Visual Art News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 25, 2016

Vancouver
ART SEEN: Exhibition reveals Emily Carr in a new light by connecting her to Wolfgang Paalen  When the thin softcover arrived in the mail, my first thought was: ‘Not another book on Emily Carr!’ I knew it was the catalogue for an exhibition in a few months at the Vancouver Art Gallery… I wondered to myself how the VAG could hold another exhibition about Carr and say anything new about her…..[Colin] Browne’s writing has opened up Carr for us by revealing that she both knew where she was situated and made sure she was connected to the modern world of art and ideas. Thanks to Browne, we’re now reading Carr’s works not out of a sense of duty but because we realize she still has lots to say about what it means to be an artist in this part of the world. Vancouver Sun, July 22, 2016

ART SEEN: Tree stumps in public art work recall industrial logging in Metro Vancouver On West Georgia, there are a couple of ghosts that have taken physical form. They’re in the shape of two stumps that recall the industrial logging that once took place throughout Vancouver. They’re about two metres from each other in the sunken area at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite. Vancouver Sun, July 22, 2016

Surrey
A man of mystery intrigues Surrey Museum’s history detectives  Exactly who was Donald Spiegel? It’s a question that has long lingered in the mind of Lana Panko, curator of collections at Surrey Museum…In sifting through his collection, curators know Spiegel had served in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, was an avid photographer and collector of photos, loved to travel and dabbled in the mystic arts…Spiegel had collected many types of cameras, the oldest a Century No. 4 view camera from the 1880s, along with stereoscopes, rangefinders and several types of projectors. “It’s like a mini history of photography,” Bremner said as she scrolled through digitized images, some captured by the rare cameras in Spiegel’s collection. Surrey Now, July 21, 2016

Edmonton
Edmonton names first Indigenous artist in residence  It wasn’t until she got to university and began to use collages and colours as a guide to studying that Dawn Marie Marchand realized she had artistic talent. The collages were her unique way of getting over a learning disability. But what began as a learning and healing tool led to a passion of telling stories through art as Marchand blossomed into a well-known visual artist. Now she’s going to be telling those stories in her new job as the first artist in residence for the City of Edmonton’s Indigenous Relations Office. “I’m overwhelmed. I feel highly honoured, I’m really surprised but at the same time I’m really excited,” said Marchand, who was born in St. Paul, Alta, and is a member of Cold Lake First Nations. CBC.ca, July 24, 2016

Toronto
Wanda Nanibush named AGO’s first curator of indigenous art  Wanda Nanibush, a Toronto-based curator, educator and activist focused on First Nations culture and issues, has been named the Art Gallery of Ontario’s first curator of indigenous art. Nanibush, who is Anishinabe from the Beausoleil First Nation near Penetanguishene, begins her position this month. Her official title is assistant curator, Canadian and indigenous art. In June, in his meet-the-public address at the Art Gallery of Ontario, new director and CEO Stephan Jost announced that the gallery had posted the position. Nanibush was named after a national search was conducted. Toronto Star, July 22, 2016

New Art Exhibition Explores Muslim Women’s Experiences Living in Toronto Terrorist, dirty, oppressed, ignorant: these are just some of the words that Muslim women say are often hurled at them in Toronto. These are also some of the words you will see written on works of art by those same women. On display at the Gardiner Museum this week, Respect, by the South Riverdale Community Health Centre aims to put the stigma and Islamophobia faced by Muslim women in the spotlight through art. The Torontoist, July 22, 2016

Montreal
Montreal philanthropist Renata Hornstein dead at 88  The patron of fine arts died peacefully at home, less than three months after the passing of her husband, Michal Hornstein, who died in April at the age of 95. The Polish couple, who moved to Quebec and settled in Montreal in 1951 after fleeing the Nazi regime, gave hundreds of artworks to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Together, they amassed a vast collection of Renaissance paintings and raised millions to restore and expand the museum. In 2012, they donated a collection of 80 works of old masters worth more than $70 million dollars. The new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace will be inaugurated at the museum this coming November. Montreal Gazette, July 24, 2016

Liverpool, N.S.
Christopher Wallace unveils new art exhibit in Liverpool  Christopher Wallace, a painter living in Port Mouton, is gearing up for his first solo exhibit at the Liverpool Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre next month. Wallace, 53, was born in Scotland but grew up in Nova Scotia. After high school, he went to a fine arts college in Scotland before moving back to Nova Scotia in 1996. Halifax Herald, July 20, 2016

West Hollywood
Please Touch the Art: This Artist Creates Tactile Portraits for the Blind  While many artists consider pencils and paper to be their essential tools, Andrew Myers prefers his electric screwdriver. For the past several years, the California-based artist has been drilling thousands of screws into pieces of plywood and painting them to make 3-D masterpieces that can be appreciated by both blind and sighted people. Myers began making what he calls “screw paintings” a few years after graduating from the Laguna College of Art and Design. Up until then he had been making bronze sculptors, but he knew he hit the proverbial nail on the head after witnessing a blind man being led around by a friend who was describing one of his creations at an art show. Smithsonian Magazine, July 19, 2016

San Francisco
Asian Art Museum releases renderings of massive expansion  San Francisco’s biggest cultural institutions seem to have hit a growth spurt lately, and the Asian Art Museum wants to get in on the action with a 12,000 foot expansion announced back in March. Since 200 Larkin Street is a historic building that’s been home to several landmark institutions (before the museum, it was the site of the Main Library), the city will demand a delicate hand from the chosen architects, New York and LA-based wHY… Museum board members put up most of the $25 million price tag themselves. Curbed San Francisco, July 19, 2016

Reading
Reading Prison and its most famous inmate inspire major new project  Artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Steve McQueen, Marlene Dumas, and Robert Gober will show new works in Reading Prison as part of a project inspired by its most famous inmate, Oscar Wilde. The Irish playwright was imprisoned in Reading prison, formerly known as Reading Gaol, from 1895 to 1897 for “committing acts of gross indecency with male persons”. The initiative Inside—Artists and Writers in Reading Prison (4 September-30 October), organised by the non-profit art commissioning body Artangel, will include new paintings by Dumas and new sculptures by Gober who finds “the idea of a prison project compelling”, said James Lingwood, Artangel’s co-director, at the project launch today (21 July). The Art Newspaper, July 21, 2016

Paris
Experts shed light on Modigliani’s murky market with new research project  As demand for works by Amedeo Modigliani heats up, a group of respected experts has founded a research project and a long-promised catalogue raisonné is on the cards…. No fewer than five authors have penned catalogues raisonnés of the paintings, but only one is accepted by most auction houses: that of Ambrogio Ceroni, last updated in 1972. But it has its gaps, partly because Ceroni listed only what he had seen, and he never went to the US. Now, a new non-profit organisation, the Modigliani Project, has been founded by the respected scholar Kenneth Wayne, who has been studying the artist for 30 years. He has joined up with an impressive group of French curators and conservators… The Art Newspaper, July 22, 2016

Nanjing
Nanjing finds its cultural voice with third international art festival  The Nanjing International Art Festival announced last week the details for its third iteration, which will be held from November 12 (through February 12, 2017) at the new Baijia Lake Museum. Headed by prolific Chinese curator Lv Peng, the festival will explore the theme of Historicode: Scarcity and Supply, with a focus on contemporary art made since 1990. The Art Newspaper, July 22, 2016

 

 

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