Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 21, 2016


Playtime sculpture at Children’s Hospital brings fun to public art.  Vancouver-based artists Myfanwy MacLeod and Shannon Oksanen are behind the whimsical new public art piece that has been erected on campus at the B.C. Children’s and B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. Georgia Straight, April 20, 2016

Catriona Jeffries, Janice Kerbel, and Jon Stovell receive honorary doctorates from Emily Carr University.  The Honorary Doctorates recipients include arts advocate and gallerist Catriona Jeffries, whose gallery has been internationally recognized as a prominent space for contemporary art for over two decades; international artist, educator and 1993 alumna, Janice Kerbel, whose work has been presented and recognized in numerous exhibitions and biennales internationally; and business leader and Emily Carr Capital Campaign Cabinet member, Jon Stovell. Georgia Straight, April 20, 2016

Scout List:  Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week.  They include: Parker Street Studios’ Art Salon on Friday night. the Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation Show and MashUp at Vancouver Art Gallery.   Scout Magazine, April 19, 2016


Robert Amos: Artist comes by talent honestly.  Jennifer McIntyre, whose paintings are on show at Eclectic Arts is from an artistic family. She welcomed me to her Oak Bay home to see some art works by them, and she began by showing me two plaster casts of children posing as the muses of painting and sculpture. They were by Charles S. Kelsey, her great-great-grandfather, who exhibited with the Royal Academy in London in 1838.  Times Colonist, April 17, 2016


Retired Alberta MP Paul Yewchuk puts his painting career on the block for $3.5 million.  Paul Yewchuk was a cowboy and land surveyor in his teens and early 20s before graduating from medical school in 1960. In 1968, he ran for office and ended up spending the next 12 years serving as Progressive Conservative MP for Athabasca.  When his political career ended, he went back to medicine, never finding the time to tend to an earlier passion for art. But once retirement came, the door opened to begin painting. Edmonton Journal, April 17, 2106


Pretty Boys.  Toronto artist Kris Knight paints beautiful androgynous men in a soft pastel palette that’s mixed with patches of greyer hues reminiscent of decay. The Walrus, April 19, 2016


Guy Maddin, Net Artist? Auteur’s Latest “Film” Launches Online.  Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin’s latest project, Seances, launched this past week as an installation at the Tribeca Film Festival—and also, simultaneously, on laptops and devices everywhere, thanks to the National Film Board. Canadian Art, April 20, 2016


News in Brief: Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Cuts, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Awards, Art Gallery of Mississauga Curator Promoted.  Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.  Canadian Art, April 15, 2016

Los Angeles

LA Dealer Douglas Chrismas Fails to Make Court-Ordered Payment of $17.5 Million.  Los Angeles dealer and Ace Gallery founder Douglas Chrismas is back in the spotlight today with the latest development in a highly complicated bankruptcy filing. Now that the dealer has officially lost the keys to his own gallery—after failing to make a court-ordered payment of $17.5 million on April 6 to settle certain debts—dozens of artists and collectors are fighting for the return of works and money they claim are owed to them. Artnet News, April 21, 2016.   [“Ace Gallery director Douglas Chrismas opened his own frame shop and gallery in Vancouver at the age of 17.  He expanded his gallery to Los Angeles in 1967 and then to New York in 1990″].   Ace Gallery website.  See also: Artists Fight to Get Works Back From Ace Gallery. New York Times, April 21, 2016

Wiltshire, UK

Barn Renovation Leads To Discovery Of Important Roman Villa.  It was the urge to avoid playing ping-pong in the dark that led Luke Irwin to make one of Britain’s most extraordinary archaeological discoveries in recent years. Without that compulsion, he might never have found out that he lives on the site of one of the biggest Roman villas ever built in the British Isles.The Guardian, April 16, 2016


Queer British Art show leads Tate 2017 programme. There will be the downfall of Oscar Wilde and his two years in jail, and the ruination of pre-Raphaelite Simeon Solomon who was spurned by his friends after his arrest in a public toilet. But there will also be stories of happiness, community and joy, in a major exhibition the Tate is calling Queer British Art. The Guardian, April 20, 2016


Swiss architecture’s star double act: ‘We’re all about Dinghaftigkeit!‘  “The best Swiss architecture,” says Christoph Gantenbein, “isn’t buildings. It is the tunnels and dams and bridges in the Alps. That’s where it is at its most powerful.” All eyes were on Basel last weekend for the opening of their latest project, a new 100m CHF (£73m) building for the city’s Kunstmuseum, home to the oldest municipal collection of art in the world.  The Guardian, April 19, 2016


Gauguin’s unknown ‘readymade’ brooch is revealed.  An extraordinary brooch made by Paul Gauguin for his wife Mette has gone on display at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. The Art Newspaper is presenting the first photograph of this bizarre creation—crafted from a piece of stovepipe scrap metal, a glass watch-dial case and a lock of hair.  The Art Newspaper, April 19, 2016


Who gets what when artists and galleries split up?  White Cube, the gallery that made its name promoting the work of the Young British Artists, has taken the unusual step of confirming that it severed ties with Marc Quinn, the first artist to collaborate with Jay Jopling, the gallery’s founder, nearly 30 years ago… Even with a consignment deal in place, things can still go wrong. When Yayoi Kusama left Gagosian Gallery in 2012, she asked for all her work to be returned to her within a month. It took nearly a year, according to a source close to the artist. The Art Newspaper, April 19, 2016

Visiting museums like the Louvre is terrible, and there’s no fair solution.  The Louvre’s audience-control issues aren’t unique to that institution; at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, you have to work your way up to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch through the crowds of people clustering around … So what’s to be done?”Washington Post, April 19, 2016


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