Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 29, 2016

Vancouver Art Gallery’s art auction to include artworks by Dana Claxton, Rodney Graham, and Jeff Wall The Vancouver Art Gallery announced that its biannual art auction and most significant charitable event, Art Auction 2016, will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver. Co-chaired by Bruce Munro Wright, Past Chair of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees, and Hank Bull, Trustee, this event will offer patrons an exclusive evening bringing together valued art collectors, artists and donors. In support of the Gallery’s ever-growing exhibitions and educational programs, and to celebrate the Gallery’s 85th anniversary, Art Auction 2016 hopes to raise $1 million dollars at the event., March 29, 2016

Vancouver painting stolen in South Granville art gallery heist  Taken from the Ian Tan Gallery at 2321 Granville Street was Dragon Boats at Science, an oil painting by Warren Chiu, a Vancouver-born and now New York-based artist. “To my knowledge, we are the latest victim of a string of robberies on South Granville in the last month,” Tan said. The Georgia Straight, March 28, 2016

Lack of federal funding could further delay Vancouver Art Gallery’s new home  Construction on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building at Larwill Park in downtown Vancouver is scheduled to begin in 2017, but the museum is still quite a distance away from reaching that groundbreaking milestone. The Vancouver Art Gallery was hoping for $100 million from the federal government’s budget to help cover its $350 million plan to construct a new world-class building. It did not receive this on Tuesday…. The plan would build 310,000 square feet of floor area, including 85,000 square feet of exhibition space – more than double the existing space found at the old courthouse building. Vancity Buzz, March 25, 2016

Medicine Hat
Preserving Medicine Hat’s art The start of the collection dates back to 1981, said [art gallery curator Joanne] Marion, and was started from a grant by the Canadian Council for the Arts to purchase work from ceramic artist Luke Lindoe, who was based out of Medicine Hat for many years….Presently, 1,324 works of art are stored in the permanent collection, including sculptures, ceramics, and lots of paintings large and small. Of the works in the collection, 529 have been acquired since the Esplanade opened in 2005. Medicine Hat News, March 28, 2016

Art therapy pioneer Marie Revaï honoured with exhibition A month-long exhibition on Marie Revaï, an artist and pioneer of art therapy for those with mental health disorders, winds up this week at the Centre d’Apprentissage Parallèle de Montréal (CAP)…The show was put together by art therapist and CAP founder Yvon Lamy. The CAP, established in 1985, is a mental-health community resource. Lamy learned of Revaï when he joined the then-fledgling art therapy field in the early 1980s; they began to speak in 1987 and he started work on a book about her. After her death in 1997, he received all her correspondence and rewrote and self-published his biography, Marie Revaï: Pioneer of Art Therapy in Quebec. The Montreal Gazette, March 29, 2016

10 Must-See Warped Public Art Sculptures in Montreal If cities were people, Montreal would be the rebellious, off-kilter kid who steals all the thunder at a party. Basking in diversity as the lively cultural capital of Canada (Ottawa is Canada’s actual capital city, FYI), Montreal has a social calendar that is perpetually packed with events and festivals. Rule of thumb: if there is a party in town, know that there are a hundred more you haven’t heard about. With over 315 public artworks in the municipal collection, Montreal also has some incredible public sculptures around town, from parks to libraries. Blouin, March 28, 2016


San Marino
Huntington expands American art galleries The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California announced that it will add 5,000 additional sq ft of display space to its American galleries with the opening of a new wing. Named for the lead donors of the $10.3m building project, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing will feature eight new rooms, in addition to a new glass entrance. The expansion will make the Huntington’s “one of the largest displays of historic American art in the Western United States,”… The Art Newspaper, March 29, 2016

San Francisco
Cleveland and SF Receive Notable Japanese Art Collection A collection of more than 200 works, mostly Japanese ink paintings and calligraphy, has been bequeathed to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The artworks come by way of the sports-team owner and collector of East Asian art George Gund III, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 75. “The bequest includes superlative examples of works by major masters in the ink tradition, many of whom were not previously represented in our collection,” said Laura Allen, curator of Japanese art and interim chief curator at the Asian Art Museum… Blouin, March 17, 2016

New Haven
Van Gogh’s The Night Café to stay at Yale after US Supreme Court rejects appeal Vincent Van Gogh’s $200m painting, The Night Café (1888), is to remain hanging at Yale University after the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal over its ownership. The decision last week ends a lengthy legal battle between the university and Pierre Konowaloff, who first wrote to Yale in 2008, arguing that the work was stolen from his family during the Russian Revolution. The Art Newspaper, March 29, 2016

What will Shanghai look like in 100 years? New culture initiative predicts the future A new, large-scale cultural project based in Shanghai will weigh up the future of humanity, questioning the impact of climate change and urban sprawl. The Shanghai Project, a biennial event which launches later this year (5 September-13 November), will be overseen by Yongwoo Lee, the director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the co-director of Serpentine Galleries in London. The inaugural edition, entitled 2116, projects 100 years into the future when—according to a report by the science research organisation Climate Central—76% of Shanghai’s population will be located in areas submerged underwater due to global warming. The Art Newspaper, March 29, 2016


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