Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 30, 2016

Vancouver

MashUp: A Bright Show with a Dark Heart. “It must be said that “MashUp” is spectacular and impressive, a significant achievement for the VAG. You want either to love it or hate it. But its ultimate effect is much closer to ambiguity…  At the VAG, “mashup” concerns the revolutionary momentum caused in Western art by the advent of collage: how it met with technological innovation to mutate into a variety of methodologies that have become central to how we create, from remixing to hacking to vidding. The four floors of the VAG are divided into four sections demonstrating the chronological progression of “mashup culture”” Canadian Art, March 24, 2016

The creatures at Access Gallery are shy, like the dark and don’t want to be stared at.  To see the things in Things on the Shoreline at Access Gallery, you have to look down. It’s best if you use a flashlight because the things are creatures who like living in the dark.  More than 30 light-sensitive creatures were made as part of a collaborative project by artist Cindy Mochizuki, Access Gallery, and grade 4 and 5 students at Lord Strathcona Elementary school and the Vancouver Japanese Language School.  Art Seen, Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2016

Art This Week: Holly Armishaw, early photographs of B.C., and Brian Howell.  On this week: Holly Marie Armishaw: Repressions at Chernoff Fine Art and Brian Howell: A Survey at Winsor Gallery, both as part of the Capture Photography Festival and Nanitch: Early Photographs of British Columbia from the Langmann Collection at Presentation House Gallery.  Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2016

Calgary

Pierre Arpin named first director and CEO of Contemporary Calgary.  The Ontario-born Arpin, who has spent the past seven years as the Director of the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory in Australia, will begin his new position on April 5. He has also worked in leadership roles at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Art Gallery of Sudbury, The Ottawa Art Gallery and served on the Canadian Council for the Arts.  Calgary Herald, March 29, 2016

Toronto

Ambitious Plans Unveiled for New Canadian Art Museum.  Today, in the company of Toronto Mayor John Tory, as well as various artists and members of the press, Chantal Pontbriand, CEO and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto revealed ambitious plans for the new museum, which will take over the first five floors of an old, circa-1919 automotive building being renovated as part of a new housing development. Canadian Art, March 29, 2016.  See also: Toronto’s MoCCA gets new name, location and vision.  Globe & Mail, March 29, 2016 and New name, new ambition for MOCA Toronto Star, March 29, 2016

On the Wall: What’s in the galleries this week. On this week: Kevin Yates at Susan Hobbs, Kelly Mark at Diaz Contemporary, and Marvin Luvualu Antonio at Clint Roenisch.  Toronto Star, March 29, 2016

Kleinburg

The glory and grot of outdoor festivals, through Sarah Anne Johnson’s lens.  Recently, I visited the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, 45 kilometres northwest of Toronto, to look at a new exhibition of 50 photo-based works by Winnipeg’s Sarah Anne Johnson, inaugural winner, in 2008, of what is now the Aimia/AGO Photography Prize and a finalist for the 2011 Sobey Art Award. Globe & Mail, March 25, 2016

Canada

Secrets of Canadian Museums, Revealed.  Photographs that were seized by the government due to possible national-defense issues. Ancient Paleo-Indian tools stored in an airplane barf bag. Paintings stolen in the 1960s that still have cut lines visible around their edges in the 2010s.  Created for the first day of international Museum Week, which runs March 28 to April 3, the #secretsMW hashtag encourages museums worldwide to reveal behind-the-scenes views of their activities.  Canadian Art, March 28, 2016

New York

New Mapplethorpe Film Humanizes an Icon. American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is the focus of a new documentary, premiering on HBO Canada on April 4,that chronicles the controversial artist’s life from his early days in suburbia to his untimely death from AIDS in 1989. Canadian Art, March 28, 2016

The Frick Wants You!  With The Frick Collection’s garden saved, the museum is moving forward with a new preservationist-friendly plan for expansion, they announced yesterday. After outcry over the last proposal, which would have eliminated a beloved green space, the institution scrapped their initial ideas. Now, they’re renewing their effort to make room for their trove while preserving the feeling of the intimate museum. The Observer, March 24, 2016

 United States

The Resurgence of Women-Only Art Shows.  At the peak of her career in 1976, Georgia O’Keeffe refused to lend her work to a pivotal exhibition in Los Angeles, “Women Artists: 1550 to 1950.” It was one of a wave of all-female shows — some 150 — that decade to spotlight artists largely ignored by major museums and galleries. But O’Keefe, the most famous female artist of her day, saw herself in a different category — “one of the best painters,” period.  While some artists are ambivalent about being viewed through the lens of gender, the all-women’s group show, which fell out of favor in the ’80s and ’90s, is flourishing again. New York Times, March 29, 2016

Hertogenbosch 

Hieronymus Bosch’s Five-Hundredth-Anniversary Homecoming.  Hertogenbosch—known colloquially (and much more manageably) as Den Bosch—is also the birthplace and lifelong home of Hieronymus Bosch, the late medieval painter famed for his bloody, sensationalist depictions of Hell and its beastly denizens…this month, in honor of the five hundredth anniversary of his death, a major exhibition at the Noordbrabants Museum and several citywide celebrations of Bosch’s work have studded the innocuous landscape of his home town with tributes to the infernal bacchanals he depicted. The New Yorker, March 24, 2016

Palmyra

The State of Palmyra’s Ruins.  Syrian troops on  Sunday regained Palmyra, and for the first time since May 2015, when ISIS took the city famed for its 2,000-year-old temples and Greco-Roman ruins, the extent of damage inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site became apparent.  The Atlantic, March 28, 2016

International

Google’s Machines Are Making Art. Will They Also Change Art?  One of Google’s computer science departments, Research at Google, co-hosted Deep Dream: the art of neural networks, with the Gray Area Foundation, a San Francisco not-for-profit organisation that fosters collaborations between the arts and technology. The idea behind the show is that surely a technology company that has pushed boundaries in tech can offer fine artists an app or two? But can it?  The Guardian, March 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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