Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, October 27, 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.  Georgia Straight, October 21, 2016

Metro Vancouver moves to increase funding for arts and culture in Lower Mainland.  The Greater Vancouver Regional District is considering a 50 percent increase in its annual budget for grants to groups that promote arts and culture. Phased over five years starting in 2017, the measure will boost the funding assistance by the regional body also known as Metro Vancouver to $150,000 by 2021 from its current level of $100,000. Georgia Straight, October 20, 2016

Skulls at International Day of the Dead exhibit bring artful interpretations of death to Granville Island. With the help of Granville Island Cultural Society’s executive director, Barbara Chirinos, Ari De La Mora has organized the second annual International Day of the Dead exhibition and tour. One Mexico City-based artist and 20 Vancouver-based artists representing different nations have each painted skulls to showcase their culturally-influenced interpretations of death.  Georgia Straight, October 26, 2016


Gardiner Museum’s new show explores Scandinavian-inspired Canadian design.  The Gardiner’s excellent new show: True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada, which features ceramics, furniture, lighting and textiles. Scandinavian-inspired, Canadian-made design, writes Brown in the exhibit’s accompanying book, was “the Trojan Horse of contemporary,” surreptitiously sneaking sleek teak tables, credenzas and chairs into otherwise respectably unmodern homes. Globe & Mail, October 26, 2016

The 10 most exciting artists to check out at Art Toronto. The Art Toronto mega-fair, running from October 28 to 31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is a glorious smorgasbord of eye candy, with thousands of sculptors, painters and photographers from all over the world showing off their work. It’s also the best place for deep-pocketed collectors and museums to discover new artists and snag new pieces. Here’s are 10 creative geniuses to catch at the fair. Toronto Life, October 26, 2016


Trudeau to name 9 new non-partisan senators.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will name nine new, non-partisan senators today.  The five women and four men hail from a wide variety of backgrounds and include: Manitoba art historian Patricia Bovey, former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, former member of the board of trustees of the National Gallery of Canada and the board of the Canada Council for the Arts.  CBC News, October 27, 2016


Meet the Confederation Centre’s new visual arts educator.  When is the best time to introduce children to art?   “As soon as you can hold a paint brush in your hand!” says Kate Sharpley, the newest fulltime employee of the Confederation Centre’s art gallery.  In her new role, she plans to encourage as many people as possible to make and enjoy art.  “I always felt the need to be creating in some way,” Sharpley told CBC Radio:Mainstreet’s Angela Walker in her Irish lilt.  CBC News, October 25, 2016

St. John’s

Inuk Artists End Hunger Strike as Government Promises Action at Muskrat Falls. After 12 days of going without food to protest environmental problems associated with a hydro development in his home of Labrador, Inuit artist Billy Gauthier and his fellow hunger strikers finally broke their fasts early this morning. Canadian Art, October 26, 2016

Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego marks 75 years with launch of bold expansion  Last week, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego formally launched expansion plans that have been in the works for several years. An extension and renovation, conceived by New York architect Annabelle Selldorf, the designer behind thoughtful upgrades at New York’s Neue Galerie and the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, will add 30,000 square feet of gallery space — quadrupling the museum’s exhibition areas.   Los Angeles Times, October 25, 2016

New York

Art Dealers Move Out of the Gallery and Into a Taco Bell.  Stefania Bortolami still recalls, with cathartic exultation, the moment she decided to display her art in a slower, smaller way. It was May 2015, and Ms. Bortolami, the owner of the Bortolami Gallery in Manhattan, was at the art fair Frieze New York — her sixth such gathering of the year.  Los Angeles Times, October 25, 2016

176 original emoji will become part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection.  New York City’s Museum of Modern Art has added the world’s first emoji set to its permanent collection, The New York Times reports. The set includes 176 images created with just six colors on a 12 by 12 pixel grid for Japanese pagers in 1999. The Verge, October 26, 2016

North America

3 Solo Exhibitions of Contemporary Indigenous Art That Delved Deeply.  Our sense of contemporary Indigenous art was shaped in the 1980s and early 1990s by group exhibitions, it was the rarer opportunity of the solo exhibition that let us see the depth and merit of individual practices.  Richard William Hill looks at three that ‘reward careful attention.’  Jim Logan, “Requiem for Our Children,” Art Gallery of the Whitehorse Public Library (and other venues), 1990, Jimmie Durham, “Janus and His Double,” Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, 1992, Shelley Niro, “Mohawks in Beehives + Other Works,” Mercer Union, Toronto, 1992.  Canadian Art, October 26, 2016


The Culture of Complaint. A new Tate exhibition shows that contemporary art is now just about whinging.  It perhaps shouldn`t be surprising that Tate Modern decided to open its new ‘Exchange’ space, on the fifth floor of its new extension, with the Complaints Department, an installation by the Guerrilla Girls.   Spike Online, October19, 2016

South Africa: The Art of a Nation review – from the dawn of man to the violence of apartheid.  Bringing together Zulu spears, tribal cave paintings and 20th-century activist collages, this dazzling array is a brilliant tribute to one of art’s true centres.  The Guardian, October 26, 2016

Paul Nash review – pain, wonder and inescapable menace.  Whether he’s painting the peaceful English countryside or the wartime trenches, the artist usually has something up his sleeve – and it’s not always pleasant  The Guardian, October 25, 2016


Restorers use Japanese algae and sturgeon glue to treat Futurist work. Automobile Speed + Light + Noise (around 1913), a painting by the Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla (1871-1958), is due to go back on display at the Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland in November following a six-month stint in the museum’s restoration studio. Viola Möckel says that the surface of the black matt paint is extremely sensitive so the challenge was to find a consolidation medium “that would not leave glossy residues or cause colour saturation”.   In the end she used an ultrasonic nebuliser to spray on a substance that contains a mix of sturgeon glue and Jun Funori—an adhesive made from algae that is traditionally used to restore Japanese paper.  The Art Newspaper, October25, 2016


We need to remove the mask of history from female artists.  Madrid’s Prado gallery has finally, after 200 years, put on its first show devoted to a female painter, Clara Peeters. We need far more like it, to understand the greatness of women working under heavy patriarchies.  The Guardian, October 26, 2016


Turin’s top museum official quits in row with Five Star mayor.  A top museum official in Turin has resigned after a high-profile spat with the city’s anti-establishment mayor, Chiara Appendino, who has been accused of using a heavy handed political approach to the city’s cultural affairs.  The row between Patrizia Asproni and Appendino, who is a rising star in the populist Five Star Movement, erupted last week after it was revealed that a major sponsor of a proposed Édouard Manet exhibition was backing out of a plan to host the show in Turin and was favouring Milan instead.  The Guardian, October 27, 2016





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