Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 25, 2016

How Canadian publishers are curating successful relationships with art galleries More than just gift-shop staples or coffee-table decoration, art books and catalogues serve multiple purposes for those who produce them. They are important educational tools; they extend the revenue from temporary exhibitions; and they provide a way for curators and art historians to explore ideas too complex to include on gallery walls. Greg Clarke, director of the international art book fair Edition Toronto, which took place in October, suggests that publications can also help galleries attract artistic talent. “If the artist can say that a book was produced about their work, that just adds some credibility to their practice,” Clarke says.” Quill & Quire, October 24, 2016

Capture Photography Festival opens call for lens-based events and exhibitions Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival has put out an open call for photographers interested in conducting exhibits as part of the month-long event, which returns to the city this April. The annual celebration of locally produced, lens-based art features public installations, tours, artist talks, and panel discussions at various venues across the Lower Mainland. Next year’s event, which takes place from April 1 to 28, 2017, marks the first time that the fete will include a range of self-submitted projects. The Georgia Straight, October 21, 2016

A history of the Emily Carr Collection and vision for a new gallery  The Royal B.C. Museum and Archives holds by far the largest collection of materials documenting Carr’s life and times and nearly every month we receive questions or information about other potential acquisitions. Among her 1,200 works of art are large oil paintings, sketchbooks, field sketches and preliminary works. Her written archives include literary manuscripts, private journals and correspondence… We have long dreamed of creating a lasting tribute by building a permanent gallery to showcase the rich and varied collections we hold — to celebrate this national treasure — and we are making strides toward that reality. The Emily Carr Gallery will be a presentation space for the 21st century, allowing for immersive experiences and interactions with experts and providing an overview for international visitors who may be experiencing Carr for the first time. Times Colonist, October 25, 2016

Museum at 130: A great success evolves, true to its original vision  When the Royal British Columbia Museum was born on Oct. 25, 1886 – exactly 130 years ago – the nation was just emerging. Canada’s political landscape was a fraction of its size today and the population was less than 20 per cent of what it would be a century later. The museum’s original purpose was guided by a founding petition, a copy of which hangs in my office to remind me to look after collections for the province and, through their careful stewardship, shape ideas about British Columbia to better understand its natural and cultural heritage. Times Colonist, October 25, 2016

Calgary utility boxes brightened up by 12 artists  A new art project has taken the idea of painting Calgary’s utility boxes a step further with 12 local artists getting the chance to showcase their print works. The city’s Utility Box Public Art Program started in 2010 to help prevent graffiti. Since then over 140 utility boxes have been decorated by local artists. As part of the new program — a collaboration with Alberta Printmakers — lead artist Eveline Kolijn agreed to mentor 12 other artists for six weeks, transforming 12 boxes on the west side of the 5 and 6 Ave. S.W. corridors., October 22, 2016

Winnipeg artists collaborate on graphic novel about missing, murdered Indigenous women An upcoming multimedia project that includes a graphic novel aims to show how a young First Nations girl sees the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Will I See? is a collaboration between author David Robertson, illustrator GMB Chomichuk and musician isKwé. It tells the story of an Indigenous teenager named May who encounters objects in her life that embody the spirits of Indigenous women who have died. When May and her kokum (or grandmother) turn the keepsakes into a necklace, a “world of danger and fantasy opens up,” a release from the group states., October 23, 2016

Canadian Photography Institute director Luce Lebart fascinated by ‘moments stopped’ When Luce Lebart was very young she had a favourite pastime. It involved an old trunk full of family photographs. Inside, she found inspiration in the images and the memories they prompted….Today, Lebart’s life revolves around photography in her job as the new director of the Canadian Photography Institute at the National Gallery of Canada. The institute was created in 2015. It administers a collection of more than 50,000 photographs and 146,000 negatives, along with other materials used in the photographic arts. Ottawa Citizen, October 24, 2016

Direction du MBAM: Nathalie Bondil jusqu’en 2021  La directrice générale et conservatrice en chef du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM), Nathalie Bondil, vient d’être reconduite dans ses fonctions pour cinq ans, soit jusqu’en 2021. Le président du conseil d’administration du musée, Jacques Parisien, a annoncé lundi la prolongation du contrat de Mme Bondil. « Le MBAM vit actuellement une croissance remarquable: la capacité de Nathalie Bondil à entreprendre, à se renouveler et à sortir des sentiers battus a permis au MBAM de se classer parmi les meilleurs musées », déclare M. Parisien dans un communiqué de presse. La Presse, October 24, 2016

New York
How to Clean a Dusty Picasso at MoMA: Use Your Spit  Anny Aviram has spent more than 40 years as a conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, often swabbing away dust and grime on priceless Picassos and other masterpieces. One of the most effective tools she uses is her own saliva. (Don’t worry: This practice, centuries old, has scientific backing.) That revelation is one of several surprises in a new audio guide to the museum produced by the artist Nina Katchadourian that focuses on a tiny topic: dust. The New York Times, October 24, 2016

Ai Weiwei returns to New York with four solo gallery shows  The ever popular Ai Weiwei will return to New York in November with four big gallery shows, two at Mary Boone, one at Deitch Projects, and one at Lisson’s recently opened US outpost in Chelsea. Three of the shows, organised under the title Roots and Branches, feature tree-inspired sculptures, while the fourth will incorporate clothing from the refugee camps the Chinese activist-artist has visited. The Art Newspaper, October 21, 2016

Paul Nash sculpture found in cardboard box reassembled for Tate Britain show  A surrealist sculpture by British war artist Paul Nash discovered in pieces in a cardboard box will go on show this week at Tate Britain. Moon Aviary, last exhibited in 1942 and thought lost for decades, was found this year in a London archive. It has been reassembled for a major retrospective of Nash’s work that opens on Wednesday. “It was an immensely exciting moment,” the show’s co-curator Emma Chambers told the BBC. “It’s the sort of moment that you really dream of as a curator, where something that you thought no longer existed suddenly pops up.” The 1937 artwork had been thought by art experts to be lost or destroyed., October 24, 2016

It only took 200 years: Prado stages its first show dedicated to a female artist  The 200-year-old Museo del Prado in Madrid unveiled its first exhibition dedicated to a female artist today, 25 October (until 19 February 2017). The Art of Clara Peeters, which travels from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, is a display of 15 still-lifes by one of the few women to work as a professional painter in 17th-century Europe. The Flemish artist is among just 41 women to be represented in the Spanish museum’s permanent collection (compared with more than 5,000 men). The Art Newspaper, October 25, 2016

South Sudan artists paint for peace in Juba  After nearly three years of devastating civil conflict, South Sudanese artists have come together to try and get the country thinking and talking about peace, by launching a public art project in the capital Juba. Painted murals have appeared on walls and shipping containers across the city. The walls of schools, bakeries and cultural centres in Juba have been repurposed as concrete canvases for the artists. [image gallery], October 25, 2016

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