Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 19, 2016

Public art at Vancouver’s Empire Fields ‘on track’ A massive piece of public art is on track to take its place at the newly renovated Empire Fields, but the scale of the project – and possible safety hazards – will have engineers working through the summer to get it installed by fall. The Seattle artists who came up with Home and Away, a scoreboard-inspired installation that sparked controversy when it was first proposed one year ago, are finalizing the engineering drawings for the 14.6-metre tall, interactive structure, Vancouver park board chair Sarah Kirby-Yung said. Vancouver Metro, April 17, 2016

Aiding Syrian refugees by nurturing art and activism There was chaos in the art room Thursday at Seaquam Secondary School and outside as well. Kids carted in bags of flour and sugar for the paste-makers at the front of the room, while others carted paste buckets outside. At the back of the room, a dozen or so paint-flecked students scrambled to finish oil paintings for Monday night’s silent art auction. The money raised from the auction, which has a $25 minimum bid, will go to Umoja, a Surrey-based immigrant settlement society that serves about 150 families including more than 20 government-assisted Syrian refugees. The Vancouver Sun, April 18, 2016

‘Small but mighty’ Canadian Museum of Inuit Art closing its doors  Canadians will have one less place to learn about Inuit art after Toronto’s Museum of Inuit Art closes its doors on May 30. The small Harbourfront Centre gallery doesn’t have the money to keep going, so its board of directors decided that it’s time to close shop….The museum which is dedicated to modern Inuit art has been open to the public for nine years., April 19, 2016

Mystery man: The chilly restraint of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi at the AGO Hammershoi’s world was largely interior, in fact as well intention: a realm of images captured almost exclusively inside his 17th century home in Copenhagen…Little wonder then, it’s taken so many of us so long to get to him. A hundred years after his death, we’ve finally been let inside. Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershoi continues at the Art Gallery of Ontario to June 26. The Toronto Star, April 17, 2016

Mark Bradford Will Represent U.S. at Venice Biennale  Mark Bradford, the highly regarded abstract painter, has been chosen as the United States’ representative to the next Venice Biennale, opening in May 2017. The United States pavilion, with Mr. Bradford’s work, will be organized by Christopher Bedford, director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University… Mr. Bradford has recently used his influence to help found an arts-based social-services center in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where he grew up. He said in a telephone interview on Monday that he could not yet discuss details of his plans for the pavilion, but that the work would certainly touch on the political and social context in which he, as an African-American artist, has always worked. The New York Times, April 18, 2016

New York
Labor Protesters to Resume Guggenheim Demonstrations  A group of protesters critical of labor practices in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, said they would resume demonstrations aimed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which is planning to expand there. The group, Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction, or G.U.L.F., held several protests inside the museum in Manhattan in 2014 and 2015, which included the installation of fake artworks and the display of long banners. Such actions would begin again after a hiatus of about a year, the protesters said in an email, because last week museum officials, including Juan Ignacio Vidarte, the deputy director and chief officer for global strategies, told members of a related group, Gulf Labor, that they would no longer meet with them. The New York Times, April 17, 2016

Palmyra arch destroyed by Isil rises over Trafalgar Square A near-perfect replica of a Roman triumphal arch from the ancient city Palmyra that was destroyed by Isil militants in Syria last year will go on display for three days in Trafalgar Square, London, from today, 19 April. The 15m-tall structure has been cut from marble by computer-controlled drills. By superimposing multiple photographs of the now vanished arch onto the marble, specialists were able to create a 3D model of the monument to guide the machine reconstruction, a process known as 3D machining. The project is a joint venture between researchers at Oxford and Harvard Universities and Dubai’s Museum of the Future. The Art Newspaper, April 19, 2016

New Tate Modern will present a ‘fully global’ view of art  [Director Nicholas] Serota said that the new Tate Modern might attract more visitors, perhaps up to 5.5 million a year, but the goal was to improve visitors’ experience of art and show more of the collection. He also confirmed that Tate still needed to raise £30m but was confident that donors would come forward as the scaffolding around the extension comes down. The Art Newspaper, April 14, 2016


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