Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 26, 2016

Vancouver
5 must see installations at the Capture Photography Festival  The third annual Capture Photography Festival returns to Vancouver for the month of April celebrating photography from a roster of both local and international artists. This year, the festival features over 100 free exhibitions, art projects, and events that are all open to the public in order to increase awareness of the cultural importance of photography in all of its forms. “By highlighting new artists and new ways of thinking of about photography we hope to foster creativity and professional development within the photographic art community,” explains Capture Executive Director, Kim Spencer Nairn. “Our goal is to build on Vancouver’s rich history in lens based art by offering a program of new works that are accessible to everyone.” Spread out across the city, we’ve highlighted 5 installations and exhibitions that you should definitely check out before the Capture Photography Festival wraps up at the end of April. Vancity buzz, April 19. 2016 

Victoria
Art gallery to celebrate life of local artist  A resident of Fairfield and Rockland since 1976, James [Gordaneer’s] career spanned almost six decades. He was an alumna of the Doon School of Fine Arts, and was tutored by Jock MacDonald and Karl Schaffer. He is also remembered as a teacher, working in Toronto, and also in Victoria at Camosun College, University of Victoria, and the Victoria College of Art until a mysterious illness put him in a coma in 1992… The Gordaneer family are currently working to set up an art scholarship in his name, and the Victoria Art Gallery will be hosting a public celebration of life and work on August 21. Victoria News, April 26, 2016

Whistler
Arts briefs: Audain Art Museum set to host new exhibit  Starting on June 18 several notable artists will be showcased in Faces and Places: Masterwork from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, featuring work by Emily Carr, Salvador Dali and John Constable to name only a few. The exhibit will be making a three-month visit in Whistler, which is the only stop in the province. It will feature 75 paintings created by world-renowned artists alongside some of the most famous artists in Canadian history.  Whistler Question, April 25, 2016

High River
Museum exhibit honours First Nations tradition A new exhibit at the Museum of the Highwood will be a window into the prehistoric culture and traditions of southern Alberta’s First Nations people and their link to the animals that sustained them. First People: Bones and Stones opens at the museum in High River at the end of April and features the heritage rich site Woman’s Buffalo Jump, which is located two miles northwest of Cayley, Alta. “We want to make the point that southern Alberta is so rich in archaeological sites and pre-history,” explained Irene Kerr, museum curator. “We’re so lucky that we live here. It’s just remarkable.” High River Times, April 25, 2016

Toronto
Looking in on “Outsiders” at AGO Toronto “Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s,” organized by and on exhibit through May 29 at Toronto’s AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) celebrates a group of American photographers and filmmakers who took it upon themselves to show the unseen and the marginalized; to humanize those from whom the majority culture recoiled; and to shine a critical light on mainstream America. Curated by Sophie Hackett, AGO Associate Curator of Photography and Jim Shedden, AGO Manager of Publishing, this is the largest exhibition of photography and film in the AGO’s history. Featured photographers include Gary Winogrand, Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Gordon Parkes, and Danny Lyon, outsiders themselves, whose striking images bring the viewer into intimate contact with subjects the general public might never otherwise associate with. Forbes, April 26, 2016

Halifax
Meet the Atlantic artists longlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award  While one finalist from each region is selected for the shortlist, an Atlantic artist has yet to be awarded the grand prize. But this year, like every year, the Atlantic offers exceptional talent, and last year’s Atlantic finalist Lisa Lipton has been longlisted again, along with four other artists: Halifax’s William Robinson, Jerry Ropson, Ursula Johnson and Jordan Bennett. The Coast, April 21, 2016

Seattle
Prominent Seattle Arts Patron Drastically Cuts Funding of Arts Foundation Seattle philanthropist and art collector Shari D. Behnke announced last month that due to personal reasons she is laying off staff and closing the exhibition space of the New Foundation Seattle come May, reports Jen Graves of The Stranger. Founded by Behnke in 2012, the New Foundation Seattle supports contemporary artists. Led by founding director Yoko Ott, the foundation has provided funding that has increased the number of opportunities for artists. Its contributions to the city’s cultural landscape include the 2014 opening of a gallery space in Pioneer Square, the purchase of works on behalf of Seattle museums, the creation of a new teaching position at the University of Washington’s art school, and this year’s launch of a biennial $100,000 prize for female artists based in the US. Artforum, April 22, 2016

New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art Plans Job Cuts and Restructuring  The last couple of years have been ambitious ones for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Perhaps too ambitious. Now the museum is acknowledging that it may have overreached and is facing a deficit of $10 million this year, which officials said would almost certainly balloon to as much as $40 million if the Met does not change course and scale back. The museum opened its new Met Breuer space in the Whitney’s former building on Madison Avenue, which will cost $17 million each year to run. It selected an architect, David Chipperfield, to design its new $600 million wing for modern and contemporary art And it reached a settlement in part of a long-running legal challenge to its admissions policy, agreeing to call its $25 full-admission charge “suggested” instead of “recommended.” So the museum is changing course. On Thursday, it announced a 24-month financial restructuring that it said was likely to include staff reductions, slower construction of its new wing and reduced programming. The New York Times, April 21, 2016

Salerno
Zaha Hadid’s First Posthumous Project Is Inaugurated in Salerno  Cruise ships regularly disgorge thousands of passengers to visit attractions beyond the docks, but in the case of Salerno, this ancient and gracious Italian city of 133,000 people south of Naples, the first must-see site may soon become the maritime terminal itself, created by the architect Zaha Hadid and inaugurated Monday.On the long approach from the sea, the flowing, horizontal silhouette of this all-concrete structure, bracketed fore and aft by leaning walls, stands out from the heavyset classicized buildings along the waterfront promenade. Thinking of that distant view across water, visualizing the possibilities, Ms. Hadid had scoped out the site from a police boat before finalizing the design that won a 2000 competition. The New York Times, April 26, 2016

Dubai
Art Dubai Announces New Director  Art Dubai announced today that Myrna Ayad is joining its senior management team as director of the fair. Ayad will assume her post on May 1 beginning work on the eleventh edition of the fair. The current director of Art Dubai, Antonia Carver, has been appointed the director of Art Jameel and will now oversee the development of that foundation but will remain on the fair’s board. Born in Beirut in 1977, Myrna Ayad is an critic, editor, and consultant who has been based in the UAE for over thirty years. She has written for publications such as artforum.com, The New York Times, The Art Newspaper, and The National and was previously the editor of Canvas, a magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world. Artforum, April 25, 2016

Mumbai
Modern Painter AA Raiba Dies at Age 94  Abdul Aziz Raiba (also known as AA Raiba), an early member of India’s modern art collective Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG), died on April 15 in Nala Sopara, a northern suburb of Mumbai. He was 94 years old. Respected for his ochre-toned paintings on jute canvas, which portrayed thickly outlined landscapes and voluptuous yet minimal figuration, Raiba worked among influential artists such as MF Hussain, SH Raza and FN Souza. However, unlike his contemporaries, Raiba is relatively unknown in India’s art history due to his early disassociation with the PAG. ArtsAsiaPacific, April 19, 2016

 

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