Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 14, 2015

Vancouver

Vancouver-based installation artist Geoffrey Farmer to represent Canada at Venice Biennale The announcement, made on Friday by the National Gallery of Canada, caps off a tremendous year for Farmer, who had a comprehensive mid-career survey at the Vancouver Art Gallery and a public installation for Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and whose group shows include an exhibition on now at the Louvre in Paris. He will participate in the prestigious event during an auspicious year: Canada’s 150th anniversary.  The Globe and Mail, December 11, 2015

Victoria

Council backs gallery design Victoria council has approved a steel and glass design for an art gallery addition, a contemporary annex to the existing historic building on Moss Street. With that approval, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria said it will begin fundraising, with a $21-million goal. The Times Colonist, December 12, 2015

Toronto

Outgoing Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes reflects on community in arts Editor Richard Rhodes looks back on 20 years at Canadian Art. “When the magazine marked its 30th anniversary last year, I wrote about some of those changes: the arrival of photography to the contemporary art world and Vancouver’s important contribution; the concerted excellence of our country’s First Nations artists; the entry of digital media in art and publishing; the increasing role of private-sector sponsorship of art and art institutions; and the globalization of art that puts great stress on how we value local or national art production”. The Globe and Mail, December 12, 2015

Why we love the art we love: Designer Bruce Mau on the influence of a teacher Globe Arts editor Jared Bland talks to designer Bruce Mau about his childhood, enterprise design and the work of one of two artists he’s selected for this project, Angela Leach. The Globe and Mail, December 11, 2015

 Calais, France

Banksy’s Newest Works Make a Point About Immigration The graffiti artist Banksy unveiled his latest artworks on Friday — immigration-themed murals that he painted onto public spaces in and around the “jungle,” a refugee camp near Calais, France. The main image in the new series, posted on Banksy’s home page, is a portrait of the Apple co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs, whose father immigrated to the United States from Syria. The New York Times, December 11, 2015

London

US pop artist Ed Ruscha donates collection of prints to Tate Tate director Nicholas Serota calls 18 print editions and impression of all future prints a ‘wonderful Christmas present’ to nation. The Guardian, December 14, 2015

 

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