Visual Art News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 21, 2016

Vancouver
Collections and connections explored in Museum of Vancouver exhibit Last year, the Museum of Vancouver put a call to local collectors, saying “the museum wants to explore the mindset of passionate ‘hunters and gatherers’ and showcase their favourite pieces.” After looking through hundreds of collections, 20 were chosen, and a new exhibit, “All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds” will open this week featuring those wide-ranging — and sometimes slightly weird — collections. CBC.ca, June 20, 2016

Leadership review Q&A  We asked a few female leaders across Metro Vancouver about their definition of feminism, what women inspire them and the most surprising comments they’ve received in the top job. Their answers will inspire, delight and maybe even shock you: Kathleen Bartels, Director, Vancouver Art Gallery – What does feminism mean to you? • ”It means equal rights, equal pay and equal opportunities for all, irrespective of gender, class and ethnicity. I believe that we are now creating our own version of feminism, one that is more inclusive and intersectional. We still have much work to do to create opportunities and raise the profile of women leaders.” Business Vancouver, June 21, 2016

Edmonton
Royal Alberta Museum’s video wall a ‘taste of what’s to come’  When you’re building the glitzy $340-million Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton, sticking up a roadside billboard like its predecessor used to advertise the exhibitions inside wouldn’t cut it, the developers of the new facility decided. The museum is instead getting a second-storey video screen 20 metres wide by nearly six metres high, wrapped around its southwest corner. Technicians began testing the screen last week so passersby on 103 A Avenue can get a preview of the eye-catching outdoor screen as it cycles through screensaver-style, high-resolution video clips of fireworks, the planet Earth, a cloudy-sky scene, stars and waves. When the museum opens in late 2017, the screen will showcase the newest exhibits and share information about happenings inside along with interesting facts about Alberta. Edmonton Journal, June 15, 2016

Toronto
Tangled, Toronto’s first accessible art gallery for disabled artists, is bringing the outsiders in With their first brick-and-mortar gallery at 401 Richmond West, Toronto’s premiere establishment for the independent arts and one of the only accessible art buildings in the city, Tangled is hoping to open itself up to a wider audience. “This gallery gives a permanent home to disability arts in Toronto and having this home in a building as culturally significant as 401 Richmond signals that disability arts is a main contender in the Canadian arts ecology,” says [Artistic Director Eliza] Chandler. With an emphasis on art that places a positive light on difference, it makes sense that Tangled would launch the gallery space with “Constructed Identities,” an exhibit by gay, feminist Canadian artist and writer Persimmon Blackbridge, who has been practicing disability art for 44 years. The National Post, June 21, 2016

Montreal
When disasters strike, keep calm and conserve  The theme for the joint conference of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) couldn’t have been more spot on. As 1,400 conservators, archivists and museum professionals met in Montreal to discuss preparing for disasters and the unexpected in conservation, a massive wildfire raged 3,800km away in Alberta… The conference was timed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Florence Flood of 1966—a revolutionary moment in the history of conservation, not only because of the lessons learned and the development of new technologies and methods, but also because it attracted a new generation of conservators to the field. The Art Newspaper, June 20, 2016

Canada
Why don’t Canadians know any Canadian painters?  A Mainstreet Research poll found that 54% of adult Canadians cannot name a single Canadian visual artist, living or dead. In contrast, the poll also found that 97% of adult Canadians can name at least three Canadian hockey players. It’s hardly surprising the names of our painters don’t roll off our tongues like our iconic hockey heroes — but not being able to name even one? Are we really so divorced from art a majority of us can’t name Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Jean-Paul Riopelle or Norval Morrisseau? According to the poll, first reported on by The National Post, this is sadly the case. Huffington Post blog, June 20, 2016

New York
A Nuyorican Artist’s Career Survey: Loud, Proud and Timely  Maybe there are some safe houses. “Every night at El Museo will be Latino night and L.G.B.T.Q. night, ” said Jorge Daniel Veneciano, director of El Museo del Barrio, at the Tuesday opening of “Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion.” It is a career survey of a Nuyorican artist and designer who, beginning in the years before Stonewall and until his death in 1987, created an out-gay art and helped change the ethnic profile of the fashion industry. The New York Times, June 16, 2016

