Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 16, 2015.

Vancouver

How to make your Eastside Culture Crawl enthralling The 19th annual festival kicks off on Nov. 19 and boasts 430 artists in 77 different locations opening their studios to the public, eager to pull back the curtain on their work. You can find everything from barn door-sized abstract paintings to stunning one-of-a-kind light fixtures to wooden eyeglass frames. There is virtually no visual arts endeavour left out of this annual celebration of creativity. The Province, November 14, 2015.

Edmonton

The art of the art auction: Similarities between New York and Edmonton except the prices The shocking $170 million sale of a Modigliani nude has thrust the art auction business back into the spotlight. Alberta’s industry is somewhat more modest. Lando is the only fine art auction house in Edmonton. It has staged 35 auctions since 2003 and holds its next one Feb. 21. Edmonton Journal, November 12, 2015.

Toronto

Meet the First RBC Canadian Painting Competition Winner The 17th winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition will be announced later this week—in anticipation, we caught up with the first, Jennifer Walton. Toronto-based painter Jennifer Walton won the Canadian Emerging Artist Prize competition in 1999, then sponsored by Connor Clark Private Trust in partnership with Canadian Art. The prize went on to became the RBC Canadian Painting Competition—one of the most prestigious in the Canadian artworld. Canadian Art, November 16, 2015.

Sequences: Toronto artist Michael Snow to launch his monograph The best description of Michael Snow’s approach to art-making remains the one he himself provided more than 50 years ago: “I am not a professional. My paintings are done by a filmmaker, sculpture by a musician, films by a painter, music by a filmmaker, paintings by a sculptor …”The Globe and Mail, November 12, 2015.

Ottawa

Youthful brush strokes on display at the Inuit Children’s Art of Baffin Island show For 13 years, Beth McKenty lived and worked with the Inuit children, inspiring them through art. And on Sunday at the Kevin Dodds Art Gallery and Studio, the talents of youngsters from the North were on display in the Inuit Children’s Art of Baffin Island art show. Ottawa Citizen, November 16, 2015.

Montreal

Beaver Hall Group’s canvases speak in Picturesque’s dramatic shorts Art, history and drama are woven together in a collection of works inspired by the 1920s association of female modernist painters. The group, named for the street on which they rented studio and exhibition space, was founded in 1920 — the same year as the Toronto-based Group of Seven, although it never achieved the same fame. It was a sign of the group’s progressive bent that it included women at a time when few women had any public profile. Montreal Gazette, November 16, 2015.

New York

‘Unorthodox’ Faces Paradox at the Jewish Museum This exhibition of works by 55 artists from around the world is engaging and often entertaining but does it live up to its bigger ambitions? The world of contemporary art may be a fractious place, but there’s one thing that almost everyone involved agrees about: Orthodoxy is bad. Slavish obedience to any dogma — aesthetic, academic, political, religious and otherwise — is anathema to Modern and contemporary art. The New York Times, November 12, 2015.

Christie’s Nets Healthy $145.5 M. at Imp-Mod Auction, Led by Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne The New York evening sales concluded tonight with the Impressionist and modern sale at Christie’s, which racked up $145.5 million, well above its low estimate of $108.8 million. ARTnews, November 12, 2015.

Washington D.C.

Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery Reopens With a New Focus After being shuttered for two years, the Renwick, the part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum that is dedicated to craft and design, will open its doors to showcase the effects of a $30 million renovation and its updated mission…The Renwick hopes to chart a new course for craftsmanship in a digital age and to showcase the preoccupations of skilled 21st-century artisans. The New York Times, November 12, 2015.

Greenwich, Connecticut

A Painter of Clouds, Revisited The Bruce’s current exhibition, “Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933): Mystic Impressionist,” seeks to resurrect Davis’s stature by inviting the public to look closely at his landscapes and cloudscapes, many set in and around Mystic, Conn. The New York Times, November 12, 2015.

London

New Francis Bacon catalogue to reveal more than 100 unseen works More than 100 Francis Bacon paintings are to be revealed for the first time with the completion of a 10-year project to publish a catalogue of every work he made. They include the first in one of his best known and provocative series of paintings, the Screaming Popes, a previously unknown work discovered buried in a private Italian collection. The Guardian, November 16, 2015

Paris

Paris museums reopen after attacks Museums in Paris reopened this afternoon (16 November), following a minute’s silence at 12pm to honour the victims of the terror attacks on Friday 13 November. Fleur Pellerin, the minister of culture, reaffirmed the importance of culture as a “symbolic place of discovery…and exchange” in the wake of the attacks at the Bataclan concert venue and the Stade de France stadium, among other locations. The Art Newspaper, November 16, 2015.

Fukushima, Japan

Fukushima’s radioactive wasteland turns into art gallery Don’t Follow the Wind, a collaboration between 12 Japanese and foreign artists who have put together what might be the most inaccessible art exhibition in the world. The Guardian was given raare access to the exhibition, which includes contributions by Ai Weiwei, Taryn Simon, Ahmet Öğüt and Trevor Paglen. The Japanese artists include Aiko Miyanaga, Nobuaki Takekawa and the six-member collective Chim-Pom. The Guardian, November 16, 2015.

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