Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 6, 2017


ART SEEN: Vancouver looking for innovative public art projects initiated by artists Are you an artist with a great idea for public art but never liked the idea of linking your project to a condo development? If so, the city of Vancouver wants to hear from you. The call for artist-initiated projects is open to professional artists from around the world so long as they have some kind of connection to the city. Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2017

Raymond Boisjoly shortlisted for Sobey Art Award Raymond Boisjoly from Vancouver is among the five finalists for the 2017 Sobey Art Award. The winner of the Sobey, considered the country’s top contemporary art award, receives $50,000. The five finalists were announced Tuesday in Ottawa by the Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada. Boisjoly, who represents B.C. and Yukon, is an indigenous artist of Haida and Québécois descent. His photographic and text-based work explores how pop culture frames work by aboriginal artists. Vancouver Sun, June 6, 2017


Showing Emily Carr’s artwork is lifelong dream of BAG owner It is a lifelong dream come true for Brackendale Art Gallery owner Thor Froslev. Ever since Froslev first saw the works of artist Emily Carr over five decades ago, he has wanted to showcase her at his gallery. This month his dream becomes a reality. Carr is the feature artist throughout June at the BAG. The iconic artist is Froslev’s favourite painter of all time, he said, in part because her works reflect the majestic beauty of Western Canada as Froslev saw it went he first moved here… In addition to the month-long June show, on Wednesday, June, 14, the BAG is also presenting “Emily Carr Slept Here,” a media presentation on the famous B.C. artist that will feature local historian Eric Andersen with guest readers, including historian and former teacher Ellen Grant. The Squamish Chief, June 5, 2017


Former U.S. embassy across from Parliament, vacant for 20 years, to become Indigenous centre In the shadow of the Peace Tower, it is one of the most coveted pieces of real estate in Canada. Now CBC News has learned the former site of the United States embassy, closed for nearly two decades, will become a space dedicated to Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities. A government source says that officials have not determined the exact use for the federal heritage building considered by many to be an architectural gem in the city. Government officials will make a formal announcement about the building later in June and launch consultations with Indigenous communities to help decide on a specific purpose​., June 6, 2017


New art exhibition celebrates anniversaries of Montreal and Canada A new outdoor art exhibition opened Monday along Sherbrooke St. as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition, entitled La Balade pour la Paix: An Open-Air Museum, features 67 stations – 30 sculptures and 42 photographs – by Canadian and international artists along its route. The route is lined with the flags of close to 200 member countries of the United Nations, along with those of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. The exhibition is designed and organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with the support of McGill University. It links together Concordia University and the MMFA at one end, and McGill University and the McCord Museum at the other. Montreal Gazette, June 5, 2017


Dale Chihuly Sued by Former Employee for $21 Million Michael Moi, a contractor who worked for the glass artist Dale Chihuly, filed a lawsuit in Seattle on June 2 claiming that the artist, for fifteen years, used assistants who were not paid to help create artworks that were attributed only to him. Artforum, June 6, 2017

San Antonio

Linda Pace Foundation Breaks Ground on $16 Million Building Last week, San Antonio’s Linda Pace Foundation broke ground on its new two-story, 14,000-square-foot building. Set to be completed in late 2018, in conjunction with the city’s tricentennial, the building will house the Foundation’s collection of more than 800 works by contemporary artists. Architect Sir David Adjaye has designed the building after a structure that came to Linda Pace in a dream. Glasstire, June 5, 2017


After a Dakota Ceremony, Dismantling of Controversial Sculpture Begins in Minneapolis The Walker Art Center originally planned to open the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden over the weekend, but instead the garden, a partnership between the museum and the city’s Park and Recreation Board, became a site of prayer and demolition. At 2pm on Friday, elders from the Dakota community led a ceremony of healing and blessing of construction workers, who subsequently began dismantling Sam Durant’s imposing sculpture “Scaffold” (2012). Hyperallergic, June 5, 2017

Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House was his most “consummate expression” of Prairie style This week marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and to celebrate we’re looking back at five of the American architect’s most pioneering projects. First up is Robie House, now recognised as a symbol of the Prairie style… Robie House was named a US National Historic Landmark in 1963, and in 1991, one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects. On 8 June 2017 it is the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. On this day, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering free access to the Robie House as part of a series of events taking place to mark the occasion. Dezeen, June 5, 2017


London museums pledge to stay ‘safe, open and welcoming to all’ after terror attack London’s museum staff defiantly made their way to work on Sunday 4 June to ensure the UK capital’s cultural institutions remained open following the London Bridge terror attack in which seven people were killed and dozens more injured. Tate Modern and the Hayward Gallery were among 12 cultural organisations around Bankside, close to where the attacks happened, to jointly issue a statement pledging to keep their venues “safe, open and welcoming to all”. “We will continue with our programmes as planned and demonstrate the cultural sector’s spirit, strength and ability to unite people of all backgrounds,” the statement says. “London is a city defined by its culture. We all intend to play our part in continuing to build and share this culture, and to welcome visitors from the city and the world to our creative events and spaces.” The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2017

Hard Brexit could damage UK’s world-class museums Almost 400 members of staff at the British Museum, at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and across the Tate’s four galleries—around 15% of the workforce in each institution—face an uncertain future during Brexit negotiations, after which the end of the free movement of labour between the UK and the European Union (EU) seems inevitable. The main political parties stress that they want to guarantee existing rights, but the issue is unresolved as the UK goes to the polls on Thursday (8 June) to elect a new government that will lead the negotiations to leave the EU, a process that is due to start on 19 June. The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2017

Monet to be star of London’s National Gallery next year Claude Monet is to be the star of London’s National Gallery next year. Monet & Architecture (9 April-29 July 2018) will provide an unusual perspective on the Impressionist’s work. This will be London’s first Monet show since 1999. Chris Riopelle, the gallery’s 19th century curator, says that although Monet is “known for his landscapes, this will be the first time that a show has focussed on his depiction of the built environment”. The exhibition curator is Richard Thomson, from the University of Edinburgh. The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2017


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