Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 21, 2016


Future Vancouver Art Gallery site home to a new installation by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.  It will be a few years until Vancouverites get to see the new Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of West Georgia and Cambie Streets, but for now, the site at Larwill Park will be home to a new installation by renowned First Nations artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.  Georgia Straight, September 20, 2016


Kelley Moore says art gallery planning ‘a colossal disaster’  Saskatoon mayoral candidate Kelley Moore says the idea for the Remai Modern art gallery was a good one, but poor planning by civic officials has cost taxpayers millions. “I don’t think the concept was a mistake. The way the project was managed was a colossal disaster,” Moore said on Tuesday.  Star Phoenix, September 20, 2016


Déja Viewed: Michael Snow on Looking Back, and Ahead.  As I step off the bus towards Michael Snow’s house, I feel like I am carrying his entire career in a No Frills bag. Well, maybe not his entire career, but a good chunk of it.  In advance of our interview, Snow has suggested that I dig through Canadian Art’s archives—which also include a treasure trove of copies of our predecessor artscanada (1967–1983) and an earlier magazine also called Canadian Art (1943–1966) to see if I can find a cover he did after winning a contest in 1951, when he was an OCAD student.  Canadian Art, September 20, 2016

Winnipeg Artist Wins $25K RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Winnipeg-based artist Brian Hunter has won the 18th RBC Canadian Painting Competition.  Hunter’s 2015 work Two empty trays mounted vertically clinched the $25,000 top prize, which was announced at a ceremony in Toronto this evening. Canadian Art, September 21, 2016.  See also: Winnipeg artist Brian Hunter wins RBC painting competitionGlobe & Mail, September 21, 2016

5 emerging artists to watch in Toronto.  Bursting with artistic talent, Toronto’s art scene is full of colour, but some artists find themselves looking at a blank canvas when trying to establish themselves. Finding opportunities to exhibit their work, showcase their talent and foster a following can often be very challenging, even with so many great art schools and galleries across the city.  Toronto Life, September 19, 2016


Rebecca Belmore on her gradual trek eastward and life as an artist. Rebecca Belmore has been on the move the past four years and, at 56, she seems to be readying herself to do so again, this time to Cuba. The veteran Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist, winner of a 2013 Governor-General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and, in 2005, the first aboriginal woman ever to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale, has been living with her husband, fellow artist and occasional collaborator Osvaldo Yero, in Montreal since fall 2014.  Globe & Mail, September 16, 2016


On the Politics of Staying in Canada.  As a Canadian culture worker in my late 30s, I have spent much of my adult life saying goodbye to friends who have had it, for whatever reason, with Canada. Sometimes, often, I don’t blame them. Sometimes, often, I listen to them throw shade at Canada when I get the chance to visit them. I grant them this, assuming their non-Canadian residencies have been hard won.  Canadian Art, September 15, 2016

New York

The Museum of Modern Art’s Miraculous New Online Archive. Every exhibit since 1929 can now be seen for free—and the effect is unsettling. This archive, available for free on the Museum of Modern Art’s website, now documents every show that it has exhibited. For art-history fans and scholars, this archive uncovers the lineage of an organization that has “defined Modernism more powerfully than perhaps any other institution,” as the Times puts it. And, surely, graduate students will consult its pages for years to come. But this is a remarkable project, and browsing through it will reward many more people than just scholars.  The Atlantic, September 20, 2016

Sascha Braunig Makes Uncanny Art for an Artificial World. I’ve never been an artist who responds to landscape in my work,” the painter Sascha Braunig told me as we sat inside, sheltered from a late spring rainstorm. Born in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, and currently based in Portland, Maine, Braunig was visiting New York for Frieze Art Fair. Canadian Art, September 21, 2016

A Sight at the Museum.  Just past the metal detectors at the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum, 11 people cluster together, tablets and smartphones raised in front of their faces, photographing the central information desk and the arches beyond. Just to the right of the kiosk, five people squeeze and half-squat together while one of them angles his selfie stick.  These are not scenes from a recent Saturday at the Met — though they could be — but details from paintings and drawings in Hai-Hsin Huang’s exhibition A Museum Show at the Chinese American Arts Council.  Hyperallergic, September 21, 2016

Agnes Martin Makes a Clothing Line.  In early October, a collection of knit tunics in shades of oatmeal (yes, there are multiple shades), draped navy trousers and faintly striped T-shirts will start shipping to retail locations of COS, the elevated younger sibling store of Swedish retail juggernaut H&M. The 12 articles adhere to COS’s signature style, which renders boxy shapes elegant and nods to the collection’s inspiration: Agnes Martin.  The store will even sponsor the Guggenheim showing of Martin’s retrospective, which opens in October.   Canadian Art, September 19, 2016


How the Mona Lisa became so overrated. Many writers have chronicled the exciting and infamous story of how Vincenzo Peruggia stole the “Mona Lisa” in 1911.  But why did Peruggia target the “Mona Lisa” in the first place? The answer might lie with a critic named Walter Pater (1839–1894). Vox, September 20, 2016


Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII: the most boring controversial artwork ever.  Most works of art that cause controversy are by their nature sensational. They are sexually graphic, or violent, or politically contentious. Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII is different. It is the most boring controversial artwork of all time.  BBC4 will rake over the boring controversy about these boring bricks one more boring time. But why? Bricks! is part of a season on conceptual art that has ranged from Vic Reeves on the Dadaists to a survey by James Fox. The Guardian, September 20, 2016

Frieze London 2016 to feature Julie Verhoeven lavatory intervention.  Visitors to one of the world’s most important art fairs are used to seeing artists and curators plying their trade everywhere they look. This year artists will be working the toilets, too.  Organisers of London’s Frieze art fair have commissioned the artist Julie Verhoeven to make an intervention in one of its lavatories. The Guardian, September 20, 2016

Abu Dhabi

Manuel Rabaté appointed director of Louvre Abu Dhabi   The French museum professional Manuel Rabaté has been appointed the director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi ahead of its opening next year on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates. Hissa Al Dhaheri, a UAE national, has been named as the deputy director.  The Art Newspaper, September 20, 2016


The Emotional Business of Managing an Artist’s Estate.  The afterlife of an artist exists in their work. But even a world-class late artist’s reputation can suffer badly from a mismanaged estate: lack of transparency and a definitive catalog raisonné, or in some cases, inaccessible archives, or squabbling heirs can tarnish an artist’s legacy, have a negative effect on their market, and halt academic research on their work. Last week in Berlin, the Institute for Artists’ Estates—founded by Loretta Würtenberger and Daniel Tümpel—held its inaugural two-day conference around the strategic, legal, technical, and—not to be underestimated—emotional aspects of managing the estate of a deceased artist. Titled “Keeping the Legacy Alive,” speakers including artists’ heirs, museum directors, and managers of artists’ foundations.  Artnet News, September 20, 2016

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