Visual Arts News Digest, Compiled by the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 24, 2017


Vancouver murals by Indigenous artists unveiled for Canada 150+ celebration A series of murals created by Indigenous artists and teams in honour of Vancouver’s Canada 150+ celebrations were unveiled this week throughout the city. Four of the six projects were completed this week and will be featured in a free walking tour offered as part of the Drum is Calling Festival this Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. The artists for the six projects were selected from 47 applicants by a panel of Indigenous artists and art professionals; 70 per cent of applicants were applying to work with the city for the first time. Vancouver Sun, July 22, 2017

‘Pictures from Here’ Uses and Confuses Photo-Conceptualism, Depicting Vancouver Through Various Lenses in Time In Pictures from Here, an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, the viewer is invited to see Vancouver through the lenses of more than 20 artists. With works dating from the 1950s to present day, the city and its inhabitants are depicted in a range of photography-based mediums like prints, light-boxes, videos, and installations. Beatroute, July 20, 2017


Toronto’s ceramics shrine shattered expectations Back in 2003, when the original Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art was stripped of its pinkish-grey granite in preparation for an ambitious makeover, Helen Gardiner broke down weeping. The philanthropist had co-founded the museum in 1984 with her husband, the businessman George R. Gardiner… to house their collection of Italian Renaissance pottery, 18th-century European porcelain and ancient American ceramics. George Gardiner had died in 1997 and, though it was unanimously accepted that this transformative expansion was crucial to the museum, this was certainly more than a renovation for Helen. Toronto Star, July 22, 2017


Joyce Wieland and Tom Thomson are a not-so-odd couple at McMichael Collection “Passion Over Reason” at the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art begins, appropriately, with an embrace: Tom Thomson, the woodsy icon of a Canadian painter, bundled up in the arms of an earth goddess, the splendour of nature bursting in bright colour and form below them. Let it not be said that the late Joyce Wieland, the maker of this particular piece, had no sense of humour (Thomson’s wearing red-and-black buffalo check, a Canadiana cliché if there ever was one). Her work, which could be cheeky, absurd and full-blooded, was the product of the potent marriage of the head and the heart. Toronto Star, July 23, 2017


How much does Inuit art contribute to the Canadian economy? When it comes to economic development in the Canadian Arctic, resource development dominates the headlines. But a recent report lays out in detail, just how much the Inuit arts economy contributes to the North, and to Canada as a whole. In 2015 alone, the Inuit art economy contributed $87.2 million to Canada’s GDP, according to Impact of the Inuit Arts Economy, commissioned by the federal government and released this month. Radio Canada International, July 21, 2017

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Raymond Sackler, Psychopharmacology Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 97 Dr. Raymond Sackler, a pioneer in psychopharmacology, a medicinal products entrepreneur and a leading philanthropist whose family made a fortune from the opioid painkiller OxyContin, died on Monday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 97. Last year, the Sacklers were ranked 19th among “America’s richest families” by Forbes magazine, with assets estimated at $18 billion. They were major benefactors who helped finance the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (home to the Temple of Dendur), the Freer and Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, British cultural institutions… New York Times, July 19, 2017


Three Louvre Paintings Lost After Lightning Sets Fire to Museum on French Island Three paintings from the collection of the Louvre, and another 200 canvases belonging to a local maritime museum, went up in flames last Tuesday, when severe lightning caused a fire on the small island of Tatihou on the French side of the English Channel. Around 7:30pm local time on July 18, the storage building of the Musée Tatihou caught fire, according to Ouest France. About one third of the building was destroyed in the blaze, along with artworks collectively valued at €2 million (~$2.3 million). Hyperallergic, July 24, 2017


Personal recordings immerse visitors in lives of Modern British artists An exhibition at the Lightbox gallery in Woking, Surrey, allows visitors to listen to recordings of artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick speaking intimately about their work and personal lives… In Their Own Words: Artists’ Voices from The Ingram Collection (until 30 July) pairs up short extracts from the British Library’s Artists’ Lives archive with works by 22 Modern British artists from the Ingram Collection…. The full recordings and archive can be accessed hereThe Art Newspaper, July 20, 2017


Istanbul Biennial Announces Artists for 15th Edition After previously announcing the theme for the fifteenth Istanbul Biennial, to be curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, organizers have now announced the full list of artists that will participate in the exhibition, set to open on September 16. Works in the show will be installed across several venues, including the Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul Modern, ARK Kültür, the Pera Museum, the Yoğunluk Atelier, and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam in addition to other offsite locations. [List of artists included] Artforum, July 24, 2017


Private museum of Arab art in the pipeline for Beirut Lebanon’s surprise museum boom shows no signs of losing momentum. Despite political paralysis and a refugee crisis driven by civil war in neighbouring Syria, there are more than half a dozen museum projects in the pipeline for the capital, Beirut. The latest addition to their ranks is the privately funded Beirut Arab Art Museum, which is set to become the city’s biggest art museum when it opens downtown in 2020. The planned 10,000- to 15,000-sq.-m institution will house the 4,000-strong Modern and contemporary Arab art collection of the Beirut-based Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation. It will join the still-unbuilt Beirut City Museum, designed by Renzo Piano and backed by the Lebanese government, and the private, non-profit Beirut Museum of Art. The Art Newspaper, July 21, 2017


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