Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 16, 2016



On the Prescience of Jerry Pethick,   It is unfortunate that during Jerry Pethick’s lifetime he was not a better-known artist. His posthumous retrospective, “Shooting the Sun / Splitting the Pie” [that recently closed] at the Vancouver Art Gallery began to rectify this. Let’s hope an even greater reappraisal continues.  Canadian Art, March 15, 2016

Stan Douglas talks about making photographs that recreate moments of transformation. Stan Douglas is the recipient of the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. It’s considered one of the world’s top awards for photography by artists.  I reached Douglas by phone in Vancouver where he lives and works. The following interview has been edited.  Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, March 11, 2016

Art This Week: Adad Hannah, hopscotch grid public art and Karen Zalamea.  On this week: Adah Hannah: Case Studies at Equinox Gallery, the longest ever indoor hopscotch installation at  River Market at Westminster Quay, and Karen Zalamea: Spectres of Desire at Franc Gallery.  Vancouver Sun, March 15, 2016.

Creative Spark described as small program with a potentially big impact. Emerging artists will be able to apply for grants of up to $1,000 in a new city of Vancouver program designed to engage youths aged five to 18 years of age.   The program is called Creative Spark Vancouver.  It’s open to residents of Vancouver and members of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh first nations.  Art Seen, Vancouver Sun Blog, March 14, 2016

Heffley Louis Creek (north of Kamloops)

Okanagan Outpost: Vancouver Art Heads East.  The late-summer air is soft and warm and the sky appropriately grey as I veer left off Kingsway at 15th and walk past the forest of bistros, beauty salons and galleries known as Little Montparnasse to interview Jane Irwin at her and Ross Hill’s GreyChurch Collection on Fraser Street. The focus of my visit is the couple’s largest and most ambitious project, Rancho Rasdoul, located 45 minutes north of Kamloops at Heffley Louis Creek.  Canadian Art, March 15, 2016


Isabel Nolan at Mercer Union: When Seeing is Disbelieving.  Irish artist Isabel Nolan’s current exhibition at Toronto’s Mercer Union, “The weakened eye of day”—which will travel to Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery in July—presents the sun as a subject, exploring its associations in religion, science and myth to challenge predominant notions of our central star. Canadian Art, March 14, 2016

A band apart: The AGO reveals the work of photographers and filmmakers who captured and forever altered American life. On the wall introducing Nan Goldin’s work in the AGO’s latest feature exhibition, Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s — 1980s, the artist quickly dismisses the notion that a photographer is a voyeur, a removed and unrelated documenter of what passes in front of the camera: “These pictures come out of relationships, not observation.”  National Post, March 14, 2016

Hello from the outside. Starting this weekend, visitors to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto should be prepared to be overwhelmed upon crossing the threshold of the Zacks Pavilion. That sensation of surge and submersion comes courtesy of Outsiders, a new, AGO-curated exhibition of more than 300 photographs and five films by such American masters as Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, Gordon Parks and Robert Frank.  Globe & Mail, March 11, 2016   see also Casa Susanna, a 1960s resort where cross-dressing was safeToronto Star, March 13, 2016

Luminato appoints Australian programmer as new artistic director.  Following an international search, Luminato, Toronto’s annual international arts festival, is bringing its new artistic director up from Down Under. On Wednesday, Luminato CEO Anthony Sargent and festival co-founder/chair Tony Gagliano announced they had hired Josephine Ridge, former creative director of the Melbourne Festival, to helm the Toronto showcase, starting with the 2017 edition. Globe & Mail, March 16, 2016


Justin Trudeau’s Tattoo: First Nations Art on the PM.  “I heard that when Justin Trudeau got his tattoo, which was inspired by my artwork, he already had the globe on his shoulder, and that replaced Sara’s part of the design… I’m always surprised when one of my designs shows up on someone as a tattoo, but I don’t feel slighted. I treat it more like a compliment, but I still appreciate it when people ask permission.” — Robert Davidson.   Canadian Art, March 15, 2016

5 Great Ottawa Art Walks. Canada’s National Capital Region is full of intriguing galleries, museums and art. Here are some tips for rewarding art walks in five different parts of the region.  Canadian Art, March 15, 2016.  See also Curating Ottawa: The Best Places to Explore


Landau Fine Art, the only Canadian dealer at this elite European art fair.  The most beautiful art fair in the world is in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Robert Landau of Landau Fine Art in Montreal is the only Canadian dealer among the elite.  CBC Arts, March 14, 2016


News in Brief: Edward Burtynsky Creates Photo Grant, Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency Awarded, Ottawa Art Awards Announced.  News includes: Edward Burtynsky’s  established an annual grant after receiving his Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts; Halifax-based artist Anne Macmillan awarded the inaugural Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency at the Banff Centre; Nancy Noble, the CEO of the Museum of Vancouver will be leaving her position at the end of July after 10 years at the MOV; and Martin Golland was shortlisted for the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award.   Canadian Art, March 11, 2016

Los Angeles

Sneak Peek: Inside the mega new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery in downtown L.A.  “Once the new, on-site locally sourced, seasonal-everything restaurant opens this summer, the place is gonna be rife with blowouts and air-kissing. In other words, the scene here is the bluest of blue chip. Thankfully for us scrubs, the art part will be gloriously free.” Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2016


Can an art critic fairly review an artist friend’s work?  I have wanted to write about Maggie Michael’s work for years now, but I can’t without first offering the reader a huge caveat: Anything I say must be reasonably assumed to be compromised by the fact that I know her, like her and socialize with her.  So this isn’t a review of Michael’s first solo show in a museum, “A Phrase Hung in Midair as If Frozen,” which closed Sunday at the American University Museum.  I’m interested in how friendship changes the way we see art, how it both sharpens the eye and expands the meaning of the work. I’m interested in a fundamental question that is at the heart of so much criticism: Does affection improve our judgment by making us receptive to ever finer nuances, or does it weaken our critical faculties and cloud our objectivity?  Washington Post, March 14, 2016

Disassembling the Gallery: An Interview with the Art Hoe Collective.  Last summer, two young, queer artists of color, Mars and Jam—along with a few of their close friends—launched the Art Hoe Collective to bring more exposure to underrepresented young artists making videos, music, and visual art, and to recognize minority artists who often don’t receive credit for their work online.  The other week, one of the founding members of the collective, Sage Adams, and I spoke about art, racism, self-cyberbullying, and squad goals. The Awl, March 11, 2016




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