By Ayat Basma and Imad Creidi
BEIRUT (Reuters) – On the day of the Beirut explosion two months ago, 54-year-old Nabil Debs was busy planning the opening of his boutique hotel which had been in the works for the past decade.
Instead, the day after escaping death in the massive blast that killed nearly 200 people, Debs was clearing rubble from the collapsed facade, roof and balconies of the heritage building that was his family home for decades and now a business.
With the debris cleared, the halls of the building are now open to paying visitors to view more than 100 works of art by mostly Lebanese and Arab artists, reflecting on the explosion itself and also the turmoil and wars of past decade.
The initiative, “Beirut Year Zero”, features paintings, installations, and sculptures by some 60 artists and aims to raise money to support them and the Lebanese Red Cross, which was at the forefront of rescue and relief work after the blast.
Debs – who is one of the curators of the exhibition – said many artists’ studios were destroyed in the explosion which hit Gemmayzeh, a neighbourhood known for its galleries and nightlife, especially hard.
It “was an assault on our ways and beliefs”, he said. “The political system, the economic crisis, everything is coming against us, so we transformed that anger into…an art front.”
Lebanon is facing its worst crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war. Its banking system has been paralysed since last year, the currency has crashed by 80% and banks have severely restricted withdrawals. The explosion that ruined a swathe of Beirut has compounded the financial meltdown.
British artist Tom Young, who has been working and living in Lebanon for more than a decade, and one of the participants in the exhibition, said artists needed “to do something with this pain and this anger”.
The main inspiration for his work was the Beirut port silo, a towering structure which bore the full force of the Aug. 4 explosion – but by doing so, shielded some western districts of the city from the worst impact.
Young said the “hero” silo protected half the city, acting “as a giant sandbag and probably saving hundreds if not thousands of lives”.
The exhibition will run until Oct. 14, after which around 30 works will go to London for auction at Christie’s.
(Reporting by Ayat Basma; Editing by Dominic Evans and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
Windsor is known for many things, but street art isn't one — Derkz is on a mission to change that – CBC.ca
The city of Windsor, Ont, is in many ways defined by its manufacturing heritage, its leadership in the automotive industry and its proximity to its U.S. neighbour Detroit. One thing it is not known for is its street art — but a number of local graffiti artists are hoping to change that.
Windsor-based artist David “Derkz” Derkatz is a graffiti writer and muralist. His work is all over the city, immortalizing everything from civil rights heroes, pop icons and animals to his most recent piece, which is one of Canada’s largest murals celebrating frontline workers.
In this doc by filmmaker Sasha Jordan Appler, Derkz is tasked with painting a wall on an abandoned building to revitalize a forgotten part of the city.
“The west end’s known for being a little bit more gritty, like a little bit of the rougher part, so they wanted something bold and tough,” says Derkz. “I came up with the two-hawk designs.”
Graffiti can completely change a community. Once criticized as vandalism, it is now in contemporary terms an alternative to traditional gallery space, showcasing work outside and defining — or sometimes redefining — a neighbourhood’s character. These colourful large-scale works, like Derkz’s hawk design, create a reason for people to flock to the area and make it feel more welcoming.
Watch as Windsor gets transformed by Derkz and fellow graffiti artists Eugenio “Drevmz” Mendoza, Daniel “Denial” Bombardier and Briana “Athena” Benore in the premiere of “Graffiti: The Art that Changes a City” on CBC’s Absolutely Canadian series on CBC TV in Windsor and online on CBC Gem, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Heffel art auction shifts to a 'digital sale room' – Vancouver Sun
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Former Vancouver Art Gallery curator Ian Thom wrote the catalogue entry for the painting, and said meeting Stern was “a turning point in Hughes’s life, because Stern agreed to take on Hughes’s work at his gallery.
“More importantly for the financially struggling artist, Stern agreed to buy the paintings outright, thus assuring Hughes of an income.”
