Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 16, 2015


Paintings engage memories, enliven people with dementia, study says.  A study – led by a nursing professor, a renowned Canadian painter and a Fraser Health Authority planner – found that paintings serve as a window to memories, a vehicle for hope and a catalyst for engagement, with some residents with dementia in long term care. “These are templates for the imagination of the viewers, whether they’re in the Vancouver Art Gallery or the Fraser Health facility,” says Landon Mackenzie, an artist and professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.  Globe & Mail, December 15, 2015

Art this Week: The wild house of Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin, Cut at the Front and more. Opening this week: My House: Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin at Presentation House, Harbour Art: Group show at Vancouver Maritime Museum and Cut: Annie MacDonell, Elizabeth Zvonar at Western Front.  Vancouver Sun, December 15, 2015


Push for new Burnaby art gallery will continue in 2016.  The Burnaby Arts Council had recently renewed a call for a new art gallery and is expecting to make a formal request to city council in the new year asking for a proper study on the issue.  Burnaby Now, December 10, 2015

British Columbia

Philanthropy bankrolls research and innovation in British Columbia.  The competition for dollars among charities and non-profits has surged recently, owing to the fall in commodity prices and the low Canadian dollar, which has tightened the purse strings of major donors and sponsors… Roughly 22 per cent of a total $253-million in revenue acquired by B.C. arts and culture groups in 2014 was secured through private sources, according to a report compiled by the Vancouver-based Alliance for Arts and Culture. About 41 per cent came from earned revenue such as admissions fees and gift shop sales, while the rest came from municipal grants and other sources.  The figures are in spite of a November report released by Hill Strategies Research that shows B.C. is home to the most artists per capita among provinces. The same report also indicates B.C. residents comparatively display one of highest engagement levels with arts and culture per capita. Globe & Mail, December 13, 2015


Family and fans mourn loss of artist Ed Martyniuk. Well-known artist Ed Martyniuk, who mentored and entertained aspiring artists of all ages, passed away in Calgary on Dec. 8. He was 76 years old. Martyniuk was the host and producer of the nationally broadcast show Beautiful Free Style Oil Painting, which is still shown today.  Calgary Herald, December 13, 2015


Gormley’s fate on board to be discussed at Remai Art Gallery special meeting.  The Remai Modern Art Gallery board is expected to issue a statement today about whether or not it will part ways with radio personality John Gormley for an offensive tweet.  Local artist Adrian Stimson wrote a letter to city council late last week, signed by 22 artists, asking that Gormley be removed from the board and replaced with someone from the local Muslim or indigenous communities. Star Phoenix, December 15, 2015


Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a hit.   The museum is exceeding attendance targets, drawing tourists and boosting the prairie city’s economy. Its target for annual attendance was 250,000, but in its first year it drew 400,000.  Toronto Star, December 12, 2015


Canadian Art contributors give their top three exhibitions in 2015  They include:  Benjamin Hunter: “The pen moves across the earth” at Blackwood Gallery, Doris Salcedo at the Guggenheim and Richard Mosse’s The Enclave at the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art; Nancy Webb: Pilvi Takala at Galerie de l’UQAM, Carrie Brownstein and her memoire, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl  (published by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly) and Kate Berlant (LA-based comedian);  and Bryne McLaughlin:“The Unfinished Conversation” at the Power Plant, Toronto, “Counting on People” at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Pascal Grandmaison at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.  Canadian art, December 14-16, 2015

Los Angeles

The Broad to Top 200,000 Visitors for 2015.  The Broad reports 177,264 visitors since its Sep. 20 opening and expects to top 200,000 by month’s end.  Blouin Art Info, December 15, 2015

New York

MoMA to Organize Collections That Cross Artistic Boundaries. Within the Museum of Modern Art’s announcement on Tuesday of coming exhibitions were signs of a seismic shift underway in how it collects and displays modern and contemporary art — changes that are expected to have a powerful impact on the museum’s renovation.  New York Times, December 15, 2015

United Kingdom

UK Affirms that Photographs of Public Domain Art Are Fair Use. An ongoing dispute with digital cultural heritage is whether high-resolution images of artworks in the public domain have a copyright when the photograph itself is new or improved… The UK Intellectual Property Office meanwhile, has clarified that even images like this are still within the public domain.  Hyperallergic, December 14, 2015


Artist who caused protests in Ottawa shot in Bethlehem. Rehab Nazza, a Palestinian-Canadian artist whose exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery at City Hall sparked outrage in Ottawa last year says she was shot while taking photographs on the West Bank late last week.  Ottawa Citizen, December 16, 2015


Title Fights: How Museums Name Their Shows. Generating a title for a museum show involves curators, directors, publicists, and more. It can be grueling, it can be fun, and it sometimes takes years to find the right one.  Artnews, December 9, 2015

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