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

Vancouver

17 Blockbuster Summer Shows Worth Traveling For.  Artnet’s list of ‘must-see’ exhibitions worth traveling for includes Walker Evans: Depth of Field” at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta that comes to the Vancouver Art Gallery this fall.  Artnet News, July 20, 2016

Emily Carr’s 7 show explores sound, light, and sculpture. It’s an exhibit simply called 7, the lucky number of Emily Carr University of Art and Design master’s of applied arts grads who are presenting in the show. But there is nothing simple about the art on view at the Charles H. Scott Gallery until July 30.  Georgia Straight, July 20, 2016

Victoria

Dumpster diver takes cardboard canvas to local art gallery.  At 72 years old, artist Rick Thomas doesn’t hesitate to go dumpster diving for cardboard boxes.  Thomas has now taken his cardboard canvas to Victoria’s Xchanges Gallery and Studios, where he’s spending the summer months as an artist in residence — a first for both Thomas and the gallery.    Victoria News, July 20, 2016

Toronto

Theaster Gates Builds a House Museum. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s two large summer exhibitions are, respectively, their worst and best in recent memory. And they are oddly linked, through icebergs. In “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris,” the Group of Seven artist’s depictions of icebergs and mountains sit in prim, unpopulated silence, forced into an ethno-social dialogue they never intended. In the dazzling “How to Build a House Museum” by Chicago artist Theaster Gates, the sculpture Houseberg is a seven-foot-tall disco ball shaped like an iceberg, rotating and glimmering in the purple light of Club Progress, a conceptual recreation of a vintage Chicago house-music club.  Canadian Art, July 20, 2016

Pottery studio gives women a chance to heal.  Tucked away on the ground floor of a worn brick building on Dundas St. W. just north of Bloor St. W., Inspirations Studio is run by the women’s aid organization Sistering and has a unique approach when it comes to changing the lives of marginalized women.  Toronto Star, July 19, 2016

Montreal

Artists turn Hudson park into masterpieces during Land Art exhibit.   The Land Art Hudson 2016 project commissions established artists to create fabulous works of art in Jack Layton Park, using natural elements like soil, stone, sand, water and wood to turn the park into a living museum. This integration of nature and art has resulted in some very original works of art, said curator Daniel Gautier.  Montreal Gazette, July 19, 2016

Los Angeles

UCLA prepares to move forward with new graduate art studios funded by Margo Leavin. When famed Los Angeles gallerist Margo Leavin announced in May that she would make a $20-million donation to UCLA to remake the school’s grungy graduate art studios, the move was celebrated for the investment it brought to an important public educational institution. Now the project is moving forward, as the UC Board of Regents gathers Tuesday  to approve the plan.  Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2016

Cleveland

100 nude women bare desire for change at pre-RNC photo shoot.  At dawn on Sunday, New York-based artist Spencer Tunick posed the group of women in a photographic art installation where they held circular Mylar mirrors over their heads and reflected light at the city to expose what they view as the naked truth about Republicans. Plain Dealer (Cleveland), July 17, 2016.  See also Why Would 100 Women Go To Cleveland And Get Naked For The Republican Convention? Let Some Of Them Tell You  Plain Dealer (Cleveland), July 17, 2016

Detroit

DIA launches multimillion-dollar effort to acquire African-American art. “The new direction represents the first major shift in programming and collecting priorities since the Spanish-born Salort-Pons, the 46-year-old former DIA curator of European art, succeeded Graham Beal as director last fall. The commitment could transform the DIA into a true national power when it comes to collecting, exhibiting, studying and interpreting African-American art.” Detroit Free Press, July 21, 2016

New York

Art Dealer Larry Gagosian Settles Over Sales Taxes for $4.3 Million.  The New York attorney general’s office, continuing its crackdown on alleged tax abuses in the art world, said Tuesday that New York dealer Larry Gagosian agreed to pay $4.3 million in unpaid sales taxes, including interest and penalties, for art he sold through his gallery.  Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2016

London

Feminist art activists the Guerrilla Girls get first dedicated UK show. Three decades after they first began exposing inequality in the art world, a group of anonymous mask-wearing feminist activists called the Guerrilla Girls are to get their first dedicated UK show.  The Guerrilla Girls were founded in New York in 1985, each member taking the name of a dead woman artist as a pseudonym, for example Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. In public they hide their identities behind gorilla masks.  The Guardian, July 19, 2016

Pokémon Go highbrow: how to find them in art galleries, theatres and museums.  Do Pokémon enjoy culture? Are they into art? Theatre?  World cinema? It’s hard to tell for certain…but here at the Telegraph Culture Desk we like to think the answer is an emphatic yes. Everyone likes culture, right?  The Telegraph, July 20, 2016

Arles, France

‘I’ve seen horrible things’: photographer Laia Abril on her history of misogyny.  My project begins in the 19th century,” says Laia Abril, as she guides me through A History of Misogyny, Chapter 1: On Abortion, her sometimes disturbing exhibition at the Arles photography festival.  The Guardian, July 20, 2016

Sydney

Frida Kahlo: why we can’t look away from the world’s first selfie superstar.  The Mexican artist’s works depicted her dreams, pain and feminism – but she also understood the power of performance.  The Guardian, July 20, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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