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Art Basel cancels annual Miami event due to virus

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Sep 2, 2020 1:44 PM

MIAMI — The high brow Art Basel fair, known for glamorous parties and celebrity sightings, on Wednesday announced the cancellation of its annual Miami event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The prestigious December art fair draws collectors, socialites and celebrities from around the world. But the pandemic’s impact on international travel restrictions and other quarantine factors left little choice but to postpone the event until 2021, according to a statement from the organization.

“We know how crucial our show is for our galleries, as well as for the greater Miami arts community and economy … and look forward to returning to Miami Beach next year to deliver a successful show,” said Noah Horowitz, director of Americas for Art Basel.

Officials for the fair said they are committed to supporting the global art community during such momentous challenges and are launching digital initiatives in addition to the 2021 shows in Hong Kong, Basel, Switzerland and Miami.

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Three proposed designs for new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia released (3 photos) – HalifaxToday.ca

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NEWS RELEASE
COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE/ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA/DEVELOP NOVA SCOTIA/TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL
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Nova Scotians can now see and provide feedback on the three final conceptual designs for the planned new art gallery and waterfront arts district in Halifax.

Today, Sept. 21, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia launched the Design Competition Exhibition, which runs until late October and features 3D models, renderings and detailed submissions by three shortlisted design teams. As part of the public engagement process, Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to share their feedback on each of the design approaches and concepts.

“A new gallery and waterfront arts district reflects the importance of art and culture to our communities and our lives,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “This gallery belongs to all Nova Scotians, and I encourage everyone to visit the exhibit in person or online and share their feedback.”

Public feedback gathered during the exhibition will be considered in the development of the project. Following the selection of the winning team, further community engagement will take place across the province.

The public can also view and comment on the submissions online at https://artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/artsdistrict . The submissions will be posted later today. On Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., the three final teams will present their designs through a livestream on the gallery YouTube Channel and on the website.

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“The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has a history that dates back to 1908, yet Nova Scotia has never had a purpose-built provincial art gallery. Today marks a major milestone for the arts and cultural sector in Nova Scotia. The three design teams have delivered concepts that reinvent the idea of an art gallery and arts district. We hope that all Nova Scotians will engage with us throughout this process to ensure that we have a space that is reflective of all communities in our province.” 
     – Nancy Noble, director and CEO, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

“Community participation in the work to create a new arts district is critical to ensure what we build reflects us all and is a place where everyone can belong. We encourage Nova Scotians to engage in these early concepts over the next few weeks, to share their ideas big and small, and to help shape this inclusive place for art and community. Once the successful design team is selected, we’ll look forward to engaging with the community again.”
     – Jennifer Angel, president and CEO, Develop Nova Scotia

Quick Facts:
— the three finalist designs are the result of a six-month, international design competition – the first of its magnitude in Nova Scotia
— the three teams participating in stage two of the design competition are Architecture49 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves Jones; DIALOG, Acre Architects, Brackish Design Studio and Shannon Webb-Campbell; KPMB Architects with Omar Gandhi Architect, Jordan Bennett Studio, Elder Lorraine Whitman (NWAC), Public Work and Transsolar
— the winning submission will be chosen in October by a qualified jury of professionals, including architects, a landscape architect, artists and museum professionals
— the successful design team will carry out a provincewide public engagement process
— in April 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $30 million in the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia project through the New Building Canada Fund-Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, National and Regional Projects
— the Province of Nova Scotia has committed $70 million towards this project

Additional Resources:
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia building website: https://artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/artsdistrict

Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan https://novascotia.ca/culture/

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Review: Craig Johnson mystery involving art creates art, too – St. Albert Today

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“Next to Last Stand,” by Craig Johnson (Viking)

In “Next to Last Stand,” the 16th book in Craig Johnson’s popular mystery series, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire is feeling his age. He’s not sure he even wants to stand for reelection. However, a good mystery can always get the veteran lawman’s heart pumping again.

He finds one when the director of the Wyoming Home for Soldiers and Sailors calls to inform him that his pal Charlie Lee Stillwater has passed away — and that he needs to examine what was found in the old man’s room. Arriving there, Longmire sees stacks of papers and file folders, a huge hoard of books about art, a scrap of canvass that appears to be a copy (or perhaps an actual piece) of a famous painting, and a box containing $1 million in hundred dollar bills.

It appears that Charlie died of natural causes, but where did the long-penniless old soldier get a million dollars in cash? When did he develop an apparent obsession with art? And is that scrap of canvass a clue or a red herring?

Johnson builds his story around a real work of art: “Custer’s Last Fight,” a not particularly good and historically inaccurate painting of the battle of Little Big Horn that was destroyed in a fire in 1946 at the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas. However, because millions of copies were distributed by Anheuser-Bush, it is one of the most well-known art works in American history. The original would be worth millions.

Could it have somehow survived the fire? The plot thickens when Longmire discovers that his old pal had been stationed at the Texas army post at the time of the fire.

Fans of the Longmire series will be pleased that many familiar characters, including stoic Henry Standing Bear and crude-talking Deputy Sheriff Victoria Moretti, play a prominent role in the tale that also involves a crooked art dealer, a skilful art forger, some Russian art collectors, and an assortment of violent thugs.

Johnson excels at introducing his series characters to new readers without boring longtime fans with details they already know. The plot is not as dark as the last few Longmire tales, but as always, a suspenseful one unfolds at an appealing pace and the prose is first rate.

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Bruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, is the author of the Mulligan crime novels including “The Dread Line.”

Bruce Desilva, The Associated Press

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Announcing Thunder Bay's First Ever – Virtual Visual Art Fair – a virus free event! – Net Newsledger

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THUNDER BAY – Due to the current COVID-19 situation, CAHEP – Community Arts and Heritage Education Project and the Painted Turtle Art Shop are co-sponsoring the first-ever Thunder Bay Virtual Visual Art Fair as part of the Culture Days 2020 festivities – completely virus-free!

The Fair will be held over the course of a month, from September 25 – October 25, 2020, and will be hosted on Painted Turtle Art Shop’s website at this direct URL:  www.paintedturtleart.com/gallery  The Official Opening of the online exhibition will be Friday, September 25th at approximately 10:00 am and then open 24/7 for the duration of the Fair.

We’re thrilled to be showcasing 51 visual artists, who after an open “Call for Visual Art” will be displaying a wide and wonderful selection of their art including drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, digital works, textiles & sculptures.

All works are created by LOCAL visual artists who live and work right here in Thunder Bay, from student artists, emerging artists, mid-career artists to senior artists.  We will be featuring 2 artists & their work per day on our social media Facebook & Instagram accounts from Sept. 26 to Oct. 25, 2020.

As part of the Culture Days 2020 festivities, we are inviting & welcoming our Thunder Bay community as well as visitors from across Canada and beyond to our virtual online exhibition.

Join us virtually in viewing and exploring a variety of visual art with a certain and totally unique, Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario flair.

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