Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 17, 2015


Cold Dream: Drawings by Qavavau Manumie explores the mystical and the prosaic. Qavavau Manumie’s drawings encompass the abstract and the representational, the mystical and the prosaic. His images speak of fantastical creatures, supernatural encounters, and the closely observed particulars of daily life in the Far North. Georgia Straight, December 16, 2015

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas speaks about the forces that isolate us from one another. Haida Gwaii artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’s November TEDxVancouver talk has just gone live on YouTube, in a look at art and identity. Georgia Straight, December 16, 2015

Gathie Falk and the uncanny: art that makes the familiar unusual at Equinox Gallery. Gathie Falk’s stacks of bright red ceramic apples may have been made in the 1960s and 1970s but they look completely contemporary. I’m reluctant to say timeless because of how that word has been misused when applied to art. Let’s say they’re not in any way dated. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, December 10, 2015

Pix from the Archive: When Stanley Park totem poles were in conversation with buildings downtown. In the archive of The Vancouver Sun and The Province, photographs of totem poles in Stanley Park are almost a separate genre onto themselves. The photos aren’t only of the totem poles. They’re of totem poles photographed from the north side looking south. From that angle, they’re pitted against the office towers across Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, December 16, 2015

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict leaves its mark. In her entertaining follow up to Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Lisa Immordino Vreeland explores how Peggy Guggenheim forsook her bourgeois birthright in favour of a villa in Venice (where her collection remains enshrined), crashing international art scenes, and discovering the likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in the process. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is showing at Vancity Theatre over the holidays. Georgia Straight, December 16, 2015


‘The future was at her fingertips’. The Internet’s arrival in the fracturing republic serves as a point of departure for Berlin-based artist Aleksandra Domanovic and part of the backdrop for The Mother of This Domain, her exhibition at Plug In ICA. Winnipeg Free Press, December 17, 2015


Visual arts: One for the birds at MMFA, one for the buildings at CCA. Let 70 zebra finches settle you down after a hectic holiday family gathering, with music made by the birds scratching their feet and cleaning their beaks on guitar strings. Montreal Gazette, December 17, 2015


Must-Sees This Week: December 17 to 23, 2015. There are lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are Canadian Art’s recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Canadian Art, December 17, 2015

New York

Jeff Koons sued for appropriating 1980s gin ad in art work sold for millions. Jeff Koons, a US pop artist whose works can fetch millions, is facing allegations he used a New York photographer’s commercial photo from the 1980s in a painting without permission or compensation, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The Guardian, December 15, 2015

How Jerry Saltz Learned to Love the MoMA Again “Along with many others, I am feeling love for the Museum of Modern Art. Even after so many — including me, very vocally — have been so upset with MoMA since it reopened its too-small building in 2004. Thereafter, it seemingly went on-and-off hog wild on anything performance-­oriented, hip, kind of politically correct, or otherwise guaranteed to generate selfies, not least of which were the “Rain Room,” Tim Burton, and Björk shows.” Vulture, December 13, 2015

United States

The best American art shows of 2015. A thrilling show about the alignment between jazz, art and politics rocked Chicago, while the Met staged a groundbreaking show of Kongo civilization and Charles Ray’s sculpture proved too hot for the Whitney to handle. The Guardian, December 16, 2015


The Art That Has No Name. Before the eighteenth century, most pictures didn’t have titles. The public gallery changed everything. New Republic, December 11, 2015

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