Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 6, 2016

Vancouver Art Gallery Launches New Triennial: Vancouver Special The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new triennial exhibition Vancouver Special. The first edition of this triennial, Ambivalent Pleasures, will open on December 3, 2016 at the Gallery, featuring a diverse range of media including painting, drawing, animations, ceramics, textiles, audio and installation works by 40 artists. This exhibition offers a comprehensive look at the most current contemporary art practices in this city, and the triennial model creates a formal and sustained engagement for the Gallery to connect with local artists and bring exposure to emerging practices. The full list of participating artists will be revealed in early October. Ran Dian, September 5, 2016 

British artist on Vancouver residency stranded on Hanjin freighter  A British artist taking part in a Vancouver art gallery’s residency is stranded off the coast of Japan on a freighter because of the bankruptcy of a Korean shipping company. Rebecca Moss is part of 23 Days at Sea, a residency organized by Access Gallery. The residency puts an artist on a freighter for 23 days, the length of time it takes for a ship to cross the Pacific Ocean from North America to Asia. Vancouver Sun, September 1, 2016
Update on this story: ART SEEN: Stranded at sea, British artist sees her surroundings with new eyes

Façade Festival projections transform Vancouver Art Gallery  The artists in this year’s Façade Festival are used to expressing their work on canvases or screens, but it’s a massive new step to project their ideas across an entire building—not to mention one as iconic as downtown’s Vancouver Art Gallery. That’s been the challenge of the second annual event, which will project newly commissioned work from five local artists across the structure’s high-profile Robson Street side until Monday (September 5). Georgia Straight, August 31, 2016

See the Vancouver Art Gallery in a whole new light with the Façade Festival  The Vancouver Art Gallery may be a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture with its ionic columns and ornate stonework, but for the next few nights it’s serving as a blank canvas. In the tradition of grand lighting festivals around the world — like Vivid Sydney and Nuit Blanche — Vancouver’s Façade Festival is set to transform the Vancouver Art Gallery with a dazzling light show., September 1, 2016

Rust Magic Festival to paint murals all over Edmonton Empty walls across Edmonton will be filled with public art by the end of the weekend.The Rust Magic  Festival is the first street art festival. Organizers Annaliza Toledo and Trevor Peters saw how art brought a sense of community in other cities and wanted the same for Edmonton. Metronews Edmonton, September 2, 2016

Inuit Art Centre to reveal beauty of the North in the south  For 27 of the 30 years [Darlene] Coward Wight has overseen the WAG’s collection of Inuit art, she’s worked out of the gallery’s underground vault, surrounded by stone and ivory. That will change when the WAG opens its new, $65-million Inuit Art Centre, bringing the world’s largest Inuit art collection to the surface, including 7,600 sculptures, dozens of hand-sewn wall hangings and more than 3,000 drawings and prints., September 4, 2016

Does Toronto Lose Something With City-Sanctioned Street Art? Lately, a lot of Toronto’s best street art has been made through government-run or government-sponsored initiatives (like Outside the Box, Underpass Park, and the Love Letter Projects). In many ways it’s great that Toronto has embraced the aesthetic of graffiti. These projects produce gorgeous work that contribute an exuberance and vibrancy to our cityscape, and add new opportunities for people to participate in or discover the arts (galleries aren’t everyone’s cup of tea). The Torontoist, September 2, 2016

In the urban wilderness, the cry of The Loon  About a year ago, as Liam Crockard and Aleksander Hardashnakov were preparing to open The Loon, a loose, fluid showroom for artists from near and far, they struggled with what to serve alongside their cultural fare. The bulk-quality wine typical of the gallery-opening circuit didn’t quite fit the homey esthetic they had in mind and, besides, Crockard reasoned, wasn’t the goal to make a space outside the norm anyway? Toronto Star, September 5, 2016

Public art: Montreal invests half a million dollars in mural program  The city of Montreal plans to invest half a million dollars in public art, transforming more building walls into an “outdoor museum” with the help of local mural artists. “We’re giving life to walls, said Anie Samson, vice-president of the city’s executive committee, who announced the $532,476 investment on Friday. Montreal Gazette, September 2, 2016

The state of the art of Nova Scotia  When we think about Nova Scotian art, our reference points tend to be traditional—folk art, Alex Colville, seascapes–but, of course, we have a vibrant community of artists producing contemporary work in every medium. As the first exhibition of its kind, Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey aims to highlight this work, bringing together art by 29 Nova Scotian artists from all corners of the province. The Coast, August 25, 2016

New York
New York artists respond to 9/11  The day after the 15th anniversary of the 11 September attacks, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York opens an exhibition that looks at artists’ reactions to the event and its lingering legacy. Thirteen artists, all of whom have direct ties to New York and some of who were directly affected by the attacks, are represented in Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11 (opening 12 September). The Art Newspaper, September 4, 2016

V&A director Martin Roth to leave in the autumn  Martin Roth is to step down as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) this autumn after five years in the post. The news came as a surprise and he is leaving at short notice. The Sunday Times broke the story by saying that Roth had become disillusioned with an increasingly insular Britain, post-Brexit. Roth was one of few UK museum directors to speak out publicly against quitting the European Union. The Art Newspaper, September 5, 2016


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