Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 10, 2016

Tech millionaire steps in to save historic Friedman house  It’s a rare event when a historically important house on Vancouver’s west side is saved from the bulldozer, but this past week, it happened. In response to a recent Globe story, an Ottawa buyer has purchased the mid-century modern Friedman House at 4916 Chancellor Blvd., and intends to live in it. Cody Fauser, 37 and wife Maria Urbina-Fauser, 38, have a seven-year-old son, Simón, with another child on the way. They bought the house without setting foot in it. They found out about the Friedman house when a friend posted the Globe story to their Facebook page. The Globe and Mail, May 10, 2016

B.C. should be renamed to reflect indigenous ownership, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun says British Columbia needs to change its name to recognize the need for a new relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people according to artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. He’s even come up with a few suggestions: Northwest Coast Territory or Traditional Native Territories. Yuxweluptun wants a name change to help make people recognize that most of B.C. is on unceded land that indigenous people have never surrendered by treaty. He’d like to see people vote in a referendum on a new name to replace British Columbia. Vancouver Sun blog, May 6, 2016

Digitizing Gayblevision programs recovers gay and lesbian histories from the 1980s Canada’s first gay and lesbian television program had a memorable name: it was called Gayblevision…It was on the air from 1980 to 1986 (including its successor program Pacific Wave). Made by volunteers for West End Cable 10, it was a community program with a difference: at a time when it was rare for lesbians and gays to reveal their identities, Gayblevision put a human face to the gay movement….The videotapes have been donated to VIVO Media Arts Centre which is digitizing the archive. VIVO plans to have the whole archive online Wednesday, June 1 at Vancouver Sun blog, May 9, 2016

With 3D printing, artists enter a new dimension  Later this month, the two institutions [the National Gallery of Canada and Ryerson Image Centre], each one a bellwether of artistic credibility, will announce that they’ve chosen one artist each to receive $50,000 to make an artwork using 3D printing technology. It is, unarguably, a leap of faith. 3D printing is a practical revolution, to be sure, scanning and spitting out everything from novelty items to medical models to wearable synthetic clothing to product prototypes to architectural models. But art? That remains to be seen. The Toronto Star, May 9, 2016

AGO tour is a diversion and equalizer for dementia sufferers, caregivers What was most noticeable during the recent tour, held monthly and organized with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, was how much it felt like any other museum talk. The tone was gentler and only a handful of works were discussed in the course of an hour. Yet it felt only subtly tailored to the needs of this audience, and that’s the whole point. It’s an approach that was developed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, which has run a program since 2007. It has since been adapted by museums such as the AGO, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and others, part of a growing international movement to expand museum access. The Globe and Mail, May 6, 2016

Fondateurs de la modernité Entre le Bauhaus, école d’architecture et de design qui a jeté les bases du modernisme, et le MBAM de 2016, plus d’un épisode s’échelonne. À celui des Alfred H. Barr et Philip Johnson cités dans le titre succèdent ceux du MoMA de New York, de la passionnée de design Liliane M. Stewart, du Musée des arts décoratifs qu’elle a fondé, de la collection du MBAM et, enfin, du Programme Liliane et David M. Stewart pour le design moderne, l’entité qui a conçu l’expo. Partenaires en design est le dernier projet entrepris par Liliane M. Stewart, décédée en 2014. Il réunit 70 objets, autant du mobilier que de la vaisselle, ainsi que des textiles et des machines. Parmi les gros morceaux figure la cuisinière Electrochef (1930), de Warren Noble et Emil Piron, dont les éléments, notamment le four, semblent en flottaison. Partenaires en design : Alfred H. Barr, Jr. et Philip Johnson. Au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal jusqu’au 21 août. Le Devoir, May 7, 2016

Pier 21’s first artist in residence pays tribute to Canada’s Titanic  [Kyle] Jackson has been named the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s first artist in residence and he’s just begun a six-month journey alongside the museum’s visitors. They won’t just be watching him work — they’ll be rolling up their sleeves and helping. To Those Still At Sea will be a large-scale silhouette sculptural painting made from 600 interchangeable panels — each one a miniature painting — so Jackson expects the piece to change significantly as the months go on. Visitors can offer critique, help him work on the panels as he goes along or add something to a canvas that’s already painted. The Chronicle Herald, May 7, 2016

New York
Cooper Hewitt announces 2016 national design award winners Canadians Moshe Safdie, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Bruce Mau are among the eleven winners., May 9, 2016

Sotheby’s Notches New Rodin Record At Otherwise Mixed $144.5 M. Imp-Mod Sale  Despite a new record for a work at auction by Auguste Rodin—L’Eternel Printemps (1901–3), which went for $20.4 million after competitive action from multiple bidders—Sotheby’s did not pull off an absolute victory at its Impressionist and modern evening sale in New York on Monday night. The $144.5 million total was far below the low estimate of $164.8 million, and a slew of unsold lots—there were 21 passes in total, out of 62 lots on offer—left the final sell-through rate at a low 66 percent. Artnews, May 9, 2016

Zaha Hadid Show in Venice Will Celebrate Architect’s Career  An impromptu retrospective of the work of the Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid will open in Venice this month during the city’s Architecture Biennale. It will be the first Hadid exhibition since her death on March 31 at age 65. The 10-room exhibition, which will run from May 26 to Nov. 27 at the Palazzo Franchetti, is financed by the Fondazione Berengo, a Venetian foundation that promotes the art of glass making. The show will offer an overview of 35 years of Ms. Hadid’s career, from unrealized early projects — including a 1985 plan to transform Trafalgar Square in London — to works in progress, such as a port headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, that is to open in September and a residential building on the High Line in New York that is due to be finished early next year. The New York Times, May 9, 2016

The Lost Frescoes of Rajasthan There are over 2,000 buildings, most of them havelis, covered inside and out with frescoes that depict scenes from battle, myth, the ancestries of their owners and the coming of the Europeans. The havelis are mostly empty now, and their desolation, combined with their scale and opulence, produces a feeling of wonder….The artists — artisans, really — who created them took as their subjects everything from the lives of the gods to the arrival of the Europeans. As with everywhere in Rajasthan, there is that extraordinary use of color — blue, especially… The New York Times, May 9, 2016

Japanese vagina kayak artist found guilty of obscenity  A Japanese artist who made a kayak modelled on her vagina has been found guilty of breaking the country’s obscenity laws, in a case that has invited widespread ridicule of attitudes towards images of female genitalia. Megumi Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – or good-for-nothing girl – was arrested in July 2014 after she distributed data that enabled recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina. The 44-year-old was fined 400,000 yen (£2,575), half the penalty demanded by prosecutors, at the Tokyo district court on Monday after she was convicted of distributing “obscene” images. She was cleared of another charge of displaying similar material. The Guardian, May 9, 2016


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