Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 20, 2016

6 Ways to Resist Art’s Dehumanization of Indigenous People. Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton has spent her entire career thinking about how to bring Lakota ideas of spirituality and culture into contemporary art… This week, she opens a new body of work at the Audain Gallery in Vancouver titled “Made to Be Ready”—a new term, she says, that aims to locate art history’s dehumanization of Indigenous people.  Canadian Art, January 14, 2016

Art this Week: Rennie Collection and Black Hole Sun.  Rennie Collection: Collected Works at Rennie Museum and Blaine Campbell + Scott Massey: Black Hole Sun at Republic Gallery are two must see exhibitions opening this week. Vancouver Sun, January 19, 2016

North Vancouver

Design of Polygon Gallery incorporates view of downtown Vancouver.  The new gallery, designed by Patkau Architects, “will be situated in what is intended to become a dynamic waterfront redevelopment…In 2014, Polygon Homes and the Audain Foundation, chaired by Michael Audain, donated $4 million to the $15 million project. On Monday, it was announced that the Chan Family Foundation was donating $750,000 to the gallery’s fundraising campaign.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, January 18, 2016


Burnaby Art Gallery showcases new acquisitions.   The Burnaby Art Gallery will be showcasing an extensive collection of recently acquired works in a New Acquisitions exhibition from Feb. 5 to March 27. Art lovers can expect to find historical works by Francesco Bartolozzi, Francisco Goya, William Hogarth and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as contemporary artists like Stan Douglas, Ann Kipling, Kelly Lycan and Eric Metcalfe. Burnaby Now, January 19, 2016


Camera Obscura: Kamloops Art Gallery welcomes new exhibit.  A new exhibition, Camera Obscura at Kamloops Art Gallery includes work by Donald Lawrence, Kevin Schmidt and Holly Ward.  It will be sharing the central gallery with ‘Out Of Sight,’ a selection of photographs on loan from the Vancouver Art Gallery, featuring a collection of photographs by Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton.  CFJC Today, January 19, 2016


Art dealer Avrom Isaacs picked a fight for freedom of expression and for Canadian artists. Can an art dealer change art history? Change a city? Would Paris be the same without the trailblazing art dealers Ambroise Vollard or Charles Durand-Ruel? Or New York without Alfred Stieglitz’s legendary gallery 291? And would Toronto be the same, I wonder, without the feisty Winnipegger Avrom Isaacs. Globe & Mail, January 18, 2016.  See also Av Isaacs, leading art dealer in contemporary Canadian art, dies at 89 Globe & Mail, January 15, 2016

On the Wall: A quintet of solo art exhibitions.  The Light Inside: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Photographs and Film at Ryerson Image Centre,  Tabby McGuane, Glass Wall; Ryan Wallace, Dragnalus at Cooper Cole, and Jon Sasaki, A Vague Sense of an Impending Something; Sandy Plotnikoff at YYZ Artist’s Outlet.  Toronto Star, January 19, 2016

Owen Sound

Thomson gallery artist ‘goes with it’ Circles inspire North Bay artist Dermot Wilson.  His exhibition is one of three opening at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.   Owen Sound News, January 17, 2016


Bringing Forgotten Women Artists Back to Light  For the past 18 years, Vancouver artist Carol Sawyer has been leading a double life.  She’s been researching, documenting and otherwise channelling the work and life of the early 20th-century Canadian artist Natalie Brettschneider—in large part, she says, to combat the shortage of information about interdisciplinary women artists of the early 20th century. The latest iteration of Sawyer’s multimedia performance project Some Documents from the Life of Natalie Brettschneider opens this week at Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa.  Canadian Art, January 18, 2016

Animals rise up in two art shows worth seeing.  Consider two new art exhibitions, with one artist, Chris Banfalvi, using trash to create animals, and the other, Nathalie Grice, using animals to consider our often trashy behaviour.  Ottawa Citizen, January 15, 2015


News in Brief: Rita Letendre Honoured, SAVAC’s New Hire, Adrian Stimson Collected by British Museum. Canadian Art’s weekly roundup includes news about Rita Letendre, Adrian Stimson and the new Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver. Canadian Art, January 15, 2016


Ken Lum on Canada vs. the USA. “July 2015 marked my fourth year in the Philadelphia area. I continue to adjust to the differences that make life in the United States so vastly distinctive from life in Canada. These differences have much to do with the ways that many Americans and Canadians see themselves and their places in the world. I have found life to be more socially atomized in the United States and this atomization produces paradoxically strong yearnings for community.”  Canadian Art, January 19, 2016

Is Everyone Really an Artist?  The abuse of the word ‘art’ may start in progressive schools where children are taught that “everybody is an artist,” meaning, of course, that anybody can be trained to be an artist.  The dribble down effect of this kind of thinking has changed the work presented in many of Philadelphia’s art galleries.  Huffington Post, January 19, 2016

New York
Great American Nudes artist Tom Wesselmann was no sexist, say the women in his life.  Warhol and Lichtenstein’s contemporary never saw himself as a pop artist, nor the nudes he painted alongside Coke bottles and bread as mere sex objects, insist his wife, daughter and former model as they meet at his old New York studio.  The Guardian, January 19, 2016


A Show of Over 100 Women Artists Offers Redress but No Resolution.  The exhibition of over 100 women artists currently on view at the Rubell Family Collection is difficult to review because the works do not all fit into the space and the decision was made to rotate them over the course of the show.  Hyperallergic, January 14, 2016


In the Sculptor’s Studio.  While no three or four exhibitions will enable us to survey the entire story of modern sculpture, we can certainly trace some of the seismic shifts in the modern artist’s experience of the third dimension by exploring “Picasso Sculpture” (at the Museum of Modern Art in New York), “Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture” (at Tate Modern in London), and the retrospective devoted to Frank Stella (at the Whitney Museum in New York).. New York Review of Books, January 16, 2016


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