Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 14, 2016

Vancouver
Hot Ticket: FUSE: This Is Now.  The Vancouver Art Gallery’s MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture is one of the boldest and most ambitious exhibits in the gallery’s history – and this weekend it’s getting even more animated, thanks to a little extra PuSh.  Globe & Mail, April 13, 2016

Editor’s choice: FUSE goes mash-happy at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Expect this Friday night’s FUSE party at the Vancouver Art Gallery to put a Mixmaster to different forms: guest curator Joyce Rosario (associate curator at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival) is, after all, working around the theme of the MashUp show on view across all four floors.  Georgia Straight, April 13, 2016

Edmonton
Native Group of Seven show engages the past, present and future.  They were called the “Indian Group of Seven,” but were actually named Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated. Founded in 1973 in Winnipeg, PNIAI was protest, advocacy, commercial aspiration, education and ferocious talent — already redefining Canadian art, and all rolled into one beautiful moment.  Now, thanks to a wonderful group exhibition running at the Art Gallery of Alberta through July 3, that moment is being considered and remembered.  Edmonton Journal, April 7, 2016

Calgary
Documentary follows experimental art project, Wreck City.  Near the end of Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi’s documentary, Wreck City: An Epilogue for 809, there is a scene of Calgary artist Suzen Green taking down her bright-pink installation at a soon-to-be demolished house in Sunnyside.  Calgary Herald, April 10, 2016

Ottawa
Ottawa artist Meryl McMaster on the long list for 2016 Sobey award.  The current “it” girl of the Ottawa art scene will have an exhibition at the Carleton University gallery starting on May 2. The show called Confluence runs until Aug. 28 and features Meryl McMaster’s newest work along with selected examples of earlier series.  Ottawa Citizen, April 13, 2016

Montreal
Concordia University’s new institute examines effects of digital technology.  Contemporary art talk is saturated with the language of research. The artist’s statement, as a genre of art writing, has become heavily oriented toward identifying whatever issues the work is supposed to investigate. Not surprisingly, some of this artful inquiry is going on in places explicitly dedicated to research. One such is the Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology, which recently opened at Montreal’s Concordia University.  Globe & Mail, April 9, 2016

Canada
News in Brief: Canadians at Manifesta 11, Lind Prize Winner, Twenty-Three Days at Sea Artists Selected.  The next four participants in Access Gallery’s Twenty-Three Days at Sea residency are: Michael Drebert (Victoria), Lili Huston-Herterich (Toronto), Rebecca Moss (London, UK) and Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn (London and Bangkok).  The residency is produced in partnership with the Burrard Arts Foundation and the Contemporary Art Gallery.  In other news: Canadians Jon Rafman, Jeremy Shaw and astronaut Chris Hadfield will be participating in Manifesta 11 in Zurich…et al.  Canadian Art, April 8, 2016

Original prints are an affordable way to start building an art collection.   Original prints are perhaps the perfect art form for twenty- and thirty-somethings who grew up in a world steeped in digital culture and the fusion of the commercial and aesthetic realms.   Of course, there is no shortage of Canadian artists creating vibrant, challenging prints right on our home turf. Here are a few homegrown artists to spark your search. Globe & Mail, April 6, 2016

International

Seattle
One Artist, One Writer, and Beginning to See Something You’ll Never Unsee: Ramiro Gomez and Lawrence Weschler.  It’s easy to forget that Diego Velazquez’s 1656 painting Las Meninas is, first and foremost, a painting of nannies at work.  The Stranger, April 13, 2016

Missouri
Warhol Soup Cans Stolen From Missouri Museum. “The prints of the cans, which are among the artist’s most recognizable works, had been part of the Springfield Art Museum’s collection since 1985, and were currently on display in a special exhibit of British and American pop art.” New York Times, April, 13, 2016

New York
A tableau of tragedies’: August Sander’s portraits are the simplest in the history of photography, but also the deepest.  August Sander is a towering figure in the history of photography. The Museum of Modern Art in New York announced proudly last year that it now owns a full set of the 619 portraits that were used in his book, People of the Twentieth Century.  The latest of many tributes to Sander is a little book, 115 pages, Emblems of the Passing World (Other Press Publishing), in which 46 portraits by Sander are accompanied by the poems of Adam Kirsch, a young poet-critic who teaches at Columbia University.  National Post, April 10, 2016

MoMA to Abolish Architecture and Design Galleries.  New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is closing its galleries dedicated to architecture and design. The Architects Newspaper, April 12, 2016

Artist Claims Copyright to Four Photos of Robert Mapplethorpe in $65 Million Lawsuit. On Tuesday, the poet, actor, photographer, and makeup artist James R. Miller filed a lawsuit against the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation claiming copyright to four photographs that have been shown and sold for decades as Mapplethorpe’s work Hyperallergic, April 7, 2016

London
Philanthropist Yana Peel appointed chief executive of London’s Serpentine Galleries.  The Hong Kong-based philanthropist and entrepreneur Yana Peel has been appointed chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. The high-profile institution’s trustees took the unusual decision to choose a fellow trustee to fill the new post. Julia Peyton-Jones, who put the institution on the international map, is stepping down as co-director this month after 25 years at the helm.  The Art Newspaper, April 13, 2016

Palmyra
Palmyra must not be fixed. History would never forgive us.  Palmyra must not “rise again”, as Syria’s director of antiquities has promised. It must not be turned into a fake replica of its former glory. Instead, what remains of this ancient city after its destruction by Isis – and that is mercifully more than many people feared – should be tactfully, sensitively and honestly preserved.  The Guardian , April 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

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