Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, March 14, 2017

ART SEEN: Forgotten art history of Vancouver revealed in exhibition about Charles H. Scott Who was Charles Hepburn Scott? If you follow visual art in Vancouver, you might be aware that Scott was principal of the old Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts or that the art gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design was named after him… When Cate Rimmer, director of the gallery at Emily Carr University named after Scott, looked into who Scott was, she found what amounts to a forgotten part of Vancouver’s art history. Rimmer has made Scott and his contribution to visual arts the focus of Goodbye Charles, her last curated exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery on Granville Island… What Rimmer discovered looking through the archives of the Vancouver Art Gallery and ECUAD was that Scott extended the city’s first art school beyond its physical boundaries into the community. Vancouver Sun, March 13, 2017

Blind Calgary artist ‘brushes up’ on a real-life murder mystery It’s been a perpetual puzzler that goes back a century and now a Calgary artist is bringing audiences in the city a new look at the mysterious death of a Canadian legend. Bruce Horak is a painter and performer who’s created a one-man show called Assassinating Thomson, dealing with the death of famed landscape painter Tom Thomson. Thomson disappeared while on a canoe trip in Ontario’s Algonquin Park in 1917… Horak performs his show nightly from Tuesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 18, in a gallery at The Glenbow Museum. Global News, March 13, 2017

Edmonton Heroes: Artist and community maker April Dean When April Dean left Edmonton in 2009 to do a Masters of Fine Arts in Halifax, she was sure she was leaving town for the last time. “I grew up here, but my family doesn’t live here anymore,” said Dean, a print artist who’s shown work across North America…So when she was lured back less than three years later, by the chance to head up the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, it wasn’t without some trepidation. Metronews, March 13, 2017

Was artist Norval Morrisseau’s persona a product of the media? By now many Canadians are familiar with some aspect of the work of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the country… and he’s been the subject of films, books, and innumerable magazine and newspaper articles chronicling his painting and drawing, but most often his life: its origins, its victories, and, salaciously and enduringly, its defeats. This is what University of Regina art history professor Carmen Robertson makes the main thesis of her book Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau… Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 13, 2017

Alternate Toronto: Artist creates images of city in decaying, dream-like future A Toronto artist has created haunting images of Toronto in a dream-like parallel universe, where sprawling trees and moss sprout over towering buildings with crumbling walls. Using a 3D model of the city and a number of photo programs, Mathew Borrett created eerie prints depicting what he says is “a view of Toronto if history were to take its course a certain way.” Mathew Borrett’s surreal prints are on display at the Red Head Gallery until March 25., March 10, 2017

Bonavista Biennale to showcase Canadian art, promote art tourism in NL “Art Encounters on the Edge,” curated by Patricia Grattan and Catherine Beaudette, will see a broad selection of Newfoundland, Canadian and indigenous visual art — including painting, photography, sculpture installation, fibre art, performance, sound and video — presented in gallery and non-gallery settings, both indoors and outside. “Art Encounters will provide visitors with a unique art experience on the Bonavista Peninsula,” Grattan and Beaudette say. “They will explore a 50-kilometre loop through towns, outports and coastal landscape to see works in a micro-brewery, fish store, old schoolhouse, seal processing plant, beach and more; sites provided by communities and heritage and cultural organizations.” The Telegram, March 13, 2017

10 Artists Who Disrupt the Status Quo How can art break through the status quo? Here, 10 Canadian artists disturb entrenched norms using performance, film, archives, textiles and installation—as well as home decor, glitter paint, street posts and more. Canadian Art, March 13, 2017

Kansas City
Nelson-Atkins Museum’s new European art galleries come with a “love story”The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City is due to unveil a $12m overhaul of its European art galleries on 11 March. The highlight is 29 works of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art donated by Henry Bloch, the co-founder of the tax preparation company H&R Block, and his late wife Marion Bloch… After Marion died in 2013, however, the collection no longer held the same meaning for Henry Bloch. The museum’s director, Julián Zugazagoitia, suggested he might want to see the works hanging publicly during his lifetime. “It has been a joy seeing a man [in his 90s] being so engaged and so profusely in the moment,” Zugazagoitia says. The collection, which began as “a love story that [Henry Bloch] knitted in collaboration with his wife, has new meaning now”, he says. The Art Newspaper, March 10, 2017

New York
Museums Chart a Response to Political Upheaval Times of political change and social upheaval raise questions about what a museum is for. When an institution like the Guggenheim is confronted by such tumult, should it respond? And how? Should a museum change with the events around it, or should it stand true, like an immovable rock, as political storms come and go? Is a museum’s job to explain the historical past, or is its presentation of the past really about understanding the present? Even the future? The answers, of course, vary. New York Times, March 13, 2017

London’s National Gallery gets first new display space in 26 years The first new gallery space created at the National Gallery in London in 26 years is due to open later this month (22 March) with a display dedicated to the 17th-century Old Masters, Rembrandt and Rubens (until 16 July). The new 200 sq. m space, known as Gallery B, was designed by the UK-based architects Purcell. The move opens up the ground floor in the main Wilkins Building, creating a route from the main entrance in Trafalgar Square to the rear of the building on Orange Street. The Art Newspaper, March 13, 2017

LUMA Foundation Acquires Annie Leibovitz Archive Today, the Zurich-based nonprofit LUMA Foundation announced that they will be housing the archives of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The organization is planning a number of major projects dedicated to the trove, the first being “Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years,” an exhibition that will be on view between May 27 and September 24 at the foundation’s Parc des Ateliers outpost in Arles, France. The show will trace Leibovitz’s early career, from 1968 to 1982, and will include early portraits she did as a Rolling Stone photographer. Artnews, March 13, 2017

French Court Orders Jeff Koons and Centre Pompidou to Pay $46,000 Fine for “Counterfeit” Work  On Thursday, March 9, a French district court ruled against Jeff Koons in a copyright infringement case, Le Monde reports. According to the court, Koons’s sculpture Naked,1988, is a copy of a 1970 photograph taken by the late artist Jean-François Bauret. Jeff Koons LLC and the Centre Pompidou were ordered to pay a $46,000 fine to the heirs of the photographer for “counterfeiting.” Artforum, March 10, 2017

Art Dubai opens under new directorship You can achieve a lot in a decade. Art Dubai, which hit the ground running when it launched as the first contemporary art fair in the UAE in March 2007, is able to capture the essence of contemporary art practice in the region and is a key meeting point for the international arts community. In Myrna Ayad’s debut edition as fair director, the programme is fresh and dynamic, yet grounded and relevant. The Art Newspaper, March 14, 2017

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