Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 5, 2016


Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, the indigenous history painter of modern life. Just who does Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun think he is?  He’s blunt and direct in ways we don’t often associate with indigenous people — or at least with those quoted in the media. As an artist, he doesn’t have to speak in coded terms like a politician; he can speak truths many people would rather not hear. Vancouver sun, May 4, 2016

What’s On: Cori Creed, David Sedaris, Readymades, Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, and more.  Cori Creed: At Water’s Edge at Bau Xi Gallery, Readymades at Gordon Smitth GalleryVancouver Sun, May 4, 2016

Hot Ticket: Emily Carr University’s The Show.  Now in its 91st year, Emily Carr University’s Grad show is the culmination of years of hard work and a coming-out party for emerging artists; for show-goers, it’s a chance to check out works by art and design up-and-comers, and to rub elbows with the students and fellow art lovers who put the opening high on their social calendar. Globe & Mail, May 4, 2016

Heritage BC and Arts BC collaborate on placemaking conference.  Heritage BC and Arts BC have joined forces for PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide, bringing leaders in arts, culture, and heritage from across the province together for speakers, workshops, tours, networking, and special events.  Georgia Straight, May 3, 2016


First Nation artist carves giant plaque for plane terminal.  A First Nations artwork carved from 500-year-old wood is the new centrepiece at a seaplane terminal at the Inner Harbour. Kwakiutl carver Richard Hunt, one of Canada’s leading aboriginal artists, created the seven-by-10 foot wall plaque. The red cedar artwork will be unveiled tonight at the floating terminal. The facility, servicing Harbour Air and Kenmore Air passengers, opened on April 4. Times Colonist, May 5, 2016


I Was 3-D Scanned by Douglas Coupland. Now I Have the Ultimate Anti-Selfie.  Douglas Coupland was preparing to greet Mississauga shoppers, who were lining up to be 3-D printed for his latest project, 3DCanada. 3DCanada is classic crowdsourcing. Coupland makes scheduled appearances at Simons locations across the country and spends a day or two at each store scanning the masses.  Canadian Art, May 5, 2016


Once Upon A City: Guild Inn an artists’ muse that still inspires. Rosa and Spencer Clark returned to Toronto with the idea of creating a crafts cooperative similar to Roycroft, an artist’s colony they had visited in New York State in 1932, while on their honeymoon.  They renamed their property the Guild of All Arts which would eventually become known as the Guild Inn. Over the years, dozens of artists and craftspeople created at the Guild and/or visited, including the Group of Seven’s A.J. Casson, master cabinetmaker Herman Reidl, sculptors Siggy Puchta, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, Francis Gage and others. The Clarks also commissioned and acquired sculptures for display on the grounds including pieces from notable artists like Sorel Etrog, Emmanuel Hahn, Francis Loring, E.B. White, Florence Wyle.  s. Toronto Star, May 4, 2016


45 Artists Named for Ambitious Biennale de Montréal.  Can Montreal become home to “one of the most influential contemporary art biennials on the planet”?  John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, hopes so.  Canadian Art, May 3, 2016

Los Angeles

All that’s Gehrish. In the past, clients told architects what they wanted built. But today, because they believe that starchitects like Gehry will boost their profits or bestow cultural cachet, even the most powerful and influential developers, civic institutions, and foundations are eager to buy his brand and his plans. But it was the architect’s own house, the shack that became a shrine, that launched him to stardom and brought acolytes like the Wintons and Lewis to his doorstep.” New Criterion, May 2016

New York

One Frieze Artist’s Special Relationship With His RetainersFor the artist David Horvitz’s much anticipated commissioned work at this year’s Frieze New York, a professional pickpocket will work in reverse, secretly depositing mini sculptures into fairgoers’ pockets and bags. Here, Horvitz reflects on the art of giving things away, as art — and perhaps his oldest personal object: his orthodontics. The New York Times, May 4, 2016

When high art meets hard labour: Activists protest against Guggenheim Abu Dhabi plans.  Last Wednesday night, the front of the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York erupted into a gigantic billboard. It was a light projection from a truck at ground level, a fairly common art technique these days, but it had nothing to do with art shown at the museum. In fact, it was unauthorized by anyone connected with the Guggenheim and not at all pleasing to its directors. National Post, May 2, 2016

 Sao Paulo

São Paulo Biennial Releases Artist List for 2016 Edition.  The thirty-second edition of the São Paulo biennial has released a list of its participating artists. Curated by Jochen Volz, the festival will also feature the contributions of co­curators Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen, and Sofía Olascoaga, and will center on notions of “uncertainty” and “entropy.” Artforum, May 4, 2016


Fire at Rosemarie Trockel’s House Ruins $34 Million Worth of Art.  A fire at the home of the German artist Rosemarie Trockel in Cologne’s upscale Hahnwald district on Monday afternoon destroyed, or significantly affected, around €30 million ($34.5 million) worth of art.  Artnet News, May 4, 2016


Art Collectors Are Fleeing Geneva’s Scandal-Plagued Free Port. Art collectors have begun to pull their paintings and sculptures out of Geneva’s secretive free port storage facility as the site once again finds itself under scrutiny following the identification of a $20 million Amedeo Modigliani painting in its tax-free vaults that was allegedly stolen by the Nazis.” Bloomberg, April 29, 2016




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