Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, April 13, 2017

Vancouver

Eight Vancouver companies and artists to receive B.C. funding for digital projects.  Creative BC and the B.C. Arts Council selected 12 B.C. companies to receive a total of $572,000 in funding for their digital projects.  Recipients include Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, and director Paisley Smith will use their $50,000 to work together on a virtual reality and interactive world Unceded Territory VR.  Georgia Straight, April 12, 2017

Seven things to do this week, April 14 to April 20: George Littlechild exhibition, Gregorian chant, karaoke, and more.  There are lots of things to take in this long weekend, including George Littlechild: Warrior at Kimoto Gallery and Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists In Vancouver at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, April 12, 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

Metchosin

Obituary: Metchosin ‘mud-pusher’ was ceramics innovator.  Metchosin potter Robin Hopper was nothing if not frank in writing his own obituary. Hopper, who died April 6 at the age of 77, described himself as “a man of many parts, mostly worn out, rusty and dysfunctional due to a lifetime of excesses!”  Hopper wrote that he began working with clay at the age of three, and from there enjoyed a “lengthy, peripatetic career as a mud-pusher.” “He was an artist, he was an educator, he was a writer — he certainly made very significant international contributions to the world of ceramics and ceramics education,” said Lara Wilson, UVic director of special collections and archivist, noting the archives contains Hopper’s correspondence, manuscripts to his textbooks, information about his awards and his work as a ceramics historian. Times Colonist, April 11, 2017

Toronto

Film artist Mark Lewis on how to crash Canada’s birthday party.  Canada’s sesquicentennial may have been 150 years in the making, but it managed to surprise Mark Lewis.  “It’s serendipity,” Lewis explains of his recent project, Canada, a portion of which will be debuting at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto this week in a show of the same name, theoretically as part of the grand national celebration. “I wasn’t aware we were having a birthday party.” The world-renowned film artist – based in Britain but still identified with the country he grew up in, including representing Canada at the 2009 Venice Biennale – was not inspired by the nationalistic soul-searching that the historic marker seems primed to prod. Rather, he was drawn in by the name, or by the idea of the name, of the expansive and unfixed identity Canada has suggested for most of its 150 years.  Globe & Mail, April 12, 2017

St. John, NB

Suzanne Hill’s Art of Isolation. On view at the New Brunswick Museum until April 16, Suzanne Hill’s show, Singular is a manifold meditation on the ultimate isolation of life and the paradoxical way we are alone together. It’s ironic, then, how much creative company the show has generated, how much inspiration and new work it has prompted among other New Brunswick artists.   Canadian Art, April 12, 2017

Toronto

British artist Isaac Julien on selfies, race and working with a global perspective. Over three decades, British artist Isaac Julien’s work has evolved into multiple-screen video installations, as if one screen is too simple and limited a palette for the interconnected layers in his art.  Themes of race and migration were on display at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) recently in an exhibit of two works, collectively entitled Isaac Julien: Other Destinies.  Globe & Mail, April 12, 2017

Meet the sculptor creating otherworldly optical illusions that let you look into infinity.  Looking into one of Camille Jodoin-Eng’s illuminated devices is like peering into an architectural sci-fi abyss. Each sculpture is its own world of glowing symbols and reflections that seem to endlessly expand to infinity. When you see one of her pieces, you can’t help but question how these small microcosm made of mirrors, acrylic tubes and lights create artificial dimensions.  CBC News, April 12, 2017

Windsor

The last pour: Celebrating the end of an era for Canada’s first art foundry.  Sculptor and arts educator Zeke Moores has the University of Windsor’s McEnglevan Speedy-Melt B-700 furnace tattooed over his heart. By the time he’d completed grad school (and before he spent another decade or so teaching there), he’d used the foundry furnace so much, it felt not only like an important part of his art practice, but like a part of him. So, he literally made it a part of him…  To celebrate the institution at its end, an exhibition of works by students, staff and alumni produced at the foundry was displayed in the SoVA Gallery, including a piece by Moores. Erica Glaskin-Clay — a visual arts student for whom the foundry, she says, “captured a piece of her heart” — curated the show.  CBC News, April 12, 2017

Los Angeles

Jeffrey Deitch Will Open a New Los Angeles Gallery in Post-MOCA Return to Hollywood.   About four years after ending a tumultuous stint as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Deitch is back for a Hollywood sequel. This time, he’ll be opening his own gallery in a 15,000-square-foot space at 925 North Orange Drive, on a strip adjacent to galleries such as Regen Projects.   ArtNews, April 11, 2017

 New York

Lawsuit against art historian over fake Rothko settled out of court. The Las Vegas billionaire casino magnate Frank Fertitta has settled his claims against the Swiss art historian Oliver Wick in one of the ten lawsuits brought against the now-defunct Knoedler gallery for knowingly selling fakes. The terms of the settlement, filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, 11 April, were not disclosed. The Art Newspaper, April 12, 2017

Why Fearless Girl statue is no threat to Wall Street bull: Whyte. Sculptor, Arturo Di Modica has lamented that Fearless Girl changed the meaning of his work, Charging Bull. His lawyer is seeking either financial compensation or the removal of the sculpture.  Toronto Star, April 12, 2017

London

Flag bearer: Jasper Johns subject of major Royal Academy retrospective.  Jasper Johns, the influential American artist known for his paintings of flags, maps, targets, letters and numbers, is to be the subject of a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.  The RA announced details of what will be the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years. The Guardian, April 12, 2017

Madrid

Death, Destruction, And Deity: How Traditional Spanish Religious Art Was Incorporated Into Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ As exhibition opens in Madrid, new research shows how Picasso was inspired by church paintings to create Spanish Civil War rallying cry.  The Art Newspaper, April 12, 2017

Antartica

Dispatches from our Man at the Antarctic Biennale: an underwater art show. A diary from art critic Adrian Dannatt’s trip to the art fair at the bottom of the world, featuring close encounters with whales, seals, and Alexander Ponomarev’s Alchemy of Antarctic Albedo (or Washing Pale Moons)The Art Newspaper, April 13, 2017 via Arts Journal.

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