Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 14, 2016


Vancouver Art Gallery to host fundraising gala in support of its Institute of Asian Art.   The Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting a major fundraising gala to benefit its Institute of Asian Art on January 30.  Inspired by the life and career of one of China’s most revered actresses of the 20th century, “Butterfly” Hu Die, the In the Mood for Love gala will feature a showcase of rare photographs of the performer that have been sourced from a family album.  Georgia Straight, January 13, 2016

Paintings by indigenous artist Henry Speck going to Outsider Art Fair in New York.  The watercolours by Henry Speck being shown by Macaulay & Co. Fine Art don’t fit into neat boxes. In fact, the watercolours by artist Henry Speck don’t really fit into any traditional art historical categories. Macaulay will be taking the paintings to the Outsider Art Fair in New York where she’ll be showing them from Jan. 21 to 24. The Outsider Art Fair focusses on artists working outside of traditional art world categories and histories.  Art Seen, Vancouver Sun, January 13, 2016

Kevin Lanthier’s dreamlike photo art will make you yearn for the Vancouver of days gone by (video).  In Kevin Lanthier’s latest collection of images, viewers are transported to areas of Vancouver that are inherently recognizable–but don’t go looking for them, because you won’t find these scenes anywhere in the city. Georgia Straight, January 8, 2016

PuSh Festival 2016.  The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events, and, true to its name, it pushes boundaries and art forms like no other showcase in the city.  Georgia Straight, January 12, 2016


Open Space Gallery exhibit turns concept of giving into an art form. Now that Christmas has come and gone, it might be worth considering what a “gift” truly is. So says Victoria artist France Trepanier, curator of a new installation at Open Space Gallery titled Offerings/OffrandesTimes Colonist, January 13, 2016


David Balzer Announced as Canadian Art’s Editor-in-Chief Award-winning critic, editor and author David Balzer is taking the helm of Canada’s most widely read art magazine. Today, the Canadian Art Foundation—the charitable foundation that publishes Canadian Art—publicly announced Balzer’s appointment as editor-in-chief of Canadian ArtCanadian Art, January 13, 2016


Canada Council’s New Funding Model: 5 Knowns and Unknowns.  In recent years, the Canada Council for the Arts—the nation’s largest single art funder—has annually distributed some $150 million to roughly 2,000 arts organizations and 2,000 individual artists from coast to coast.  Yet its new funding model, due to take effect in 2017, remains, largely, a mystery.  Canadian Art, January 13, 2016

Corner Brook, NFLD

Artist to hold embroidery workshop as part of exhibition.  Amanda McCavour’s “Day Dream” exhibition opens today. With large three-dimensional embroideries the artist creates an immersive environment which combines dreams and memories including those of her childhood experience of a visit to Newfoundland.  Western Star, January 14, 2016

New York

Chilean architect’s Pritzker-winning designs give power to the people.  Architects may not solve the world’s biggest problems – but it’s their job to try. That is the message that the Pritzker Prize sent this week when it honoured the Chilean Alejandro Aravena with the profession’s most prestigious award.  Globe & Mail, January 13, 2016

Shenzhen , China

When the Forgery Is the Art. At the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture, curators are considering the creativity required to create counterfeit goods.  Some of the many fascinating objects on display—within an abandoned flour mill converted for the purpose—were curated by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which is establishing a design museum in Shenzhen in partnership with the Chinese Merchants Group. And they hint at an extremely contemporary iteration of Walter Benjamin’s  century-old anxieties: What is art in an age of digital reproduction?  The Atlantic, January 12, 2016


More Evidence the Color Green Sparks Creativity.  A team from the United Kingdom reports that a group of university students displayed more visual creativity when they had a clear view of the natural world—or, alternatively, simply worked on green paper.   The study, published in the journal Thinking Skills and Creativity, featured 108 business students at a British university who took two creativity tests. Pacific Standard, January 12, 2016




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