Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 7, 2016

Vancouver
Vancouver art comes in off the streets at Hot Art Wet City It’s tough to be a street artist in Vancouver. At least so says Chris Bentzen, owner of Hot Art Wet City. His three-year-old gallery is known for its irreverent attitude and its celebration of lowbrow art. For lovers of street art, it’s a natural draw. CBC.ca, March 4, 2016

Whistler
B.C.’s ‘rich artistic heritage’ on display at new Whistler gallery  The new Audain Art Museum in Whistler houses a unique collection of art in an understated building that delivers surprises that start at the front entrance and continue through to the exhibition spaces inside. Nestled among a grove of trees at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in the Village, the museum houses the collection of about 200 works of art, largely by artists from B.C., amassed by Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa. The Vancouver Sun, March 4, 2016

New Audain Art Museum finds a fitting forest setting As a photographer stands on Whistler’s Blackcomb Way, trying to frame a shot of the entrance to the new Audain Art Museum, two young guys walk by. Their colourful snowboards, tucked under their arms, proclaim their sporty intent on this cool weekday morning. The museum sign behind them, tastefully lettered in red and white on sombre grey, poses a quite different intention: the housing of a stellar collection of British Columbia art, assembled over the past few decades by developer and philanthropist Michael Audain and his wife, novelist Yoshiko Karasawa. The Georgia Straight, March 4, 2016

$30-million Whistler Art Museum opens on March 12 The 56,000-square-foot museum, which will operate as a non-profit organization, is spearheaded and fully self-funded by local developer Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa… Audain’s collection of nearly 200 works of art, amassed over four decades, includes First Nations artefacts more than 200 years old and two dozen paintings by Emily Carr. When the museum opens, its temporary exhibition space will display works by a group of Mexican Modernist artists known as Los Trés Grandes. Vancity buzz, March 4, 2016

Calgary
Glenbow Museum strikes right chord with free promo as hundreds pile in It’s called “Free First Thursday Nights” and it’s been a goldmine for the Glenbow Museum. The first Thursday of each month the museum throws its doors open between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. at no cost. By 6:30 p.m. Thursday, more than 1,000 visitors had cashed in on the offer. CBC.ca, March 3, 2016

Ottawa
Eclectic Canadian artists honoured by Governor-General’s Awards Canada’s most famous living photographer, the country’s representative at the 2009 Venice Biennale and a textile artist from Salt Spring Island, B.C., are among the eight winners of the 17th-annual Governor-General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, it was announced Monday morning in Ottawa by the Canada Council for the Arts. The Globe and Mail, March 7, 2016

International

Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art Acquires a True Rarity: a Jackson Pollock Sculpture The Dallas Museum of Art has announced the acquisition of a Jackson Pollock sculpture created only weeks before the artist’s death. According to the DMA, Untitled (1956) is one of only six Pollock sculptures in existence, five of which are held in private collections. The sculpture is currently on view in the museum’s much-lauded show “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots,” which runs until March 20. Artnews, March 3, 2016

New York
You Look So Different Online: Douglas Coupland Debuts Facial De-Recognition Software at the Armory “I miss my pre-Internet brain.” “The unanticipated side effects of technology anticipate the future.” “I have meme fatigue.” These are three of the Douglas Coupland truisms that are nearby the Canadian artist and writer’s facial de-recognition software, titled Deep Face: Communicate with your future self, which is currently on view at Artsy’s booth near the entrance to Pier 94, at the Armory Show. Artnews, March 2, 2016

London
Phyllida Barlow to represent Britain at Venice Biennale The sculptor Phyllida Barlow will represent Britain at the 57th Venice Biennale next year (13 May-26 November 2017), the British Council announced today, 4 March. Barlow has long been respected among British artists, having taught at London’s Slade School of Fine Art for more than 40 years. However, she has come to international prominence relatively late in her career. Recent shows include one last summer at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, which she transformed with typically large-scale sculptures constructed from her materials of choice: inexpensive plywood, cardboard, plaster, tape, fabric and paint. The Art Newspaper, March 4, 2016

Three London museums totalled more visitors than Venice in 2015 In St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal, Venice has some of the world’s recognisable tourist attractions. But the Italian city was eclipsed in terms of visitor numbers last year by just three London museums – the Victoria and Albert, Natural History Museum and Science Museum. London’s popularity, combined with the relative weakness of the pound making UK holidays less expensive, has helped to produce a bumper year for tourism across the country, with a record 124.4 million visitors (domestic as well as overseas) flocking to top attractions. The Guardian, March 7, 2016

Bradford
Opposition grows to transfer of historic photo collection to V&A Curators at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have pledged to put photography at the heart of the 164-year-old South Kensington institution by turning one wing into a centre dedicated to the medium. The strategy is partly designed to convince photography professionals who oppose the decision to transfer more than 400,000 photographs from the National Media Museum (NMM) in Bradford to the V&A. Critics, many of whom signed a letter to the Guardian this weekend, including David Hockney and Martin Parr, say the move strips the northern city of a major cultural resource and fear it could lead to the closure of the NMM. The Art Newspaper, March 7, 2016

Zurich
Plan for Nazi-Era Arms Dealer’s Collection Sparks Backlash at Zurich Museum When citizens voted to approve a $208 million expansion of this city’s fine arts museum, the Kunsthaus, they expected it would draw international visitors eager to see its contents: a spectacular collection of French Impressionist works amassed by a Zurich businessman, Emil Georg Bührle. But since bulldozers started excavation early this year for the massive sandstone rectangle, designed by the architect David Chipperfield, the work has dredged up sensitive issues involving the city’s Jewish history and the Swiss role in the trade of art looted by the Nazis in World War II. The New York Times, March 3, 2016

 

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