Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 26, 2017


Monet’s magical Giverny garden lilies land in Vancouver In one of its summer exhibitions, the Vancouver Art Gallery has brought a group of Monet’s Giverny paintings to Vancouver. Of 38 paintings in the exhibition, 21 were painted by Monet when he lived at Giverny from 1903 until his death in 1926. The exhibition includes several big water lily paintings as well as what is believed to be the artist’s last painting. An exhibition like Claude Monet’s Secret Garden doesn’t happen overnight. Ian Thom, a senior curator at the gallery, first approached the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris about doing a show about Monet’s work five years ago. Vancouver Sun, June 23, 2017

Exposition exclusive de Claude Monet au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Vancouver Les amateurs du grand peintre impressionniste français Claude Monet ont le privilège de voir une partie de ses oeuvres au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Vancouver. L’exposition Le Jardin secret de Claude Monet rassemble des toiles originales hébergées au Musée Marmottan Monet de Paris depuis 1966. Radio-Canada, June 23, 2017

Fred Lee’s Social Network: Champions of art raise money before Monet Launching the exhibition was the garden party of the season. Another hotly anticipated affair, 400 guests descended the grand staircase of the Vancouver Art Gallery to enter Monet’s Secret Garden of Giverny for an unforgettable evening of philanthropy. Chaired by Pamela Richardson and Priscilla Lam, the event attracted the city’s top philanthropists and champions of art and creativity. At $1,000-a-ticket all 400 seats were sold for the lavish affair that included an exclusive preview of the summer exhibition. The Province, June 24, 2017

Canada 150: Vancouver Art Gallery’s five B.C. art works for nation’s birthday We asked the Vancouver Art Gallery‘s chief curator to choose five works — out of more than 12,000 in the permanent collection — to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. More than visually representing aspects of B.C., they also refer to art history and to ideas and events that allow viewers to consider “who we are as people and societies,” says Daina Augaitis. Vancouver Sun, June 23, 2017

Vancouver Art Gallery plaza unveiled after $9.6M facelift One half of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s outdoor space was transformed and unveiled on Thursday. The north plaza was officially reopened as a massive public gathering place, after undergoing a $9.6 million upgrade. “We at the city have the honour of maintaining this remarkable public gathering space, and we are excited to see how it will be used going forward,” said Paul Mochrie, deputy city manager for the City of Vancouver. The new plaza is 4,197 square metre and has the capacity for up to 1,500 people., June 22, 2017


Art Gallery of Ontario goes from zero to number two with Diane Arbus acquisition With its acquisition announced today of 522 prints by Diane Arbus, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto has become the second biggest holder of her work in the world. As well as adding to the AGO’s significant collection of photography—which includes works by Gary Winogrand, Josef Sudek and Arnold Newman—the acquisition is notable because before this, the museum owned no works by Arbus. Made possible with funds from the museum patrons Phil Lind, Sandra Simpson, Jay Smith, Jozef Straus, and Robin and David Young, the acquisition comes after a three-year negotiation and was purchased through the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. The Art Newspaper, June 24, 2017

Los Angeles

Getty reimposes the rule of time The Australian director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Timothy Potts, proposed the rehang when he was first recruited to lead the Los Angeles institution in 2012. Themed galleries are “fine as a social history of art”, says Potts, who is a specialist in ancient art. But chronology, he says, is “the only way you can understand the direction of stylistic change”. The Getty’s return to chronology is part of a wider trend in US museums. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, reopened its East Building last September with a clear historical narrative of Modern art. In New York, the Museum of Modern Art recently closed a year-long presentation of works from the 1960s, installed by year across nine galleries. The Art Newspaper, June 26, 2017


OMA Reveals Design for Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery Expansion The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), the Rotterdam-based firm that was selected to lead Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery $80 million expansion and renovation project has announced its plans for the institution’s campus. Dubbed AK360, the project is the museum’s first expansion in more than half a century. It was made possible after Buffalo-based billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach made a historic donation of $42.5 million, which helped the institution raise an unprecedented $103 million in the twelve weeks that followed the announcement of his gift. Artforum, June 23, 2017


Bulk of V&A’s £50m extension sponsored by four donors The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) will gain a dramatic new entrance and one of Europe’s largest temporary exhibition galleries when its Exhibition Road extension opens to the public on 30 June. Designed by the London-based architect Amanda Levete, it is the biggest development of the museum’s Grade I-listed building in more than a century. The Art Newspaper can reveal that just four donors supported three-quarters of the project’s £49.5m cost. The Art Newspaper, June 26, 2017

Here Is the Exhibitor List for Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2017 It may be a swampy, sweaty summer Friday right now, but before we know it, it will be fall again, and time for another edition of Frieze London, that city’s premiere fair. And today we bring you the exhibitor list for that fair, as well as for Frieze Masters, which takes place concurrently in Regent’s Park. Artnews, June 23, 2017


Pinault’s (circular) designs on Paris The French billionaire François Pinault wants to give to the world “its first completely circular museum”, says his preferred architect, Tadao Ando who has been charged with creating such a space to display Pinault’s collection in his home city of Paris. The €108m project is scheduled for completion in late 2018 for an opening planned in early 2019. In the heart of Paris, between the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, the site, which was the first circular building built in France ever, was once used to store wheat, then served as home for the commodity stock market. The Art Newspaper, June 26, 2017

Thun, Switzerland

Artist Sheba Chhachhi Wins 2017 Prix Thun for Art and Ethics Award Indian artist and women’s rights activist Sheba Chhachhi has been awarded this year’s Prix Thun for Art and Ethics Award, which recognizes artists who promote sustainability in their work. As the second recipient of the prize, which was established by artist George Steinmann who grew up in Thun, Switzerland, Chhachhi will receive $25,000. Chhachhi’s career launched in the 1980s with her documentary photographs of the women’s movement in India. In the 1990s, Chhachhi began making the large-scale multimedia installations for which she is well known. Based in New Delhi, the artist works with other female artists to bring about awareness of the challenges faced by women at all levels of society. Artforum, June 22, 2017


Kassel City Council Approves Plan to Build Documenta Institute On Monday, June 19, Kassel’s city council voted in favor of building a $26.8 million research center dedicated to Documenta at a site adjacent to the University of Kassel, HNA reports. After hosting the contemporary art exhibition every five years since 1955, Kassel will “keep alive the concept and experience of Documenta in the years between exhibitions,” the city council said in a statement. The Documenta Institute will be managed by the organizers of the exhibition, the city of Kassel, and the Fridericianum museum. The 50,000-square-foot building will employ around twenty-five staff members and will host talks, conferences, and other events. Artforum, June 22, 2017


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