Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, November 15, 2016

Vancouver
40 Artists Announced for New Vancouver Triennial  The Vancouver Art Gallery has announced the 40 participating artists in its new triennial Vancouver Special. The exhibition intends to offer a comprehensive survey of the city’s contemporary art scene and its shifts since the 2010 Winter Olympics. The inaugural edition, “Ambivalent Pleasures,” is co-curated by Daina Augaitis, Vancouver Art Gallery’s chief curator/associate director, and guest curator Jesse McKee, head of strategy at 221A. Featuring artworks ranging from painting, drawing, animation, ceramics, textiles, audio and installation, the exhibition will be on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery from December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017. Canadian Art, November 14, 2016

Victoria

Robert Amos: Local fine-art roundup — five shows to see  Five Victoria exhibitions are reviewed: Jill Fitz Hirschbold, David Ellingsen, Tad Suzuki, the late Jim Gordaneer and Glenn Howarth. Times Colonist, November 13, 2016

Regina
Chinese businessman who fought Regina City Hall honoured in art history project  Yee Clun was a successful businessman, a community leader and an “exemplary character.” But because he was Chinese, the law worked against him. And he fought back. Yee’s legacy is being celebrated in Lost Stories, a national art/history project celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Regina Leader-Post, November 14, 2016

Saskatoon
Neon tipis play with your point of view  Five tipis, made of Plexiglas over wood frames, glow in the dark gallery. They fade in and out from colour to colour. Three large videos play in the gallery. Each video, of which two are the same, plays on a loop. The videos are made up of fast-cutting archival photos and drawings of indigenous people. ITWÉ added vibrant colour bursts to the photos echoing the tipis. Archival Reanimators: ITWÉ Collective’s Manifestipi runs at the Wanuskewin Heritage Centre until Dec. 16. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, November 14, 2016

Ottawa
Canada Council Head Promises “New Era” in Arts Funding  In March, Trudeau’s government announced $550 million in new funding for the Canada Council. Today, the Canada Council revealed how that new money will be spent. “I think what we have released today is signalling a new era with our intention to really have an impact,” says Canada Council CEO Simon Brault. And these major arts funding boosts come at a time when the impact of the arts is needed more than ever, Brault says—at a time of deep cultural division not only in the U.S., but in Canada as well. Canadian Art, November 14, 2016

Quebec
Civic Art – Pierre Lassonde Pavilion  The new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Quebec City is an unusual beast. It’s a world-class building by a pre-eminent international firm, an exceptional occurrence in the province. Added to that, it was designed on a tight budget. The collection it houses is equally surprising—while the MNBAQ’s galleries focus on local artists, the quality of the work is on par with the best in the world of art. Unlike other “blockbuster” cultural projects of recent years, the Lassonde is relatively discreet, letting the art collection shine through. Canadian Architect, November 14, 2016

New York
Nazis, New York, and Max Beckmann  Max Beckmann in New York, currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, opens with a story. “Self-Portrait in Blue Jacket” (1950)… was included in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum the year it was painted. Beckmann, who was 66 years old at the time, and living in New York, set out to see his painting hanging in the museum. He never made it; he suffered a fatal heart attack at the corner of 69th Street and Central Park West. This story — a poignant message about painting up until the day you die, or just a poetic tragedy, depending on your outlook — was the original inspiration for the curator, Sabine Rewald. Hyperallergic.com, November 11, 2016

To the Limits and Back: How Chinese Ex-Pat Zao Wou-Ki’s Experiments With Western Modernism Led Him Back to Traditional Chinese Aesthetics  No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki” at the Asia Society, is the Chinese-French artist’s first American retrospective since 1968. After World War II, he created a blend of Western and Chinese sensibility that thrust his works into the mainstream of Abstract Expressionism. This exhibition, curated by Michele Yun of the Asia Society in collaboration with Melissa Walt and Ankeley Weitz of the Colby College Museum of Art, astutely focuses on the artist’s experimentation with Western modernism and traditional Chinese aesthetics in the evolution of his individual style through works in oil on canvas, ink on paper, print making, and watercolor. Artnews, November 14, 2016

Washington
Virginia Dwan’s exhibition “Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971” on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is hosting an exhibition of celebrated gallerist and patron Virginia Dwan’s collection, “Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971,” which will run through January 29, 2017. It is the first time that the personal collection of Dwan, featuring a wide range of genres including abstract, neo-Dadaists, pop art and nouveaux realists, is on display. The exhibition displays as many as 100 works from renowned artists such as Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Kienholz, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Martial Raysse and Jean Tinguely. Blouinartinfo.com, November 14, 2016

London
Whitechapel Gallery curator hopes all-female show will be ‘defiant riposte’ to Trump winning US election  Continuing its focus on female artists, the Whitechapel Gallery in East London is scheduled to present next year an exhibition of photographs by 17 women drawn from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Announcing the show the day after Donald Trump was elected US president on 8 November, the curator Lydia Yee said she hoped it would be a “defiant riposte” to Trump’s inauguration in January. “It is perhaps ironic that the museum is based in Washington,” Yee said, adding that she had anticipated announcing the Whitechapel show to coincide with the election of the first female president of the US. The Art Newspaper, November 15, 2016

Design Museum installs IKEA refugee shelter on London streets  Ahead of its opening later this month, the Design Museum has installed one of IKEA’s flat-pack refugee shelters outside a London tube station. The Better Shelter, which is nominated for a Designs of the Year award, has popped up outside the South Kensington Underground station in west London – moments away from the Design Museum’s new home on Kensington High Street. According to the Design Museum, it is the first time that the refugee shelter has been publicly exhibited in the UK, and it will remain in its outdoor location until 23 November 2016. Dezeen.com, November 14, 2016

Paris
Lost van Gogh sketchbook brought to light by Canadian expert 126 years after artist’s death  After 126 years, a lost sketchbook by Vincent van Gogh was revealed to much fanfare worldwide Tuesday — thanks to a Canadian art expert — but not everyone is convinced of its authenticity. Canadian art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov’s Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook contains many drawings from the most significant period of van Gogh’s life, when he was living in the south of France, working on some of his most famous paintings but suffering from the psychological torment that led him to cut off his ear and spend months in hospital while continuing to create. CBC.ca, November 15, 2016

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