Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 3, 2017

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These 4 arts events brought colour and creativity to Vancouver in 2016  While we saw the return of popular festivals like the Eastside Culture Crawl, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, we also saw new arts events and one-time exhibitions that reinforced the belief that Vancouverites are keener than ever to not just look at art, but to engage with it, too. To list them all would be impossible, so instead, here are four that brought fresh perspectives and subject matter to the city’s multifaceted arts scene. The Georgia Straight, December 30, 2016

8 Ways that Vancouver Galleries are Coping with the Real-Estate Crunch  Though the city has been ranked third most livable by the Economist, and its art scene earned it the first Canadian foray for American art-media powerhouse Art21 this fall, Vancouver’s real-estate pressures are having a huge impact on its art-world ecology, begging three questions: Livable for whom? Creative for whom? How can galleries cope? Here are eight approaches that some Vancouver galleries—artist-run, commercial and institutional—are pursuing right now. Canadian Art, December 29, 2016

Meet the Indigenous Artist ‘Tagging’ Emily Carr Paintings  Carr’s paintings, Assu says, document the loss of culture, language, and land at the hands of early Canadian governments, and can help viewers formulate an understanding of Canada’s colonial structure and how the nation developed under this regime… “With [Interventions on the Imaginary] I’m saying that Indigenous people are still here, our struggles are still real, this land is still ours, and we’re going to do what we need to do to make that known and fight for it… With these digital interventions that I’m doing, it’s really placing our mark back on that territory.” The Tyee, January 2017

City backs art gallery despite missed deadline  The Vancouver Art Gallery’s (VAG) trouble raising the money necessary to build a new art gallery has not softened Vancouver city council’s support for the institution or its expansion plans. The city had imposed an April 2015 deadline for the gallery to raise $200 million in government funding in order to have a 99-year lease and build the new gallery on the southern two-thirds of the city’s Larwill Park site, which is bounded by Cambie, Dunsmuir, Beatty and Georgia streets. But that deadline came and went without the city taking any action. On December 14, city council finally confirmed its support for the project by unanimously extending the gallery’s deadline to raise the necessary money to December 31, 2018. Business in Vancouver, January 2, 2017

Royal B.C. Museum calls on Indigenous people to submit stories about relics An Indigenous artist and writer says First Nations artifacts in museums are not simply cold, hard objects, but are rather the belongings of families and communities. The Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria has brought in Francine Cunningham as the guest editor for the spring issue of its digital magazine Curious, which will focus on Indigenous peoples’ relationship to the museum’s collections. The issue will feature essays, articles, creative writing, images, video and sound submitted by Indigenous people about their perspective on the relics kept at the museum, whether the items should be there, and how they feel visiting the space., December 30, 2016

New Year’s Art Resolutions for 2017 We asked some notable artists, curators, writers and gallerists what they’d like to see and do, or not see and do, in 2017. Here’s what they told us. Canadian Art, December 29, 2016

United States
Best of 2016: Our Top 15 Exhibitions Across the United States  This year, Hyperallergic writers and editors combed Philadelphia, Denver, Miami, Pittsburgh, and many other US cities to get a taste for what the country had to offer in its museums, galleries, and performance spaces. We found a number of retrospectives that revealed surprising or unexplored aspects of familiar artists, as well as surveys that revised art history as we know it. And, of course, there were the exhibitions timed for the election that in hindsight seemed to already know we were headed for doom. Hyperallergic, December 30, 2016

The best things America built in 2016 Consider the following buildings a kind of collective antidote. Each one is an original work of architecture, newly constructed or newly renovated, that doesn’t look quite like anything else we’ve got. And each one has a deep connection to its site, either with a community, an institution, a landscape, or a city. These are landmarks—not just new structures, but signposts by which we’ll know the places we live. A museum, a medical school, a cultural center, a sculpture park, a synagogue, a library, a theater, and an apartment building for billionaires: Here are some of the best things we built in America last year, and why they matter. Slate, December 30, 2016

John Berger, art critic and author of Ways of Seeing, dies Art critic and author John Berger has died at the age of 90. His best-known work was Ways of Seeing, a criticism of western cultural aesthetics, but he also won the Booker Prize for his novel G. He donated half the prize money to the radical African-American movement, the Black Panthers. His editor Tom Overton, who is writing Berger’s biography, said the writer “let us know that art would enrich our lives”. Berger was born in Hackney, north London, and began his career as a painter. BBC News, January 2, 2017

Poland secures bargain deal for Leonardo da Vinci and other works The Polish government has bought a world-famous art collection, including a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, for a fraction of its market value. The Czartoryski collection was sold for €100m ($105m; £85m) despite being estimated at about €2bn. It includes Rembrandt and Renoir works, and Leonardo’s Lady with an Ermine. The head of the Czartoryski family, which owned the collection, said it was a “donation”, but the board of its foundation resigned in protest. BBC News, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016: Our Top 15 Exhibitions Around the World  Shakespeare may have said “all the world is a stage,” but we know it’s also full of galleries, museums, and biennials. We asked Hyperallergic’s editors and critics to pick their favorites from a year that seemed to be full of surprises. Hyperallergic, December 31, 2016

Dezeen’s top 10 architecture and design exhibitions coming up in 2017 A major Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective and a display of avant-garde womenswear by Comme des Garçons are among the 10 best upcoming architecture and design exhibitions for 2017, picked by reporter Eleanor Gibson. Dezeen, January 2, 2017

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