Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 11, 2016


Vancouver Art Gallery starts talking tour in Kelowna.  The Vancouver Art Gallery just announced that director Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Paul Wong will kick off a series of talking events throughout province in Kelowna on Thursday (May 12).  Wong, who was awarded the 2016 Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts from the VAG last month, will join Bartels at community receptions in partnership with other arts organizations to discuss “the importance of arts and culture in BC, plans for a new gallery space in Vancouver, as well as how a creative economy enriches communities and improve quality of life,  Georgia Straight, May 10, 2016

The Original Art of Layering.  A century ago, artists Picasso and Braque began experimenting with collage. Instead of sketching each element onto their canvases, the pair added actual pieces of newspaper and wallpaper, taking the real world and integrating it into their art. “It changes the picture plane, it changes ideas about realism, it changes everything,” explains Bruce Grenville, co-curator of MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, an exhibition tracing the art movement now known as “mashup”: think collage, assemblage, remix, or montage.  S/Style Magazine, May 10, 2016

DTES art gallery fundraising for survival with new exhibition.  Gallery Gachet has launched an exhibition fundraiser to tide them over while they find new longer-term sources of support.  The art gallery largely for people with mental health challenges is struggling to find new funding after Vancouver Coastal Health cancelled theirs earlier this year. CBC News, May 10, 2016

Japanese tattoo artists bring their traditional art form to Vancouver  Horimitsu and Horinao, two tattoo artists from Japan, will be at an exhibition of their paintings, sketches and photographs on Thursday atThe Beaumont.  As well, Horimitsu will be giving a live demonstration of the art of tebori —  the traditional tattooing technique of hand-poking.  The tour culminates in Toronto when the two tattoo artists will be part of the Royal Ontario Museum’s exhibition on tattoos. Vancouver Sun, May 9, 2016

Remembering a celebrated Port Moody artist.  Internationally acclaimed artist Kwi Am Choi lived and painted in Port Moody and was actively involved in the local arts scene before he died in a tragic hiking accident on a North Shore mountain in 2006.  Now, a retrospective tribute to the Korean-born artist — entitled Finding Harmony: A Reflection on a Lifetime of Observation Through Kwi Am Choi — is at the Port Moody Arts Centre, until June 2.  Tri-City News, May 9, 2016


Inside Marvin Luvualu Antonio’s Lab-Like Studio. Marvin Luvualu Antonio’s studio is a large, sunlit space off Toronto’s busy (and busily changing) Dupont Street. He shares the space with his partner, and two particularly pretty cats. There are stacks of books, plants, cinderblocks and odd bits and pieces scattered around: some neon-orange mesh construction fencing, pictures taped on walls, bits of foam and plastic. Canadian Art, May 9, 2016

Julian Barnes: There’s No Right Response to a Painting.  On May 31, Julian Barnes will speak about art and art criticism at a sold-out event in Toronto organized by Canadian Art. David Balzer interviews Barnes about the problems of blockbuster shows, the limitations of didactic panels and the joys of learning to trust one’s own instincts about art. Canadian Art, May 10, 2016

When a Private Trans Archive Becomes Public Art.  St. Patrick subway station in Toronto can be an alternately jittery and sleep-inducing place on most weekday mornings.  This month, there are some occupants of St. Patrick station who project a different manner altogether—one that is by turns festive and regal, sophisticated and silly, tentative and vulnerable Canadian Art, May 5, 2016

Cripping the Arts: It’s About Time.  It could be said that we are living in a time of unparalleled interest in what is often referred to loosely as disability arts.  This interest is coupled with a noticeable surge in policy and funding initiatives—see the Canada Council’s and Ontario Arts Council’s recent launches of disability arts projects—as well as institutional and media attention.  Canadian Art, May 5, 2016


The Art Bank acquires 7 works of contemporary Indigenous art.  In its first major acquisition in more than two years, the Canada Council Art Bank has acquired seven works by leading Indigenous artists in Canada. “We are delighted these pieces will be part of the Art Bank’s collection and made available to Canadians through our rental and outreach programs as well as our website,” said Tara Lapointe, director outreach and business development at Canada Council. Ottawa Citizen, May 6, 2016


$7.25 million settlement in Rodin Museum fall.  An engineer who sued after he nearly died more than three years ago, when he fell 38 feet through a glass ceiling at the Rodin Museum, has reached a $7.25 million settlement with the defendants, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the museum’s security company, lawyers for the man said Tuesday.  The Inquirer (Philadelphia), May 11, 2016

New York

Garboesque sculptor Marisol received more press than Warhol.  Marisol, a Venezuelan-American artist who fused pop art imagery and folk art in assemblages and sculptures that, together with her mysterious, Garboesque persona, made her one of the most compelling artists on the New York scene in the 1960s, died on April 30 in Manhattan. She was 85. The cause was pneumonia, Julia M. Ruthizer, her executor, said.  Globe & Mail, May 8, 2016. See also: Refocusing on Marisol’s Ingenuity as a Sculptor and Draughtswoman  Hyperallergic, May 8, 2016

 New record for a Basquiat painting set at Christie’s auction.  A monumental self-portrait by Jean-Michael Basquiat set a world auction record for the artist at $57.3 million US Tuesday evening at a Christie’s contemporary art sale.  CBC News, May 11, 2016

São Paulo

Lease of life: a hidden gem of Brazilian modernism reopens as an art gallery.  Originally designed in the late 1950s, the Castor Delgado Perez Residence in São Paulo’s Jardim Europa district is one of the most significant works of Brazilian modernist architect Rino Levi (1901-1965). After many years of neglect, the expansive villa has now been restored by Piratininga Arquitetos Associados and opened its doors as the Luciana Brito Gallery’s new gallery.   Wallpaper, May 10, 2016. 

The Hague

La Bella Principessa: still an enigma  With his memoir,  A Forger’s Tale, Shaun Greenhalgh opened a new chapter in the drama of La Bella Principessa, a controversial drawing that has prompted headlines worldwide since being recognised by a handful of experts as a work by Leonardo da Vinci in 2010. Greenhalgh claims he is the author of this drawing… Perhaps more concerning to Martin Kemp, the emeritus research professor in the history of art at Oxford University, and Pascal Cotte, the scientist whose imaging techniques have supported Kemp’s attribution of the work as by the Renaissance master, is a recent article in the Institute for Historical Research’s journal Artibus et Historiae by Polish, British-based art expert Kasia Pisarek, which disputes their attribution. Both Cotte and Kemp have recently written retorts to their doubters. Meanwhile, Kemp will deliver a paper on the drawing at the Authentication in Art Congress in The Hague on 12 May.   The Art Newspaper, May 2016



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