Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 17, 2016


MashUp: Vancouver Art Gallery set to host historic exhibit.  VAG Director Kathleen Bartels says the gallery is excited to be hosting such a large scale event. “MashUp is a milestone exhibition for us. It is the largest show ever mounted by the Gallery,providing a comprehensive look at how the ‘collage’ emerged as a mode of artmaking in the early twentieth century and has evolved through the rapid uptake of technology and digital media to facilitate new modes of production in all fields of visual culture today.” CKNW News, February 16, 2016.  Also Explore ‘MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture’ at the Vancouver Art GalleryHyperallergic, February 16, 2016

Museum of Vancouver offers local Instagrammers chance to capture gallery in seclusion. If you’ve ever tried snapping an Insta-worthy pic at an art exhibit, only to have passersby completely ruin your shot, you’ll want to hit up the Museum of Vancouver today (Feb. 17).  Part of the lead-up to Canada’s 150th birthday next year, the museum is partnering with Instagram to host #EmptyMuseumofVan.  Georgia Straight, February 16, 2016

 Art This Week: Les Ramsay, Judy Chartrand, and Glenn Lewis at the new Franc Gallery.  Opening this week:  Les Ramsay at The Bakery & Dynamo, Judy Chartrand: Métis Soup at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art and Glenn Lewis: Form Being Forseen: Pots of Place at Franc Gallery.  Vancouver Sun, February 16, 2016

Artist feature: Sandy Pell of Pellvetica.  An artist is nothing without a canvas. And to Sandy and Steve Pell of Pellvetica, anything can be a canvas.  Relocating to Vancouver, Pellvetica’s next big opportunity came when Hootsuite – where Sandy works as Corporate Communications Manager – was getting ready to move into their Mount Pleasant Headquarters. Submitting proposals for murals, Hootsuite picked a now-famous design called “Owl Eyes.” The idea for the project came after an unlikely welcome after moving to Vancouver.  Vancity Buzz, February 16, 2016


Groundbreaking artist Douglas Haynes left enormous mark in Edmonton.  One of Edmonton’s most innovative, influential artists died last week, leaving behind an international reputation, one of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s treasured collections and two enormous paintings at the top of the stairs inside City Hall.  Edmonton Journal, February 16, 2016


Global’s Morning News previews fundraising event at Winnipeg Art Gallery.  Olympus, a rare exhibit in Manitoba for the first time is wrapping up and the Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting a fundraising event to showcase galleries this weekend.  Global News, February 17, 2016


Tour Song Dong’s Labyrinth of 100 Vintage Chinese Doors.  Beijing-based artist Song Dong, considered one of the leading figures of conceptual art in China, often draws on the power of plenty. Waste Not, which was first exhibited in 2005 at Beijing Tokyo Art Projects (and at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2010/2011), presented more than 10,000 items from his late mother’s home (including the tiny wooden frame of her house), offering an evocative look at hoarding. A similar impulse drives his work Communal Courtyard, part of the artist’s Wisdom of the Poor series and currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Canadian Art, February 15, 2016

Art on the beach gets a warm reception, especially when it’s warming, too.  The half-frozen shorelines of Kew, Scarborough and Balmy beaches never looked so good, as the seven winners of the second annual Winter Stations Design Competition were formally unveiled on Monday.  Toronto Star, February15, 2016

The Artist Who Reclaims What ISIS Has Destroyed.  ISIS has turned the Internet very effectively to its own ends, using social media and Youtube to publicize their activities and recruit new supporters. This scenario makes a series of sculptures, having its complete-series world debut tonight at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, particularly poignant and poetic. For the series, Iranian-American artist Morehshin Allahyari has reconstructed, via 3-D printing, 12 of the artifacts that ISIS destroyed in 2015 at the Mosul Museum, Hatra and Nineveh.   Canadian Art, February 11, 2016


$250,000 arts fund created by Ottawa 2017.  The Ottawa 2017 organization, chaired by Mayor Jim Watson, announced the $250,000 pot of money Thursday during an event at Orange Art Gallery.  The arts will “play a central role” in the year-long celebration of the city’s 150th birthday, Watson says.  Ottawa Citizen, February 11, 2016


Belgo art galleries hiding in plain sight.  The Belgo Building occupies a huge corner lot on Montreal’s St. Catherine Street, in the middle of the Quartier des Spectacles. This part of town is known and hyped for its cultural offerings, yet many who pass the Belgo’s front entrance probably don’t know that the place is packed with art galleries. The metal sign that loops over the sidewalk is strangely easy to overlook, and the main-floor windows are currently filled with banners advertising space for rent.  Globe & Mail, February12, 2016


Jutai Toonoo, iconoclastic Arctic artist, dies in Nunavut.  Friends and colleagues say he died of a heart attack while working at his drawing table.  Toonoo was born in Canada’s eastern Arctic in 1959 and became one of his generation’s most controversial and ground-breaking artists and carvers.  Though the subjects and mediums he took on varied over his career, he was known for his abstract images of heads and figures and for including words or phrases about social, personal and political issues in his work.  Radio Canada International, February 15, 2016


News in Brief: Museum-Repair Funding, Doig at Auction, Vancouver Mayor Joins Gallery & More.  The editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news. Canadian Art, February 12, 2016


Science peers into Van Gogh’s Bedroom to shine light on colors of artist’s mind A technique called x-ray fluorescence has allowed a glimpse of the original hues of two versions of Van Gogh’s room in Arles that he painted in the 1880s.  The Guardian, February 15, 2016

New York

Review: Ana Mendieta’s Lost Films at Galerie Lelong, New York.  Ana Mendieta’s face was the first thing I saw when, last Saturday morning, I opened the door at Galerie Lelong. The space, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, is kept dark to better show the films in the main room, seemingly stretching out in the absence of light. Canadian Art, February 16, 2016

Big Risks as Landmarks Preservation Commission Moves to Prune Proposed Gems. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is about to decide the fate of 95 properties that have been languishing, some of them for decades, on its calendar. New York Times, February 17, 2016

United States

16 Female Curators Shaking Things Up In 2016.  Here’s a small sample of just a few women to keep your eye on this year, as we look forward to exhibitions such as “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” at the new Met Breuer in New York, the Beatriz Santiago Muñoz show at the New Museum, “Women of Abstract Expressionism” at the Denver Art Museum, and more.   Artnet News, February12, 2016


Bjarke Ingels to design 2016 Serpentine pavilion – but he’s not the only one. Julia Peyton-Jones’s swansong as gallery director includes four more summer houses in Kensington Gardens, designed by architects aged between 36 and 93 The Guardian, February 16, 2016


Maverick Paris gallery that outdid Louvre closes doors.  A private art gallery which shook up the Paris museum scene with a series of major hit shows shut its doors Monday after a dramatic fall in visitor numbers.  Global Post, February 15, 2016





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