Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 18, 2015


Lyse Lemieux uses scissors to draw in black felt in works at Republic Gallery. “When I walked into the gallery on opening night and saw Lyse Lemieux’s works on the wall, I thought of the body. Not my body or the body of someone in particular. But of bodies in general.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, November 12, 2015

Digital art explores the body in The New Flesh. In a building** in east Vancouver, works by a group of 10 artists from around the world are exploring the collision between our all too frail human flesh and the uncompromising world of zeros and ones. The exhibition is called The New Flesh at VIVO Media Arts Centre. It opened Saturday and runs until . . . today, Monday, November 16. Yes, that’s right: it’s only for three days. It’s a shame really because it’s an exhibition that not only deserves to be in a larger space – to better show off the works – but to run for much longer so more people can see the works. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, November 16, 2015

Must-Sees This Week: November 12 to 18, 2015. An-My Lê’s exhibition at Charles H. Scott Gallery, offers a poignant rejoinder to Remembrance Day; the accumulative practices and images of Annie MacDonell, Lis Rhodes, punk band the Slits and Elizabeth Zvonar are brought together at Western Front in “Cut; in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery, a screening of films by Vancouver artists at the Cinematheque kicks off on November 12 with work by Ian Wallace and Dana Claxton; and much more listed at Canadian Art, November 12, 2015


Supercommunity in Saskatoon, Light on the “Community”. Overhearing snippets of almost any conversation at the Remai Modern’s Supercommunity Live: The Climatic Unconscious event offered confirmation of the gallery’s international aspirations. Canadian Art, November 18, 2015


Black Mirror: Image and Reality in the Work of Antonia Hirsch. Antonia Hirsch’s current exhibition at Gallery TPW, “Negative Space,” is shrouded in mystery. Dimly lit, with references to astronomy and contemporary mobile devices, the Berlin-based artist’s installation offers a way of ordering the world through images and objects that consider the space between things. Canadian Art, November 17, 2015


News in Brief: ROM’s New Head, Artist-Run Awards, the Queen’s Demotion. The Canada Council for the Arts has begun digitizing the Art Bank collection, which was established in 1972 and contains more than 17,000 works valued at over $71 million. The digitized collection is searchable through a variety of options, including the option to “ask an art consultant” for assistance in finding a particular work, or filter various featured collections. The Banff Centre and the Hnatyshyn Foundation have launched a residency for emerging artists from Atlantic Canada. The annual program—which has a commitment for three years—will bring one Atlantic artist for an eight-week, self-directed residency at the Banff Centre, valued at $30,000. The program was created with support from the Harrison McCain Foundation. Canadian Art, November 13, 2015

New York

Whipping up a storm: how Robert Mapplethorpe shocked America The Perfect Moment, and those who chose to stand in its defence, just might be one of the boldest and bravest art events of the 20th-century. Its provocation polarized communities but, in the end, a continuity of sorts was found – the moral universe gaped open and was imperfectly refastened. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, 25 Years Later is at the New Museum in New York on Thursday. The Guardian, November 17, 2015.

Coney Island: The Cyclone! The Hot Dogs! The Art! “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008” the first full-fledged exhibition to gather works of art inspired by the celebrated park. The show looks at Coney Island through its stylish rise, slow decline and eventual revival. The New York Times, November 18, 2015.

Team Building: Uri Aran Mounts Collaborative Performance at Gavin Brown’s Lower East Side Space Last Monday afternoon, the artist Uri Aran staged a collaborative performance at Gavin Brown’s Lower East Side space that incorporated art, jazz, dance, and even bagels. The end result was a non-linear and at times absurdist exploration of group dynamics and corporate power structures. ARTnews, November 18, 2015.

Los Angeles

Franklin Parrasch, Christopher Heijnen to Open Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles Since 1986, Franklin Parrasch has owned six New York galleries, and the one he currently helms is on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. This January, Parrasch will expand his reach to include the West Coast, where he and Christopher Heijnen will open a gallery in Los Angeles. ARTnews, November 17, 2015.


Guerrilla Girls take aim at ‘cartels of collectors’ Billionaires are the target of a new campaign by the feminist activist group Guerrilla Girls. “Cartels of collectors get behind the work of a few sel ected artists; galleries are paying for exhibitions of their artists at museums; and art fairs are showing the same bankable work over and over,” The Art Newspaper, November 18, 2015.


Milwaukee Art Museum pulls off expansion from depths of slump Mould flourished, floors buckled and ceilings leaked in the two buildings that housed the museum’s permanent collection when it announced $34m renovation in 2009 at the height of the recession. One highlight is the new Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, which brings together photography, video installations and light installations, including Walk-in Infinity Chamber (1968) by Stanley Landsman. The Art Newspaper, November 17, 2015.


V&A exhibition will explore 400 years of Indian jewellery | Art and … Among the diamonds, rubies, emeralds, spinels and sapphires glistening in deliberately darkened galleries are the earliest known example of Mughal jade, the spectacular Timur ruby on loan from the Queen and even a jewel-encrusted backscratcher. These are some of the riches at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London’s Bejewelled Treasures exhibition, which opens to the public on Saturday. The Guardian, November 18, 2015.


Artists offer peaceful responses to Paris attacks. French artist Jean Jullien created the Peace for Paris symbol of solidarity. In it, the internationally recognized symbol for peace was fitted with the city’s iconic Eiffel Tower. Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Joann Sfar offered a secular response to the #prayforParis hashtag. CBC News, November 16, 2015


Barcelona boosted by new contemporary art initiative A new contemporary art space housed in a former 15th-century palace ambitiously aims to put Barcelona “at the forefront of the international exhibition circuit”, say the founders of the Fundació Gaspar venue which opens to the public on Friday (20 November). Fundació Gaspar will host a major exhibition of works by Paul McCarthy in 2016. The Art Newspaper, November 18, 2015.


Meet the new guard: How the Uffizi’s first foreign director plans to modernise the museum Eike Schmidt has big plans for Italy’s most-visited museum, from high-tech ticketing software to new tax breaks. German-born Schmidt, formerly a curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, will become the first foreigner to lead the Uffizi… The Art Newspaper, November 18, 2015.


Iran Has Been Hiding One of the World’s Great Collections of Modern Art Inside the rotunda of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, a circular walkway spirals down from the street level, like an underground version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York. A series of galleries branches out from there, giving up astonishing secrets from one of the finest—if forgotten—collections of 20th century art in the world. Bloomberg Business, November 17, 2015.

Joanna Spurling | Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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