Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, June 27, 2017


The federal government gives $3 million to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC Canada’s Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, visited Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) today with some good news. She announced that the federal government is providing $3 million in funding to the University of British Columbia museum. This investment directly supports the newly opened Gallery of the Northwest Coast Masterworks, and has allowed the museum to purchase and install state-of-the-art exhibition equipment to showcase the 230 historic and contemporary pieces of Indigenous art from the Northwest Coast (an anonymous donation worth $7 million that was given to MOA last year). The funding will also go toward the construction of a new public education centre inside the museum. It will include a 144-seat professional theatre, a green room, washrooms, and a multi-purpose space that can be used for lectures, workshops, and public performances. Georgia Straight, June 26, 2017

Historical Northwest Coast works become more than art at Museum of Anthropology The newest exhibition at MOA is designed to connect historical indigenous works to the lives and practices of contemporary indigenous people. Instead of curators dominating the works with their words, aboriginal people themselves say what the works mean and how they are important in their lives. The new approach to displaying works at MOA is being used for In A Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art, an exhibition of more than 110 historical indigenous works. Vancouver Sun, June 24, 2017

See Monsters: Indigenous art and history explored through new media Bracken Hanuse Corlett, a live-visual artist, will be performing an audio-visual work with his cousin, DJ and producer Dean Hunt. As part of FUSE 2167, they will perform among a number of other performers. Live music will be hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 30 to launch the Gallery 150 years into the future. See Monsters, the audio-visual duo – a live-collage of Bass music, moving light and transformative spaces – is a ‘peace treaty’ that will not be part of the Eve of Canada Day celebrations due to the colonial history of Canada. The Source, June 27, 2017

A dream come true: First Nations woman’s art displayed at Vancouver airport Recent art school graduate Violet Gatensby only dreamed of having her work showcased at the Vancouver airport — a hot-spot for beautiful Indigenous art from big-name artists. Well, the young artist’s dream came true sooner than expected. The YVR Art Foundation unveiled Gatensby’s piece last month — a carved and painted round panel piece she worked on for a year. “It definitely feels like a big deal,” said Gatensby, an artist from Carcross Tagish First Nation in Yukon who won the 2016 YVR youth scholarship. As part of the award, the scholar’s artwork will display at the airport for one year., June 24, 2017


Right here, right now: Meet six Calgary artists taking part in the 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art The 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art was informed by a question: Whom is a biennial for? After seeing many of the artists meet for the first time at the exhibition opening of the 2015 Alberta Biennial, curators Peta Rake and Kristy Trinier began forming a response. “I really believe that a biennial, while it is for the public, is for the artists as well,” says Rake, the curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. So after considering some 300 submissions, conducting 75 studio visits from Fort McMurray to Lethbridge, Rake and Trinier selected 24 artists and invited them to Banff a year before the exhibition. Calgary Herald, June 23, 2017


Opening date set for Remai Modern art gallery An opening date for the long-awaited Remai Modern art gallery has been set. The doors to the new gallery in downtown Saskatoon will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 21… The city took possession of the building in March, which is coming in over-budget. The original cost of the building was set at $74.2 million for the gallery and $13 million for the underground parkade. Total cost of the project was last projected at over $104 million, but officials did not say what the total cost was at Monday’s announcement., June 26, 2017


Art Gallery of Ontario Adds Four New Curators With a reinstallation of its collection underway, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada has added four curators to its staff. Julie Crooks, Alexa Greist, Wanda Nanibush, and Caroline Shields have all been appointed assistant curators. Crooks, Greist, Nanibush, and Shields will work in the museum’s photography, prints and departments, Canadian and indigenous art, and European art departments, respectively. Upcoming shows at the institution include a retrospective for the Canadian painter Rita Letendre and “Free Black North,” an exhibition of 19th-century photographs of black Ontarians. Artnews, June 27, 2017

Meet Daniel Mazzone: Once a homeless teen, now one of Toronto’s most sought-after artists When Daniel Mazzone walked away from home at age 15 to live on the streets, he wasn’t just leaving behind the comfort of his family and their residence, but also a passion for art his art-instructor mother ignited in him over years toiling over stained glass and ceramic pieces… The Tanenbaum family, who is among the world’s top 200 art collectors, have even scooped up some of his work. Toronto Star, June 25, 2017


Will the National Arts Centre’s renovation undercut its brutalist truth? A fortress for culture: This is how the National Arts Centre has seemed to many since it opened half a century ago in the heart of Ottawa. And now, the fortress has been breached. On Canada Day, the country’s flagship arts complex officially opens the first phase in a $110.5-million renovation. Its ribbed-concrete walls, speckled with grains of Laurentian granite, are joined by new wings of gold-toned aluminum, pale wood and lots of glass. It’s a new era. The style of expressive concrete architecture known as brutalism was the height of architectural good taste in the 1960s, when a Montreal firm designed the centre; now, it’ll be joined by a sleek addition by Diamond Schmitt Architects – very tasteful for 2017, tightly detailed and hospitable. The Globe and Mail, June 23, 2017


All Power to the People: MMFA’s Revolution exhibit celebrates the radical 1960s Originally curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the 700-piece, multimedia exhibit explores the interplay between music, fashion, photography, film, art, design and literature alongside the social upheaval of the years spanning 1966 to 1970. While it maintains much of its original focus, the MMFA has tailored Revolution to include some Quebec content focusing on Expo 67 and the early sovereignty movement, all with a nod to made-in-Quebec music from the period. Revolution is on at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until Oct. 9, 2017., June 24, 2017

New York

MoMA Receives $50 M. Gift From Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to Support Expansion The collector and hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen and his wife, Alexandra Cohen, are the latest big-money contributors to the Museum of Modern Art’s capital campaign for new exhibition space. The institution announced today that the couple’s foundation has given $50 million in unrestricted funds… The gift comes a year after Cohen joined MoMA’s board, and there’s the added bonus of naming rights to a sixth floor space—it will be dubbed the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions. Artnews, June 27, 2017

Cold Spring

‘Warehouse’ of Italian art comes to Hudson Valley Magazzino—“warehouse” in Italian—seemed like a fitting name to the collectors Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu for their new, free art space dedicated to post-war and contemporary Italian art. Privately funded by the couple and open by appointment from 28 June, the elegant space in Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley will have rotating displays drawn from the more than 400 works in the Olnick Spanu collection. The Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo has extended the building, a former dairy distribution centre, to create more than 18,000 sq. ft of exhibition space, a central courtyard and a library. The Art Newspaper, June 27, 2017


Modigliani’s nudes to be laid bare in Tate Modern show Ten nudes painted by Amedeo Modigliani, the largest group ever seen in the UK, will go on show in an exhibition dedicated to the Italian artist due to open at Tate Modern in London later this year (23 November-2 April 2018). These include Seated Nude (1917), on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Recling Nude (1919) from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Female Nude (around 1916) from the Courtauld Gallery in London. The Art Newspaper, June 26, 2017


Bangkok joins the biennial bandwagon Bangkok will debut a contemporary art biennial next year. Bangkok Art Biennale was set up by Apinan Poshyananda, Thailand’s former culture minister, and the drinks magnate Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi. The first edition is set to run from November 2018 to February 2019. Poshyananda, who is also an artist and curator, is the event’s artistic director and chief executive. He says that previous attempts to establish a biennial in Bangkok failed “due to lack of commitment from government and periods of political unrest”. The Art Newspaper, June 23, 2017




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