Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 3, 2016


Women take the helm at major arts groups. Tuesday (March 8) is International Women’s Day, and while there’s often a lot of attention paid to successful women in business and politics, rarely do we step back and marvel at women’s contribution to arts.  Just a few of these women include: Kathleen Bartels, director at the Vancouver Art Gallery who is spearheading its move to a new landmark,  Emily Molnar artistic director at Ballet B.C., who has steered the company toward growth, and Kelly Tweeddale at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra…Georgia Straight, March 2, 2016. See also:  Wikipedia’s Art+Feminism is having its third annual Edit-a-thon, designed to generate coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. This year the Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon is taking place locally at Emily Carr University Library and at the Western Front.  Edit-a-thons are also being hosted in libraries, galleries and universities across Canada, March 4-6.

Emily Carr grad fuses art and science as artist in residence at TRIUMF subatomic particle lab. One of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories is opening itself up to artistic interpretation once again, this time welcoming Emily Carr alumnus Blaine Campbell to fill its position as artist in residence. Georgia Straight, March 2, 2016

National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer to speak at Emily Carr on March 3. Aspiring curators take note: As part of its ongoing lecture series, Emily Carr will present a public talk featuring National Gallery of Canada director and CEO Marc Mayer on Thursday (March 3). Georgia Straight, March 2, 2016

North Vancouver

Take an art tour in Deep Cove this weekend.  The North Shore Art Crawl is a free event presented by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council that takes place this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Last year 400 artists participated in the event at 78 locations.  North Shore News, March 3, 2016


Whistler’s Audain Art Museum evolved from its site. The distinctive hockey-stick shape and look of the new Audain Art Museum in Whistler, which opens to the public March 12, are direct responses to the site and to the collection of B.C. art it will house, according to John Patkau of Patkau Architects.   Vancouver Sun, March 2, 2016


Robert Amos: Artist ‘just wants to have fun’  Mary Conley is a wonderful artist. A small sample of her work is part of a group show by students of Nancy Slaght. It’s titled Black and White and Grey All Over (at the Community Arts Council Gallery at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre until March 2).  Times Colonist, February 27, 2016


ArtPic: Experimental photographer Dwayne Martineau focuses on light, forests. A prolific and evocative experimental photographer, Dwayne Martineau approaches art like a scientist, as if trying to prove beauty objectively. Here he achieves his near-symmetry. not with an easily available phone app but physical reflections, printing his photos of trees on wood, showing just a slice of his head at work.  Edmonton Journal, February 26, 2016


GPS art creations put ‘Cycleangelo’ on the map. Stephen Lund has become a minor celebrity in the biking world after creating more than 85 incredible virtual “doodles’ by tracking his bike routes via GPS.   Toronto Star, March 2016


Ragnar Kjartansson and the contemporary art of sincerity.  The audience had gathered at an exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, who works in many media. The MAC show consists of three large video installations, two of which feature lengthy performances of a single song. The show-stopper, the piece that people sat on the floor to absorb, is The Visitors. It’s an hour-long rendition of a pensive original song, played and sung by Kjartansson with a couple dozen friends and fellow artists.  Globe & Mail, March 2, 2016

Montreal seeking public art for redesigned Bonaventure. The city is set to launch a cross-Canada competition for public art to install at the northern edge of the new gateway for motorists entering downtown from the South Shore in time for the city’s 375th anniversary in 2017.  Montreal Gazette, March 2, 2016

New York

A Look at the Met Breuer Before the Doors Open.  On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art formally reintroduced the building as the Met Breuer, its new Brutalist outpost for Modern and contemporary art. New York Times, March 2, 2016

A Blockbuster Deal Reassures the Art World.  According to market insiders, Willem de Kooning’s 1955 Abstract Expressionist painting “Interchanged” is now either the world’s most expensive artwork or on par with Qatar’s reported $300 million purchase in 2014 of the 1892 “Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)” by Paul Gauguin.  New York Times, March 2, 2016

Light Heavyweights.  Now for something vertiginously charming: sculptures, drawings, photographs, and films, filling the ramp of the Guggenheim Museum, by the droll Swiss duo of Peter Fischli and David Weiss.  New Yorker, February 29, 2016 issue

Santiago Calatrava’s Transit Hub Is a Soaring Symbol of a Boondoggle.  For a dozen years, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub was a train wreck. Santiago Calatrava’s winged dove, beefed up to meet security demands, devolved into a dino carcass. The project’s cost soared toward a head-slapping, unconscionable $4 billion in public money for what, in effect, is the 18th-busiest subway stop in New York City, tucked inside a shopping mall, down the block from another shopping center.  New York Times, March 3, 2016

Patti Smith: ‘I’m not trying to change the world with photography.  100 of Patti Smith’s photographs from the past 35 years are on show at Robert Miller Gallery in New York. Never before seen photos are shown alongside those from her latest memoir, M Train, named after the New York City subway line which leads to her home. The Guardian, March 2, 2016


Botticelli Reimagined review – Venus in the gutter, more beautiful than ever. Never before have I seen an exhibition of a great Renaissance artist that actually embraces the tackiness of souvenirs and pop remakes. This is a landmark event. It shows other museums how to reimagine Renaissance art for 21st century audiences: put Venus in the gutter and let her beauty shine through all the more poignantly. The Guardian, March 2, 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe Tate show to challenge sexual clichés. The show, which opens in July, will be the UK’s largest ever exhibition of O’Keeffe’s work and will be Tate Modern’s first show since its £26m revamp. Featuring more than 100 works, which have rarely left America since her death in 1986, it will display her 1932 Jimson Weed painting, which in 2014 became the most expensive painting sold at auction by a female artist when it was bought for $44.4m. The Guardian, March 1, 2016


Bringing van Gogh’s Life to the Big Screen at 12 Oil Paintings per Second.  Described as “the world’s first feature-length painted animation,” a forthcoming film from Breakthru Films will tell the life story of Vincent van Gogh through over 120 of his own oil paintings.  Hyperallergic, February 26, 2016


Who will lead the Musée d’Orsay?  The knives are out at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris as its president, Guy Cogeval, reaches the end of his second three-year term this month. Cogeval, aged 60, has put himself forward for a third term, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. But several members of the institution’s staff have publicly questioned his fitness for the job in light of a stroke he suffered in 2014. The Art Newspaper, March 3, 2016


Wim Pijbes to leave Rijksmuseum for new museum on Dutch coast. The director general of the Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes, has decided to leave the Netherlands’ national museum of art and history this summer to run the new Museum Voorlinden, which is nearing completion on the Dutch coast. The Art Newspaper, March 3, 2016


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