Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 13, 2016



Vancouver artist-run gallery secures mortgage-free future.  Artspeak at 233 Carrall is now among a rare group of arts organizations in Vancouver that own their own space and don’t have to pay out to a landlord…Artspeak paid off the remaining $20,000 on its mortgage thanks to a gift from Geoffrey Farmer, in collaboration with Catriona Jeffries Gallery.  Vancouver Sun, January 11, 2016

Art this week: Ed Spence, Les Ramsay and more.  Two “must see” exhibitions opening this week are: Ed Spence and Les Ramsay at BAF and Dana Claxton: Made To Be Ready at Audain Gallery, Vancouver.  At Cinema Salon, (Vancity Theatre) Bob Rennie introduces one of his favourite films: Imitation of Life .  Vancouver Sun, January 12, 2016


Downtown Business Improvement District hires artist in residence to encourage revitalization. For the first time ever, the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) has hired an artist in residence to help bring new life to the area.  Regina-based artist Amber Phelps Bondaroff has been hired to best make use of underutilized areas like alleyways through artistic programming.  Global News, January 12, 2016


Howard Podeswa: Between heaven and hell.  Howard Podeswa’s new show at the Koffler Centre, A Brief History, bundles up a slate of disasters both recent and not — the race riots of Ferguson, to name one — in a swirl of dark imagery that evokes the chaos of long-ago masters like Pieter Bruegel. Toronto Star, January 12, 2016

New biography of photographer Vivian Maier offers hope for Toronto curator.  Stephen Bulger is planning to exhibit as many as 50 images by Ms. Maier at his commercial gallery starting June 25 in an exhibition called Meaning without Context. While Mr. Bulger is no stranger to exhibiting Ms. Maier’s photographs, the planned upcoming show is something altogether different.  Globe & Mail, January 12, 2016

 Video: Jaime Angelopoulos in her Studio.  In this studio-visit video by Karly McCloskey, Jaime Angelopoulos speaks with managing editor Bryne McLaughlin about the labour-intensive process behind her works—and her various sources of inspiration, which include cartoons from her childhood. Canadian Art, January 11, 2016

Los Angeles

9 ways in which Helen Molesworth’s permanent collection show at MOCA is upending the story of art.  The museum’s chief curator, Helen Molesworth, who joined MOCA in 2014, has gotten hold of the museum’s permanent collection and rearranged it in a way that not only makes the story of 20th century art seem fresh, it positively crackles.” Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2016

New York

Video: Amy Sedaris Joins Marcel Dzama for New Ballet.  Marcel Dzama introduces us to the whimsical project: a drawing, sculpture and a video for the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, part of the NYCB’s Art Series and featuring Sedaris leading one half of a duelling chess game, seemingly inspired by Marcel Duchamp and Oskar Schlemmer.  Canadian Art, January 12, 2016

The Limitless Inventiveness of Walker Evans.  Walker Evans may be best known for his 1935 and 1936 Farm Security Administration documentary photos, but he had a long career that explored a range of styles and techniques. Walker Evans: Depth of Field, which Prestel published in November, provides the most comprehensive book-length look yet at the work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.  Slate, January 12, 2016

Slideshow: David Bowie Remembered by Canadian Artists. While the world mourns the passing of this legendary performer—who often crossed paths with contemporary art, as evinced by the V&A’s hugely popular 2013 exhibition, “David Bowie Is”—we at Canadian Art recall a small 2009 show at Toronto’s erstwhile Clark and Faria gallery, in which a number of Canadian artists paid tribute to him. Canadian Art, January 11, 2016

New York Public Library Releases 180,000 Images, and Invites Users to Remix Them.  This week, the New York Public Library announced the release of over 180,000 public domain images available in high resolution. In conjunction, NYPL Labs launched a data visualization by Brian Foo that enables easy navigation of the Digital Collections objects.  Hyperallergic, January 8, 2016


Seeing Miró’s Majorca Studio, Just the Way He Kept It.  The studio that Miró built on Majorca was central to his evolution as an artist. There, in his 60s, 70s and 80s, he freed himself from the bright and neat geometric patterns of his earlier work, placing canvases flat on the floor and then splashing paint onto them with brooms and brushes or applying it with fingertips and fists.  On the 60th anniversary of the studio’s 1956 opening, Mayoral, a Barcelona art gallery, is recreating it in London, in a space complete with replicas of the eclectic objects scattered around it, as well as 25 works by Miró, many of which will be for sale.  The New York Times, January 8, 2016

When Collecting Wasn’t All About the Money.  In an age of growing income inequality, the excesses of today’s art market are, for some, beginning to grate. In October, Chris Dercon, the director of Tate Modern in London, wrote in The Art Newspaper that there was a conflict between ‘those who treat art as a private good — from which to profit’ and those who participate in art as a ‘collective process and common endeavor, based on inclusion and access.’”The New York Times, January 8, 2016


Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says a change in policy by Lego to allow bulk orders of their toy bricks is a victory for freedom of expression  On Tuesday, Lego announced that it would no longer ask what the “thematic purpose” of a project is. Instead, customers who intend to display their creations in public will be asked to make clear that Lego does not support or endorse them.  Montreal Gazette, January 12, 2016


6 Questions About Art & Parenthood.  Becoming a parent is a transition that often upends people’s lives. And if that parent is part of the art world, it often means upending their art routines as well—whether viewing, writing about, or making art. Canadian Art, January 11, 2016

How the Naming of Clouds Changed the Skies of Art.  The clouds in many 19th-century European paintings look drastically different than those in the 18th century. There are layers to their texture, with whisps of cirrus clouds flying over billowing cumulus, and stratus hovering low. Clouds weren’t classified by type until 1802, and their subsequent study influenced artists from John Constable to J. M. W. Turner.  Hyperallergic, January 7, 2016




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