Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 25, 2016

Vancouver
Emoji Art in Vancouver. One would not expect to see emoji adorning a turn-of-the-century rotunda, but these are part of Barbara Kruger’s site-specific work anchoring “MashUp,” opening next month at the Vancouver Art Gallery… “MashUp,” by multiple artists, covers 40,000 square feet and offers a history of art-making starting in the early 1900s, focusing on techniques used in montage, collage and assemblage. Bruce Grenville, a senior curator, said Ms. Kruger’s piece responds to digital technologies in a physically historical context. The New York Times, January 21, 2016

Three can’t-miss contemporary-art shows in Vancouver. In Vancouver this January, some important moments in contemporary art: A Canadian artist’s Turner Prize-nominated work has its North American premiere; collector/real estate guru Bob Rennie mounts his most complex show yet at his own gallery; and Brian Jungen returns to his seminal source material – sneakers. The Globe and Mail, January 22, 2016

Nanaimo
Birch is part of remarkable cultural trend. The Nanaimo Art Gallery is being noticed in the art world. Michael Turner from Canadian Art Magazine reviewed the gallery’s recent multi-layered, multi-venue show, Black Diamond Dust: Industry and Labour, late in 2014. Turner describes “a relevantly recent development in Vancouver’s cultural ecology” that sees artists leaving Vancouver to create “remarkable” exhibits on Vancouver Island. Jesse [Birch] is part of this cultural trend. Nanaimo Daily News, January 21, 2016

Moose Jaw
Fafard still amazes Internationally acclaimed visual artist Joe Fafard’s exhibits, Sunny Ways and Retailles opened at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday. Renowned Canadian artist Joe Fafard was in Moose Jaw on Thursday for the opening of his exhibits, Sunny Ways and Retailles. The exhibits will be on display at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery until April 10. The Moose Jaw Times Herald, January 24, 2016

Ottawa
Meet Heritage Minister Joly, Ottawa’s new political powerhouse. New federal Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has the potential to become the capital’s most politically powerful minister in her role as the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, say insiders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose to put the NCC back under the portfolio of the Canadian Heritage minister, making Ms. Joly (Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Que.), 37, the point person to oversee all the NCC’s major projects in the city over the next few years and to oversee the planning of the federal government’s involvement in Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017. The Hill Times Online, January 25, 2016

International

New York
A Look Inside the Louise Bourgeois House, Just How She Left It A wildly original artist, Bourgeois lived for almost half a century at 347 West 20th Street, a narrow, 19th-century brick rowhouse. A nonprofit organization, the Easton Foundation, which she set up in the 1980s, has opened the house to small arts-related groups. And this summer, the house will be accessible to the public. The New York Times, January 20, 2016

Philadelphia
Artist Who Left 1,200 Sculptures In An Abandoned Alley Will Forever Remain A Mystery Little was known about the mysterious maker now known as the Philadelphia Wireman. Because of the historically black neighborhood in which the sculptures were discovered, and the objects’ similarity to African power objects, Ollman intuited the artist was black. And because of the physical rigor necessary to bend and flex the wire works by hand, he surmised the artist was male. Today, little more can be said for certain about the artist, and not for lack of trying. The Huffington Post, January 21, 2016

London
RIBA Looks at Post-Catastrophe Architecture in New Exhibition The new exhibition at Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) explores the many ways in which cities have been re-imagined in the aftermath of destructive events, from the masterplans that completely reconfigured London after the Great Fire of 1666, to Constitución in Chile, hit by a major earthquake and tsunami in 2010, and the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. Blouin Artinfo, January 25, 2016

Jakarta
Indonesia to Get its First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum in 2017. A new institution in Jakarta, Indonesia will be the country’s first museum focused on international modern and contemporary art. Set to open in early 2017, Museum MACAN, which stands for Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, will take over a 43,000-square-foot space near the center of the Indonesian capital, and will put on shows culled from the 800-work collection of its founder and bankroller, businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo. Artnews, January 25, 2016

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