Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 23, 2015


Hollywood interest raises profile of Lawren Harris works Now that Hollywood has turned a keen eye towards Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris, you can bet the bids for his work will be high when three of his paintings go up for sale at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House’s upcoming fall auction. On the Heffel block on Nov. 26 in Toronto are Harris’s Winter Landscape (auction estimate $1.2 -$1.6 million), Mountain and Glacier (est. $1-$1.5 million) and Winter in the Ward (est. $500,000-$700,000). The Province, November 22, 2015.


Robert Amos: David Blackwood, drawn to drama David Blackwood is an artist I admire. He comes from an outport in Newfoundland called Wesleyville, where his forefathers were master mariners…You can see a survey of his concerns at Winchester Galleries, which has hung all three floors of its Oak Bay location with his artistry. It makes a good story. Times Colonist, November 21, 2015.


Province pledges $15M for Inuit Art Centre The province will spend $15 million on the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s proposed $60-million Inuit Art Centre, Premier Greg Selinger announced Friday. “This is a game-changing contribution for a game-changing endeavour,” … “Bridging Canada’s North and South, the Inuit Art Centre will allow the WAG to share its world-renowned collection of Inuit art to its full potential.” Winnipeg Free Press, November 21, 2015.


Artists’ collective plants roots in Scarborough Y+ Contemporary, a collective of young artists in Scarborough, is determined to defy the downtown-centric view of the art world. Hunkering down in a light industurial park the four-strong group has set themselves the goal of building a home-grown art community. Toronto Star, November 23, 2015.

New York

Giorgio Morandi Creates a Universe on a Tabletop In memory, the still lifes of the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi can sometimes seem like the medium’s best comfort food — familiar, satisfying and a little monotonous…The Italian painter, who died in 1964, is the subject of two current shows. The New York Times, November 19, 2015.

‘Photo-Poetics: An Anthology’ Features 10 Artists at the Guggenheim As photography disperses in an ever more granular way into daily life — through phones, social media, ubiquitous screens — artists are hauling the medium back into the studio to see if it can be reconstituted into something more tangible. This show, consisting of more than 70 works, contemplates the future of photography in art. The New York Times, November 20, 2015.

‘It’s Always a Question of Fantasy’: Juliana Huxtable On Her Indisputably Brilliant Performa Commission Last Friday, at There Are Certain Facts That Cannot Be Disputed, Juliana Huxtable’s performance at the Museum of Modern Art commissioned for the Performa 15 biennial… stylishly examined—among other concerns—the disconnect between the Euro or Anglocentric institutional narratives…ARTnews, November 20, 2015.

The Real Worth of a Photograph: How the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection Has Survived In the Age of Google Image 1.5 million is about the number of images currently housed in the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection, a trove of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and archival images, culled from all kinds of sources and comprising 1,500 linear feet—or, as the library boasts, close to the height of the Empire State Building. The collection is 100 years old as of this year. ARTnews, November 23, 2015.


Paul Laffoley, Painter Inspired by Time Travel and Aliens, Dies at 80 Paul Laffoley, whose annotated diagrammatic paintings, with their kaleidoscopic representations of abstruse philosophic systems, made him one of the most distinctive and cerebral of the outsider artists, died on Nov. 16 at his home in Boston. The New York Times, November 20, 2015.

Los Angeles

In L.A., Female Video Artists Reign Video-based art is having a moment among women in Los Angeles. Three female artists with solo exhibitions on view there this fall aim to shift perceptions of the medium’s potential, using it to capture everything from Op Art-like abstractions to provocative depictions of animal life. Solo exhibitions in the city by three women explore the medium in very different ways. The New York Times, November 19, 2015.

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel to Open Los Angeles Mega-Gallery with Show of Post-War Female Sculptors Zurich-based gallery Hauser & Wirth is finally set to open its first California gallery, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, and today we get word on the first exhibition: “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016.” ARTnews, November 23, 2015.


Echoes of the First World War fill Tate Britain’s galleries The sounds of broken and bullet-ridden horns and bugles fill Tate Britain’s vast Duveen Galleries today (21 November) as part of an installation by the Scottish sound artist Susan Philipsz… The artist recorded musicians playing The Last Post—a call that signals the end of a day’s battle—on instruments used in the First World War and other conflicts, including the Battle of Waterloo and the Boer War. The Art Newspaper, November 21, 2015.

Eating out of his hands: Kelly Grovier on Francisco Goya’s portraits Forget the faces, look at the hands. The biggest surprise awaiting visitors to Goya: the Portraits at the National Gallery in London (the first such event ever staged anywhere) is just how mesmerically the Spanish Romantic renders hands—just how thoroughly his fingers steal the show. The Art Newspaper, November 21, 2015.


Thieves Break In To Verona Museum, Steal Art Masked bandits broke into one of Verona’s most important museums and stole 17 paintings, including works by Mantegna and Rubens, and five pieces by Jacopo Tintoretto. The museum estimated the total value at between $10.7 million and $16 million. The New York Times, November 20, 2015.


Singapore National Gallery ready to spring into life After a decade of planning and construction, the National Gallery Singapore is scheduled to open its doors tomorrow (24 November). The world’s largest public collection of Modern Southeast Asian art will be housed in two meticulously restored British colonial-era structures, the former City Hall and the Supreme Court building. It cost more than S$500m (US$358m) to convert the buildings into a 64,000 sq. m museum. The Art Newspaper, November 23, 2015.

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