Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, January 12, 2016


Art and economics collide at Belkin Gallery. Rarely do art and economics come together in such startling, provocative ways as they will in To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A, opening at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery this Thursday (January 12).  Georgia Straight, January 11, 2017

PuSh Festival 2017.  The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events, and, true to its name, it pushes boundaries and art forms like no other showcase in the city.  Georgia Straight, January 11, 2017

David Carey’s new exhibition gives away childhood memories.  What might happen if children’s toy animals came to life and established themselves in a house setting? That’s the premise behind Animals, a new exhibit by David Carey. A former computer programmer and teacher, Carey is also a photographer who specializes in manipulating images to create thought-provoking juxtapositions. We talked to the 71-year-old, who moved from Winnipeg to Port Moody three years ago. Vancouver Sun, January 11, 2017

Things to do this week, Jan. 12-19: Macbeth, Gluten Free Expo, Geoffrey Farmer, and more.  Haroon Mirza: Entheogens at Contemporary Art Gallery (the London-based artist likes to mess with electric currents and make a racket) and Geoffrey Farmer at Catriona Jeffries  (If his work wasn’t so darned marvellous, Geoffrey Farmer might otherwise be considered — as Tate Gallery jokingly suggested — an “enemy of the museum.”) Vancouver Sun, January 11, 2017


Victoria artist uses wrestling as reference point in new installation.  In One Way or Another, her biggest and most ambitious art project to date, Megan Dickie references a number of things. Wrestling is one of them.  Times Colonist, January 12, 2017


Video: In the Studio with Darby Milbrath.  Studio-visit videos can offer a fascinating look inside the creative process, but, inevitably, there are countless details and aspects of an artist’s environment that cannot be captured on camera. In the case of Darby Milbrath’s plant-filled Toronto studio, the most obvious omission is scent—her space is permeated with a heady mix of essential oils.  Canadian Art, January 11, 2016


10 Unique Ways to Study Art in Canada. As artistic practices shift, increasingly integrating technology and interdisciplinary approaches, it makes sense that art schools reflect, or anticipate, these changes as well. At some schools, more traditional studio-based programs are reinvigorating their approaches. At others, newly developed programs that are deeply future-facing take the visual and creative components of art school but apply them in different ways.  Canadian Art, January 11, 2016


In New Drawings, Kara Walker Traces American Histories of Christianity and Racism  Working at the American Academy of Rome earlier this year, surrounded by Renaissance and Baroque art that memorializes ancient Roman history wrought with political and religious violence, American artist Kara Walker began to reflect on her own country’s religious and political origins. The resulting show, The Ecstasy of St. Kara, recently on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art, grappled with the Transatlantic Slave Trade, American Civil War, African-American separatist groups, and deeply entrenched Christian ideologies. Hyperallergic, January 8, 2017

New York

High art: New York’s High Line to introduce new artwork plinth.  The High Line, an elevated railway turned park in New York City, is getting a new addition and with it, a new, permanent location for temporary art installations – the High Line Plinth.  The Guardian, January 11, 2017

The Metropolitan Museum Will Delay a New $600 Million Wing. It looks like the Metropolitan Museum of Art won’t be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020 with a new wing after all.  The Met on Wednesday morning informed its staff that it will push back plans for a $600 million southwest wing dedicated to Modern and contemporary art as it takes new measures to get its financial house in order.  New York Times, January 12, 2017


House battle over controversial student painting spirals out of control. A young Missouri student’s painting of civil unrest has sparked a proxy battle among lawmakers in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, between black Democrats concerned about what they call a legacy of unjust policing and several white Republicans who are defending law enforcement.   The tiff spiraled out of control Tuesday, with House Republicans acting on two separate occasions to pull the artwork down from a tunnel in the Capitol complex, after it was rehung by Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), whose young constituent painted it.  Washington Post, January 10, 2017


Tate to name Maria Balshaw as new director to succeed Serota.  Maria Balshaw, the hugely respected leader of Manchester’s galleries and a driving force in the city’s cultural renaissance, is expected to replace Sir Nicholas Serota as director of Tate.   The Guardian, January 11, 2017

The drifter: Joel Sternfeld on his sly glimpses of wild America – seen from the endless highway.  Joel Sternfeld’s book American Prospects, is now regarded as a classic. With its merging of the deadpan and the ominous, it has been as influential on succeeding generations of documentary photographers as Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places or William Eggleston’s Guide. Its often ironic images – a circus elephant stranded on a rural road, a fireman apparently shopping for a pumpkin at a roadside stall while a house blazes in the background – are punctuated by more sinister elements: a looming battleship in Mobile, Alabama; a primed missile in White Sands, New Mexico; a row of aircraft carriers lining the horizon beyond a sunbathing, bikini-clad woman on a Florida beach.  The Guardian, January 11, 2017

Guerrilla Girls Find — Surprise! — that European Museum Collections Are Heavily White and Male.  The Guerrilla Girls strike again. The Whitechapel Gallery has recently commissioned the feminist collective to create a new artwork for the gallery, resulting in an exhibition. Is it even worse in Europe? resurrects the 1986 Guerilla Girls campaign “It’s Even Worse in Europe” by conducting an up-to-date survey on gender and racial inequality in European art institutions.  Hyperallergic, January 11, 2017


Wildenstein Clan Cleared of French Tax Fraud—For Now.  French courts today cleared art dealing heir Guy Wildenstein on charges of tax fraud and money laundering. The same verdict was pronounced for the case’s seven other defendants that included family members and counselors.  Despite the acquittal, presiding judge Oliver Géron said the Wildensteins’ financial arrangements, especially the infamous trusts, showed a “will to dissimulate,” and a “clear attempt to avoid” paying taxes.  Artnet News, January 12, 2017



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