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Britney Spears lands first art exhibition – BBC News



US pop star Britney Spears will have her artwork displayed at a gallery in France from this Saturday.

Her debut exhibition, Sometimes You Just Gotta Play!!!!!!, will take up residence at the Galerie Sympa in the town of Figeac in south-west France.

The title is taken from an Instagram post made by the singer several years ago, which showed her painting outside.

The exhibition will mark the 21st birthday of her big-selling debut album … Baby One More Time.

According to the gallery, the 38-year-old’s first public art show will run “till the world ends,” – a reference to her 2011 track of the same name.

Her flower painting, which was used to promote the show, was donated to a Las Vegas charity auction in 2017, helping the victims of the Root 91 Harvest music festival shooting.

A year ago, the performer scrapped her Las Vegas residency and announced she was taking an “indefinite” break from music, to focus on her father Jamie’s recovery from a life-threatening illness.

Her dad served as her conservator for 11 years – meaning he was in charge of Spears’ finances because of her ill-health – after Spears was placed in psychiatric care back in 2008.

Last year, he was legally relieved of his duties for “personal health reasons”.

The singer reassured fans over her own wellbeing, following internet speculation that she was being held at a mental health facility against her will. This sparked the #FreeBritney campaign; a hashtag which appears again, ironically, in the promo for the new art show.

In an Instagram video in April, she rejected the theories, saying “all is well” and that she would “be back very soon”.

“My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety recently, so I just needed time to deal,” she added.

Paint it black

Spears is not the first musician to channel her creativity into physical artwork.

The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is well known for moving seamlessly from guitar licks to licks of paint.

The 72-year-old rocker placed his paintings on display once again at a pop-up gallery in London just before Christmas.

A few years earlier, the former art student described his painting Sad Guitar – which featured in his book Ronnie Wood: Artist – to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme as a combination of his two greatest loves, music and art.

“It’s very influenced by the guitars of Georges Braque and Picasso. Those artists lay heavy with me as influences,” he said.

From The Rolling Stones to The Stone Roses – fellow guitar wizard John Squire‘s latest exhibition, Disinformation, featured at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, also in the capital, last year.

The large-scale oil paintings were based on photographs taken by the artist or found online and then put through a Snapchat filter that the 1995 Turner Prize winner had told Squire about.

The 57-year-old, who was responsible for the Manchester band’s signature Jackson Pollock-inspired paint splash artwork, told The Guardian: “I don’t think I’m a very good guitar player – or painter.”

We’ll agree to disagree on that one, John.

Last but not least, without blowing his own trumpet, it’s fair to say seminal US jazz musician Miles Davis produced some pretty impressive artwork too, late on in his career.

Davis, famed for trailblazing records like Bitches Brew, only began painting in his mid-50s during a break from touring, but soon threw himself fully into it.

“It’s like therapy for me, and keeps my mind occupied with something positive when I’m not playing music,” he wrote in his self-titled autobiography in 1989.

His influences ranged from Picasso to Basquiat, via African tribal artwork.

After his death in 1991, at the age of 65, Davis’s estate took his paintings on the road, and in 2013, Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork was published.

Look out for the best of Britney’s artwork in book form in time for Christmas 2020 (maybe, baby).

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National drive-by art show rolls in Victoria on Saturday – Victoria News



A drive-by art exhibition, planned in select cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada, is happening in Victoria on Saturday.

On June 6, artists taking part in The National Arts Drive will be displaying, performing or showcasing their creativity from driveways, balconies, windows, stoops and front lawns during a three-hour period.

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Spectators are encouraged to drive the city blocks to see, hear and support the artists, performers, musicians and designers who live in their communities.

The driving experience is paired with a website and an interactive map where spectators can engage with the artist and support them through three main avenues: like, follow and share their work through social media, donate directly to the artists and visit their online store or website for a future purchase.

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There is no charge for artists wishing to participate in the event, which was created by RAW – the world’s largest independent arts organization.

According to RAW, 95 per cent of artists have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown and 64 per cent of artists have become unemployed due to the pandemic.

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Art market leaders host charity auction in support of Canadian food banks – Canada NewsWire



The charity auction will take place on Heffel’s Online Auction Partnerships (HO2) platform from June 9 – 23, 2020, and will include 28 works donated by Nicholas Metivier Gallery and a group of well-known artists including Edward Burtynsky, Bobbie Burgers, John Hartman and others. According to presale estimates for the works, the auction is expected to raise between $170,000 and $230,000 to benefit the charities.

“Like many Canadians, we are proud to step up to help those in need during this critical time,” said David Heffel, President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House. “We’re so thankful for the generosity of the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, the RBC Foundation and the artists who have donated their energy and creativity for this important cause, and are eager to get these much-needed funds to food banks in our communities.”

“Canadian food banks are in desperate need of assistance to help those most vulnerable as a result of COVID-19, and demand has grown exponentially in recent months,” said Nicholas Metivier, Founder and Owner of Nicholas Metivier Gallery. “When we suggested the idea of an auction to support food banks, our artists responded with tremendous generosity and enthusiasm. We are also pleased to partner with Heffel and utilize their online auction platform to execute this important initiative.”

To give interested buyers an opportunity to view the available works, the auction catalogue and virtual auction previews will be available on Heffel’s website. Works will also be available for preview by appointment at Nicholas Metivier Gallery (190 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON).

For additional auction details, and to access the online catalogue, please visit The catalogue will be available on June 9, 2020.

About Heffel Fine Art Auction House

Heffel has sold more Canadian art than any other auctioneer worldwide, with sales totaling more than half a billion dollars since 1978. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary, Heffel has the most experienced team of fine art specialists in Canada and provides superior client service to both sellers and buyers internationally.

About Nicholas Metivier Gallery

The Nicholas Metivier Gallery, founded in 2004, is one of the largest contemporary galleries in Canada. The gallery represents and promotes Canadian and international artists that demonstrate exceptional quality and originality in all media, with a focus on contemporary painting and photography. 

SOURCE Heffel Fine Art Auction House

For further information: For additional information, to schedule an interview or media viewing, or for high-resolution images, please contact: Rebecca Rykiss, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, [email protected], 416-961-6505 ext. 323

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Vancouver museums and art galleries start reopening next week – Vancouver Sun



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The Museum of Vancouver reopens June 11. Jason Payne/PNG

The VAG will have security guards and volunteers to monitor visitors.

“If there’s a bit of a jam happening, that’s where our volunteers and guards will maybe ask people to move along, and maybe go to another floor,” said Augatis.

Staff at both institutions will be wearing masks in public areas, and it is “highly recommended” that visitors wear masks as well. But is not mandatory.

The Maritime Museum will reopen with a new show, On The Shore, featuring 44 paintings of the B.C. coast from the Bill and Mary Everett Collection, including two by works by Emily Carr and one by E.J. Hughes.

The VAG has a new exhibition culled from works in its collection, The Tin Man Was a Dreamer: Allegories, Poetics and Performances of Power. It was supposed to open in March but was delayed, as was another a new video and photographic installation, Matilda Aslizadeh’s Moly and Kassandra.

The VAG’s big summer show, Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia, is being installed and will be opening July 18.

The Maritime Museum will be opening Thursday through Sunday, while the VAG will be open seven days a week.

“We would love to see the numbers come back to the museum, but we also anticipate that for the first few days or even weeks it might be a bit difficult,” said Schokkenbroek.

“People will be apprehensive, people will be anxious, maybe reluctant, and wait and see how things are being done.”

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