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


TRACES OF WORDS: ART AND CALLIGRAPHY FROM ASIA finding the imprint of time and experience within living text The Museum of Anthropology is hosting new exhibition, Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, curated by socio-cultural anthropologist, Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura. Produced in various materials and styles — from calligraphy and painting to digital and mixed media — the words presented in the exhibition are physical traces of time and space, embodying what is ephemeral and what is eternal in our life…. Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia runs at the Museum of Anthropology until October 9. BeatRoute, June 8, 2017


Robert Amos: Exhibition evokes a European ethos On entering the exhibition of paintings by Diana Dean at the Martin Batchelor Gallery, one’s first impression is “oil paint.” In the gallery lined with canvases, the slight aroma of oil and solvents and varnish is evident. Dean’s paintings, coloured as richly as stained glass, are suffused with a sort of golden glow that brings to mind the museums of Europe… Diana Dean at Martin Batchelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St., until June 22. Times Colonist, June 11, 2017


Roy Leadbeater: Local sculptor displayed a talent for the art of life He never ran out of ideas. But just as artist Roy Leadbeater predicted would happen, one day, he ran out of time. The prolific Edmonton sculptor and painter died May 9 at the age of 89. Noted for his large works, such as Genesis, a sculpture in the Citadel Theatre’s indoor garden, and his more whimsical pieces, such as Aurora’s Dance, the 132-metre-long sculptural wall that graced 104 Street for many years, Leadbeater was remembered at his memorial service earlier this month as a loving father, and stepfather. Edmonton Journal, June 12, 2017

Cold Lake

Canada at 150: Many indigenous people see little reason to celebrate After surviving 11 years in a residential school with art as his only escape, 19-year-old Alex Janvier was ready for freedom. But in mid-1950s Canada, freedom still depended on the colour of one’s skin. Janvier was offered a spot at what is now the Ontario College of Art and Design. But his destiny lay in the hands of the Indian agent from his home reserve in Alberta. The agent said no — the man who would become one of Canada’s most celebrated indigenous artists wasn’t smart enough to go. City News, June 13, 2017


Saskatoon’s Remai Modern continues to suffer multimillion-dollar funding shortfall As the finishing touches are completed at Saskatoon’s Remai Modern, the art gallery continues to run a funding deficit. In a report heading to city councillors, the gallery’s funding shortfall is estimated to be between $2.5 and $4.5 million dollars. There isn’t a firm number on the deficit total, as the City of Saskatoon is still in talks with builder EllisDon over costs and construction delays., June 8, 2017


Two Circles A simple but sublime artwork marks the lobbies of Toronto’s recently completed Bay Adelaide Centre East. A two-part artwork by MIcah Lexier is integrated into the north and south lobbies of a downtown office building designed by KPMB Architects. A nearly seven-metre-wide black dot has recently made an appearance at the base of Brookfield Properties’ gleaming new 44-storey Bay Adelaide Centre East in downtown Toronto… Stunning in its simplicity, the dot is one half of Two Circles, a public artwork by Governor General’s Award-winning artist Micah Lexier. Canadian Architect, June 13, 2017

New York

Daniel H. Weiss Named President and CEO at Metropolitan Museum of Art With questions looming as to who will assume the role as its new director, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Daniel H. Weiss, the institution’s current president and chief operating officer, to a new post as president and CEO. Weiss had been named interim CEO earlier this year after Thomas P. Campbell announced that he would resign as director. Artnews, June 13, 2017

Agnes Gund Sells Lichtenstein Canvas to Start Fund for Criminal Justice Arts patron Agnes Gund has sold a prized Roy Lichtenstein painting to advance criminal justice reform and is challenging other collectors to follow her example… This is one thing I can do before I die,” Gund said. “This is what I need to do.” The collector’s campaign for social justice was partially inspired by recent police shootings of unarmed African American teenagers as well as contemporary works that have shed light on the obstacles facing black communities today… On a personal level, Gund was motivated by her concern for her six African American grandchildren. Artforum, June 11, 2017

Drones stalk visitors to Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Park Avenue Armory installation The movements of visitors navigating this installation, by architects Herzog & de Meuron and artist Ai Weiwei, are tracked by drones and played back to them – in a comment on surveillance in public spaces. Hansel and Gretel opened at the Park Avenue Armory on New York’s Upper East Side on 7 June 2017. Dezeen, June 12, 2017


National Museum of Women in the Arts Receives $9 Million Bequest The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, announced today that it has received a $9 million bequest—the largest single gift in its history—from the estate of California businesswoman Madeleine Rast. The gift, which will bolster the museum’s endowment, coincides with the institution’s thirtieth anniversary. Artforum, June 13, 2017


National Gallery of Ireland’s grand reopening worth the protracted wait The National Gallery of Ireland will unveil around 650 works when its historic collection displays reopen on Thursday (15 June), its director Sean Rainbird says. Around 80% of the gallery’s exhibition space has been closed since 2011 to make way for a refurbishment by the Office of Public Works and the Dublin-based architects Heneghan Peng that cost around €30m. The Art Newspaper, June 13, 2017


Blockade of Qatar threatens cultural institutions The diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, which has resulted in the partial blockade of Qatar, is likely to destabilise cultural institutions and partnerships in the region. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut off ties with the oil- and gas-rich state, accusing it of supporting terrorism. “These countries have banned everything from Qatar,” says Mohamoud Abdalla Mohamed, a representative from Sotheby’s Doha office. “I am sure the situation will affect cultural relations.” The Art Newspaper, June 13, 2017


Yokohama Triennale 2017 Finalizes Artist List [Updated] The organizers for the Yokohama Triennale have released the final list of artists included in the upcoming 2017 edition, which will open in the Japanese port city on August 4. In April, the organizers had originally announced 26 artists and one project that would make up the total 39 participants in the sixth iteration of the exhibition, which carries the theme of “Islands, Constellations and Galapagos.” Artnews, June 12, 2017


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