Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 24, 2016

Picasso classics coming to Vancouver Art Gallery  Over 60 classics from Spanish artist Pablo Picasso are coming to Vancouver. The pieces, which include works such as “Claude et Paloma” and “Femme au chapeau,” will form part of PICASSO: The Artist and his Muses, a new exhibition which will run at the Vancouver Art Gallery from June 11 until October 2. Undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of the last century, the exhibition gathers together works inspired by the six most influential women in Picasso’s life, giving the audience an original and deeply human perspective on the life of a creative genius. “This exhibition, in its theme and its scale, has had no precedent in Vancouver and is rarely seen on the world stage,” said Guo Qingliang, chief curator of the Wanda Group of Dalian, China, which contributed two pieces to the exhibition. Vancity buzz, May 20, 2016

Know who the Group of Seven is? The group’s work is among fine Canadian art up for auction in Vancouver  Some of Canada’s best artists are on display at Vancouver’s Heffel Auction House with a collection including Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, Alex Colville and the Group of Seven going up for auction on May 25. David Heffel, who owns the gallery, believes Canadian art is gaining momentum not just at home but around the world. Opening bids for Lawren Harris’s painting Laurentian Landscape are expected to start at between $1.2 and $1.6 million. (CBC) “Overall I think Canadians are pretty modest about our visual artists but when we start showing our colours is when the international market starts recognizing the depth of talent here in the country,” he said. In Vancouver however, it proved challenging on Sunday to find locals who know what the Group of Seven is., May 23, 2016

Simon Denny in huge Canadian art exhibition  The Vancouver Art Gallery’s “MashUp. The Birth of Modern Culture” is a monumental exhibition tracing the development of art over the past 100 years. But this is not a usual chronological history of art as there are almost no paintings in the show. The exhibition is really about how, over the last 100 years starting with the development of collage and the readymade, there has been the development of art forms that make use of the mechanical techniques of production and reproduction and allied to that the increasing notion of appropriation. National Business Review, May 20, 2016

Calgary artist given uncommon canvas at Inglewood construction site  They’re temporary walls designed to keep people out of construction sites. But for a local artist, a stretch of hoarding boards in Inglewood have become a canvas to tell the storied neighbourhood’s history… Jim Hill, the owner of the building site on 9 Ave. and 9. St. S.E. has always had a part of his heart on supporting art. So he commissioned Daniel J Kirk, a local artist for the Blank Page Studio in Hillhurst, to do whatever he wanted with the boards. The Calgary Sun, May 23, 2016

Chromatic Train Connects Montreal and Toronto’s Art Scene  Set to debut for the first time in Toronto on May 27, the Chromatic Art Festival has been a mainstay in Montreal for the last seven years. To celebrate the Montreal art scene’s trip south, a special train has launched that keeps the party on the move complete with an art installation, DJs, live music and drinks to liven up the well worn trip between the two Canadian hubs., May 20, 2016

Arctic art has changed, gallery owner says  Mark London grew up in the Elca London Gallery, of which he has been director for the past 25 years…. the gallery hopped from quarters on Lucerne Road to Sherbrooke at Guy streets, then, after his mother passed away in 1991, down the street to the Alcan building, and finally to its present location in Old Montreal at 224 St. Paul St. W. Through the years, the ever-appealing Inuit art took over from Canadian and American painters. Though Inuit sculptures have remained more traditional, the new generation of artists up north in the legendary Cape Dorset printmaking collective is turning away from the familiar images. There are few mythological birds and scenes of the old way of life that were popular since the 1959 inception of the annual Cape Dorset collection. Canadian Jewish News, May 16, 2016

Courtauld Institute announces £50m revamp  The Courtauld Institute of Art in London has launched a £50m redevelopment programme celebrating its founder’s vision that “art is and must be for all”. The specialist art history and conservation institute, the UK’s smallest university, has secured funding towards the first phase of Courtauld Connects, a plan to overhaul the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, digitise more than a million images from the photographic collections and forge educational partnerships in the UK’s regions. Initial funding includes a £9.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £9m from the Courtauld donors. The Art Newspaper, May 24, 2016

Olafur Eliasson Envisions a Spectacle in Versailles For his next installation, Mr. Eliasson has turned to the Château de Versailles outside of Paris and its majestic gardens. The 49-year-old Mr. Eliasson, who was born in Denmark to Icelandic parents, is the 10th contemporary artist invited to create a site-specific exhibition on the 17th-century palace since 2008. “At Versailles, people tend to think only about King Louis XIV, but it is actually the ground from which our modern idea of democracy grew — ideas of unity, freedom of speech, freedom of thinking,” Mr. Eliasson said over coffee in his studio in Copenhagen this week. The New York Times, May 20, 2016

Art Basel Announces 2016 Parcours Sector Artworks  Art Basel in Basel has announced that the 2016 edition of its Parcours sector will feature 19 site-specific artworks installed around Münsterhügel, the heart of Basel’s old town, inhabiting locations including the chapel of the city’s cathedral, the Münsterplatz square, the Museum of Culture, an underground tunnel below the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, and other sites along the river Rhine….This year’s Parcours includes works by: TRISHA BAGA, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Andrew Dadson, Michael Dean, Jim Dine, Sam Durant, Alberto Garutti, Alfredo Jaar, Hans Josephsohn, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Eva Koťátková, Allan McCollum, Iván Navarro, Virginia Overton, Tabor Robak, Tracey Rose, Bernar Venet, MICHAEL WANG, and Lawrence Weiner. Blouin Artinfo, May 20, 2016

Six Not-to-Miss Shows at the Venice Architecture Biennale The architect Alejandro Aravena, the surprise winner of this year’s Pritzker prize…wants to pull architectural focus away from starry prestige projects and attention-grabbing landmark buildings. Under Aravena’s direction, this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale will focus on architecture that addresses actual — and often urgent — daily human needs. He views the advancement of architecture not as “a goal in itself but a way to improve people’s quality of life.” The New York Times T Magazine, May 23, 2016

A Banksy Art Show Opens in Rome  For more than two decades, the British street artist Banksy has covertly — and often illicitly — stenciled his often politically tinged statements on the walls of structures worldwide, shielded by anonymity. Now the tables have turned, perhaps, with the opening on Tuesday in Rome of “War Capitalism & Liberty,” a survey of Banksy’s art at the Palazzo Cipolla that its organizers describe as unauthorized by the artist. The New York Times, May 24, 2016

China’s rising young stars shine in a man’s world  The generation of artists born in the 1980s are increasingly claiming a place in the Chinese art world, garnering recognition for their more international bent, digital engagement and diversity of styles. But like the previous generation, they are predominantly male. Only a small, but significant, core of China’s rising stars are women. They include Lu Yang, whose video Wrathful King Kong Core featured in the China Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Her contemporaries include the installation artists Guan Xiao, Miao Ying, Geng Yini and Ye Funa. The Art Newspaper, May 24, 2016


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