Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 11, 2016

Vancouver
Vancouver Art Gallery to Present BC’s Most Prestigious Annual Visual Arts Prizes: Audain Prize and VIVA Awards  This year’s recipients will be announced and honoured at a special ceremony at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19 in The Great Hall of the BC Law Courts building (800 Smithe Street) in downtown Vancouver. Presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery, this ceremony is free and open to the public. Wire Service Media, April 7, 2016

A San Francisco psychedelic icon, from B.C.: Early postcard ended up gracing city’s music scene One of the best-known images of the psychedelic ’60s is a native Indian in a top hat smoking a joint. It was the logo for Family Dog, a hippie music promoter in San Francisco that produced gigs by ’60s legends such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and the Grateful Dead…So imagine my surprise to find the man in a new exhibition of early B.C. photos collected by antique dealer Uno Langmann. And on a postcard, to boot. The show is called Nanitch, and features hundreds of B.C. photos taken between the 1860s and the 1920s. The Vancouver Sun blog, April 8, 2016

Victoria
Robert Amos: A potpourri of visions of B.C.  Over the years, several artists have identified the look of Vancouver. Jack Shadbolt’s paintings of the urban landscape during and after the Second World War, Michael Klukner’s watercolours of “disappearing” Vancouver in the 1980s, the distorted city scenes of Tiko Kerr and the post-Emily Carr brilliance of Drew Burnham — all have caught my attention. And now, through a handsome art volume just published, I have discovered Ross Penhall. The Times Colonist, April 10, 2016

Ottawa
Museum’s new Canadian History Hall to tell country’s whole story, architect says  The architect behind the Canadian Museum of History says the re-imagined Canadian History Hall will finally tell the whole story of the country, including the perspectives of those who lived here long before Europeans landed on its shores. Douglas Cardinal was speaking at the unveiling of his design for the new permanent exhibit, set to open July 1, 2017. “Starting the history of Canada with the arrival of European settlers does not tell the story at all,” Cardinal said. “It’s refreshing to see the story go back all the way to the Ice Age, so when you see history, aboriginal people aren’t invisible anymore.” CBC.ca, April 5, 2016

The Canadian Museum of History seeks a new narrative The Canadian Museum of History consulted an unprecedented range of citizens, scholars and community representatives before it began a $30-million renovation of what used to be called the Canada Hall, its core exhibit devoted to some kind of national narrative. The permanent exhibition at the heart of the museum across the Ottawa River from Parliament will reopen on July 1, 2017, on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Many Canadians with widely varying social and political interests are eager to see what it will look like. The Globe and Mail, April 8, 2016

Montreal
Life underground at Vimy Ridge: 3D images of WW I soldiers’ cave carvings on display in Montreal  The Royal Montreal Regiment Museum has a new exhibition featuring 3D reproductions of carvings done by World War I soldiers living deep underground in the days and weeks leading up to the Battle of Vimy Ridge….Souterrain Impressions is on display at The Royal Montreal Regiment Museum until the end of April. It will tour across Canada after that. The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is in 2017. CBC.ca, April 6, 2016

Canada
Canada Pumps $1.4 Billion into Arts and Culture Budget The Canadian government has pledged to invest nearly CAD 1.9 billion (~USD 1.4 billion) in the nation’s arts and culture over the next five years to promote Canadian creativity both at home and abroad. As laid out in the recently released annual budget — the first of newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — the new measures are sweeping, earmarking funds for the visual arts, radio, film, historic sites, and science and technology. The Canada Council for the Arts, which will receive nearly 30% of the funds by 2021, lauded the budget announcement as “an unprecedented commitment to Canadian arts and culture. Hyperallergic, April 7, 2016

How can visitors best explore Canada’s indigenous culture? Canada-bound holidaymakers often place indigenous experiences high atop their vacation to-do lists. I’ve had friends from Europe and New Zealand, for example, who couldn’t wait to explore unique regional cultures that typically stretch back thousands of years. Happily, there’s a full menu of options. The Globe and Mail, April 8, 2016

Springfield
Warhol soup can screen prints stolen from Missouri museum  Last week, a number of colour screen prints from Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can series were stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri. Local police are now investigating the burglary and the museum has closed its exhibition The Electric Garden of Our Minds: British/American Pop, which was due to run until 17 April…. the public affairs officer for the city’s police department declined to disclose the number of prints that were stolen late Wednesday or early Thursday, but confirmed that the FBI and Interpol have been notified about the theft. The Art Newspaper, April 11, 2016

Panama
Panama Papers expose art world’s offshore secrets: Leaked documents reveal owners of “looted” Modigliani, how a UK billionaire guaranteed a milestone auction and links to the Chinese elite The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has turned its attention to the art world in its ongoing examination of documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm specialising in wealth management…. The offshore dealings of other major art collectors are also detailed by the ICIJ. Mossack Fonseca’s records mention “enough art to fill a small museum”, they report. Chen Dongsheng, the founder and chairman of China Guardian, the world’s third biggest art auction house after Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and grandson-in-law of Mao Zedong, is one of many rich Chinese businessmen and political leaders who have moved assets offshore. The Art Newspaper, April 8, 2016

London
A brush with Picasso: rare portraits to be displayed in London  National Portrait Gallery exhibition will feature more than 75 portraits, some of which have never been seen in the UK. The Picasso Portraits exhibition, organised with the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, is the first major show of its kind since 1996, when MoMA in New York and the Grand Palais in Paris staged an exhibition with more than 300 works. Picasso Portraits will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery from 6 October to 5 February. The Guardian, April 11, 2016

Vienna
Egon Schiele Works to Be Returned to Descendant of Holocaust Victim Two works by the Austrian painter Egon Schiele will be returned to a descendant of the paintings’ former owner, Karl Mayländer, a Jewish collector who was deported from Austria and killed during the Holocaust. The restitution was announced on Thursday by the Austrian culture minister, Josef Ostermayer, at a news conference at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, which owns the works. The New York Times, April 7, 2016

 

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