Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, May 1, 2017

Vancouver
Lawren Harris ‘picture-loan’ paintings up for auction In the 1940s and ’50s, Robert and Margaret Wilson sometimes bought art through the Vancouver Art Gallery’s “picture-loan” program. Two of the paintings they may have purchased from VAG were by Lawren Harris. And on May 24, they’ll be going up for sale at the Heffel Auction of Fine Canadian Art in Toronto. Yoho Valley and Isolation Peak dates to 1928, and carries an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. Mount Owen Near Lake O’Hara  is from 1926, and has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. Vancouver Sun, April 28, 2017

“Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy”: exploring notions of nationhood in Hong Kong at Vancouver Art Gallery Featuring a mix of martial arts and Hong Kong politics, Howie Tsui’s solo exhibition “Retainers of Anarchy” is on at Vancouver Art Gallery from 4 March to 28 May 2017. The exhibition contains a 25-metre hand-drawn animation, creating a non-linear narrative that questions concepts of nationhood in the context of Hong Kong’s political past and present. Tsui was born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay, Canada. His work often explores this multicultural context, and for more than ten years he has been exploring Asian history and pop culture. Art Radar, April 30, 2017

Susan Point’s Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit celebrates Musqueam artist’s influence Why are the waters off Point Grey so turbulent? A Coast Salish story says it’s because of Qulqulil, an unusually large woman who is said to have drowned there, making the waters rough forever. Qulqulil is one of numerous stories told and shown visually in the Susan Point: Spindle Whorl exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibit tells a story of Point’s life, while giving Coast Salish perspectives on the territory we live on. It’s the more extensive exhibit ever of the influential Musqueam artist’s work, spanning her entire career, and there’s just one month left to view it. Metro News, April 27, 2017

Vancouver, it’s time for some Salvador Dali Salvador Dali’s image of a melting pocket watch is one of the most iconic symbols of surrealist art. Starting on May 6, Vancouverites will be asking themselves just what Dali was trying to say about our subconscious notions of time… as part of the Definitely Dali project, the Chali-Rosso Gallery has 100 additional original Salvador Dali artworks, including 20 gallery size sculptures. All public donations received at the gallery, as well as a percentage of Chali-Rosso Gallery sales will go to Arts Umbrella. Vancouver Courier, April 28, 2017

Toronto
Philanthropist’s $5M donation to ROM a ‘big thank-you’ to Canada Toronto entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra says a $5 million donation to the Royal Ontario Museum to expand its South Asian section is a “big thank you” to his adopted homeland. Mishra, the chair & CEO of software company CSDC Systems Inc., came to Canada from India as a student in 1969. “We all came here for a better life. I’ve lived in this country now for 48 years and every moment, every day, I’m so proud of Canada,” said Mishra during a news conference to announce the donation Thursday at the museum. CBC.ca, April 27, 2017

New book lifts lid on Mohammed Afkhami’s Iranian contemporary art collection A new book out next month will lift the lid on a major contemporary Iranian art collection amassed by a Middle Eastern financier, reflecting also the trajectory of the country’s art from the 1950s to today.  The book, titled Honar (‘art’ in Farsi) and published by Phaidon, features 250 works from the collection of Mohammed Afkhami… Afkhami is in talks for a touring show of works drawn from his collection, currently at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada (until 4 June), to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Art Newspaper, April 27, 2017

Halifax
‘It’s almost like coming home’: New art project at Halifax museum shows Maroon history, one man’s journey Tyshan Wright will never forget his first day in Canada. The artist from Jamaica arrived this past December to join his wife, Halifax’s former poet laureate Shauntay Grant. The couple have since collaborated on a project that’s part of a new exhibit at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 called ‘Canada: Day 1.’ Combining Wright’s sculptural work and Grant’s poetry, it allowed the couple to explore their shared history as Jamaican Maroon descendants… Metro News, April 27, 2017

Washington
IM Pei’s Grande Louvre receives AIA 25-year award The American Institute of Architects has honoured IM Pei’s renovation of the Musée du Louvre in Paris with an award during the organisation’s national convention, the same week that the Chinese-American architect is celebrating his 100th birthday. The project, which includes the steel and glass pyramids in the central courtyard of the former palace, received the AIA 2017 25 Year Award. The prize is given annually to a building that “has stood the test of time for 25-35 years, and continues to set standards of excellence for its architectural design and significance”. Dezeen, April 27, 2017

Smithsonian Archives of American Art Receives $575,000 Grant The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has been awarded a $575,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of a three-year collecting initiative that aims to increase its holdings of African American art. Approximately one thousand items in the archives’ six-thousand-object collection are related to African American art and artists, ranging from Horace Pippin’s World War I memoir to the papers of Adrian Piper. Artforum, May 1, 2017

London
Anger as Tate asks staff to contribute towards boat for Nicholas Serota Staff members of Tate—many of whom are not paid London’s living wage—are up in arms after the organization requested donations to put towards buying outgoing director Nicholas Serota a sail boat as a parting gift, Hannah Ellis-Petersen of The Guardian reports. Artforum, April 28, 2017

Liverpool
Mummy mania makes comeback in Liverpool The UK’s largest ancient Egyptian collection outside the British Museum goes back on show today (28 April) at Liverpool’s World Museum after an 18-month, £1.8m refurbishment. The renewed displays trace 5,000 years of Egyptian antiquity, as well as the history of the collection, which was founded by a local jeweller, Joseph Mayer, at the height of 19th-century Egyptomania. The gallery has trebled in size to 1,000 sq. m and will house around 1,000 artefacts, from a four-metre-long Book of the Dead papyrus to a recently identified statue fragment of Nefertiti. The Art Newspaper, April 27, 2017

Seoul
Do Ho Suh Awarded Ho-Am Prize for the Arts Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh has been named the 2017 winner of the $275,000 Ho-Am Prize for the arts. Established in 1990 by Kun-Hee Lee, the chairman of Samsung, the annual prize honors Koreans who have made significant contributions to the fields of science, engineering, medicine, community service, and the arts. Born in Seoul in 1962, Suh earned his bachelors and masters degrees in oriental painting from Seoul National University before relocating to the United States, where he continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. Suh is perhaps best known for creating colorful, translucent sculptures that reimagine his childhood homes in Seoul and his adolescence in the United States. Artforum, April 27, 2017

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