Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 6, 2016

Vancouver

Video: Gordon Smith in his Vancouver Home.  Vancouver painter Gordon Smith has an incredible house. The building, nestled in West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park, is profiled in a new video created by Ryan Willms, founder of Inventory magazine.  Canadian Art, January 5, 2016

Art This Week: Discussion about Kelley and Trecartin, David Roth’s retail focus and Ceremonial ArtDiscussion about [Mike]  Kelley and [Ryan] Trecartin at Presentation House Gallery, David Roth: Buy Us, For You, By Us, Field Contemporary, Ceremonial/Art at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art.  Vancouver Sun, January 5, 2016

Hand-crafted First Nations art lands at Vancouver International Airport.  Lattimer Gallery’s new space is in one of the most prominent and highly coveted locations at the airport, right next to The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe, Bill Reid’s monumental bronze sculpture in the international terminal.  Vancouver Sun, December 23, 2015

Victoria

Robert Amos: Wrapping up a good year in art.  There aren’t as many galleries as there used to be. Winchester Modern on Humboldt vanished, as did Couch Art gallery on View Street and Atelier 546 on Yates Street. In the new year, Red Art Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue will carry only the paintings of its proprietor, Marion Evamy. Meanwhile, the “alternative” galleries carry on — Open Space, XChanges, Deluge, Fifty/Fifty continue to rack up big anniversaries.Time Colonist, January 2, 2016

Bragg Creek, Alberta

Ant-hill brain sculpture is Alberta artist’s gift to life-saving surgeon.  When Pierre Bolduc’s brain aneurysm burst on an operating table, his surgeon sprang into action, clamping veins and arteries and saving the Alberta artist’s life. Naturally, Bolduc was thankful — and he came up with a unique way of saying so.  CBC News, January 3, 2016

Winnipeg

New Winnipeg Art Gallery photography exhibit has Winnipeg athletes pose as gods. The Winnipeg Art Gallery has a new photography exhibit featuring local athletes posing as the gods and goddesses of their Olympus exhibit.  The exhibit, called Modern Day Heroes, features a collection of photos from Ian McCausland.  CBC News, January 5, 2016

Toronto

At the Art Gallery of Ontario, A New Look at a past moment in Abstract Painting.  At the Art Gallery of Ontario, you can experience the closest thing to a time warp as you’re likely to find. A New Look: 1960s and ’70s Abstract Painting is a clean, minimal display of late abstraction that follows the long, straight path away from the 1950s apex of Abstract Expressionism, as cut by the day’s leading abstract painting trailblazer, the critic Clement Greenberg.  Toronto Star, December 28, 2015

MOCCA’s master plan: a modern museum for a global city. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s ambitious new director, Chantal Pontbriand, has a vision for a true 21st-century gallery when it reopens in its grand new home in 2017.  Toronto Star, December 29, 2015

Kleinburg

McMichael Canadian Art Collection showcasing Christmas cards by Group of Seven. Aptly titled This House Was Made for Christmas, the exhibition is a reminder that many of the Group of Seven didn’t earn their living solely from fine art. Globe & Mail, December 22, 2015

Hamilton

Hamilton artist scores a Louvre exhibit … with her first oil work After suffering a catastrophic head injury five years ago in a car accident and witnessing the subsequent end of her 20-year-marriage, Sarah Garside returned to painting as part of her recovery, working with Hamilton artist Audrey Traini. It was Traini who sent her work to a worldwide exhibition that led to Garside being selected among a prestigious group of 10 Canadian artists for the Louvre showing.  The Hamilton Spectator, January 4, 2016

Peterborough

Dutch museum displays Canadian artist’s glass-covered canoe until March.  In September, Canadian artist Brad Copping paddled his special glass-covered canoe for five days along scenic waterways in northern Europe. A video documentary of his 150-kilometre journey is currently being shown at the Leerdam museum, along with Copping’s “mirrored canoe.”  The Province, January 4, 2016

Montreal

Marcel Barbeau, Montreal abstract expressionist artist, dead at 90 One of the last living artists to sign a manifesto decrying the Catholic Church’s hold on Quebec culture has died.  Marcel Barbeau, an influential painter and sculptor, died on Saturday, Jan. 2 at the age of 90, with a paintbrush in his hand. CBC News, January 4, 2016

Canada

20 Shows We Want to See in 2016.  Canadian Art’s list of upcoming ‘must see” exhibitions .   Canadian Art, January 1, 2016

New Year’s Art Resolutions for 2016.  Canadian Art asked some notable artists, curators, writers and gallerists what they’d like to see and do, or not see and do, in 2016. Here’s what they said.  Canadian Art, January 1, 2016

Spencertown, NY

Ellsworth Kelly: Artist was a visionary with abstract forms.  Ellsworth Kelly, one of America’s great 20th-century abstract artists, who in the years after the Second World War shaped a distinctive style of American painting by combining the solid shapes and brilliant colours of European abstraction with forms distilled from everyday life, died on Dec. 27 at his home in Spencertown, N.Y. He was 92. Globe & Mail, January 3, 2016.  See also Jerry Saltz on Ellsworth Kelly 1923–2015; ‘The American Matisse’.  Vulture, December 28, 2015

New York

The Custodians.  The conservation department, on the sixth floor of the new Whitney, occupies more than three thousand square feet, about six times as much space as in the old building. .. These days, conservators tend to seek a middle ground between Ruskin’s position, which risks fetishizing damage, and Viollet-le-Duc’s, which risks the Disneyfication of the historical record.  The New Yorker, January 5, 2016

Berlin

Drew Simpson in Berlin: Tabletop Carnivalesque.  Walking into Drew Simpson’s small, tidy but full studio apartment in the Turkish district of Neukölln in Berlin is a bit like walking into a defunct, perhaps disreputable museum’s storage basement, a “freak show” caravan or the bedroom of a particularly morbid teenage boy—a boy who has traded model cars for skulls and bones. Except there is nothing childish at work here—Simpson is, pardon the pun, a deadly serious painter.Canadian Art, January 5, 2016

Paris

Germany’s controversial artist Anselm Kiefer is having his moment.  As Paris reeled in the weeks after the Nov. 13 attacks, German artist Anselm Kiefer was finishing up an apocalyptic installation at the Pompidou Centre.  Globe & Mail, December 28, 2015

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, Fears for an Art Museum.  As plans for M+ move forward, questions are mounting about whether the original vision — a wide-ranging art museum that would put Hong Kong on the global cultural map — can ever be fully realized. The New York Times, December 25, 2015

International

The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2015 Edition. Continuing our tradition of shining a light on the people many would rather overlook — probably because they’re too busy waiting for champagne in the art fair VIP room or squeezing into a seat at a fancy gallery dinner — here is our annual list of the art world’s most powerless. Hyperallergic, December 31, 2015

The Amazing Architecture That Captivated Us in 2015.  At their best, architects are solving difficult challenges, lifting our spirits, and creating humane, inspiring settings for living, learning, entertaining, and working.  Wired, December 31, 2015

Dear Architects: Sound Matters.  We talk about how cities and buildings look. We call places landmarks or eyesores. But we rarely talk about how architecture sounds, aside from when a building or room is noisy.  The New York Times, December 29, 2015

 

 

 

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