Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 18, 2016


The Scout List: Art mash-up, a Batman parody and Japanese film.  The Vancouver Art Gallery introduces a cool new show this week. MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture takes on the formidable task of illustrating the emergence and evolution of “mash-up” culture from 1912 to the present day.  Also on: Riverview at the Pendulum Gallery and Pierce Jordon at Make Gallery. Globe & Mail, February 17, 2016

Robert Ho continues his push for Asian art museum in Vancouver. Despite sponsoring of several large scale exhibitions and other event in recent years, only one landed in Vancouver — the 2014 Forbidden City show at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Robert Ho says “I’m ashamed that, this being my hometown, all the exhibits I’ve worked on are elsewhere.” Ho has been pushing governments here for the past three years to build a Vancouver museum dedicated to Chinese art. Without such a museum, world-class exhibits will not land here.  The Vancouver Gallery wants to build a new $350-million gallery that would include an Asian art wing.   Ho said his preference is for a separate, independent institution because of the size of the collections that would be coming.  Vancouver sun, February 17, 2016

Hot, Hotter, Hottest: Capture Photography Festival billboards to focus on unique .  Do you know this house? If you do, Capture Photography Festival wants to hear from you. The photo by Jim Breukelman is one of ten that will be appearing on billboards around Vancouver as part of Capture Photography Festival which runs from April 1 to 28. The photo was taken for a series called Hot Properties: Urban House Portraiture in the late 1980s.  Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, February 17, 2016

Real Estate vs. Art: A Vancouver Dilemma.  “Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold) (2015) by Ken Lum is the first commissioned work presented by 221A, where I am director, at Semi-Public, a 3,000-square-foot outdoor lot at 271 Union Street, Vancouver.” – Brian McBay.  Canadian Art, February 17, 2016

B.C. First Nations artist inspires unique, eco-conscious fashion show. Over the course of an artistic career spanning 40 years, Haida artist Reg Davidson has carved masks and sculptures, painted drums, produced gold jewelry, and even sewed traditional regalia. If there was one thing missing from his bucket list, that was being the muse of a fashion designer. Vancouver Observer, February 17, 2016

TED 2016: Warming huts will bring high design to Skaha Provincial Park.  Architect Michael Green worked with 16 students to build unique structures. G reen believes people have their creativity stripped at an early age by conformist, rigid teaching. In forming DBR, he insists that students return the next year as mentors. The result is that ideas flourish, he said. Vancouver Sun, February 17, 2016

North Vancouver

Daphne Bramham: Plug pulled on $10-million North Vancouver Museum. North Vancouver city council pulled the rug out from under the proposed $10-million North Vancouver Museum, which was to have been a regional attraction with interactive exhibits and artifacts displayed in a restored shipyard building just a few steps from the new Polygon Gallery that recently broke ground.  Vancouver Sun, February 17, 2016


Art gallery receives $1.1 million from art collector, philanthropist.  Victoria art collector and philanthropist has made the largest bequest in the history of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rosita LeSueur Tovell, who died in Victoria in 2014, bequeathed $1.1 million to the gallery, it was announced Wednesday. The money will support gallery exhibitions and programming.  Times Colonist, February 17, 2016

British Columbia

B.C. still lags in government arts funding, according to new report.  A majority of British Columbia arts organizations receive less funding than their counterparts in other provinces–both from B.C. and federal government sources. The findings were released today by the Alliance for Arts and Culture in a series of four arts research projects conducted by Hill Strategies Research in their report, British Columbia Arts Funding Comparisons. Georgia Straight, February 17, 2016


Inuit artifacts to be put on display in Winnipeg Art Gallery.  After decades of being hidden away in a storage room in the Northwest Territories, more than 8,000 Inuit artifacts will soon be put on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The artifacts are being moved from Yellowknife’s Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre to Winnipeg this week, through a loan agreement with the Government of Nunavut. CBC News, February 17, 2016


Steve Martin, National Ballet to Celebrate Lawren Harris.  Steve Martin and the National Ballet of Canada are just two of the unexpected elements coming together to celebrate Group of Seven member Lawren Harris this summer in Toronto. Just before the Art Gallery of Ontario opens the exhibition “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris”—co-curated by Martin—the famed comedian, musician, actor and art collector will speak at the gallery with Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art.  Canadian Art, February 17, 2016

In Studio: Scott Everingham, storytelling abstracted. Scott Everingham, 38, is a bit of a contrarian. How so? Consider how he likes to describe his works: narrative abstraction. They’re polar opposites, but the paradox does nicely to describe how Everingham resists categories.  Toronto Star, February 13, 2016


Feed Your Head: When all hell was breaking loose, the avant-garde came along. Architects look back in film On Feb. 18, 2016, the Canadian Centre of Architecture is presenting The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-84, a film about a pivotal period in avant-garde architecture.   Diana Agrest will put the film into the cultural and political climate of the time.   Montreal Gazette, February 17, 2016

New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New Logo Is a Typographic Bus Crash.  As the Metropolitan Museum of Art busts out of its Beaux-Arts shell and opens its Madison Avenue outpost in the old Whitney, the institution is trying on a fresh identity, or at least enshrining an old nickname in a new look.  The whole ensemble looks like a red double-decker bus that has stopped short, shoving the passengers into each other’s backs. Worse, the entire top half of the new logo consists of the word the.  Vulture, February 17, 2016


London Art Auctions Show Market in a Correction.  The second week of the big art auctions here got off to an ominous start at Phillips on Tuesday, when a seller withdrew a Damien Hirst medicine cabinet with a title that seemed to match collectors’ moods: “In Search of Reality.” Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2016


National Museum of Scotland to open 10 new galleries in major expansion.  The National Museum of Scotland will open 10 new galleries this summer devoted to science, art and design, increasing its exhibition space by almost half and putting many treasures from its collections on display for the first time.  The Guardian, February 17, 2016


Prado Museum Rescinds Loan of Downgraded Hieronymus Bosch Works. The Prado museum in Madrid has rescinded the loan of two works to a major retrospective of Hieronymus Bosch after researchers downgraded the attribution of the paintings to Bosch’s workshop or followers rather than to the 16th-century Dutch master himself. New York Times, February 16, 2016


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