Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 19, 2015

Vancouver

VAG’s West Georgia Plaza to be opened up in redesign plan. Three years ago in a questionnaire, respondents said they didn’t like the bark mulch on the ground on the West Georgia side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Now the bark mulch will be removed if a proposal to redesign the plaza by Nick Milkovitch Architects is approved by City of Vancouver. Vancouver Sun, November 18, 2015

Eastside Culture Crawl artists reconnect with nature. When you head out to the studios of Strathcona, Grandview, the Downtown Eastside, and elsewhere this Thursday night to Sunday (November 19 to 22), it won’t take long for you to find imagery and artworks that celebrate the natural environment here, explore our precarious urban balance with it, or remind us about our dependence on it. Artists highlighted: Heather Talbot, Leanne Crhistie, Desiree Patterson. Georgia Straight, November 18, 2015 see also Form meets function for Eastside Culture Crawl artisans and 19th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl

Sculptors bring passion for stone, bronze to the Eastside Culture Crawl. Among this year’s artists are sculptors Fran and Cathryn Jenkins. The mother and daughter share a space on the main floor in the labyrinthine Parker Street Studios. Vancouver Sun, November 18, 2015

5 reasons to see Traces That Resemble Us in Vancouver. Local artists explore film inspiration. Vancouver Sun, November 18, 2015

Pix from the Archive: Vancouver photographed as a slum. “As I was looking through the archive for something else when I saw Slums, Vancouver on the top of the manila folder. Slums in Vancouver? When did Vancouver have slums? I thought to myself.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, November 18, 2015

Taiwan artworks at UBC exhibition point to spiritual dimension. The island nation of Taiwan hosts one of Asia’s most dynamic multicultural societies. It all adds up to a fascinating mix in the country’s contemporary art which forms the focus of the new Museum of Anthropology exhibition titled (In) visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art. The Province, November 18, 2015

B.C. legislative committee recommends increased arts funding. Recognizing the importance of a dynamic arts sector, a bipartisan committee of the B.C. legislative assembly has called for increased investment by the province in the arts. In its report, the legislative committee recommended increased provincial investment in the arts through “dedicated multi-year funding commitments”. Georgia Straight, November 18, 2015

Calgary

City seeking artists to creatively illuminate West Eau Claire pathway. The city’s public art department is looking for an artist to create something that Calgarians can walk all over. Calgary Herald, November 18, 2015

Edmonton

Construction of Edmonton artists’ building pegged for late 2016. Construction of a unique downtown highrise that would provide both living and working space to local artists is at least a year away from starting, project organizers say. Edmonton Journal, November 18, 2015

Toronto

City of Art exhibition asks questions of how we design our cities. “I was hoping that some artists would address things like urban sprawl and some more issues than just paintings of buildings,” says Phil Anderson, curator and executive director of Gallery 1313. He needn’t have worried; while the show does contain some pretty images, many also pack a punch. Globe & Mail, November 17, 2015

Kleinburg

McMichael Canadian Art Collection marks 50 years with masterworks show. A half-century after Robert and Signe McMichael made a landmark donation of their picturesque home and remarkable art collection to the province of Ontario, the gallery established in their name is revisiting those foundation masterpieces to mark the occasion. CBC News, November 18, 2015

Halifax

Patrick Cruz wins $25,000 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. A nine-member national jury has named Patrick Cruz the 2015 winner of the annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Cruz, 28, triumphed over 14 other finalists from across Canada announced in June and was awarded a $25,000 cheque at a ceremony Wednesday evening in Vancouver. Named as runners-up were fellow Haligonian Hangama Amiri and Claire Scherzinger of Toronto who each received $15,000. Globe & Mail, November 18, 2015

Guelph Artist Wins $25K RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Guelph-based artist Patrick Cruz has won the 16th RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Cruz was awarded the $25,000 top prize in the annual competition for his work Time allergy, which will become part of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Canadian Art, November 19, 2015

Halifax artist shares his refugee story of hope. When Zeqirja “Zaqa” Rexhepi was forced to flee his home in Kosovo in 1999, he wasn’t sure where the war would take him. The now 60-year-old did know two things were certain, though: he’d never stop making art and he’d never forget what’s most important in life. Yahoo News, November 18, 2015

Canada

Must-Sees This Week: November 19 to 25, 2015. There are lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows… Canadian Art, November 19, 2015

Miami

In the Early 1900s, Robber Barons Bought Dozens of Centuries-Old European Buildings. Where is Medieval America Now? There are two Americans to thank for the strange fact of a 12th century Spanish monastery’s existence only a few miles from Miami Beach: notorious plutocrat William Randolph Hearst, and his art dealer, Arthur Byne. Atlas Obscura, November 18, 2015

London

Canadian expat artist Mark Lewis: greed is killing vibrant cities. Sitting in front of his film Pavilion (2015), shot inside Toronto’s Mies Van Der Rohe-designed Toronto-Dominion Centre, the Hamilton-born, Toronto-raised artist told CBC Arts about living in London, working in Canada, and the snakes and ladders of globalization. CBC News, November 19, 2015

The wackiest art heist ever: Hardly a “Thomas Crown Affair,” this real theft of a masterpiece was a little bit 007 and a whole lot Monty Python. he boosting of Goya’s “Portrait of the Duke of Wellington” so captured imaginations it ended up in “Dr. No” Salon, November 14, 2015

Liverpool

An Imagined Museum review – unforgettable art from the year 2052. A boy sees a beautiful woman on a concrete jetty at Orly Airport a moment before a shot rings out and a man falls dead, throwing the airport into terror and chaos. The memory of her face will stay with him all his life, as he survives the destruction of Paris and then is sent back in time to find this woman he saw for just a moment many years ago. That is the premise of Chris Marker’s great 1962 film La Jetée, now showing as part of Tate Liverpool’s haunting new exhibition An Imagined Museum. The exhibition has a science-fiction premise worthy of Marker, or other such apocalyptic films of the French new wave. The Guardian, November 19, 2015

International

Termites Are Teaching Architects to Design Super-Efficient Skyscrapers. Mound termites, native to Africa, South Asia, and Australia, are pros at building self-regulating structures that maintain oxygen levels, temperature, and humidity. And now human architects and engineers want to adapt that ingenuity for their own designs. Wired, November 17, 2015

The future is round: why modern architecture turned doughnut-shaped. From GCHQ to the Apple campus, huge disc-like buildings are popping up around the world. As artist Simon Denny warns, they betray a world with no corners in which to hide. The Guardian, November 19, 2015

 

Joanna Spurling Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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