Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 8, 2016


Stranded artist says crew on Hanjin freighter has been told to conserve food and water.  A British artist stranded on a container ship operated by a bankrupt Korean company says there is a “feeling of powerlessness and desperation” since anchoring off the coast of Japan. Rebecca Moss, on an artist residency organized by Access Gallery, said the crew and passengers of the Hanjin Geneva have been told to conserve food and water. If supplies are needed, she said, they will have to be delivered by boat from Japan.  Vancouver Sun, September 7, 2016


Meet the Artist Who Embroiders Kleenex and Cheerios, Not Cloth.  Boxes of Kleenex carefully stitched with floral patterns. Piles of Cheerios meticulously embroidered with bright pink, green and purple yarns. Rolls of paper towels laboriously ornamented with dots of red and orange thread. These are just some of the items going on view this week in Calgary as artist Kate Jackson launches her latest exhibition at Stride Gallery.  Canadian Art, September 7, 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.  Toronto Star, September 5, 2016


Artists are Salvaging Train Stations’ Analog Departure Boards.  On its own, a Solari board is a striking object. The first one was installed in 1956, in Belgium, and its black flaps with stark white letters became part of the idiom of midcentury design. The Museum of Modern Art has a Solari board in its collection, and when the museum reopened in 2004, the Times praised the “intermittent, oddly comforting clacking of the airport arrivals-departures board in the architecture and design galleries.” In Montreal, a team of three, based at Concordia University, is working on reviving the boards that once announced flight schedules at the nearby Mirabel airport.  Atlas Obscura, September 2, 2016

Los Angeles

Everybody Loves the Sunshine: But Can L.A. Sustain Its Booming Art Scene? One of the biggest changes to the local market is the interest in L.A. from outside dealers and collectors, which has prompted an explosion of new galleries around the city. The gallery scene here has expanded before—notably in the 1990s—but this time the expansion has an internationalist, big-money feel.  ArtNews, September 6, 2016

United States

The 2016 Top 200 Collectors: Introduction.  Some market observers were saying that collectors had recently gotten “cautious,” and that the air was thinner than usual for artworks priced in excess of $10 million. But one thing was for sure: the stalwarts—those collectors on our list—were there, their checkbooks at the ready and their keen eyes out for quality.” ArtNews, September 6, 2016

Why a growing number of museum veterans are crossing over to the commercial sector.  As the director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh for the past five years, Eric Shiner worked to expose the broadest possible public to the Pop artist’s work. Now, instead of showing Warhols, he is selling them.  The Art Newspaper, September 7, 2016


You Say You Want a Revolution review: a dizzying trip to the heart of the 1960s.  You might be forgiven for heaving a sigh at the subject of the V&A’s attempt to come up with a blockbuster pop culture follow-up to 2013’s wildly successful David Bowie Is, an exhibition still touring the world three years on. It’s not that the late 1960s and their attendant counterculture represent an unfertile area for exploration. You’d have a hard time arguing the era didn’t feature sufficient fantastic music, social upheaval and blue-sky fashion choices to support a major exhibition. It’s that the people involved have barely shut up about it since the decade ended.The Guardian, September 7, 2016

Who will fill Nicholas Serota’s shoes at Tate?  There is one sentence in the press release announcing Nicholas Serota’s departure from Tate that stands out. It is a direct quote from the man himself and reads: “I leave an institution that has the potential to reach broad audiences across the UK and abroad, through its own programmes, partnerships and online.”  By most people’s reckoning, Nicholas Serota has already delivered on Tate’s “potential”. But clearly, he doesn’t see it that way, which is the measure of the man and an insight into why he has made such a success of his time at Tate. He doesn’t do complacency.   BBC, September 8, 2016  See also: Sir Nicholas Serota appointed chairman of Arts Council England.  The Guardian, September 8, 2016

 Tate Modern’s New Extension Has A Peeping-Tom Problem.  Residents of London’s Neo Bankside luxury apartment complex, next to the Tate Modern, have lately been dismayed to find photographs of their living rooms and bedrooms popping up on strangers’ Instagram feeds. These photos are being snapped by tourists on the observation deck of the Tate Modern’s new gallery extension, opened in June, which provides a direct view into the apartment building’s glass-walled dwellings. Now, apartment residents are claiming that museum visitors are using binoculars and zoom-lens cameras to spy on them, and they are threatening legal action against the Tate in attempt to regain their privacy.   The Neo Bankside apartments, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, received planning permission in 2007. That was two years before the Tate Modern got the go-ahead to build the Switch House, a 211-foot-high gallery extension by Herzog & de Meuron.  Hyperallergic, September 7, 2016


Nan Goldin: banged up in Reading gaol with Oscar Wilde.  Nan Goldin is one of several artists and writers – including Marlene Dumas, Steve McQueen, Wolfgang Tillmans and Ai Weiwei – whose work is on display inside the prison for Inside, a new project by Artangel.  The Guardian, September 7, 2016


Paris auction house porters jailed for stealing objects worth millions.   Porters who operated a lucrative crime ring at Paris’s most prestigious auction house have been jailed for the theft of objects worth millions.  A judge sentenced 30 people to between 18 months and three years in prison. They were members of a traditional 110-strong union known as the cols rouges because of the red collars on their black uniforms. The Guardian, September 6, 2016

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