Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 3, 2016


Vancouver Art Gallery closes to install massive MashUp exhibition.  “The Vancouver Art Gallery is in the midst of something unusual: it’s closing its main exhibition areas for the next several weeks during installation of MashUp, the gallery’s biggest ever exhibition…  When the downtown Vancouver gallery opens later this month, MashUp will be on all four floors. It will have on display 371 works of art by 150 artists… Tickets are on sale for MashUp at a reduced rate of $21 for adults and $15.75 for students; on Feb. 20, prices increase to $24 and $18.”  Vancouver Sun, February 2, 2016

Art this Week: Roy Arden’s new work, a group show about rock and more. Opening this week: Roy Arden continues his exploration of collage in new cyanotypes at Monte Clark Gallery, Like a Rolling Stone: An Exhibition About Rock and Rock (including work by Myfanwy MacLeod, Sean Coggins, Acid Sweat Lodge, Laura Piasta and Melanie Schiff and others) at Charles H. Scott Gallery, Suh Seung-Won: Simultaneity II at Art Beatus and New Acquisitions at the Burnaby Art Gallery.  Vancouver Sun, February 2, 2016

Innovative program opens new doors to B.C.’s indigenous artists.  Through the Aboriginal Doors program, indigenous carvers create door panels, which are then reproduced roughly by computer on red or yellow cedar and finished by hand. The reproductions can be sold at a much lower price – making this authentic aboriginal art more affordable and accessible, while also allowing the artists to earn more income from their work.  Globe & Mail, February 1, 2016


Watercolours get their due at art gallery exhibit.  Featuring about 130 paintings, Water + Pigment + Paper is one of the largest (if not the largest) watercolour exhibits in the gallery’s history. It spans nearly two centuries, from the late 1700s to the 1970s. Some of the works have been in storage since the 1950s. Times Colonist, January 27, 2016


Art Gallery of Alberta names 2017 Biennial artists.  The Art Gallery of Alberta has released a list of 25 artists for its 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, the latest in a series of semi-annual provincial surveys.  Edmonton Journal, February 1, 2016


Inside Mary Grisey’s Toronto Studio.  Look inside the Toronto studio of artist Mary Grisey, who burns, bleaches and weaves fabric to create intricate textile works. In this studio-visit video by Karly McCloskey, Grisey discusses her move away from painting, which was spurred by her frustration with painting’s rectangular limitations, and relays the best piece of artistic advice she’s ever received.  Canadian Art, February 2, 2016

The courting of the AGO’s new CEO Stephan Jost: Knelman  “It was fun but exhausting,” says Stephan Jost, sitting down in an Art Gallery of Ontario meeting room with a view of Grange Park for his first sit-down interview since being named CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario.Toronto Star, January 30, 2016


Ottawa artists reflect refugee crisis at Gallery 101.  A dozen Ottawa artists have art in a new exhibition that “respond to the refugee crisis” that is engulfing so much of Europe.  Ottawa Citizen, January 29, 2016


UQAM exhibit of instruction-based art invites visitors to participate in pieces.  What if visual artists worked like composers, and wrote instructions for pieces to be realized again and again by others? Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist posed that question to a couple of artist friends in 1993. The resulting show of instruction-based artworks has been touring ever since, visiting more than 60 venues in more than 30 countries under the name, do it. .. Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau, the young curator behind the latest iteration at the Galerie de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), chose 60 instructions from the book, and commissioned new ones from 10 Quebec artists. Globe & Mail, January 31, 2016

Why we love the art we love: Marianne McKenna on the relationship between art and architecture.  Globe architecture critic Alex Bozikovic sits down with Marianne McKenna, one of the founding partners of the architecture firm KPMB, to talk about the relationship between art and architecture, and the work of her chosen contemporary artist, An Te Liu.  Globe & Mail, January 29, 2016


News in Brief: John Greer Wins Monument Competition, Scotiabank Photo Longlist, Mural Debate at York University. Ten Canadian photographers have been longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award; Art Toronto founder Linel Rebenchuk died in West Vancouver on January 14; and Halifax-based artist John Greer has been selected to create a monument in Ottawa.  Canadian Art, January 29, 2016

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A Visionary Comics Artist.  “It’s a strange job to sit in your room and think, ‘What do I want to spend the next five years of my life obsessing over?'” That’s how Daniel Clowes, cartoonist and the author of Ghost World, describes the life of a comics artist.  It’s a humble statement coming from one of the most successful and influential indie cartoonists of our time, whose book Patience, out in March from Fantagraphics, is one of the most highly anticipated graphic novels of the year.  Publisher’s Weekly, February 1, 2016


Art Institute receives largest cash gift in its history. The Art Institute of Chicago on Tuesday announced the largest cash bequest in its history, a donation of more than $35 million from one of its steadiest benefactors in recent decades.  Chicago Tribune, January 27, 2016


Ten questions all gallerists should be asking themselves now. Art Basel director Marc Spiegler gave a lecture at the Talking Galleries Conference in Barcelona at the end of last year, at a starkly transitional moment within the art world, and posed ten questions that every gallerist should be considering seriously because the answers they find will define their future.  The Art Newspaper, January 29 2016


What Is the Future of Art?   “The invention of the internet once promised to make knowledge open and accessible to anyone across the world, a perfect, radically open tool that encouraged the sharing of information and knowledge across societies and specialisms. Yet in opposition to the original nature of the web, the mechanisms behind the filter bubble are generating closed systems of knowledge. This is radically harmful to both individuals and societies.” — Hans Ulrich Obrist.   Artsy, February 1, 2016


What Can Art Offer the Refugee Crisis?  Calais is home to as many as 7,000 migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Eritrea, Sudan and elsewhere, living in tents and ramshackle huts in one of Europe’s largest unauthorized refugee and migrant camps…As an artist and a writer walking the streets of “the Jungle,” I found myself asking, “What can art hope to offer this place?” Canadian Art, February 1, 2016


Olafur Eliasson Will Take Over the Palace of Versailles This Summer. The Palace at Versailles has announced that Olafur Eliasson will display his artworks at the palace and its gardens this year. The Icelandic-Danish artist’s exhibition will be on view from June through October. He’ll be following the very controversial installation last summer by Anish Kapoor, about which Eliasson said, “France has always been incredibly strong on the issue of freedom of expression. Culture is its cornerstone. The controversy surrounding Kapoor should not be given disproportionate importance.” Artnet News, January 28, 2016


Tokyo Olympic Stadium Quarrel Grows. The experimental architect Zaha Hadid’s stadium design for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics has been a lightning rod nearly from the moment the city was awarded the Games more than two years ago. New York Times, February 3, 2016


One-Two Punch: The Rise of Joint Representation Has Dealers Sharing Artists All the Way to the Bank. Welcome to the age of artist free agency and gallery partnerships. Gone are the days when a single dealer nurtured the career of an artist in return for the exclusive right to sell her work. While it has long been regular practice for artists to have different dealers in various markets (one for Los Angeles, one for New York), high-profile artists are getting ever more promiscuous and working with more than one gallery in the same town. Artnews, February 1, 2016


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