Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 5, 2017


Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit shows a more contemporary picture of life in B.C. This spring, the exhibition Emily Carr: Into the Forest delivers, with lush landscapes that plunge the visitor into Carr’s Vancouver Island world. The fourth floor of the gallery, installed mostly with Carr works from the VAG’s permanent collection, is bathed in shades of green so vivid you can almost feel that forest cool… But downstairs, visitors are exposed to a more contemporary picture of life in B.C. – and the artists who have made Vancouver an important and influential centre for photoconceptualism. Works by more than 20 artists make up the exhibition Pictures From Here, which includes contemporary photography from the late 1950s to the present. The Globe and Mail, June 1, 2016


Gretzky is everywhere…St. John’s, Charlottetown and Edmonton especially He’s not an actor or a pop star or a model, but of all the celebrities this country’s ever cranked out, there’s only one Great One. Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s top-scoring player of all time, remains among Canada’s biggest stars… “Gretzky is Everywhere” is the name of an art exhibition — a “simulcast art exhibition” — that involves three museums around the country. In addition to print materials on display, each space will be linked by livestream, letting you into The Rooms in St. John’s, The Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown and the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, home of the Oilers., June 1, 2017

‘Art can change your life’: The Works festival features more than 600 artists, 49 exhibits The 32nd annual The Works Art and Design Festival could represent the very definition of overwhelming. With over 600 artists in 49 exhibits, including 700 works of art, plus more than 200 special events, performances and workshops, it would be easy to get blurry-eyed and wander home to mommy. But the festival’s executive artistic director, Amber Rooke, hopes visitors will cast their gaze firmly upon all that’s offered and simply walk into the 13-day festival — the largest of its kind in North  America — with arms extended, ready to embrace The Works in all its multidisciplinary glory. Edmonton Journal, May 30, 2017


Why 17-year-old Torrance Hall is art’s next big thing On June 1, contemporary art lovers will gather at Toronto’s Power Plant Gallery for Power Ball XIX: Stereo Vision. Presented by Max Mara, the annual gala, in its 19th edition, is a boisterous fundraiser for the institution that offers guests the chance to party with young artists in an immersive environment. In addition to Mexico City-based studio Pedro & Juana and Italian performance artist Francesco Pedraglio, one of these creative talents is American photographer Torrance Hall, this year’s winner of the Max Mara Young Visionary Award. At just 17 years old, Hall is the second artist to receive the prize, which includes $10,000 to support his future artistic pursuits. The Globe and Mail, June 1, 2017

New York

MoMA unveils first phase of major overhaul by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed the first stage of its renovation of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and has revealed details of its plans to extend into Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 residential tower. The US studio is working with global firm Gensler on the project that will increase MoMA’s gallery space by 30 per cent, as well as improving circulation and offering improved connections to its surroundings in Midtown Manhattan. The first phase – the renovation of the east wing in the museum’s Ronald S and Jo Carole Lauder Building – opens to the public this week. Dezeen, June 2, 2017

Frick Collection Expands Pay-What-You-Wish Hours Starting in July 2017, the Frick Collection in New York will extend its pay-what-you-wish admission to every Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. The new weekday offering will replace the Frick’s current pay-what-you-wish admission on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and extend the special ticketing period from two to four hours. The Wednesday pay-what-you-wish program follows the October 2016 launch of First Fridays, a series of events that offers free museum admission and gallery programs from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on the first Friday evening of the month (except in September and January). Artforum, June 2, 2017


Tate Modern draws veil of secrecy over extension issues Tate Modern is still refusing to reveal details of the problems on its much-delayed and over-budget £260 million extension more than a year after the landmark building opened Responding to a Freedom of Information request by the AJ, the gallery released a heavily redacted response relating to Herzog & de Meuron’s Switch House building, which finally opened in June 2016 – four years late and more than £45 million over first cost estimates. The Tate, which has used taxpayers’ money on the project and is accountable to the public via Parliament, has always kept the exact reasons for the overspend under wraps. Architects’ Journal, May 26, 2017

Tate Britain brings back labels and rehangs in themes to help audience understand the art  Tate Britain is to rehang its entire collection as it reinstates proper labels explaining what the art is about, it has emerged, as its director says he wants to invite audiences to understand the works properly. Alex Farquharson, who took over Tate Britain 18 months ago after the surprise departure of Penelope Curtis, said he will be grouping paintings into themes in a bid to improve the audience experience. The Telegraph, May 25, 2017

Les Andelys

Former Louvre director Pierre Rosenberg to donate Old Masters collection to French town Pierre Rosenberg, the former director of the Louvre, has announced plans to donate his vast collection of paintings and drawings dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries to the town of Les Andelys in Normandy, northern France. Rosenberg’s holdings include around 800 paintings and more than 3000 drawings. He also plans to donate his archive under the new initiative. The Art Newspaper, June 5, 2017


One of the World’s Oldest Art Workshops Is a Cave in Ethiopia Caves may not get great natural light, but a low-ceilinged one in Ethiopia represents one of the earliest known and longest-running art workshops. According to a new study by a group of European archaeologists, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the 40,000-year-old Porc-Epic Cave in eastern Ethiopia served as a site for the continuous production of ochre powder — which prehistoric people often used for paint — for at least 4,500 years. Hyperallergic, June 1, 2017


Museums in the US and Canada show their Pride in June  June is already here, and with it, LGBTQ Pride month. Cultural institutions around the US and Canada are celebrating with a colourful array of events and exhibitions. Here is a small sample of the many ways for culture vultures to show their pride. The Art Newspaper, June 5, 2017


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