Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 13, 2016

Vancouver
ART SEEN: Works by artists of Iranian heritage explore what it means to be caught between Where/Between at Equinox Gallery brings together works in video, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media by artists of Iranian heritage. While not all the works explicitly reference Iran or Iranian culture, many of them explore what it means to be an outsider from one culture living in another. Other works look at how ideas and materials change when they’re moved into a new setting. I found several works particularly effective in getting across the emotional toll of being caught between two places. Vancouver Sun, July 8, 2016

Canuck the crow’s fame soars with Vancouver art show The sociable and sometimes mischievous Vancouver crow that has soared to fame this year now has his own art show. Shawn Bergman, who became friends with the infamous bird over a year ago, hatched the idea of an exhibition after the Facebook page he set up — “Canuck and I,” which is nearing 30,000 “likes” — started getting fan-art submissions from as far away as California, Chicago and across Canada. “I had the idea to do something involving Canuck and art,” the 40-year-old told Metro. “I have a lot of fan art sent to me — mainly paintings and drawings.”… The Canuck and I Art Show will be displayed until July 30 at Roam Gallery (in City Square Shopping Centre, by appointment). Metronews Vancouver, July 13, 2016

Calgary
From Rembrandt to British pop art, Nickle Gallery exhibit showcases rich collection of prints  Along with decades of work by retired printmaking professor William Laing, the Nickle Galleries’ exhibition Being There: Mentors and Memories includes work by Rembrandt, Käthe Kollwitz and Peter Blake, the artist who designed the cover for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album…. “I thought I knew all about the collection,” says Laing, who was longtime member of the Nickle’s collections committee. “But once I started to look closer at the extensive collection of print works, I got really excited because there were works from artists that I really loved and have been influenced by over my career.” Laing, who has donated more than 150 of his own works to the Nickle over the years, has always been a big believer in collections and “the idea of donors leaving a legacy for people coming after them.” UToday, July 6, 2016

Toronto
Whose Idea of North? Lawren Harris at the AGO  Who was, and who is, Lawren Harris? The Art Gallery of Ontario has finally opened their long-anticipated exhibition of the leading Group of Seven member’s work, which travelled the US last year with a stay at LA’s Hammer Museum. There, actor, musician and writer Steve Martin helped to initiate the project with deputy director of curatorial affairs Cynthia Burlingham. Here, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art Andrew Hunter collaborates. During last week’s press conference Hunter stressed the need to present Harris differently in Canada, because we supposedly know his clipped, cooly-hued landscapes so well. In part, claimed Hunter, this need is expressed through a more “political” exhibition. Canadian Art, July 7, 2016

Montreal
Pokémon Go knows more about Montreal than I do: Augmented reality app promotes learning about local landmarks …the lack of fellow players in Montreal stopped being an issue when it turned out the [Pokémon] game knows more about the city’s art and culture than I do. And I consider myself artsy and cultured. I became so invested in spotting sculptures I never knew existed, and discovering the origins of Montreal’s murals, that I started getting annoyed when new Pokémon would pop up and demand I try to catch them. CBC.ca, July 12, 2016

San Francisco
Claudia Schmuckli appointed curator for Fine Arts Museums  The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which comprises both the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, has announced the appointment of Claudia Schmuckli as curator-in-charge, contemporary art and programming. According to a museum spokeswoman, Schmuckli was appointed by FAMSF Director Max Hollein, who started in his own job only on June 1, “based upon her reputation, experience and achievements” but without a wide search. She will take up her new role beginning Sept. 1. Schmuckli comes to San Francisco from the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, where she has been director since 2009. The San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 2016

Naples, Florida
Works From the Late Olga Hirshhorn’s Collection Will Go to Artis—Naples, Cultural Organization in Naples, Florida The estate of art collector Olga Hirshhorn (the widow of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, who founded the eponymous museum in Washington, D.C.) announced today that it will give 400 works from her personal collection to Artis—Naples, a Naples, Florida cultural organization. The collection, which had been kept in her home in the area, includes a checklist of prominent 20th-century artists, and will be on display at the city’s Baker Museum, which is part of Artis—Naples, through its 2016–17 season, which begins September 6. Many works in the collection were give to Olga by the artists, who were often personal friends. Included in this category is Jacqueline Picasso dress designed for Olga, several ceramic works by the other Picasso, a Willem de Kooning pastel and an oil on paper, as well as works by Man Ray, Abraham Walkowitz watercolors, and an Alberto Giacometti bronze. Artnews, July 12, 2016

Paris
The Ugly Battle Over the Wildenstein Art Empire Over recent weeks in hushed New York dining rooms and private Parisian salons, Guy Wildenstein has been a walking object lesson in how billionaire dynasties decline: surrounded by lawyers, pitied, selling off paintings—yet still fabulously rich. This is how it goes when you’re facing a trial in an inheritance-tax case that could cost your clan half a billion dollars. Or at least, what’s left of the clan: His brother, father, and stepmother are dead. It falls to Wildenstein, 70, to ensure the family’s fifth-generation art-dealing fortune makes it to the sixth. Coming up with €448 million ($496 million) in cash—the amount the French government claims his family owes in unpaid taxes and fees—would be enough to bring even the world’s richest to the brink of catastrophe. Bloomberg.com, July 11, 2016

Amsterdam
The whole truth about Van Gogh’s ear, and why his ‘mad genius’ is a myth  The Van Gogh Museum show reveals important new evidence about the loss of Van Gogh’s ear. A recently discovered letter from Dr Felix Rey, who treated his wound, explains the full horror beneath the bandage in his 1889 Self-Portrait. It confirms Van Gogh did not just slice off his earlobe, as has been widely assumed, but his entire left ear. This makes it clearer than ever what an extreme act of self harm it actually was – and how it forewarned of his suicide…. On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and his Illness is at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, from 15 July to 25 September. The Guardian, July 12, 2016

Scheveningen, Netherlands
Dutch Artist’s Sculpture Offers a Splash From Thin Air Every once in a while — and usually just when people have stopped paying attention — an unassuming red cedarwood sculpture in the courtyard of the Beelden aan Zee museum here ejects a stream of water, spraying across the patio. The spurts can happen every 20 minutes when the sun is out, or every few hours in cloudy weather. The water streams are not just entertainment. The sculpture, called SunGlacier DC01, by the Dutch artist Ap Verheggen, is designed to solve one of the world’s pressing problems by producing drinking water through solar energy and condensation. The New York Times, July 11, 2016

Copenhagen
Major Danish museum returns looted antiquities to Italy  The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, which holds the largest collection of antiquities in northern Europe, has agreed to restitute illegally excavated artefacts to the Italian government. In an historic agreement under negotiation since 2012, the Danish museum will return the eighth-century BC bronze chariot, shield, weapons, incense burners and tableware from the tomb of an Etruscan prince, among other archaeological objects, to Italy between December and the end of 2017. The Art Newspaper, July 12, 2016

 

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