Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 17, 2016


Burnaby Art Gallery exhibition explores lives of young women  Longstanding traditions meet contemporary art in the next exhibition at Burnaby Art Gallery.  Hope Chests includes eight intimate portraits chronicling the struggles of young women from different cultural backgrounds by the Vancouver-based Japanese artist Michiko Suzuki. Burnaby Now, March 15, 2016


Winnipeg REDress artist recognized by CMHR.  Winnipeg artist Jaime Black has made the Canadian Museum of Human Rights’ list of five women they believe should be household names in Canada. Metro News (Winnipeg), March 14, 2016


Feature Art Fair Folds.  Montreal’s Association des galeries d’art contemporain announced in a message to members yesterday afternoon that the organization’s Toronto art fair, Feature, would not be returning in 2016.  Canadian Art, March 16, 2016


Big and little: These bodies give Human Scale a sense of proportion.  The sculptures in Human Scale are wrought in various forms from various media, but all cast the human body in appealingly startling fashion.  There are only nine pieces in the exhibition, which is open for only a month, to April 10, and was concisely put together by associate curator of contemporary art Jonathan Shaughnessy.  Ottawa Citizen, March 16, 2016

New York

Jeffrey Deitch to Return to Old Deitch Projects Space on Wooster Street, Now Home to Swiss Institute.  Jeffrey Deitch will take back the cavernous primo real estate at 18 Wooster Street that housed Deitch Projects during its glory days—which means it current occupant, Swiss Institute, will be looking for a new space.  Artnews, March 14, 2016

Ancient Statue Is Seized From Manhattan Gallery.  Federal agents seized an ancient Afghan statue from a Manhattan gallery Wednesday morning, part of a string of seizures that began Friday and have coincided with Asia Week festivities in New York.  New York Times, March 16, 2016


Stan Douglas Reimagines a Joseph Conrad Spy Novel in 1970s Portugal. Canadian artist Stan Douglas is known for appropriating film and literature genres to create context for his elaborate mise-en-scènes and sophisticated projects. His latest video, “The Secret Agent” (2015), recently premiered in the UK at the Victoria Miro gallery, following the exhibition Interregnum at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. Hyperallergic,  March 14, 2016

Where have all the art punks gone?   For more than 100 years, art has been defined by rebellion. From the surrealists’ rejection of the rational to the political paintings of Picasso, from the rage of the punks to the sly irony of the YBAs, the work that adorns the walls of our art institutions is overwhelmingly countercultural.  So what happened with millennials? Where is their rebellious spirit? The Guardian, March 16, 2016

I posed for Paul Strand: the day the great photographer walked into my village in Italy. The series Un Paese is one of the highlights of the V&A’s new show, Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century. Perhaps the most iconic image in the series is The Family, a group portrait of a widowed Italian mother, Anna Lusetti, and five of her sons.  The Guardian, March 16, 2016


Emma Lavigne Named Curator of 2017 Lyon Biennale.  Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, has been named curator of the 14th Biennale de Lyon which will take place in 2017.  Artnet News. March 14, 2016


Paris auctioneers and removal men stole ‘thousands’ of art works, court hears. Four auctioneers and dozens of removal men from Barneby’s Auctions, France’s most famous auction house, went on trial on Monday accused of stealing thousands of valuables and art, including works by Courbet and Matisse.   The Telegraph, March 14, 2016

The Picture-Perfect Life of a Renowned Amateur Photographer. Jacques Henri Lartigue was born outside Paris to a wealthy family, and he began making photos as a child. For the next eight decades, his diarylike images recorded a life of privilege and glamour shared with friends, family, and lovers, against a backdrop of spectacular European landscapes. His color photographs are less known but no less extraordinary, and now more than 100 of them can be seen for the first time in Martine d’Astier and Martine Ravache’s Lartigue: Life in Color, which Abrams published in February.  Slate, March 17, 2016


Scientists Identify the Fungi Clouding Leonardo’s Self-Portrait.  A red chalk sketch from around 1512 CE, long believed to be a self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, has a glowering, bearded man’s face emerging from a swarm of brown spots. Kept safely in the vaults of the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, the portrait’s power, despite the imperfections, has even gained rumors of supposedly magical powers. That foxing, as the mottled deterioration is called, has been a serious concern for conservationists. New research may have identified the fungal culprit, which could assist in its protection.  Hyperallergic, March 11, 2016


Spain’s Truck Art Project Brings Street Art to the Country’s Highways. Truck art is a cultural tradition in India, where long-haul vehicles are turned into vibrant works of folk art. But in most parts of the world, the real estate on the body of a big rig is most often left blank or used as a billboard. A new Spanish project treats the sides of commercial trucks as giant blank canvasses not for advertising but as rolling street art for motorists. Slate, March 9, 2016


European Museums Are Shifting to American Way of Giving.  Museums in the United States, helped by favorable tax laws, are sustained by a culture of giving by private donors and a universe of trained development officials. That culture isn’t common in other parts of the world, where governments often support museums.  New York Times, March 15, 2016




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