Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 28, 2016

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun creates confrontation by canvas at the Museum of Anthropology.  “At no point during his long and impressive career has anyone accused Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun of quietly accepting the status quo. The world-view of this First Nations artist is, like his powerful and distinctive paintings, charged with confrontation, condemnation, and angry humour. Seated in his big Mount Pleasant studio, working on a wire sculpture of a human figure, Yuxweluptun talks to the Georgia Straight about his upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology, and some of the issues embodied within the 40-year survey of his art.”  Georgia Straight, April 27, 2016

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’s imagery speaks across cultures. “At the recent opening of his exhibition The Seriousness of Play, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas spoke eloquently to a packed room. Surrounded by his paintings, prints, and sculptures, he talked about the spaces that exist within and between art forms—and within and between cultures. “ Georgia Straight, April 27, 2016

ArtPic: Borys Tarasenko at Bleeding Heart Art Space.  “Bleeding Heart Art Space, a faith-infused but deliberately non-denominational gallery, took a chance letting 27-year-old Borys Tarasenko — born the son of a Redwater parish priest — exhibit these handmade drawings. Not so much because of subject matter as the fact the show itself includes an open invitation to colour its walls, even supplying the felt pens.” Edmonton Journal, April 27, 2106

Why the ROM’s chief information officer is pushing for a digital museum.  “Mark Keating is the ROM’s first-ever chief information officer, and the person responsible for bringing the museum in line with the open-content ethos that has taken hold of the global museum scene. It won’t happen immediately — five years is the goal — but once it’s done, it will be a very different museum, whether seen from outside, or in.” Toronto Star, April 25, 2016

Moyra Davey Discusses Her Mother Reader, 15 Years On. “With a Toronto lecture coming up May 4 as part of York University’s Joan and Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute exploring “Slowness, Not Sedation,” and a show ongoing at Murray Guy in New York, artist Moyra Davey talks with Leah Sandals about mothering, reading, writing and more.” Canadian Art, April 27, 2106

When Postpartum Depression Becomes Performance Art.  “Part of what Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson does in her performance piece Hospital Hallway, recently enacted at Toronto’s Division Gallery as part of the Images Festival and described in part above—as well as in her installation The Kitchen, on view at Gallery 44 until April 23, also via Images—is represent this phenomenon of postpartum depression, and make it visible.”  Canadian Art, April 21, 2106

Trio of Lawren Harris paintings up for sale at Heffel spring auction.  Three paintings by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris will be up for sale at an upcoming auction.  The Heffel Fine Art Auction House says Harris’s canvas “Laurentian Landscape” is expected to fetch between $1.2 million and $1.6 million. Times Colonist, April 26, 2016

Pablo Picasso’s Vollard Suite exhibited in full at the National Gallery. “It’s been almost 60 years since the National Gallery in Ottawa last exhibited all 100 prints in Pablo Picasso’s Vollard Suite.” Globe & Mail, April 26, 2016

Picasso’s Minotaur bulls through suite of prints on display at National Gallery. “Man & Beast is an exhibit of the Vollard Suite of Prints, which Picasso created during the 1930s as turmoil heaved his personal life and his Spanish homeland, and the world careered towards war. All of that upset is reflected in the 100 etchings and drypoints, which, while they have no defining narrative, do follow an arc of increasing darkness” Ottawa Citizen, April 27, 2016

New York
How Identity Politics Conquered the Art World.  Jerry Saltz and Rachel Corbett collect the testimony and assemble a timeline – with, at its center, the still-notorious 1993 Whitney Biennial. Vulture, April 21, 2016

The National Gallery’s new boss: ‘I can’t deny I am strongly European’.  Raised in Catford but speaking and eating Italian, gallery director Gabriele Finaldi talks Brexit, strikes – and why art collectors have forgotten how to give The Guardian, April 27, 2016

Anish Kapoor says addition to artwork was ‘foisted’ on him by Boris Johnson.  “The Mayor of London insisted on Carsten Höller slide being built around Kapoor’s Olympic Park sculpture to make it more profitable, the artist says.”  The Guardian, April 26, 2016

Jenny Saville: ‘I used to be anti-beauty’ Jenny Saville is known as a painter, but this exhibition (at Gagosian Gallery, London) is of her drawings. It is a “massive” freedom, she says, to work in charcoal and pastel rather than oil paint.  The Guardian, April 26, 2016

Phyllida Barlow: an artistic outsider who has finally come inside.  As recently as 10 years ago, the artist Phyllida Barlow was not selling work and no gallery was collecting it. In the past it was normal for her to leave a sculpture in the street and see what happened, or to break into a disused factory to install something nobody would see.  This week, however, her work can be seen at the gleaming galleries of Hauser & Wirth on London’s Savile Row and at Tate Modern, where it is on display in a dedicated room.  In recent months she has been awarded a CBE, chosen as Britain’s representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale and shortlisted for a major sculpture prize. In October she will exhibit new work in the vast space of Zurich’s Kunsthalle. The Guardian, April 28, 2016

François Pinault to realise long-held ambition of opening Paris museum.  The French billionaire art collector François Pinault announced that he plans to open a new museum in the heart of Paris to show his collection and stage contemporary art shows. The Art Newspaper, April 26, 2016

Exclusive Photos Show Destruction of Nineveh Gates by ISIS.  National Geographic has received exclusive photographs that appear to confirm the destruction of the Mashki and Nergal Gates by the Islamic State (ISIS) at the ancient site of Nineveh in Iraq. (Why does ISIS hate archaeology?) National Geographic, April 19, 2016



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