Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 8, 2016

Vancouver

$28-million Picasso loaned to Vancouver Art Gallery for exhibition. One of the most expensive works of art ever shown in Vancouver has been loaned to the Vancouver Art Gallery for its exhibition on Pablo Picasso. China’s Wanda Group purchased Claude et Paloma for $28.2 million US including fees at Christie’s November auction in 2013. The oil on canvas work depicts two of Picasso’s children born as a result of his long-term relationship with François Gilot.   Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2016

Can you separate a problematic artist from his art?  Next week, the Vancouver Art Gallery opens the exhibition Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, which explores the significance of six women in his art and life. I haven’t seen the show yet, but I do know that Picasso’s treatment of his many women was appalling. And yet his art remains a tremendous draw.  Because, of course, it is tremendous.   Globe & Mail, June 3, 2016

Winlaw, B.C.

B.C. artist casts buttons, everyday objects in bronze and glass. When artist and sculptor Lou Lynn became interested in using buttons in her art, her research took her all the way to a national conference on buttons where she heard lectures devoted to topics as niche as “Czechoslovakian black glass buttons.” CBC News, June 6, 2016

 Ottawa

A landmark exhibition for artist Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le BrunElisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, a landmark exhibition that opens at the National Gallery of Canada next week—where it was co-curated by the gallery’s deputy director, Paul Lang— gives viewers the opportunity to see the artist in a new light.  Maclean’s, June 5, 2016

Ottawa Art Gallery’s fundraising Le Party expected to grow into new digs.  Like so much else at the Ottawa Art Gallery, its biggest annual party is growing into something even more grand.  The celebration and silent-auction art fundraiser, held under the banner of “Le Party,” begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and when it’s over it won’t be seen again — at least not in its current and familiar form.  Le Party has been held for 20 years in the OAG’s home in Arts Court, but sometime next year the gallery will move into the new buildings now under construction next door.  Ottawa Citizen, June 6, 2016

Toronto

Of Panama Papers and Poetry: Jacob Wren on Rich and Poor.  Performance artist and writer Jacob Wren’s new novel Rich and Poor (BookThug) is a story about deception, betrayal, coercion, luck, friendship and violence. It is a story of a pianist who envisions an economic collapse and revolution with the death of at least 10 billionaires. His mind is set on one in particular, and the pianist sets off in hopeful pursuit that this deed will be followed by others committed to the cause.  In this conversation, Wren talks about capitalism, activism, art, the Panama Papers and the role of humour in helping us deal with it all.  Canadian Art, June 6, 2016

Fredericton

Michael de Adder exhibition now on display at Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The works of editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder are on display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton.  The exhibition, called Drawing Conclusions, features 400 of de Adder’s drawings. He is working as an artist in residence, and will be working to deadline at the gallery.  Global News, June 6, 2016

Halifax

Mitch Mitchell Turns Family Secrets into Art.  Mitch Mitchell is an artist, but also an alchemist. At heart, he is a maker of objects, imbued with quiet, yet epic histories. His recent solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, curated by Sarah Fillmore, was visually engrossing: inky black, fiery amber and charcoal-tinged. It felt both monumental and intimate.  Canadian Art, June 7, 2016

Canada

News in Brief: Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba’s New Director, Gardiner Prize Shortlist, Fogo Island Partners with Germany.  The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba announced yesterday that John G. Hampton has been hired as the institution’s executive director. Hampton previously worked as the artistic director of Trinity Square Video in Toronto, and as the Aboriginal Curator in Residence at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.  Other news includes: The Gardiner Prize shortlist was announced and Lee Henderson was awarded the $5,000 Gattuso Prize for an outstanding exhibition at Contact Photography Festival.  Canadian Art, June 3, 2016

San Francisco

The SFMOMA effect: How the culture cluster around the renovated museum reflects the transformation of a San Francisco neighborhood.  SFMOMA, at 3rd and Howard streets since 1995, reopened in mid-May after a three-year, $305-million renovation and expansion. Surrounding it is a restaurant-rich neighborhood with a W Hotel, the tony St. Regis and a new branch of the blue-chip Gagosian Gallery.  Like the rest of San Francisco, a lot has changed in South of Market — or SoMA, as it’s come to be known. Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2016

Buffalo

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Selects OMA for Expansion Plans.  Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery has selected architecture firm OMA and its principal, Shohei Shigematsu, to revamp and expand its famous grounds. This will be the museum’s first major expansion in over fifty years.  Throughout the next year, OMA will work with the museum and consult the local community regarding the best ways to go forward on this $80 million project—the largest undertaking on record for a cultural institution in Western New York. Artforum, June 7, 2016

New York

A Truly Great Artist.  At once compassionate and angry, empathetic and satirical, tender and tough, Nicole Eisenman is a storyteller, portraitist, social chronicler, allegorist, fantasist, utopian dreamer and history painter, to name just a handful of her many artistic identities. Few of her contemporaries embrace these genre possibilities with as much conviction as she does.  All that and much else come across in the two exhibitions currently on view: Nicole Eisenman: Al-ugh-gories at the New Museum (May 4 – June 26, 2016) and Nicole Eisenman: Magnificent Delusion at Anton Kern (May 19 – June 25, 2016). Hyperallergic, June 7, 2016

International

Out of Harm’s Way.  Tiffany Jenkins is “unconvinced that museums have any real power either to atone for past sins or to address social ills. She notes, quite rightly, that the experiences we have in museums are personal, emotional, and unruly.”The Weekly Standard, June 13 issue, 2016

The architects who want to build housing for the millions The image chosen to represent Reporting from the Front, the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, is a photograph of an elderly archaeologist named Maria Reiche in a housedress standing atop a steel ladder. She is looking out over a desert for traces of a culture that disappeared long ago. Reiche could not afford an airplane to do her job, so she improvised…Asked to climb Reiche’s ladder and describe what he saw, the Biennale’s curator, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, erupted with a passion that’s all too often missing from his profession. “We need to build a one-million-person city per week over the next 15 years for $10,000 per family,” he said. If we don’t respond adequately to this global challenge by 2030, he added, the world’s slums and favelas will swell with more than a billion residents living in deplorable conditions.  Maclean’s, June 2, 2016

 

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