Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 16, 2016

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun evokes a spectrum of emotions with ‘Unceded Territories’ A collection of his work is currently on display at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology in a new show called “Unceded Territories.” It’s the first time Yuxweluptun’s work has been displayed at the museum — an institution he has long referred to as “the morgue.” “[The Museum of Anthropology] is a colonial measurement of the destruction of somebody else’s culture,” he said. “I think that I am painting destruction. What better place to bring it to?”, May 10, 2016

Obituary: Noboru Sawai, printmaker (1931-2016) It is with deepest sorrow that we mourn the passing of Canadian artist Noboru Sawai on April 23, 2016 at the age of 85. Noboru was born in Takamatsu, Japan… In 1971 he joined the University of Calgary Art Department, where he taught printmaking and drawing for the next 22 years until he retired. Noboru also established a printmaking studio in Vancouver where he worked to develop his technique of combining the Japanese method of woodcut printmaking with the intaglio techniques of printing from etched copper plates. He was internationally known for making erotic art, using imagery from diverse time periods, traditions, and cultures… He taught woodblock techniques to the Inuit in Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung and Baker Lake, and his work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and competitions, and is in major public and private collections across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The Province, April 30, 2016

New Vancouver resident living with quadriplegia takes back his life through art  After nearly six years of living with quadriplegia from a spinal cord injury, Omar Al-azawi is finally beginning to get his life back on track. The 23-year-old moved to Canada from Iraq seven months ago with his mother and brother, and thanks to the support at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, he’s discovered the therapeutic and expressive benefits of painting. The Georgia Straight, May 13, 2016

Lyse Lemieux: A Girl’s Gotta Do What a Girl’s Gotta Do shapes new meaning from the ovoid  Much of the strength of Lyse Lemieux’s exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery lies in the existential power of the black ovoid…. In the past, although on a much smaller scale, Lemieux has often employed lopsided ovals to suggest either human heads or bodies, part of an experimental drawing practice that dodges between abstraction and figuration. At the Richmond Art Gallery until July 3. The Georgia Straight, May 12, 2016

MIA’s Marvellous Creatures travels to Aga Khan Museum in Toronto Following its success at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha in 2015, the internationally acclaimed exhibition Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art has launched in Toronto, Canada, and will be on show at the Aga Khan Museum till September 11, 2016. The exhibition, developed and produced originally in Qatar by the Museum of Islamic Art, focuses on the real and mythical animals that appear in the legends, tales, and fables of the Islamic world. The Marvellous Creatures exhibition has been expanded in Toronto, and includes additional works from the Aga Khan Museum Collection, loans from international private and public institutions, and a contemporary installation by Lebanese artist Mohamad-Said Baalbaki. The Peninsula Qatar, May 11, 2016

7 Must-See Projects at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival  The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival turns 20 this year. Exhibitions, public installations and more run across Toronto to the end of the month, in some cases with extended runs through late spring and summer. Here, our editors’ picks. Canadian Art, May 12, 2016

Le Musée d’art contemporain sera transformé  Mélanie Joly semble avoir pesé de tout son poids pour permettre de débloquer 18,85 millions. Membre du C[onseil] d’A[dministration] du MAC de 2006 et 2013, elle a affirmé avoir mené une « bataille » pour changer, au cours de l’hiver dernier, les critères d’admissibilité au Fonds Chantier Canada… Un concours d’architecture sera lancé dans les prochains mois pour transformer le MAC, accompagné d’une consultation publique. Le début des travaux est prévu à l’automne 2018 et une inauguration du « nouveau MAC » deux ans plus tard. La Presse, May 14, 2016

Bloomington, Indiana
Indiana University Art Museum Receives $15 M. Gift and 100 Works on Paper, Renames Itself  The Indiana University Art Museum announced today that it has received a gift of $15 million and collection of 100 works on paper from philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi. The museum will henceforth adopt the names of its donors in recognition of the gift, the largest one the institution has received since its founding in 1941. The IU Art Museum will also receive a further $20 million thanks to a university match program. These combined funds will be used to help renovate the museum’s building, which was originally designed in 1982 by I. M. Pei, the Chinese architect responsible for the Pyramid at the Louvre. The museum is also planning a renovation, set to be completed in 2020. Artnews, May 11, 2016

The four major challenges that await the British Museum’s new director  Hartwig Fischer, who took over last month as director of the British Museum, will find that Neil MacGregor is a hard act to follow. During his 13-year tenure, MacGregor’s global vision and outstanding communication skills raised the museum’s international profile and made antiquities relevant to a new generation. But no director can be a master of all arts. There is plenty to be done at the UK’s largest and most popular museum, which drew a record 6.8 million visitors last year. Here are four of the most pressing issues Fischer is facing. The Art Newspaper, May 11, 2016

Cholet, France
François Morellet, French Abstract Artist, Dies at 90 François Morellet, a French painter and sculptor whose use of unorthodox materials like neon lights, sticky tape and metal rods left a distinctive mark on postwar abstract art, died on Tuesday at his home in Cholet, France…. in 2011, the Pompidou Center in Paris held a retrospective of his work, including installations begun in the 1970s for which Mr. Morellet stuck adhesive tape along white walls, covering doors and radiators. Exhibitions marking his 90th birthday opened last month at the Mayor Gallery and Annely Juda Fine Art in London and at the Dan Galeria in São Paulo, Brazil. The New York Times, May 13, 2016

Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, Preserving Mementos of a Protest Movement  For the past year, nearly 400 objects and over a thousand posters have been crammed in a 400-square-foot office space here — artistic remnants of the Umbrella Movement, the pro-democracy protests that shook Hong Kong for more than two months in 2014. During those weeks, major thoroughfares turned into colorful and immersive public art exhibitions, as protest sites bloomed with sculptures, installations, banners and other emblems of dissent. The question now is, what is to become of it all? The New York Times, May 13, 2016


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