The painting itself is a classic Hughes coastal scene — a Canadian Pacific steamship billowing dark smoke out its funnels as it pulls into the dock, with smaller boats, a lighthouse and islands looming in the background.
The dark blue of the water is reminiscent of the water in Fish Boat, Rivers Inlet, a 1946 Hughes painting that sold for a record $2.04 million in 2018. Three Tugboats, Nanaimo Harbour is no less charming, but has lighter colours, more in keeping with his popular coastal scenes in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Heffel is also very high on Green and Gold, Portrait of Vera, a striking 1933-34 Frederick Horsman Varley painting of his most well-known muse, artist Vera Weatherbie. It’s estimated at $500,000 to $700,000.
The fall sale is the 25th anniversary of the first Heffel auction.
“Our first live sale was at the Wall Centre in November, 1995,” Heffel recalls. “We had a fabulous Alex Colville, Dog and Groom, on the cover (of the catalogue). In fact we often say that was the sale we had the most fun at, because we were just rookies out of the box.”
The Heffel brothers had taken over the Heffel gallery at 2247 Granville after its founder, their father Ken, died of a heart attack on Oct. 13, 1987. He was only 53.
Woodmere Ideal Art delivers in Summerside feature – The Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —
Getting all the respect of chalk favourite, Woodmere Ideal Art cruised through every fraction on his way to victory in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Norris Rogers sent the heavily favoured Woodmere Ideal Art sharply off the wings from Post 4 and led through fractions of :28, :57 and 1:26 before fighting off a late challenge from Heart And Soul (Mark Bradley) to win by half a length in 1:55.3.
Third went to Soccer Hanover (Adam Merner). Owned by the Ultimate Stable of New Brunswick, Sifroi Melanson trains the winning son of Articulator.
Ken Murphy was the hottest reinsman of the day with five trips to the Prince County winner’s circle on the 10-dash card.
The first of the Harrington driver’s quintet was in the opener with a maiden-breaking score for Sweet Silvia in 2:00.4 for trainer Frank Hansen. The Eric Doucette-trained Rymar Jimbo was Murphy’s next victory in 1:59 followed by a win with Cinder Angelina in 2:00 from the Jaycob Sweet barn in Race 5.
Race 6 saw Murphy win with Dividend Day in 2:00.1 for trainer Fred Paynter while the afternoon finale was a Murphy score of 1:57.4 aboard Pictonian Storm for trainer Wade Sorrie.
– Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.
Harness racing results from Sunday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Race 1 – Sweet Silva (K. Murphy) 3.80 2.10 2.10; Phantom Shadow (M. Bradley) 2.40 2.10; Thinknshesagrtlady (A. Merner) 3.60.
Times: 29.3, 100.3, 131.1, 200.4 Also ran: Get Home Terry, Game of Change, Easy Like Sunday. Winning horse owned by Sylvia Hall Andrews, British Columbia. Exactor 5-1 $12.10; Triactor 5-1-3 $35.30; Superfecta 5-1-3-2 $35.60.
Race 2 – Windmernoharmdone (A. Merner) 2.20 2.30 2.10; Southfield Sue (K. Murphy) 8.90 2.50; Mia Lotta (D. Wallace) 2.20.
Times: 29.4, 59.3, 1:30, 2:01. Also ran: The Gormanizor. Winning horse owned by Travis Wilkie, P.E.I. Exactor 4-3 $19.30; Triactor 4-3-2 $26.60; Superfecta 4-3-2-6 $84.85; DD 5-4 $6.70.
Race 3 – Rymar Jimbo (K. Murphy) 3.50 2.10 2.10; Dylans Future (N. Rogers) 2.20 2.10; Dude Perfect (A. Merner) 3.00.
