Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 18, 2016


Dana Claxton wants to change the way you think about indigenous women. The Vancouver-based artist explores images of indigenous women in new exhibition. “When people think of indigenous women, what do they see? What’s the stereotype?” It’s a question Dana Claxton often asks her students at the University of British Columbia, where the multi-disciplinary visual artist is an associate professor in the department of art history, visual art and theory. CBC Arts, January 14, 2016

Exhibition captures spirit of journey to Ottawa. It was a road trip the likes of which had never been seen before: artist and Kwakwaka’wakw chief Beau Dick, along with 21 companions with objects such as masks, rattles and drums, set off in several vehicles from the University of B.C. bound for Ottawa… The exhibition Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity recreates that trek from the west coast to Central Canada. The Vancouver Sun, January 17, 2016.

B.C. artists invited to create on the open Pacific: Vancouver gallery offers space on a freighter for 23 days. The unique opportunity comes as a part of Access Gallery’s Twenty-Three Days at Sea: A Travelling Artist Residency, now seeking candidates for its June and September 2016 voyages. The project takes the traditional artists’ residency experience and sets it on board a freighter, thanks to funding provided through grants, a partnership with the Burrard Arts Foundation,and an overly successful Kickstarter campaign. The Province, January 17, 2016

Different version of Rennie Collection artwork seen on exterior wall of a Scottish gallery. Many Vancouverites—and especially those who ride the SkyTrain—are very familiar with Turner Prize–winning artist Martin Creed’s straightforward message on the side of Wing Sang…. And in recent years, it’s become the private exhibition space of [Bob] Rennie’s modern art collection. But the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang isn’t the only building featuring Creed’s uplifting masterpiece. It’s also been shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Georgia Straight, January 17, 2016.


Pritzker Prize for Architecture Is Awarded to Alejandro Aravena of Chile. A Chilean architect who has focused his career on building low-cost social housing and reconstructing cities after natural disasters has been named the winner of architecture’s highest prize, the Pritzker. The architect, Alejandro Aravena, the first Pritzker laureate from Chile, received the honor at a time when his fellow architects have been recognized for designing distinctive buildings with regional materials. New York Times, January 13, 2016


Art market in ‘mania phase’ and risks bursting of the bubble, report says. Experts expect a ‘severe correction’, particularly in contemporary and American art, after years of spiralling prices and celebrity and luxury obsession…. After examining more than a million auction records from over 36 years, economics professors at the University of Luxembourg have concluded that the international art market is overheating, creating the potential for a “severe correction” in the postwar and contemporary and American segments. The Guardian, January 17, 2016

Frances Morris to become new Tate Modern chief. A curator who has been at Tate Modern since it opened in 2000 will be the first woman and the first Briton to head the gallery when she takes up the role of director later this year. It was announced on Friday that Frances Morris, Tate Modern’s first head of displays, will replace Chris Dercon, who leaves this year to take charge of Berlin’s experimental Volksbühne theatre. The Guardian, January 15, 2016


Accessible & affordable: Artists get the right platform to showcase their work.  The modern and contemporary art festival displays the work of around 300 artists, and 40 galleries from India and overseas. While this is the festival’s first shot in Delhi, it has seen five editions in Mumbai and one in Seoul. The Times of India, January 17, 2016

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