Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 13, 2016

City of Vancouver seeks input on new Robson Street plaza  What do you think a new, permanent public space on Robson Street should look like? That’s what the City of Vancouver wants to know as it launches its #VIVARobson consultations on the future of the plaza between the Vancouver Art Gallery and the law courts., September 12, 2016

Warhol-inspired soup can art surfaces in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside  Vancouver artist Andy Morning Star is putting his own twist on Campbell’s Soup Cans, 54 years after Andy Warhol turned the art world upside down and made the common soup can famous. “The soup cans, they’re iconic — the very best that Andy produced,” said Morning Star, who is posting paper graffiti soup cans on the exterior of the old Salvation Army building on East Hastings. Each soup can has a message to go with the territory, including: “Carnegie’s Downtown Eastside Soup,” “Canada’s Condensed Residential School Soup,” and “Reconciliation Soup.”, September 11, 2016

Emily Carr professors show Rightside Up at Vernon’s Headbones  Headbones Gallery is showing the works of respected Vancouver artists Landon Mackenzie and Paul Mathieu in the exhibition Rightside Up….[which] opens at Headbones Gallery, located at 6700 Old Kamloops Rd., Friday, Sept. 16 with a public reception from 6-8 p.m., with both artists in attendance. Vernon Morning Star, September 11, 2016

Regina gallery expands outdoor art program  The MacKenzie Art Gallery is expanding its outdoor installation of art reproductions scattered across downtown Regina. Copies of five artworks in the MacKenzie’s permanent collection, among the gallery’s public favourites, are being placed along city streets and in Victoria Park, adding to the seven installed in September 2015 in various locations. The new reproductions, to be unveiled Sept. 30, are of works by Colleen Cutschall, David Garneau, Marion Long, Arthur McKay and Mary Pratt — all Canadian artists. Toronto Sun, September 9, 2016

Toronto artist’s 9/11 drawings ‘a testament to survival’  Six weeks after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, Rev. Thomas Taylor, a Lutheran pastor volunteering in the Ground Zero morgue, ducked into St. Paul’s, the Lower Manhattan chapel that famously became a hub for volunteers and bereaved relatives. Near the back, he spotted a man sitting on a pew, intently sketching the raw scenes of human tragedy playing out all around him….This week, 27 of Mr. [John] Coburn’s 9/11 drawings – which freakishly survived a 2006 fire that destroyed his Dupont Street studio – were presented as a donation to the National September 11 Museum and Memorial at a reception in the Canadian consulate in Midtown Manhattan. The Globe and Mail, September 9, 2016

ART SEEN: Fundraising pressure taken off Venice Biennale artist by National Gallery  For next year’s biennale, the budget for Geoffrey Farmer’s installation is in the neighbourhood of $1.8 million said Karen Colby-Stothart, the chief executive officer of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. In the past few years, the budget for the biennale been between $1.2 million to $1.4 million. The bigger budget is part of celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday next year. “For Geoffrey, we’re looking at a bigger budget — probably around $1.7 million to $1.8 million,” Colby-Stothart said by phone from Ottawa. “We’re trying to put on quite a show for the 150th.” Vancouver Sun, September 9, 2016

New York
Design revealed for new arts venue at the World Trade Center  A design of translucent marble and glass was unveiled yesterday for a long-stalled performing arts venue at the World Trade Center… The cube-shaped building would aim to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy and reflect the vitality of the city, board members said. Made from translucent, veined marble and glass, the building will look like a “mystery box”, according to its architect, Joshua Prince-Ramus. During the day, it will have a dull sheen, but at night, the three-level building will light up like a paper lantern. The 99,000 sq ft (9,197 sq metres) building will include three auditoriums and a rehearsal room…The cost of the centre has been put at $250m (£180m). The billionaire Ronald Perelman has donated $75m, but a further $75m in donations is required before the project opens in early 2020. The Guardian, September 9, 2016

Whitney Museum opens first Carmen Herrera exhibition in nearly 20 years  The Cuban-born, hard-edge painter and sculptor Carmen Herrera opens her first solo museum show in nearly two decades at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York this week. Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight (16 September-2 January 2017) features more than 50 paintings, drawings and wooden sculptures made between 1948 and 1978. Some of the works on view, including the paintings Field of Combat (1952) and To: P.M. (1967), have never been shown in a museum. The Art Newspaper, September 13, 2016

Wifredo Lam review – Cuba’s last of the true surrealists  […]as this fascinating exhibition shows, Wifredo Lam became a great modern artist the moment he stepped off the boat in Havana. This is a powerful encounter with a painter whose odyssey from Cuba to avant-garde Europe and back again gave birth to art that is simultaneously sophisticated and raw…He did not stop painting the fantastic until his death, in Paris, in 1982. His art is the last tarot of surrealism and a tropical wonder of modern painting. Wifredo Lam is at Tate Modern, London from 14 September until 8 January. The Guardian, September 13, 2016

What not to miss during Berlin Art Week  Time is going to be of the essence during this year’s packed programme for the fifth Berlin Art Week (13-18 September). Time-based media such as films and performances make up most of the 120 events taking place in the German capital. Here is our selection of what not to miss. The Art Newspaper, September 13, 2016

Museum dedicated to architecture models opens in Japan  Billed as Japan’s only architectural model museum, the Archi-Depot Museum is a warehouse-cum-gallery where both study maquettes and final design models are on show to the public. Industrial shelving units extend from the floor to the ceiling of the 5.2-metre-high space, creating 116 display surfaces for building models of all shapes and sizes. Architectural studios pay to rent the shelves, offering them an alternative to storing them in cramped offices. Dezeen Magazine, September 12, 2016


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