Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 24, 2016


Our History: Emily Carr a woman ahead of her time.  In Emily Carr: The Incredible Life and Adventures of a West Coast Artist, author Cat Klerks demonstrates that despite numerous setbacks and the disapproval of family and society, Emily Carr proved to be a woman ahead of her time.  Times Colonist, March 19, 2016


54-40 guitarist, Dave Genn, connects with his late father’s legacy as part of Glenbow’s Juno exhibit.  Dave Genn can spot his father’s paintings from across the room.  It happens more often that one might think. His father, acclaimed artist Robert Genn, was extremely prolific. He would paint every day, from early in the morning until late at night. The work would be released to the world and sometimes it would come back and sometimes the family would never see it again.  Calgary Herald, March 23, 2016


Young photographers get their shot with program at Aga Khan museum.  Teenage paparazzi equipped with digital cameras have had the run of the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic art and civilization for the last four days, snapping pictures of ornate ceramics, rugs and anything else in the collections and backrooms that catches their eye.  The students  are in a photography workshop for underprivileged youth hosted by Fredric Roberts, a former Wall Street executive who ended his career in mergers and financing to travel the world and take photos.   Toronto Star, March 23, 2016


Liberals reward cultural institutions with fresh funding.  The biggest arts beneficiaries in Ottawa were the National Arts Centre, the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the National Gallery of Canada, which will split $281 million in new funding over the next three years.  Ottawa Citizen, March 22, 2016

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Harvard Library That Protects The World’s Rarest Colors The history of pigments goes back to prehistoric times, but much of what we know about how they relate to the art world comes from Edward Forbes, a historian and director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University from 1909 to 1944.  Fast Code Design, March 23, 2016

New York

Cage aux Folios: Mark Dion Makes a Library for Birds. It takes a few minutes for the avian residents of Mark Dion’s “The Library for the Birds of New York” to settle back into their chirping and fluttering after you’ve entered the giant cage and stepped below the strange white oak laden with books. Then you can spy the zebra finches with their honking song like a miniature traffic jam, and yellow canaries lightly whistling, flitting around the space.  Hyperallegic, March 21, 2016


The Overlooked Beauty of London’s Manhole Covers.  Every day millions of people step right over manhole covers and pay them little attention. Don’t feel bad about this; they’re meant to be ignored. If these pieces of ubiquitous urban industrial design tripped you up, they wouldn’t be doing their job of hiding the city’s underground infrastructure.  In the new Pentagram Paper Overlooked, graphic designer and Pentagram partner Marina Willer created a small survey of London’s covers, transforming the functional metal pieces into Day-Glo graphic design.   Wired, March 23, 2016

William Morris: a Victorian socialist dreaming of a life in symmetry.  To mark the date of Morris’s birth (24 March 1834) the UK version of the search engine has emblazoned itself with a variety of his symmetrical designs that herald the word Google, written in a version of the medievalist fonts he designed for his Kelmscott Press.  The Guardian, March 24, 2016


Simon Starling review – a fabulist’s journey, from burned boats to Babbage.   Simon Starling takes us on long and often circular journeys, real and metaphorical. In the artist’s biggest UK show to date, at Nottingham Contemporary, and with further works across town at the lively, artist-run Backlit Gallery, he takes us to textile factories and bottling plants, an alchemist’s workshop and a Berlin apartment on the eve of the second world war.  The Guardian, March 22, 2016

Hong Kong

Stoned love: why Tracey Emin married a rock Tracey Emin’s new husband may not talk much or do the ironing, but when it comes to fidelity, he’s a rock. Really, he’s a rock…  The British artist has married a stone in her garden in France, which she calls ‘an anchor, something I can identify with’. It’s the latest act in a life that has prized intimacy and soulfulness over lust and the self over the body. The Guardian, March 22, 2016

A New Hong Kong Museum Exposes China’s Censored Memories (Part 2)  After the Tiananmen uprising and ensuring crackdown in 1989, the Chinese art world nosedived in a stark and different direction. Some artists left the country or abandoned their art practice, while others withdrew into self-imposed exile. The optimism of the previous years (discussed in part one of this article) vanished. The second section of the inaugural exhibition of the M+ Sigg Collection of contemporary Chinese art at ArtisTree concerns the post-Tiananmen era where the government, while still maintaining control, encouraged urbanization and consumerism, and opened up to the wider world.  Hyperallergic, March 23, 2016


Are These The Ten Most Beautiful Ceilings On Earth?  Some of the world’s most glorious sights can only be experienced if you crane your neck.  BBC, March 17, 2016




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