Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 9, 2016

Muses explored in Picasso exhibit coming to Vancouver Art Gallery The Vancouver Art Gallery explores Picasso, his lovers and his muses in an exhibit that opens next month. Picasso: The Artist and His Muses opens June 11. It follows the career of Spaniard Pablo Picasso, who was famous for his paintings, sculptures, pottery and prints during the 1900s. He was regarded as one of the masters of Modernism. The Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit – which examines the lives and personalities of his lovers and mothers to his children, Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque – starts in early 20th-century Paris. Metronews Vancouver, May 7, 2016

Design Q & A: MOMA’s Paola Antonelli predicts design’s new frontiers  Paola Antonelli, senior curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in the department of architecture and design, swung into the Vancouver Art Gallery last week for a packed talk on the new frontier of design. The creator of shows such as Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design gets animated over good design, “irritants,” and why we’re all going to be increasingly letting the digital realm into our homes. The Vancouver Sun, May 5, 2016

Art installation by Douglas Coupland unveiled at Beltline condo complex  It was four long years ago that Douglas Coupland first envisioned the concept: an eye-catching series of coloured targets on the wall of the lobby of a luxury condominium complex in Calgary’s Design District. Each target would represent something that personified Calgary in some way, whether it be a wild rose, a snowy owl, a bonspiel or hockey. The installation was finally unveiled on Friday, with the renowned Vancouver-based artist and author on hand to talk to media in the lobby of the luxury $100-million condo project. The Calgary Herald, May 7, 2016

Renowned Inuit artist depicts Pangnirtung teen who took his own life  Students at Attagoyuk High School in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, have collaborated with renowned Inuit artist Elisapee Ishulutaq on a mural about a teenage boy’s suicide in 1996. Ishulutaq, now 91, joined forces with Montreal artist Paul Machnik for the project….Ishulutaq has had an artistic career that spans over 45 years and follows the development of the visual arts in Pangnirtung. She began carving and drawing in 1970, and has contributed drawings to both the tapestry studio and print workshop. She is the last living artist who participated in the first print collections, and is still actively involved in the community’s Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts., May 2, 2016

Remai art gallery 90 per cent complete, city says  Saskatoon media were given a tour Friday of the nearly finished Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. The four-floor, multi-purpose art museum is 90 per cent complete, the city says. The building includes a free gallery space, art galleries, a restaurant, a theatre and a space to host events, such as weddings. Construction is expected to be completed this fall with the gallery opening in early 2017. The entire project comes at a price tag of $84.6 million. City council is expected to discuss a funding shortfall on Monday. The shortfall is estimated between $2.5 million to $4.5 million. CTV News, May 6, 2016

From the Titanic to fashion week: Guelph exhibit explores life of Lady Duff Gordon  Before Coco Chanel, the fashion world looked to Lady Lucile Duff Gordon for inspiration. The designer, active in the early 1900s, was known for her revolutionary wide-brimmed hats, her couture dresses and for surviving the maiden voyage of the Titanic. But what most people don’t realize is she grew up in Guelph, Ont….Now the fashionista is the focus of a new exhibit taking over the Guelph Civic Museum. “Growing up in Guelph you had to know how to sew,” said exhibit curator Hugh Brewster. “She parlayed that into one of the largest fashion empires in the world, making herself the foremost couturier of the time.”, May 4, 2016

Windsor native wins GG award for Arts [Marnie] Fleming was nominated by Matthew Hyland, the [Oakville Art] gallery’s director, and Michael Longford, an arts professor at York University. “I thought they were crazy,” she said of their nomination efforts. “When you look back at the people who have received this award for outstanding contributions to Canadian art, they were my heroes, the giants to whom I looked up.” Past winners include Diana Nemiroff, a senior curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Shirley Thomson, director of the National Gallery of Canada and Doris Shadbolt, senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Fleming worked at Museum London and the Vancouver Art Gallery before landing in Oakville in 1991…. Fleming oversaw Oakville’s new direction in programming, she was instrumental in amassing an impressive permanent collection of contemporary art and she published articles at a time when other galleries didn’t. The Windsor Star, May 6, 2016

Santa Monica
Santa Monica Museum Of Art Changes Name To Institute Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Will Move Downtown  The Santa Monica Museum of Art announced today that it will change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The museum also said it has launched capital campaign with a goal of $5 million, to which donors have so far contributed a total of $1.9 million. The museum, which left its home in Bergamont Station last year, will relocate to a new building in Downtown L.A. at 1717 East Seventh Street, a project that will be designed by New York–based architectural practice wHY, led by the firm’s creative director, Kulapat Yantrasast. The building will have 12,700 square feet of space, including 7,000 square feet for exhibitions. It will open in spring 2017. Artnews, May 6, 2016

New York
The rent is too damn high: artists tackle New York’s gentrification problem  Throughout May, the public art project MONTH2MONTH is sending eight lottery-selected participants (and some of their partners) to spend four nights in either “affordable” or “luxury” housing in New York for a project that deals with gentrification in the city. The homes on the “affordable” end of the spectrum are located in the East Village and Bushwick neighbourhoods, while the “luxury” residences are located in Gramercy, Chelsea, lower Manhattan and the Upper West Side. The project has been organised by the artists William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton, and is produced by More Art, the non-profit educational group that focuses on social justice. The Art Newspaper, May 6, 2016

2016 Berlin Biennale Announces Artist List The Berlin Biennale announced its artist list today. Featuring 120 artists, as well as a few more mysteriously listed in a category called “Not in the Berlin Biennale,” this year’s biennial will be curated by the collective DIS and is titled “The Present in Drag.” It will run between June 4 and September 18. Artnews, May 4, 2016

Germany rebuilds historic Cuban ties with flurry of art exhibitions  Now that it has restored diplomatic ties with Cuba, the US has been busy staging exhibitions of the country’s artists. Germany might have been trailing behind, but it is now quickly catching up. The Kunsthalle Rostock is hosting Kuba Libre at (until 19 June) an exhibition of 30 contemporary Cuban artists who have been working on the Caribbean island for the past two decades. The former-GDR city of Rostock on the Baltic Sea is a fitting location for the show as it has close ties to Cuba. Fidel Castro visited Rostock twice and the city’s Kunsthalle was the only exhibition space that East Germany ever built. The Art Newspaper, May 6, 2016


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