A Plan to Spread Dada Worldwide, Revisited at MoMA  The focus on [Tristan] Tzara’s unrealized publication makes “Dadaglobe Reconstructed” quite a different show from MoMA’s 2006 Dada blowout, which divided the movement’s experiments and impostures by city: Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Hannover, New York and Paris. This one treats Dada — specifically later Dada, from the end of the war to its evaporation in the early 1920s — as an international network, linked by the mail and photomechanical reproduction. That networked approach ends up sidelining some of Dada’s lone wolves, such as Kurt Schwitters, and revalorizing less famous figures center to Dada’s development. The New York Times, June 16, 2016

Canadian artist sues Damien Hirst, alleging copyright infringement  A Halifax-based artist is suing Damien Hirst for copyright infringement, claiming several pieces for sale in Hirst’s online shop are direct copies of her own. In a suit filed in New York District Court June 10, Colleen Wolstenholme, a sculptor and jewelry designer, alleges that a series of bracelets and necklaces for sale in Hirst’s shop, Other Criteria, are unauthorized copies of works she first began making in 1996. The suit demands a permanent injunction against any further sale of the works and compensation for sales already made. The pieces sell for between $15,000 and $25,000 (U.S.). The Toronto Star, June 17, 2016

Orlando
Artist makes statement about gun violence in skies above American cities  An Australian artist flew a 3,000 sq ft piece of art over Orlando, New York and Chicago on Saturday, as part of a demonstration against gun violence in the US. Artist CJ Hendry designed the work, a drawing of a T-shirt crumpled into the shape of a gun and bloodied at the muzzle. Trailing behind the banner was the slogan “#ENDGUNVIOLENCE”. Alluding to a mass murder in Orlando, Florida last week that killed 49 people and wounded 53, becoming the worst shooting in American history, Hendry told the Guardian: “In light of the recent and devastating events, I wanted to create something that inspired the possibility for change. To help in some small way to end gun violence in the United States. The Guardian, June 18, 2016

London
How we made Tate Modern (interview)  Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, architects: When we first visited Bankside Power Station for the original Tate Modern competition in 1994, it seemed like the castle in Sleeping Beauty – an enormous urban mountain that was completely overgrown, surrounded by barbed wire and prickly roses, as if protecting the hidden beauty inside. It seemed dangerous. It is totally unimaginable now, but this was a huge chunk of the city that was totally excluded from public life, set back behind high walls. The Guardian, June 21, 2016

Paris
Quai Branly celebrates ten years with homage to Jacques Chirac  The Musée du Quai Branly, Paris’s museum of non-Western arts and civilisations, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month. To mark the occasion, the museum has organised an exhibition opening today on the former French president Jacques Chirac, who was the driving force behind this ambitious institution on the south bank of the Seine (Jacques Chirac and the Dialogue of Cultures, until 9 October). Chirac, who has a personal interest in Japanese and Pre-Columbian art, was deeply committed to establishing what has become the world’s greatest museum of non-Western art. The Art Newspaper, June 21, 2016

Geneva
South Korean artist wins Cern residency prize The South Korean, Berlin-based artist Yunchul Kim has been awarded the Collide International Award. The prize, now in its fifth year, is administered by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) with a revolving partner. For the next three years, that collaborator is the UK’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) in Liverpool. The prize includes 15,000 Swiss francs, a fully funded, two-month residency at Cern in Geneva and another month’s residency in Liverpool. During this time, the artist will work on a project titled Cascade that “looks at the possibility of controlling the propagation of light through colloidal suspensions of photonic crystals”, according to a release. Photonic crystals, which can bend light to create an opalescent or rainbow effect, are used in reflective coatings on lenses and colour-changing paints. The Art Newspaper, June 17, 2016

 

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