Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 24, 2016


MashUp looks at how a gesture in the studio in the early 20th century influenced today’s visual and aural culture. “Most of us may not be aware of it but a big part of modern culture started with Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The two artists, working separately and together in studios in Paris during a few years in the early part of the 20th century, did something new and radical: they used pieces of wallpaper, newspapers and sheet music. In effect, they combined bits of the real world with their art works… Little did they or anyone else realize the effects of their simple gesture.” Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, February 23, 2016

Monumental MashUp: Vancouver Art Gallery launches its largest ever exhibition. “How to convey the experience of an exhibition that takes up all four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery, includes 156 artists and spans the breadth of Pablo Picasso to Afrika Bambatta? In a word, it’s dizzying.” Wallpaper, February. 22, 2016

Why You Need to Check Out ‘MashUp’ at the VAG. Immerse your senses in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s most ambitious exhibition ever. Western Living, February 19, 2016. Additional MashUP resources and reviews are available in the Library

B.C. lobbyists trek to Liberal Ottawa. The gallery is now being represented in the halls of power by two Liberal-connected lobbyists working for one of the bigger players in the industry, Earnscliffe Strategy Group. Vancouver-based Adam Johnson and Paul Moen, a Vancouver native working out of Earnscliffe’s Ottawa office, both registered last month on behalf of the gallery.  Vancouver Sun, February 19, 2016

Access Gallery  Puts Artists on Cargo Ships. It’s not unusual for artists to travel to a residency. It is, however, unusual for travelling to be the entirety of the residency. In a slowed down, reworked version of the artworld standard, Vancouver artist-run centre Access Gallery has worked over the past year to send four artists out to sea to make work on cargo ships that are travelling across the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to Shanghai.  Canadian Art, February 23, 2016

Art this week. On this week: Evann Siebens: The Indexical, Alphabetized, Mediated, Archival Dance-a-Thon at Wil Aballe Art Projects, Western Front’s Gala Dinner and Art Auction and Gala Dinner and Art Auction and call for Expo86 images from Pendulum Gallery. Vancouver Sun, February 23, 2016

Around Town: Ottawa Art Gallery receives $100,000 gift from patrons Glenn and Barbara McInnes. A well-known and popular couple with long and deep roots to the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has stepped forward and donated $100,000 toward the gallery’s capital campaign, it was announced at a reception Thursday to launch of the gallery’s latest art exhibitions.  Ottawa Citizen, February 19, 2016

What’s Your Flavour? On Being a Critic of Colour in February.  Are critics who are people of colour (POC) expected to be representatives of the marginalized communities that they belong to—and if so, how does that inform whether they sugarcoat or critique bluntly? Does the Bambi/Thumper rule—“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”—especially hold water in marginalized communities?  Canadian Art, February 18, 2016


New York
The Artist’s Institute, Manhattan’s Indefinable Art Space, Heads Uptown.  For the past five years, the Artist’s Institute has been one of the more pleasantly peculiar exhibition spaces on the Lower East Side—or really anywhere in Manhattan. It divides its programming into six-month seasons, devoting each one to a different artist whose practice inspires all sorts of intriguing exhibitions and events. Art News, February 23, 2016

On the Parent-Shaped Hole in the Art World.  “Does your Gallery, Museum, Conference Center or Festival provide Child Care?” The US-based collective Home Affairs asks this question in its work And Everything Else (2015), which makes up the poster for the current New York show “The Let Down Reflex.”  Canadian Art, February 22, 2016

See the Seven Artists Who Received the First Container Artist Residency.  A panel of judges along with New York artist and curator Maayan Strauss will select seven adventurous artists to brave seasickness aboard commercial ships as part of the Container Artist Residency program. Works by the seven artists chosen will be included in a group show to open in Tel Aviv in 2016 and travel to six other cities. New York design studio Project Projects founder, Prem Krishnamurthy, will serve as the curator for the first round of the residency.  .Artnet News, February 23, 2016

Christian Viveros-Fauné on How the Met Breuer Will Drastically Alter New York. For a local arts scene that chronically expects institutions to overpromise and underdeliver (with apologies to last year’s launch of the downtown Whitney Museum) the mild anticipation surrounding the Met Breuer’s launch is akin to Star Wars nerds crushing on The Force Awakens. Artnet news, February 22, 2016

The Group Working Behind the Scenes to Diversify Museum Staffs.  Many in the art and museum communities (and even those outside of it) are concerned about diversifying museum staff.  Museum Hue is doing something about it.  Hyperallergic, February 18, 2016

Aquitaine, France
US artist’s message in a bottle found 5,700km away in France – by an artist   A message in a bottle dropped in New York harbour in 2013 by American painter, George Boorujy, has been found years later, and 5,700kms (3,500 miles) away, on a beach in Aquitaine region in France, by French artist, Brigitte Barthelemy.The Guardian, February 23, 2016

A Spectacular Light Installation Maps Solar Winds for Parisians Stuck in Traffic. To lift the spirits of the more than 1 million Parisian motorists stuck in traffic on the Périphérique road ringing the city, French artist Laurent Grasso has created SolarWind, a monumental light installation projected onto the walls of a pair of 131-foot-tall silos.  Slate, February 19, 2016

The Story Behind Taiwanese Artist Michael Lin’s Paintings on Local Pedicabs.  Michael Lin is the type of artist who breaks the boundaries of a usual painting which usually appears on a canvas; that he likes painting on things that people most interact with, hence, the several wall paintings he’s done, plus the chairs and the pedicabs. (Michael Lin’s “A Modest Veil” was installed on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s facade during the Winter 2010 Olympics) Preen Inquirer, February 23, 2016

11 Signs You’re Trying Too Hard At An Art Gallery.  Most [commercial] galleries are usually free, staffed by friendly art history majors, and dying for you to come inside to solidify their relevance outside the art market. They want you to ogle their artists. They want you to post that selfie. They. Want. You.   Behold, 11 signs you are trying too hard at an art gallery, and what you can do to maximize your chill.  Huffpost Arts & Culture, February 22, 2016

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