Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 18, 2017


How 3D-printing, robotics and mixed reality created this HoloLens art piece Transformation Mask is an experiential sculpture piece that brings art and technology together as it morphs from bird mask to human-merged-with-machine. It’s the result of a collaboration between Canadian artist Shawn Hunt and Microsoft Vancouver’s in-house maker space, The Garage… But while the project is certainly interesting enough from a technical perspective…  what makes it truly ground-breaking is the way it uses those technologies to explore aesthetics, identity, and artistic expression in new ways. The Next Web, July 18, 2017


Burnaby Village explores Indigenous history The Burnaby Village Museum is made up of homes and buildings from the city’s past with staff looking like they stepped out of the 1920s, inviting people to explore Burnaby’s history. But in recent years, the museum has looked farther back with a program that works with local First Nations, building relationships and sharing their stories, culture and history. Many people don’t know the First Nations history in the area and some aspects can be surprising, like how many archeological sites there are in the city. Burnaby Now, July 17, 2017

North Vancouver

A Cool Breeze: LA and Vancouver Art from the 1960s and beyond A Cool Breeze continues Seattle-based curator Melissa E. Feldman’s research in 1960s California Light and Space and its reverberations, in this case Vancouver artists with a penchant for optical minimalism. This project, drawn largely from local private collections, presents these formal works in conversation to reflect on a parallel use of cool aesthetics in these two West Coast scenes. [The exhibition takes place at Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver until August 15th.] Georgia Straight, July 17, 2017

Art abounds on the North Shore  North and West Vancouver are home to more than 100 public works of art, and both offer information about all the pieces on their municipal websites….  Across the North Shore, public art can be found in libraries, recreation centres, municipal halls, along nature trails and public walkways, and in parks, among other places. [Details of public art locations included.] North Shore News, July 17, 2017


Bill McLennan shares insight into Audain Art Museum collection It’s not hard to appreciate the stunning work housed in the Audain Art Museum. But on Saturday (July 22) you’ll have a chance to dig a little deeper when Bill McLennan, curator emeritus, Pacific Northwest, for the UBC Museum of Anthropology, takes part in a discussion about the various First Nations art in the museum’s collection. The Question caught up with McLennan to get a taste of the event, which will take place at the museum at 2 p.m. Whistler Question, July 17, 2017


Why ‘Pipe Man,’ a Tom Thomson tribute, has small-town Ontario up in arms Pipe Man, as it is known locally, is an homage to Tom Thomson, the legendary Canadian artist who vanished 100 years ago last Saturday and eight days later was found floating in Algonquin Park’s Canoe Lake …. Through many months of planning, including open council sessions and media stories on the project, there was some debate, but mostly about its prominent location. It would be anchored just off the swing bridge in a widening of the river that is surrounded by retail outlets and restaurants. The Globe and Mail, July 14, 2017


‘Anishinaabeg: Art And Power’ at Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Royal Ontario Museum will be hosting ‘Anishinaabeg: Art and Power,’ an exhibition depicting the artistic evolution of the Anishinaabeg community at the gallery’s venue in Toronto. Anishinaabeg are the indigenous people of North America. Ontario was their homeland and they dwelled between the stretch from Quebec to Alberta and Michigan to Montana. From centuries the Anishinaabeg have expressed their cultural traditions through art. Their works mostly explored human relations and their relationships with their ancestors, nature, and spirits. Blouin Artinfo, July 16, 2017


A Call to Save a Floating Performance Space by Louis Kahn A 50-year-old floating performance space designed by architect Louis Kahn may be sent to a Louisiana shipyard for scrap at the end of this year’s tour. Appearing more like a UFO than a boat, Point Counterpoint II was built from 1964 to ’67 and debuted in 1976 for the American Bicentennial, and has since been the maritime home of the Pennsylvania-based American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO). It remains to be seen if this will be Point Counterpoint II’s final summer riding the waves, but if you can, it’s worth attending one of its unique concerts. The 2017 tour schedule is online, with upcoming performances in Ontario and New York… Hyperallergic, July 17, 2017

New York

Pioneering American artist Daniel LaRue Johnson dies The American artist Daniel LaRue Johnson [1938 – 2017], known for his varied embrace of assemblage, Hard Edge abstraction and Minimalist sculpture, as well as his socially oriented and public work, has died… Johnson’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, all in New York. His art is currently on view in Soul of a Nation at Tate Modern. The Art Newspaper, July 13, 2017

Long Island City

The Playful, Feminist Sculptures of a Member of the Peruvian Avant-Garde Teresa Burga: Mano Mal Dibujada (Badly Drawn Hand), the Peruvian artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, presents a selection of her work from the 1960s to the present that does not neatly fit within the outlines of modern and contemporary art genres… Educated in Lima and later at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Fulbright scholar, Burga returned to live and work in Peru and was part of the group Arte Nuevo, which was instrumental in introducing Op Art, Pop Art, and Happenings to the Peruvian avant-garde scene… Hyperallergic, July 17, 2017


Tate Impressionist blockbuster reunites six of Monet’s Houses of Parliament pictures For an exhibition on the Impressionists in London, Tate will be reassembling six of Monet’s views of the Houses of Parliament. This is the first time so many from the series have been brought together in Europe since 1973. The show, Impressionists in London: French Artists in Exile (1870-1904), is due to open at Tate Britain in November and then travel to the Petit Palais in Paris next year. The exhibition will begin with Monet and Pissarro fleeing the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 to come to London. The Art Newspaper, July 18, 2017


New space commemorates Moscow’s neglected Soviet-era buildings As government officials in Moscow earmark Constructivist buildings for demolition in a massive project to relocate up to 1.6 million of the city’s residents, a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving Russia’s avant-garde architecture has opened in the Shabolovka neighbourhood. Supported by private grants and volunteers rather than public funding, the Avant-Garde Museum occupies a room in Na Shabolovke Gallery… It is part of a district with a rich heritage of early Soviet architecture and design, dominated by the famous hyperboloid Shukhov radio tower. The Art Newspaper, July 14, 2017


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