Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 11, 2016


Vancouver play highlights Canada’s forgotten martyr Mewa Singh. A new play, The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson, opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery, is the first major artistic production to re-evaluate a man whom many view as Canada’s forgotten martyr. In the play, Mewa Singh is placed on the stand to answer for his real-life shooting and killing of William Hopkinson, a Canadian immigration official. The incident took place in the same art gallery on Oct. 21, 1914, when it served as Vancouver’s provincial courthouse. The Globe and Mail, January 7, 2016

CBC Archives features Lawren Harris recording of 1954 speech at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Lawren Harris has come a long way from the Toronto Arts & Letters Club of 1912. Over 40 years later, he’s at the Vancouver Art Gallery addressing an appreciative audience about the genesis of Canada’s most famous art movement. CBC Digital Archives

Kim Beom’s shifting imagery finds the absurd in the everyday.  The first work you see when you walk into Kim Beom’s solo show at the Contemporary Art Gallery is a video titled A Rock That Was Taught It Was a Bird. The work is a nifty introduction to this South Korean artist’s practice, which uses elements of humour, absurdity, and surreal inversion to query the nature of perception and to subvert our fixed ideas about the world around us. Georgia Straight, January 7, 2016

Gallery Surf: Tracy McMenemy, Jean Paul Langlois, Kevin Lanthier, and more art for your weekend. Vancouver-based artist Tracy McMenemy uses painting, sculpture, and photography to tell the story of the Mackenzie Shipyard along Burrard Inlet in Deep Cove…. Metis artist Jean Paul Langlois previews work from his Fake Indians collection in Funding Regret… In Kevin Lanthier’s latest collective of digital compositions, he’s created a series of hyperreal yet nostalgic worlds based on the architectural similarities specific to certain Vancouver neighbourhoods. Georgia Straight, January 8, 2016.


Before the abstractionists’ colours faded. Exhibition at the AGO includes 11 superb works by modernist artists of the 1960s and 70s – an era when painting was still top dog. A New Look: 1960s and ’70s Abstract Painting at the AGO runs at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto through March 27. The Globe and Mail, January 9, 2016

New York

David Bowie Dies at 69; He Transcended Music, Art and Fashion.  David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.  The New York Times, January 11, 2016.


David Bowie obituary. Artist who blazed a trail of musical trends and pop fashion, reinventing himself, his music and media across many decades.  The Guardian, January 11, 2016.


For-profit Parisian museum in receivership.  The future of the Pinacothèque de Paris, one of France’s few private museums, is in limbo after its parent company Art Héritage France went into receivership in November. The founder of the Pinacothèque, the Modigliani scholar Marc Restellini, says that falling visitor figures and astronomical rents are to blame. The Art Newspaper, January 5, 2016.



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