Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 19, 2016

New North Vancouver waterfront art gallery breaks ground:  Construction of two-level waterfront building supported by large donations. Boosted by the addition of a $750,000 donation, the Polygon Gallery in the City of North Vancouver started construction Monday morning. The new two-level gallery is being built at the foot of Lonsdale on the waterfront. At more than 24,000 square feet, the new gallery is expected to be finished next year and have a fall opening. The Polygon Gallery will be the new home of Presentation House Gallery. The Vancouver Sun, January 19, 2016

Shauna Levy raises Design Exchange’s capital. At a time when Toronto’s major art institutions are leaderless, Shauna Levy has raised the profile of Canada’s only design museum. And she’s just beginning. Toronto Star, January 19, 2016

Want to be an artist? Galerie de l’UQÀM invites you to just Do It. Do It Montréal, which opened this week at Galerie de l’UQÀM, is the latest version of an exhibition that has been travelling the world for 23 years, blurring the lines between artist, curator and general public. Montreal Gazette, January 14, 2016


New York
The Met and the Now: America’s preëminent museum finally embraces contemporary art. Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director since 2009, has launched a multimillion-dollar drive whose goal is to make modern and contemporary art one of the Met’s primary attractions. The New Yorker, January 25, 2016 issue

Made in Manhattan: how Saul Leiter found beauty in Gotham’s glass and grime. Today his photography is acclaimed by film directors and museum curators. So why were Leiter’s poetic images of New York ignored by the art world for decades? The Guardian, January 15, 2016

Bacon’s brilliance bound up in a new catalogue: The book will list all of Francis Bacon’s works, including 100 previously unpublished paintings. A new catalogue listing all the paintings of Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon is to be published in April and will sell for £1,000 (approximately ¤1,300). The late artist’s estate has announced that Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné will present “the entire oeuvre of the artist’s work for the first time”.  Irish Times, January 16, 2016

Naked artist Deborah de Robertis arrested for posing nude next to Manet’s Olympia. Performance artist charged with indecent exposure after stripping off in Paris’s Musée d’Orsay in front of Edouard Manet’s famous painting. The Guardian, January 18, 2016

South Korea tops global list for private art museums: Private Art Museum Report highlights rapid rise of institutions across the world over the past decade. The Private Art Museum Report, an international research project initiated by the art collector database Larry’s List and Art Market Monitor of Artron, is one of the first systematic efforts to understand the rapid rise of private museums over the past decade. The survey authors collaborated with 166 private museums from more than 40 countries. The Art Newspaper, January 19, 2016


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