Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 10, 2016

Vancouver
Hope builds for new Vancouver Art Gallery with prospect of federal funds A large contingent of officials from the City of Vancouver, including Ms. [Kathleen] Bartels, were in the nation’s capital last week to meet with officials of the Trudeau government and to plead for some of the infrastructure billions it will soon begin dispensing… While no firm promises were made, city officials left feeling confident a new gallery could make the list of projects the government is willing to help fund. The Globe and Mail, February 8, 2016

A TRIUMF for art and Canada’s home to particle and nuclear physics Art is colliding with science inside Canada’s home for particle and nuclear physics. The artist-in-residence program at TRIUMF in Vancouver is bridging the divide between the two disciplines, allowing artists to interpret science, while bringing those scientific ideas to the public in a more accessible fashion. Blaine Campbell, an Edmonton resident who holds degrees in mathematics as well as a fine arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, is the newest creator to fill the post. Times Colonist, February 9, 2016

Art that goes boom at the New Media Gallery On opening night, people in the gallery applauded. Someone even said “That’s awesome.” I can’t recall the last time I heard anyone say anything even close to that at an art opening in Metro Vancouver. At the centre of attention was Carsten Nicolai’s 334m/s (above). That’s a little cryptic as a title but think of it as 1,202 km/hr. Another way to describe it is 767 mph (1,126 ft/second) – the speed of sound. The idea behind Nicolai’s work is to visualize the speed of sound through controlled explosions. The Vancouver Sun Blog, February 5, 2016

Terrace
Terrace Art Gallery shows work of students from Freda Diesing School From Haida bentwood boxes to intricate and delicate weavings, the students at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art are learning and preserving traditional First Nations art in its many forms. A student art exhibit is on display for the month of February at the Terrace Art Gallery. CBC.ca, February 7, 2016

Ottawa
Fact and fiction: Four stories in Ottawa galleries There are four exhibitions built on narratives, real or imagined, in city galleries. At Carleton University Art Gallery, The Natalie Brettschneider Archive “is an on-going series of photographs, texts, and music recitals that reconstructs the life and work of a genre-blurring historical performance artist,” the artist’s notes say. What is not said in the various wall cards and panels — at least, not said anywhere that I saw — is that Brettschneider is a fiction, and the researcher behind the archive, Carol Sawyer, created the artist as a “feminist critique of art historical narrative conventions,”… Ottawa Citizen, February 5, 2016

Toronto
Zun Lee’s Polaroids explore fatherhood and his own dad’s absence His father isn’t in the picture. At the Gladstone Hotel, the photographer and documentarian Zun Lee stands among the sea of mounted Polaroids that comprise Fade Resistance, an exhibition of snapshots portraying African-American families in the 1970s, 1980s and later. Occupying the rooms and common spaces of the second floor, the collection represents a curatorial project of Mr. Lee and Kenneth Montague that involves vernacular photography and an attempt to present an alternative to the dysfunctional-black-family stereotype. The Globe and Mail, February 5, 2016

International

Los Angeles
Exploring Marcel Duchamp’s influence on Pop art at the Norton Simon It was a simple, metal bottle rack, purchased in a department store, that forever changed the evolution of the art world. “Bottlerack” (1914) was Marcel Duchamp’s first piece of “ready-made” art, as he called it. The artist signed the utilitarian object as is, then coined it “a sculpture.” A snow shovel and a urinal soon followed. Conceptual art was born. The Norton Simon’s “Duchamp to Pop” exhibition, which opens March 4, will explore Duchamp’s seismic influence on Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jim Dine. Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2016

New Haven
Yale Taps Marta Kuzma to Be Dean of Art School, Taking the Place of Robert Storr Yale University announced today that it has hired curator Marta Kuzma, the vice chancellor and rector of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden, as the next dean of its School of Art. Kuzma will be the first woman to serve in the position in the school’s 147-year history. Artnews, February 9, 2016

London
Human for sale: the artist who turned herself into a corporation We live in a world awash with stories of stolen metadata, search engines that allow us to watch live videos of babies sleeping and toys that can be hacked to steal your child’s name, birth date and gender; what Al Gore summed up as our “stalker economy”. So the image of Jennifer Lyn Morone, standing in an oversized suit, bulldog-clamped down her spine like a fabric dinosaur, and talking about the “business opportunity” of buying her “blood, sweat and tears”, is strangely hilarious. But Morone is only doing what David Bowie, Madonna, Prince and Kim Kardashian have hinted at: turning herself into a registered company, Jennifer Lyn Morone™ Inc. The Guardian, February 9, 2016 

Rotterdam
Rotterdam museum to rent out public space to wealthy collectors A museum in Rotterdam is setting an unusual precedent with a money-making scheme to store and display art owned by private collectors. The endeavour is part of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen’s Public Art Depot, an open art storage facility designed by the architecture firm MVRDV due to open in late 2018. Rotterdam’s city council approved the plan late last year. Private collectors will be able to rent storage space for €350 to €400 per square metre. For an additional fee, the museum will facilitate loans, produce condition reports and provide other collection management services. The Art Newspaper, February 9, 2016

Madrid
Goya, Magritte and Cai Guo-Qiang feature in Arab art show An exhibition that opened in Madrid today (9 February) of works by contemporary artists from across North Africa and the Middle East includes Arab-inspired paintings by Goya and Magritte alongside works by Mona Hatoum, Shirin Neshat, Wael Shawky and Manal Al Dowayan among others. A large-scale work by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who is organising his own show in Qatar, is one of the more than 160 works by 34 artists in the exhibition. They all come from the collection of Qatar Museums, which has collaborated with the Fundación Banco Santander to bring the exhibition Looking at the World Around You (until 19 June) to the Spanish capital. The Art Newspaper, February 9, 2016

Dhaka
Dhaka art summit: Tibetan exhibit covered up after China ‘protest’ Two Dharamshala-based filmmakers have accused China of “bullying” Dhaka Art Summit organisers to clamp down on their Tibetan exhibit at the prestigious event. The artwork, which was “covered up” after reported objection from China’s ambassador to Bangladesh, paid homage to 149 Tibetans, who self-immolated themselves to make their voices heard. It comprised letters drafted by five protesters just before they burned themselves. The Indian Express, February 8, 2016

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