Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 9, 2016

No Canadians need apply: the worrying trend in arts hiring If Canadian curators cannot aspire to eventually manage the museums where they work, or Canadian stage directors need never consider running Canada’s festivals, they will not give their institutions the best of themselves. They will either slump into the self-fulfilling prophecy of lower expectations or they will go abroad…. The pattern of recent foreign appointments isn’t encouraging: It makes the cultural scene look like a place with double-glazed glass ceilings where neither Canadians nor women need apply for the top job. The Globe and Mail, August 5, 2016

Vancouver’s newest piece of public art a bright and shiny replica of Stanley Park’s Hollow Tree  Whether from the street or looking down from the Canada Line there’s no missing Vancouver’s newest piece of public art. Douglas Coupland’s 13-metre-tall Golden Tree, on the corner of Marine and Cambie Streets, is an exact, to scale, replica of Stanley Park’s Hollow Tree, but coated in a gold finish….The original 800-year-old Hollow Tree has been a tourist and local favourite for more than a century, but these days is held together with cables and steel., August 6, 2016

Metis artist Dylan Miner getting up to Michif with Vancouver show Dylan Miner doesn’t mind that his fingers are stained purple, saturated with blackberry juice he’s cooking in a nearby crockpot, as he uses a roller to spread his homemade ink over a meticulously etched linoleum block. The 40-year-old Michigan artist is in Vancouver this week to prepare for Friday’s opening of his first show here since 2012’s acclaimed Beat Nation collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery… Miner’s exhibition, Michif Michin, at Gallery Gachet (88 East Cordova St.) will run until Aug. 28. Metronews, August 4, 2016

Hope artist unseals old paintings in Vancouver  Hope artist Josh Hon recently held his first large-scale art exhibition in the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. From July 6 to 23, Hon exhibited a series of paintings under the Dead Water Convulsion theme. His art speaks to his experience of Hong Kong in the 1980s, upon his return from art school in Tacoma, Wash. “Dead Water Convulsion itself indicated that kind of energy, that kind of ambiance I felt,” said Hon. Hope Standard, August 4, 2016

Century-old Shuswap Lake mansion with rich B.C. history up for sale  The 13-room home was built by Charles John Collings, who came to Canada from England in 1910 with his wife and two sons when he was in his early 60’s. It’s believed Collings — a watercolour painter whose works are in collections at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Banff’s Whyte Gallery and other private collections — was looking for a remote property where he could paint and where his sons could farm., August 8, 2016

How museums help cities realize their ‘soft power’  Gail Lord and her husband, Barry, founded their cultural consulting company in 1981, operating out of their log cabin just outside Hamilton. “We were two kids with a crazy idea, a crazy dream … we believed the world needed to be planning culture a lot better,” she tells Nam Kiwanuka on The Agenda in the Summer. They wrote museum planning and management manuals and consulted on cultural plans for cities, galleries and museums all over the world, including Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights. For her work, Lord has been appointed officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and appointed a member of the Order of Canada., August 5, 2016

Toronto heritage building gets a MOCA makeover  The tallest building in early 20th century Toronto is getting a makeover to house the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The 10-storey Tower Automotive Building, a landmark in the west-end neighbourhood of Lower Junction since it was erected in 1919, served mostly as an aluminum foundry and auto manufacturing plant until it was closed in 2006. Daily Commercial News, August 9, 2016

Five Montreal museums that fly under the radar: It’s worth following them there  They’re off the beaten track and a few are really small. Admission is free or nominal and a couple offer free guided tours; two or three rely on volunteers and have limited hours. But each, in its own way, makes for an enriching experience and, in some cases, even a profound one. I challenge anyone to visit the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and not come away moved, even changed. In only a brief visit to the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, I learned something of a community I’d known next to nothing about. Montreal Gazette, August 6, 2016

San Francisco
Middle East goes West: show brings Saudi artists to San Francisco  Who knew contemporary art from Saudi Arabia could have such a strong feminist edge? That is one of the surprises awaiting visitors to Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia in San Francisco, a show running 11 August to 6 September at Minnesota Street Project, the new gallery complex in the scruffy Dogpatch neighbourhood of San Francisco. “There isn’t much presence of Middle Eastern contemporary art in America generally and in particular on the West Coast—there’s more happening in New York,” said Aya Mousawi, the show’s creative producer. “But things are changing slowly.” The Art Newspaper, August 9. 2016

New York
Fears over the future of a Keith Haring mural in New York  Tenants due to be evicted from a building in the Morningside Heights area of Manhattan say they are worried about the fate of a mural Keith Haring painted across three floors of a stairwell in 1983 or 84. At that time, the former convent building was leased by the Catholic youth organisation Grace House, and Haring painted the mural in one evening, watched by some of the young people there attending a retreat. The Art Newspaper, August 6, 2016

German museum rejoices over Durer found at flea market  A German art gallery says a print by Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer that was donated by a man who found it at a flea market is in very good condition. The print, entitled Mary Crowned by an Angel, was bought for a few euros in the eastern French town of Sarrebourg. The buyer saw the stamp of Stuttgart’s Staatsgalerie on its back, and decided to donate it a few days ago. BBC News, August 6, 2016

Victoria, Australia
Hidden Degas portrait revealed  A hidden portrait by the French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas has been revealed by scientists. Researchers in Australia used powerful X-rays to bring to light the painting of a young woman concealed beneath a work called Portrait of a Woman. The researchers believe the subject is Emma Dobigny, who appeared in other Degas paintings. The findings are described in the journal Scientific Reports. Dr Daryl Howard, a co-author of the study, told BBC News: “I think what is really exciting is that we have now been able to add one more Degas artwork for the world to see.” BBC News, August 4, 2016


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