Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 23, 2016

Vancouver Art Gallery: What will be the heritage building’s future? As hope rises that plans for a new Vancouver Art Gallery will win federal funding, speculation turns to what use the current gallery site will serve. The Province, February 18, 2016

Ambitious MashUp is Vancouver Art Gallery’s biggest show ever MashUp looks at how artists moved from only using traditional materials, such as paint and bronze, to how artists — as well as musicians and other cultural creators — began using the materials they saw and heard around them, such as photographs, movies, television programs and sounds. The Province, February 20, 2016

An artist’s tool  The InterAccess gallery at Ossington and Queen was bustling with people last Wednesday for the opening of Once is Nothing: A Drone Art Exhibit. Drones, it seems, are an intriguing subject. According to the exhibition card, Once is Nothing is the first exhibition in Canada to focus specifically on drones, “as a subject, material, and tool of artistic production.” The Varsity, February 21, 2016

St. John
New exhibit showcases recently conserved art The New Brunswick Museum in Saint John has recently opened an exhibit that was decades in the making… The paintings date as far back as the 1850s and some have not been displayed in decades… The New Brunswick Museum, in conjunction with the Provincial Fine Art Conservation Laboratory, has been working on this project for the past 30 years., February 22, 2106

Prince Edward Island
Luciano Benetton art exhibit to showcase work of P.E.I. artists Ten Island artists will be part of a worldwide art project launched by Italian clothing magnate Luciano Benetton. For the last three years, Benetton has been collecting small 10 centimetre by 12 centimetre canvases from dozens of countries during his travels around the world. The worldwide project is called Imago Mundi. An exhibition of Eastern Canadian works is expected in Italy next year, and there could be a Canadian show as well., February 23, 2016


Los Angeles
Mark Bradford Wins the 2016 David C. Driskell Prize Los Angeles–based artist Mark Bradford has been awarded the High Museum of Art’s David C. Driskell Prize, named in honor of the eponymous African American scholar and artist. Founded in 2005, the Driskell Prize was the first national award to recognize individuals contributing original work to the field of African American art or art history…[Bradford’s] work resides in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Artnews, February 18, 2016

Davis, California
UC Davis to Open New Art Museum UC Davis will be inaugurating a new museum of art, designed by architects SO–IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Called the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, the exhibition space will open on November 13, and will feature a signature fifty-thousand-square-foot canopy of perforated triangular beams made from aluminum. Museum officials noted that the department of art at UC Davis, at the outset, hired artists including Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley. Artforum, February 23, 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. In its logo, the Met is now THE MET, the two short words printed in scarlet letters, stacked and squashed together., February 17, 2016

Op Art Through a Latin Lens In the winter of 1965, the Museum of Modern Art opened “The Responsive Eye,” the landmark show that introduced Op Art and related trends to the general public. It was the museum’s most popular exhibition to that date. Now, 51 years later, “The Illusive Eye: An International Inquiry on Kinetic and Op Art” at El Museo del Barrio looks back on that show and finds it wanting. The New York Times, February 18, 2016

New Munch Museum to rise as planned Overriding another sudden outburst of opposition, Oslo’s new city government has declared that it will move forward with construction of a new high-rise Munch Museum on the city’s eastern waterfront as planned. A last-ditch effort to expand the existing Munch Museum at Tøyen instead has been rejected. News in, February 22, 2016

Art and 3-D Magic in a German Subway DÜSSELDORF, Germany — An escalator descends into a dense soundscape of birdsongs. Windows appear to open onto outer space. An overhead LED screen converts human movements into colorful geometric animations. Yes, they are aesthetic experiences. But they are also part of Germany’s newest subway line, an effort to transform commuter drudgery into art appreciation. The New York Times, February 19, 2016


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