Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 2, 2015


Art this Week: Ann Goldberg’s hyper clarity, Kim Beom, and a VIVO fundraiser. On this week: Ann Goldberg: Hyperclarity at Winsor Gallery, Kim Beom at Contemporary Art Gallery and a jam-packed fundraiser, featuring the first performances in decades by AKA and IBraineater, among many others, supporting the digitization of Herb’s extensive archive of videos at Vivo Media Arts Centre. Vancouver Sun, December 1, 2015

Art school at centre of redrawn Vancouver neighbourhood. Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver is a key focal point for one of British Columbia’s strongest and fastest growing sectors, its creative industries. Globe & Mail, December 1, 2015


Art Gallery of Alberta’s future uncertain after council denies funding request. The Art Gallery of Alberta will likely cut back its hours and reduce its programming after city council chose not to throw it a much needed lifeline on Tuesday. In a tie vote, councillors turned down the gallery’s request for $250,000 in annual emergency funds for the next three years. The $88-million gallery, designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, opened in 2010. The city put $21 million toward the construction cost. Taxpayers already contribute $1.5 million toward the gallery’s operations each year through the Edmonton Arts Council. CBC News, December 1, 2015


Spark Festival showcases creativity regardless of disability. It took dying for Paula Timm to understand the value of art in her life. Timm is one of the close to 100 artists featured in the 2015 Spark Disability Art Festival, which kicked off Monday at a quartet of venues across Calgary Calgary Herald, December 1, 2015


WAG exhibition highlights indigenous artists and treaty land history. The WAG’s relationship with Treaty 1 First Nations gains added significance with its latest exhibit We Are on Treaty Land, which runs until May 22. The exhibit is the first one curated by Jaimie Isaac, the gallery’s new curatorial resident of indigenous and contemporary art, a two-year position funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Winnipeg Free Press, November 30, 2015

Does Zombie Formalism Mean Anything in Canada? Zombie Formalism, also known as Crapstraction, MFA Abstraction or Dropcloth Abstraction, is a global affliction… I’ve been feeling conflicted lately, wondering if some of our artists fit the Zombie Formalist bill. Derek Dunlop’s work, for example, currently showing at Lisa Kehler Art and Projects in Winnipeg, creates this kind of ambivalence. Canadian Art, December 2, 2015


Dave Jordano wins Aimia/AGO Photography Prize. Chicago-based documentary photographer Dave Jordano is the winner of the $50,000 Aimia/AGO Photography Prize for 2015. Jordano, 67, received the international honour Tuesday evening at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Globe & Mail, December 1, 2015. See also The 2015 Aimia | AGO Winner Revealed, Canadian Art, December 1, 2015

Q&A: Janice Kerbel, the Canadian artist up for this year’s Turner Prize. Toronto-born artist’s ‘Doug’ is a song cycle, but she’s not a musician. Is it art? CBC Arts, December 1, 2015

The Harris years. With a Steve Martin-curated show earning rave reviews in Los Angeles, and a new record price set at auction on Thursday night, the market for Lawren Harris has never been hotter. Globe & Mail, Nov. 27, 2015


Thomson, Scotiabank team up for new photography institute at National Gallery. The National Gallery of Canada has announced the creation of a new photography institute with the gift of $10-million from Scotiabank and a promise from a major Canadian philanthropist to help build the collection with donations and acquisitions over the coming decade. Globe & Mail, Nov. 27, 2015

Sobey Art Award moving to National Gallery of Canada. The National Gallery is taking over Canada’s richest prize for visual arts, the $100,000 Sobey Art Award, and it’s aiming for global recognition. Ottawa Citizen, December 2, 2015 See also Sobey Art Award Moves to National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Art, December 2, 2015

National Gallery takes over Sobey Art Award. The change, announced Wednesday, takes effect for the 2016 edition of the annual prize. Previously, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax was the organizing institution. Globe & Mail, December 2, 2015


Robert Lepage takes Montrealers on a fanciful virtual tour of 10 world libraries. Certainly every collection of books mirrors the collector, especially if he or she also builds the space in which they are kept. The current exhibition of The Library at Night was commissioned by the Grande Bibliothèque to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This sleek five-storey building of glass and wood, principally designed by Patkau Architects of Vancouver, defines the library primarily as a social space or common. Globe & Mail, Nov. 27, 2015

Houston, TX

Artist Designs Space for All Growing up as a woman in Pakistan, artist Anila Quayyum Agha was excluded from mosques, religious centers of community and creativity. It was a seminal experience. National Geographic, 2015


When One Student’s Art Is Another’s Aggression. In the middle of September, students arrived on campus at the State University of New York at Buffalo to find “White Only” and “Black Only” signs plastered near elevators, water fountains, benches, and bathrooms. It was not immediately clear who put up the signs. But they summoned an era when segregation on the basis of skin color was the law of the land. The Atlantic, December 1, 2015

Miami Beach

Art Basel and Miami Art Week 2015: Our Essential Guide. The fair franchise that started it all returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center with a maze-like network of booths belonging to 267 of the world’s most high-profile galleries. The Canadian presence is in keeping with previous years, i.e., scant: blue-chip Montrealers Landau Fine Art, and Toronto-based artist-run centre Art Metropole, which returns to their shared booth with New York’s Printed Matter, Inc. to present limited-edition collectibles and artist publications. Canadian Art, November 30, 2015


China’s vacuum-cleaner artist turning Beijing’s smog into bricks. His idol is Subcomandante Marcos, the masked Mexican rebel; his weapon of choice a 1,000-watt vacuum cleaner. Meet Wang Renzheng aka Nut Brother, the Chinese activist-artist attempting to vanquish toxic smog by sucking it up through a black plastic nozzle. The Guardian, December 1, 2015


Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese manga artist who depicted horrors of war, dies at 93. Award-winning Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, whose retellings of traditional ghost stories and depictions of the horrors of the Second World War helped propel anime to global popularity, died on Monday at the age of 93. CBC News, December 1, 2015

Joanna Spurling, Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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