Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 11, 2017

Vancouver Art Gallery acquires works by Rodney Graham, Susan Point, Skeena Reece, and Stephen Waddell The Vancouver Art Gallery announced the recent acquisition of significant contemporary works for its expanding collection, including artworks by Vancouver-based artists Rodney Graham, Susan Point and Stephen Waddell; Beijing-based artist Wang Dongling; Montreal-based artist Sorel Cohen; and many others. Rodney Graham’s recent triptych Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour (2012-13), which presents a single image across three monumental lightboxes, was acquired through funds from Rogers’ Vice Chairman and Gallery Trustee Phil Lind, as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund. The work is inspired by a painting by American artist Thomas Eakins and comes from a body of work that Graham has been making since 2005…, April 10, 2017

North Vancouver
Carole Itter awarded Audain Prize for lifetime achievement in visual arts Carole Itter, a longtime resident of Dollarton on the North Vancouver waterfront, will receive the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, in The Great Hall of the BC Law Courts building on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. According to the gallery, “An interdisciplinary artist, writer, performer and filmmaker, Itter was born in Vancouver in 1939 and studied at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Art and at L’Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy. Her sculptures, collages and performances, as well as the large-scale assemblages/installations which she is probably best known for, are strongly influenced by the people and places where she has lived and frequently reflect social and political issues.” Although long associated with Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, Itter for decades also spent at least part of each year living in the “Blue Cabin” with her companion Al Neil on the North Vancouver waterfront… Northshore News, April 10, 2017

Optimizing a vote to public art Bus pieces, greenhouse frameworks and dice introduce the future of public art to ACAD and the City of Calgary. From March 23 to April 22, ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) invites the public to cast a vote for an art proposal that is displayed in the Experiments in Public Art exhibit. “It’s about sharing ideas [of public art] and sharing a way [for it] to operate, which is transparent and accessible to everyone,” said Lorenzo Fusi, ACAD’s curator of the IKG. When looking at the exhibits, Fusi said there is a level of art in it, but more of an active practice. Fusi reveals that the City of Calgary has been commissioning research in looking at public art and how the public understands it. He said most people love it and think it’s “a feature to contemporary Calgary.” The Weal, April 10, 2017

Name unveiled for Edmonton’s first Indigenous art park Edmonton’s first outdoor Indigenous art park, which will also be the first in the country, now has a name. The naming committee recently approved the name ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ for the park located within Queen Elizabeth Park. The name is pronounced “EE-NU River Lot 11.” “ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW)” means “I am of the Earth” in Cree, while “River Lot 11” acknowledges the historic river lot that was originally the home of Métis settler Joseph McDonald. The theme of the park and the art pieces will be “the stories in This Place.” It will be a place to permanently exhibit Indigenous artwork and will feature six pieces of art by Canadian Indigenous artists. Global News, April 9, 2017

Lost Maud Lewis painting to be displayed in Halifax as folk artist’s biopic released A recently discovered painting by Maud Lewis will go on display Tuesday, as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia highlights its collection of the famed folk artist’s works to coincide with a new feature film on her life. The work entitled “Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fishermen, Bay View, N.S.,” was recently found by volunteers sorting through donations to the Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Centre in New Hamburg, Ont… A Newfoundland-Irish co-production, Maudie, which stars Hollywood star Ethan Hawke and British actress Sally Hawkins, opens in limited release in Halifax, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa on April 14, nationwide by April 28 and in mid-June in the U.S. CTV News Atlantic, April 11, 2017

Los Angeles
Peter Zumthor ditches the black for his LACMA expansion plans Peter Zumthor has released new images of his proposals for Los Angeles County Museum of Art revealing that, in contrast to his early designs, the Swiss architect has opted for light tones for the building’s exterior. The latest renderings show the serpentine structure’s concrete roof and floor plates in an earthy tone – a significant departure from the original black colour, intended as a reference to the nearby La Brea tar pits. Dezeen, April 10, 2017

New York
Late-Period Lichtenstein Could Reach $20 M. at Sotheby’s Postwar and Contemporary Sale in May The house announced today that a late-period Lichtenstein, Nude Sunbathing (1995), will be offered in its postwar evening sale May 18. It’s never before been offered at auction before, and is expected to see somewhere within the $20-million range. “Benday dots, a vibrant red, and a seductive female temptress make this the ultimate late Lichtenstein,” Amy Cappellazzo, chairman of Sotheby’s Fine Art Division, said in a statement. “Reimagining the archetypal women that dominated his iconic early ‘60s paintings, Nude Sunbathing is unabashed in its sensuality. Artnews, April 10, 2017

National Gallery expansion plan ‘starting to take shape’ Following the opening of a new ground-floor display space at the National Gallery last month, the institution is considering a much more ambitious project: an extension. It would be built behind the Sainsbury Wing, in a plot now occupied by St Vincent House. This architecturally dull 1960s glass-and-concrete block currently houses gallery offices and is partly rented to outside tenants. Gabriele Finaldi, the National Gallery’s director, says that the proposed site “offers opportunities” for a much-needed expansion now that visitor numbers have jumped from 4.5 million in 1991, the year the Sainsbury Wing opened, to around six million today. “We have not yet made plans or commissioned architects, but the idea is in our minds and beginning to take shape,” he says. The Art Newspaper, April 10, 2017

Reflected Illusions: Gerhard Richter Is Still the Alpha Male of Conceptual, Anti-Ideological Painting A huge reflective surface greets viewers just before the entrance to Gerhard Richter’s exhibition of 26 new abstract paintings together with early works from the Ludwig’s permanent collection, chosen and installed by Richter and hanging in a series of side galleries. But the reflections are not from a mirror: 11 Panes (2003), consisting of 11 parallel plates of thick glass, is the illusive key to this revealing exhibition, although many viewers may unwittingly pass it by. It questions—as do Richter’s clotted abstractions and blurred photo-representational works—the mysterious interchange between reality and illusion, window and mirror, opening a gate into the 85-year-old artist’s world. Artnews, April 7, 2017

The Messy Politics of Documenta’s Arrival in Athens While Documenta’s additional location is intended as a recuperative gesture, with the potential to bring international attention and cultural tourism to the country, some — including former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis — have accused the German culture machine of trafficking in trauma exploitation, and others have likened the arrival of Documenta’s non-Greek curators in Athens two years ago to colonialism and exoticization. Hyperallergic, April 9, 2017

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