Warhol’s love for the silver screen on display Accompanying the artist’s retrospective is a collection of artifacts that reflect his odd obsessions and his fascination with glamour in a labyrinth of imagery, things and sound. The Globe and Mail, November 6, 2015.


Popular with the masses, Robert Bateman is the artist the critics love to hate Robert Bateman has earned many awards — at least a dozen honorary doctorates, for example — but the wildlife artist describes one distinction with a particularly jovial smile. Ottawa Citizen, November 9, 2015.


A sampling of art to see in Montreal galleries in November Imagine Brazil is three exhibitions in one. There is contemporary art by young Brazilian artists chosen by a team of four international curators, work by established artists who were chosen by the younger artists and an exhibition of artists’ books. Montreal Gazette, November5, 2015.

New York

Bronx Pop-Art Show Prompts Criticism That It Invoked Borough’s Painful Past A lavish party with burning trash cans and a sculpture made from bullet-riddled cars was denounced by the City Council speaker and others; organizers say it was intended to promote the area as hip. The New York Times, November 6, 2015.

Warmer Response at Sotheby’s 2nd Night of Auctions After lackluster sales on Wednesday, 47 scheduled lots brought in $306.7 million with fees, well above the low estimate. The New York Times, November 6, 2015.

This Artist’s Work Takes a Village — Literally Lou gathered a group from Westchester County to help her piece together a grid comprised of blocks of upright stainless-steel wires covered in beads. The resulting form evokes a colorful patchwork field of multicolored blades of grass. The New York Times, November 6, 2015.

Big Heat: The Bronx Museum Champions the Brave, Unflinching Martin Wong Martin Wong loved firemen. The late East Village artist, whose paintings stand as some of the most original and brave art produced in New York in the past 40 years, painted an intimate portrait of one in bed, still wearing his heavy jacket under the covers. ARTnews, November 6, 2015.

San Francisco

An Artful Ode to an Undersung Chemist Tavares Strachan’s new show at Anthony Meier in San Francisco uses multimedia installations to examine the life of Rosalind Franklin. “The exhibition is not necessarily about giving voice to someone I consider to be voiceless,” Strachan says. “I think it’s more about creating a platform for us to think about what we consider to be important and why and how, and who gets to decide those things.” The New York Times, November 6, 2015.

Los Angeles

Drought Adds Wrinkle to ‘Rain Room’ Exhibit in California An artwork that lets visitors walk through a downpour without getting wet, a hit in New York in 2013, has taken on new meaning with its arrival at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit, which is scheduled to run until March, is so popular that the museum’s telephone reservation system shut down; as of Friday afternoon, nearly 31,000 people had grabbed spots. The New York Times, November 7, 2015.


Kinky Calder gets restored in time for UK debut One of Alexander Calder’s largest and most complex mobiles is to be shown outside Brazil for the first time this week after being restored by his grandson, Alexander Rower. Black Widow (around 1948) will be hung in its own space as the finale of the exhibition Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture (11 November-3 April 2016) at Tate Modern in London—the largest show of Calder’s work ever held in the UK. The Art Newspaper, November 9, 2015.


Experts question the authenticity of a group of works by Jackson Pollock Questions have been raised about the authenticity of a group of works attributed to Jackson Pollock, six of which were exhibited at the Art Monaco fair in July by the Nevada-based Classic Fine Art. Around 30 paintings from the group were privately analysed by Art Access & Research, a UK-based company, in 2010. Tests suggests pigment used in some of the paintings not commercially available before artist’s death in 1956. The Art Newspaper, November 9, 2015.


Performance Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Sets Fire to Moscow Headquarters of Russian Security Services Pyotr Pavlensky, who was previously best known as the Russian performance artist who nailed his scrotum to the street in Red Square to protest the police, has found a way to outdo himself… ARTnews, November 9, 2015.


We’ll store your artefacts, US tells Syrian museums As Isil destroys ancient temples and monuments across Syria and Iraq, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is encouraging US museums to act as safe havens for threatened works of art in the collections of governments, museums and private individuals in conflict zones. But there are concerns that looted artefacts could be among the works sent to the US. The Art Newspaper, November 8, 2015.

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