Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, August 23, 2016

Local artist to create murals for BC Children’s Hospital  Back in March 2016, the BC Children’s hospital put out a Canada-wide call for artists to create 400 pieces of art for their new Teck Acute Care Centre. This summer, Bowen Island resident and artist Diana Izdebski found out two concepts she designed would account for two of them… Izdebski studied archaeology at Simon Fraser University and after admitting she could draw while working as an intern at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, launched a career as an archaeological illustrator. Bowen Island Undercurrent, August 20, 2016

Regina artist set to commemorate Canada’s 150th Tucked away in a backyard in Regina’s Lakeview neighbourhood, you’ll find a sunlit artist’s studio. Inside, Heather Cline is hard at work. On the walls are dozens of acrylic paintings, telling the story of Canada. Cline is preparing an exhibit to mark the country’s 150th birthday next year. The exhibit is called Quiet Stories from Canadian Places., August 21, 2016

Meet Harley Valentine, the man behind a new Toronto jewel  Dubbed Dream Ballet, the triptych of columns expected to rise next month is meant to evoke the forms of ballet dancers, an homage to the National Ballet of Canada, which once made its home at the O’Keefe Centre, now called the Sony Centre, next door. Toronto Star, August 6, 2016

Portrait-gallery plan popular as government consults on fate of old U.S. embassy  A consensus seems to be building around the idea of resurrecting a plan to turn the old U.S. embassy at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa into a national portrait gallery. “The portrait gallery was a very good plan, Canada needs a national portrait gallery,” said David Jeane, president of Heritage Ottawa. “Canada has a huge collection of portraits [in archives] … but generally this is a huge resource of Canadian history that the public never sees.” The Hill Times, August 22, 2016

Retail explores new dimensions with 3-D art  As many ponder retail’s future, Quebec-based brand Simons is pushing the boundaries of what a bricks-and-mortar space can offer. With stores now in seven cities across Canada, CEO Peter Simons has collaborated with Vancouver artist Douglas Coupland and 3-D-printing expert John Biehler on a mega portraiture project. 3-D Canada is a cross-country effort that began at the Simons store in Quebec City last summer and is making its way across the country, with its next stop at the newly opened Rideau Centre location in Ottawa on Oct. 29. The Globe and Mail, August 21, 2016

Fall Preview: Museum Shows and Biennials Around the World  With fall on the horizon, it is time to preview the season’s major exhibitions and biennials around the world. Below is a guide to the months to come, including shows about museum collections, retrospectives for beloved Dadaists and Neo-Dadaists, and a great deal more. Artnews, August 23, 2016

Los Angeles
Court rules museum can keep Nazi-looted Adam and Eve masterpieces with a hidden past The two masterpieces, created by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder around 1530 and eventually purchased by American industrialist Norton Simon in 1971, are displayed prominently in the northeast gallery of the Pasadena museum that is named after him. The tangled history of how they got there has been the focus of a nearly decade-long legal struggle by the daughter-in-law of the Dutch Jewish art dealer whose firm was coerced into selling “Adam” and “Eve” decades ago to the Nazis, along with tens of thousands of great works of art owned by Jews… But last week U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter ruled that the Norton Simon Museum is the rightful owner of the paintings. Los Angeles Times, August 22, 2016

San Diego
US artist [Louis Hock] builds wall near Mexican border to confront ‘everything that Donald Trump represents’  This year, his critique of American xenophobia took a more architectural form: he has just finished building a massive wall inside the large lobby gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, an institution only 16 miles from Mexico. His wall was not, he said, originally inspired by the presidential candidate Donald Trump, but it is resolutely anti-Trump. “This project has been in the making for a couple of years, before he surfaced as a politician, but it goes head to head with everything Donald Trump represents: fear, racism and the hatred of immigrants,” the artist said. The Art Newspaper, August 23, 2016

DePaul Art Museum Received Gift of 114 Works by Chicago-based Artists  De Paul Art Museum has announced that collector Chuck Thurow has gifted the institution 114 works by fifty-nine Chicago-based artists, including paintings by Jim Lutes, Phyllis Bramson, Candida Alvarez ,and Philip Hanson; works on paper by Linda Kramer, Oli Watt, Richard Rezac, Mike Lash, Paul LaMantia, Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, Max King Cap, Karl Wirsum, and Sandra Perlow; and early work from Theaster Gates, Brian Calvin, and Marie Krane Bergman. Artforum, August 19, 2016

Serpentine Sackler Gallery to mount major Zaha Hadid show  An exhibition of rarely seen paintings, drawings and digital works by Zaha Hadid is due to open at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London this winter (8 December-12 February 2017), throwing new light on the late British-Iraqi architect’s accomplishments as an artist and calligrapher. Hadid is closely associated with the Serpentine, joining the gallery as a trustee in 1996. She designed the inaugural annual summer pavilion in 2000, and completed the extension for the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in 2013. The Art Newspaper, August 23, 2016


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