Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 2, 2016

Reg Davidson recounts Haida myths in new cedar sculptures at YVR Visitors to Vancouver International Airport’s domestic terminal will have plenty of captivating Northwest coast art to appreciate, thanks to the recent acquisition of four red cedar carvings created by internationally acclaimed Haida artist Reg Davidson. The pieces, which feature Raven as both a cultural hero and prank-playing trickster, recount Haida myths. They are installed in the Link Rotunda area of the domestic terminal. The Georgia Straight, January 29, 2016

Ink brush painting revealed at Nikkei exhibition : Takao Tanabe’s work is part of a new exhibition at the Burnaby-based cultural centre One of the nation’s top landscape artists is featured in a new exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. The work of Takao Tanabe is being shown in Sumie: Ink Brush Paintings circa 1959-1960, running from Feb. 13 to May 6 at the cultural centre. Tanabe’s work is a part of the collections of such galleries as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Burnaby Now, February 1, 2016

Rent hikes price creatives out of Sterling Rd. studios: Several artists are departing as the fledgling neighbourhood prepares for Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art As Sterling Rd. gets ready to welcome the expanded Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, several of the artists and businesses who fill the area with the creative vibe seen in that showroom are departing as rents spike. As much as a decade ago, Sterling — a post-industrial zone east of the GO train tracks between Dundas and Bloor Sts. — was exactly the kind of marginal, disused pocket of the city favoured for independent cultural activity of all kinds. Metro News, January 30, 2016

Rénovations majeures à la Galerie Beaverbrook de Fredericton Depuis septembre, la Galerie Beaverbrook s’est transformée en véritable chantier de construction. On prévoit 28 millions de dollars pour améliorer le Musée d’art provincial du Nouveau-Brunswick qui existe depuis 1959., February 1, 2016


Detroit Institute of Art Receives $5 Million, Renames Ancient Middle East Gallery The Detroit Institute of Art announced Tuesday that its newly renovated Ancient Middle East gallery is also receiving a new name. The gallery will host the name of the late philanthropist William Davidson in recognition of a $5 million gift made by his foundation., January 28, 2016

Boston Museum Acquires First Painting Frida Kahlo Ever Sold Up until recently, there were only 12 works by celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in American public collections. Now, there’s one more on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) is the first painting Kahlo ever sold, and it’s been in the same family ever since., February 1, 2016

Historic Koran show to open in US capital in time for election The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries will hold the first major exhibition on the history of the Koran in the US, The Art Newspaper has learned, bringing together more than 50 sacred texts from the Arab Middle East, Persia, Turkey and North Africa. In something of a coup, the exhibition in Washington, DC, will feature major loans from the unparalleled collections of Istanbul’s Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, after an impasse on loans to other exhibitions in the US and Europe over restitution claims. The Art Newspaper, February 1, 2016

Van Gogh’s Garden at Auvers, once labelled a fake, gets its day in the sun at Royal Academy The Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (30 January-20 April), is clearly aimed at big ticket sales. There are no upsetting revelations in the London show to alarm the scholars—the catalogue is rather like an album—and it will come as no surprise that Claude Monet is the star, with 35 of his paintings included. The Art Newspaper, February 1, 2016

Electronic Superhighway review – 50 years of internet sex and roadkill Whitechapel Gallery, London – This uneven, fascinating and terrifying show presents a history of internet art in a series of snapshots – and a signpost that things have just begun. The Guardian, January 29, 2016

Russian Dissident Artist Is Said to Be Sent for Psychiatric Evaluation The artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, was taken on Wednesday to the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry, notorious for giving insanity diagnoses to political dissidents in the Soviet period, raising worries about a revival here of politicized psychiatry. Mr. Pavlensky had been in pretrial detention since Nov. 9, when he ignited gasoline splashed on the main door of the Lubyanka Square headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or F.S.B., the main successor of the K.G.B., for a piece titled “Threat: Lubyanka’s Burning Door.” The New York Times, January 28, 2016

Kishio Suga Wins Mainichi Art Award Working with a combination of man-made and natural materials, such as wood, stone, metal, and paper, painstakingly arranged in calculated configurations that reveal the interdependent relationships between them within a given space, Suga has seen his reputation skyrocket in recent years, coinciding with a general, global re-evaluation of the impact of the Mono-ha art movement, to which he belonged. The selection committee chose Suga as the recipient of this year’s prize on the basis of two major one-man presentations that took place in 2015, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the Vangi Sculpture Museum, Shizuoka., January 28, 2016

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