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

Rare eye catching art robbed from Vancouver neighbourhood  Vancouver police are asking the public to help track down eye-catching canvas paintings that were snatched from a studio on the city’s Downtown Eastside. Between Sunday morning and Tuesday evening, four works of art were taken from ACME Studios on East Hastings Street. “Someone will recognize these paintings. We hope they do the right thing and contact police or Crime Stoppers so we can return the artwork to their owners,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette., November 17, 2016

Photos: 1000 Parker Street a hive of creativity at the Eastside Culture Crawl  On Friday, the 20th annual Eastside Culture Crawl was in full swing at 1000 Parker Street, where more than 150 artists opened their studios to the public. The labryinth of creativity was filled with visual art, craft, and design work from painters, ceramists, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelers, photographers, and more. The Georgia Straight, November 19, 2016

New Westminster
New West artist featured at Vancouver gallery A New Westminster artist’s depictions of storm-tossed seas and wind-torn landscapes are featured in an exhibition at a Vancouver gallery. Fear, Hope and Longing III – Paintings of Vancouver Island Western Coast is on at the Visual Space Gallery in Vancouver from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7. The exhibition features the work of local resident David A. Haughton. New Westminster Record, November 18, 2016

Port Alberni
B.C. First Nation celebrates return of artifacts, resilience of culture  A five-metre-wide painted wood screen and 37 hand-carved birds are among a collection of artwork returned to a First Nation after more than a century in the Royal B.C. Museum. The Huu-ay-aht First Nation on Vancouver Island is celebrating the repatriation of the cultural treasures. “We’re resilient, we’re strong and our culture is still alive,” said Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., November 20, 2016

Kamloops city hall is getting a pop-up museum  In a bit of a reveral of roles, the Kamloops Museum and Archives is heading to city hall to renovate the lobby. The city hall lobby is going to be the scene of pop-up museums as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Museum supervisor Julia Cyr says the Talking Walls Project will include artifacts and wall displays highlighting the country’s 150 years., November 18, 2016

Hutchinson’s ‘The Last Longest Day’ at Glenbow Museum, Calgary The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, presents an exhibition by MN Hutchinson, titled ‘The Last Longest Day’, the third instalment of ‘One New Work’ that will run through February 26, 2017. The exhibition features the photographs taken by Hutchinson on the summer solstice of 1999. He clicked one picture every minute from sunrise at 04:23 to sunset at 23:10 on the longest day of the year as well as the millennium. The black and white photos clicked during those 19 hours were mentally and physically exhausting for Hutchinson. Blouin Artinfo, November 18, 2016

Rebuttal and a challenge: art historian blasts back at Van Gogh museum over disputed sketchbook  The esteemed Canadian art historian who sparked a controversy this week with her new tome Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook has lashed back at the Van Gogh Museum, which disputes the authenticity of the sketchbook. At issue is a business ledger-turned-sketchbook of 65 drawings believed to feature drawings by the post-impressionist master created at a key period in his career: when he was living in Arles, France…, November 17, 2016

New $25-million Montreal museum pavilion aims ‘to seduce the visitor’  The gift of a painting to a museum may get you a tax receipt and a small measure of civic glory. A gift of many paintings can cause a seismic effect, as happened when Michal and Renata Hornstein gave about 100 Old Master paintings to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Hornstein gift, and the approaching 375th anniversary of Montreal, moved the provincial government to cover three-quarters of the cost of a new $25-million pavilion for European art. The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, which opened Saturday, is the second major addition in five years to Canada’s most expansive art institution. It is also, for the next two months, Montreal’s best cheap date: admission is free until Jan. 15. The Globe and Mail, November 18, 2016

‘Giving young people a voice’: The diversity of young Muslims on display at MMFA The Art of Inclusion showcases artwork by young Muslims in Quebec. Peter Flegel from the Michaëlle Jean Foundation says the exhibit is the first of its kind to be shown in a major museum in Canada.   “These are young people who have quite a lot to say, incredible ideas and quite a lot of creativity,” says Flegel. “Sometimes [they] are misunderstood, or stigmatized, and sometimes face barriers in terms of achieving their aspirations.”, November 20, 2016

New York
Artist turns Whitney work upside down after election  The day after the US presidential election on 8 November, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York received an unorthodox request from the artist Annette Lemieux. She asked if curators might be willing to turn her installation, Left Right Left Right (1995)—which had been on show there since April—upside down. Less than a week later, they did. “It was an impulse,” Lemieux says. “I was looking at the image right side up and it felt somehow wrong, because I, like many people, felt defeated.” The Art Newspaper, November 18, 2016

Picasso and the Mediterranean: 40 exhibitions will celebrate artist’s ties to the region The Musée Picasso in Paris plans to lend works to around 40 exhibitions in venues in Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Cyprus and Morocco that will present “a full panorama” of Picasso’s lifelong relationship with the Mediterranean, the museum’s director, Laurent Le Bon, tells us. Starting next year, to coincide with the centenary of Picasso’s 1917 journey to Italy, Picasso-Méditerranée will be a “global exhibition experience” including theatre, conferences, a website and a catalogue, Le Bon says. The Art Newspaper, November 21, 2016

Szczecin, Poland
National Museum in Szczecin named World Building of the Year 2016  A subterranean museum in Poland with a huge public space on its roof has won the title World Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. The National Museum in Szczecin was designed by Polish architect Robert Konieczny, who leads a studio called KWK Promes., November 18, 2016

Beijing museum says Anselm Kiefer exhibition will go ahead despite artist’s protest Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum has issued a statement saying it will open its exhibition Anselm Kiefer in China as planned tomorrow (19 November), against the artist’s protests that the exhibition was organised without his consent. The statement places responsibility for communication with Kiefer upon the German organisers, the Bell Art Center and the Ludwig Museum Koblenz, and says that the Chinese institution is within its legal rights to stage the show. The Art Newspaper, November 18, 2016

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