News in Brief: Mélanie Joly on Cabinet, Vancouver Mayor’s Art Awards Announced, Thaddeus Holownia Recognized This week, Mélanie Joly spoke about Liberal funding promises, Thaddeus Holownia garnered recognition and the Vancouver Mayor’s Art Awards were announced. A number of artists were recognized with Vancouver Mayor’s Art Awards, which give honourees a cash prize and allow them to select an emerging artist for recognition. Canadian Art, November 6, 2015.
Art Gallery aims for new free-admission model The Art Gallery of Alberta aims to throw open its doors by embracing a new free-admission model for most permanent exhibitions. The move to attract more visitors to the art gallery will drive more corporate and philanthropic donations and boost revenue for businesses associated with the gallery, the community services committee heard. Edmonton Journal, November 9, 2015.
Photographs: A hit (at National Gallery) and a miss (at Ottawa Art Gallery) War. At some point it’s always the solitary story of a soldier in a dark trench, freezing his arse off while huddled in a blanket, and wondering what it’s all good for… You’ll see the blanket in Fait, the photographic installation by Parisian artist Sophie Ristelhueber now at the National Gallery. You won’t see soldiers, nor the remains of soldiers… Ottawa Citizen, November 10, 2015.
On the Wall: What’s in the galleries this week Derek Liddington at Daniel Faria; 8-11 Gallery; Shawn Kuruneru at Cooper Cole; Jane Ash Poitras at Kinsman Robinson. Poitras, a pioneering First Nations artist (she’s Mikisew Cree, from Northern Alberta) is a painter to be reckoned with, equally at home with fine figure work and gestural; impressionism and abstraction; freely collaging a mix of styles and materials to give her work a mix of the historic and the thoroughly contemporary. Toronto Star, November 10, 2015.
A royal view of art biennials They’re for public, not art world, says Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, who gives Holtby Lecture at ROM Nov. 10. For her the biennial is less about global recognition than what it can do for the people who live there — a lesson that Toronto, contemplating two biennial projects of its own, could take to heart. Toronto Star, November 10, 2015.
An Artful Homage to Roller Disco When Hauser & Wirth moved into its Dieter Roth-designed West 18th Street space two years ago, the gallery inherited an unexpected treasure trove: hundreds of roller skates left over from the former tenant, the famous Roxy roller disco. With the opening of Mark Bradford’s new exhibition, “Be Strong Boquan,” this past weekend, the history of the building comes back to life. The New York Times, November 9, 2015.
With $170.4 Million Sale at Auction, Modigliani Work Joins Rarefied Nine-Figure Club The price tag for the single work was a far cry from the roughly $4,700 in today’s dollars that Modigliani sought for the entire contents of his Paris studio in 1918-19. In an overheated art market where anything seems possible, a painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early-20th-century artist Amedeo Modigliani sold on Monday night for $170.4 million with fees to Liu Yiqian, a former taxi driver turned billionaire art collector. The New York Times, November 9, 2015.
‘These Are Works That I Enjoy’: Jeff Koons on His Amazing Blue Balls On Monday morning, the artist Jeff Koons stood in Gagosian Gallery’s West 21st Street location in Chelsea, discussing his new show at the space with a small gathering of reporters. The exhibition features work from his “Gazing Ball” series. For the show, Koons has placed blue reflective spheres on small shelves in front of very faithful reproductions of classic works from art history. ARTnews, November 9, 2015.
Surrealism often feels like a marginal outsider among the movements of modern art. Fletcher’s exhibition gives Surrealism a new sense of unity and coherence, she also focuses fresh interest on the institution she serves and its creator, the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the Washington Mall. Certainly Hirshhorn would have approved of this show. He was a legendary figure, famous for his intense curiosity, the most copious buyer of modern art anywhere. National Post, November 9, 2015.
Here Is the Exhibitor List for Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016 The Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair hits Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar for its seventh edition in late January. The fair’s exhibitor list, released to ARTnews, features new additions from New York, London, Berlin, and elsewhere, and includes new sections for the fair… ARTnews, November 10, 2015.
Matisse portrait claim rejected by National Gallery The National Gallery in London has rejected a claim for a portrait by Matisse that survived the bombing of Germany during the Second World War. The descendants of the sitter, the artist Greta Moll, argue that the work was misappropriated after being entrusted to a family friend who took it fr om the Soviet zone of Berlin to Switzerland in 1947. The Art Newspaper, November 7, 2015.
Collection built by Dukes of Portland to go on show in new Nottingham gallery First exhibition will include a rarely seen sketch by Michelangelo and miniature portraits selected by Peter Blake. A rarely seen red chalk sketch by Michelangelo, the pearl earring worn by Charles I at his 1649 execution and a coronation miniature of Queen Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard are among the treasures due to go on show in a new gallery dedicated to the Portland collection in March. The Art Newspaper, November 10, 2015
A bird in the hand: the boy who threw away a Picasso Brian Blessed has a flair for a story. Asked by a newspaper if he ever made a financial mistake, he revealed that when he was 12 he met Pablo Picasso. The greatest artist of the 20th century was in Sheffield for a peace congress and the boy Blessed cheekily asked if he really was Picasso – then challenged him to prove it by drawing something. Picasso drew a dove, and the future film star said “That’s not a dove”, and threw it to the ground. It was picked up and preserved by someone else. The Guardian, November 9, 2015.
Wojciech Fangor, Painter Who Emerged From Postwar Poland, Dies at 92 Mr. Fangor, whose work was perched between Color Field painting and Op Art, enjoyed a career resurgence late in his life. Mr. Fangor, who was known for his blurred circles, amoebas and cloud shapes in dense, saturated colors that seemed to throb and swirl, first became known in the United States in the 1960s, when his work was included in two group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1970, he had a one-man show at the Guggenheim Museum. The New York Times, November 9, 2015.