Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 19, 2017


Fourth Poly Culture exhibit features Ming and Qing stove pots Poly Culture North America – one of the largest Chinese companies to have established regional headquarters in Vancouver in recent years – has brought a fourth exhibition to its downtown gallery, officials said. The exhibit, which includes about 30 pieces of bronze stove pots from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties, is making its first North American visit. The stove pots – often collected from imperial households – are today a major draw for Chinese antique collectors due to its representation of the culture and technology for the time period each item was made. The exhibit will be held in Vancouver until August 8. Business Vancouver, June 15, 2017

Guided tour of Vancouver Mural Festival illustrates past and future Vancouver Mural Festival founder David Vertesti met a small group of press last night outside of Kafka’s cafe for a trek up and down Main Street that offered colourful background on last year’s popular pieces, and more information on what we can expect to see popping up on Mount Pleasant walls later this summer. Set to run this August 7 to 12, the festival will be kicking off next Saturday (June 24) with a street party for the unveiling of a full building mural wrap at Strathcona. Georgia Straight, June 16, 2017

North Vancouver

CBC Vancouver partners with The North Vancouver Museum on Chief Dan George Exhibit CBC Vancouver’s Sheryl Mackay will host the opening night reception for The North Vancouver Museum’s new Chief Dan George Exhibit. Opening on June 22, Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist explores the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor. The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the George family. The North Vancouver Museum is located in Presentation House at 209 West 4th Street, North Vancouver. It is open from Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm and admission is free., June 13, 2017


Robert Amos: Museum artist brings the past to life Jean Jacques André came to Victoria from Marseilles, France, where he had trained at the museum of natural history, and worked as a taxidermist. Arriving in Victoria in 1961, André set up a business on Government Street, offering his services as an exhibition designer… The list of accomplishments by André and Associates is extensive and extraordinary. The Skirball Center in Los Angeles is a museum of the history of the Jews in America, in a building designed by Moishe Safdi [sic]. The Atomic Testing Museum near Las Vegas tells the story at the heart of the Cold War. Particularly close to Message’s heart is the Ziibiwing Centre of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Times Colonist, June 18, 2017


At the ROM, Anishinaabe art, but whose power? At the Royal Ontario Museum’s brand new show, Anishinaabeg: Art and Power, the ceremonial dress of Sitting White Eagle, a prominent medicine man from the Salteaux Anishinaabe, rests on mannequined limbs, preciously behind glass. This, our western eyes would tell us, is nothing new. But there right alongside it is Sitting White Eagle himself, a ghostly image in black and white, right-sized at full height and wearing that very outfit somewhere out on the Saskatchewan plains before his death in 1930. It’s the first clue that Art and Power is, in fact, something new. Toronto Star, June 19, 2017


Montreal exhibit celebrating Leonard Cohen to open in November Montreal’s contemporary art museum will be hosting an exhibit later this year devoted to the life and work of Leonard Cohen, one that was conceived with the late singer-songwriter’s blessing. “We wanted to make sure that Leonard would not be against an exhibition like this, because we know he has a certain humility and we didn’t want to overstep our welcome,” museum director and chief curator John Zeppetelli said Thursday… What is planned is a five-month exhibition inspired by Cohen’s music, poetry and artwork that will include installations combining visual art, music, writing and virtual reality by artists from 10 countries. It is slated to open to the public Nov. 9 and run until early April 2018. The Globe and Mail, June 15, 2017

United States

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection To Donate 119 Works to Five Museums Four museums in the United States and one museum in Peru will receive parts of a 119-work donation consisting of Latin American colonial art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, which was created by ARTnews Top 200 Collectors Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Gustavo A. Cisneros in the 1970s. The donation comprises a mix of gifts and pledged gifts, some of which are already at museums, a few of which will be delivered later this month, and the rest of which will be delivered to their respective institutions after the conclusion of a traveling exhibition, “Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art for the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros,” in 2020. Artnews, June 16, 2017

“Frank Lloyd Wright remains America’s greatest architect” There are few experiences in architecture more rewarding than visiting a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. What exactly makes them so good? The details in every building are different, but over the seven decades that Wright practiced, he developed a repertory of devices – tricks of the trade, if you will – that you begin to recognise and appreciate. They form the core of the continued importance and relevance of his work today, 150 years after his birth. Dezeen, June 15, 2017

Los Angeles

Home Is Where the Art Is “Home—So Different, So Appealing” is a big, keen show, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, of works made since 1957 by forty-two mostly topnotch Latino and Latin-American artists, spanning styles from Pop to Conceptual. It tells many stories and is a story in itself. The Getty Foundation contributed funds for it, as part of a push, called “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,” to highlight Latino and Latin-American art in and for Southern California. The New Yorker, June 26, 2017 issue


Philadelphia Unveils New Pride Flag to Recognize People of Color The city of Philadelphia has unveiled a new design for the LGBTQ Pride flag that features two additional stripes in its iconic rainbow — one black, one brown — to recognize queer people of color. The eight-striped banner was created by Philadelphia-based advertising and PR agency Tierney, for #MoreColorMorePride, a new inclusivity campaign launched by the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs to coincide with Pride Month. The original rainbow flag was created in 1978 by the late Gilbert Baker… The Museum of Modern Art acquired his original for its design collection in 2015. Hyperallergic, June 15, 2017


In pictures: the ‘remarkable, powerful’ works of Khadija Saye who died in Grenfell Tower blaze Artists, critics and museum directors have been hailing the work of Khadija Saye, the 24-year-old photographer who died with her mother Mary Mendy in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London last week. Saye’s work is currently on show in the Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in a presentation curated by David A Bailey featuring emerging artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The art critic Waldemar Januszczak described Saye’s wet collodion tintypes exploring the migration of traditional Gambian spiritual practices as “standing out across the entire Venice Biennale”. He added: “It was some of the most moving work there.” Januszczak called on Maria Balshaw, the new director of the Tate, to display her work. The Art Newspaper, June 19, 2017

At British Museum Protest, Australian Aboriginal Activist Demands Repatriation of Ancestor’s ShieldYesterday, Australian Aboriginal rights activist Rodney Kelly visited the British Museum to demand the return of an artifact with a potent history: the Gweagal shield. The shield belonged to Kelly’s great-great-great-great grandfather, Cooman, and was seized in 1770 by Captain James Cook during the first encounter between the British and Indigenous Australians. It was later given to the British Museum. The bark shield bears a bullet hole, marking the first shot fired in the long history of violence toward the continent’s Indigenous people. Hyperallergic, June 19, 2017


Italy’s five suspended museum directors return to work Five directors of Italian museums who were ousted by a controversial court ruling on 24 May have returned to work—albeit temporarily. On 15 June, Italy’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, suspended the decision by the Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) that voided the appointments of Martina Bagnoli at the Galleria Estense in Modena; Paolo Giulierini, Eva Degl’Innocenti and Carmelo Malacrino at the National Archaeological Museums of Naples, Taranto and Reggio Calabria respectively; and Austrian-born Peter Assmann at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. The Council of State is due to hold a definitive public hearing on the case on 26 October. It is the latest twist in a legal saga that threatens the Italian culture ministry’s ongoing reform of the country’s bureaucratic museums sector. The Art Newspaper, June 19, 2017



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