Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 12, 2016


Museum of Vancouver exhibit focuses on the city’s future: Four-month project aims for discussion of big ideas. With all the talk of housing development, public transit expansion, and growing populations in Vancouver, it’s difficult to imagine just what the city will look like years from now. A new exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver, however, hopes to get Vancouverites dreaming and thinking of all the possibilities. Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver will be presented by the museum and Vancouver Urbanarium Jan. 21 through May 15. The Province, January 10, 2016.

Urbanarium debates set to explore Vancouver’s future. […]a group of architects, academics and planners, as well as the Museum of Vancouver, have come together to put on a four-month series of provocative talks and displays aimed at exploring Vancouver’s future. “Vancouver’s going through massive change and experiencing some real growing pains,” said Greg Dreicer, the museum’s director of curatorial and engagement. The Globe and Mail, January 11, 2016.


ANCIENT ARTS: Remarkable Asian Treasures At The Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria Span Four Millennia. The collection’s mainstays are the Chinese and Japanese collections, each with some 4,500 works. The Japanese collection, billed as possibly the best in Canada, includes Buddhist sculptures and numerous paintings and prints, as well as ceramics, lacquerware and a relatively new donation of textiles that includes the wardrobe of a famous geisha, Ichimaru. Galleries West, January 7, 2016.


Saskatchewan Cree artist Allen Sapp painted his Prairie childhood. The celebrated Saskatchewan Cree painter Allen Sapp, who died on Dec. 29, parlayed an impoverished rural childhood into rich subject matter for artworks that were prized by collectors. The Globe and Mail, January 10, 2016.


Montreal curator Chantal Pontbriand takes her international flair to Toronto’s MOCCA. Curator, art critic, publisher and festival organizer Chantal Pontbriand has promoted cultural internationalism in Montreal for more than 40 years. Now she is heading to Toronto on a mission to shake up that city’s 15-year-old Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Montreal Gazette, January 8, 2016.

New York

Whitney Museum Acquires Major Work by Archibald Motley. The Whitney Museum of American Art announced that it had acquired its first work by Archibald Motley, an under-recognized 20th-century painter whose stark portraits and tumultuous dance-club scenes helped define the Chicago and Harlem Renaissances. Motley, who spent most of his life in Chicago and died in 1981, is the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney, “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.” The New York Times, January 11, 2016.

Chur, Switzerland

Art world commemorates 50th anniversary of Alberto Giacometti’s death. Raft of exhibitions and projects are due to launch this year. Alberto Giacometti died in Chur in his native Switzerland 50 years ago today (11 January). His spindly bronze figures had already come to define Modern art when he died at just 64. The Art Newspaper, January 11, 2016.

Abu Dhabi

Call of the desert strong as ever for Christo. For nearly 40 years, Christo has been working to secure a piece of desert in Abu Dhabi for his project The Mastaba. The structure of 410,000 multicoloured barrels would be the largest sculpture in the world, and unlike many of Christo’s projects, it is designed to be permanent. The Art Newspaper, January 12, 2016.




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