Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 10, 2017

Vancouver
ART SEEN: Economic impact of new art gallery estimated at $38 million annually A $350 million new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery would add $38 million annually to the country’s gross domestic product according to an economic impact study. The MNP study found that a new gallery building would create 1,002 jobs and generate tax revenues of $21.5 million annually. The $38 million figure is a conservative projected economic impact of spending by out-of-town visitors. The study looked at the gallery’s current operations, construction of a new building, expected future operations of the new gallery, and increased tourism. Vancouver Sun, April 6, 2017

ART SEEN: Retainers of Anarchy mashes up time and narrative to arrive in the present Watching Retainers of Anarchy several times on different occasions made me think about context and how much of it is needed to understand a work of art. I didn’t mind not knowing, for example, about Chinese painting or fictional martial arts warriors because the work made so much visual sense to me. I felt I could, in a sense, park my lack of knowledge and just focus on enjoying the work. Tsui is giving an Artist’s Talk on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Room 4 East in the gallery. Retainers of Anarchy continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery to May 28. Vancouver Sun, April 7, 2017

Original Salvador Dalí sculpture to be displayed in downtown Vancouver in celebration of Canada’s 150+ Vancouver will be ringing in the nation’s 150+ birthday with a momentous honour: the city will be the first-ever Canadian site to play host to one of Salvador Dalí’s most iconic works. From May 6 to September 31, residents will be able to get an up-close look at the Spanish artist’s Dance of Time I, a seven-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a slowly melting stopwatch, which will be on display in downtown Vancouver. Georgia Straight, April 7, 2017

Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario dusts off the cobwebs … the gallery’s Look: Forward initiative which, by some time next year, will see a complete reinstallation of virtually all of its permanent collection displays (this first phase opened at the end of March). All in, that’s 70,000 square feet worth of moving pieces — almost 20 per cent of the gallery’s entire 583,000 square feet, and a more than 50 per cent increase in the permanent collection’s previous footprint… AGO Look: Forward will continue to September 2018. Toronto Star, April 10, 2017

Montreal
Montreal museum pays homage to legendary editorial cartoonist Aislin The year 2017 has been a bountiful one for Canadian anniversaries. The country is turning 150 years old, and Montreal, 375. Expo 67 was held exactly a half-century ago. But another anniversary is also being celebrated in Montreal right now, perhaps a smaller event though one just as important to the culture: Terry Mosher, known internationally by his pen name Aislin, is being honoured for 50 consecutive years as a full-time editorial cartoonist… Montreal’s McCord Museum is presenting a retrospective show, Aislin: 50 Years of Cartoons, to mark the occasion. (It opened to crowds of fans on April 5 and will close Aug. 13.) The Globe and Mail, April 7, 2017

Los Angeles
Why protesters at MOCA’s Carl Andre show won’t let the art world forget about Ana Mendieta More than three decades after artist Ana Mendieta fell to her death from a New York City high rise at age 36, her untimely death continues to serve as a flash point in the art world… Andre, who was Mendieta’s husband, was acquitted in 1988 of second-degree murder charges in her death. During the opening at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo of “Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010,” the loosely organized group of protesters handed out postcards with an image of Mendieta and the text: “Carl Andre is at MOCA Geffen. ¿Dónde está Ana Mendieta?” (Where is Ana Mendieta?) Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2017

Washington
An Exhibition Offers a Visual Biography of Sylvia Plath, Including Her Little-Known Art One Life: Sylvia Plath, opening June 30 at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, will be a visual biography of Plath’s life, bringing together for the first time objects from the Sylvia Plath Collection at Smith College, her alma mater, and Indiana University’s Lilly Library. Many of the items have never before been exhibited. Along with manuscripts showing her detailed writing process, photographs, and even Plath’s ponytail saved by her mother, are examples of her little-known artwork. Hyperallergic, April 7, 2017

New York
For the First Time, Metropolitan Museum Will Display Indigenous Art in Its American Wing Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a promised gift of 91 Native American artworks from collectors Charles and Valerie Diker. The donation succeeds 20 objects the Dikers have given to the museum over the past two decades. Significantly, the museum states that the art will be displayed in the American Wing, as previously indigenous works from the United States were sequestered in the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas galleries. Charles Diker noted in the release that he and Valerie are “honored to share the remarkable work of these Native American artists with the public, especially as an integral part of the broader story of American creativity.” Hyperallergic, April 8, 2017

London
V&A Announces Plans for New Photography Center The Victoria and Albert Museum will more than double its exhibition space for nineteenth-century photography with its new photography center, set to open in the fall of 2018. Designed by David Kohn Architects, the space will also boast teaching and research rooms, a library, and a studio and darkroom for artist residencies. The expansion will house the Royal Photographic Society collection comprising 400,000 prints and other materials, which the V&A acquired from the Bradford Media Museum in a controversial move last year. Artforum, April 6, 2017

Grayson Perry and Apparata team up to create A House for Artists in east London British artist Grayson Perry is working with London-based architects Apparata on an affordable housing scheme with integrated studios for artists in Barking, east London. A House for Artists is designed to provide relatively low-cost rental accommodation and workspace for 12 artists in the Barking town centre, in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It will also provide a new community arts centre, which will be run by the resident artists as part of the rental agreement. Dezeen, April 7, 2017

Athens and Kassel
Here’s the Artist List for Documenta 14 After years of secrecy, Documenta 14 has quietly released its artist list on its website. This year’s quinquennial, which is headed by Adam Szymczyk, takes place in Athens and Kassel, Germany. Its Greek half opens to the public on Saturday, and a preview was held this morning. Documenta’s organizers had been notably tight-lipped about the artist list and details around this year’s edition, citing the fact that they didn’t want to play into the art-world PR cycle. [list follows] Artnews, April 6, 2017

Moscow
New Moscow triennial includes Crimea in survey show of Russian art The inaugural edition of the Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art at the Garage Museum in Moscow has caused controversy by including a strand of programming that examines artistic life in Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014. In so doing, the organisers implicitly accept Russia’s claim to the territory, critics say. But Garage curators reject this. The triennial (until 14 May) is not a political exhibition, they argue, but does reflect geopolitical realities. The Art Newspaper, April 7, 2017

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