Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 20, 2016

Indigenous Artists and Curators Win Prestigious Hnatyshyn Awards  The Hnatyshyn Foundation announced recipients of a number of prizes tonight. Artist Peter Morin (Brandon, Manitoba) and curator Tania Willard (Chase, British Columbia) are the recipients of the 2016 Visual Arts Awards. Morin received the $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist, and Willard received a $15,000 award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art. Canadian Art, September 19, 2016

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Underground Catacombs and Vault  Tom Meighan walks around behind the lobby of the Vancouver Art Gallery, down a hallway, and taps his key card at a large white door. It beeps and unlocks, letting him through to a set of stairs that descend into the depths of the gallery’s basement—the underbelly of what used to be a courthouse. Montecristo Magazine, September 2016

Saskatoon gallery a community-building masterpiece What could the Remai Modern, Saskatoon’s new multimillion-dollar art gallery and home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts, possibly have in common with the folksy Saskatoon Farmers’ Market? Quite a bit, as it happens. Situated along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, the Remai Modern is a multipurpose facility whose programming and design have been inspired by many of the qualities that make the nearby Farmers’ Market so successful: an inclusive, friendly and authentic community space that offers the tantalizing prospect of discovery, adventure and entertainment. The Remai Modern hopes to be all of those things. The Globe and Mail, September 20, 2016

Bloor Street set to become Canada’s first ‘cultural corridor’ A section of Bloor Street could soon become the city’s official “cultural corridor.” Following lobbying efforts from a group of arts and culture organizations along Bloor from Bay to Bathurst, city council’s economic development committee voted Monday to bestow the designation. If council approves the move, the corridor will be the first of its kind in Toronto — and Canada, for that matter. The goal is to turn the spotlight on small arts and culture groups. Metronews, September 20, 2016

This art show won’t stop climate change, but it might change the conversation  […] it’s called The Edge of The Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video, and it’s a group show that pairs the work of more than 20 contemporary artists with an archival timeline of humanity’s impact on nature, key reportage photos from the last century that have been culled from the RIC’s Black Star Collection., September 19, 2016

Contemporary Conversations: Who is the late Anne Chu? On September 29, the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, will close the 2016 season of the Contemporary Conversations series with a presentation on the work of recently deceased American artist Anne Chu. Contemporary Conversations (#artconvoAIE), now in its second season, has invited important American artists to Ottawa for discussions on topics that transcend national borders, inspire critical thinking, and connect people across cultures. Anne Chu, who died on July 25, had been scheduled to appear as the third and final artist of the 2016 series, which included conversations with artists Kiki Smith and Theaster Gates., September 20, 2016

Los Angeles
The Broad Reports Attendance of 820,000 in First Year  The Broad museum in Los Angeles sent out an email blast this morning trumpeting news that it welcomed more than 820,000 people in its first year in operation, a formidable figure for a one-year-old private museum. That number is no doubt music to the ears of its billionaire cofounder, Eli Broad (with his wife, Edythe), particularly since his belief in attendance as an important measure for the success of museums is well documented. Artnews, September 20, 2016

Eyesore no more: scholars reassess Degas’s later works, when the artist’s sight failed him but his ingenuity did not  Degas: a New Vision (16 October-16 January 2017) includes around 200 paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculptures by the artist and covers the entirety of his more than 50-year career. The show opened at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, in June 2016, but Houston is the only US venue. The Art Newspaper, September 20, 2016

Baltimore Museum of Art is one of only two major U.S. museums to feature an installation by transgender artists  The Baltimore Museum of Art presents Queer Interiors, a multimedia installation that explores facets of domestic life experienced by LGBTQI+ communities. It was created by Baltimore-based artists Rahne Alexander and Jaimes Mayhew working in conjunction with Chase Brexton Health Care’s LGBT Health Resource Center. The installation is on view in the Commons gallery adjacent to the Imagining Home exhibition in the BMA’s Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center from September 18, 2016 through August 2017. The only other major museum to feature an installation by transgender artists is the Whitney Museum of American Art., September 20, 2016

New York
Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch rises again in New York  As the UN General Assembly started in New York, during which hundreds of diplomatic and political dignitaries gather for a week-long discussion on key global issues such as terrorism, a reproduction of the Roman Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old structure in Syria that was destroyed by Isis last year, was unveiled on Monday at City Hall Park in New York. The Art Newspaper, September 19, 2016

Rembrandt’s four earliest paintings reunited for the first time at the Ashmolean  The Ashmolean has opened a historic display of Rembrandt’s four earliest paintings, reuniting them for the first time in public. Hearing, Touch, Smell and Sight are the four surviving panels from Rembrandt’s Five Senses series, created around 1624−5 when the artist was still a teenager. The display of the four paintings has been made possible through the generosity of the Leiden Collection, New York, a private collection assembled by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan which has lent Hearing, Touch and Smell; and Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden which has lent Sight . The whereabouts of the fifth panel, which would depict Taste , is currently unknown and an empty frame in the exhibition space invites visitors to imagine how the missing painting might have looked., September 20, 2016

Hassan Sharif, a Pioneer of Conceptual Art in the Middle East, Dies at 65  Hassan Sharif, perhaps the most important artist ever to come out of the United Arab Emirates, whose work revolutionized conceptual art in the Middle East, and whose assemblages tackled modernization and overproduction, died in Dubai yesterday… Sharif’s work had, until recently, largely gone unheard of in America and Europe. Within the last decade, however, Sharif’s work received greater exposure outside the Middle East. This was, in part, thanks to his United Arab Emirates pavilion in 2009 at the Venice Biennale—the first that his home country had ever had at the biennial. Artnews, September 19, 2016


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