Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 16, 2016

Look at what Vancouver’s Cindy Mochizuki and her fourth- and fifth-grade collaborators made Cindy Mochizuki spends much of her time building complex multimedia art projects. But the Vancouver artist’s world is also crawling with what she calls “inky creatures” that remind her to slow down and let go. Mochizuki’s latest exhibition, Things on the Shoreline, at Vancouver’s Access Gallery, is a delicate pop-up paper jungle inhabited by whimsical ink-blot drawings produced by fourth and fifth grade students during a series of workshops she facilitated at two Vancouver schools last fall., February 12, 2014

New show an abstract delight The small show of paintings by Sandra Meigs at Winchester Galleries is drawing a lot of attention. All seven paintings were sold before they were hung. Aside from the appealing simplicity of Meigs’ painted panels, there are other reasons for this quick sale. These seven panels, each titled What is the Mind of the Mystic, are studies for a large work to be shown at her exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017. That prestigious exhibit is one of the perks included with the Gershon Iskowitz $50,000 painting prize. She is also the most recent winner of the Governor General’s Award for the visual arts. The Times Colonist, February 14, 2016

Researcher finds Queen Hatshepsut artifacts in U of Winnipeg ancient Egypt collection A University of Winnipeg researcher has discovered artifacts that likely belonged to one of the first female Egyptian pharaohs in a 450-piece collection at the university. Luther Sousa found hieroglyphs that represented Queen Hatshepsut’s throne name — Maatkare — on a hoe that’s about a 30 centimetres long and a wooden rocker about 15 cm long., February 12, 2016

National museums underfunded about $78M a year, heritage officials admit Canada’s six national museums are underfunded by as much as $78.7 million a year, according to briefing notes prepared by the department for Canadian Heritage minister, Mélanie Joly. .. Four are in the National Capital Region – the Canadian Museum of History, which includes the Canadian War Museum; the Canadian Museum of Nature; the National Gallery of Canada and the Canada Museum of Science and Technology, which includes the aviation and space and agriculture and food museums. The Ottawa Citizen, February 15, 2016

About 18,000 people visited during the exhibition’s four-month stay in Sarnia After a nearly 20-week stint in Sarnia, attracting some 18,000 people, Lord Beaverbrook’s Masterworks collection is bidding farewell to the city. The 75-piece exhibition from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery collection, featuring masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough, Salvador Dali, Lucien Freud and J.M.W. Turner, among others, was shown for the last time Monday at Sarnia-Lambton’s Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery. The Observer, February 15, 2016


The new Berkeley Art Museum is a study in extremes How many arranged marriages can one piece of architecture handle? That’s among the most intriguing questions raised by the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which was designed by Broad museum architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and opened at the end of last month. The museum mixes Art Deco and contemporary architecture, combining a remade 1939 printing plant on the western edge of the UC Berkeley campus with a twisting new structure… Los Angeles Times, February 12. 2016

New York
Alleged Member of Knoedler Forgery Ring Will Be Extradited From Spain to U.S  Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz, the alleged partner of Glafira Rosales in her sale of a cache of counterfeit paintings through the Knoedler Gallery, can be extradited to the United States, Spain’s National Court has ruled. The news, which was first reported by the Associated Press, means that Diaz can face charges—including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering—in New York City for helping Rosales sell dozens of fakes through Knoedler over the course of 15 years. Artnews, February 16, 2016

Rush Hour: Mexico City THIRTEEN MUST BE A LUCKY NUMBER for Zona Maco. Or maybe it took twelve years for Mexico City’s primary art fair to graduate from an undisciplined, provincial tradeshow to the worldly, sophisticated bazaar that it was last week… Maco founder Zelika Garcia’s new artistic director, Daniel Garza-Usabiaga, must be at least partly responsible for the uptick in quality throughout. ..That said, the sense of endless possibility in the air also may have been spillover from the superb architecture, museums, restaurants, and the sheer energy of the streets in Mexico City. Artforum, February 13, 2016

Stan Douglas: The Secret Agent review – the spy who came in from the heat At his latest London show, the main event is an actual film, Douglas’s elaborate rendering of Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent, perhaps the first work of fiction to deal openly with the nature of terrorism and the state’s response to it. In characteristic fashion, Douglas has transposed Conrad’s story from London in 1866 to Portugal in 1975, framing the action in the immediate wake of the Carnation revolution, which peacefully overthrew Europe’s longest-standing dictatorship… The Secret Agent is at Victoria Miro, London, until 24 March and at David Zwirner, New York from 31 March-30 April. The Guardian, February 4, 2016

Treasures of modern art to be seen outside Russia for first time One of the world’s greatest private collections of modern art is to go on show for the first time outside Russia, museum curators have said. The collection of more than 250 paintings put together by Sergei Shchukin before the Russian revolution will be displayed in its entirety in October at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – a major coup for the newly opened gallery. The Guardian, February 10, 2016


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