Times: 29.2, 59, 1:29.1, 1:59. Also ran: Silverhilllightnin, W C Little Willie, Pineapple Express. Winning horse owned by Eric Doucette, P.E.I. Exactor 4-1 $6.70; Triactor 4-1-2 $12.30; Superfecta 4-1-2-6 $13.05.
Race 4 – Positive Art (A. Merner) 13.70 5.60 2.10; Oh To Be Me (G. Chappell) 4.10 2.20; Shouldabeenaclown (K. Murphy) 2.90.
Times: 29.4, 59.3, 1:29.4, 2:00. Also ran: Rash B Havior, Egamer. Winning horse owned by Bing Easter, P.E.I. Exactor 3-2 $43.90; Triactor 3-2-1 $56.30; Superfecta 3-2-1-4 $72.25.
Race 5 – Cinder Angelina (K. Murphy) 8.70 5.50 3.80; A Fiesty X Ample (M. Bradley) 78.70 6.90; Jays Little Spark (A. Merner) 2.10.
Times: 29, 59.3, 1:30.1, 2:00. Also ran: Fusspot, Shes A Lover, Khitam Image. Winning horse owned by MacKenize Arsenault, P.E.I. Exactor 3-4 $55.20; Triactor 3-4-2 $356.10; Superfecta 3-4-2-1 $60.69.
Race 6 – Dividend Day (K. Murphy) 3.00 2.70 2.10; Shiftyn Georgie (A. Merner) 5.50 3.40; Souverain (P. Sizer) 2.70
Times: 29.1, 548.2, 1:29, 2:00.1. Also ran: Dilans Mustang, Toy Cop, Sharks Play. Winning horse owned by Fred Paynter-Debbie and Neal Ramsay, P.E.I. Exactor 5-6 $7.70; Triactor 5-6-2 $39; Superfecta 5-6-2-1 $65.30.
Race 7 – Arrived Late (T. Doyle) 17.30 14.90 9.20; Instant Shadow (N. Rogers) 9.40 2.80; Mittcent Van Gogh (D. Wallace) 5.60.
Times: 28.1, 58, 1:28, 1:57.1. Also ran: Adventure Luck, Vegas Rich, Dangle On A Dime. Winning horse owned by Taylor Doyle-Robin Lajeunesse, P.E.I. Exactor 6-1 $143.30; Triactor 6-1-all $338.70; Superfecta 6-1-3-4 $129.44; Pick 4 $335.22.
Race 8 – Power of a Cruiser (N. Rogers) 4.20 3.60 2.30; Gringo Star (A. Merner) 7.10 3.20; Sendmeasign (T. Doyle) 2.70.
Times: 28.3, 59.2, 1:28.4, 1:58. Also ran: Bobjohnski, Brydown Arrow. Winning horse owned by Ivan MacMillian, P.E.I. Exactor 1-4 $15.40; Triactor 1-4-3 $53.60; Superfecta 1-4-3-2 $50.60.
Race 9 – Woodmere Ideal Art (N. Rogers) 2.20 2.10 2.10; Heart and Soul (M. Bradley) 2.90 2.10; Soccer Hanover (A. Merner) 2.10.
Times: 28, 57, 1:26.0, 1:55.3. Also ran: Flash in the Pang, Melanies Magic. Winning horse owned by Ultimate Stable, New Brunswick. Exactor 4-5 $6.50; Triactor 4-5-3 $8.20; Superfecta 4-5-3-1 $9.95.
Race 10 – Pictonian Storm (K. Murphy) 3.10 2.80 2.10; Ultimatelyhandsome (N. Rogers)7.50 3.50; Howmac Magic (A. Merner) 2.10.
Times: 29.1, 58.2, 1:27.3, 1:57.4. Also ran: J K Cowboy, Flowersonthebeach, Rising Fella. Winning horse owned by Tammy Collins, P.E.I. Exactor 2-1 $14.60; Triactor 2-1-6 $27.60; Superfecta 2-1-6-3 $81.60; Daily Double 4-2 $3.70.
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