Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 9, 2016

Vancouver Art Gallery recruits mayor and others to its board “The appointment of Mayor Robertson as Honorary Trustee reinforces the significant role of arts in our city under the leadership of Mayor Robertson. We will continue to work with our partners at the City of Vancouver towards the realization of a new purpose-built Vancouver Art Gallery for everyone,” gallery director Kathleen Bartels said in a press statement. The Georgia Straight, February 6, 2016

SMALL DINNER, BIG TIP After consuming mushroom soup, sablefish and berry compote in the Vancouver Art Gallery lobby, 170 diners left $500,000 on the table. Chaired by VAG trustee Amelia Gao and Institute of Asia Art adjunct director Zheng Shengtian, the dinner-auction benefited the IAA, which debuted in 2014 following two major exhibitions of Chinese works. The Vancouver Sun, February 5, 2016

Poetry in bronze — Persian style Members of the Persian community filled Kay Meek Centre recently to see Poetry In Bronze, director Terrence Turner’s documentary on West Vancouver-based Parviz Tanavoli. Considered by many to be Iran’s greatest living sculptor, and exhibited at art museums worldwide, Tanavoli has yet to have work shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Vancouver Sun, February 5, 2016

Centre A appoints Makiko Hara as curator-in-residence Centre A has announced that Makiko Hara is returning to the Chinatown gallery for contemporary Asian art as their 2016 curator-in-residence. Hara, who is based in Vancouver and Tokyo, served as chief curator at Centre A from 2007 to 2013 as well as interim director. She is also a contributing curator for Mash Up: The Birth of Modern Culture, which runs from February 20 to June 12 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Georgia Straight, February 5, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau donates sketch to museum fundraiser A watercolour sketch drawn by Justin Trudeau months before he became prime minister is up for auction. Trudeau drew the image of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights after visiting the Winnipeg building last spring. Postcard prints of the image were given recently to Liberal party donors, and museum officials approached Trudeau about getting the original for a museum fundraiser. CityNews, February 6, 2016

At U of T, one gallery is better than two The Art Museum at the University of Toronto likes to hit the ground running. Right out of the gate, at its inauguration last month, it made the point, and strenuously, that its collection and exhibition space was second in the city only to that megalithic structure the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Toronto Star, February 4, 2016

Cape Dorset
OBITUARY – Jutai Toonoo: Inuit sculptor went against the grain He was named Jutai Felix Toonoo shortly after his birth on Dec. 5, 1959, the third of what would be 11 children born to (or adopted by) Toonoo and his wife, Sheojuke. Jutai was born on the land, in an outpost camp near Cape Dorset [he died Dec. 28th, 2015] ….. Feheley Fine Arts in Toronto is hosting a memorial event to honour Jutai Toonoo on Feb. 27. The memorial marks the start of a solo exhibition of his work running through late March. An exhibition of his work is also opening in May at the Marion Scott Gallery in Vancouver. The Globe and Mail, February 7, 2016


More than 500 cultural objects returned to Ecuador: Ancient artefacts and colonial-era art repatriated from Argentina and Spain Spain returned 71 works of art from the colonial-era Quito school and 58 other objects. Most of the 438 objects returned by Argentina were ceramics….The restitution process was overseen by the National Commission for the Fight Against Illicit Traffic of Cultural Property. Since its founding in 2010, the government bureau has been involved in the repatriation of 4,998 objects from abroad. The Art Newspaper, February 7, 2016

Here’s the Artist List for the 2016 Ireland’s Biennial Titled “Still (the) Barbarians,” this year’s biennial features 57 artists, all of whom focus on the fallout of colonialism in their work. Koyo Kouoh, the founder of Dakar’s Raw Material Projects and the curator of the 1:54 African Art Fair, in both London and New York, will curate the 2016 edition, which opens on April 16 and runs through July 17. “Still (the) Barbarians” is being held on the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which Irish Republicans led an armed revolt against the British in a fight for independence. Artnews, February 5, 2016

Private collection of Warhols pops up in Oxford More than 100 works by Andy Warhol will be exhibited for the first time today at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in Andy Warhol: Works from the Hall Collection (until 15 May). The exhibition is drawn almost in its entirety from the “extraordinary pack of cards” that is the Andrew and Christine Hall collection, says the exhibition’s curator Norman Rosenthal. Spanning more than three decades of Warhol’s output, the exhibition includes early works such as Double One Dollar Bills (1962) as well as his monochromatic religious works that he made in the years shortly before his death in 1987. The Art Newspaper, February 5, 2016

Schwitters’ Dada dwelling moves from island stable to Norwegian museum centrepiece One of the few surviving Merzbau by the German Dada artist Kurt Schwitters has a new home in Norway. The Romsdal Museum in Molde is due to unveil Schwitters’ three-dimensional collage, considered a forerunner of installation, on 9 February… The Merzbau was transferred from the island of Hjerteoya, just south of the coastal city of Molde, where Schwitters gradually built it inside a former stable in the 1930s. The reassembled version will go on permanent display as part of the Romsdal’s €15m expansion. The Art Newspaper, February 9, 2016


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