Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 22, 2016

Big and bold: MashUp is the most ambitious exhibition in the VAG’s history MashUp is big — both physically and conceptually. It’s the biggest and most ambitious exhibition in the VAG’s history. MashUp is comprised of 371 works on all four floors of the gallery. It brings together a diverse range of works by more than 150 artists and musicians, film directors and fashion designers. The Vancouver Sun, February 19, 2016

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #571 | ‘MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture’ Preview At The VAG Taking on the formidable task of illustrating the emergence and evolution of “MashUp” culture from 1912 to the present day, this show is so big in scope that the VAG needed to bring all four floors of the gallery into play. From collage and montage to splicing, sampling, hacking and remixing, this survey of the history of mash-up involves 371 works from 156 artists and took 3 years to pull together! Scout Magazine, February 19, 2016

Audain Art Museum Part II: Beyond Emily Carr, Before and After After looking at the rising star of Emily Carr in the Feb.11 edition of Pique, this week in our Audain Art Museum series leading up to opening day, we take a look at the artists around Carr at the museum, the ones that came before her, her contemporaries who painted alongside her and, those who came afterwards, all seeing B.C. in their own unique ways. Pique, February 19, 2016

Edmonton’s outdoor Neon Sign Museum to expand In the 1940s and 1950s Jasper Ave was lined with the flashing signs (“almost like Las Vegas,” Johnston said) before falling prey to maintenance costs and new technology. Now, the outdoor museum, which features signs attached to the exterior of the Telus building, is a link to that past. .. With the completion of the arena set to draw bigger crowds to the neighbourhood, Johnston said the museum is getting preparing for an expansion. Metro News (Edmonton), February 18, 2016

‘Sight Unseen’ exhibit expands perceptions with art of blind photography The exhibit entitled “Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists” features over 100 works but also uses 3-D technology to allow those with vision loss to feel some select photos with their fingertips while touch sensors in the prints set off descriptive audio. One photographer’s work is embedded with braille while another is accompanied by a topographical printout of the photo which can be touched by visitors. Canadian Press, February 18, 2016

Visual arts: Stroll through Ragnar Kjartansson’s looping video world, where sorrow and light play together An all-video exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain of three works by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson combines music, theatre and performance so beautifully that a visitor might get lost for two or three hours. A play unfolding on four screens challenges you to figure out a plot. Take a break from this effort by visiting the two other galleries, where musicians are performing haunting but stirring music on multiple video screens. The Montreal Gazette, February 19, 2016

Quebec City’s gift to Montreal: aluminum columns topped by bronze statues of adolescents Quebec City will give Montreal a unique gift for its 375th anniversary: aluminum columns topped with bronze statues of adolescents wearing sports jerseys. The $225,000 work of art is to be unveiled at a new park — at Pie-IX Blvd. and Sherbrooke St. — in the spring of 2017. Montreal is spending $19 million to refurbish that corner. A city spokesperson could not say how much of that is for the park. The Montreal Gazette, February 19, 2016 


New York
Met Breuer takes the long view of contemporary art There are more places to see Modern and contemporary art in New York right now than ever before. On 18 March, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will add yet another. With the opening of the Met Breuer, the museum will have 75% more space to devote to Modern and contemporary work, long considered an area of weakness for the encyclopaedic institution. The Art Newspaper, February 22, 2016

David Hockney show will be one of Tate Britain’s biggest ever Tate Britain is to stage one of the biggest shows it has ever organised – an extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney, one of the most recognisable and popular artists active today. Details of the show, which will cover six decades of Hockney’s work, will be announced on Monday. It will open in London in 2017 before travelling to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Guardian, February 22, 2016

Obituary: Umberto Eco, explorer of beauty, dies aged 84 The Italian writer, philosopher and semiotician, Umberto Eco, who died on 19 February, is best known for his clever and shadowy historical thrillers such as The Name of the Rose (1980) and Foucault’s Pendulum (1988). But during his tenure as professor of semiotics at Bologna University, Eco also wrote pivotal non-fiction works assessing the meaning and form of beauty. These include On Beauty: a History of a Western Idea, his 2004 treatise about the history of aesthetics in European culture from antiquity to today. The Art Newspaper, February 22, 2016

Cairo gallery bemoans unprecedented censorship as it prepares to reopen William Wells, the director of Townhouse gallery, said staff were allowed to return last week, having been given two weeks to comply with new legal restrictions, some of which amounted to state control of its work. The contemporary art gallery and the affiliated Rawabet theatre in downtown Cairo were closed on 29 December following a raid by more than 20 officials from the interior ministry’s censorship authority, the tax authority and the ministry of manpower, which found “administrative irregularities”. The Guardian, February 22, 2016


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