Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, February 25, 2016

MashUp reveals pivotal role of women in pioneering of modern art methods Despite the large number of women among the show’s 28 collaborating curators, female artists are dramatically underrepresented in MashUp. By my count, they number 36 out of the 156 listed in the show’s media kit. Nonetheless, an interesting subtheme emerges here: the important, if not always acknowledged, role women played in pioneering collage and photomontage techniques. The Georgia Straight, February 23, 2016

Spring arts preview 2016: visual arts critics’ picks spotlight fresh forms The mashup theme of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s current blockbuster show finds interesting resonances in a number of exhibitions throughout Metro Vancouver this spring. The once radical and now ubiquitous act of creating new artworks by conjoining and reconfiguring unlike and unexpected images, objects, materials, and processes enables artists and audiences alike to explore a twirling universe of visual possibilities. Ideas abound around gender, culture, nature, colonialism, and utopian aspiration. The Georgia Straight, February 24, 2016

Vancouver pop-up gallery brings Vincent van Gogh to the masses Beginning on Wednesday, nine van Gogh “Relievos” – high-quality, textured reproductions, faithful right down to the frames – are on display and for sale in a darkened pop-up gallery erected in Vancouver’s sparkly, upscale Oakridge Centre. Created through a process that officials connected with the venture are calling “reliefography,” the premium replicas have fooled at least one curator and provoked deep emotions and even tears from visitors, the officials say. The Globe and Mail, February 23, 2016


Marine Building’s art deco osprey goes to auction in Victoria  The art deco Marine Building is arguably the most beautiful building in Vancouver, the local equivalent of the Chrysler or Empire State buildings in New York….The front doors are ringed with all manner of sea life, done in brass, topped by a pair of brass osprey sculptures that soar over the entrance, clutching a fish. As it turns out, there was a third brass osprey cast, and kept by one of the building’s architects, John McCarter. On Thursday at 6 p.m., it goes up for sale at Kilshaw’s Auction in Victoria. The Times Colonist, February 25, 2016


Palo Alto

A New Home for Pace Gallery in Palo Alto For the last two years, the Pace gallery has used a former Tesla showroom in Menlo Park, Calif., to showcase technology-driven or innovation-heavy installations in what they called a “pop-up gallery.” Exhibitions have featured work by Alexander Calder, Tara Donovan and the Japanese group teamLab. Now, with that building slated for demolition in 2017, Pace is extending its bid for Silicon Valley clients by opening on April 27 in a much smaller — but more permanent — gallery space nearby in downtown Palo Alto. The New York Times, February 24, 2016


Pop Art International: Far Beyond Warhol and Lichtenstein Introducing the histories of these far-flung versions of Pop is what the show — originally organized at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis by Darsie Alexander and Bartholomew Ryan, and in Philadelphia by Erica F. Battle — is primarily, and most interestingly, about. And that telling of those stories produces one visual surprise after another. For every classic, textbook item — a Jasper Johns flag painting, a Warhol Brillo box — there are dozens you’ve never laid eyes on.“International Pop” runs through May 15 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The New York Times, February 25, 2016

United Kingdom

Art360 initiative lets artists take the long view: Three-year archive programme will focus on Modern British and contemporary artists, starting with three women A new initiative aimed at developing and sustaining artists’ archives, ensuring their legacies endure and remain relevant, has been launched by the UK non-profit organisation, the DACS Foundation….The project is part funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, which has awarded £250,000 to Art360. The Art Newspaper, February 25 2016

All of UK’s publicly owned art to go online  A project that has recorded and photographed more than 200,000 paintings in the UK is to widen its scope in a unique project that will produce a public database of millions of works of art. The Public Catalogue Foundation, now renamed Art UK, will eventually include on its website ( images and details of 100,000 sculptures and millions of works on paper in public collections. The Art Newspaper, February 25, 2016


Uli Sigg: How I built the world’s biggest collection of Chinese contemporary art Former Swiss ambassador to China, Dr. Uli Sigg, is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential collectors of Chinese contemporary art. The opinions expressed here are solely his [Editor’s note], February 24, 2016

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