Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 19, 2016

Vancouver
Vancouver Art Gallery Appoints Ann Webb as Associate Director, Director of Engagement & Strategic Initiatives Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Webb as the Gallery’s Associate Director, Director of Engagement & Strategic Initiatives. With nearly three decades of experience as a leading figure in the Canadian cultural sector, Ann Webb is widely recognized as a community builder and influencer in the international arts and culture industry. Webb’s impressive background includes her most recent position as the Managing Director of Contemporary Culture, Royal Ontario Museum. WireService.ca, September 15, 2016

Vancouver’s new council chamber art a symbol of relationship between city and First Nations Art pieces made by three First Nations artists to permanently hang in council chambers at Vancouver City Hall aren’t just pretty pictures: they’re symbols of an evolving relationship between municipal government and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. “I just wanted to have the best representation of our people for the city to see and the city to make big decision,” said Jordan Gallie, a Tsleil-Waututh artist who made a sandblasted glass panel that depicts a wolf wrapped in a cedar rope with its foot on City Hall. “Because they do make such important decisions in council chambers, I wanted them to be able to look and reflect.” Metronews, September 19, 2016

Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson plunge us into a world of dream logic.  “The experimental films and mixed-media installations of Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson plunge us into the often inexplicable world of dreams. Not daydreams or the conscious dreams that are personal aspirations, but the images and events that play across our minds during REM sleep. Interpreting the assortment of gritty, glittery, grubby, colourful, blackened, melted, and crushed objects and elements in these artworks is weirdly challenging. Dream logic prevails here.” Georgia Straight, September 14, 2016

Ladysmith
Vancouver Island Salish artist’s work to adorn BC ferry  When Stz’uminus artist John Marston was selected to do the artistic design for a BC Ferry, his thoughts turned to what his people from centuries past would think of his vision. “Would they recognize this spiritual design,” Marston wondered aloud before a large crowd during an unveiling ceremony of his work at the Ladysmith Maritime Society and Marina on Wednesday. Marston was one of three artists selected to create the artistic design for three new Salish Class vessels for BC Ferries. Victoria News, September 15, 2016

Edmonton
Walk-through Edmonton art installation honours missing and murdered Indigenous women  An Edmonton artist has created a personal tribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women that, for a few hours Friday, people can actually walk through. The work by Dawn Marie Marchand is based on one of her paintings called “Prayers for my Sisters,” and is open to everyone until around 6 p.m. Friday, at 101A Avenue and 96th Street “I’ve had my own personal life touched by violence. I could very easily have been one of these women,” said Marchand, who is a Cree-Metis mixed-media artist and the first ever Indigenous artist in residence for the City of Edmonton. CBC.ca, September 16, 2016

Toronto
Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum to celebrate Syria’s heritage  The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, devoted to the heritage of Muslim civilisations, opens an exhibition on 15 October devoted to the art of Syria. Syria: A Living History includes around 50 pieces chosen from the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and museums and collections in Berlin, Ontario and Dubai. It includes an eye idol carved around 3,200 BC, a picture by the noted 20th-century painter Fateh Moudarres, and the celebrated Aleppo Room from the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin. The Art Newspaper, September 16, 2016

5 emerging artists to watch in Toronto For the past 18 years and counting, RBC has partnered with the Canadian Art Foundation in an effort to change this, providing young Canadian artists with a national platform through the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Many of Canada’s top painters have been brought to prominence through the competition, moving from emerging to established artist in Canada and internationally. Year after year, artists from in and around Toronto continue to make the list. Here are some of this year’s finalists. Toronto Life, September 19, 2016

Montreal
Pompeii, l’exposition la plus populaire en 15 ans au MBAM  L’exposition Pompeii, qui a pris fin le 5 septembre dernier au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, a accueilli 310 000 visiteurs, soit la plus grande assistance en 15 ans. L’exposition qui a fait découvrir au public la vie des Pompéiens à travers 220 artéfacts, se classe au quatrième rang des expositions les plus visitées au Musée des beaux-arts. Radio-Canada.ca, September 14, 2016

USA
In Art This Fall, Women Win in a Landslide  I can’t predict results of the November presidential election, but I can tell you that women are going to rule the 2016-17 art season, with enough having solo museum shows to form an entire White House cabinet, and then some. New York Times, September 16, 2016

New York
10 Things to Do at New York Art Book Fair 2016  From September 15–18, Printed Matter will be celebrating the eleventh anniversary of their annual New York Art Book Fair—and after looking at what’s in store this weekend, it seems that they’re pulling all the stops to make it memorable. With over 370 booksellers, artists, and publishers flocking from around the world to Long Island City’s MoMA PS1, the event promises to deliver everything a fair-goer can handle in three days. You can also expect the place to be jam-packed, as the event saw around 35,000 attendees last year. Artnet news, September 15, 2016

Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Toilet at the Guggenheim Museum Will Open to the Public Tomorrow  After a delay, Maurizio Cattelan’s “America”—an 18-karat golden toilet installed in a Guggenheim Museum bathroom—will finally open to the public tomorrow. Yes, it is functional. Call it toilet humor. Cattelan’s sculpture pays homage to greatest readymade ever: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, a urinal that was turned upside down and made dysfunctional. It’s Cattelan’s first work in five years, marking a return to the art world after he loudly announced his retirement in 2011. Artnews, September 15, 2016

London
Martin Roth: V&A boss leaving ‘to fight European nationalism’  The Victoria & Albert Museum’s outgoing director has said he is leaving partly to become more involved in politics to fight a “new nationalism” in Europe. Martin Roth announced last week that he is to step down after five years. At the time, it was suggested that the German’s decision was a result of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. He told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row it was “a bit more complicated” than that, but that “the terms and conditions” of life in Britain were changing. BBC News, September 16, 2016

Stefan Kalmár named director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London  Stefan Kalmár has been appointed the next director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London it was announced today (19 September). He succeeds Gregor Muir, who heads to the Tate in January as director of the museum’s international collection. German-born Kalmár comes from Artists Space in New York, the much-lauded non-profit gallery that was founded in SoHo in 1972 with a focus on emerging artists. Kalmár is widely credited with transforming the venue at the height of the recession. The Art Newspaper, September 19, 2016

Picasso ceramics that fired up Richard Attenborough head to auction  The late, great British actor and director Richard Attenborough was ahead of the curve when it came to Picasso ceramics. Sixty-seven lots from the collection that he and his wife Sheila built over 50 years—starting in 1954 with a 30-franc (£3) ashtray of a bird catching a worm—are coming to auction at Sotheby’s London on 22 November with an estimated combined total “in the region of £1.5m”. The Attenboroughs’ first visit to the Madoura pottery studio in Vallauris, where Picasso dabbled in the medium from the late 1940s, turned into an annual pilgrimage during their family summer holidays on the Cote d’Azur. The Art Newspaper, September 19, 2016

Riehen
Fondation Beyeler Taps Peter Zumthor for Expansion  The Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland announced the glorious news today that it has hired Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner to undertake an expansion in the nearby Iselin-Weber Park. The project is slated to cost about 80 million Swiss francs, or about $82 million, a price that includes the acquisition of the land, the construction work, and 10 years of operating expenses. So far 50 million Swiss francs, or about $51 million, have been raised. Zumthor, who won the 2009 Pritzker Prize, was born in the city of Basel, which borders Riehen, and said in a statement, “The sky above Basel, the city and its surroundings—those are the landscapes of my youth. It is heart-warming to be able to design a major building here.” Artnews, September 15, 2016

 

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